STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-09-22T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
September 22, 2013 12:00 am

Lake Michigan ports proposals floated

Some expert witnesses at a legislative hearing Thursday threw cold water on the need for a second Indiana port on Lake Michigan.

Rebound in commercial construction should lift up steel industry

Steel gets put into ship hulls, wind turbines and paint cans, but one of its biggest end uses is in construction. But the construction industry's demand for steel has been soft lately. The economic downturn caused construction projects to screech to a halt and bankers to get stingy with financing for new development over the last few years.

What will Whole Foods do to area?

Whole Foods Market has been disparaged for eating up whole paychecks, but its tony reputation could have a whole lot of impact on Northwest Indiana's image. The upscale organic grocery chain plans to open a new store in Schererville's Shops on Main shopping center as soon as next year.

New technology replacing the naked eye at Ford plant

Workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant have checked the quality of a vehicle's paint job basically the same way since the plant opened in 1924 - by eye. But the factory is now getting a new 3D-imaging system that uses 16 computer-controlled cameras to detect the most microscopic grains of dirt in the paint. The automation does not replace any workers but instead lets them focus less on scanning for imperfections and more on buffing them out.

High-tech care for teeth

A machine in a back hallway at Compton Dental Center resembles the novelty vending machines that spit out hot plastic figures in zoos and museums. But the end product is a bit more practical. In less than 15 minutes, it can make a crown for a tooth.

Nationally sold candy made exclusively in LaPorte

American Licorice Co. is making Sour Punch Punchies candy at its 285,000-square-foot factory in La Porte, where the company invested in a $10 million expansion earlier this year.

Move to appoint new Gary airport director fails

A surprise motion to appoint Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's chief of staff to executive director of the Gary/Chicago International Airport failed on a tie 3-3 vote at Friday's special meeting of the airport authority.

Maassel to Take Role at Indiana Energy Association

Jill E. Ritchie, Forum Board Chair, announced Mark T. Maassel’s resignation from the NWI Forum to assume the position of Vice President of the Indiana Energy Association (energy trade group) on October 16, 2013. Maassel has served as President and CEO of the regional economic development organization for the last three years.

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