INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Craft beer innovations continue

2013-06-21T13:18:00Z 2013-06-21T17:57:04Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Craft beer innovations continueGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
June 21, 2013 1:18 pm  • 

An Avon-based brewery is planning to launch innovative packaging options. Co-owner Monte Speicher says Cutters Brewing Co. will begin selling its more than five varieties in re-usable pouches this weekend and plans to offer self-pressurizing "party pig" mini-kegs next month. He says these innovations are small examples of the growing Indiana industry's efforts to "convert" mainstream beer brand drinkers to craft brews. Speicher tells Inside INdiana Business he doesn't believe growth in the state is near a tipping point.

 

INnovators: PocketCab

A Hoosier entrepreneur wants to change the way Americans hail a cab. PocketCab Founder Avram Rampersaud says he is continuing efforts to create a network of taxi drivers and passengers who can easily access each other through a mobile device. He highlighted the PocketCab app in our INovators segment. This week on Inside INdiana Business Television, we'll hear a pitch from an entrepreneur on Inc.'s "30 Under 30" list.

 

Staley to Receive Sagamore of The Wabash

The chief executive officer of the Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson will receive a state honor next week. Chuck Staley will be presented a Sagamore of the Wabash from the Governor and three area state representatives.

 

South Bend-Area Health Providers Merging

Two Michiana health services providers are planning to merge. Beacon Health System and The South Bend Clinic hope to receive Federal Trade Commission approval of the deal later this year.

 

SIA Receives J.D. Power Award

The Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. plant is among industry leaders in a new-vehicle quality report. The Lafayette-based automaker has earned a J.D. Power and Associates Platinum Award for its Toyota Camry assembly line.

 

Coats Bringing on Holcomb as State Chief of Staff

Eric Holcomb has been named chief of staff for Senator Dan Coats' Indiana operations. Holcomb announced this week plans to step down as Indiana Republican Party state chairman.

 

WellPoint, Los Angeles Reach $6 Million Agreement

The City of Los Angeles and Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) have reached a $6 million settlement over claims of false advertising and that the company illegally dropped customers from two subsidiaries' insurance plans. The city attorney says WellPoint has revised a number of processes and policies to ensure future compliance.

 

Supreme Industries Agrees to Major Settlement

Goshen-based Supreme Industries Inc. has agreed to terms of a settlement with King County, Washington over a bus contract. Under the deal, the company will pay the county more than $4.7 million and take possession of 35 vehicles involved in the original purchase.

 

Rose-Hulman Device Gains National Attention

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-designed device is among the top finishers at a national competition. The biomedical engineering students' cornstarch dispensing system helps workers with disabilities work more safely and efficiently and was a collaboration with Terre Haute-based Development Services Inc.

 

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