INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: GM Names Solso Chairman

2013-12-10T12:23:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: GM Names Solso ChairmanGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
December 10, 2013 12:23 pm  • 

The former chief executive officer of Columbus-based Cummins Inc. will be the new chairman of one of the world's largest automakers. General Motors Co. says Tim Solso will move into the position once Dan Akerson retires next month as chairman and CEO. Longtime GM executive Mary Barra will become the first woman to serve as the automaker's chief executive.

College Bookstore Company Turns to Part-Timers

An Illinois-based college bookseller with more than 50 locations throughout the state has reduced its full-time work force. The South Bend Tribune reports Follett Corp. let go nearly two dozen full-time employees last month and is replacing the jobs with part-time positions.

Fire Hits Well-Known Restaurant

Investigators are working to assess the damage from a major fire at a popular New Albany restaurant. WAVE-TV in Louisville reports Sam's Food and Spirits Owner Sam Anderson is calling the building a total loss.

Researchers Join Food Allergy Battle

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a food allergy treatment designed to "out-compete" allergens like egg or peanut proteins. Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Basar Bilgicer hopes the project will lead to parents being able to send their children to school or board a plane without worrying about allergen exposure. Life Sciences Reporter Kylie Veleta discussed the treatment on Inside INdiana Business Television.

Greenfield Mayor Dies

The mayor of Greenfield has died after a battle with liver cancer. The Greenfield Daily Reporter says Richard Pasco was diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease last week and decided not to pursue treatment. He initially suffered from the cancer more than a decade ago.

FSSA Extends Healthy Indiana Plan Benefits

The state is extending benefits for more than 10,000 members of the Healthy Indiana Plan. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says the decision provides additional time for members to secure federal health coverage.

Indy Strategic Plan Receives Boost

A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will help the city of Indianapolis create a strategic plan. Mayor Greg Ballard says Plan 2020 will combine many different blueprints into one cohesive effort.

Brainard in Washington For Climate Task Force

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is in the nation's capital today as part of a task force examining climate change. The more than two dozen-member panel, assembled by President Barack Obama, is providing recommendations on how communities can deal with employment, infrastructure and community development.

Economist to Tour State With Economic Forecast

Ball State University Economist Michael Hicks was in Indianapolis to host the first of eight Indiana Economic Outlook events. Other locations this week include Batesville, Muncie and Frankfort.

Ivy Tech Announces Advanced Manufacturing Degree

Ivy Tech Community College has unveiled an advanced manufacturing degree program that will feature internships and co-op opportunities with Hoosier companies. It is set to launch at five campuses at the beginning of next year and expand to other campuses in the fall.

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