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Northwest Indiana sees more warehouse activity for business, charity

12/7/2016

Northwest Indiana sees more warehouse activity for business, charity

Much of the Midwest has seen an increase in logistics efforts in the past few years, and that's a trend that's likely to continue for some time to come. With that having been said, it seems Northwest Indiana has become a bit of a hub of such activity in recent months, as more businesses and nonprofits look for workers who can help warehouses operate more efficiently.

On the business side of the ledger, Anco Steel recently opened a new warehouse in Hammond, Indiana, just outside of Chicago, according to a report from the Northwest Indiana Times. Currently, the company employs about 100 workers for all aspects of its operations, and it sunk significant investments into upgrading the Hammond location for its modern needs.

More details from the move
Anco decided that it would open a facility in Hammond for a number of reasons, including the location's proximity to steel mills, available workers, and the ease of transporting its products by both rail and road from that facility, the report said. In addition, the company specifically sought to hire Indiana-based employees and opened the facility without any local or state tax incentives. The company is still looking to hire more truck drivers and would like to focus on hiring veterans.

"Significant improvements were performed at the site which previously was unoccupied for several years," Jim Morton, sales general manager for Anco, told the newspaper. "Many construction-related jobs at the former Stanrail building were created during warehouse preparations. We just don't feel that government should fund new businesses and put the burden on taxpayers."

On the charity side
Meanwhile, the same region has seen an uptick in warehouse volunteering this holiday season, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. At the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Gary, a large number of volunteers have come together to help handle and distribute the massive amounts of food donations it receives at this time of year. In all, the food bank has six trucks picking up donations every day, sorted at a centralized warehouse, and distributed to other charities in the region.

"Everyone here works really hard to make the most of what we have here," Steve Beekman, deputy director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, told the newspaper. "But most importantly, everyone here cares."

With all this in mind, it might be wise for those in warehouse hiring to make sure their employees are not only getting competitive salaries and benefits but potentially also taking the opportunity to help local causes.