HAMMOND | A Hammond-based steel service center won a major national award, and a few other steel companies with local ties also picked up top honors.
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 increases in sales.
Manufacturing has been doing fairly well, and should see continued strength going into 2014, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
The manufacturing sector continues to improve, and the steel industry in particular has been buoyed by strong auto sales, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
Soft demand and overcapacity issues have been nagging the steel industry, Berlin Metals president Roy Berlin said.
MERRILLVILLE | Consumers have started to feel confident enough to buy big-ticket items again, including cars and homes, but Northwest Indiana business leaders remain concerned about jobs.
University of Wyoming energy economics professor Timothy Considine believes all jobs are not created equal.
"We are competitive."
Manufacturing activity in the United States is following a similarly volatile pattern as it continues to recover from the impact of the Great Recession.
After a solid seven months of the year, Roy Berlin said product volumes shipped from his steel service center have been down in recent months.
SCHERERVILLE | From his office window, Joel Chermak can get a visual confirmation of what financial statements for the company tell him on a daily basis.
Steel service center executive Roy Berlin said the energy, mining and automotive sectors are continuing to lift domestic manufacturing and it is benefiting companies in Northwest Indiana.
Earnings for companies in the manufacturing sector should improve in 2012 compared to last year, steel service business owner Roy Berlin said.
Manufacturing activity is continuing its improvement from previous months on the back of sectors including automotive and energy, Roy Berlin said.
Roy Berlin said his customers, which are users of steel, are doing better than they were in the throes of the recession a few years ago.
Manufacturing sector in the last three months/next three months
The owner of a Hammond steel processor and service center said his customers are expecting higher sales as a result of increased activity and orders.
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