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Top Fuel CrossFit to open in Highland

HIGHLAND | Top Fuel CrossFit plans a grand opening of its new Highland gym at 3150 45th Ave.

13 hours ago
Crossroads Chamber rocks the region with membership drive

Crossroads Chamber rocks the region with membership drive

MERRILLVILLE | From business strategies to community awareness campaigns to investing in the future if education, the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce has prided itself on making a difference in the region.

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Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

16 hours ago

Purdue and Community Hospital team up

Purdue University Calumet is expanding its training facility for student-athletes through a partnership with The Community Hospital of Munster.

16 hours ago

Great Lakes steel production shoots up by 24,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region rebounded to 689,000 tons, while the overall domestic industry dripped slightly last week.

18 hours ago

Chamber meeting to focus on hospital's trauma status

MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus recent designation as an in-process Level III trauma center is the topic of the October general membership luncheon for the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

18 hours ago

Ivy Tech students will get GPTC discount

Gary Public Transportation Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest have teamed up to offer a discount program on monthly passes for students taking classes at the community college.

21 hours ago
U.S. consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

U.S. consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

22 hours ago
Northwest Indiana's top innovators nominated for awards

Northwest Indiana's top innovators nominated for awards

GARY | The region's top innovators have figured out how to get feed to flow well in a feed bin, curb all light pollution in a community and make gummy bears that don't freeze in ice cream.

September 17, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Co-op reconstruction on track a year after fatal blast

Co-op reconstruction on track a year after fatal blast

UNION MILLS | Rebuilding a facility where local farmers sell grain that is stored then shipped to markets is nearing completion more than a year after a grain dust explosion in one of the silos killed a worker.

September 17, 2014 5:00 am

Craft cocktail plant coming to Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY | A new facility in Michigan City will bottle prepared cocktails crafted by famed Aviary mixologist Charles Joly, who just won best bartender in the world last month.

September 16, 2014 8:15 pm
U.S. Steel scraps coke alternative at Gary Works

U.S. Steel scraps coke alternative at Gary Works

GARY | The largest steel mill in Northwest Indiana has abandoned a longtime plan to make a cheaper, more-reliably priced alternative to a raw material needed for steelmaking.

September 16, 2014 7:30 pm

Estee Lauder exec to headline Professional Women's Conference

Lakeshore Public Media is sponsoring the third annual upcoming Professional Women's Conference  from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville.

September 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Indiana gets $1.5 million for unemployment aid

INDIANAPOLIS | The U.S. Department of Labor is giving the state of Indiana $1.5 million as part of an effort to improve unemployment insurance programs around the nation.

September 16, 2014 7:04 am

Indiana reports increase in 2013 workplace deaths

INDIANAPOLIS | State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years.

September 16, 2014 6:00 am
NIRPC wants comments on public participation

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

HAMMOND | A public participation plan more than two years in the making will again get an airing when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission holds a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Hammond Public Library, 654 State St.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am Related

IU Health positioning for future

LAPORTE | Hospitals in LaPorte and Starke counties operating under the IU Health umbrella are looking to add a partner to better position the medical facilities for the future.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am
Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Bouncing basketballs, splashing water and the swoosh of blades on ice are the sounds of economic development in Kenosha County, Wis.

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

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.

September 15, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Portage company may pay $325,000 for environmental violation

HAMMOND | A Portage slag processing company has tentatively agreed to pay a $325,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act in 2008 and 2009, according to a plea agreement that was unsealed Friday.

September 15, 2014 2:30 pm

INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Law Expert: NFL Blackout Rule 'Working'

Graphics Company Planning Fishers Expansion

September 15, 2014 1:49 pm

Construction Advancement Foundation lands $154K grant for worker training

PORTAGE | The Construction Advancement Foundation, a regional trade association based in Portage, landed a $154,124 federal grant for worker training.

September 15, 2014 10:01 am
Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

NEW YORK | Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones.

September 15, 2014 9:46 am
All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

Economic development in booming Kenosha County, Wis., involves local government from the get-go, avoiding some of the ugly rifts that have typified the effort in Northwest Indiana.

September 14, 2014 10:00 pm
Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

CHICAGO | Ford Explorer sales rose 25 percent in August, the best month it's had since it was first made in Chicago in 2010.

