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Rick Ryfa, candidate for Griffith Town Council
Industry officials, environmental regulators and activists agree progress has been made in improving the environmental profile of steel mills around the country.
Andy Harshaw says steel companies need to promote a culture of continuous improvement. Focusing on the future and being able to foster innovation is critical to the industry’s survival, he believes.
Randy Hall Jr. never wanted to work in the mill.
The weather forecast in Washington these days is cloudy with a chance of gridlock, based on interviews with steel industry representatives.
University of Wyoming energy economics professor Timothy Considine believes all jobs are not created equal.
It’s not getting any easier to lead a union.
"We are competitive."
The former Sheraton Hotel downtown has been vacant for more than two decades, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has pledged to tear it down by June 30. Developers attempted to re-open the hotel and convert it to senior housing.
EAST CHICAGO | An employee at Cargill Inc. in East Chicago suffered serious injuries Wednesday night after a bundle of steel plates fell from a crane, trapping his legs underneath, officials said.
GARY | The state of Indiana helped Illiana Block & Brick receive a low-interest bank loan in 2006 to help build this concrete product manufacturing facility in the city. One of the company's owners said a downturn in construction brought on by the recession helped reduce business activit…
GARY | Illiana Block & Brick is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy nearly seven years after the Indiana Finance Authority signed off on a deal to help the company receive a low-interest bank loan to build a new facility in the city.
Consulting-firm owner Adrian Muhammad said he remains interested in working to develop transportation infrastructure in Gary despite his firm's being accused of owing more than $267,000 for a feasibility study of building an intermodal business park on land United States Steel Corp. owns.
A company led by an adviser to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is the target of a civil lawsuit in connection with its effort to spearhead a "city-centered" economic development project.
Officials in three counties and an environmental conservation organization support the plan to replace Enbridge Energy Partners LP's aging Line 6B oil pipeline with a new state-of-the-art system.
Bill LaFever doesn't want to fight, but he isn't afraid to, either.
PORTAGE | An ArcelorMittal dock wall at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor was crushed under the weight of cargo off-loaded from a ship early Tuesday morning, officials said.
The Times Media Co.'s "Rust Belt Resurgence" was the result of a call for help.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said his office has opened an investigation into the BP gasoline recall to ensure consumers' rights are protected, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
WHITING | Officials at the BP Whiting Refinery are leading an investigation to figure out the root cause of a "brief flash fire" that sent three contract workers to the hospital Tuesday night.
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.
Things should have been better by now.
Melissa Diaz, manager of La Mexicana grocery store, gets ready to work with a customer on March 29. Diaz's family has owned and operated the East Chicago store for more than 20 years in the city and she said the store is able to attract customers from the around the region because of the nic…
Customer Carlos Mora, left, of East Chicago, waits at La Mexicana grocery store in East Chicago while butcher Eric Diaz to prepares food for him on March 29.
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has issued an unequivocal statement calling for INDOT to stick to its original pledge and build new on- and off-ramps for Cline Avenue at Dickey Road.
PORTAGE | Roseville, Minn.-based Ratner Steel Supply Co. plans to invest about $14.3 million to build its first facility in the region and add 30 new jobs there by 2015.
Katie Beatrice Hall, a former teacher with a four-decade political career who was responsible for sponsoring legislation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, died Monday, a family spokesman said. She was 73.
Enterepreneur Ronald Ross holds a check Friday he received from the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. The $60 check was to provide the host committee with samples of napkins ordered from his food, paper, building and janitorial supply business, but he said the timeframe to fill th…
The former Sheraton Hotel downtown has been vacant for more than two decades and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson pledged to tear it down. Developers have attempted to re-open the hotel and convert it to senior housing.
The glut of vacant or underutilized properties on Broadway south of 5th Avenue shows the battle the Steel City is fighting to spur economic development. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said it's important to build up the storefronts and work with developers to improve the downtown corridor.
Many region residents who attended Tuesday's City of Promise event shared their experiences and impressions of Gary and their recommendations for improving it:
Attendees of the Illiana Corridor Planning Group and Technical Task Force meeting Tuesday in Matteson, Ill., discussed eight potential routes to identify pitfalls and opportunities.
Leaders of the Illiana Corridor Planning Group and Technical Task Force made large maps available for attendees of a meeting Tuesday in Matteson, Ill.
Rick Ryfa, candidate for Griffith Town Council
Emergency responders wait for a tow truck to remove a vehicle from the scene of an injury accident Saturday afternoon on 167th Street in Hammond. Witnesses say the vehicle's driver, who was hospitalized, may have been drag racing prior to the accident.
Dyer town officials admit the charging posts outside the town hall haven't gotten much use since they were installed two years ago. At least one station is now used regularly to charge a Think City vehicle the town was able to receive through a grant
A charging station for electric cars is shown at Dyer Town Hall. Electric vehicles are as few and far between in Northwest Indiana as the charging stations that power them.
Roy Slazyk's life changed in November 2006 after suffering a work-related injury on a job site in Harvey five years ago.
Economist and Times columnist Morton Marcus speaks Monday during the Gary Chamber of Commerce meeting. Marcus said a lack of action in Washington over whether to raise the country's debt ceiling and a lack of attention being paid to the need for public spending is threatening to destabilize …
Morton Marcus, left, a columnist for The Times and former director of the Indiana Business Research Center, stands as Gary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes speaks Monday at the chamber meeting.
Indiana economist Morton Marcus comments on the debt ceiling, public spending.
Many local businesses took the day off Wednesday due to blustery winds, heavy snow and poor road conditions.
Paperwork and legal wrangling continue over a planned Michael Jackson-themed complex in Gary.
The group trying to build a multimillion-dollar Michael Jackson megaplex in Gary now is tied to a nonprofit that has two officers accused of fraud in recent years.
GARY | John "J" Hargrove's family Saturday mourned his death at such a young age.
GARY | The Indiana Department of Transportation on Wednesday morning announced the indefinite closure of the Martin Luther King Drive bridge over the Borman Expressway in Gary, citing safety concerns.
The condemned span of the Cline Avenue bridge will not be rebuilt, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said Thursday afternoon.
The top U.S. executive of steelmaker ArcelorMittal is urging Gov. Mitch Daniels to veto legislation that would outlaw workplace rules preventing employees from keeping firearms and ammunition in their vehicles at work.
Robertsdale resident Amy Wilson stuck another one of her "Dear President Obama" letters in a mailbox Thursday.
CHICAGO | Panelists at a steel conference last week agreed the popular Cash for Clunkers gave a short-term boost to the automobile and steel industries.
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