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Category: Regional News
South Bend area seeing economic-development success.
by Heidi Prescott Wieneke
It’s not every day that a $3 billion company like Hubbell Inc. makes a long-term commitment to Indiana. But that is exactly what happened last year when the international steel box manufacturer invested more than $3 million in a new South Bend distribution center designed around its RACO brand.
Hubbell moved its warehouse operations last …Read Full Article
Merrillville venture remakes the Lazy Susan.
by Kathy McKimmie
At The Image House at Home, Amy Slater dreams of the day when every home will have one of her artsy Lazy Susans.
She’s no stranger to dreaming big dreams, evidenced by the fact that the year-old venture is a spinoff division of her successful large-format, high-resolution digital printing company, The Image House, established in 2005. …Read Full Article
Kruggel Lawton CPAs, welcomes Michelle Chupp as a staff accountant to the Elkhart office, and Mike Reed and Michele Reed, both staff accountants to the South Bend office. … Jill A. Jones, CPA, and vice president of McMahon & Associates, has earned a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation. Jones successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) …Read Full Article
Developing new employees and the existing workforce.
by Shari Held
Chuck Knebl, communications manager for WorkOne in South Bend (Region 2), says economic conditions have improved substantially across Indiana’s Northern Tier–composed of 23 counties across three regions. For instance, the jobless rate is coming down and employment grew in several sectors during 2013.
“Indiana’s Northern Tier serves as a noteworthy compass of the labor market’s …Read Full Article
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), ranked as one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and consulting firms, has a new principal in its Chicagoland offices. Charles (Chuck) Taylor, CPA, was promoted to principal, effective November 2013. Taylor provides services from both the Oak Brook, Ill., and Schererville offices of CLA, and will oversee tax compliance, planning and consulting services for a wide range of privately …Read Full Article
Five years ago, the headlines were bleak. Now the news is good.
by Heidi Prescott Wieneke
Thor Industries announced in January 2013 that it would leave behind its longtime corporate headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio, and relocate key executives to Indiana. The owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent the largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles in the country decided to move to Elkhart County. Just …Read Full Article
A positive outlook for the region’s economy in 2014.
by Michael J. Hicks
The end of the Great Recession has seen dramatic growth differences across industrial sectors in Northwest and North-Central Indiana. From the end of the recession there has been significant growth in transportation and warehousing, utilities, administrative services (most likely employment services), all of which have seen growth during this period of more …Read Full Article
Tourism officials expect a growing economic impact.
by Shari Held
2014 promises to be bigger and better as far as income and interest generated by visitors to Northwest Indiana, Chicago and Southwest Michigan. New events are making their debut to the area while old favorites are growing.
Here’s a look at some of the events scheduled to come to …Read Full Article
Northern Indiana companies with eye-catching futures.
by Steve Kaelble
They’ve innovated, they’ve found new niches and caught the leading edge of hot new trends. Among other things, the 11 Northern Indiana organizations on this year’s Indiana’s Companies to Watch roster have brought high-tech to sewers and historic buildings, state-of-the-art equipment to filmmakers, gourmet ingredients to chefs, trendy furniture to homeowners, even unusual spatulas to backyard …Read Full Article
Accounting firm of Kruggel, Lawton & Co. LLC has named Barry Hall, CPA, CGMA, as its new managing partner and appointed Daniel Smogor, CPA, CGMA, as partner-in-charge of the firm’s South Bend office. Hall’s role as managing partner will be to lead the firm’s long-term strategy, plans for growth and overall management of the firm. He has been a partner with Kruggel Lawton CPAs …Read Full Article