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Letter from the Editor October • November 2018

I’m always fascinated by how entrepreneurially minded folks find ways to make a living by filling unfilled niches. Way back when automation first started to take hold, and assembly lines started displacing the home-based artisan/manufacturer, people would fill in the gaps. They would screw on the widgets, feed the pieces into the machines and retrieve the finished product at the end of the line. Progress has always been about automating those mundane tasks that don’t take a lot of skill but might take a lot of time. So, at some point, someone came up with the idea of the vibratory feeder. That is, a contraption that feeds identical parts into a machine without a person having to place each one. The vibrating motion keeps the parts moving and the design orients them in a uniform order so they can be delivered into some other machine, the same way every time.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

Designing these machines takes ingenuity and creativity because each one is a custom job, determined by the shape of the widget and how it’s fed into the assembly process. It comes as no surprise, considering Indiana’s manufacturing legacy, that vibratory feeder fabricators thrive here. In fact, we’re something of an industry epicenter, with dozens located in Central Indiana and several right here in Hamilton County. Most are small businesses, shops that employ skilled metalworkers, the kind of tradesmen that are becoming rarer these days. These are the kinds of businesses that traditionally provided good jobs for small communities and gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to get started in business. We are delighted to highlight a couple of our own in this edition, and here’s hoping those trades skills remain in demand for many generations to come.

Skills Gap I got a reminder recently of the dangers of letting trade skills lapse. I was in a meeting with a consultant to the city of Noblesville on the Levinson project, a multi-use proposal for downtown. The consultant said the only way to make these kinds of projects attractive to developers is for the city to become a financial partner. I asked why that is necessary these days when private capital built buildings downtown for years without subsidies. He said the cost of construction has become so high that they can’t afford to build them without help, and construction costs are a direct result of the skills gap. Tradesmen (and women) are retiring much faster than new workers are getting into the trades and the shortage is driving up wages (which are costs to developers). I know the chambers and schools are working to close that gap and it appears the help can’t come soon enough.

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Management Charles Waldo

Seeking the Top 10%: Part 2 Developing the Next Generation of Leaders “Find me someone who gets things done; someone with the ‘Right Stuff.’” I started my article in the last issue of the HCBM with the quote above. Developing and keeping executives—or any employee for that matter—with the “right stuff” is a significant challenge and of critical importance to the organization. Studies show that only about 10% of any typical workforce can be objectively classified as “major league players.” No organization will have all A+ employees but they are such major contributors and make such big differences that they’ve got to be both groomed for larger jobs and protected from would-be raiders. Note that what follows holds true for smaller as well as larger organizations with Hamilton County fortunate to have both types.

Qualities of “High Flyers” The last issue identified these qualities from three management development authorities. Here’s a quick review of the findings from executive recruiters James Citrin and Richard Smith, of Spencer Stuart & Associates. Those with long, extraordinary careers 1) know how value is created in the workplace and translate that knowledge into action; 2) They practice benevolent leadership. They give, then get, trust and loyalty, in that order; 3) They find ways to overcome the “permission paradox”—getting the OK to take on assignments for which they are not well prepared, then finding ways to succeed; 4) They ruthlessly allocate their time and energy using the 80/20 principle (aka “Pareto’s Law”)—applying most of their time and energy (the 80%) to the relatively few (the 20%) projects or tasks from which they get the biggest bangs for their bucks and make the most positive differences; and 5) They find the right job and employer fit for their 8

strengths, passions, and people. Sometimes this means joining a new organization or starting their own.

Nature or Nurture? You might know of a child who, from an early age, demonstrated the inner drive and psychological wherewithal to be a leader wherever she lighted. The so-called “born leader.” I’ve known twins and close-to-the-same-age siblings, raised by the same parents in more or less the same home situation, whose behaviors, preferences, and abilities were decidedly different from each other right from the beginning. How about you?

Getting a strong, formal education in an area of high interest is essential as beginning professionals need to know and be able to use the “tools of their trade.” For example, young accountants need to know the fundamental accounting rules and practices inside and out. But, if they show signs of promotability as a member of a client serving team, they might be assigned to head up a small team. Then leadership abilities begin to take front stage—usually a topic their college education probably only touched on, much less provided practice with coaching. What about masters degrees, company sponsored workshops, and other professional seminars and courses? I doubt anyone would argue against the potential value of such developmental offerings. But no surveys I’ve seen of “High Flyers” gave significant value to such endeavors. I taught many MBA classes for adults at Anderson University and often talked to grads about what they most valued from their two or three years of night school with us. Most AU MBA’s went through the program as a cohort, with the same 25 or so adult classmates, who came from a wide variety of undergraduate schools and programs, employers, types of positions, ages, races, nationalities, and so on. Different perspectives, motivations, ways of tackling problems, and building contact networks were high on grads’ “valued most” list. They said they enjoyed and profited from most of their ten—twelve courses (Intellectual Intelligence) but valued the Emotional Intelligence aspects of the program much more. They did say that the more realistic and simulating the course was to the “real world,” the higher its value to them.

“Leadership is all about

motivating, positioning,

guiding, rewarding, and so on—PEOPLE issues.” Other persons might not show any signs of leadership and motivation abilities for a number of years, perhaps into their thirties or later when, wham!, a stimulating, appealing situation presents itself and they become different people, diving into the opportunity with passion and vigor. Sometimes they succeed; sometimes the passion is there but not the ability. Both factors are needed.

