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Steel production rises 17,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 659,000 tons in the week ended Feb. 16, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

February 19, 2013 1:00 pm

Steel still relevant in auto production despite competition

HOBART | Steel isn't leaving its position as a dominant material in automobile production as automakers work to meet more stringent fuel economy standards in the next two decades.

February 16, 2013 5:00 pm
Longtime USW Local 1014 official dies

Longtime USW Local 1014 official dies

Former United Steelworkers Local 1014 official and United States Steel Corp. retiree John Fritz died Tuesday after spending more than 60 years in various roles with the union and company.

February 15, 2013 4:00 pm

Steel lobbying group sets public policy agenda

A Washington, D.C.-based steel trade association is urging the nation's political leaders to support a pro-manufacturing policy agenda that helps improve the international competitiveness of key economic sectors.

February 12, 2013 2:30 pm

Steel production falls 15,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 642,000 tons last week, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

February 12, 2013 1:00 pm

Report: 2 Chicago-made Ford vehicles may head to Michigan

CHICAGO | It has been more than three months since Detroit-based media reported Ford Motor Co. was interested in moving the next generation Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles to a Michigan assembly plant.

February 07, 2013 6:00 pm

Michigan City snack maker expanding, to add up to 51 jobs

An Illinois-based company is moving forward with plans to expand its Michigan City food manufacturing facility and create up to 51 new jobs in LaPorte County by 2016.

February 06, 2013 10:30 am

Steel production rises 5,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 657,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

February 05, 2013 2:00 pm

Steel mill project hits stumbling blocks

United States Steel Corp. officials expect to start up a second module in Gary during late summer to produce a substitute for a critical raw material to make steel.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

Police raid Harvey house, arrest 4

Four Harvey residents were arrested Friday and are facing drug and weapons-related charges following the raid of a residence that contained illegal drugs, police said.

February 02, 2013 10:30 pm

East Chicago shooting kills 1, injures toddler

EAST CHICAGO | One person was killed and a 2-year-old was injured Saturday when a vehicle was shot at multiples times.

February 02, 2013 10:00 pm
Land trust buys former Girl Scouts camp in Liberty Township

Land trust buys former Girl Scouts camp in Liberty Township

The Shirley Heinze Land Trust said Friday that it bought the former Camp Meadowbrook in Liberty Township.

February 02, 2013 8:05 pm

Public officials, residents continue protest of airport board changes

GARY | Community members continued to galvanize support Saturday to change language in proposed state legislation that would alter the composition of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority.

February 02, 2013 7:30 pm

Katz seeks spot as Lake County GOP chair

Lake County GOP Chairwoman Kim Krull said Saturday she is endorsing party member Allan Katz to succeed her as chair of the county Republican Party.

February 02, 2013 5:45 pm

CFS Bancorp swings to 4Q profit of $1.6 million

The Munster-based parent of Citizens Financial Bank swung to a fourth quarter profit of $1.6 million as improved economic conditions helped reduce the funds the institution had to set aside to cover loan losses.

January 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Steel production falls 15,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 652,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 29, 2013 2:00 pm
RETAIL: See-saw sales patterns define 2012

RETAIL: See-saw sales patterns define 2012

Retail performance during the 2012 holiday shopping season was largely disappointing because of expectations formed based on sales early in the year, Joshua Halpern said.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
COMMERCE: Porter County still reaping development interest from hospital

COMMERCE: Porter County still reaping development interest from hospital

The location of Porter Regional Hospital in Liberty Township has spurred development interest in other businesses in the area, said Valparaiso economic development official Rex Richards.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
LABOR: NWI missing out on state job gains

LABOR: NWI missing out on state job gains

Although local union leader Jim Robinson said the economy "seems" to be getting better, there isn't a large share of job growth occurring in Northwest Indiana, especially within the manufacturing sector.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Choppy recovery causing turbulence in sector

MANUFACTURING: Choppy recovery causing turbulence in sector

Manufacturing activity in the United States is following a similarly volatile pattern as it continues to recover from the impact of the Great Recession.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
BANKING: Better economy lifts bank earnings

BANKING: Better economy lifts bank earnings

Northwest Indiana bank executive David Rose said income statements of many banks around the country remain better than they were a few years ago as a result of improved economic conditions.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
GROCERY: Competition, costs driving consolidation within segment

GROCERY: Competition, costs driving consolidation within segment

Conditions within the grocery segment are encouraging the trend of smaller chains of stores selling out to become part of larger "super-independent" ones, said Dave Wilkinson.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
CONSUMERS: Opportunists working to profit from East Coast tragedies

CONSUMERS: Opportunists working to profit from East Coast tragedies

Con artists are continuing to use seemingly philanthropic ventures to profit from tragedies occurring late in 2012 such as Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, said Gail Zurek.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
STEEL: Products need demand to be sold

STEEL: Products need demand to be sold

As the economy goes, so does United States Steel Corp.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales reflecting boost in economic activity

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales reflecting boost in economic activity

Light vehicle sales in the United States rising 13.4 percent in 2012 from a year earlier shows that the industry continues to show improvements from the depths of the recession, said automobile dealership owner Tim Roper.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am
THE TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: No economic tonic for uncertainty

THE TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: No economic tonic for uncertainty

Northwest Indiana business executives are seeing the signs of a sustained -- yet slow -- economic recovery in the region this year. But the 22-member Times Board of Economists is split on how quickly challenges such as elevated unemployment will be resolved.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am Related

Record earnings welcome at region banks

Several regionally based banks had a strong 2012 as improved economic conditions allowed banks to boost lending on track to earning record profits.

