INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Image issue impacts trades

2013-11-18T12:18:00Z 2013-11-18T19:00:29Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Image issue impacts tradesGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 12:18 pm  • 

A central Indiana plumbing company is offering free training and other perks, but still finds it challenging to find workers. Indianapolis-based Hope Plumbing Owner Jack Hope says his company will pay for a training program and once completed plumbers could be making up to $50,000 per year. His company also provides a take-home vehicle and cell phone. During an appearance on Inside INdiana Business Television, Hope says a perception issue is preventing his company and others in the traditional trades from finding enough qualified workers.

BAE Picks New Fort Wayne Location

Efforts to build a new BAE Systems facility in Fort Wayne are moving forward. The Journal Gazette reports the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board has approved incentives for a proposed $39 million plant near Fort Wayne International Airport. The move would preserve more than 1,000 jobs in the Allen County city.

Organizations to Boost Elkhart Marketing Efforts

An initiative designed to market the city of Elkhart is set to receive $250,000. The funding for Supporting Our Main Assets, a program launched by Mayor Dick Moore and guided by the Lerner Theatre board, will come from the Elkhart County Convention & Visitor's Bureau and the county's redevelopment commission.

NASCAR Sends Trees to Westfield Sports Park

Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield is receiving nearly 100 trees as part of a NASCAR program designed to offset carbon emissions from races. The 400-acre complex is scheduled to open in the spring.

Pence Announces BMV Leader

Gov. Mike Pence has appointed Kent Schroder interim commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He has served in executive roles with the organization since 2005 and will succeed Scott Waddell, who announced his resignation last month.

Hubbard Program to Reward Teachers

The Indianapolis-based Hubbard Family Foundation Inc. has announced a plan to invest up to $400,000 to reward "life-changing" Indianapolis Public Schools teachers. The United Way of Central Indiana will administer the program which will select four teachers each year to receive $25,000.

Development Continues in Downtown South Bend

South Bend-based Matthews LLC is planning to invest $2.5 million in a project to build a five-story apartment complex in the city's downtown. It's expected to be complete next spring. South Bend officials say more than a dozen new urban businesses have opened during the last couple months.

Celadon Announces Canadian Deal

Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. is expanding its footprint in Canada. It has a deal to acquire selected assets from N. Yanke Transfer Limited in Saskatchewan. Celadon says the agreement, along with the acquisition of Hyndman Transport earlier this year, should bring its number of drivers in Canada to more than 800.

LNG Station Set to Open

Officials are set to cut the ribbon on the state's latest liquefied natural gas station. The event will take place tomorrow in Sellersburg.

Salin Bank Hires VP

Indianapolis-based Salin Bank & Trust Co. has named Frank Whelan vice president. He most recently served in a similar position at Bank of Montreal - BMO Harris Bank.

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