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HAMMOND | Lear Corp. workers in Hammond will be able to earn up to $21.58 an hour under a tentative contract that eliminates a two-tier pay scale that locked newer workers into lower wages.
PORTAGE | The Construction Advancement Foundation, a regional trade association based in Portage, landed a $154,124 federal grant for worker training.
HAMMOND | A tentative agreement has ended a strike at the Lear Corp. automotive seat factory in Hammond, a day after workers walked off the job.
CHICAGO | Ford Explorer sales rose 25 percent in August, the best month it's had since it was first made in Chicago in 2010.
EAST CHICAGO | Work done in the region is having a global impact.
HAMMOND | A local union says its negotiations with Lear Corp. are "coming to a head," and a potential walk-out could result in a massive disruption for the local automotive industry.
The Indiana Toll Road operators are looking at filing for bankruptcy to get out from under $6 billion in debt and selling the right to operate the road, according to media reports.
MICHIGAN CITY | Brenda Hitchens rose from a part-time gig cleaning up at a local bakery to becoming an award-winning executive chef at a major Las Vegas casino.
HOBART | Two once-popular restaurants on U.S. 30 have closed, but one should reopen within the next two or three months.
CROWN POINT | A new financial services firm has opened in Crown Point.
HOBART | Another big new store is coming to Southlake Mall in Hobart.
MERRILLVILLE | A few of Northwest Indiana's most distinguished residents were recognized for making the region better, including supporting the arts, providing hundreds of college scholarships and taking high school students on campus tours.
BURNS HARBOR | ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor – at first the Bethlehem Steel Corp. steel mill – rolled out its first 160" plate in 1964.
Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region plunged to 665,000 tons, though the overall domestic industry slumped slightly last week.
Revenues at Northwest Indiana's casinos dropped 5.2 percent in August, the ninth straight straight month of year-over-year declines in their total take.
WHITING | Residents can destroy sensitive documents securely at a upcoming Better Business Bureau event.
MUNSTER | The Times Media Co. has promoted Deb Anselm to general manager and vice president, sales and marketing.
Northwest Indiana business owners, are you ready to rock?
MUNSTER | A candidate for Indiana State Treasurer wants to steer more business to state banks, increase the tax credit for college savings and offer low-interest loan to women, minority and veteran entrepreneurs.
PORTAGE | Shipments are up 25 percent at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor through the end of August.
Any older residents who are having trouble finding work can now turn to a nonprofit group for help.
GARY | The largest blast furnace at Gary Works was briefly down earlier this week, but production was not affected.
HOBART | First Trust Advisors Deputy Chief Economist Robert Stein will talk about the economy at a free upcoming event.
Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region rose to 694,000 tons, though the overall domestic industry slumped slightly last week.
MUNSTER | NorthWest Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of Peoples Bank, announced a dividend of 25 cents per share.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Country music star Luke Bryan played the final notes of his hit, "I Don't Want This Night to End," before a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field on Sunday night and a team of about 100 workers sprung into action to disassemble the stage as the concert-goers filed out.
Northwest Indiana's creative industry will gather to mingle and glean perspective at the fifth annual INsight Design Conference.
An upcoming READY NWI program will provide teachers, counselors and principals with information about where their students can find work after graduation.
Northwest Indiana added jobs this summer as its economy kept down the path of growth.
GARY | Hundreds of thousands of books are published every year in the United States.
An overabundance of supply caused West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Gasoline prices to fall over the last three months.
Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.
The economy came out of its winter hibernation during the second quarter as consumer confidence reached the highest point since 2007, Horizon Bank Executive Vice President David Rose said.
Stock prices have been hitting all-time highs despite global uncertainties, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.
The grocery industry is doing well, but Strack and Van Til stores are faring better in South Lake County, where the unemployment is lower than it is in the northern cities or Illinois.
Manufacturing continues the slow, steady improvement that has characterized the sector over the last few years, Berlin Metals President Boy Berlin said.
Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.
Economic development agencies are pushing to make Northwest Indiana a friendlier place for businesses looking to bring jobs and investment.
The refrain has been familiar almost every time The Times Board of Economists has met over the past few years: The economy is improving but slowly, more slowly than anyone would like.
For kids and young parents in the region, visiting Deep River Water Park is a ritual as summery as hot dogs on the grill.
EAST CHICAGO | Labor unions secured weekends, breaks, paid vacations, sick leaves, 8-hour workdays and countless other benefits you might have seen enumerated on bumper stickers or in chain emails.
The dream of owning a business and working for oneself, an aspiration nearly half of all Americans have according to a recent survey, is becoming more of a rarity in Indiana.
Fair Oaks Farms is an industry pioneer in phasing out cow dehorning, which animal rights activists describe as a cruel mutilation.
You'll laugh, and laugh some more, and maybe take what you learned and use it to up your monthly sales.
EAST CHICAGO | Residents in Lake County's northern cities can get up to $5,000 in free weatherization work that will keep their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and cut their utility bills year-round.
MERRILLVILLE | The One Region annual luncheon is usually a hot ticket, but seats are in even stronger demand this year.
Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region rose to 691,000 tons as the domestic industry saw a boost in production last week.
MERRILLVILLE |Lake County's new economic development agency will have experienced leadership as it tries to coordinate previously Balkanized efforts to lure new businesses.
GARY | Planned redevelopment around the Gary/Chicago International Airport sparked a lot of interested in the 8,000-square-foot building industrial cleaning company Great Lakes Plant Services had been leasing on Airport Road.
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