January 25, 2013 12:00 pm

Wintrust Financial acquires Lansing-based bank

Wintrust Financial Corp. said Tuesday that it signed an agreement to buy the Lansing-based parent of First National Bank of Illinois for an estimated $38.5 million.

January 24, 2013 8:00 am
Porter County cops arrest 2, net $286K in drug bust

Porter County cops arrest 2, net $286K in drug bust

PORTAGE | Police from the Porter County Sheriff's Department said they arrested two men Wednesday after they found cocaine and heroin valued at $286,000 in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

January 23, 2013 8:43 pm Photos

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Steel production rises 7,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 667,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 22, 2013 2:00 pm
Peoples Bank earns record profit in 2012

Peoples Bank earns record profit in 2012

The Munster-based holding company for Peoples Bank said Friday its earnings in 2012 were up 27.3 percent and the institution set a record for profits earned.

January 21, 2013 3:00 pm
Illiana Block owner seeks fresh start despite bankruptcy

Illiana Block owner seeks fresh start despite bankruptcy

Nearly seven years after receiving a state-touted $8.7 million low interest loan for opening a manufacturing operation in Gary, the owners of a Crown Point-based business are seeking to reorganize their debts after filing for bankruptcy.

January 19, 2013 3:30 pm Photos

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Jobless rate rises to 8.2% in Indiana

Despite Indiana's unemployment rate rising in December to 8.2 percent, a state official called job growth in 2012 "exceptional."

January 18, 2013 1:30 pm

Federal court judge tosses RTW challenge

A challenge of the constitutionality of Indiana's right-to-work law in U.S. District Court in Hammond was dismissed Thursday.

January 17, 2013 4:30 pm
Citizens dedicates center to boosting small business lending

Citizens dedicates center to boosting small business lending

Citizens Financial Bank is setting aside $10 million to lend to small business clients in conjunction with the bank opening its Center for Small Business in Highland.

January 16, 2013 12:00 pm

Steel production rises 21,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 660,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 15, 2013 2:00 pm

Gary seeks partnerships for economic development agenda

GARY | Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday she is optimistic the city will continue to improve its reputation in the business community this year as key economic development projects are completed and as benefits are realized from local, state and federal partnerships.

January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Teamsters members say union calculates dues structure unfairly

MUNSTER | Pepsi Beverages Co. transport driver Tom Albano said he's had no problem paying dues to unions during more than 30 years working in the steel and transportation industries.

January 12, 2013 6:00 pm
Low water levels add pressure to NWI, Chicago maritime businesses

Low water levels add pressure to NWI, Chicago maritime businesses

Stevedoring companies and cargo carriers in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area may be missing business opportunities as a result of lower than expected water levels on the Mississippi River and other sections of the inland waterway system.

January 11, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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Legislators push to extend duties on foreign steel

Members of the Congressional Steel Caucus are pushing for a U.S. trade panel to extend duties on corrosion-resistant steel from Germany and South Korea to avoid an import surge.

January 10, 2013 4:00 pm

ArcelorMittal raising $3.5B to help reduce debt load

ArcelorMittal said Wednesday it wants to raise $3.5 billion from a common stock and debt offering in the United States to reduce its current debt load. 

January 09, 2013 3:00 pm

Steel production falls 44,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 639,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 08, 2013 2:00 pm

Lake tourism group says $4.6M in activity generated from its efforts

Sporting events and conventions the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority helped attract to Northwest Indiana generated more than $4.6 million in economic activity in 2012, the Hammond-based tourism group said Monday.

January 07, 2013 12:00 pm
LaPorte firm casts net for innovation assistance

LaPorte firm casts net for innovation assistance

Executives at a LaPorte-based manufacturing firm said a lack of innovation in recent years threatened the company's existence.

January 05, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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U.S. steel production up 3 percent in '12

U.S. steel production up 3 percent in '12

Production of raw steel in the United States is expected to have increased about 3 percent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to early estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

January 04, 2013 4:00 pm

State, others want farmers markets to take SNAP benefits

State agencies and Indiana educational and nonprofit organizations are hosting a seminar in Merrillville later this month to teach operators of farmers markets how accepting federal food assistance benefits can create benefits for shoppers and the markets.

January 02, 2013 3:00 pm

Region public TV, radio station seek fresh start after CEO exit

The new chief of Lakeshore Public Television and Radio will have to manage in an evolving technological landscape for broadcast media and continue to grow the stations' reach and revenue, according to members of the stations' board of directors. 

January 01, 2013 12:00 pm

Unlimited deposit coverage ending at banks, credit unions

Banks and credit unions in Northwest Indiana and around the country have been preparing depositors for the expiration of a program that provided unlimited insurance coverage on funds in certain types of accounts.

December 28, 2012 12:00 am

Region economy slows as cliff fears take shape

Lackluster growth in retail sales and a drop in regional employment took some holiday cheer out of Northwest Indiana's economy last month, according to an index that gauges regional economic dynamics.

December 27, 2012 4:00 pm Related

Steel production rises 20,000 tons in Great Lakes states

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 679,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

December 26, 2012 12:00 pm
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