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DirectBuy franchisees say ad fees crushed them

DirectBuy franchisees say ad fees crushed them

MERRILLVILLE | Consumer buying club DirectBuy has shrunk over the past few years from a height of more than 160 locations in the United States and Canada to about 100 today.

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DirectBuy reboot: Leaders reinventing challenged company

DirectBuy reboot: Leaders reinventing challenged company

MERRILLVILLE | Mike Bornhorst, a seasoned corporate executive who bootstrapped his way up from selling ADT security systems door to door to becoming the de facto North American chief operating officer of Culligan International, couldn't believe what he just heard.

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Steel dumpers could face tariffs as high as 118 percent

Steel dumpers could face tariffs as high as 118 percent

Steel dumpers beware: The U.S. government may start imposing tariffs of up to 118 percent.

July 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Laborers union calls for infrastructure repairs

Laborers union calls for infrastructure repairs

MUNSTER | A concrete chunk from a bridge was crushing a school bus in Munster on Friday, but no one was hurt.

July 11, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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U.S. Steel pays $58 million to settle price-fixing lawsuit

U.S. Steel pays $58 million to settle price-fixing lawsuit

U.S. Steel will pay $58 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges domestic steelmakers conspired to fix prices nearly a decade ago.

July 11, 2014 5:30 am
Thousands descend on Gary job fair

Thousands descend on Gary job fair

GARY | Portage resident Bobby Heflin refueled Harrier Jump Jets during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, but was downsized from the U.S. Marine Corps after the campaign ended and the peacetime military shrunk. 

July 10, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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New Fair Oaks restaurant takes farm-to-table to the extreme

New Fair Oaks restaurant takes farm-to-table to the extreme

Farm-to-table is a pretty popular concept these days, and a new restaurant takes it about as far as it can go, growing and raising almost all its food right outside.

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm
80-year-old foundry has poured its last casting

80-year-old foundry has poured its last casting

LAPORTE | An iron foundry that has been a major employer in LaPorte since 1934 and made some of the largest metal castings in the United States is expected to close next month, putting more than 120 employees out of work.

July 10, 2014 1:00 am
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 5: Lake Perch Dinner

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 5: Lake Perch Dinner

Northwest Indiana's seafood specialty comes golden brown, heavily buttered and with lemon wedges and a ramekin full of creamy tartar sauce.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am Related

Comcast closing Valparaiso office

Comcast cable subscribers in Valparaiso will soon be out of luck if they want to visit a physical store.

July 09, 2014 4:30 pm

More than 700 jobs need to be filled

GARY | More than 700 jobs are available, and many need to be filled now.

July 09, 2014 7:00 am
Steelworkers union fighting against imports

Steelworkers union fighting against imports

Steel imports are up 33 percent so far this year, while even more than 20 percent of U.S. steelmaking capacity has been sitting idle.

July 08, 2014 11:17 pm Photos

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Great Lakes steel production ticks up by 2,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region inched up to 654,000 tons last week, but overall U.S. steel production dipped slightly.

July 08, 2014 12:00 pm

ArcelorMittal fined $7,000 for fatal accident

EAST CHICAGO | Railings or an attendant outside a sinkhole could have prevented a fatal accident at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, a state investigation found.

July 07, 2014 9:30 am
To merge or not to merge: For community banks, that is the question

To merge or not to merge: For community banks, that is the question

Remember Hoosier State Bank of Hammond, Gary Federal Savings and Loan Association, or Industrial National Bank of East Chicago? What about Portage National Bank or Steel City Federal Savings and Loan Association? Bygone community banks in Northwest Indiana now far outnumber the remaining o…

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Northwest Indiana IPOs? NWI Tech Foundry hopes so

Northwest Indiana IPOs? NWI Tech Foundry hopes so

Are you sitting on an idea that could turn into the next Pandora, Snapchat or Dropbox?

July 05, 2014 5:00 am
Gayety's files for bankruptcy; stores to remain open

Gayety's files for bankruptcy; stores to remain open

A locally beloved and nationally renowned chocolate shop and ice cream parlor that's been around since 1920 has filed for bankruptcy.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Air power: Sullivan-Palatek engineering new solutions

Air power: Sullivan-Palatek engineering new solutions

MICHIGAN CITY | Workers at Sullivan-Palatek build air compressors that are used on construction sites, in oil rigs and at factories across the world.

July 03, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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New retail trend races into Schererville

New retail trend races into Schererville

SCHERERVILLE | Northwest Indiana's hot new boutique was like the mythical village Brigadoon: here today, gone tomorrow.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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New Pier 1 store docks in Schererville

Land-lubbers around the region can now get their hands on the latest imports without going anywhere near Northwest Indiana's international port.

July 02, 2014 11:30 am
Strack & Van Til rolls out specially made carts for disabled children

Strack & Van Til rolls out specially made carts for disabled children

A stay-at-home mom in suburban Birmingham, Ala., realized she faced a problem when her disabled daughter, Caroline, outgrew the shopping carts at the local stores where she shopped.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fashion truck to roll into Schererville

Eating gourmet grub from food trucks is old hat – there's even a Hollywood movie about it now.

July 01, 2014 2:19 pm

Gary-based energy producer buys pipeline, oil wells

GARY | An independent energy company based in Gary has made its third acquisition over the past eight months, this time so it can diversify more into natural gas production.

