Biz Buzz, Summer 2009
Resale shop opens for business in Schererville
“etc … a resale marketplace,” a nonprofit resale shop operating for the benefit of Highland Christian School, opened for business. The shop is located at 1650 U.S. 41, Suite D (between Dollar Tree and Champion Windows and Siding.) Donations of nearly new and gently used items of all sorts are welcomed. Donation receipts are available upon request. For more information, call 219.865.5400 or visit etcresale.org.
Chicago Industrial joins Northwest Indiana Forum
Chicago Industrial Real Estate has joined the Northwest Indiana Forum, said Forum President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Galbiati. Forum members address the greatest economic, environmental and governmental issues facing the region. CIRE was founded by Ogden Dunes resident Matt Rogatz, whom has been in the industrial real estate field for more than 20 years. CIRE offers many client services such as sales, leasing and development of large commercial and industrial properties. The organization also provides demographic analysis and investment programs for incoming industry.
Funded by membership contributions and grants, the Northwest Indiana Forum is a nonprofit regional environmental and economic development membership organization serving northwest Indiana.
For more information on the Forum, contact Karen Lauerman, director of marketing and communications, at 219.763.6303, ext. 181 or visit nwiforum.org.
>> LA PORTE
La Porte Hospital Laboratory receives accreditation
The La Porte Hospital Laboratory was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The two-year accreditation highlighted the excellent services provided. The laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.
During the CAP accreditation process in February, inspectors examined the lab’s records and quality control of procedures. CAP inspectors also examined the entire staff’s qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the lab. For more information, visit laportehealth.org.
Visclosky announces $1 million in stimulus for Gary airport
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., announced that Gary Chicago International Airport will receive more than $1 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $1,030,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration will fund runway rehabilitation.
“I have long recognized the Gary airport’s potential to create economic opportunities in Northwest Indiana,” Visclosky said in a news release. “I am glad that the Department of Transportation and the FAA share that view and have decided to include the airport in our economic recovery efforts.”
Visclosky helped the airport secure its 2006 Letter of Intent, which provided $57.8 million over 10 years, available in $6 million annual installments for improvements and expansion to increase the size of the airport by 50 percent and extend the main runway to 9,000 feet.
NiSource makes Fortune 500 list
Exxon Mobil Corp. unseated Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the 2009 Fortune 500 list, shrugging off the oil price bubble and weathering what the magazine called the worst year ever for the country’s largest publicly traded companies.
Five Indiana companies, including Merrillville-based NiSource Inc., made the list. NiSource was ranked 289th. Wellpoint Inc. placed 32nd, Eli Lilly placed 122nd, Cummins placed 181st, Steel Dynamics placed 318th and Brightpoint placed 496th.
Fortune’s closely watched list ranks companies by their revenue in 2008. Irving, Texas-based Exxon took in $442.85 billion in revenue last year, up almost 19 percent from 2007. The company also raked in the biggest annual profit, earning $45.2 billion.
Cyclesport Yamaha earns company distinction
Cyclesport Yamaha, 8544 E. U.S. 6, has been named a Pro Yamaha Motorsports Dealer for its exceptional customer service during the second half of 2008. This is the second consecutive period Cyclesport Yamaha has earned this distinction.
Pro Yamaha Motorsports dealers must meet requirements in sales, service and customer satisfaction. Cyclesport has been a Yamaha dealer for 43 years. For more information, call 219. 962.4770.
>> BENTON COUNTY
BP/Dominion wind farm powers up
The first phase of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm has entered full commercial production, cranking out enough carbon-free electricity to power 120,000 homes, owners BP Wind Energy and Dominion announced Wednesday.
“The commercial operation of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm marks an important step for BP in helping Indiana increase its role as a provider of energy to support growing state and national demands,” said BP Wind Energy President John Graham.
The wind farm spans several miles of Benton County countryside, with 222 towering, white wind turbines located on plots of land leased from farmers. It produces 400 megawatts of electricity, which is about as much as a mid-size coal-fired power plant.