What about formal education? As a prof for 31 years I’ve observed that most students only begin to develop or acquire many of the tools of the “High Flyer” in college. Persons with high levels of the “Right Stuff” are loaded with Emotional Intelligence but may be just average in Intellectual Intelligence.

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What counts most? You probably already know the answer: “Trial by Fire.” Taking on a tough, unfamiliar problem. Learning through experiences, even negative ones. Leadership is all about motivating, positioning, guiding, rewarding, and so on—PEOPLE issues. You can read all the best books on Leadership and Management—not a bad idea if you have the time—but getting onto the “playing fields of life” is quite a different story. Failures take place in the real world, unlike in books. Many people learn more from their failures or rejections than successes; others get destroyed. “Stepping up” is risky business. So ask yourself about VERY important lessons of life you learned. How? Experience or books and courses? Successes or setbacks?

much guidance and just enough to keep a disaster from happening.

More Resources One of the best books I’ve found on developing leaders with the “right stuff” is High Flyers: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders by Dr. Morgan McCall, formerly of The Center for Creative Leadership and the University of Southern Californian. The CCL also has many other excellent books on developing people through experiences. Check their website. Another authority on practical leadership is the Rev. Dr. John Maxwell who has a wide assortment of his writings on his website plus works by other writers and consultants. He also has some insightful and humorous YouTube videos. There are many other sources.

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In the work world, leadership learning experiences can take many forms from heading up a new product or process development team; to building a new sales team; to taking over the helm of a sagging production facility; to going out of state or out of country for a couple of years into an unfamiliar environment. Sometimes the individual will see the opportunity and volunteer or campaign for the chance to tackle it. Other times an astute boss or mentor will see the potential benefits of the assignment and urge you towards it.

One last tip: As you move through leading a team on a successful endeavor, keep notes of what went right and wrong; strategies used to keep the project moving, surprises, other key players, what you learned, etc. If you demonstrate the “Right Stuff,” you might just be having interviews with recruiters who might ask: “Tell me about a recent project you headed that went right (or wrong). How did you tackle it? What went right and wrong? How did you see your role? What did you learn from this experience? What would you do differently or keep the same? Why?” Be ready.

key responsibility

of every boss—one

front and back end development

which many do not do well.”

Providing good learning experiences accompanied by judicious coaching and mentoring is a key responsibility of every boss—one which many do not do well. It’s a lot more than simply describing the problem and telling the would-be solver to “Just go fix it and don’t come back until it is.” Yet the boss can’t hover over the would be leader like a mother duck over her ducklings. It’s a delicate balance between too

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” (Chinese proverb) HCBM Charles Waldo, Ph.D., is Professor of Marketing (ret.) in Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He can be reached at

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Ethics Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

The Ethical Negotiator

Is it wrong to take advantage of the unprepared? The day and time for the negotiation has arrived. You are fully prepared to do battle—your goals are defined; you know what you want to achieve; your questions are prepared; and you even prepared answers to likely questions from your opponents. You have practiced, practiced, and practiced some more. Within minutes, however, it is apparent that your opponent is not as well prepared or doesn’t understand how the negotiation process works. This was not what you expected. The late, great R&B singer Marvin Gaye put it this way: “Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.” So, what do you do when your opponent is unprepared to do battle? Should you take advantage of the situation? And if so, how? These are tough questions and answering them may involve balancing your negotiation power and interests along with your personal values, beliefs and ethics. Here are my recommendations.

The Question Tactic First, in the game of poker, there is a saying that goes like this: “Play stupid and win smart.” Likewise, in a competitive negotiation, your opponent may attempt to get you to underestimate their negotiation skills. When your opponent is cleverly clueless during a negotiation, it could be a strategy called “The Question Tactic” and it works like this: your opponent will act dumb by asking what appears to be amateur or “stupid” questions. The goal is to tap into your tendency to let your guard down if you believe you are helping individuals you regard as less informed or less intelligent than you are. Answering “stupid” questions makes you feel important. Thus, negotiators will attempt to skillfully hide their smarts to make you feel superior and as a result, more strategically important information is 10

flowing from your side instead of the other way around. So, what should you do? Rule number one is simple—don’t assume anything. False assumptions and worse yet, acting on deeply ingrained ideas and stereotypes about the other side’s negotiation style, experience and aptitude can be costly and downright dangerous. One of the best ways to thwart this tactic is to remember that information is power. Thus, find out as much as you can about your opponent’s negotiation reputation and skill set before you sit down at the table. Watch for clues such as body movement, speech patterns and reactions to what you say. In addition, don’t get bogged down in the

“Don’t be dishonest or insincere, but don’t put all your cards on the table.” inertia of an opponent’s endless barrage of questions by providing answers that could potentially hurt your negotiation position. Instead, patiently listen to the questions and then continue to be laserfocused in implementing your planned negotiation strategies. Second, even if the other side is not familiar with a negotiation process typically used within a certain business context or industry, determine if the negotiation will involve a future and beneficial relationship between you and the other side. For example, let’s say that you are a sales manager, and in your industry, the best deals are made when you create solutions that satisfy mutual long-term goals and interests—yours and the purchasing directors. In this

