More nonstop service to a key technology destination is coming to the Indianapolis International Airport. Frontier Airlines says it will begin a new flight to Austin, Texas April 10.
Evansville airport adds sunny nonstop route: Evansville Regional Airport has announced a new seasonal nonstop flight to a popular tourist destination. Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport by Las Vegas-based Allegiant will begin June 8, joining Chicago as the two nonstop destinations at EVV.
Gen Con extends with Indianapolis: Gen Con has extended its agreement to hold its massive gaming event in Indianapolis through 2022. Last year's event attracted record turnstile attendance of nearly 208,000.
Indiana Amish gene mutation shows longer life potential: Northeast Indiana's Amish population is at the center of research that could help people live longer. Results from a 2015 study that were published late last year in the journal ScienceAdvances suggests those who possess a specific gene mutation, first identified in 1991 by the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center in an Adams County girl with a rare bleeding disorder, live around a decade longer than normal. They also had lower insulin levels and diabetes rates. IHTC Pediatric Hematologist Sweta Gupta discussed the findings and the timeline for what's next during an interview with Barbara Lewis on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
Call for collaboration in Wabash Valley: A new plan designed to boost economic and political collaboration in a five-county region in the Wabash Valley has been launched. West Central 2025, patterned after the Indiana Chamber's Indiana Vision 2025 plan, will involve Vigo, Clay, Vermillion, Sullivan and Parke counties. Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Vice President Kristin Craig says the effort will serve as "another platform" to develop and promote regional assets.
Powderkeg details growth in Indy and beyond: Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has announced expansion plans that could add more than three dozen jobs over the next four years. The organization, which provides a subscription-based networking and growth-focused platform for technology entrepreneurs, is aiming to extend its footprint into 50 total markets by the end of 2020. During a June event in Indianapolis unveiling a name change, Chief Executive Officer Matt Hunckler told Inside INdiana Business that the platform helps connect founders, investors and resources in cities of all sizes.
Parent company seeks to sell Lids Sports Group: The Tennessee-based parent company of Lids Sports Group is attempting to sell the headwear and team athletics retailer that is headquartered in Zionsville. Genesco says it's part of an effort to focus on its footwear business, which includes Journeys locations in the United States and Schuh stores in the United Kingdom.
Nestlé tapping into Indiana wind power: Nestlé USA has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables' Meadow Lake VI wind farm in Benton County. As part of the deal, EDP says it will expand the farm's capacity by 50 MW, which it says is enough to power more than 17,000 homes for a year.
Walmart offers opportunities to DHL workers: A spokesman with Walmart tells Inside INdiana Business all 511 employees slated to be laid off at a DHL Supply Chain-operated logistics facility in Greenfield will "have an opportunity to transition to Walmart." The retailer is taking over operations at the facility and says a hiring and selection process is already underway for the DHL employees.
IoT Lab to have statewide impact: The chief executive officer of the Indiana IoT Lab, set to open March 21 in Fishers, says the 24,000 square-foot facility will have impact that extends well beyond Hamilton County. "We're seeing a ton of interest from around the state," said John Wechsler, during an interview on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick. Wechsler believes the IoT coworking space, the first in Indiana, can provide a cutting-edge technology boost to Hoosier companies in sectors that are traditionally strong in Indiana. "We believe Indiana is uniquely positioned as a leader in manufacturing, distribution and agriculture to lead in the next generation of those industries." Wechsler says he is already participating in "road shows," meeting with companies and communities around the state.
Manufacturer could bring 120 jobs to Fort Wayne: A manufacturer is seeking tax incentives from the city of Fort Wayne on a proposed $20.6 million investment. ElringKlinger, a global automotive supplier with a German parent company, says it plans to locate to a shell building in the Persistence Industrial Park and create 120 jobs.
Mixed-use development planned for 'The Yard': Thompson Thrift Retail Group has announced plans for a new mixed-use development at The Yard at Fishers District. The project will include more than 250 luxury apartment homes, 120,000 square feet of retail space, two hotel concepts and a three-story parking garage.
'Proven' entrepreneurial accelerator branches to Indiana: An accelerator for early-stage companies is extending its footprint to Indiana. The company, gener8tor, which currently operates in six markets in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, will offer its seven-week program to five Indianapolis startups at the end of April. The program, gBETA Indy, will include coaching, office space and mentor access, as well as networking opportunities with potential customers, corporate partners and investors. Indiana Economic Development Corp. Chief Innovation Officer Dave Roberts says the accelerator fills a gap in the state.
Nonprofit to join Electric Works: A Fort Wayne nonprofit has announced plans to be one of the inaugural tenants at the massive $440 million Electric Works development in the city's downtown. Fort Wayne Public Market says the site at the former General Electric campus will accommodate a wide variety of needs and offer flexibility.
Fort Wayne, Anderson distilleries open tasting rooms: A pair of distilleries in Allen and Madison counties are celebrating growth. Three Rivers Distilling Co. in Fort Wayne and Oakley Brothers Distillery in Anderson on Tuesday hosted grand opening celebrations for their new tasting rooms.
Manufacturing exec: Indiana has a 'population problem': The president of the Indiana Manufacturers Association says, to fill the growing number of openings in Indiana's manufacturing sector and beyond, the state needs to ramp up efforts to increase its population. "Our check engine light is on," says Brian Burton, "and it's blinking." He says the association is pushing a measure with state lawmakers that would exempt some people who move to Indiana for a job from paying state income tax for a number of years. Burton, who took part in Ivy Tech Community College's Sector Summit today, calls the population issue a "major problem."
I&M reaches settlement on rate increase: Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has reached a settlement agreement with several stakeholders regarding its proposed rate increase. The utility is now requesting an increase in electric rates of 7.26 percent, compared to the 20 percent it initially asked for in July.
Indiana RV maker announces tech venture: Elkhart-based Thor Industries will join with several companies to bring digital connectivity to RV owners across the world. The 50/50 joint venture, titled TH2, pairs Thor with New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings Ltd. Thor's initial investment in TH2 is $50 million.
Work begins on The Landing: Crews have begun construction on a more than $30 million mixed-use development in downtown Fort Wayne. The Landing includes restoration of seven buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the construction of one new building.