INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Golf championship to drive spending

2013-08-26T12:50:00Z 2013-08-26T17:15:06Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Golf championship to drive spendingGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 26, 2013 12:50 pm  • 

Events surrounding the largest golf event in the state this year begin today. PGA Tour officials anticipate the Hotel Fitness Championship will inject up to $5 million into the Fort Wayne area economy. The organization says 800 volunteers are expected to help with the Web.com Tour event. Our partners at WPTA 21Alive report local businesses are preparing for thousands of event visitors and sponsors.

 

Manufacturer's Relocation Plan Moves Forward

The city of Elwood has completed the sale of a vacant plant to a Hamilton County custom truck manufacturer. Warner Bodies Inc., currently based in Noblesville, is looking to invest up to $3 million into upgrading and relocating to the former Plastech building.

 

Entrepreneurship Hub Opens at Purdue

A new hub for Purdue University student entrepreneurs opens today. The Anvil provides resources including conference rooms, networking opportunities and host space for student businesses.

 

Chamber Fly-in Set For September

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Washington, D.C. fly-in. Next month's event features a partnership with six local chambers, which have committed to bring members from their communities.

 

Series to Discuss Indiana's Life Sciences Prowess

An annual series will focus on the strengths and challenges of Indiana's life sciences sector. The first gathering of the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series, set for next week, will feature a keynote speech from Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. During a Studio(i) interview, Director of the Center for the Business of Life Sciences George Telthorst says the series will examine how Indiana can remain one of the top biosciences states in the country.

 

Duke Energy Pumping Funds Into Skills Program

Ivy Tech Corporate College is receiving a boost from Duke Energy Indiana for a manufacturing skills training program. The more than $300,000 donation is designed to provide scholarships for students in five state regions.

 

Worker Protection Agreement Signed in Indy

The Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis and the U.S. Department of Labor have signed an agreement they say will protect workers' rights in four states, including Indiana. The deal involves providing resources to help low-wage workers understand U.S. labor laws.

 

Tire Workers Approve Contract

Unionized workers at the BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing operation in Woodburn have ratified a new contract. The company says the three-year deal covers approximately 2,450 workers at the plant near Fort Wayne and a facility in Alabama.

 

Zimmer Shoulder Technology Clears Hurdle

Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a shoulder surgery system. The technology, already available in Europe, can now be used by surgeons throughout the U.S.

 

Water Services Acquisition Hits 2 Year Mark

Citizens Energy Group is touting what it believes to be key accomplishments two years after acquiring water and wastewater utilities from the city of Indianapolis. The group says it has invested nearly $510 million in the wastewater system, preventing two billion gallons of raw sewage per year from seeping into rivers and streams.

 

South Bend Nonprofit Selects New Leader

South Bend-based La Casa de Amistad Inc. has named Sam Centellas executive director. He previously held leadership positions at Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University South Bend.

 

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