2013-09-08T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
September 08, 2013 12:00 am

Leep brothers retiring after 35 years

Retirement awaits the Leep brothers starting Saturday, and part of that next phase of life is the sale of their longtime business, Leep’s Highway Garage at 7701 U.S. 41.

Blast furnace back in action at Indiana Harbor

A blast furnace is smelting molten metal again after a glitch earlier this month at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, where the Luxembourg-based steelmaker operates two mills.

Iconic Michigan furniture store expands into Indiana

An iconic Michigan furniture store, in the midst of a large expansion into the Chicago area, has opened its first Indiana store in Hobart in the former JC Penney Home Store site.

Manufacturing jobs continue to pay well

New hires in manufacturing were bringing home 38 percent more income each month than newly hired employees in other industries at the end of 2011, which is the most recent data available, according to a recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

Visclosky tours USF site in Crown Point

Dressed in a colorful shirt, shorts and baseball hat, the beer-bellied mannequin lay on a hospital bed and blinked. His chest moved up and down to simulate breaths.King, interim dean of the Crown Point campus of University of St. Francis at 12800 Mississippi Parkway, led a tour of the facility for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, on Tuesday, which included a stop at the school's simulation lab.

Port authority investing in infrastructure at Burns Harbor

The Ports of Indiana Commission recently approved $1.7 million in spending on new rail and sewer infrastructure at the 600-acre port on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Burns Harbor-based Tranco Industrial Services Inc. was hired for $508,000 to reconstruct the main railroad line at the deep-water port in Portage.

Today's workers need more training, education

Ivy Tech Northwest professor Tom Box, who is nearing retirement, recalls how steelmakers used to say they would take anyone who could lift 50 pounds and fog a mirror. But today's manufacturers want more than brute muscle and a pulse.

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