case, you have successfully negotiated renewed contracts with guaranteed sales with a purchasing director for the past several years. The purchasing director trusts your competence and good intentions, but she recently retired, and you are now negotiating a large renewal contract with a new purchasing director, who is also new to the industry. To your surprise, in this negotiation, unlike the industry standard, you discover that the new purchasing director’s primary goal is to obtain the best price for every item with few concessions and little information sharing with you. As a result, you can’t formulate a best offer. In this or similar situations, consider educating the less-knowledgeable purchasing director about the objective industry-wide standard for successful negotiations. The more clarity, trust and commitment you can build regarding the process, the less likely your counterpart will distrust you. Moreover, attempt to normalize the process by providing examples of benefits his or her company reaped in past negotiations when the process included mutual communication of information about shared goals and interests. Since all negotiations involve risk, understand that the chances are high that the new purchasing director may initially distrust you. If that is the case, manage your reputation by calling on the former purchasing director to help you educate the newbie. Perhaps you should also consider giving out more information about your perspective, needs and interests. And don’t forget to be patient—a lot of learning may have to take place as the initial negotiation moves forward and you work to build a trusting partnership. Remember to keep your eye on the prize, which is to establish and maintain a long-term

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business relationship that will garner additional renewed contracts.

Competitive Advantage There are times, however, when negotiations should not become a tell-all, buddy-buddy activity. If the negotiation will not most likely involve the need for a future working relationship between

“...people will

from you today may become a skilled and formidable winner—just like you. First impressions, particularly if they are negative, can disproportionally impact your counterpart’s perception of you now and in the future. Or as Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In sum, at the very start of the negotiation, you need to answer this question—is taking advantage of my

less-knowledgeable opponent the right thing to do, the best thing to do, or the worst thing to do? HCBM

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow teaches management and business law at IU’s Kelley School of Business and is President of ChangePro LLC, a leadership development consultancy.

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you and your opponent, you can and, in some cases should, attempt to gain a competitive advantage. In these contexts, it is important to be strategic in what information you share with the other party. Don’t be dishonest or insincere, but don’t put all your cards on the table.


Finally, you may have more experience now, but it doesn’t mean that this will be the case the next time you see your former “clueless” opponent. He or she may not be as skilled or experienced as you are now, but keep in mind that you never know where that person may end up and there may be a chance you will negotiate with him or her again down the road. Great negotiators are self-made, which means with time and practice, the amateur negotiator sitting across the table


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Cloud Based Storage and Backup Solutions What’s the difference? There are many options today for storing and backing up your documents, photos and music. For the past few years, cloud based solutions have been popular in both areas. There is really no “best” service. It all depends on your needs. The companies below have many offerings. Storage vendors range from small free packages to large packages in the $20 per month fee area. Cloud backup vendors charge a monthly fee based on your backup space required, usually $12 to $40 per month.

What’s the difference between Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup? Cloud storage vendors like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud and Amazon Drive offer space to store your files and share them among your devices. Some offer more robust team-based sharing with a rights structure (admins have full rights and different user levels limit the ability to add, edit or delete files). I suggest that my clients make a backup of their Cloud data to a local external hard drive once per month as an added precaution. Vendors will tell you they backup your account data, but I have seen circumstances where data falls through the cracks based on timing. Cloud backup vendors like Carbonite, Norton, and Acronis allow you to backup a data set from your site to a reserved storage area (not for being used or shared, just for a backup archive). Most vendors will have an online dashboard to manage your backups and all will have a reporting system to inform you of any problems that may arise. Most vendors feature FERPA, GLBA & HIPAA compliancy.

Where is the Cloud? The cloud is not a magic place where fairies and unicorns live. The Cloud is 12

based on physical computer systems located in a Network Operations Center (NOC) somewhere on earth. The location could be US based, but most likely is in India or China. They are large network servers with huge amounts of hard drive storage.

Is the Cloud secure? Any information you put on the internet could be compromised (repeat that twice). I can say that all companies listed above feature encryption for the data being passed back and forth from your

computer/devices—and they employ advanced security schemes that are FERPA, GLBA & HIPAA compliant. However, I’m sure you hear the media reports about weekly security compromises. Below is a link to a list of data breaches for 2018 to date—scroll down through the bottom of the page. You may be surprised who has been hacked and what data has been compromised.

Understanding cloud based restoration This section is not so much about services offered (those are pretty straight forward) but the process and time of restoration.

When you setup a program like Carbonite and define your backup set, it may take 4-6 days to upload or “seed” data to populate the first backup. The time depends on your internet speed and network traffic in your home or office. From there, the daily backup will upload only the files in your data set that have changed. Let’s say your hard drive crashes. You get a new hard drive, load the operating system and all programs, and then install Carbonite to restore your data set. It will take 3-5 days for the data set to be restored! Please be prepared for this—it is not a fast process. I often ask clients to list their most important files—usually Quickbooks, Word/Excel files and their browser bookmarks. These are reasonably small to download so the client can get back to being productive. Then you start the main restoration and wait. NOTE: Your download speed is usually faster than your upload speed. The restoration goes a bit faster than the original upload. Go to to test your service speeds.

Another backup? In addition to the Cloud backup, I suggest that clients do a secondary backup of their computer data onto an external hard drive for an added layer of protection. The external drive should be stored offsite in a fire-proof lock box. HCBM

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SAFETY NET County’s Employers Depend on Trinity Free Clinic for Their Workers By Mike Corbett s Hamilton County’s population continues to grow and the cost of living here continues to rise, there’s a growing concern about housing for the workforce. How do we accommodate wage earners who need half their income or more just to pay for a place to live? Less talked about, but just as pressing, is their need for health care. The high cost of health insurance puts it out of reach for lower paid workers, so health care is often not available through their employers. 14

Patient receiving vision screening by medical volunteer.

