INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indy nails Lowe's deal

2014-07-21T14:24:00Z 2014-07-21T20:13:11Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indy nails Lowe's dealGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
July 21, 2014 2:24 pm  • 

The world's second-largest home improvement retailer is planning hundreds of jobs in central Indiana. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana Governor Mike Pence are scheduled to announce details on the project during a news conference Tuesday morning. Inside INdiana Business has confirmed Lowe's will announce plans for an Indianapolis call center. A source familiar with the deal says the center will be located at INTECH Park on the city's northwest side and could result in approximately 1,000 jobs.

Haas Hammers Out Lebanon Training Center Plan

Southern California-based machine tool builder Haas Automation Inc. will break ground Saturday in Boone County on a training center. Vincennes University will operate the new $1.5 million Gene Haas Training Center in Lebanon, which will offer Computer Numerical Control machinist training programs.

Renovations on Tap For Old Capital Building

A deputy director with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corp. says the upcoming state bicentennial celebration is a catalyst for nearly $1 million in renovations planned for the old capital building in Corydon. Laura Minzes says the building, first used in 1816, hasn't been upgraded since just after World War II.

Minzes says the organization wants to break ground in January. Listen

Indiana Thinkers Make 'Most Influential Minds' List

Several Hoosiers are on New York-based Thomson Reuters Corp.'s list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014." The annual ranking includes more than 3,200 scientists who published the highest number of articles that are cited by researchers.

Leadership Series Selects Annual Class

The Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series has announced this year's 25-member class. Formed in 1976, the Indianapolis program aims to "expand the ranks" of community and professional leaders.

Indiana Companies Test Drive Green Vehicles

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. is working with Columbus-based Cummins Inc. on an ultra-low carbon powertrain for commercial vehicles. Read More

Indy IT Consulting Firm Adds Chicago

Indianapolis-based Allegient LLC has revealed plans to expand to Chicago. The information technology consulting firm says the move is a result of "unprecedented demand for top IT offerings."

Historic Hotel Owner Exploring Options

The auction of a more than century-old Wabash Valley hotel property was unsuccessful. Jay Jones says the 12 Points Hotel and an adjoining building is valued at $200,000. The Tribune-Star in Terre Haute reports no bids came close to that price.

Speedway, Italian City Expand Partnership

The town of Speedway has announced an expanded sister-city agreement with an Italian city. The arrangement involves a high school cultural exchange program with the city of Varano de' Melegari beginning next year.

Purdue Homecoming For Mechanical School Leader

Purdue University has named Daniel Hirleman chief corporate and global partnerships officer. Hirleman is a former dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced, and former head of Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering. R

Indiana Steps Up Accountability Efforts

Indiana has launched an online initiative to provide Hoosiers more visibility, accountability and openness of state government. Governor Mike Pence says the Management and Performance Hub (MPH) website will help move Indiana in the direction of becoming more "effective, responsible and transparent."

Leading Index Logs Back-to-Back Gains

The Leading Index for Indiana has posted a slight increase this month, compared to June. The Indiana Business Research Center says the index has begun "a somewhat convincing recovery." IBRC Research Director Tim Slaper says "encouraging economic news" could fueling homebuilders' optimism.

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