• March 29, 2016

    Lake County's drop in population biggest in state ... again

    Lake County again posted the biggest drop in population in the state, falling to an estimated 487,865 residents last year, down from 490,574 in 2014, as residents left the county for greater economic opportunity.
  • March 24, 2016

    EDITORIAL: Steel layoffs abroad warn of need to diversity Region's economy

    U.S. Steel recently announced 770 layoffs within its company, and there may have been a collective local sigh of relief that Region workers weren’t among the trimmed workforce.

    That would be the wrong response.

  • March 22, 2016

    Local steel used in Navy ships

    ArcelorMittal USA plate was used to make the USS Illinois submarine, a 377-foot-long vessel that can travel at more than 25 knots while submerged. The $2.7 billion Virginia-class submarine, which weighs 7,835 tons, was commissioned in December and can be used against submarines, surface ships and mines, as well as for surveillance and covert strike missions. A Virginia-class is a nuclear-powered attack submarine.

  • March 22, 2016

    Visclosky: Steel industry's woes not self-inflicted

    SCHERERVILLE — The American steel industry suffers from a negative perception, but it’s still the most efficient in the world, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky said. “Too often people castigate steel,” the Democrat said. “One of the problems I think they face nationally is perception.”

  • March 22, 2016

    United States now collecting tariffs on hot-rolled steel imports

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are collecting tariffs on hot-rolled steel imports from seven countries after the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a finding Tuesday they were dumping steel here. Customs agents are charging between 3.97 percent and 49.05 percent extra on imports from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, in anticipation of a final ruling on duties that will come this fall. Imports of hot-rolled steel from those countries– which is used to make cars, appliances and machinery – increased by 73 percent over the last few years, according to the International Trade Administration.

  • March 17, 2016

    Visclosky addresses aircraft carrier trade group on steel and national defense

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, recently addressed the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition on the importance of Buy America and domestically produced steel to the integrity of this nation’s defense.

    Excerpts from Visclosky’s remarks:

    “We are a country at war. The threats to our nation do not just involve our approximately 4,000 troops in the Middle East, or our 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, or our 28,000 troops in South Korea. Over 70 percent of our planet is covered by water, and we have inherent economic interests in our waterways to protect. Ninety-five percent of the world's Internet information travels across the ocean floors on cables, and over 90 percent of our trade is shipped over the seas. We have an obligation to ensure that the U.S. Navy and all of our service members are able keep our nation safe and protect our national security interests in the global waterways. . . .

  • March 15, 2016

    Local steel output jumps to yearly high

    Raw steel production in the Great Lakes region hit a new high for 2016, rising to 656,000 tons last week. Local steel output has been recovering this year after imports grabbed a record-breaking 29 percent of total market share last year. Imports were down to only 23 percent of the market share last month, and Great Lakes production has risen in eight of the 11 weeks so far this year.

  • March 10, 2016

    Indiana Legislature condemns foreign steel dumping

    INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans and Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly united Thursday to condemn overproduction and dumping by foreign steel makers, and to urge the federal government to strictly enforce the nation’s trade laws.

  • March 9, 2016

    Visclosky restores 'buy American steel' rule for military

    HOBART — A legal requirement the U.S. military buy American-made steel to build tanks, ships and submarines nearly lapsed, but Congressman Pete Visclosky restored it.

    As the ranking member of the subcommittee on Defense, Visclosky reinstated the requirement that the U.S. Department of Defense can only buy American steel and not any imports from foreign competitors, his Chief of Staff Mark Lopez told an Association for Iron and Steel Technology gathering at Avalon Manor on Thursday.

  • March 7, 2016

    End of flood insurance finally in sight for some Griffith residents

    GRIFFITH — Most residents along the Cady Marsh Ditch soon will pull the plug on the federal flood insurance they have been forced to buy for many years.

    The Town Council on Tuesday announced that revisions to the existing flood plain will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on March 16.

