Bob Yanagihara, founder of Litebox, dies of cancer at age 52

No factory, jobs come to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - The founder of a California company that planned to bring more than a thousand jobs to Indianapolis has died.

Litebox owner Bob Yanagihara died this week after battling cancer, company officials confirmed. He was 52.

In October 2011, Yanagihara was joined by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to announce a new facility that would build massive mobile television screens, a sort of traveling tailgate party.

But more than a year later, the facility and the jobs have not materialized.

The city and state offered Litebox $11 million in tax incentives, but the money was not paid out because the requirements were not met, officials said.

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