INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: New life for Kokomo plant

2013-10-15T12:20:00Z 2013-10-15T16:09:12Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: New life for Kokomo plantGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 12:20 pm  • 

A company that manufactures porcelain products is planning to invest nearly $15 million in Howard County. Plans call for Patriot Porcelain LLC to upgrade and equip the former Kokomo Sanitary Pottery Plant, where it will locate toilet manufacturing operations. The company intends to create up to 140 jobs by next year. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the deal was nearly three years in the making. He says it is "extremely important" to attract non-automotive jobs and diversify the economy.

 

Conexus Launches Another Regional Logistics Council

Conexus Indiana is partnering with One Southern Indiana to form the Southeast Indiana Regional Logistics Council. The initiative will focus on advancing infrastructure projects and boosting the region's logistics work force. Conexus has established similar councils throughout the state.

 

Press Ganey Creates Institute for Innovation

In an effort to improve patient care, South Bend-based Press Ganey Associates Inc. has launched a nonprofit research collaboration. The Institute for Innovation is made up of a 21-member council that consists of health care executives from throughout the country.

 

IU School of Education Honors Alumni

The Indiana University School of Education has given its Distinguished Alumni Award to four leaders. Honorees include the founder of a human resources firm in Malaysia, a university social work dean and a Navajo Nation official.

 

Jayco Founders Launch Legacy Fund

Middlebury-based Jayco Inc. says its founding family has established a legacy fund to support poor communities in Latin American countries. The Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager Jayco Legacy Fund will provide micro-loans to small businesses throughout Central and South America.

 

Purdue Center Developing New Materials

A new research center at Purdue University is focusing on discovering and marketing advanced high-tech materials. Officials say the Purdue Center for Predictive Materials and Devices will help the university compete for "significant" federal and industrial investments.

 

Groundbreaking Set For Senior Housing

A ceremony set for Thursday in Indianapolis will mark the start of construction on a nearly $12 million mixed-use senior property. BWI Development & Management LLC President Gary Hobbs tells Inside INdiana Business the Clifton Square project will serve as a "catalyst" for the area and is expected to create around two dozen jobs.

 

INDOT Seeks Winter Workers

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced seasonal hiring plans for the west central part of the state. INDOT is planning a series of job fairs this month as it looks for snow plow drivers and maintenance workers.

 

Kaplan to Host Career Fair

Kaplan University is planning a career fair next week in Indianapolis. The school expects more than 45 local employers to participate.

 

Canadian Consul General Coming to Indiana

The Consul General of Canada in Detroit is set to deliver a presentation next week in Indianapolis. Roy Norton will discuss the trade relationship between Indiana and Canada during an event at Ivy Tech Community College.

 

IUPUI to Host Minority STEM Conference

A major conference to explore ways for more minority students to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers is set for next week in Indianapolis. The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence is planning its first national convention.

 

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