INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Fort Wayne part of major GM investment

2013-12-04T12:31:00Z 2013-12-04T17:04:26Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Fort Wayne part of major GM investmentGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
December 04, 2013 12:31 pm  • 

General Motors Co. says a multi-million dollar investment to install electrical generation equipment will make its Fort Wayne assembly plant more competitive for future business. Global Sustainability Manager Amanda Kurzman says the technology, which turns landfill gas into electricity, will save $3.5 million per year in Fort Wayne. The $11 million project is set to be complete by May. Kurzman says the automaker chose the Fort Wayne plant because of a proven track record in sustainability.

Launch Fishers Touts Successful First Year

An entrepreneurial launchpad is marking its first birthday by expanding. Launch Fishers Founder John Wechsler believes a space being developed for graduating companies is the next step in boosting an ecosystem to help startups flourish in central Indiana. Wechsler discussed the success of Launch Fishers during a Studio(i) interview with Gerry Dick.

Manufacturer Plans Greenwood Expansion

Greenwood-based Nachi America Inc. is seeking tax breaks on a nearly $50 million proposed expansion. Our partners at the Daily Journal reports the company plans to purchase equipment and a new building and add 17 jobs.

Lumina Foundation Launches Attainment Effort

Two Indiana cities, Columbus and Fort Wayne, have been chosen for an initiative by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation. The $4 million effort is designed to improve post-secondary education attainment levels. Lumina has selected 20 cities throughout the country for the program.

Record Donation Boosts Purdue North Central

Purdue University North Central has received its largest-ever gift. The $1 million donation will support a new $35 million student activities center at the Westville campus.

District Approves Plan to Close High School

The Northeast School Corp. board has voted to close Union High School in Dugger. Officials cite declining enrollment among the reasons for the move. Our partners at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute report two neighboring high schools are preparing for an influx of transfers.

Pence Seeks Aid For Storm-Damaged Areas

Gov. Mike Pence has requested federal assistance for Howard County home and business owners in the wake of last month's severe storms. Pence says he will likely seek similar assistance for other counties, if the request is approved.

Nine-Span Bridge to Open Next Week

The new Nine Span Bridge is set to open next week in Hammond. The $18 million project was completed a few weeks earlier than anticipated. Illinois-based Dunnet Bay Construction led the effort to demolish the old bridge and construct the replacement.

Westfield Complex Sets First Tournaments

The Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield is scheduled to host its first soccer tournaments this spring. The Westfield Youth Soccer Association plans two college showcases in March at the 350-acre campus.

Chinese Delegation to Visit Decatur County

A delegation from Suichang, China is scheduled tomorrow to visit Greensburg. The sister cities plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday at an event at Greensburg's City Hall.

AT&T Upgrades Coverage

AT&T Inc. has announced improvements to several mobile cell sites in Hamilton and Boone counties. Communities affected by the upgrades include Lebanon, Sheridan and Thorntown.

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