STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Family-owned Leeps Supply celebrates service, values foundation

Leeps Supply continues to build on its core components of service and values since launching 60 years ago in Highland. Established in 1954 by Nick Leep, son Dave, and business partner Margaret Yothment, the plumbing wholesaler serves commercial and residential clients with eight locations in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

Five Northwest Indiana business leaders enshrined in Hall of Fame

In business as in sports, there are players and then there are the Hall of Famers who rarely come along.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Jordy and Jax BBQ

For 20 years, Bill and Kim Walz lived in the DeMotte area and worked in "up north" restaurants.

On Sept. 17, the couple opened Jordy and Jax BBQ with no fanfare with an eye towards working out the kinks. By November, the restaurant and staff were ready for a fun, grand opening, and the place has been really cooking since, Bill Walz said.

Hammond lab to expand diagnostic offerings

A new partnership between a Hammond medical laboratory and a California-based diagnostics company will expand the lab's testing capabilities, introducing new automation and new equipment.

Report: Dunes drives millions into local communities

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore helped infuse $75.9 million into local communities in 2012, according to a National Park Service report. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis shows nearly 1.9 million lakeshore visitors spent the millions in surrounding communities, impacting the local economy and supporting 947 jobs in the area.

Pressure cooker: M'ville chef tapped for Food Network game show

For Pamela Ward, auditioning for a spot on a food-themed reality television show was like throwing cooked noodles against a wall. The Gary-raised and Le Cordon Bleu-trained sous chef was tapped as a contestant for "Guy's Grocery Games." The Food Network game show, hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, challenges contestants in a grocery store setting.

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