IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Manufacturer to open on-site clinic

2013-08-24T14:00:00Z IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Manufacturer to open on-site clinicGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 24, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

A Northwest Indiana company is opening an on-site medical clinic Tuesday. Winamac-based The Braun Corp. says the center will serve more than 800 full-time employees and their families. The company also announced last week it was planning to add 70 workers by 2016.

 

Indiana Cities Among 'Best Small Places' For Business

Three Indiana communities are ranked in the top 25 on Forbes' list of the Best Small Places For Business and Careers. The publication says it considers factors including income level, economic growth and educational attainment.

 

Center Aims to Align Education, Training

The state has launched a new agency to help improve education and work force development. Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to establish the Center for Education and Career Innovation. It is designed to better align training efforts with education. Pence says the ultimate goal is for Indiana to have "the best educated and best skilled work force" in the country. The center will partner with multiple government agencies including the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Career Council. Pence says the center will provide a "singular vision" for education and work force development organizations.

 

Hoosier Businesses on Inc. List

Nearly 70 Indiana employers appear on a list of the fastest-growing companies in the country. This year's Inc. 5000 class includes seven Hoosier businesses within the top 500. Indianapolis-based BidPal Inc. ranked number one in Indiana and 75th overall. Also high on the list is Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc. in Princeton, Anderson-based TickeTracker and Advocate Merchant Solutions Inc. of Fishers.

 

State Honors 'Companies to Watch'

Five Hoosier businesses have been presented with "Spotlight" awards as part of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s 2013 Companies to Watch program. The recipients are past honorees that have shown significant continued growth. They were celebrated last night along with 33 members of this year's Companies to Watch class. The 2013 Spotlight winners are New Albany-based boice.net, hc1.com in Indianapolis, Carmel-headquartered Mainstreet Property Group, Fort Wayne-based Prairie Quest Inc. and Rivera Consulting Group Inc. in Sellersburg.

 

Cummins: Nissan Deal Years in The Making

An executive with Columbus-based Cummins Inc. says a partnership with Nissan Motor Co. (NYSE: NSANY) has been in the works for five years. Pickup Truck Business General Manager Jeff Caldwell says a major deal with a global automaker "speaks loudly" to other potential partners and will likely lead to more growth. Cummins says the agreement to provide the diesel engine for Nissan's next generation Titan pickup will create approximately 500 jobs over the next several years. Caldwell says southern Indiana's work force has enabled the engine maker to grow.

 

I-69 Section Plan Clears Hurdle

A proposed stretch of I-69 in south central Indiana has secured a key federal approval. The Federal Highway Administration clearance involves the stretch between Bloomington and Martinsville.

 

Huber: Indy in 'Fight For Talent'

The incoming chief executive officer of the Indy Chamber says he will focus on work force and neighborhood development as he prepares to begin his new job. Michael Huber says any metropolitan area must provide a variety of educational and living options to create a "fertile entrepreneurial atmosphere." He hopes to have a strategic plan in place before the next legislative session. The former deputy mayor's first day on the job will be September 9. Huber is calling on the city's business community to help "write the script for the new chamber."

 

Speedway Plans to Improve 'Dysfunctional' Intersection

The Town of Speedway has announced plans for a roundabout at a busy intersection just outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Scott Harris says the project is a vital step for the area's safety and will provide a "grand entrance" to the famed race course. He tells Inside INdiana Business the project could lead to further development.

 

Notre Dame to Accept Undocumented Students

The University of Notre Dame says it will begin admitting academically-qualified undocumented students. Associate Vice President For Undergraduate Enrollment Don Bishop says the decision will result in a stronger incoming class.

 

'Hoosier Heartland' Finish Line in Sight

A more than $330 million highway project connecting several communities within the north central part of the state is nearing completion. The final Logansport to Delphi section of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor is set to open in phases beginning next month. The road will connect I-65 in Tippecanoe County to the Fort-to-Port corridor in Cass County, providing a continuous four-lane route between Lafayette and Toledo. Indiana Department of Transportation Spokesman Matt Deitchley tells Inside INdiana Business the project is years ahead of schedule and tens of millions of dollars below early estimates.

 

Noblesville Plans to Acquire Land For Park

The city of Noblesville is in discussions to acquire land to build a large park that would include an amphitheater, trails and public event space. If the proposal meets public works board and common council approval, several central Indiana firms will be brought in to create renderings of the park.

 

Conexus Continues Regional Approach

Conexus Indiana is partnering with more local economic organizations to form a regional logistics council in northeast Indiana. Conexus Vice President of Operations And Business Development David Holt says the council will look to address issues such as a trucker shortage and interstate and highway access. Holt says the group will spend the next several months crafting a logistics strategic plan. This is the fourth such council in the state, and two more will launch soon in southeast and central Indiana. Holt says regional councils are an effective supplement for the organization's statewide approach.

 

Indiana Among Most Affordable States For Drivers

An online personal finance company has ranked Indiana the fifth cheapest state in which to own a vehicle in the country. A Bankrate.com report suggests Hoosier drivers spend around $500 dollars less per year than the national average.

 

Hillenbrand Execs Ring Closing Bell

Executives from Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. rang the closing bell Friday at the New York Stock Exchange. Hillenbrand is marking its fifth anniversary as a publicly-traded company.

 

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