INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Coats says Germany 'lucrative' partner

2014-04-21T12:26:00Z 2014-04-21T18:26:05Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Coats says Germany 'lucrative' partner

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats says Germany's reputation for quality production and effective work force training make the European nation a key economic partner for Indiana. Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001-2005. He says the country's apprenticeship program has resulted in a "very precise" work force. Governor Mike Pence recently completed an economic development mission which included commitments from three companies involving a total of about one hundred new jobs and more than $10 million in investments.

Next Steps Set For Proposed Academic Standards

The state's Education Roundtable is expected to vote this afternoon on new academic standards proposed by the Department of Education and the Center for Education and Career Innovation. The State Board of Education is slated to meet next week to consider final approval.

Mainstreet Planning Medical 'Resort' Near Bloomington

Carmel-based Mainstreet Property Group LLC is looking to build a more than $13 million medical "resort" in Monroe County. The company says ground could be broken on the 100-bed facility early next month. Mainstreet will attempt to raise money for the project through a crowdfunding initiative.

Chromcraft Revington Operations Move Out of Indiana

The new owner of Chromcraft Revington says it has completed the consolidation of operations from Indiana to facilities in Mississippi. Colorado-based Sport-Haley Holdings Inc. says the former distribution facility in Delphi is now for sale and it is subleasing the former corporate headquarters in West Lafayette.

Dignitaries Announced For Coliseum Ribbon Cutting

Governor Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and several other state and local officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on the renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. More than $60 million in upgrades have been ongoing at the venue since October 2012.

Pence Enters Pipeline Debate

Governor Mike Pence is urging President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. A final decision on the project has been put on hold. Pence has written a letter to the President saying Indiana's economy will benefit, even though the state is not part of the pipeline route.

Telecom Company Growing Indiana Footprint

Colorado-based tw telecom Inc. says it is adding new fiber to expand its network in southern Indiana. The upgrades include areas in Clark and Floyd counties.

Marketing Agency Growing

An Indianapolis-based marketing firm is expanding. Willow Marketing has hired a small number of employees to handle its growing video production and web development departments.

Lechleiter to Speak at Franklin Graduation

Eli Lilly and Co. Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter will be the commencement speaker next month at Franklin College. He will also receive an honorary degree along with a retired philosophy professor and a former chair of the college's board of trustees.

Anderson Taps Ellspermann For Commencement

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has been selected to be commencement speaker next month at Anderson University. She will also be featured at Huntington University's ceremony the following week.

Cummins Names New VP

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has named Jason MacLean vice president of its Power Generation Business Unit. He has been with the company since 2006 after serving in senior operations positions at Borders Group and startup

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