STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
August 04, 2013 12:00 am

Automakers, parts suppliers take shorter summer breaks

Local auto manufacturers and parts suppliers took shorter breaks this summer, so that production could keep pace with revved up sales. Ford sales are up by 13.9 percent so far this year, and the Detroit automaker has gained market share for the first time since 1993. The company expects to produce an additional 40,000 vehicles by halving the break time at most of its North American facilities.

Enbridge is a leader in North America energy delivery

Enbridge is proud to be a vital link between consumers like you and energy producing communities right here in North America. We transport energy, operating the world’s longest, most sophisticated crude oil and liquids transportation system. Our pipelines safely and efficiently deliver crude oil and natural gas throughout North America to fuel industries and sustain a standard of living for millions of people.

Richardson flourishes through roles at Luke Oil, County Line Orchard, GrowNWI

Ryan Richardson wants region residents to get their hands dirty. Richardson's GrowNWI initiative strives to bring communities out into the garden and provide a path to education and involvement. “We want to get people more educated on locally produced items,” Richardson said. “Connecting with one’s food source is the cornerstone of beginning a healthy lifestyle.”

3-D printers turn ideas into items

Keystrokes, mouse clicks and raw materials are transforming ideas into tangible goods in a user-friendly platform via the growth of three-dimensional printer technology. Layer by layer, the machines churn out everything from jewelry to engineering prototypes. Doctors in Michigan created an airway splint for a baby boy. Princeton scientists created a bionic ear with the help of a 3-D printer.

Construction project reaches pinnacle

Construction at Community Hospital reached a sky-high milestone Friday as workers completed the tallest point of a new tower. As part of the "topping out" ceremony, an orange crane hoisted a bucket of concrete, along with an American flag and a banner signed by construction workers and hospital staff.

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