IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Batesville Steps up For Manufacturing Education

2014-06-13T14:42:00Z IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Batesville Steps up For Manufacturing EducationGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
June 13, 2014 2:42 pm  • 

An education program in southeast Indiana is helping train the next generation of manufacturing workers. The Batesville School Corp., Ivy Tech Community College and four businesses have taken part in the initiative allowing high school students to obtain hands-on experience with modern manufacturing technology. The students are also working for college credit. Batesville Tool & Die Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jody Fledderman and Batesville Community School Corp. Superintendent Jim Roberts discussed the program this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.

New Jobs Popping up in Jasper County

ConAgra Foods Inc.   has announced plans to expand its popcorn operations in Rensselaer. The company says it will invest nearly $9 million in the project and add up to 80 jobs by 2015. The announcement came Wednesday, which was the same day the company broke ground on a distribution center in Frankfort. That operation is also expected to employ nearly 80.

Gary Brackett to Open Restaurant

A former Indianapolis Colts linebacker is planning to launch an upscale soul food restaurant. Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar, owned by Gary Brackett, is scheduled to open in Indianapolis this summer.

Triple XXX Favorite Among 'Best Burgers'

A major food and drink website has included a signature dish made in Indiana on its list of the 101 Best Burgers in America. The Daily Meal rated the Dwayne Purvis All-American from the Triple XXX Family Restaurant in West Lafayette 55th overall.

Is Water an Indiana Advantage?

Water is becoming an even bigger issue for businesses. A study from the public affairs firm VOX Global suggests access to the resource is a rising concern with chief executive officers around the world. Partner Tony Calandro says the issue could prompt more employers to locate in Indiana because of an abundant supply. He also forecasts increased competition for infrastructure improvement funding among the water, transportation and education sectors. Calandro discussed the study, which was conducted with the Pacific Institute, during a Studio (i) interview.

Groundbreaking Planned For Assisted Living Facility

Bloomington-based CarDon & Associates Inc. is scheduled to break ground Thursday on its 17th senior living community in the state. The company says the 36-unit Cumberland Trace facility in Plainfield will eventually employ approximately 125 full-time workers. The first phase is expected to open next May.

Tunnel Death Investigation Could Last Months

Citizens Energy Group says a state investigation into the death of a laborer on the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector site in Indianapolis could take up to three months. Isaac Simpson died Friday morning at the scene. The utility says the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will decide when work can resume. Simpson was 25.

Eskenazi, Community End Partnership Plan

Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network in Indianapolis have pulled the plug on plans for a public-private partnership. The agreement was announced last year as a way to adjust to federal health care changes. It was designed to streamline management of all Community Health and Eskenazi Health facilities in central Indiana.

Henry Makes Collective Bargaining Veto Official

Fort Wayne's mayor has vetoed an ordinance that would end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers. Tom Henry says the measure creates an "unnecessary challenge" for the community. Fort Wayne's City Council could override the veto with a two-thirds vote.

Metaldyne Announces Big Bluffton Investment

A manufacturer in northeast Indiana intends to pump more than $8 million into expansion. The Bluffton City Council has approved tax abatement for Metaldyne M&A Bluffton LLC's plans that include creating more than a dozen jobs. The company currently employs close to 300 in Wells County.

Travel Club Moves Closer to Take Off

A startup travel company has hit a major milestone. Indianapolis-based Legacy Travel Club says it has secured initial funding for its efforts to bring back nonstop service between some popular destinations and Indianapolis International Airport. Allen says the company has learned from the failures of ATA and other airlines.

Developers Plan Student Housing in Kokomo

An architecture and interior design firm with offices in Howard and Hamilton counties is planning a college student housing project in downtown Kokomo. Mawr Design Inc. has unveiled a four-story mixed-use development designed to attract approximately 150 residents.

Auto Supplier Starts Expansion

A Morgan County auto supplier has broken ground on an expansion. TOA USA LLC announced plans in April to add more than 350,000 square feet to its Mooresville operation and up to 220 jobs by 2015.

School Launching Non-Lawyer Law Degree

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will launch a program in the fall designed to give professionals a better understanding of the legal system. It will focus on people who don't want to be licensed attorneys, but feel a need to comprehend how the law impacts their careers. Organizers say they have already received plenty of interest from mid-career professionals who regularly deal with the legal system, especially those in the health care sector navigating the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Law School Dean Andy Klein and Program Director Deborah McGregor discussed the initiative during the (i) on Education segment on Inside INdiana Business Television.

Funding to Support Fort Wayne Development

Fort Wayne leaders say they will allocate $33 million in federal funds over the next few years for economic development projects in low-income areas. The city is one of 87 applicants to share in more than $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credits funding.

Clabber Girl Forays Into Feed

A prominent Indiana company is changing with the times. Terre Haute-based Clabber Girl Corp. is now selling to other food manufacturers and animal feed companies. Chief Operating Officer Gary Morris says baking at home has been declining for the last few decades, eating into the company's baking powder business. Clabber Girl has come up with a coating technology that helps in the cooking process and has business opportunities in the animal feed industry. We will feature the company's emerging technology this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television. Chief Operating Officer Garry Morris says it's too early to determine how many jobs will be linked to the micro-encapsulation technology.

Manufacturing Growth 'Relatively Robust'

For the fourth consecutive year, Indiana has earned an A for its manufacturing and logistics sector. Conexus Indiana's 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card shows a slight improvement in human capital, but Chief Executive Officer Steve Dwyer says it also highlights the need for a continuing focus on middle skills.

College Reappoints President

Goshen College's board of directors has reappointed Jim Brenneman as president for a third four-year term. The school has also created a provost position, which will be filled on an interim basis by former Bluffton University President Lee Snyder. Brenneman's new term will continue through June 30, 2018.

Photography Supply Business Growing

Indianapolis-based Roberts Camera is planning to create nearly three dozen jobs by 2018 as part of an expansion. The more than 50 year-old company is looking to invest $2.5 million into the project, which includes moving from its long-time downtown location. The company is also growing its e-commerce business and equipment lines. Improvements to its new flagship operation are set to be complete in September.

Area Code 'Grace Period' Running Out

A grace period for residents in the 812 area code is more than halfway complete. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says customers with 812 phone numbers will have to use 10 digits for all local calls starting September 6.

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