Wed, October 19 2011 17:58
Eugene E. Marks, a fourteen-year member of the Board of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF), has passed away at the age of 80 in North Judson, Indiana. Gene not only gave great service to SCEDF, he also for many years served as an official in several high school sporting events. He was chosen several times to work the Indiana High School State Championship games in boys basketball. He was well-known throughout the State for his work, was a true gentleman, and was highly admired by sports fans, especially in Starke County. Gene leaves behind his wife, Marlene, a daughter, Jeanine Browning, and four sons, Jerry, Jon, Jeff, and Jay Marks. Visitation will be held after 11:00 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the O'Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson, Indiana, where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Judson United Methodist Church or to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.
Thu, October 13 2011 17:16
In an announcement released yesterday, John A. Eckert, a student at North Judson-San Pierre High School, was one of about 16,000 students nationwide that have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.5 million students across the country begin the process by taking a qualifying test. The Semifinalists will continue on in the program for the awarding of scholarship aid. Congratulations to Mr. Eckert for this impressive achievement.
Fri, October 07 2011 18:33
The U.S. Labor Department issued their September unemployment report today, which found the national unemployment rate to be at 9.1%, marking the third month in a row at that level. 103,000 new jobs were added for the month, up considerably over the revised figure of 57,000 new jobs added during the month of August.
Fri, September 23 2011 17:42
Area Development has just issued its 2011 Top States for Doing Business Survey of leading location consultants, which found Indiana in 5th place overall, up one slot from last year's survey. Indiana was the only midwestern state to finish in the top 10 this year.
Area Development asked these site selection consultants who work with national clients to name their top-5 state choices in 12 site selection categories. Indiana was a top-5 choice in 8 out of 12 of those categories. The state finished 1st in the area of rail and highway accessibility, and was also selected as 2nd in leading in the economic recovery. Other top-5 finishes came in overall cost of doing business, incentive programs, business friendliness, corporate tax environment, certified sites and shovel-ready programs, and competitive utility rates.
Tue, September 20 2011 20:41
Starke County reached a milestone of sorts last week with the release of new unemployment figures by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for the month of August. First, Starke County was one of only 29 counties in Indiana to see a decrease in its unemployment rate from the previous month, going from 10.4% down to 10.3%. Second, for the first time since October of 2009, Starke County was not listed among the top ten counties in the State of Indiana for the highest unemployment rate. Third, the 10.3% rate is down from the 12.1% rate for January of this year. Fourth, Starke County registered a decrease in its rate, while the State of Indiana went from 8.5% up to 8.7%, and the U.S. unemployment rate stayed the same at 9.1%. As far as neighboring states was concerned, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky all remained higher than Indiana, registering from a low of 9.1% to a high of 11.2%.
Mon, September 12 2011 23:26
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has announced that it is making a shipment of 18,000 metric tons of Indiana-produced steel which is headed to the Republic of Macedonia. The steel was produced at ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor facility, and is the largest steel shipment since 2008. The trip is expected to take 23 days to reach its destination, and the ship carrying the same will take about three days to load.
Year-to-date steel shipments through the port are up 40 percent over last year, with 2011 on target for having the highest steel shipments since 2007. The Port at Burns Harbor, located within an hour's drive from Starke County, is one of three ports operated by the State of Indiana.
Mon, September 12 2011 23:12
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced plans to hold a job fair seeking up to 47 CDL-licensed individuals to fill full-time and seasonal positions for highway workers and snow plow drivers in all 13 counties in the LaPorte District which includes Starke County. An open house format will be used with interviews conducted on the spot, with no appointment required. Job applicants are asked to bring six copies of their resume.
The Job Fair will be held on Monday, September 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the INDOT Gary Subdistrict office, located at 7601 Melton Road, Gary, Indiana 46403.
Fri, September 02 2011 17:34
The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 9.1% for the month of August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The rate was unchanged from July, despite the fact that no new net jobs were created in the month of August, far less than the 60,000 jobs that economists had predicted. This is the first time in the past year that there has been no new job growth.
Fri, August 19 2011 19:49
The Indiana Office of Workforce Development today issued its July unemployment report for both the State of Indiana as well as each Indiana County. The Indiana rate increased .2% from June to finish at 8.5%, while the Starke County rate grew from 10.3 to 10.4% for the month.
THe neighboring states of Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan all saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July, with Ohio at 9.0%, Kentucky and Illinois at 9.5%, and Michigan at 10.9%.
Fri, August 19 2011 16:45
The Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award has been given to The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). The award was given for the largest increase in international cargo of all Great Lakes ports during the 2010 navigation season. The Port registered an increase in tonnage of 73 percent over the 2009 navigation season. The Port handled 351,600 metric tons of international cargo, mostly wind components, steel, and construction equipment. The Port also shipped 14 times more project cargo in 2010 than it did in 2009, resulting in a 43 percent increase in overall shipments and a total tonnage of 1.8 million metric tons.
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is located within an hour's drive of Starke County, and the Port has also included Starke County in its Foreign Trade Zone designation, thus allowing a manufacturer in Starke County to more quickly and simply take advantage of the benefits of such status.