INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: NiSource, IBM announce big deal

2014-05-13T12:22:00Z 2014-05-13T16:00:14Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: NiSource, IBM announce big deal

Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. has signed a $600 million technology partnership with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM). The seven-year agreement continues an information technology relationship that started in 2005.

Chrysler to Show Off Tipton Plant

Chrysler Group LLC will dedicate its global production facility for a nine-speed automatic transmission this afternoon in Tipton. The automaker has pumped more than $160 million into the plant since acquiring the building last year. Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne will attend the ceremony. Chrysler has put together a video showing the activity at the plant.

Northern Indiana Plant Slated to Shut Down

A Minnesota-based company is planning to close its bus refurbishment center in Nappanee. In a notice to the state, ABC Companies says the move is expected to affect up to 160 workers.

Governor to Discuss Healthy Indiana Plan Growth

Governor Mike Pence will detail the state's efforts this week to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan. The governor met with former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius earlier this year to discuss growing the program.

Wabash College Names Honorary Degree Recipients

Wabash College has announced three honorary degree recipients for next week's commencement ceremony. They include Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. Chairman Steve Ferguson, who graduated from the Crawfordsville school in 1963.

MV-1 Maker Signs Canadian Distribution Deal

South Bend-based Mobility Ventures LLC has signed a distribution agreement with a Canadian company. Ontario-based MV-1 Canada will be the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Indiana company's MV-1 wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

Dow Agro Herbicide Breaks Into Chinese Market

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC has received approval for a herbicide in a key global market. The Chinese registration is the company's first involving Arylex. Dow AgroSciences believes it will be cleared to enter more markets this year.

Meijer Continues to Grow in Indiana

New Meijer supercenters are now open in Plainfield and Whitestown. The Michigan-based retailer says the stores have created hundreds of jobs. Meijer will open a similarly-sized location next month in Tippecanoe County.

Big Gift to Boost IU Med School

A prominent Indiana businessman has announced a $1.3 million gift to the Indiana University School of Medicine. The donation from Danny Danielson will support research on urologic diseases.

Manufacturing Program Gaining Momentum

A Purdue University-led program that focuses on improving and assisting Indiana manufacturers is showing signs of success. In less than a year, more than a dozen companies have launched technology-adoption projects through the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center.

Huntington Taps BBB For Treasurer

Huntington University has named Greg Smitley treasurer and vice president for business and finance. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana and will begin the new role next month.

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