Partners of Life: Best of Corporations

Partners of Life: Best of Corporations
By: Andrew Rowe Last Updated: October 16, 2017

Throughout Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties, there are some incredible corporations doing great things in their industries and in their communities. Whether it’s providing great customer service or helping to build, power, and move Northwest Indiana into the future, these corporations are positively impacting life in the region every day.

Here’s a look at some of the stories detailing what makes these region-based corporations special:

Flanagin-Ladies Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service: Every Door, Every Time
There is a phrase in the mailing world called Every Door Direct Mail, or EDDM. The U.S. Post Office tweaked this style of mailing for the average business to use it in the last few years, however, Donna Flanagin of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service and her staff have been providing that service for years.

Indiana-Beverage-Jeff-Leetz-and-Matt-Johnson Indiana Beverage and 18th Street Brewery Team Up to Deliver Amazing Craft Beer to the Region
Indiana Beverage has been a family-owned business for over 75 years in Indiana, operating since 1939. So, to owner Jeff Leetz, the prospect of expanding on Indiana Beverage’s storied reputation for distributing world-class beers by partnering with the Gary brewery, 18th Street Brewery, was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

chester-screengrab Chester Inc. Offers Multiple Resources for Clients Through IT, Agricultural & Construction Services
Chester Inc. has been making an impact on the Northwest Indiana community since it was founded in 1947 by two historical innovators: Orville Redenbacher and Charles Bowman. The two began the company after purchasing the George F. Chester & Sons Seed Company. From there, the company grew within the community and expanded its reach to throughout the region. After almost 70 years of operations, the small seed company has matured into a multifaceted and dynamic economic driver.

NITCO StateoftheArt NITCO Building State-of-the-Art Telecommunications Infrastructure for Companies and Municipalities Across the Region
NITCO has operated in Northwest Indiana for well over 100 years and a big part of what’s allowed them to reliably meet the demands of customers is their agility and continued commitment towards embracing and implementing the latest technologies. In providing everything from television, voice, network integration, and broadband, NITCO is a one-stop-shop to get your operations running, as they say, “at the speed of light.”

Making-History-Historic-South-Shore-Double-Track-Bill-Passage_01a Making History - Legislators and Officials Weigh-In on Historic South Shore Double Track Bill Passage
History was made in May of 2017 as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1144 that establishes and permits the South Shore Line's main line double tracking and the West Lake Corridor improvement rail projects happening across Lake, Porter, La Porte and St. Joseph Counties. Making the long sought after project a reality took a truly unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and bipartisan support across the state, regional and local levels.

Holladay-Properties-collage-2017 Holladay Properties – Committed to Excellence in Service
“Committed to Excellence in Service,” is a mantra that Holladay Properties takes seriously and applies in all aspects of their business practices. Recently, they wanted to show their appreciation to their vendors which is something other companies might, perhaps, overlook, but Holladay is always looking for new ways to improve and innovate the way they do business. They invited their vendors out to an appreciation event, a Nashville Sounds baseball game with a segregated area to enjoy the game.

Ozinga-Energy-CNG-Truck Ozinga Energy Building Clean, Efficient CNG Fueling Station in Hobart
Recently, the Hobart Board of Public Works and Safety, as part of their continued efforts to emphasize environmentally friendly operations, awarded Ozinga Energy a contract to build the city’s new compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station.

vfd-nipsco-grant-2017-1 NIPSCO Grant Helps Valparaiso Fire Department Acquire New Rugged Terrain Vehicle
NIPSCO has a long history of reaching out and helping to make projects like this one a reality in communities across Northwest Indiana. With a particular focus on first responders, NIPSCO’s Public Affairs Manager, Rick Calinski was excited to be a part of the efforts to expand VFD’s response capabilities.