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm

Business-grade wireless Internet seminar planned in Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Business Internet users face a growing number of security threats, including malware from mobile devices and social media networks.

June 27, 2014 1:24 pm

U.S. Steel blast furnace resumes production

GARY | A blast furnace at the nation's largest steel mill is back online after repairs were made.

June 26, 2014 1:15 pm
Diversity can boost the bottom line

Diversity can boost the bottom line

HOBART | Corporate executives and business leaders are most likely to listen to numbers.

June 25, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Visclosky applauds ITC ruling against steel dumping

Visclosky applauds ITC ruling against steel dumping

The U.S. International Trade Commission is clamping down on steel dumping, at least in one small market.

June 25, 2014 2:00 pm

Indiana lands $3.2 million to help the unemployed find new jobs

Indiana secured $3.2 million to help out-of-work people find new jobs.

June 24, 2014 12:42 pm

Great Lakes steel production rebounds by 17,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region jumped up to 665,000 tons last week.

June 24, 2014 12:00 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.

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Techies can get civic-minded at Gary Hack Night

GARY | Techies, coders and others outside of city government could be the source of new ideas needed to reverse Gary's long, continual decline.

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm

New economic development group raises enough to hire director

A new economic development agency in Lake County has raised enough money to hire its first executive director.

June 23, 2014 11:00 am

Fundraiser to help pay for drowned boys' burial expenses

GARY | A local entrepreneur is raising funds for the two boys who drowned in a pit in Hobart while playing with friends.

June 20, 2014 6:41 pm
Unemployment holds steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

Unemployment holds steady in Indiana, falls in Illinois

Indiana's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained flat at 5.7 percent last month, but joblessness crept up in Northwest Indiana.

June 20, 2014 12:45 pm
ArcelorMittal pays $90 million to settle price-fixing lawsuit

ArcelorMittal pays $90 million to settle price-fixing lawsuit

ArcelorMittal will spend $90 million to settle a price-fixing lawsuit that alleged U.S. steelmakers violated federal antitrust laws.

June 19, 2014 7:01 pm
It's always sunny at VU's solar energy lab

It's always sunny at VU's solar energy lab

VALPARAISO | Ants beware: Valparaiso University has what amounts to the world's largest magnifying glass.

June 19, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Canstruction food drive to benefit local pantries

Giant hot dogs, Slinkies, Chuck Taylors and pharaohs have been built with nothing more than stacks of canned goods.

June 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Great Lakes iron ore shipments pick back up

Great Lakes iron ore shipments pick back up

Iron ore shipments to Midwestern steel mills are down 26 percent so far this year, after an unforgiving winter choked the Great Lakes with the thickest and most extensive ice in decades.

June 17, 2014 11:24 pm

Great Lakes steel production drops by 44,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region plunged to 648,000 tons after two Northwest Indiana blast furnaces went offline.

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Study: Steel dumping puts half a million jobs at risk

Study: Steel dumping puts half a million jobs at risk

U.S. steelmakers have collectively lost $3.6 billion over the past five years. They are getting slammed by imports from state-bankrolled foreign competitors that are so heavily subsidized they don't have to worry about turning a profit.

June 16, 2014 6:26 pm

Visclosky, Congressmen call for end to steel dumping

U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky is calling for a crackdown on illegal South Korean imports of oil and gas drill pipe that have already led U.S. Steel to shutter two plants.

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Little Italty restaurant reopens after fire

Little Italty restaurant reopens after fire

DYER | A regular diner popped into the Little Italy restaurant in Dyer on Friday morning – only he was clad in his firefighting gear instead of dressed up for a night on the town.

June 14, 2014 6:20 pm
Tear down that cubicle wall, office furniture designers say

Tear down that cubicle wall, office furniture designers say

Office workers have often found themselves lined up in uniform rows of utilitarian cubicles under a steady fluorescent glare.

June 14, 2014 5:00 am Video Photos

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The Times to host 7th annual Diversity Job Fair and Business Symposium

HOBART | Job hunters and business leaders who want to learn more about workplace diversity should clear their calendar June 25 and make their way to the Avalon Manor.

June 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Noodles & Company to open Schererville restaurant

Region residents will able to embark on a world pasta tour in a Schererville strip mall when Noodles & Company opens its latest location next week.

June 12, 2014 10:00 am

Great Lakes steel production stays steady

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region dipped slightly to 692,000 tons after hitting a new high for the year a week earlier.

June 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Lumina, Ready NWI to partner on workforce education

Roughly one out of every five Northwest Indiana residents has a bachelor's degree, and the region lags both the state and the nation.

June 10, 2014 12:00 pm
Blast furnaces idled at local steel mills

Blast furnaces idled at local steel mills

Two blast furnaces at Northwest Indiana mills have gone out of commission.

June 10, 2014 12:00 pm

The Times to host 7th annual Diversity Job Fair and Business Symposium

HOBART | Job hunters and business leaders who want to learn more about workplace diversity should clear their calendar June 25 and make their way to the Avalon Manor.

June 10, 2014 10:00 am
Carmeuse Lime to grow, invest in greener technology

Carmeuse Lime to grow, invest in greener technology

GARY | An international mining company is planning a major expansion in Buffington Harbor and a new green technology facility near the Gary/Chicago International Airport.

June 09, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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