September 14, 2014 5:00 am

STORY OF THE WEEK

Gary hospital celebrates trauma status

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Economic developers in Wisconsin's Kenosha County like to boast about their region's proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, its major interstate expressway, and the state's business-friendly climate.

September 13, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Evolution Fitness

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Evolution Fitness

WINFIELD | Evolution Fitness has opened a new location in Winfield at 7954 E 108th Ave.

September 13, 2014 8:54 pm Photos

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Hundreds of workers on strike at Lear Corp. plant

Hundreds of workers on strike at Lear Corp. plant

HAMMOND | Hundreds of workers demanding higher wages walked off the job Saturday at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that may affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago.

September 13, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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COMING SUNDAY: NWI vs. Southeast Wisconsin

COMING SUNDAY: NWI vs. Southeast Wisconsin

Times business reporter Keith Benman provides an exclusive report from economic development leaders in Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin. The area boasts many of the same amenities as Northwest Indiana: proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, a major interstate expressway and the state'…

September 13, 2014 6:30 pm
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Business pops into new location

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Business pops into new location

ChicagoLand Popcorn is marking a new location in the region as well as its recent role with Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival.

September 13, 2014 2:00 pm
East Chicago R&D center helps develop new steels

East Chicago R&D center helps develop new steels

EAST CHICAGO | Work done in the region is having a global impact.

September 13, 2014 11:12 am
Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

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. 

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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RDA seeking firms to apply for EPA grants

Cleaning up contaminated brownfield sites in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond takes on new focus thanks to two federal grants.

September 12, 2014 3:50 pm
Indiana Toll Road operator weighs bankruptcy, sale

Indiana Toll Road operator weighs bankruptcy, sale

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.

September 12, 2014 3:30 pm

Chef to speak at 'Inspiring Women' luncheon

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.

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm
Buck’s brings cargo bikes to region roads

Buck’s brings cargo bikes to region roads

VALPARAISO | Yuba cargo bikes have cruised into Buck’s Bicycle Shop offering a way to literally haul around the whole family.

September 11, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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COMING SUNDAY: NWI vs. Southeast Wisconsin

Times business reporter Keith Benman provides an exclusive report from economic development leaders in Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin. The area boasts many of the same amenities as Northwest Indiana: proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, a major interstate expressway and the state'…

September 11, 2014 5:45 pm
Gaucho's Brazilian Steakhouse to return

Gaucho's Brazilian Steakhouse to return

HOBART | Two once-popular restaurants on U.S. 30 have closed, but one should reopen within the next two or three months.

September 11, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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TrueWealth Advising Group opens in Crown Point

CROWN POINT | A new financial services firm has opened in Crown Point.

September 11, 2014 12:30 pm
Forever 21 coming to Southlake Mall

Forever 21 coming to Southlake Mall

HOBART | Another big new store is coming to Southlake Mall in Hobart.

September 11, 2014 5:00 am
One Region honors people who made NWI better

One Region honors people who made NWI better

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.

September 10, 2014 6:36 pm Photos

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Great Lakes Powerboat Race has $8 million impact

MICHIGAN CITY | This year's Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City set records for attendance and economic impact

September 10, 2014 4:21 pm
Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success

Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success

DALLAS | For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

September 10, 2014 1:55 pm Photos

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NIRPC to hold meetings on 2040 plan update

The public can comment on the update of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan at a series of meetings scheduled through the end of October. The first two meetings are scheduled next week in Westville and Michigan City.

September 10, 2014 12:10 pm
ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor gets its own South Shore poster

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor gets its own South Shore poster

BURNS HARBOR | ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor – at first the Bethlehem Steel Corp. steel mill – rolled out its first 160" plate in 1964.

September 09, 2014 3:45 pm Photos

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Transportation funding undergoing changes

PORTAGE | The world of federal funding for transportation improvement projects throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties looks vastly different, according to a report heard Tuesday by the Transportation Policy Committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

September 09, 2014 1:11 pm

Great Lakes steel production plummets by 29,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region plunged to 665,000 tons, though the overall domestic industry slumped slightly last week.

September 09, 2014 12:00 pm
NWI casino revenues fall by 5.2 percent in August

NWI casino revenues fall by 5.2 percent in August

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.

September 09, 2014 12:00 pm

Workshop outlines first step to launching a business

The Northwest ISBDC continues to offer new and emerging entrepreneurs start-up assistance through its Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path. It will be offered at two different locations on Sept. 16.

September 08, 2014 6:00 pm
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