Last May, Gov. Mitch Daniels and then-BP North America President Robert Malone marked the early stage of construction of the wind farm at a picnic just outside of the Benton County seat of Fowler.
>> POKAGON TOWNSHIP, MICH.
Pokagon Band breaks ground on new administration building
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians have broken ground on a new 19,000-square-foot tribal administration building on the tribal reservation in Pokagon Township, Mich. The building will house the tribe’s administration and member services departments.
The project includes construction of the building, road and parking lot and sewer and water improvements. The project cost more than $5 million, and it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi run the Four Winds Casino Resort near New Buffalo, Mich. There are more than 4,000 members of the Pokagon Tribe.
Regional Health System earns recognition
The La Porte Health System has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition. The national program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care.
Hospitals earning the designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
About 700 hospitals or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. For more information, call 219.326.2635 or visit laportehealth.org.
PNC offers graduate certificate in economic development
The Purdue University North Central College of Business has received approval from the Purdue University Graduate School to offer a graduate certificate in economic development. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the program in the fall semester.
The certificate is appropriate for business and economic development professionals, elected and appointed officials, chambers of commerce employees and members, real estate professionals and others who are interested in strengthening their knowledge and expertise in the process and practice of economic development.
The need for a graduate level economic development program had been identified by the Northwest Indiana Forum education committee.
For more information, contact the PNC College of Business at 219.785.5263.
Gaia Salon Spa Receives 2009 Best of Schererville Award
For the second consecutive year, Gaia Salon Spa, 112 E. Joliet St., has been selected for the 2009 Best of Schererville Award in the Hair Salons category by the U.S. Local Business Association.
The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 70 2008 Award recipients qualified as 2009 Award Winners. For more information, call 219.864.4180.
New Dollar General store opens in Hammond
Dollar General has opened a new store at 504 165th St. The 10,278-square-foot store will employ up to 10 people.
Dollar General stores provide a focused selection of national brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products. About 25 percent of the merchandise in Dollar General is sold for just $1 or less.
For more information, visit dollargeneral.com or call 219.937.4432.
Southlake, Tri-City mental health agencies merge
Long-time area mental health-care providers in Merrillville and East Chicago have merged to form Regional Mental Health Center. Officials of Southlake Center for Mental Health in Merrillville and Tri-City Community Mental Health Center in East Chicago said the two will share in the care of their combined 5,400 clients.
Talks of a merger began more than a year ago, said Robert Krumwied, chief executive officer of the combined agencies.
“We were facing an administrative burden and didn’t want to curtail services,” Krumwied said. The Southlake facility acquired the assets of the Tri-City facility, Krumwied said. Both are nonprofit organizations.
DRD Information Management joins Northwest Indiana Forum
DRD Information Management has joined the Northwest Indiana Forum, said Forum President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Galbiati. Forum members address the greatest economic, environmental and governmental issues facing the region. DRD Information Management is a business-to-business service company, serving industries with privacy and security needs, such as the financial, legal and medical record management industries.
Funded by membership contributions and grants, the Northwest Indiana Forum is a nonprofit regional environmental and economic development membership organization serving northwest Indiana. For more information on the Forum, contact Karen Lauerman, director of marketing and communications, at 219.763.6303, ext. 181 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nwiforum.org.
>> NORTHWEST INDIANA
Company launches website to market local authors’ books
LM Publications LLC of Northwest Indiana is announcing the launch of its new website, beyondtheregion.com.
The new site has a retail component and an informational news blog, LMP’s President Lance Ryskamp said in a prepared release. The retail portion will market and sell books online.
“I hope to eventually use the site to not only sell my work, but also market books and writings of other authors from here in Northwest Indiana ,” Ryskamp said.
The blog, beyondtheregion.wordpress.com, will feature information and links on news, business, sports and entertainment topics. “I am very excited about the blog and its potential,” Ryskamp added. “I hope to market the blog in a way that can make it a site to visit for news, information and opinions on a wide range of topics, both local and beyond the Northwest Indiana region.”