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2022-03-11 07:54:49 By : Mr. TONY MO

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Filtration Plus Inc. in Michigan City makes housings for filter bags.

One of the country's largest filter bag manufacturers is based in Michigan City. 

Filtration Plus at 4208 North 900 West has made filters, micron-rated liquid filters, dust collector bags, oil-absorbing bags, high-efficiency filters and assorted housings for more than 20 years. Its filters can remove particles down to one micron in size.

The company was recently highlighted by the LaPorte County Commissioners' LaPorte County Works! program.

“Filtration Plus Inc. has been a solid employer for 20 years. After the tough last few years, it is more important than ever to focus on how our local businesses like Filtration Plus help their employees succeed: good jobs, good hours, good wages, and good futures," LaPorte County Commissioner Sheila Matias said. "These companies are supporting family-wage jobs right here in our communities. LaPorte County Works! is a way of honoring the many businesses who call LaPorte County home. We highlight local businesses and industries so citizens of all ages and skillsets know they can find a job, grow their careers and earn a good living right here in LaPorte County.” 

The company is hiring for a wide range of positions, including seamstress, material spreader, bag assembler and general labor. Filtration Plus pays $15 an hour and offers health insurance, life insurance, 401k retirement savings and other benefits.

County officials recently toured its plant, where it makes a wide variety of filters that are shipped worldwide.

“We are grateful for the willingness of our local companies to open their doors to us during these business retention visits. They learn about the benefits of receiving help from the county, and we learn about what they are doing to benefit our communities’ economic health,” said Mike Seitz, business retention manager of the LaPorte County Office of Community and Economic Development.

LaPorte County Works! has previously spotlighted companies like Sullivan-Palatek, Enprotech Industrial Technologies and A&A Sheet Metal/Securall as LaPorte County looks to tout its manufacturers as part of its overall business retention and economic development strategy.

“We want to give a big thanks to everyone who has assisted our office in or business retention and attraction efforts," LaPorte County Community & Economic Director Tony Rodriguez said. "LaPorte County Works! does require a lot of energy in order to completely showcase LaPorte County businesses, and we are so proud of the progress of this unique program.”

To have your business considered for a spotlight through the program, email

Johnson's Fish & Shrimp is coming back to Lake Station.

The legendary fish shack, where one can buy fried seafood by the pound, closed on Christmas Eve a year after owner Jerry Johnson died at the age of 87. But it's been acquired by new owners who are now hiring.

The seafood restaurant at 2619 Central Ave. in downtown Lake Station had been in business for nearly 75 years. It specializes in fried and smoked seafood, which it serves by the carton and is sometimes enjoyed at the picnic tables outside when weather permits.

The menu includes perch, shrimp, chicken, tilapia, cod, catfish, sea scallops and smelt, as well as fish sandwiches. It's a destination restaurant with a map on the wall with pins showing that customers from all across the country have dined there.

For more information, find the business on Facebook or text 219-627-2439 to apply for a job.

LongHorn Steakhouse is slated to open Tuesday in Schererville.

The Texas-style steakhouse is located at 349 Indianapolis Boulevard in the Luke Family of Brands' new Oak District development, which was constructed on vacant land between Franciscan Health Fitness Center and Lowe's. Chick-fil-A already opened there, drawing long lines.

Owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, LongHorn Steakhouse also has locations in Portage and Hobart, across from the Southlake Mall.

The cowboy-themed steakhouse cost $2 million to build, according to the town of Schererville. The 5,710-square-foot eatery will seat 184 diners in a family dining room and a bar with Western decor. The beef-centric menu includes ribeyes, sirloin, filets, T-bones, porterhouses, chop steaks and New York Strips.

All the steaks can be paired with grilled shrimp and lobster for those who like surf with their turf. The menu also includes pork chops, ribs, burgers, seafood, salads and soups.

LongHorn Steakhouse was founded in Atlanta in 1981. The original restaurant, in a former antique store, was located near the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newsroom and ended up being frequented by columnists Ron Hudspeth and Lewis Grizzard, who went on to write more than 20 humor books, including many New York Times bestsellers.

For more information, visit or call 219-319-3015.

Soon you'll again be able to bite into a legend.

Redamak's, the Southwest Michigan roadhouse known for its substantial 5 1/3-ounce and 8-ounce burgers served in melted cheese- and grease-kissed wax paper, reopens for the season on April 1. It's the 47th year Redamak's will serve beachgoers and vacationers who flock to New Buffalo.

