Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories at the groundbreaking of the new Uschel Laboratories, Coffee Creek, Chesterton location.
Coffee Creek Center, Chesterton, Indiana -- "We look forward to starting another chapter in Urschel history by breaking ground today on what will become our new manufacturing and global headquarters," said Rich Urschel, Vice president of Operations at Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
The company officially purchased the Coffee Creek property earlier this month. More than 300 employees received an invitation to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony which was also attended by executives from the construction firm of Tonn & Blank, Porter County Commissioner Nancy Adams, and members of the Chesterton Town Council and other local government officials.
According to Urschel Advertising Manager, Debra Novello, the employees were bussed from Urschel's current plant on Calumet Avenue in valparaiso to the new site located on the south east end of the Coffee Creek area of Chesterton.
Following a brief lunch, specially engraved shovels were handed out as the employees and other invited guests hollowed out a giant Urschel logo in the footprint of the new building.
The purchase of approximately 160 acres will allow for future growth of the company, according to Novello. the company has been at its present location since 1958. It has experienced tremendous growth over the years, and has expanded the facility over 28 times to equal its current size of 250,000 sq. ft. In a press release, Novello said, the area that surrounds the cirrent manufacturing plant has also continued to grow leaving the facility landlocked.
Founded in 1910, Urschel Laboratories, Inc. is the global leader in food cutting technology. An engineering-driven company, Urschel continues to partner with leading food processors to discover the latest in food cutting advances. For more information visit: http//www.urschel.com.
Employees from Urschel line up for a brief lunch at the Thursday, July 11, 2013 groundbreaking of the company's new Chesterton, location
Employees listen to Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories speak at employee lunch before the groundbreaking of the company's new Chesterton, site
Porter County Commissioner, Nancy Adams expresses her appreciation to Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories for staying in the county
All 300+ Urschel employees are handed ceremonial shovels for the groundbreaking
One of over 300 Urschel employees given a ceremonial shovel that features the Urschel Laboratories' logo on the shovel's blade
Over 300 employees, company management, local government officials and othe rinvited officials line up in the foot print of the new Urschel Laboratories location to be built in Chesterton, during Thursday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony of the new facility.
The Thursday, July 11, 2013 groundbreaking of the new Chesterton, location of Urschel Laboratories
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens & Radio One Communications)
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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart today issued a statement regarding the newly passed Firearm Concealed Carry Act, saying the earliest date an individual could be issued a conceal-carry license and be authorized to carry a concealed handgun under the Act would likely be February 10th, 2014. Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that conceal-carry licenses issued by other states does not authorize you to be able to carry a concealed handgun in Illinois, and that possession of a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card does not authorize the carrying of a concealed handgun under the Act. Carrying a concealed handgun without a license constitutes aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, which is a felony, and punishable by one-to-three years in prison.
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Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement at the close of the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly:
"As this legislative session draws to a close, I am grateful for the efforts of every member who made this one of the most civil and substantive sessions of our state legislature in recent memory.
Throughout this session this General Assembly and our Administration have put taxpayers first. We put together a budget that holds the line on spending funds our priorities, saves for the future and still puts more money back in Hoosiers' pockets. It funds excellence in our schools, rewards outstanding teachers, and includes the first new money in a decade for local roads.
We also crafted the largest state tax cut in Indiana history-more than $600 million a year-and helped every Hoosier taxpayer, small business owner and family farmer in the process. With a combination of income tax relief, inheritance tax repeal and other business tax reductions, legislators passed the right tax relief at the right time, and it will make Indiana stronger as we compete for new jobs.
The work we have done together has laid a solid foundation for a more prosperous future for Indiana. We will attract more good-paying jobs because of the business-friendly tax climate we have produced and the strong balance sheet we have preserved. And Hoosiers will keep more of what they earn.
This General Assembly and our Administration also have put kids first. From kindergarten to college, we have improved education in ways that will help the next generation succeed. We have given parents more opportunities to send their children to the school that works best for them. We've rewarded high-performing schools and teachers with increased flexibility. We have made a significant investment in successful dropout prevention programs to ensure that our kids finish high school. We've given college students new funding options, and we've made it easier for them to graduate on time.
And we came together, across party lines, to make sure our schools work for all our kids by taking a historic step toward making career and technical education a priority in every high school in Indiana. Our state is poised to make sure our kids are more prepared than ever for the jobs of tomorrow. By addressing the skills gap that exists in our state, this General Assembly has put workforce development at the center of economic development in Indiana.
