Citizens Energy Group has taken a major step toward increasing its natural gas business. Kinetrex Energy, a subsidiary providing liquefied natural gas, is now in operation. As first reported in our INdiana Connections e-newsletter, the utility says it is seeing increased demand from logistics companies dealing with rising diesel fuel prices. Kinetrex says it sold its first load of LNG this month and already has multiple customers under contract. Kinetrex Executive Vice President Craig Moore says natural gas is becoming more popular, in part, because of price stability.
Explosion Brings Down Bridge Section
The first section of a bridge connecting Indiana and Kentucky has come down. Crews used a controlled explosion this morning to destroy the 700-foot portion of the Milton-Madison Bridge. The Indiana Department of Transportation has posted video of the controlled explosion.
Universities Dubbed 'Great Colleges to Work For'
A national publication has included two universities in the state on its annual "Great Colleges to Work For" list. The Chronicle of Higher Education gathered the data from surveys with nearly 45,000 college employees. Key factors include job satisfaction and career development.
Indiana Housing Recovery Continues
The Indiana Association of Realtors says statewide housing numbers are among the best in six years. The group says closed home sales increased by more than 14 percent in June, compared with the same period last year.
Hoosier Hot Dog Joint on National List
A national dining website has named an Indianapolis-area restaurant's offering one of its "Top 40 Fantastic Franks." Urbanspoon is featuring Zacky's Hot Dogs and Smokehouse BBQ in Carmel as part of National Hot Dog Day.
Flavoring Company Plans to Close Facility
A Wisconsin-based food flavoring manufacturer intends to shut down an Indianapolis plant. In a notice to the state, Kerry Inc. says plans include laying off nearly 50 workers. Operations in Marion County are expected to end in October.
Smulyan to be Honored as a 'Giant of Broadcasting'
The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. will receive a major accolade from the Library of American Broadcasting. Jeff Smulyan is among the 2013 "Giants of Broadcasting" class, which also includes Alex Trebeck, Morley Safer and Dick Cavett. An awards presentation is set for October in New York City.
Goldsmith Joins Consulting Firm
Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has a new job. He has been named a managing director of Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group (Nasdaq: HURN). Goldsmith recently served as New York City deputy mayor for operations.
IPFW Appoints Interim Athletic Director
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has named women's volleyball coach Kelley Hartley Hutton interim director of athletics. The school says it will form a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Tommy Bell, who is leaving for a similar job at Western Illinois University.
Art Museum Earns Warhol Foundation Grant
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art has landed funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The $50,000 grant will support IMOCA programming for two years.
Lutheran Hospital Taps Ohio Exec as CFO
Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Hospital has named Cully Chapman chief financial officer. He most recently served in a similar position for Northside Medical Center in Ohio.
Indy Library Seeking Feedback
The Indianapolis Public Library is kicking off a six-month strategic planning initiative this evening. Leaders will seek input from the public on its goals for 2015-2020.