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Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (Nasdaq: STLD) has announced an agreement to acquire Alabama-based Vulcan Threaded Products Inc. The deal is valued at $126 million and is expected to be complete in August. Vulcan makes threaded rod and metal bar products. Steel Dynamics CEO Mark Millett says the acquisition is part of a strategy rolled out last year to pursue "higher-margin downstream business opportunities" to boost growth.

Indiana RV blockbuster

Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) has announced the acquisition of another of the biggest names in the recreational vehicle industry. The $576 million deal makes Middlebury-based Jayco Corp. a Thor subsidiary.

Indy, Purdue communities remembering Jim Dora

An influential figure in the shaping of downtown Indianapolis has died. Jim Dora, who spent 22 years on the city's Capital Improvement Board of Managers, founded and chaired General Hotels Corp. The company was a developer and operator of multiple high-profile properties, including the Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn at Union Station. Dora was 80.

IRT staying put

The Indiana Repertory Theatre has signed a long-term lease extension with the city of Indianapolis. Mayor Joe Hogsett's office says the deal will save taxpayers $2.5 million over 10 years.

Lebanon Business Park deemed fiber-ready

The Lebanon Business Park has been certified AT&T Fiber Ready. The park is just the fifth site throughout Indiana to earn the distinction for its high-speed Internet connectivity.

IU names VP, CFO

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Indiana University has named John Sejdinaj vice president and chief financial officer. The appointment of Sejdinaj, who currently serves as vice president for finance at the University of Notre Dame, awaits final approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

Ground broken on Evansville RAD projects

Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties and the Evansville Housing Authority have broken ground on two Rental Assistance Demonstration projects totaling $18 million, which will provide public housing for seniors. Nearly 900 units will be rehabilitated throughout the city.

Reid Health, Community Health Network teaming up

Richmond-based Reid Health is partnering with Indianapolis-based Community Health Network to bring a new patient and care management system to Reid patients. The system, which is expected to take up to two years to implement, will give patients access to care management and medical record information.

Hoosier companies land Navy contracts

The United States Navy has awarded business to more than 600 contractors throughout the country, including seven in Indiana. Specific numbers for each contract were not released, but the government estimates a maximum of nearly $4 billion in services will be performed each year. The Indiana companies receiving contracts include: 5D Analytics LLC, in Bedford; American Structurepoint, in Indianapolis; Communications Products Inc., in Indianapolis; Odyssian Technology LLC, in South Bend; STLogistics, in Indianapolis; Strategic Technical Services LLC, in Carmel; and Tessa Two Inc., in Indianapolis.

Jeco Plastics names president

Plainfield-based Jeco Plastic Products has selected Kent Anderson as president. Anderson previously served as vice president of business development at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and executive director of the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Find more Indiana business news at www.InsideINdianaBusiness.com.

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