• May 15, 2017

    Visclosky: Infrastructure projects drive NWI economy

    MUNSTER — Major infrastructure projects, including the South Shore Rail expansion and Double Tracking, are the next great engine to drive Northwest Indiana’s economy, will stop the population exodus and provide employment and opportunities for generations to come, according to at least one Indiana representative.

    Manufacturing, including the steel industry, also play an important role in the national economy because these jobs pay people living wages, he added. 

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, drove home those points during his keynote address Monday at the Northwest Indiana Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers luncheon meeting at Centennial Park Clubhouse. More than 50 civil engineers and students majoring in civil engineering at Purdue Northwest and Valparaiso University attended the meeting.

  • May 11, 2017

    Steel imports threaten our national security

    American steelworkers, their families, and steel producers across our country have long known two simple truths: 

    • 1 - The strength of our national security is invariable linked to the strength of our domestic steel industry, and;
    • 2 - Illegal steel imports are decimating our steel production capabilities. 

    Because of these two truths, the outcome of the Trump administration’s Section 232 steel import investigation is already well known to steel producing communities. Every extra day that we wait for it to be completed, and for subsequent action to be taken, is another day that illegal steel imports threaten our national security, the strength of our steel industry, and the jobs that are the backbone of our economy.  

  • May 3, 2017

    Federal spending plan opens path for South Shore expansion funding

    INDIANAPOLIS — South Shore Line expansion supporters consider the five-month federal spending plan approved Wednesday by the U.S. House to be a win for their cause, even though the West Lake and double-tracking projects weren't yet eligible to be funded.

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, expected to be signed into law Friday, includes $2.5 billion in grants for transit system capital projects across the country, including $100 million to modernize the Red and Purple "L" lines in Chicago and $50 million for an Indianapolis bus rapid transit system.

  • April 24, 2017

    Hobart Marsh mitigation project decades in the making

    Eric Bird recalled picking up trash in a farm field on Hobart's northwest side while a student working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    "I thought back then, 'This will be something some day,'" said Bird, now stewardship manager for the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, of the field he was working in.

  • April 23, 2017

    Buying American could create 400 jobs in Indiana, but will the feds do it?

    A local manufacturer is gunning for a defense contract it says would result in up to 400 jobs over the next decade in East Chicago.

    Industrial forklift maker Hoist Liftruck is hoping to ride a wave of Buy American sentiment into a lucrative contract to make container handlers that U.S. military forces could use on rough terrain. It hopes to win a federal contract currently held by a Swedish company whose patents expire next year, Hoist Liftruck President Vince Flaska said.