INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Allison Powering Buses in Sochi

2014-02-21T13:16:00Z 2014-02-21T17:23:13Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Allison Powering Buses in SochiGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
February 21, 2014 1:16 pm  • 

An Indiana company is playing a critical role in the complex logistics of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. About 400 buses at the winter games are being powered by transmissions designed and manufactured by Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. Research and development on the transmissions were performed in the Marion County city, while manufacturing took place at Allison plants in Hungary and India.

Purdue Receives $15 Million

Purdue University has changed the name of one of its most well-known programs in recognition of a $15 million gift. The Lyles School of Civil Engineering is a tribute to a prominent California-based construction business family with strong ties to the university.

ISU President Lands Extension

Indiana State University President Dan Bradley has received a three-year contract extension. The deal will take the school's 11th president through June 2019. Bradley has led ISU since 2008.

Agency Touts Impact of Tourism

An annual report released by Indiana Dunes Tourism says Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore remains Porter County's biggest attraction, drawing 3 million visitors annually. The report cites research suggesting a majority of visitors to the park come from outside Indiana.

State Announces Workplace Safety Awards

Nine Indiana companies have been honored by the state with Governor's Workplace Safety Awards. The businesses are broken down into categories based on industry and size.

State Set For College Goal Sunday

A popular event designed to help families navigate the college financial aid process will take place this weekend at more than three dozen sites throughout Indiana. College Goal Sunday will connect students with volunteers to help them sign up for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is required to receive state and federal assistance. During an (i) on Education segment, ISM College Funding Manager Bill Wozniak and Special Assistant to Governor Mike Pence For Career Innovation Jaclyn Dowd discussed the significance of the 25-year-old event.

IMS Launches Ad Campaign

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled an advertising and social media campaign. The "We All Have a Story" effort features print, broadcast and social networking components.

Gift Creates FFA Endowment

A Kentucky couple has donated $500,000 to the Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization. The gift from Don and Mira Ball will establish an endowment to provide FFA jackets to members who can't afford one.

Pence Attending National Governors Meeting

Gov. Mike Pence is in Washington D.C. this weekend to attend the National Governors Association Winter Meeting. The event includes sessions with President Barack Obama.

Contractor Adds Flooring Business

Fort Wayne-based Jack Laurie Group Inc. has acquired Crown Distributing Inc. in Lafayette. The deal for the residential and commercial flooring business expands the company's footprint in the state, which includes offices in Indianapolis and Carmel.

Walker Joins CFC Properties

The former president of the Bloomington Economic Development Corp. has a new job. Ron Walker has been named vice president of commercial real estate for CFC Properties in the Monroe County city.

Cummins Selects New VP, GM

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has announced two leadership appointments. Cathy Buening-Griffin has been named vice president of business process transformation and information technology system integration and Jim Schacht will become general manager for the commercial marine business.

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