2020-Oct-Nov Archives • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine


Northwest Indiana Business Magazine October-November 2020 issue.

October-November 2020 issue

In this issue

Despite the pandemic, Northwest Indiana business owners and organizations were inspired to innovate during this unprecedented time. New leaders took the helms of companies; new products were launched; and people helped others during a great time of need.

Scott McKee

Around the Region

Learn about people and companies making a difference at work and in their communities, including Scott McKee who was named the corporate social responsibility director for First Merchants Corp.

Unity Gardens

Temporary solutions; new normal

The pandemic has forced businesses and organizations to adapt for survival. Examples abound in northern Indiana of business plans being rewritten on the fly to operate under dramatically changed conditions.

Dan Keller

Mass production forges ahead

Higher education works with companies as more automation creates need for specialized workforce. Experts in the field lend insight into the past, present and future of such advances in manufacturing.

Tax uncertainties

CPAs sort through relief rules

Experts say the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act prompted by the pandemic provided short-term aid but created new tax uncertainties, which led business owners to seek advice from professionals.

Shive-Hattery Inc. designs

Office space pandemic style

Design experts help companies implement new safety precautions as they rethink work spaces during the pandemic while considering changes that might become permanent additions to future designs.

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor 50th anniversary

Global shipping hub celebrates 50 years

Vision for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor leads to multi-billion-dollar economic powerhouse in its first 50 years. Economic leaders are sure the next half century will provide even greater opportunities as the facility undergoes $20 million in upgrades.

Clayton Geyer

Born from a crisis

Pandemic inspires Rensselaer family to launch PPE-making company Indiana Face Mask, which began making FDA approved surgical face masks in March. The company produces between 40,000 to 50,000 surgical face masks weekly.

Mike Hooper

Charged with energy’s future

New president Mike Hooper ready to lead NIPSCO into next phase of power generation with a goal to transition from coal to other means of power, such as wind and solar, by the year 2028.

Cleanslate helps clean up Gary and provide jobs

One street at a time in Gary

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince implements Cleanslate initiative to help brighten Gary’s streets and create jobs for those in need of a second chance in life. It is expected to create 15 to 25 jobs annually for residents while providing cleaner, safer streets.

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