Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

Wind Farm Project at Purdue Hits Wall

Apr 2, 2012

The wind farm set to go up on Purdue’s campus is stalled.

The company, Performance Services, is halting the project while it looks for new sources of revenue.

Mitchell Martin is an assistant dean in Purdue’s College of Agriculture.

He says the timeline is unknown, but the project has not and will not affect the work the university is doing on the site.

The project was expected to cost around $200-million.

The plan is to put up about 60 wind turbines, 17 of which would be located on Purdue’s research land.

SIA wins healthy workforce award

Mar 30, 2012

A national organization is giving a Lafayette company its highest mark for employee fitness.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive earned platinum status from the American Heart Association for promoting physical activity in the workplace.

SIA Wellness Benefits Coordinator Megan Andresen says the company’s commitment to health starts with its facilities.

"We have an on-site recreational center where associates, their spouses, and dependents can go. It's free for them to use, free personal training, brand new equipment, they have group classes."

Italy-Based Company Coming to WL

Mar 30, 2012

An Italy-based company is investing $2-million to locate in the Purdue Research Park.

Genport SRL will base its North American Headquarters at the site.

The company develops high-energy electric generators and batteries for military, emergency and medical industries.

Officials plan to hire 20 high-wage employees by 2015.

Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette, along with The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, are offering incentives to Genport.'s new facility to bring jobs and money

Mar 28, 2012

An online retailer is adding business and jobs to Indiana. announced it will open its fifth distribution plant in the Hoosier state.

The facility will be located in Jeffersonville and is expected to open this fall.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation spokeswoman Katelyn Hancock says Amazon’s decision enhances the state’s reputation as an attractive place for business.

The state is providing Amazon $2-million in performance based incentives.

Tippecanoe Co. APC signs off on two projects

Mar 27, 2012

Area Plan Commission members voted in support of two rezoning requests for developments in Greater Lafayette.

The first will allow Alcoa to expand production on its existing property in Lafayette. The new $90 million facility will house an aluminum lithium casting production line, which will add 75 full-time jobs.

APC Assistant Director Ryan O’Gara says the project represents an important step for economic development in Lafayette.

Lafayette companies unveil expansion plans

Mar 22, 2012

Wabash National is looking to increase its production in Lafayette.

The company is seeking a tax abatement from the city to begin manufacturing vacuum tank trailers in its existing facility.

Senior Tax Manager Eric Demerly says the project could bring up to 60 new jobs to the area, with hourly wages around $17. He says getting the tax abatement is an important step in bringing this project to Lafayette.

Wabash National dedicates new Innovation Center

Mar 17, 2012


A Lafayette semi-trailer manufacturer has renovated 20,000 square feet of space to show off past and current products, and recent innovations. The facility will help incubate and launch future customer solutions.

Wabash National President and C.E.O. Dick Giromini says the space was designed with all stakeholders in mind.

'This American Life' Retracts Apple Story

Mar 16, 2012

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Gasoline prices have risen about 50 cents a gallon since January. The national average for regular gas stands at just above $3.80 per gallon.

Pity the drivers on the West Coast. Prices there have been much higher. At a Chevron station in Culver City, Calif., the price on Tuesday was $4.45 a gallon.

"I do building maintenance," Ursula Matthews said as she filled her tank. "I do a lot of driving from place to place. It's hurting me. I cannot raise the prices [of my services] with the economy what it is."