INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Brewer Looks to Expand Into Spirits

2013-03-15T12:22:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Brewer Looks to Expand Into SpiritsGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
March 15, 2013 12:22 pm  • 

Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. is hoping lawmakers approve legislation to allow artisan distilling in Indiana. The company would like to produce spirits, such as bourbon, if Indiana joins a growing list of states allowing craft distilling. Sun King is already in the midst of a huge expansion for its brewing operation. On this weekend's Inside INdiana Business Television, Sun King owner Clay Robinson and President Omar Robinson discuss the potential economic benefits of producing spirits.

 

Proposal Calls For New $400 Million Reservoir

The Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development is proposing an ambitious $350-$400 million reservoir project. "Project Oasis," the code name for the Mounds Lake project, would use the White River as its source and encompass more than 2,000 acres throughout Madison and Delaware counties.

 

Furniture Maker Aims to Expand

Smith Brothers of Berne Inc. is looking to expand and add jobs. The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne reports the furniture maker plans to invest up to $5 million to upgrade facilities and hire around 20 employees. The company credits much of its growth to a consumer trend to buy American and was recently featured on Discovery Channel's "In View" with Larry King.

 

Hurco Announces New President

Indianapolis-based Hurco Companies Inc. has named a new president. Gregory Volovic moves into the role after serving as an executive vice president. He has been with Hurco since 2005.

 

TV Drama to Feature Indiana Medical Device

A tumor removal device developed by Indianapolis-based NICO Corp. will be featured on a TNT drama series Monday. The show "Monday Mornings" will feature brain surgery using the Myriad, which the company introduced in 2009.

 

Indy Airport Receives More Recognition

Indianapolis International Airport continues to attract national attention. The facility won four categories in the Airport Revenue News annual awards, including best customer service.

 

Former Cummins Exec Heading to Michigan Company

Michigan-based EcoMotors International has hired former Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) executive Amit Soman as chief executive officer. Soman most recently served as general manager of Asia-Pacific Operations for the Columbus-based engine maker.

 

Daniels, Johnson to Join Clean Tech Board

Indiana's clean technology initiative has added two prominent names to its board of directors. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Chief Executive Officer David Johnson have been selected to help guide the Energy Systems Network.

 

Central Indiana Building Permits on The Rise

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is reporting more than 360 single-family building permits were issued last month, compared to just under 200 a year earlier. Chief Executive Officer Steve Lains says the area has seen increases for eight consecutive months.

 

Duneland School Corp. Picks Superintendent

Dave Pruis has been selected to be superintendent of the Duneland School Corp. in Chesterton. He previously served as an assistant superintendent for the district.

 

Arts Intern Program Receives Financial Boost

Fort Wayne-based Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded a two-year, $280,000 grant to Arts United. The downtown arts campus will use the funding to support a program placing paid interns at local arts nonprofits.

 

Purdue Prepares For Elevator Pitches

Purdue University has begun registration for its Elevator Pitch Competition. Participants in the annual event have two minutes to pitch a business venture and plans to make it profitable to a panel of judges.

 

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