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Michigan City dowtown project gainin steam

MICHIGAN CITY | Construction is expected to begin in January on converting a former six story hotel into lofts for artists to live and work, a project viewed as a major springboard for advancing the revitalization already occurring in Michigan City's downtown.

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Modern Forge ramping up production, staff in Merrillville

Modern Forge ramping up production, staff in Merrillville

Third-generation family-owned Modern Forge has moved from a rambling complex of 50 buildings in Blue Island to a new state-of-the-art facility surrounded by corn stalks and cattails on the southern outskirts of Merrillville.

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Intermodal moving forward during deadlock

LAPORTE | A court order issued Monday gets the ball rolling again toward developing an intermodal facility in Kingsbury that came to a screeching halt.

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Public comment opens on Illiana Expressway

A 30-day public comment period has opened on the final environmental impact statement for the Illiana Expressway in advance of a final federal decision on the project.

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IEDC president to talk about cities

Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Eric Doden will talk about the Regional Cities Initiative at the Northwest Indiana Forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

18 hours ago

NiSource split dampens sales rumors – for now

NiSource executives assured Wall Street on Monday of a "seamless transition" as the company splits its utility and pipeline transmission segments into separate companies, but did not rule out the eventual sale of either.

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NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource Inc. announced Sunday it plans to create a separate company for its burgeoning gas transportation business, while keeping NIPSCO and utilities in six other states under the NiSource umbrella.

September 28, 2014 3:45 pm
Three local leaders lauded for innovation

Three local leaders lauded for innovation

As part of its effort to highlight its 2013-14 class, the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has selected Debi Pillarella and Lana Zimmer as its July Innovators of the Month.

September 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Get noticed and make impressions with customized solutions from TradeWinds Sign Shop

Get noticed and make impressions with customized solutions from TradeWinds Sign Shop

Signs establish and reinforce brand identity, call for some sort of action or response, display regulations and compliance, recognize effort and performance, direct employees and visitors, promote products, events and services, as well as generally inform customers, employees and event attendees.

September 28, 2014 2:30 am Photos

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STORY OF THE WEEK

S'ville urgent care receives re-certification

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Meraki, Crown Point

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Meraki, Crown Point

Meraki is a Greek word meaning to do something with soul creativity or love -- to put something of yourself into your work.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Northwest Indiana population shifting south, east

Northwest Indiana population shifting south, east

Most Northwest Indiana cities and towns lost residents last year as the region's population continued to migrate south and east.

September 27, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Smashmouth Burgers closes

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Smashmouth Burgers closes

Schererville's Smashmouth Burgers and Pizza, which Times of Northwest Indiana readers voted Best of the Region in 2013, has closed.

September 27, 2014 2:00 pm

S'ville urgent care receives re-certification

SCHERERVILLE | Immediate Care Center-the Doctor is IN, 5521 West Lincoln Highway, Suite 1A, has been re-certified as a Level I urgent care center by the Urgent Care Association of America.

September 27, 2014 12:00 am

U.S. consumer sentiment index reaches 14-month high

WASHINGTON | A measure of U.S. consumer confidence reached its highest level since July 2013, led by greater optimism that the economy will grow and incomes will rise.

September 26, 2014 6:08 pm

Economy's Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

WASHINGTON | The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

September 26, 2014 6:02 pm

Why rate hikes are good news for stocks

NEW YORK | It's no surprise the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

September 26, 2014 5:15 pm
NIPSCO gives Luminary Awards to area 'shining beacons'

NIPSCO gives Luminary Awards to area 'shining beacons'

"Shining beacons" of community service were honored by NIPSCO at a Thursday night presentation of the company’s Luminary Awards.

September 26, 2014 3:48 pm Photos

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Event outlines doing business with Canada

Those interested in doing business with Canada or increasing their business with Canada should attend a seminar on this topic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Prairie State College Conference Center, 202 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Heights.

September 26, 2014 1:20 pm

Workshop helps businesses develop communications strategy

GARY | Developing a cost-effective marketing communications plan will be the topic of a no-cost workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday Oct. 2 at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, in the Medical/Professional Building in MP Room 1156.

September 26, 2014 12:29 pm

Explosion reported at ArcelorMittal Riverdale

RIVERDALE | An explosion rattled ArcelorMittal Riverdale Thursday night.

September 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Morning business session to focus on emerging tech trends

First Financial Bank is holding a free workshop called “Incorporating Emerging Technology Trends to Increase your Sales and Profitability” from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at the bank's Crown Point Banking Center, 11890 Broadway at U.S. 231. Small-business owners and managers will learn new technolo…

September 26, 2014 10:16 am

CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Checking your credit report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encourages consumers to check their credit reports at least once a year.

September 26, 2014 10:11 am
Summer's over: Farewell high gas prices

Summer's over: Farewell high gas prices

Average gas prices have fallen to an average of $3.39 a gallon after the BP Whiting Refinery and other refineries stopped making the more expensive summer blend gasoline.

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Whimsical Chemshaw 13 Donutz & Comics fresh face on Square

Whimsical Chemshaw 13 Donutz & Comics fresh face on Square

CROWN POINT | The first time Lynette Pisano-Sullivan saw the historic Lake County Courthouse, it was love at first sight.

