First Merchants recently honored

An Anderson insurance company was recently honored with the President’s Award for what the company called superior performance and outstanding commitment to Indiana Insurance, a Liberty Mutual Agency Markets regional company.

First Merchants Insurance Group of Anderson received the awards for its work in 2009 which included “exceptional results” in account growth and loss ratio targets and for “exemplary service” to Indiana Insurance customers. The agency was one of 26 Indiana Insurance appointed agencies to receive the award.

Remy exec to lead Private Fleet Backhaul

Private Fleet Backhaul has welcomed Rodney French as its general manager in charge of all operations for the freight brokerage company.

French was director, global production control and logistics for Tier One supplier Remy International before coming to PFBH. During his 37 years with Remy, French worked in several production and logistics roles with increasing responsibility and eventually was responsible for worldwide production control and logistics operations.

“PFBH has such a unique business model that adds value and offers significant savings to shippers for domestic transportation,” French said. “I’m also intrigued by the impact on our environment. PFBH will move 20,000 backhaul loads this year. In rough math, this translates to 1.4 million gallons of diesel fuel savings and 1.4 thousand tons of CO2 emissions avoided by using the PFBH bakchaul concept. I think the potential for growth is astronomical, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to help this business grow in Anderson.”

Aternatives gets tax break for shelter

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded $44,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to Alternatives Inc. for its emergency shelter.  Alternatives Inc. was one of 180 Indiana organizations selected for participation in the program.  This is its 13th consecutive year to be successful in securing tax credits.

The Neighborhood Assistance Program is an innovative program implemented in 1990 in an effort to increase local community support for organizations.  Individuals or corporations who donate a minimum of $100/maximum gift of $50,000 (cash, check, credit card, or stock) are eligible for a credit on their Indiana Department of Revenue taxes equaling 50 percent of their gift to Alternatives.  In addition, donations to Alternatives are allowable as charitable contributions on federal tax returns.

The Alternatives Inc. shelter serves domestic violence victims from Madison, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Tipton and Marion counties.  For additional information on the NAP tax credit program, contact Melissa at 643-0218.


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