  • March 6, 2016

    PETE VISCLOSKY GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to invest in NWI again

    Over a hundred years ago, people like John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan invested in the economic infrastructure of Northwest Indiana and created one of the most efficient and productive industrial regions in the world. It is time to invest again in the future of Northwest Indiana.

    When I think of the history of Northwest Indiana, I consider the captioned 1937 photo of Broadway in Gary. Because of the foresight and commitment of investors, people flocked to Northwest Indiana to work and raise a family.

  • March 6, 2016

    The Region, while tradition-steeped, is evolving

    Northwest Indiana was once the Hoosier state's last frontier.

    It was the last part of Indiana to be settled, largely because it was frigid marshland that early settlers thought was too harsh and unforgiving.

  • March 3, 2016

    U.S. imposes 266 percent tariffs on Chinese steel

    After thousands of steelworker layoffs across the country, the U.S. government is acting to impose some of the biggest tariffs in recent years on steel imports from seven countries, including massive 266 percent duties against Chinese cold-rolled steel.

  • March 2, 2016

    Steel imports plunge by 41 percent in January

    The United States started to impose more tariffs on steel imports last year after they captured an unprecedented 29 percent of U.S. market share, causing thousands of layoffs and mill idlings nationwide.

    Those tariffs appear to now be having an impact.

  • March 2, 2016

    Dumping crackdown called 'a great day for steel'

    President Barack Obama signed a customs bill Wednesday that contains added protections for the domestic steel industry, whose advocates hailed it as a "good news day" and even a "great day."

    "Duplicitous foreign countries and foreign companies have been circumventing our trade laws to dump illegal steel into our markets for far too long," said U.S. Rep.  Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, who serves on the Congressional Steel Caucus. "I was proud to support the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 in the House of Representatives and I am pleased that President Obama has now signed it into law.

  • February 18, 2016

    Visclosky praises development in Lake County

    State Representative Pete Visclosky says that in order for the Northwest Indiana region to grow and develop there needs to be transformation investment.

    The veteran legislator was the guest speaker at the Gary Chamber of Commerce Monday, February 8 at the Majestic Star Event Center where he applauded much of the region’s achievement but cautioned that more need to be done.

  • February 16, 2016

    Region environmental efforts celebrated

    MICHIGAN CITY — At the South Shore Clean Cities Annual Meeting, businesses and governments throughout Northwest Indiana celebrated the environmental efforts in the region. People and organizations, including the city of La Porte, received awards for exemplifying the group’s goals, especially reduction of fossil fuel use.

    South Shore Clean Cities, which receives sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Energy, formed in 1999 as part of the Clean Cities Coalitions, striving for a cleaner environment – including better air quality – and energy independence.

  • February 16, 2016

    Great Lakes steel output rises for 6th time this year

    Raw steel production in the Great Lakes region rose to 635,000 tons last week, the sixth time it’s risen out of seven weeks so far in 2016.

    Local steel output has been much lower than normal because of soaring imports that snatched a record-breaking 29 percent of total market share last year, when China exported a record 120 million tons, depressing steel prices around the globe. However, imports have been slowing as the federal government has started to impose more tariffs.

  • February 14, 2016

    Congress cracks down on tariff-ducking steel dumpers

    Days after Congressman Pete Visclosky told the Gary Chamber of Commerce that Congress was finally acting to save U.S. manufacturing jobs, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that will crack down on the cheap imports that have led to thousands of steel layoffs nationwide.

    The Senate voted 75-20 on Thursday to approve what Sen. Dan Coats' office heralded as "the largest legislative reform in customs and enforcement policy in nearly 20 years."

  • February 9, 2016

    Visclosky: New laws, tariffs will help ailing steel business

    GARY – Everyone's seen the statistics and big losses steelmakers have suffered, but there's reason to feel positive about the Region's steel industry, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky told the Gary Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

    "Last year, 2015, we enjoyed one of the better legislative sessions we've had for steel and domestic manufacturing generally than we've had for some great period of time " Visclosky said.