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Top 10 Business Articles on ValpoLife from 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Business section this past year. Employees doing impressive things, local businesses staying in the Region, and notable achievements were all fair game for sharing. With so many wonderful businesses in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Business articles from ValpoLife in 2017!

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The Three Wszolek Brothers Bring art, Music, and Laughter to Steindler Signs
Some companies can boast a couple of family members in their employ, but not many can claim three brothers from the same family on the job.

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Good News, Strack & Van Til Stays in Northwest Indiana!
When news broke in the first quarter of 2017 that Strack & Van Til would be sold by their parent company Central Grocers to Jewel-Osco, many Northwest Indiana residents saw it as another "the big guy wins again" story. However, thanks to a group of locally-focused investors, Strack & Van Til will stay in the hands of Northwest Indiana ownership after winning the auction bid on July 11, 2017. The news was first reported on WJOB.

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Caleb Keelen Blows the Doors off Sales for Terry’s Discount Windows
“He never took ‘No’ for an answer,” Terry said. “We knew he would be great because he never accepts the word ‘No.’

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Steiner Homes LTD. - Industry Experts that Help Make your Dream Home a Reality
Standing out in the crowd is something that Steiner Homes Ltd. has always been able to do. Their incredibly experienced team is dedicated to making your homebuilding experience as professional and stress-free as possible.

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Century 21 Alliance Group: Award Winning Company that’s family owned
Century 21 Alliance group has been a successful, award-winning real estate company helping Northwest Indiana home buyers and sellers for over a decade now, and part of what’s helped the company grow continuously is the family-owned mentality and atmosphere that dominates the mindset of Alliance Group agents, owners, and leadership.

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Team Chevy Saleswomen Breaking Barriers & Making their Mark on NWI Car Business
The saleswomen at Team Chevy in Valparaiso are a special group. In an industry long dominated by salesmen, Team Chevy is benefiting from the knowledge and enthusiasm that these ladies bring to the business every day.

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Chester Inc. Looks Back On Year of Growth and Ahead to Future Expansions, Innovation
Chester has had a busy 2017, full of designing, planning and making buildings and dreams come to fruition. They’ve seen expansions in IT, Agriculture, and in their Architectural and Construction sectors as they move into the new year. Looking back, it’s hard to pick just one area that has seen growth at Chester, Inc., with innovations and expansions in every sector of the company.

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Holladay Properties Construction Building a Reputation for Excellence in the Region
When it comes to development and construction in Northwest Indiana, there are few companies with a better reputation for excellence and efficiency when getting the job done than Holladay Properties. They have worked with companies and economic development organizations across the Region to change the face of Northwest Indiana for the better.

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Governor Holcomb, NWI Legislators & Stakeholders Make History in Michigan City with Signing of South Shore Line Double Tracking West Lake Corridor Legislation
History was made on Thursday morning as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb traveled to Michigan City to sign into law House Bill 1144, which establishes and permits the South Shore Line's main line double tracking and the West Lake Corridor improvement rail projects.

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Society of Innovators Celebrates Inventive Members of NW Indiana Community
Several key contributors to the growing surge in economic development were on hand for the 13th Annual Induction Ceremony for The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Ivy Tech Community College hosted another successful ceremony filled with the brightest and best rising stars that span across this 7-county region of Indiana.

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