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In order to qualify for services, workers must live in Hamilton County and meet specific income guidelines. The average patient comes from a family of four and earns about $24,000 a year. Joe Lazarra owns Joe’s Butcher Shop on Main Street in Carmel. “We’ve looked into providing health insurance for our full time employees,” he says, “but the costs are nearly $200,000 per year and that type of expense would not allow us to remain in business.” He offers additional wages or salary to help employees purchase insurance through

the federal Affordable Care Act, but even with subsidies that insurance can be out of reach. He says some employees qualify for the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan, a low-cost insurance program, but that often leaves gaps, and that’s where Trinity steps in. “The most common urgent care need for our employees is dental care,” says Lazarra. “An infection, abscess, or broken tooth can lead to missed days at work and not treating an ongoing infection can lead to bigger issues.” He also praises Trinity’s health care navigation

Amy Kazmier, Trinity Free Clinic Dental Operations Director, applies fluoride varnish to a little patient.

Increasingly, employers and their workers are relying on the Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel. Founded 18 years ago, the clinic bills itself as Hamilton County’s medical and dental safety net. It provides acute health care for qualifying Hamilton County residents free of charge. Last year, it served more than 3600 low income residents, a 59% increase in just two years.

Servant’s Heart The clinic is run by nine paid professional staff and an army of 377 volunteer health care providers with a variety of backgrounds…everything from dental students to retirees, with both medical and non-medical skills. “One thing that all of our volunteers have in common is a servant’s heart,” says Executive Director Dina Ferchmin. “They come to work at Trinity in the evening after they have put in a hard day of work, or they will sacrifice their Saturday to care for our patients. I am most impressed by their dedication and love to those they serve.”

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service, which helps workers find their best health care options. Scott Heinemeyer, VP of Leadership and Development for Hittle Landscaping, a 45 year old Westfield company, discovered Trinity Free Clinic about a year ago. Hittle has 250 employees, many of whom earn $12.58/hour, which qualifies as low income at the clinic. The company refers its laborers to the clinic as their primary health care provider. Heinemeyer says it’s been a good fit. “We share similar core values,” he says. “It’s now a piece of our story, and shows that we are a company that cares about our employees.”

Dignity and Respect

65. Medicare does not cover dental insurance and I am in desperate need. Your clinic is an answer to prayer and a blessing so that I will not lose my teeth.” Operating on a $1.4 million budget, nearly half of Trinity’s revenue is in-kind, everything from medicine to rent. One third of their cash revenue is earned through annual events IU School of Dentistry students and faculty serving at the like the upcoming Run for Trinity Free Clinic. Wellness, a 5, 10, or 15K run on October 13 through Carmel It’s clear the not for profit plays a crucial neighborhoods on roads and the Monon role in maintaining the health of the Trail. The remaining two thirds is concounty’s workers. Asked if he feels an tributed by government, private donaobligation toward Trinity, Hittle’s Heinemeyer says “It’s not an obligation but we cer2017 Services Provided tainly want to help them.” Women's Care, 268,

Almost half of Trinity’s patients work in food service, retail, or construction. Noblesville residents are most likely Behavioral Health 4% to use the service, followed by Counseling, 416, 6% Says Ferchmin, “Although Immuniza�ons, Carmel, Westfield and Fishers. 320, 4% this is a great benefit to em60% of patients are foreign Acute Dental Care, ployers, we do not require Eye Glasses Fi�ngs, 1838, 25% born, with most coming from 254, 4% anything in return. If an Venezuela and Mexico and a employer can support the Eye Exams, 288, 4% surprisingly large percentage clinic and therefore allow (6%) from Egypt. Venezuelan us to continue our mission, Lorem ipsum refugees coming to Hamilthen we are grateful. We do Pediatric, 752, 10% ton County are fleeing the depend solely on the genPreven�ve Dental social dictatorship which has Hypertension, 124, erosity of others to provide Care for Kids - Tools 2% devastated their country. The for School, 968, free medical and dental care 13% Egyptians who have relocated Physical Therapy, to the low income residents 202, 3% to the area are mostly Coptic Acute Medical Care, and workers of Hamilton 1642, 23% Asthma, 66, 1% Podiatry, 88, 1% Christian refugees fleeing County. If an employer religious persecution. And it’s cannot support us, it makes a godsend for the county’s elno difference to the qualderly, as recounted in this letter of thanks tions, foundation grants and hospitals. ity of care that we will provide to their 1.5% comes from churches. from one patient: “I lost my husband employees. All patients are treated with to cancer and have no income except Ferchmin says employees from nearly equal professionalism, dignity, and $1300/month social security. I also lost 1000 Hamilton County businesses used respect at our clinic.” HCBM my HIP Plus 2.0 insurance when I turned Trinity’s services in the last two years.

