Throughout March, our progress editions will dive into topics of high interest in every household every Sunday.

Titled “The Region that Works,” this year’s sections — among our top staff efforts of the year — showcase our diversified workforce and our collective work ethic.

"‘The Region that Works’ will highlight the hardworking men and women who have made Northwest Indiana what it is today,” said business editor Keith Benman. “These men and women have earned the Region a reputation as a place where things are still made.

“And these sections will also show how our workforce is changing, earning the Region respect in new fields like visual simulation, computer security, advanced manufacturing and workforce training."

Pull out the 64-page first progress section in today’s paper and discover the top 10 jobs by employment in Indiana and in each of our counties.

You’ll read in-depth stories and submitted columns from state and local leaders throughout these sections, and each week you’ll meet Northwest Indiana residents in different jobs.

No doubt these sections will offer ideas for young people planning to enter the workforce, for people between jobs looking to gain skills for the next opportunity and for everyone to understand the dynamics and potential of the Region.

With these progress editions, we begin a new weekly series called “Made in NWI.” There’s so much made right here, starting with the high-strength steel made at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, the subject of today’s first installment.

“Made in NWI” will continue past March as a feature in Sunday Business, and no doubt you’ll come away each week with a dose of Region Pride.

All of the progress editions’ content will be housed at, our site that is updated regularly with news on jobs, hiring and skills training.

If you’re on Facebook, connect with NWI Times Workplace for links to these stories and others about hiring and skills training moving forward.

Enjoy these sections throughout March and save them for family and friends.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or


Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.