A Better Burns Harbor
Burns Harbor wishes to highlight various local businesses contributing to their community as well as those making advancements to their services and products. Additionally, the Town highlights the many projects underway to improve quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses.
Marquette Greenway Trail: Project updates for residents
The vision of a continuous trail network connecting Northwest Indiana to its lakefront neighbors has been the dream of many for decades. Learn the latest about Burns Harbor's part in making this dream a reality locally as well as the numerous benefits a recreational trail offer to those inside and outside of Town.
Gourmet coffee distributor grows business through town location, old-fashioned serviceIn the ever-changing, energized marketplace of coffee, two ideals remain constant for business owner Tandra Robinson.
She focuses simply on the old-fashioned staples of quality and customer satisfaction at Fast Coffee Service Inc., a boutique coffee distributor.
provide the best service and highest quality of products to our
customers and we never compromise on either,” Robinson said. “There’s a
lot of people selling coffee these days but if I’m going to do it, I’m
going to do it right.”
Located just off the intersection of U.S. 20 and S.R. 149 in Burns Harbor, Fast Coffee has offered affordable top-shelf coffees and products to area customers for more than 30 years.
A second-generation company, Fast Coffee began as a hobby for Robinson’s father during his retirement years ago. Robinson decided to continue his legacy by buying 25 accounts in September of 1981.
Today, the company now services approximately 300 accounts — ranging from small mom-and-pop restaurants and offices to large corporate office and convenient stores within a 50- to 60-mile radius throughout Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
Contributing to the company’s growth, Robinson said, is the location. Burns Harbor’s proximity to four state and federal highways as well as toll road, Port of Indiana and South Shore Line serve as benefits to a wide range of businesses. “This area, this location is ideal for commerce. Everything is right here. The location is very advantageous for us geographically,” Robinson said.
Fast Coffee has called Burns Harbor home since 1999 when Robinson’s husband, David, seized the opportunity to acquire the strategic property (prior, the Robinsons worked from home and then rented office space in Valparaiso for a short time). The couple built the current 6,000 square-foot space, which holds administrative offices, warehouse as well as available rental space.
Robinsons and their team sell and deliver a wide range of about 30
different types of coffee such as Tandra C’s fine specialty signature
blend — a Columbian mixture she described as smooth and flavorful. Other
popular blends include the 100 percent Columbian medium roast or
variety of dark roasted coffees. Many customers enjoy a variety of
flavored coffees such as chocolate raspberry, Michigan cherry or vanilla
crème flavors. A full line of related products like cups, creamers,
sugars, teas and more complement Fast Coffee’s offerings. Taking
customer service one step further, spring water is also available for
offices and residential homes.
Coming in early 2017, the company plans to launch online coffee orders for individuals.
“Once we define your needs, we can put together a plan that’s perfect for you,” Robinson said. “We’re not cookie cutter. Our customers never feel limited as we have a variety of options.”
For more information about Fast Coffee/NATUREL Water, call 219-787-JAVA (5282). Interested business owners, developers or investors may learn more about the Town of Burns Harbor by clicking here.
Small-town company, Trans-United, transports big through world
Burns Harbor may total just about 7 square miles with roughly 1,400 residents. But tucked inside this small, charming town stands a leading-edge company transporting more than 223 million pounds annually throughout the world.
For more than 50 years, Trans-United, Inc. has focused on freight transportation, moving specialized or oversized loads in 48 states, Canada and Mexico. Established in 1964, Trans-United loads and delivers any type of open trailer cargo from standard, legal dimensions to super loads.
Family-owned and operated, Trans-United originated out of Texas before relocating to the Midwest and eventually to Gary in the 1970s. The company moved to its Burns Harbor corporate office in 1997. Location as well as access to industry were just a few reasons the company choose the town.Trans-United President/CEO Jeff Fleming said, “Burns Harbor welcomed us into their town. The location is ideal for business, especially transportation, having close access to the ports, expressways and Route 6. The town is filled with great people with hard working mentalities and we greatly enjoy doing business here.”