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Doug Daubenspeck and Max Thompson of Vibromatic

Dozens of local fabricators keep assembly lines running smoothly By Susan Hoskins-Miller Photos by Stan Gurka t’s not widely known in most circles that the Midwest has scores of companies that manufacture vibratory feeders. Several are right here in central Indiana and in Hamilton County. Vibratory feeders are used in manufacturing plants to sort out parts quickly before they go on a normal conveyor belt to get them from one place to where they need to be. The system works best for small parts and pieces. But instead of relying on

a person at one end of a conveyor belt to sort the parts into a row all lined up neatly, many small pieces are dumped into a specially designed bowl, hand fabricated from sheet metal to the manufacturer’s size and shape specifications. The bowl is attached to a vibrating machine and the vibrating bowl does the sorting and lining up of the pieces. They then are fed onto a conveyor belt where

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they travel in a straight line to where they need to be, whether it’s into a box for shipment or to the next step in the manufacturing process. How do all these small pieces get sorted out by a vibrating piece of equipment? It seems like it would be not at all precise. In fact, it looks as if it would be haphazard, but it isn’t.

Ducks in a Row “Have you ever watched the “I Love Lucy” episode where she is wrapping candy from a conveyor?” asked Doug Daubenspeck of Vibromatic Company in Noblesville. “If so, you know it doesn’t take her long to screw up the semi-automated system as a human repeating a simple task over and over.” Daubenspeck said with a vibratory feeder system, you dump the parts in a bowl in bulk and the machine lines them up, “likes ducks in a row.” “We not only orient them like ducks in a row, but in many cases we are feeding them out at rates of over 100 parts a minute, and in multiple lines so a threeline feeder is feeding out 300 oriented parts a minute, which a human cannot do,” he said. “It will also work 24/7 with no breaks.” Vibromatic is one of 36 vibratory feeder companies in Indiana, and there are even more in surrounding states in the Midwest. “The Midwest is a hotbed for this niche industry,” said Brandon Anderson, COO of Vibcon, another vibratory feeder manufacturer, located in Arcadia. “The automotive industry is centered in the Midwest, so I think that’s a big reason why there are so many companies located here.”

Tooling a Vibromatic feeder bowl.

Daubenspeck said the reason has more to do with Vibromatic.

the corporate ladder to becoming plant manager at Vibromatic in Noblesville.

“Vibromatic was founded in 1955 and is the oldest feeder company in the Midwest area,” he said. “One of the founders learned the trade on the east coast and moved to Indiana and started Vibromatic along with a local mechanical engineer. So, Vibromatic has created a large family tree as it has brought people into the business and trained them and they left and started their own business.”

Jeff Anderson bought Vibcon in 2010. Like most vibratory feeder companies, Vibcon was and still is essentially a mom and pop shop. Employees are considered part of the family. Brandon said his family has always been involved in the industry, but his father was the driving force. After Jeff lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2017, Brandon’s mother, Robin Anderson, took over as CEO. Brandon moved into the COO spot, and his sister, Jessica Anderson, is Human Resources Director.

Family Business

Brandon Anderson’s father, the late Jeff Anderson, is one of those who learned the While most of Vibcon’s business centers business from the ground up at Vibromatic. around the automotive industry, it does serve other clients. Vibcon has worked “My father had a presence in the industry for 50 years, learning the art of build- with the U.S. Army to sort ammunition that goes into shells. It’s even sorted Stevia ing vibratory machinery out of trade packets for Heartland Foods. But the client school and going to work and climbing he won’t ever forget was the U.S. Mint. The Mint brought some of its product—money—to Vibcon for a test run, to make sure the system would work well for its purposes. “Brinks trucks came full of money,” Brandon said. “They brought security guards inside here. We had to sign a lot of nondisclosure paperwork and there were extra layers of secrecy and security.” When the team from the Mint unloaded their product and brought it inside the factory for its test run, Brandon had to be careful not to laugh.

Clinton Moore works on vibratory feeder at Vibcon in Arcadia.


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Need for New Talent Brandon said the biggest challenge his company faces is finding employees. “The high schools don’t teach classes in trades any more like they used to and with about 60 percent of the Indiana workforce retiring over the next few years, many companies are scrambling to find new talent to fill these trade jobs in the vibratory industry. Vibcon applied and was awarded a state training grant last year to hire, train and retain new talent. The funds are being used in a partnership with Hamilton Heights High School. “It’s part of Congresswoman Susan Brooks classrooms to careers program,” Brandon said. “Hamilton Heights has added a new industrial wing to their building and Vibcon would like to start an intership program with them in the 2018-19 school year.” HCBM

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Dining Out

Courtney’s Kitchen offers meals like grandma may have made By Chris Bavender Photos by Stan Gurka

made biscuits and gravy on Saturday mornings, another uncle is our lunch delivery driver, and yet another uncle helps us with repairs. My aunt is the pie lady and if you haven’t had Aunt Annie’s homemade pies, you’re missing out!”

emember the friend’s house you loved hanging out at as a kid? You know the one— snacks waiting after school, lots of laughter, and an atmosphere that made you feel right at home. It was that feeling siblings Carrie and Cass Courtney were after when they opened Courtney’s Kitchen in Noblesville in 2010. “Our family was always the kitchen friends and family would gather to eat,” Carrie said. “We have always loved home-cooking and my brother loves doing it.”

Another aunt and cousin help on the register, another cousin maintains the website, while another helped design the window decals and signage. Carrie Courtney

Not to mention the restaurant business is in their blood. Their maternal grandfather (Englert) owned several businesses in Indianapolis and their grandma Englert cooked for them. Their paternal Grandma Courtney owned a restaurant named Marie’s Kitchen when their dad was growing up. “So we all get it honest, and we have plenty of homemade recipes to honor,” Carrie said. “In fact, that’s why Cass named the restaurant Courtney’s Kitchen, in reference and honor to Grandma Courtney.”