I commend the legislative leadership, especially Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, for guiding this session with a steady hand. The people of this state owe a debt of gratitude to them and to all the men and women who served in this session of the General Assembly. Their actions have made our state stronger and have laid a foundation for renewed prosperity and educational excellence. Thanks to these leaders, Indiana has again emerged as a beacon of fiscal responsibility, economic freedom and educational opportunity. On behalf of all Hoosiers, I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every member the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly."
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Police in Schererville are seeking the public's help in reference to a boy on a bicycle being struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening near 81st Place and Westwood Court. Police say witnesses advised that the vehicle is described as an older mini-van being driven by a white or Hispanic female with dark hair, wearing a tank top and shorts. Conflicting statements were given as to the color of the vehicle, which ranged from light blue to blue, light green, green, or black, and as to the way the female was wearing her hair, which police say some witnesses stated as being in pig tails or in a pony-tail, while others described her hair as long and straight. Witnesses did advise authorities that the female got out of the vehicle and spoke with the subject and his friend, and retrieved a piece or all of the front bumper and placed it into her vehicle, and then left the scene traveling south on Burr Street. The boy was taken to South Lake Methodist Hospital for treatment, but the severity of his injuries are unknown at last check. Anyone with information regarding this incident, which took place around 5pm, is asked to contact the Schererville Police Department.
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Indiana is among 33 states declaring victory after a federal judge ruled Apple conspired with major US publishers to artificially raise the retail prices of electronic books, or E-books, undercutting its chief rival, Amazon. The five publishers named in the anti-trust lawsuit have settled their cases but Apple is appealing. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says those settlements will result in two-point-seven million dollars in refunds for Indiana consumers and more than 166-million dollars for consumers nationwide.
For more information about the refund process visit https://ebooksagsettlements.com or contact the Indiana Attorney General’s office at 1.800.382.5516. The multistate lawsuits against Apple and the publishers came after a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and attorneys’ general offices.
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INDOT says the left two lanes of westbound Interstate 80/94 in Lake Station are closed near the Indiana Toll Road due to a crash. Authorities say the crash involved a semi and passenger vehicle. Motorists are advised to expect delays approaching the 17.2 mile marker.
Indiana is closing the books on fiscal year 2013 with a nearly 483-million dollar budget surplus -- almost 100-million dollars higher than the budget bill projected. Governor Mike Pence joined by State Auditor Tim Berry today announced state tax-funded debt is down 52-percent since July of last year.
“Indiana is strong and growing stronger, and the Closeout Report confirms the balanced approach that we took in the enacted budget,” said Governor Pence. “I proposed an honestly balanced budget in January, and that’s what the General Assembly passed in April. The budget holds the line on spending and maintains adequate reserves while including tax relief for Hoosiers and investing in our priorities. As a result, Indiana remains the fiscal envy of the country.”
The state further strengthened its fiscal position by paying off $282 million in debt on state-owned facilities, reducing state tax-funded debt by 52 percent since the start of FY 2013. Pence also announced that the state will lower its debts by an additional $66 million by paying off the bonds for the Miami Correctional Facility. That will reduce state spending by approximately $27 million in the next two years.
“Once again, Indiana continues to be a model of fiscal responsibility,” said State Auditor Berry. “Our discipline when it comes to the state’s financial management allows us to meet our budgetary goals as well as positioning our state for a solid financial future. That is something most states today would envy.”
The FY 2013 Closeout Report is available at http://www.in.gov/sba/2362.htm
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A half century ago, biologists say habitat loss and pesticides put peregrine falcons in peril of surviving as a species. By 1965, western populations had declined by 90 percent with not a single peregrine falcon nesting east of the Mississippi River.
Purdue researchers say artificially-sweetened diet drink may not be helping you lose weight after all, and may be contributing to health issues – like weight gain. Professor Susan Swithers says findings from a variety of studies show routine consumption of diet sodas, even one per day, can also be connected to higher likelihood of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure. She says public health officials concerned about sugar-sweetened drinks may need to think about advocating limiting the intake of artificial no-cal or low-cal sweeteners as well. Her findings were published by Cell Press on Wednesday (July 10) in an opinion article in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism.
(Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
More information from Purdue:
The concerns for these chemical sweeteners emerged across studies that varied widely in design, methodology and population demographics, and they applied to sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin. About 30 percent of adults and 15 percent of children in the United States consume artificial sweeteners.
"The concern that these non-caloric sweeteners might not be healthy is a message that many people do not want to hear, especially as the prevalence of artificial sweeteners increases in other products," Swithers said. "There is a lot of pressure from the public health sector to find solutions to counter the rise of obesity and chronic disease, and there is a lot of money and business at stake for the food industry as it develops and promotes these products. Beverages are becoming political issues as government leaders and politicians seek regulation and taxing to limit their availability and consumption, but most of these measures exclude diet soft drinks because they are perceived as healthy. When it comes to making policy decisions, it's more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions."
