Opportunity knocks on Indiana’s door with West Lake Corridor Project

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Rendering of the Hammond Gateway station (2017 image)

Construction companies F.H. Paschen and Ragnar Benson say they are hosting an outreach fair for Indiana residents with their ‘Expanding Business Beyond the Lines’ event.

The West Lake Corridor Project is an approximate eight-mile southern extension of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s existing South Shore Line (SSL), between Hammond and Dyer. The joint venture between Chicago-based construction companies F.H. Paschen and Ragnar Benson is submitting a proposal for the West Lake Corridor Project and is offering interested parties the chance to network and meet their team to discuss potential opportunities, F.H. Paschen says in a statement.

Trains on the new branch line will connect with the existing SSL and ultimately Metra Electric District’s (ME) line to the north. The proposed project will provide new transit service between Dyer and Metra’s Millennium Station in downtown Chicago, Illinois, a total distance of approximately 29 miles.

‘Expanding Business Beyond the Lines’ is the second outreach event for the joint venture. The previous event, held on September 19th in Hammond, welcomed more than 60 people representing firms of all sizes.

“We will continue to bring opportunities for residents to work in and better the communities in their own backyards,” said a spokesperson for F.H. Paschen and Ragnar Benson. “We know we will find some of the very best firms in Indiana looking to modernize their cities and townships.”

“The tech and digital boom has moved younger generations away from the trades and FHP is doing their part to drive interest through informational and outreach events to drive opportunity for community members and minority and women-owned businesses to give them opportunities on some of the largest jobs in the Chicago area and beyond,” the spokesperson added in a note to Indiana Construction News.

“They are also coming to the end of their college recruiting tour this week and gearing up for another year with their Paschen Scholars, a competitive 3-year program in partnership with George Westinghouse College Prep students to give them hands-on experience in the STEM fields.

“As the current workforce ages out and the trades continue to see low numbers of entry workers, it’s important that companies bring information to communities to show the benefits of a career in construction, which isn’t just putting hammer to nail. Project and field management, estimating, project engineering and quality control are just a few of the many paths that construction has to offer.”

The Dyer, IN event on Oct. 24 is from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at Plum Creek Center at Elmer Miller Park, 222 Schulte St., Dyer, IN 46311.RSVP with your name, company name and number of people attending at westlakecorridor@fhpaschen.com.

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