Inside INdiana Business

2013-02-03T00:00:00Z Inside INdiana BusinessGerry Dick Times Columnist nwitimes.com
February 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Purdue shifts to in-house legal counsel

After more than 130 years, Purdue University is changing its legal strategy. Steve Schultz has joined the school as legal counsel, shifting the advisory role away from Lafayette-based law firm Stuart & Branigin LLP. Schultz previously served as chief legal counsel to Purdue President Mitch Daniels during his time as governor.

 

Post office hiring hundreds in Indiana

Carmel-based Accelerated Tanks and Trailers has announced plans to open an operation in Fort Wayne. The company intends to invest nearly $4.2 million in upgrades and new equipment and hire up to 300 workers by 2016. Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance Vice President of Business Development Ashley Steenman says the company considered locations in Ohio and Michigan before deciding on Fort Wayne.

 

Elevate Ventures boosts Kendellville employer

A Noble County company has received $755,000 in seed funding from Elevate Ventures and private investors. Officials with Wolfpack Chassis are using the funding to secure a building and plan to hire about 20 workers for two initial assembly lines. CEO Robert Frost hopes the operation can start producing prototypes within the next week.

 

Auto supplier planning new jobs in Princeton

Vuteq USA is planning an economic development announcement Thursday at its Princeton plant that could involve around 100 jobs. Gibson County Economic Development Corp. CEO Todd Mosby says the move is welcome news as more than 1,200 people are looking for a job in the area. He tells Inside INdiana Business the Toyota supplier also considered Kentucky for the expansion, which could have cost jobs at the Princeton facility. Mosby says nearly one-third of the region's work force is tied to the automotive industry.

 

State facing trucker shortage

Indiana is part of a national trend among trucking companies, which are finding it difficult to hire qualified drivers. The Indiana Motor Truck Association's Barry Miller says the state is facing a "very significant shortage" of more than 1,200 drivers. He says the trucking lifestyle is one of the biggest hurdles to recruitment, as drivers are often away from home for days or even weeks.

 

Super Bowl spotlight on Indy organization

An Indianapolis organization is using the big stage of the Super Bowl to highlight the importance of service. Companies With a Mission has teamed with New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and the Purdue University graduate's Dream Foundation to give $1 million charities in this year's Super Bowl host city. It is the second year Companies With a Mission has held its "Super Service Challenge."

 

Caterer gets second helping at Super Bowl

A Hoosier catering company has earned another opportunity to work at events surrounding the Super Bowl. Frankfort-based Shoup's Country Foods Inc. is in New Orleans as part of a catering management team for high-profile gatherings including the official NFL tailgate party. Co-Owner Cindy Casey believes her business is the only one like it from Indiana participating this year. She says the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee deserves much of the credit for the company's repeat involvement.

Purdue prof touts football helmet technology

A Purdue University professor has patented a new football helmet liner that he says reduces G-force to a player's brain by 50 percent. Eric Nauman says reducing impact to the brain would be a "huge leap forward" for equipment that has remained mostly unchanged for decades. He says current helmets were designed to prevent skull fractures, not concussions or long-term brain damage. The research team hopes to commercialize the technology for professional and youth players.

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