INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Deal could mean hundreds of jobs

2014-03-11T12:21:00Z 2014-03-11T14:25:12Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Deal could mean hundreds of jobsGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 12:21 pm  • 

A Britain-based contractor says a multi-million dollar deal with an Illinois logistics company could bring "several hundred jobs" over the next few years to Fort Wayne. Serco Inc. Chief Executive in the Americas Steve Sieke says the company will provide customer and driver support services for the SIRVA Worldwide Inc. facility in Allen County. If new customers are found, Serco says it could begin hiring this year and is talking with state officials about incentives based on job creation plans.

Cancer Fighting Tech Company Lands $15 Million

A Purdue Research Park company has secured $15 million to help fund its optical imaging technology for cancer. OnTarget Laboratories LLC says the funding will support further development including clinical trials. The company was featured in our Life Sciences e-newsletter in 2012.

MV-1 Production Begins in Mishawaka

The AM General plant in Mishawaka has launched production of a universally-accessible vehicle. Mobility Ventures LLC, which is a unit of AM General, says its MV-1 is being produced for shipment to a national network of more than 50 dealers.

Council OKs Breaks For Hotel Revitalization

The South Bend Common Council has approved tax abatement for a nearly $11 million proposal to transform an abandoned downtown hotel into apartments. Great Lakes Capital Development is planning more than $7.5 million in upgrades to the building.

Major Library Conference Hits Indy

Thousands of library professionals from throughout the world are in Indianapolis for the Public Library Association 2014 Conference. The five-day event will feature professional development sessions, technology demonstrations and a keynote speech by humorist and author David Sedaris.

Plan Envisions New Kokomo Convention Space

A Carmel-based consultant says Kokomo could support a $25 million downtown hotel and convention development. The Kokomo Tribune reports a study commissioned by the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau outlines the potential impact of a 150-room hotel, restaurant and 13,000 feet of meeting space.

IU Health Names COO For Two Hospitals

Indiana University Health has appointed Camie Patterson chief operating officer of its LaPorte and Starke hospitals. She most recently served in a similar role at Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina.

Airport Development Director Returns

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has named Patrick Dooley director of airport development. He most recently served as director of business development and key accounts for Travelex Currency Services Inc. North America.

Academic Leader Leaving

Manchester University says its dean for academic affairs is leaving. Glenn Sharfman has accepted a similar position with Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He has been with Manchester since 2005. Read More

Arts Site Marks 1 Year

An initiative to share stories about the arts in central Indiana is marking an anniversary. The Central Indiana Community Foundation launched the Sky Blue Window website one year ago this week. The project is designed to increase demand for the arts and offer a career development opportunity for college students.

Springleaf Swings to Profit

Evansville-based Springleaf Holdings Inc.  is reporting fourth quarter net income of $14 million, compared to a loss of $81 million during the same period the previous year. The company also reported a 2013 net loss of $32 million, which it says is largely attributable to expenses from its initial public offering.

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