IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Restaurant chain changes name

2013-08-10T14:17:00Z IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Restaurant chain changes name nwitimes.com

A well-known central Indiana restaurant chain is undergoing a name change. Mo's...A Place for Steaks is being rebranded as J. Hamman Prime. The company says the change affects locations in Indianapolis and Carmel. It also plans to open a restaurant in Cincinnati and possible locations in Texas.


Academy Targets 'Critical' Skills Gap Issues

The Indiana Manufacturers Association and Ivy Tech Corporate College have launched an initiative aimed at bridging the gap between education and industry needs. The Indiana Manufacturers Skills Academy consists of online technical training in areas including lean manufacturing, structural engineering and automation. Association Vice President Brian Burton believes businesses throughout the state can see "almost immediate" results from the program because some courses can be completed in days. Burton tells Inside INdiana Business manufacturers characterize the skills gap as the most important issue facing the sector.


Roche Parting With Workers

Indianapolis-based Roche Diagnostics Corp. has announced changes that include the elimination of some jobs. A company spokesman confirms to Inside INdiana Business the reductions will affect employees in central Indiana over the next "several months." The company cites the "rapidly evolving" diabetes care market for the move.


Meijer Hiring Hundreds in Indiana

Meijer Stores LP is looking to hire 1,800 workers in Indiana. The Michigan-based retailer says it needs 600 new employees each in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend districts. Director of Public Relations Frank Guglielmi says increased sales and anticipated holiday traffic have led to the need for more staff. He says Indiana has been a good market for Meijer, noting three of the company's nine anticipated store openings next year are in the state. Guglielmi says the retailer is in a "quick growth pattern."


State Honors Hoosier Homestead Families

Nearly five dozen Indiana families who have owned their farms for more than 100 years have received Hoosier Homestead Awards. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Gina Sheets honored them during a ceremony Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair.


DEFENDER Direct Announces Leadership Changes

Indianapolis-based DEFENDER Direct says founder Dave Lindsey is returning to the company as president and chief executive officer. He replaces Marcia Barnes, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.


Indiana Wine Takes Top Honors Again

Indiana's wine industry continues to receive national recognition. A Hoosier winery has again taken top honors at the Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University. Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards in southeast Indiana won Wine of the Year for its 2012 Vignoles. Entries from 39 states and 14 countries, including France, Australia, Chile and Greece, were judged on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste by 44 international judges.


Vincennes Boosts Early College Program

Vincennes University is expanding a program that allows high school students to graduate with a two-year post-secondary degree. President Dick Helton says the initiative will launch this fall in some Marion County and Hammond schools. He says the effort fits well with Governor Mike Pence's call for more technical education in high school and college. Helton discussed the program during the (i) on Education segment on Inside INdiana Business Television.


Caterpillar Announces Lafayette Layoffs

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is planning to lay off approximately 125 workers at its Lafayette plant. The company says the move is designed to bring production in line with demand. CAT says the reductions will take effect later this month.


INDOT Awards U.S. 31 Contract

Two Hoosier companies will share a $141 million Indiana Department of Transportation contract. The project includes U.S. 31 interchange upgrades and four roundabouts in Hamilton County. Construction is expected to be complete in 2015. Anderson-based E & B Paving Inc. and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis will perform the work.


Lafayette Sees Economic Opportunity With Crane

Greater Lafayette Commerce hopes to boost the region's economy by connecting local businesses to a southern Indiana military operation. The organization is holding a seminar next week to teach companies how to do business with Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Lafayette group's Economic Development Director Jody Hamilton says there is untapped potential for businesses to collaborate on new products and license Crane-developed technology for commercial use. Hamilton says there is room for growth in Crane's economic role in the region.


Hoosier Car Collection to be Featured Nationally

A national television show is slated to feature a massive southern Indiana antique car collection before it goes up for auction. NBC Sports Network's "Epic Collections" will showcase Jasper-native Ed Ewing's cars Saturday night and several other times prior to the annual Auctions America Labor Day event in Auburn. Ewing is the former chief executive officer of Texas-based corporate turnaround company, Carlyle Management Group. He currently lives in Tennessee, but owns Big Tree Farm in Santa Claus where the collection is kept.


Ritz Rethinking 'A-F' Performance Grades

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the department of education is reconsidering the A-F school accountability system. The move comes amid accusations levied against predecessor Tony Bennett, who put the grading system in place.


Hoosier Energy Sets Groundbreaking For Headquarters

Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. is planning to begin construction on its new $27 million headquarters next week. The utility expects the project to be complete next year.


Stellar Projects 'Exceeding Expectations' in Princeton

The city of Princeton is moving forward with $22 million in stellar community efforts. Projects include the renovation of the former Princeton Theater, trail system improvements and downtown façade upgrades. Coalition of Southwest Indiana Community Development Director Debbie Bennett-Stearsman says Princeton "will be a leader" in showing the program can benefit Indiana. The Gibson County city was named a Stellar Community in 2012. Bennett-Stearsman says the program is already paying off in downtown Princeton.


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