INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana workers boosting Lilly battle

2013-11-14T12:47:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana workers boosting Lilly battleGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
November 14, 2013 12:47 pm  • 

The president of Eli Lilly and Co.'s diabetes division says Indiana's highly-skilled work force played a role in the decision to make a major investment in insulin device manufacturing in Indianapolis. Enrique Conterno says Lilly is positioned well to leverage products to combat the disease that has reached "epidemic" proportions. Lilly marked World Diabetes Day this morning by announcing a $700 million global investment in its continuing fight against the disease. Conterno says the company currently possesses an "unprecedented" treatment pipeline.

Study of Proposed Reservoir Clears Funding Hurdle

A plan to build a 2,100-acre reservoir in Madison and Delaware counties has landed $600,000 from the state for the second phase of a feasibility study. Corporation for Economic Development Anderson/Madison County Executive Director Rob Sparks says the group hopes to have a "very good idea" of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir's overall impact by spring.

Funding to Support Two Ivy Tech Locations

Ivy Tech Community College has announced two gifts that will support efforts in Lafayette and Frankfort. The Beck family and Beck's Superior Hybrids are helping to fund construction in Frankfort and an initiative to expand the Lafayette campus. The Frankfort site has also received a grant from Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM).

State Approves Upgrades to Rockport Power Plant

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power can move forward with improvements that will help its Rockport Generation Plant meet federal environmental standards. The commission says the project will cost around $260 million, compared to previously-proposed methods which would have cost approximately $1.4 billion.

Entrepreneur Invests in Eye Care Business

The owner of Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound has made a major investment into an eye care provider in the city. Longe Optical says Chuck Surack's infusion of nearly $1 million is funding an all-digital optical lab.

Construction Company Shuffles Leadership

Chicago-based Pepper Construction Group has named Bill McCarthy chief executive officer. He has served as president of Pepper Indiana since 1995. The announcement is one of several leadership changes unveiled today by the company.

Lebanon to Dedicate Community Center

Lebanon Community School Corp. is set to dedicate the new Herman B. Wells Community Center. This afternoon's event will spotlight the convention center space, which was funded by the school district and the city of Lebanon.

Rolls-Royce Marks Milestone Engine

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 1,500th AE 2100 engine for Lockheed Martin aircraft. The engine is manufactured, assembled and tested in Indianapolis. Rolls-Royce says the milestone unit has been sent to a Lockheed Martin facility in Georgia for an aircraft that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year.

Indiana Tech Announces 'Fast Track' Degrees

Fort Wayne-based Indiana Tech has detailed new, faster degree programs. The "Three to Degree" and "Four to More" initiatives will offer three-year bachelor's and four-year master's degrees beginning next fall.

IU Event to Examine Obesity

An Indiana University event next week in Indianapolis will focus on economic opportunities for businesses that address worldwide obesity. The latest installment in the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series will feature a keynote address from Donald Hensrud from the Mayo Clinic.

AT&T Extends Mobile Footprint

AT&T Inc. has expanded 4G LTE coverage in parts of central Indiana. The company has upgraded more than a dozen cell sites in Marion, Shelby and Johnson counties.

Knox County Company Buys Evansville Firm

Vincennes-based The AME Group has acquired an Evansville consulting business. The company says the deal involves more than a dozen Information Technology Architects Inc. employees and will bolster its health care and human resources offerings.

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