Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

The Trump administration’s third round of tariffs to be imposed on China includes handbags, a product made by northeast Indiana-based Vera Bradley.

Report Ranks Indiana Near Bottom For Gender Pay Gap

Sep 16, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The American Association of University Women’s 2018 gender pay gap report ranks Indiana 49th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Study: Crowdsourced Hospital Ratings May Not Be Fair

Sep 12, 2018
Hospital results at the federal government's Hospital Compare rating site. (Screenshot medicare.gov/hospitalcompare)
Lauren Chapman

Though many websites offer non-scientific ratings on a number of services, two Indiana University scientists say judging hospitals that way likely isn’t fair.

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Most construction firms in Indiana say they’re having a hard time filling trades positions, according to a report released Wednesday. It’s part of a national shortage of qualified construction workers. 

The Associated General Contractors of America surveyed construction firms across the country.

Indiana Manufacturers Association President and CEO Brian Burton presents at the regional summit held at Subaru in Lafayette. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Manufacturers Association visited Subaru in Lafayette Thursday, one of the several stops around the state meeting with manufacturers.

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

Fifth generation Elkhart County farmer Mike Morehouse comes from a family that’s been working the land for more than 150 years. Growing corn and soybeans, he recently bought a new grain bin to store his corn.

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A Wisconsin-based company has acquired a growing Indiana paper straw manufacturer.

Aardvark Straws is located in Fort Wayne and claims to be the sole U.S. producer of paper straws. It’s owned by Precision Products Group, which this week sold the company to disposable tableware manufacturer Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Ag Barometer Sees Record Decline In Producer Sentiment

Aug 7, 2018
(Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, which measures producer sentiment, has seen record declines following establishment of the Trump administration’s tariffs. July’s declines were the biggest since the measure was first established in 2015.

2018 Gen Con Rolls Out New Sustainability Efforts

Aug 3, 2018
One of the "Unboxing Stations" new to this year's Gen Con. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Gen Con – the largest table top gaming convention in North America – is expected to have more than 60,000 attendees playing hundreds of games over four days.

The heavy foot traffic can bring with it a lot of trash.

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