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Friday, October 31, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien STRUTHERS, Ohio -- There’s a good chemistry between the SR Products division of Simon Roofing and its other operations here and across the United States. Four years ago, Simon Roofing opened its SR Products plant in Struthers, filling a need to streamline a manufacturing process that has since placed the company at the forefront of the industry, its executives say. “Our business model is unique, and it’s this model that’s fueled our growth,” says Anthony Vross, co-owner of Simon Roofing, based in Boardman. Since...

Friday, October 31, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Affordable Care Act has increased health-care coverage by 6% or more in each of the four counties Ohio’s 13th congressional district includes, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan says. Ryan, in a news release issued Thursday, cites data from Enroll America, an organization that helps with enrollment, and Civis Analytics, a data firm, that reflect the year-over-year change. In Mahoning County, the percentage of uninsured individuals declined from 18% last year to 11% this year, a drop of 7 percentage points.  Trumbull County’s uninsured declined by a similar...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio -- London-based Laird Technologies is in growth mode across the company's entire global footprint -- a footprint that encompasses a new manufacturing and distribution plant here, executives formally announced Thursday. "We think it's got real potential to be a growth driver for Laird," says CEO David Lockwood, in town to celebrate the opening of the new plant during a ribbon-cutting Thursday. "Our new home here will enable us to continue to deliver innovative products to the customers with reliable...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Passing the downtown structure that until recently housed the Edison Financial Credit Union on his way to church, Al Franceschelli always found it was unusual looking. In a few months, that “oddball building,” as he describes it -- at 45 South Ave., east of the U.S. Postal Service’s main Youngstown office downtown -- will become the new home for Francheschelli’s A&C Southway Beverage. He is relocating the store from 2733 South Ave. and expanding the operation. “We always wanted to be...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The data security breach at Home Depot has cost credit unions in the United States nearly $60 million in unreimbursed expenses, the Credit Union National Association reported Thursday. CUNA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Affected by the breaches are nearly 165,000 members of Ohio credit unions that incurred more than $1.3 million in related expense, said Patrick Harris, director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Credit Union League in Columbus. In the Mahoning Valley, the president and...

Friday, October 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In this year’s J.D. Power survey of banks, small-business owners raked Huntington Bank the highest in customer satisfaction among banks based in the Midwest, the bank announced Thursday. “Huntington performs particularly well in facility, fees, account information and channel activities,” the bank said the J.D. Power survey found. The survey is the second consecutive annual assessment conducted by J.D. Power that ranked Huntington highest in the North Central Region in its U.S. Banking Retail Satisfaction Study. Deb Stein, director of Huntington...

Friday, October 31, 2014

AKRON, Ohio -- FirstEnergy Corp. has completed a new 3.5-mile, 138-kilovolt transmission line in its Ohio Edison territory to serve a Pennant Midstream natural gas processing plant in Springfield Township in Mahoning County, it announced Thursday. The utility described the project as one aspect of its efforts to support the growing shale gas industry in Ohio. The nearly $3 million project replaces the temporary equipment installed earlier and allows for expansion at the plant. The midstream processing plant uses huge amounts of electricty to separate natural gas into...

Friday, October 31, 2014

AKRON, Ohio -- FirstEnergy Corp. has completed a new 3.5-mile, 138-kilovolt transmission line in its Ohio Edison territory to serve a Pennant Midstream natural gas processing plant in Springfield Township in Mahoning County, it announced Thursday. The utility described the project as one aspect of its efforts to support the growing shale gas industry in Ohio. The nearly $3 million project replaces the temporary equipment installed earlier and allows for expansion at the plant. The midstream processing plant uses huge amounts of electricty to separate natural gas into...

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON – The White House, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and Instructibles, is inviting makers and innovators around the country to participate in the first-ever 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge. Up to eight winning designs will be 3-D printed and shipped to the White House, and some of the winners will be hung in the East Wing during the holiday season. Additionally, those selected to be displayed at the White House will be featured on the Smithsonian's 3-D data platform and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK -- As the holiday shopping season is about to start, the National Retail Federation projects that sales will increase 4.1% over last year. Jack Kleinhenz, economist for the trade association, offers why he foresees the $616.9 billion retail sales increase. He defines “holiday sales” as those between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, well before the unofficial Black Friday kickoff. Because the U.S. Department of Commerce collects data on a monthly basis, using the full months of November and December makes crunching the numbers easier, he says. All retail sales but autos,...

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