Portage, Indiana, setting on the southern coast of Lake Michigan across from Chicago, Illinois, is the third largest city in Northwest Indiana and the largest in Porter County. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, one of three ports in Indiana, is an important part of Portage’s industry and livelihood as ships from other parts of the world travel through the St. Lawrence Seaway from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Michigan and here to Indiana, where cargo is traded from ships and onto trains and trucks.
The Port of Indiana
The Port of Indiana is open throughout the year, and serves Portage as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers travel major transportation routes that crisscross Portage, such as the Indiana Toll Road (I-80, I-90) as well as I-94, US 6, US 20, and Indiana 149. The Port of Indiana has over 10 on-site steel processors and handles 15% of all the United States steel trade. Companies serving the port include warehousing, steel processing, trucking, distribution, handling, and more. It handles more ocean-going cargo than any other Great Lakes port.
Portage Steel Industry
Portage has developed around the steel industry. Since the early 1900s, when the First World War first increased the demand for steel, this part of Indiana has been the home of steel mills and steel mill workers. Portage has grown into the city that it is today because of the steel industry: as steel was needed in WWI and then again in WWII and thereafter, the pressure on steel mills in the area to meet the need rose exponentially and many families moved to the area to work in the Portage-area steel mills. Along with working in the steel mills themselves, the Portage economy revolves around ways to serve the steel market in various industries, such as trucking, warehousing, processing, distribution, and more. There are nine marinas, for instance, that serve the Portage area that are both public and private. These include the Marina Shores at Dune Harbor with 225 boat slips; the Portage Public Marina with 135 boat slips; and the Miller Izaak Walton League Marina that can accommodate 160 boats.
Highway 20 Corridor Plan
The City of Portage is in the process of developing a Highway 20 Corridor Plan that will connect the Interstate 94 viaduct with the Salt Creek Bridge. This infrastructure development will not only enhance the transportation routes of Portage for trade and commercial purposes, it will also enhance other land uses and economic development of the Portage area.
Kenneth J. Allen Law Group Provides Thanksgiving Dinners to Portage
When things got tough with the U.S. economy, Portage was not immune to the downturn. Kenneth Allen have a history of providing Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Ken has been doing this for years and years – it’s just one of the many ways they find to give back to their community. As an example, Kenneth J. Allen Law Group provided hundreds of bags with Thanksgiving dinners to Portage families who could use some holiday support in 2013 as one of the firm’s community support efforts here. It was just one act of kindness; the Portage injury attorneys and staff at our law firm know full well that while the children may enjoy the holidays and love the pies and desserts, not everyone realizes the cost of buying all the groceries needed for a holiday meal. Having representing many injury victims and their families from this area, including mill workers hurt on the job, our law firm has a special bond with Portage and those who live and work there and it was our honor to contribute. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.