September 25, 2014 5:00 pm
Startup culture focus of NWI Tech Foundry

Startup culture focus of NWI Tech Foundry

Companies in the inaugural class of NWI Tech Foundry, a new startup accelerator in downtown Valparaiso, aim to create a job website for adjunct professors, protect the mobile devices of school-age children, and send high-altitude balloons up to the cusp of outer space.

September 25, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Beemsterboer shuts down petcoke storage terminal in Chicago

Beemsterboer shuts down petcoke storage terminal in Chicago

Beemsterboer Slag Corp. has closed down its petcoke storage operation in Chicago and sold its Calumet Transload Facility at 2900 E. 106th St. after an ongoing crackdown.

September 25, 2014 5:00 pm

Former employee accessed Direct Buy personnel files

A former employee accessed files containing personal information of 414 current and former employees at Direct Buy, a Merrillville-based membership buying club, according to the Indiana Attorney General's Office.

September 25, 2014 4:06 pm

Bagger Dave's to open upscale burger restaurant in S'ville

SCHERERVILLE | An upscale burger restaurant is opening its first Northwest Indiana location in Schererville, but two more will follow soon.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
Local Croatian expat promotes liqueurs made by his mother

Local Croatian expat promotes liqueurs made by his mother

The Croatian expatriate wants the American public as well as his countrymen to consume and enjoy the three liqueurs made by his mother in his homeland.

September 24, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Credit card data swiped from local Jimmy John's restaurants

Jimmy John's sandwich shops in Hobart and Portage were involved in a massive data breach that spanned 216 locations.

September 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care

WASHINGTON | Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

September 24, 2014 2:12 pm
Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia.

Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia.

Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia. He isn’t an importer but works with one in Chicago who imports three of the family liqueurs. These include, from left, Chocolate Cocktail, Amaro and Ovo Liker.

September 24, 2014 12:53 pm
Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia.

Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia.

Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia. He isn’t an importer but works with one in Chicago who imports three of the family liqueurs.

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm
Local Croatian expat promotes liqueurs made by his mother

Local Croatian expat promotes liqueurs made by his mother

Darko Latinovic promotes and sells the liqueurs made by his mother in Croatia. He isn’t an importer but works with one in Chicago who imports three of the family liqueurs. Amaro is an award-winning liqueur.

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm
Ruge & Sons catering serves last meal Saturday

Ruge & Sons catering serves last meal Saturday

Bruce Ruge, who has co-owned the catering and retail company with his brother Tom for 35 years, said both men have decided to retire.

September 24, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Illinois officials pitch South Suburban Airport

TINLEY PARK | Illinois officials did their best Tuesday to convince investors and others of the commitment to building a South Suburban Airport at an industry forum at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

September 23, 2014 6:00 pm

Great Lakes steel production dips by 2,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region ticked down to 687,000 tons, while the overall domestic industry rose slightly last week.

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm
Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former Northwest Indiana Forum CEO Mark Maassel has been appointed president of the Indiana Energy Association, the trade group for the state's investor-owned utilities.

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm

Workshop guides new QuickBooks users

VALPARAISO | The Northwest ISBDC and Anna Sheets of Accounting Made Simple are offering a QuickBooks Essentials workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at the Purdue University North Central Graduate Building, 600 Vale Park Road, in Room 20.

September 23, 2014 10:30 am

Unemployment dips slightly in Northwest Indiana

Unemployment dropped slightly in Northwest Indiana last month, though jobless rates bounced around in different communities.

September 23, 2014 5:00 am
Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

The private operators of the Indiana Toll Road declared bankruptcy Sunday on more than $6 billion in debt, leaving the fate of the 157-mile road in the hands of a federal judge and creditors.

September 22, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Lear contract a union victory over tier system

Lear contract a union victory over tier system

HAMMOND | Rochelle Weathersby landed a job at Lear Corp.'s seat-making factory in Hammond three years ago.

September 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Visclosky announces airport grants

Porter County Regional Airport has received a key federal grant that will allow reconstruction of its main runway, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky announced Monday.

September 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Rail projects rolling at Gary airport

More railroad projects are underway at Gary/Chicago International Airport to clear the way for the main runway expansion, with the key one still on schedule for completion by November.

September 22, 2014 1:52 pm
NWI home sales decline in August

NWI home sales decline in August

Sales of existing single-family homes in Northwest Indiana declined 6.4 percent in August as compared to the year-ago month, following a strong rebound in sales in July, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

September 22, 2014 11:45 am
Alsip Nursery set to celebrate 20th anniversary with all-new Fall Festival

Alsip Nursery set to celebrate 20th anniversary with all-new Fall Festival

We don’t need a calendar to remind us it’s officially fall in Northwest Indiana.

September 22, 2014 2:30 am Photos

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UAW workers in Indiana approve Lear Corp. contract

HAMMOND | Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.

September 21, 2014 11:15 pm

Employee benefits firm merges with insurance company

SCHERERVILLE | Two longtime Northwest Indiana businesses have merged to form the Meyers Glaros Group, a one-stop shop for insurance and employee benefits.

September 21, 2014 6:30 am
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