INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Defense leader optimistic despite challenges

2013-08-07T12:22:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Defense leader optimistic despite challengesGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 07, 2013 12:22 pm  • 

Despite concern about deeper cuts during the next fiscal year, one of the state's top defense industry officials is expressing optimism. Indiana Office of Defense Development Executive Director Duane Embree says a reduction in furlough days for civilian workers and a shift in focus to communications technology has Indiana "pretty well-positioned" for growth. He believes Indiana has more advantages than some other states.

 

Hoosier Employers Make 'Top Manufacturers' List

Three Indiana-based companies in Lafayette and Columbus are on this year's 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list compiled by Industry Week magazine. The publication bases the rankings on key areas over a three-year period, including profit margin and revenue growth.

 

LIDS Announces Major Macy's Deal

Indianapolis-based LIDS Sports Group is partnering with a national retail chain. Initial plans include more than two dozen sports merchandise departments within Macy's Inc. (NYSE:M) stores. An additional 175 "Locker Room by Lids" locations could open next year.

 

Cameron Memorial Set For 'Topping Out'

The $42 million project to build a new hospital in Angola is set to reach a major milestone. Cameron Memorial Community Hospital officials are slated to hold a "topping out" ceremony Friday at the site.

 

DePauw to Name Field After Legendary Football Coach

DePauw University is naming its new football field after longtime coach Nick Mourouzis. The dedication is set for October. Mourouzis lead the football program from 1981 through 2003 and is DePauw's all-time leader in victories with 133.

 

Fort Wayne to Move Iconic Statue

The city of Fort Wayne is moving a well-known statue to a new spot downtown. The city says the relocation of the General Anthony Wayne statue to the Courthouse Green will provide more visibility.

 

Death at Steel Facility Ruled Accident

The Whitley County coroner says an Albion man's death at a Columbia City Steel Dynamics Inc. facility was an accident. Our partners at WPTA 21 Alive in Fort Wayne report Jeffery Flory died Monday of blunt force trauma to the head.

 

Statewide Small Business Town Halls to Begin

The Indiana General Assembly's Small Business Caucus is set to begin a statewide series of town halls Thursday. The meetings are designed to allow small business owners to tell legislators what government can do to help spur growth.

 

Notre Dame Adding Children's Choir

The University of Notre Dame is launching a children's choir. Conductor Mark Doerries says it is designed to "reinvigorate" children's choral music and education in the South Bend area.

 

Grace College Announces 'Blended' Program

Grace College in Winona Lake has announced an initiative it says will give students a chance to advance their education for less money. The school has introduced a program allowing students to graduate with a bachelor's and master's degree in four years.

 

Small Town Lands Planning Grant

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded a $38,000 planning grant to a community in Putnam County. The funds for Bainbridge will help leaders develop a core economic vision for the town.

 

Foundations Announce 'Masquerade' Honorees

The accomplishments of two central Indiana civic leaders and sisters will be highlighted in October during an event to raise funds for Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation. The Masquerade will honor Deborah Simon and Cindy Simon Skojdt.

 

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