Swithers, who also is a member of Purdue's Ingestive Behavior Research Center, looked at a variety of studies, including the San Antonio Heart Study that reported an increase in body weight gain for adults and adolescents who consumed artificially sweetened beverages over beverages regularly sweetened. Data from a number of studies, including the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study also reported greater risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and metabolic syndrome, which is related to diabetes and cardiovascular problems, for consumers of artificially sweetened beverages. Some data indicated that those who consumed artificially sweetened beverages had double the risk of metabolic syndrome compared to non-consumers.
Research also shows that non-caloric or reduced-calorie food and beverages interfere with a body's learned responses. The assumption is that fewer calories means less weight gain. Research, including studies from Swithers and colleagues, shows that frequent consumption of high-intensity sweeteners may have the opposite effect by confusing the body's natural ability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet. Swithers' research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she is continuing to study these effects.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says US 30 will be closed not far from the Illinois state line for railroad crossing repair next week. Here's the info along with detour details from INDOT:
LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of U.S. 30 at the railroad crossing in Dyer, located just west of Calumet Avenue. U.S. 30 will be closed to all traffic at the crossing beginning Monday, July 15th through Friday, July 19th. Crews will be repairing the crossing.
Drivers wishing to travel west on U.S. 30 will be detoured north on US 41, west on I-80/I-94, south on IL-394, and back to U.S. 30. Drivers wishing to travel east on U.S. 30 will be detoured north on IL-394, east on I-80/I-94, south on U.S. 41, and back to U.S. 30.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest .
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
From the Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division: Indiana Conservation Officers are beginning a hiring process on July 31st. Anyone interested in being considered must pass an on-line prerequisite test that may be found at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/2760.htm . The prerequisite test must be completed before August 15th, 2013 to be considered for employment during this hiring process.
Indiana Conservation Officers are employees of the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources and have been a state law enforcement profession since 1911. When fully staffed, 214 Conservation Officers carry out the statewide law enforcement duties which include natural resource laws, outdoor recreation laws, DNR property regulations, boating laws, off-road vehicle laws, environmental laws and Fish and Wildlife laws.
Successful candidates for this hiring process must be 21 years of age prior to February 24th, 2014, have an Associate’s Degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university, or have completed at least 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor’s Degree. The above listed website has additional tips that will assist interested applicants to prepare themselves to become a top candidate for this career.
La Porte Police say they're sending out a courtesy reminder of their city's curfew law, and issued this news release:
The purpose of a curfew for minors is to aid in reducing juvenile crime and to help protect young people from being victimized.
The City of La Porte has a Curfew Ordinance which limits the lateness of hour and circumstances that youth can be in a public place.
Of course, parents may set curfew times for their children to be home at an earlier time than what the ordinance provides.
The city’s curfew ordinance generally states:
Children who are 14 years of age or under are not allowed to be in a public place after 10:00 pm or before 5:00 am on any day.
Children 15, 16 and 17 years of age cannot be in a public place:
- between 12:01 am and 5:00 am on Saturday and Sunday
- after 10:00 pm Sunday thru Thursday; or
- before 5:00 am Monday thru Friday.
Exceptions to this are a child:
- who is accompanied by his/ her parent, guardian or custodian;
- who is accompanied by an adult, authorized in writing by his/ her parent, guardian or custodian, which written authorization the child shall have on his/ her person; or
Participating in, going to, or returning from:
- lawful employment
- a school sanctioned activity; or
- a religious event
Violations of the ordinance can result in the child being taken into custody, and an ordinance fine issued to the parent/ guardian/ custodian in the amount of $50.
Tamarack Hall in 1960 (Photo/IU)
Indiana's State Budget Committee has approved 45-million dollars to rebuild what was the very first building on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Historians say the original Tamarack Hall, known as Gary Center, and Gary Main after going up in 1958, was renamed Tamarack in the 70s when a number of buildings on campus were given the names of trees. Tamarack is an American Larch. Tamarack Hall was damaged in the devastating floods of September 2008, and demolished early last year. The university says Tamarack was widely considered to be one of the finest theater venues in northern Indiana. The new hall at 35th and Broadway will be shared by IUN and Ivy Tech.
IU says the former Tamarack Hall Theatre was also home to Theatre Northwest, with its first performance in 1961. At its origination, Theatre Northwest was the only such performing arts venue and program out of all the IU regional campuses.
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