STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-11-03T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
November 03, 2013 12:00 am

Blue Top Drive-In won't cruise into the sunset afterall

Owner Kent Johnsen closed Lake County's last remaining drive-in restaurant to take care of his ailing mother, Wendy, and decided to shutter it for good after she died earlier this year. He was about to sell the real estate to a car wash operator when a new offer came through. A pair of restaurant owners wanted to take over the iconic 77-year-old eatery and bring back the glory days the way a wrench-handy baby boomer might restore a 1969 Camaro.

Drawing business a priority for local cities, towns

Attracting businesses and jobs to commercial areas and vacant properties through the use of tax abatement are just one success story told by local economic development commissions.

U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal expected to report quarterly losses

Northwest Indiana's two major steelmakers are both expected to report losses during the third quarter, though market conditions have been gradually improving.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Coaches Pizzeria, Portage

What could be better than watching your favorite sports team while eating a delicious pizza? “Nothing,” said Jason Hawkins, Indiana University Northwest head men’s basketball coach who opened his own pizzeria in July.

Should steelworkers get paid to get ready for work?

Most employees are accustomed to getting paid the moment they sit down at their desk or punch in at their workplace. But many union workers are not on the clock when they first show up at Gary Works and other steel mills. Many of them first don steel-toed boots, hard hats, goggles, earplugs and flame-retardant hoods. They walk or get bused to work stations across the 4,000-acre mill, which sprawls for seven miles along the lakefront. It all happens before their pay meter starts running.

Company reports sales are 'Ford tough'

A growing number of consumers have driven a Ford lately, and robust sales have been paying off for shareholders, the company announced Thursday.

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