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Refineries and Steel Brighten NW Indiana

One of the bright-spots in the Midwest today is NW Indiana, and it’s not just reflections off Lake Michigan. The shoreline between Chicago and Michigan’s border is home to large oil refineries and steel mills, and both are humming with activity related to large construction projects. The projects themselves and the companies contracted to service them are providing a boost

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Manufacturers’ Moan – part 2: “Need More Skilled Workers!”

In “Part 1” of this blog, we mentioned how at the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center we often hear from small and medium-sized manufacturers about the problem of finding and keeping skilled workers. We explored some programs that have been launched by consortia with national and state funding assistance. But what can you do if you’re fully employed at

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Manufacturers’ Moan – part 1: “Need More Skilled Workers!”

At the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, we often hear from small and medium-sized manufacturers about the problem of finding and keeping skilled workers. It’s an ironic complaint in our states – Michigan, Ohio and Indiana – which have the nation’s highest unemployment rates. With so many looking for work, it seems like it should be easier for manufacturers

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