Family Affair Courtney’s Kitchen first opened at Noblesville’s American Legion on the square downtown. The duo rented the kitchen and made sure people liked their cooking.

“It was an honored opportunity and also made Grandpa Courtney, a WWII vet, very proud,” Carrie said. In May of 2011, Courtney’s Kitchen moved to its current location on Logan Street. Carrie, 40, handles front of house, book-work, baby holding, and some cooking; while Cass, 38, runs the kitchen, including ordering, deliveries, and repairs and—most importantly— is the main cook. But make no mistake— Courtney’s Kitchen is a family affair. From their parents to cousins and friends—everyone lends a hand.

No TV’s

“Our dad cameos as our breakfast cook often, which is why we only have breakfast on Saturday mornings, otherwise we are a lunch/dinner place. Our mother is our best employee and works in the kitchen with Cass three days a week,” Carrie said. “My uncle does the home20

“And my youngest cousin just got his first job with us,” Carrie said. “We are blessed with our family, but one reason is because you have to keep family a priority.”

Stroll in for a meal and you’ll instantly be struck with a feeling of being at home. Artwork by local artists provides a “fun collection” of décor and art to sell, mixed in with nostalgic cookware and family values. The color scheme of the restaurant is based off one of the main paintings in the dining room by Fishers artist

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Matthew Ludden, a close friend of Cass’ and the family. “We wanted you to feel like you were pulling up a chair at your mothers’ kitchens without formality, but with smiles,” Carrie said. “That’s why we have several different tables and chairs throughout the restaurant. Who knows, maybe one will actually remind you of yours!”

Chicken and Dumplings, Meatloaf with a Kick, Chicken Alfredo Pizza, and Penwell’s Pork Parmesan named after a friend and former employee.

One thing you won’t find here, however —TV’s.

A dogfriendly patio (some menu items are even named after furry family members) provides another place to gather to enjoy drinks or any number of delicious menu offerings. Offerings the sign hanging on the front sums up nicely—Simple Sustenance. “Where there may not be a lot of fancy ingredients, we make up with all your classic home-cooked meals just like your parents or grandparents may have made,” she said. Offerings like Sugar Cream pie, a handbreaded Hoosier Tenderloin, Grandma’s

“Of course, over the years, the menu has grown and grown, due to our own creativity as well as family/employee suggestions and customer requests,” Carrie said. In addition to supporting local everywhere possible, Courtney’s Kitchen strives to be environmentally friendly. “We recycle and compost, and also believe our fortunate area still needs to be responsible, so we reduce food waste by catering our orders to each customer, even by asking if the pickle spear is wanted or not,” Carrie said. Spend enough time at Courtney’s Kitchen, and you’ll become a part of the family. “Family comes in all shapes and sizes of blood relatives, friends, and confidants. We couldn’t have followed this dream without an army of all of the above including our fellow families at the American Legion and loyal customers whose families have since become dear friends to us and the rest of the Courtney family, and that includes our dedicated staff as well.” HCBM

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“I’m afraid in this fast-paced life filled with appointments and electronic screens, that slowing down, gathering around a table and finding eye contact and heart-filled fellowship with our loved ones is fading, and that’s really where we find the meaning of life,” Carrie said.



A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Two Tipton businesses are expanding into Cicero with the opening of Soul Sisters Boutique at 110 W. Jackson St. and at 780 N. Peru St. The new Cicero-based Dark Side Roasters is growing quickly and is now available across Hamilton County. Riverview Health’s Sheridan Family Medicine at 611 E. 10th St. is growing with the addition of Dr. Annette Fearnot to the team. Antiques and vintage retailer Retro Hunter is now operating in Strawtown at 22364 SR 37 on the Essig Farms property.

CARMEL Almost 10,000 SF of retail space is coming to the Village of West Clay with Village Center Shoppes, slated for construction at 1905 S. New Market St.

Anthony’s Chophouse

Anthony’s Chophouse is open in new building downtown at 201 W. Main St. at the corner of Main St. and the Monon Trail. Spring Mill Endoscopy Center is moving into 200 W. 103rd St. Paganelli Law is growing its footprint at 10401 N. Meridian St. Caffe Buondi is coming to 11529 Spring Mill Rd. J. Razzo’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar closed its doors at 12501 Meridian St. in September. A retail development under construction on the Meijer outlot at 1424 W. Carmel Dr. will include Moe’s Southwest Grill and Eat the Frog Fitness. F.E. Moran Security Solutions is opening an office at 887 W. Carmel Dr. Opening in 2019, Indiana’s first Noah’s Event Venue location will be a 13,000 22

to Fishers with a new location at 8989 E. 116th St. Biechele Royce Advisors is opening an office at 11634 Maple St. Indiana’s first Clean Juice franchise location is coming soon to 11670 Commercial Dr.

Bier Brewery & Taproom

SF, 3-story facility on Illinois St. south of 136th St. Bier Brewery & Taproom is opening in October at Meridian Village Plaza, 13720 N. Meridian St. Pandora Jewelers and Java House Cold Brew Coffee Shop are both moving into Clay Terrace. Longtime Noblesville retailer Linden Tree Gifts is opening a second location at Carmel City Center this fall. Julie Bova Interior Design is coming to 731 Hanover Pl. Out of the Blue Polish Pottery and Gifts is opening next door at 727. Colorado-based co-working company Office Evolution is coming to Indiana with a new location at 550 Congressional Blvd. Carmel’s own Baldwin & Lyons Inc. has changed its name to Protective Insurance Company. Loren & Mari Mexican Grill opened in August at 2293 E. 116th St. Market Street Wealth Management Advisors is growing its office space with an additional 5,800 SF at 3105 E. 98th St.


