Explorers power Chicago Assembly comeback
Four years ago, Ford pumped $400 million into its oldest continuously operated factory, which at one time made Model Ts, so it could produce the next-generation Explorer. The investment helped triple employment at the Chicago Assembly Plant, which has been cranking out cars along the Calumet River in Hegewisch since Calvin Coolidge was president and a quart of milk cost 14 cents.
Community Hospital unveils new tower
The $34 million expansion, called Parkview Tower, includes expanded and updated services for its intermediate care unit, mother/baby unit, neonatal intensive care unit, and labor and delivery unit. An open house for invited guests took place Thursday, with CEO Don Fesko unveiling the new floors.
Purdue Calumet students win student ad competition
A team of 31 Purdue University Calumet advertising and marketing students placed first in the finals of the National Student Advertising Competition on May 30 in Boca Raton, Fla. The competition, hosted by the American Advertising Federation and sponsored by cosmetic company Mary Kay, featured 140 teams from various colleges and universities across the country.
Napleton Automotive Group adds Fiat dealership
Two years ago, the Napleton Automotive Group first tossed around the idea of bringing the Italian-based Fiat to the region. That idea has since come to fruition with Napleton adding a Fiat dealership to its property on the east side of U.S. 41, north of 67th Avenue in Schererville. The Fiat dealership joins the Napleton array of car dealerships that already includes Mercedes, Nissan and Jaguar among others.
Enbridge building new pipeline, clearing land around current one
Enbridge Energy Partners LLP is cleaning up after last year's construction of its new Line 6B but continuing a flurry of activity in Northwest Indiana. The Houston-based company plans to soon build a new 79-mile pipeline through Illinois and Northwest Indiana because of the booming crude oil production in North America and the market demand for more pipeline capacity.