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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Eddie Hoffman hadn’t been in the victory picture at Illiana Motor Speedway recently, but was still in the battle for the Late Model driving championship at the local raceway.

August 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Ford looks beyond steel but says it's still a big customer

Ford looks beyond steel but says it's still a big customer

Ford has come up with a new Lightweight Concept car that makes greater use of aluminum and other alternative metals, but company officials say the automaker isn't giving up on steel.

June 23, 2014 5:42 pm Photos

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Jimmie Johnson finally wins at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. | In the final seconds of his first victory at Michigan International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson could finally relax a bit.

June 15, 2014 5:45 pm
Earnhardt pulls away late for 2nd win of season

Earnhardt pulls away late for 2nd win of season

LONG POND, Pa. | Dale Earnhardt Jr. is having a blast again, with a shared bond with his crew, comfort in his own skin as NASCAR's most popular driver, even finding fun 140 characters at a time on Twitter.

June 08, 2014 8:30 pm
Explorers power Chicago Assembly comeback

Explorers power Chicago Assembly comeback

CHICAGO | 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. 

June 05, 2014 10:07 pm
Ford recalls locally made vehicles

Ford recalls locally made vehicles

Ford has recalled nearly 400,000 vehicles that were made at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch, as well as 82,500 floor mats in another locally manufactured car. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker issued safety recalls for Explorers and Tauruses that were built over the last few years…

May 30, 2014 1:00 pm
AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ford adding electric charging stations at its plants

Thousands of local Ford workers will soon be able to plug in electric or hybrid cars during their shifts, and drive home with a full charge.

April 05, 2014 4:10 pm
Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Ford has replaced steel with aluminum in the body of the top-selling F-150, and now General Motors is looking to follow suit by putting more of the lighter and costlier metal in its own pickups.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

Manufacturers looking forward to improving conditions

If the economy were a poker table, Northwest Indiana would be all in for manufacturing.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

In May 2024, I will be celebrating my 76th birthday, surrounded by friends and family and commemorating having just shot my age at Lost Marsh. This is my fantasy; write your own.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

Ford announces cutoff dates for police interceptor orders

Local police departments that want new Police Interceptors have until March 14 to make factory orders.

February 18, 2014 12:00 pm
Austin Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

Austin Dillon puts No. 3 on pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. | With the famed No. 3 on his car and memories of the late Dale Earnhardt fresh in his mind, Austin Dillon took the fabled number out of hibernation and straight to the top at Daytona.

February 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales hit their highest point since 2007 last year

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

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
Ford sells record number of Explorers while retaining sales crown

Ford sells record number of Explorers while retaining sales crown

The locally made Ford Explorer set a new sales record last year, as Ford retained its title as the best-selling vehicle brand in North America.

January 10, 2014 5:47 pm Photos

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Region gets back to business, despite treacherous roads, biting cold

Region gets back to business, despite treacherous roads, biting cold

Subzero cold, ice-slicked roads and drifting snow banks persisted Tuesday, but the brutal weather was not bad enough to freeze commerce in the region.

January 07, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Cars made here, but with a lot of foreign parts

Cars made here, but with a lot of foreign parts

Region residents might see the people who make Ford Explorers and Tauruses in the next pew at church, a few barstools over, or out shoveling their driveways.

January 03, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Hegewisch plant making a more fuel-efficient version of police cruiser

Hegewisch plant making a more fuel-efficient version of police cruiser

Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch is making a new fuel-efficient version of its popular Police Interceptor sedan for officers who are not likely to get into high-speed chases.

December 14, 2013 11:30 pm
Highland man was first to cross old Nine Span Bridge

Highland man was first to cross old Nine Span Bridge

Before walking to school, a 7-year-old Highland boy used to scrub the maple floor of his father's restaurant every morning with lye soap made with cooking grease from the kitchen.

December 06, 2013 7:30 pm
Man found humor even in life’s challenges

Man found humor even in life’s challenges

Marvin Ford was an outgoing man known for his good sense of humor and his quick wit, said his daughter, Catherine Ford Sori.

November 20, 2013 10:24 pm
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