The Yard

New restaurants and specialty shops coming to The Yard at 116th & I-69 will include Sangiovese Ristorante, Copper Moon Coffee, The HC Grill, 1933 Lounge, RAWkin Juice, Los Arroyos, Nicey Treats, Kincaids Meat Market, and Havana Cigar & Cocktail Lounge. The new 11,000 SF Riverview Health Urgent Care & Emergency Room is slated for construction at 9690 E. 116th St. The Fresh Market location at 9774 E. 116th St. closed this summer. Barons Bar and Grill recently opened at 9775 E. 116th St. The Ram Restaurant & Brewhouse at 12750 Parkside Dr. has closed its doors. A 160-unit independent living complex for seniors, dubbed StoryPoint Fishers, is planned for land at 12915 Parkside Dr. The new Urology of Indiana at Medtech Park building is under construction at 14300 E. 138th St.

Star Sushi recently opened at 10572 E. 96th St. Paul Davis Restoration is opening an office at 9900 Westpoint Dr. Fast Signs is opening an office at 9642 Allisonville Rd. Mama Nita’s Pizza has established its third central Indiana location at 11007 Allisonville Rd. Jennifer Lorenzin is opening an American Family Insurance office at 11087 Village Square Ln. Centier Bank’s newest central Indiana branch is open for business at 11684 Allisonville Rd. Trueblood Real Estate and Orangetheory Fitness Studio are opening locations at 8700 North St. Downtown Indy Hawaiian eatery Ali’i Poke is coming

Gray Eagle Golf Course

Vive Exterior Design is constructing a 12,000 SF workshop and showroom at 11071 E. 126th St. Gray Eagle Golf Course at 126th St. and Brook School Rd. has announced that it will close at the end of 2019. Dunkin Donuts is coming to Brooks School Plaza at 12660 E. 116th St. This fall, Purre Barre’s studio at Geist Pavilion is moving to a new

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suite just across the parking lot at 11581 Geist Pavilion Dr.

NOBLESVILLE Merit Pointe Insurance celebrated its grand opening in September at 20811 Hague Rd. Catering and take-out business Cloud Nine Cuisine is now operating out of 20817 Hague Rd. A former tanning salon at 5641 Pebble Village is the new home of Body Sculpt RX. Jimmy Johns is opening a new location at 14753 Hazel Dell Crossing. Downtown Noblesville is developing plans for the mixed use Levinson project, which will include apartments, commercial space, and a parking garage. The former Deering Cleaners space at 818 Logan St. will be the new home of

Marine craft sales and repair business Pro Wake Watersports is moving into 9175 E. 146th St. Metal Powder Products is renovating the 60,000 SF former Stanley Security location at 14670 Cumberland Rd. for use as its new headquarters. A 55,000 SF Uptown Suites extended stay hotel is slated for construction at 14510 Herriman Blvd. Convenience food service company Cibus Fresh, Inc. has been acquired by Indy-based produce distributor IF&P Foods. Precision Doors is moving into a new 11,300 SF facility at 14560 Bergen Blvd. Mo’s Irish Pub closed its doors at Hamilton Town Center this summer.

WESTFIELD A new Crew Carwash is slated for construction at 777 E SR 32. The Landing at Monon Marketplace will be the new home of Laser Flash, which will move from its longtime location in Carmel to a new 50,000 SF facility on the southwest corner of SR 32 and US 31. A local bookstore has come to Westfield

Texy Mexy

restaurant Texy Mexy. Noble Coffee & Tea is expanding into the adjacent space at 937 Logan St. that once housed Sweet Home Cupcakes. The Mix Vintage and New Marketplace opened this summer at 940 Logan St. Smiles and Styles beauty salon is movTurn the Page ing into 1115 S. 10th St. Chapel Church is growing its footprint at 675 Walnut St. with with the opening of Turn the Page at 149 N. Walnut St. Smoothie King is movthe addition of a new 2,400 SF sanctuary. ing into 3300 E SR 32. Planet Fitness is The county’s newest Kumon location is opening a new location at 3440 E SR 32. now open at 17021 Clover Rd. Imavex Orange Youth Baseball has broken ground Urban Farmer continues to grow with the addition of a new greenhouse at its on new baseball fields at Noblesville facility at 120 E. 161st St. HCBM Nazarene Church at 1399 Greenfield Ave. with plans to open in spring 2019.

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of First Farmers Bank & Trust by the fourth quarter of this year in Lafayette and Terre Haute. Kroger, which operates eleven food stores in Hamilton County, announced it will gradually phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across all its stores in the next seven years. PIP in Carmel was recognized as one of the top twenty-five in the entire PIP franchise network.

