STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-07-21T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
July 21, 2013 12:00 am

Automakers flirting with lighter metals

Cars have to be twice as fuel-efficient in a little more than a decade, and that has automakers scrambling to look at how they can make them lighter. Steel accounts for about 60 percent of the weight of the average vehicle, and that has steelmakers worried. Beer cans, after all, were once forged from steel, but are now almost always aluminum.

Helping Job Seekers Connect with Employers

Local employers are having difficulties filling vacant positions. Even with thousands of people out there desperately looking for work as Indiana’s current unemployment rate of 8.3 percent lags a bit behind the national rate of 7.6 percent.

VA checks not in the mail

The work was finished nearly two years ago, but outstanding bills still haven't been paid to many of the subcontractors that built a new Veterans Affairs clinic in Crown Point. An estimated 20 subcontractors, mostly from the region, never got paid about $2.4 million they were owed for work on the new Adam Benjamin Jr. Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic building, which is nearly twice as big as the old one next door.

Imaging underway for annual IUN cadaver program

The annual International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at Indiana University Northwest is underway, with volunteer participants performing X-rays and ultrasounds on cadaver donors. The work is being done in preparation for the dissection portion, scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 1, according to the university.

Strack & Van Til corporate office opens in Highland

Strack & Van Til’s Highland $4 million expansion and remodeling project has recently been completed, said President David S. Wilkinson. Wilkinson said combined space in the warehouse and corporate office, located at 2244 45th St., totals 35,000 square feet. He said the office is staffed by 120 employees. Locating the corporate office in Highland was a logical choice for the company, Wilkinson said.

Purdue Cal shows off manufacturing expertise

Top manufacturing officials toured Purdue University Calumet on Tuesday to learn how the school is training next-generation workers for increasingly high-tech factory jobs and what students are doing to improve the bottom line of local companies.

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