• Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The steel industry got a boost from strong car sales in 2013, which hopefully should continue into this year, said Susan Zlajic, manager of go…

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South Shore ridership declined slightly in 2013, but increases in peak ridership in each of the three last months of the year have the Norther…

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

In agriculture, trends are key. Farmers keep an eye on them to make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, how much to spend…

Local media companies continue to look for more ways to engage their audience, with 2014 revenue forecasts providing some comfort there will b…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Manufacturing has been doing fairly well, and should see continued strength going into 2014, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.

Uncertainty continues to haunt the restaurant industry, which finds itself facing the sweeping changes mandated by Obamacare and following car…

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

With shovel-ready sites and expansion of some existing businesses, Porter County is poised for increased development in the coming months.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Gas prices fell to their lowest monthly average last year in November, and are expected to continue to decline.

There are three buckets of money coming out of Lake County's new income tax, and one will lead to deep property tax cuts for many residents.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The banking sector remains strong despite in dip in mortgage activity and a wave of consolidations, a Northwest Indiana banker said.

The severely cold winter weather will drive heating bills higher, but moderate natural gas prices should prevent a return to the skyrocketing …

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

Higher education is going through a push-and-pull with attendance and funding.

Builders are again constructing new homes in Northwest Indiana and buyers are coming back, driven by many of the same forces propelling the ex…

Gaming companies are taking a close look at the loyalty promoted by their brick-and-mortar casinos, while seeing how the advent of online gami…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Investors had reason to celebrate, as last year U.S. stocks posted their best year since 1997.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Stack & Van Til president Dave Wilkinson said grocery stores have been doing well, but depend on a healthy economy.

Small retailers are beginning to feel like it's 2013 all over again, as well as the year before that and the year before that.

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to be the dominant variable in the health care industry, locally and nationwide.

The end of the $3.8 billion BP Whiting Refinery expansion project has cut total construction work hours in the region, but a blossoming of com…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The economy is recovering, but the wealth that has been generated is not being shared widely, a local labor leader said.

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

A Hammond service center, which is one of the largest distributors of tin mill and coated steel products, is starting to see 5 to 6 percent in…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Interest rates remain low, making it an ideal time for businesses to borrow money to expand or acquire other companies, said Horizon Bank exec…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith …

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

Demand for steel was relatively flat in the United States in 2013, but AcrelorMittal is expecting a 4 percent increase in demand and shipments…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The stock market had an incredible year last year and started 2014 with a bang, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill L…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The grocery industry is prospering, even though the greater Chicago market is crowded with competition, Strack & Van Til president Dave Wi…

  • Joseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316

The fuel business is holding steady after rebounding from a slow start.

The grocery industry is doing well, but Strack and Van Til stores are faring better in South Lake County, where the unemployment is lower than…

Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smit…

Stock prices have been hitting all-time highs despite global uncertainties, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch…

An overabundance of supply caused West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Gasoline prices to fall over the last three months.

Manufacturing continues the slow, steady improvement that has characterized the sector over the last few years, Berlin Metals President Boy Be…

Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.

The economy came out of its winter hibernation during the second quarter as consumer confidence reached the highest point since 2007, Horizon …

The equity market in the United States posted another strong year in 2014 with a 13.7 percent gain in the S&P 500, said Mark Ennes, a weal…

The steel industry had been doing fairly well until January, when both ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel announced cutbacks that included local lay…

Manufacturers are feeling increasingly optimistic about 2015, said Roy Berlin, president of Hammond-based Berlin Metals.

Mortgage rates have again fallen, to around 3.6 percent for a 30-year mortgage, said Horizon Bank executive vice president and senior retail b…

The big question in the energy sector right now is how long gas prices will remain under $2 a gallon, said Tom Collins, CEO of Hobart-based Luke Oil.

It's a good time to be in the car business, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which has Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

Higher employment rates and lower fuel prices should give customers more discretionary income and Strack & Van Til grocery stores a boost,…

Strack & Van Til has invested $20 million in capital projects to spruce up its stores in the competitive grocery sector, Chief Marketing O…

U.S. manufacturers are suffering from a record glut of imports, said Roy Berlin, president of Hammond-based Berlin Metals.

Crude oil prices have been depressed, but demand is healthy, with the most recent U.S. Highway Administration figures showing Americans drove …

A number of challenges face the domestic steel industry and ArcelorMittal's U.S. operations, said ArcelorMittal USA government affairs manager…

The sharp and sudden decline in the Chinese stock market has caused the devaluation of Chinese currency, which has affected the rest of the wo…

Times have been tough for organized labor in Northwest Indiana, said United Steelworkers District 7 Director Michael Millsap.

The banking sector continues to be strong and the Northwest Indiana economy is showing signs of strength, said Horizon Bank executive vice pre…

September was a super month for the car business, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which has Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond…