Gary, Indiana: Where Manufacturing Stays Strong

By January 7, 2008General

The Associated Press profiles the manufacturing economy in Gary, Indiana, and surrounding areas, a major economic contributor but also a target of environmental complaints, despite a remarkable record of progress.

What kind of contributor?

Manufacturing jobs provide average annual earnings, which includes wages and benefits, of more than $81,000 in Gary’s Lake County, according to the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

That’s more than triple the average in retail and significantly higher than health care, two other private employment pillars in the region.

The article features lots of common-sense coment from local labor leaders, who are standing up to attacks against local manufacturers — especially U.S. Steel’s Gary Works and BP’s Whiting refinery — by those who live somewhere other than the real world. For example, Jim Robinson, district director for the United Steelworkers: “It’s a false choice to say it’s one or the other. The fact is we can have a clean environment and a healthy manufacturing economy.”

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