INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hoosier Entrepreneur Launches Social Network

2013-06-18T12:53:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hoosier Entrepreneur Launches Social NetworkGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
June 18, 2013 12:53 pm  • 

An Indianapolis-developed social media platform is designed to link people with shared interests. LeadJen founder Jenny Vance says PlanSoon can connect with other online networks to provide information about users' hobbies. The site is currently available for members in the Indianapolis area, but the company plans to go national once additional funding is secured. Vance says it can also be used by universities and businesses to create connections not available through other forms of social media.


Casket Manufacturer Adding Jobs

A Randolph County-based steel casket manufacturer is hiring. Astral Industries Inc. in Lynn tells Inside INdiana Business it plans to add 40 production jobs over the next few months. The company says the move is designed to keep up with demand.


Pence Sticks With Fertilizer Plant Decision

Gov. Mike Pence is standing by the decision to pull state support for a proposed massive fertilizer plant in Posey County. He has told the Indiana Finance Authority to essentially take the final steps to end the state's participation in the Midwest Fertilizer project. Officials in Posey County are still trying to find ways to develop the plant.


Activity Increasing at Terre Haute International

Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field is attracting new tenants. Executive Director Bill McKown says Clay County-based machining company JWS Machine is on pace to have more than 40 employees at its facility this summer. More than 250 students are expected to use the airport this fall as part of the new Indiana State University Flight Academy.


Purdue, IU Top Campus Supercomputer List

Indiana colleges have the top university-owned supercomputers according to an international list. Purdue University's Conte and Indiana University's Big Red II are the top two campus systems on the June 2013 list of international supercomputers.


Companies Plan New Business Park Investments

Two companies with locations in Fort Wayne are moving forward with plans to develop a new industrial park. The Journal Gazette reports the city plan commission has approved Rogers Market Inc.'s $1 million proposal to buy land and turn it into Northwest Business Park. Evansville-based Evapar Inc. intends to invest $1 million to build a new facility at the location.


Football Coaches Association Backs Safety Program

The Indiana Football Coaches Association is endorsing USA Football's program designed to reduce concussions and other injuries in the sport. The Indianapolis-based organization says the IFCA and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association are the first groups of their kind to back "Heads Up Football."


Funding Boosts Rose-Hulman STEM Effort

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is pumping nearly $1 million into a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology science, technology, engineering and math project. The funding involves a web portal that offers high-tech tools for teachers.


Auer Foundation Details Grants

The Fort Wayne-based Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation has announced more than $200,000 in grants to local nonprofits. The funding will support education, charity and arts programming for 13 organizations.


Steel Dynamics Lowers Earnings Estimates

Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. is expecting lower than previously predicted second quarter earnings. The company cites slower anticipated growth in China and Europe among the reasons for the decrease.


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