During the spring, the roadside burger joint at 616 E. Buffalo St. in New Buffalo will be open 12-9 p.m. on Thursdays through Mondays. It will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

A destination restaurant off Red Arrow Highway just across the state line from Michigan City, Redamak's has the slogan "The Hamburger that Made New Buffalo, Michigan Famous!" There's frequently a wait to get in during the busy summer months.

It's a vintage cash-only place with an arcade and Chicago Blackhawks decor on the wooden walls. As Chicago magazine noted, "Redamak’s has been open since 1946 but only started serving lettuce and tomatoes with their burgers in 2016. There are 11 different kinds of fries on the menu."

Many publications have named Redamak's burgers, like The Legendary and The Ultimate, as among the best in Michiana, Michigan, the Midwest and even the country. MSN's "The Daily Meal" named it one of the 101 Best Burgers in America.

Redamak's was recently featured in the Netflix kids' movie "The Mitchells vs. The Machines," which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film.

The restaurant is now hiring for both front- and back-of-the-house positions.

For more information, visit or call 269-469-4522.

Duneland Station Deli in Chesterton temporarily closed Friday after a water main broke in the building.

The sandwich shop at 1050 Broadway Suite 2 plans to reopen as soon as it can.

Region Health and Wellness has opened in Lowell.

Nurse practitioner Kristine Starcevich started the office at 12B Mill St. It provides primary care, cosmetic botox and lip fillers.

Starcevich is a Lowell native who graduated from Lowell High School and Indiana University. She works full-time in a clinic and now also opened a clinic of her own.

"She has been an outstanding practicing nurse practitioner since 2003," Office Manager Donna Mundo said. "She does primary care like sore throats, earaches and headaches."

Region Health and Wellness also can help patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension.

"She's been in practice in the area for her whole career," Mundo said. "She's lived here. Her children grew up here. Her father is a well-known businessman in the community. She's a hometown girl made good."

Region Health and Wellness will accept most major forms of insurance, including United Healthcare, Aetna, Signa, UMR, Medicare, Anthem of Indiana and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois. It's currently still in the process of getting credentialed.

Cosmetic procedures must be paid for out-of-pocket. The office will offer group discounts at botox parties, such as before weddings or other special occasions.

Region Health and Wellness is open by appointment only 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. Friday.

A meet-and-greet with light snacks will take place at the office 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 6.

For more information, email, visit, find it on Facebook or call 219-690-3422.

The Dairy Queen in Lowell reopened after a renovation.

The ice cream place at 1805 E. Commercial Ave. had been closed for months while it was remodeled to have a fresh look. Part of an iconic chain that was founded in Joliet, the fast-food restaurant serves soft-serve ice cream, Dilly Bars, Blizzards and classic burgers

For more information, visit or call 219-696-0428.

The antique gun dealer House of Lords Firearms has moved from Crown Point to Newton County.

The "most unusual firearms" store closed its location in the Old Courthouse Shops at 1 Court House Square, Suite 8 in historic downtown Crown Point. It's moving to 304 N. 4th St. in Kentland.

The retailer sells antique, vintage and military firearms for collectors. It also stocks the "best quality English and European sporting shotguns."

For more information, email or find the business on Facebook.

Rainfield Farm is expanding deliveries of freshly grown local food across Northwest Indiana.

The community-supported-agriculture farm in New Carlisle started supplying solar manufacturer Fronius in the Port of Amexiplex in Portage with locally grown produce back in 2018. The Austria-based company sought to lower its health care costs, signing up for the CSA as a pilot program while pursuing other wellness initiatives for its employees like yoga classes and pollinator gardens.

Now Rainfeld Farm plans to expand its workplace CSA program to employers across Northwest Indiana. Companies can bring fresh produce to their workplaces while supporting a local family farm and keeping money circulating in the local economy.

CSA members pay an upfront fee every spring for a share of the harvest. Rainfeld Farm delivers fresh produce every week during the growing season.

“We’ve been following this initiative in areas throughout the nation and, with its success, we are excited to start it here in Northwest Indiana,” said Shane Hansen, the owner of Rainfield Farm. “Workplace CSA is a way for businesses to help support small family farms, employee health, and a robust local food system.”

For more information, email Hansen at

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Filtration Plus Inc. in Michigan City makes housings for filter bags.

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