Carmel’s Museum of Miniature Houses will upgrade 25-year-old ceiling lighting thanks in part to a $6,800 Heritage Support The Hamilton County Leadership Academy announced its class of 2019: Grant from the Indiana Historical Society. Chelsea Beaman, CLB Management Nickel Plate Consulting; Brian Bondus, ALO PropExpress acquired erty Group; Andrew Bradford, Conner the historic Nickel Prairie; Drew Braley, Browning Day Plate business car Mullins Dierdorf; Todd Dailey, Liberty number one to be Mutual Insurance Group; Michael used for business Daugherty, First Merchants Private retreats, private Wealth Advisors; Brian Dell, Colliers parties and themed International; Laura Denis, Noblesville excursions. Schools; Megan Earnest, Simon PropBeaver Materials has secured naming erty Group; Leigh Ann Erickson, Fairrights to the Noblesville Millers football banks and Hope Academy; Michael Fry, field for $83,000 over five years. Named LUNA Language Services; Justin Furr, Hare Chevrolet field for the past twelve Crew Carwash; Janet Gafkjen, Good Sayears, it will now be called Beaver Field. maritan Network; Leslie Gieger, Church Community Health Network reached a Church Hittle + Antrim; Dr. Sherry Grate, Westfield Washington Schools; new agreement with Hamilton SouthKatie Guerra, The Play School; Brandy eastern Schools to operate an employee Hill, Riverview Health; Carla Hill, BSA health center, provide sports medicine LifeStructures; Peggy Hogan, Purple Ink services and manage the school nurse HR; Chris Johnson, PNC Bank; Caitlin clinics for the school district’s 21,600 Karvasky, Moser Consulting; Melanie students and 2,500 employees. Lentz, City of Carmel; Jennifer MaxMike Stewart was well, CleanSlate Technology Group; Reelected President of becca McGuckin, River’s Edge Natural Logan Street SanctuHealth; Derek McMichael, Community ary, an all-volunteer Health Network; Whitney Moore, Whit501(c)(3) cultural ney Moore Photography; Mackenzie arts organization that Poole, Legacy Fund; Gary Sexton, The operates out of an his- Sexton Group; Ann Marie Shambaugh, toric renovated build- Current Publishing; Stephanie Smith, ing on Logan Street in Smith House; Steve Sneath, Hamilton Mike Stewart Noblesville. County Parks and Recreation; Rachel Sheridan’s Madeline Atkinson was one Sorvig, Bose Public Affairs Group; Jeff of only 13 students out of 3300 to gradu- Steeg, The Center for the Performing Arts; Bob Swanay, Carmel Clay Public ate from Ball State University this year Library; Kert Toler, Halakar Properties; with a straight-A average. Kyle Wise, Beck’s Hybrids HCBM First Farmers Financial Corp. announced plans to open two new branches October • November 2018 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

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Hamilton County History

David Heighway

Central Indiana’s First Contract n 2016, huge events occurred all over Indiana as people celebrated the bicentennial of the state. However, this year is an equally important but less noticed bicentennial. October will see the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of St. Mary’s. The treaty was as significant to the state of Indiana as the Louisiana Purchase was to the United States. Essentially, it created the central part of the state.

Conner and Mekinges The main treaty was with the Miamis who were the pre-eminent tribe in Indiana. This treaty was signed at St. Mary’s, Ohio, on October 6, 1818. However, the area that would become Hamilton County was occupied primarily by the Delaware or Lenape Indians. The John Melish map of the state from 1819 shows nothing in the central area except for Delaware villages on the upper part of the west fork of the White River. A separate treaty made with the Delawares was signed on October 3 by Chief Anderson—whose Lenape name was Kikthawenund—and other Delaware leaders, most of whom lived in what today is Madison County. Among the names were Lapahnihe or Big Bear, James Nanticoke (the Nanticoke Indians were a tribe allied to the Delaware), Captain Killbuck, Netahopuna, The War Mallet, Petchenanais, and others. An interesting name on the treaty is “Captain Ketchum”, a person who likely had relatives in what would become Hamilton County. George and Charles Ketchum (or Ketchem) were a Delaware father and son who stayed in the local area after other members of the tribe 30

had left, possibly because George had injured himself when out hunting food. They were related to the Brouilette family of fur traders and possibly to Chief Anderson. At one time, they owned land in what today is downtown Carmel.

1820 national census. Hamilton County was declared its own county in 1823. The Delaware New Purchase eventually became about 35 different counties.

There are many bicentennials coming up in the next few years. Indianapolis will William Conner is listed on the document celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2020, although we Hamilton County residents as an interpreter. This was, of course, like to point out that the site of the city the treaty that caused his Indian wife, was determined at William Conner’s house near present-day Fishers. (Fishers itself will turn 150 in 2022.) 2023 will be the bicentennial of Hamilton County and the city of Noblesville. The state legislature passed an act on January 8, 1823, that after the first Monday of that April, (which was the 7th), the county’s boundaries would be established, and it could create a government. Noblesville Mekinges, to move west with her family was also platted in January by William in 1820. Three months after his Delaware Conner and Josiah Polk. family left, Conner married Elizabeth Chapman, one of the first single white Celebrating the creation of the county women to move into the area. and city has always been a big event. For some reason, when the centennial was Bicentennial celebrated in 1923, October 3 & 4 were The area became known as the Delaware chosen for the date. When the sesquicenNew Purchase. This larger area was soon tennial was celebrated in 1973, it was a year-long event with the main celebration broken up into sections called Wabash County, which covered the Wabash River happening between June 30th and July 7th. It will be interesting to see what will drainage area, and Delaware County, which covered the White River drainage be done for the 200th anniversary. HCBM area. This put the future Hamilton County in Delaware County, which is how people from the area were listed in the

David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian.

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