On any given project, Trans-United hauls 500 to 200,000 pounds of goods door-to-door via:
- Flatbed/Less Than Truckload (LTL) fleet with the latest equipment
- Specialized over dimensional freight
- Super load with custom trailer fabrication, versatile equipment, internal permitting department and company-owned escort fleet
- Project planning with port shuttle, rail and barge services, crane and rigging capabilities, import/export coordination as well as port and stevedore coordination
Town Council and Redevelopment Commission member Toni Biancardi said, “Trans-United is just one of many great examples of the successful and diverse businesses located in the Town of Burns Harbor. The overall positive business climate, low tax rates, talented local workers, close proximity to road, water, rail and air transportation options as well as neighborly town atmosphere — Burns Harbor supports its current employers and welcomes newcomers.”
recently, Trans-United business has picked up due to large equipment
needed at craft breweries gaining popularity throughout the nation. This
past spring, a 13-axle truck transported a 46-foot-long beer tank to a
regional brewery through downtown Chicago. The challenging delivery
required careful planning and problem-solving.
Harbor is immensely grateful and committed to its business community
for the many contributions to bettering the town. Trans-United sets
itself apart by providing the highest level of responsiveness and care
to each and every load,” said Marcus Rogala, Town Council member and RDC
But town leadership is not the only one noticing Trans-United’s expertise. The company was ranked one of the top 50 largest North American specialized carriers by American Cranes and Transport for two consecutive years in a row in 2014 and 2015. Today, the company has grown to include agents throughout North America.
Trans-United credits its success to its 125 dedicated and talented employees. Located just off S.R. 149, the 30,000-square-foot facility boasts veteran drivers with one of the lowest driver turnover rates in the industry.
“We pride ourselves on our ability to handle the most challenging jobs. To do so, we have assembled a team of the most experienced drivers supported by the best operations specialists in the industry,” Fleming said. “The result is we’re able to match the right driver and equipment to each specialized load to achieve an unmatched level of customer service and satisfaction.”
For more information on Trans-United and its services call 219.762.3111, visit www.transunited.com or Like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/truckismo.
Burns Harbor looking for interested businesses! The Redevelopment Commission hosts informal meet-and-greet events to promote a better Burns Harbor through building alliances between town leadership and the business community. Local businesses are invited to host these events or, like Trans-United did this past April, host monthly RDC meetings to educate the public on their services and offerings. For more information, contact Councilwoman and RDC member Toni Biancardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Wonders Child Care opens new facility
After more than two years of operating a home business, owner and entrepreneur Angie Scott and her staff welcomed families to the new child care facility on Jan. 18, 2016. Scott said, “We’re really excited to be in the new facility and to cater to the needs of each age group."
Scott has increased her capacity to serve more families by renovating the two buildings at 1147 Salt Creek Road, previously home to Merlin’s Storage. Offering more than 2,400 square feet, the new facility has doubled its capacity. The buildings are designated for ages 0 – 3 years and 3 – 8 years and have been designed to meet the needs of the specific age group it serves.
Little Wonders Child Care offers daily and weekly rates. The facility is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate varied worked schedules.
families are invited to schedule an appointment to tour the new
facility. Visit the Little Wonders website to learn more: www.littlewonderschildcare.us.
Local industry, Praxair, improves festive holiday tradition for residents, passers-by
Praxair Inc. specializes in separating air into oxygen, nitrogen and argon, which are primarily supplied to the local steel industry. For over 30 years, Burns Harbor residents as well as travelers through I-80/94 in town have come to look forward to the three lighted Christmas trees atop the company's towering columns. Click here to read about recent improvements made by Praxair to continue this festive holiday tradition.
Check it out! Over the Memorial Day weekend, Praxair unveiled red, white and blue lights to brighten Burns Harbor's night sky throughout the year. Don't miss these lights later this summer during the Fourth of July and Labor Day!