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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A driver for FedEx pulls his truck along the curb outside the offices of America Makes downtown, opens the sliding door and unloads a half-dozen boxes. Within these boxes are components for a 3-D printer system, one of 20 or so that began arriving at various times Wednesday and will continue arriving today in preparation for Make magazine's 3-D printer "shootout" this weekend, part of the four-day Youngstown Maker City launch. "This is the first time they've taken [the shootout] offsite," says...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Start your engines! With these words, a two-week program to introduce middle school students to the processes and rewards of manufacturing ended, but organizers hope a lifelong interest in the subject had been sparked. Twenty-three students from middle schools in the Mahoning Valley participated last week in the second Summer Manufacturing Institute, a program that provides the basics so young people can understand the concepts of manufacturing and how things are made. “They’ve been frantically...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – At the Martini Brothers Burger Bar, familiarity breeds content. That content starts with a menu of 13 hamburgers. The ideas for their creations -- such as a burger with two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns or a burger that features ham and a pineapple-habanero compote -- begin with familiar ingredients. The burgers come from the experience and fertile imagination of head chef Joseph Monty who knows the flavors that work well in other dishes. He adapts them to the burger patties the cooks place...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Advance Auto Parts Inc., the largest retailer in North America of automotive-aftermarket parts, will open a store here Aug. 7 at 10 Manor Hill Drive in the Colonial Plaza. Desiree Verheyen, a 28-year veteran of automotive-parts sales, is the general manager who works with and oversees 10. She has been with Advance Auto Parts 18 of those 28 years. The new store offers a wide range of parts and national brands as well as several free services, Advance Auto Parts said in its announcement. Among the free services are employees installing new windshield...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council will hold its fourth annual Motorcycle Bike Run Sunday to benefit the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the union hall of Local 66 of the Operating Engineers, 291 McClurg Road.  Cost if $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. All proceeds benefit United Way and the AFL-CIO Community Services. Panera Bread is providing the breakfast before the first bikes go out at 11 a.m. The Poker Run of 80 miles starts and finishes at the union hall with stops...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

KENT, Ohio – The School of Communications Studies and College of Business Administraation at Kent State University are offering an opportunity to earn two graduate degrees simultaneously: a master of arts in communication studies and a master of business administration beginning this fall. The university anticipates the dual-degree program should be “particularly attractive for managers, professionals and [undergraduate] students looking to enhance their communication skills to influence business in emerging global markets as well as develop skills to augment their...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic challenger in the race for Ohio governor, remains largely unknown and is gaining little ground against Republican Gov. John Kasich who leads 48%-36%, finds a newly released poll by Quinnipiac University. This compares to a 50%-35% Kasich lead in a May 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. The traditional gender gap exists as men back the Republican 53%-31%, while women are divided, with 43% for Kasich and 41% for FitzGerald. Kasich leads 92%-2% among Republicans and 47%-28% among...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley today announced the establishment of the First Place Community Fund, a new fund that will continue and expand the work of the First Place Community Foundation. The First Place Community Foundation, created by First Place Bank in 1998 to manage its charitable activities, will convert to a donor-advised fund within the Community Foundation, which provides investment management, grant-making and administrative services to nearly 100 donors and agencies throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The fund is the third local fund...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Warehousing and distribution plays a big role in the economy of northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania but the industry is driven by more than freeway access and proximity to large markets, development specialists say. Randy Seitz, president and CEO of Penn-Northwest Development Corp. in Mercer, Pa.; Tracy Drake, CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority in East Liverpool; and Sarah Boyarko, vice president, economic development, North America, for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 20 new permits for horizontal wells in the Utica shale last week – all in what is considered the southern tier of the oil and gas play. Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. received six permits -- five for wells in Monroe County and one for a horizontal well in Guernsey County. Eclipse Resources Inc., based in State College, Pa., was awarded five permits to drill in Guernsey County. Three other Pennsylvania companies – Rice Energy and EM Energy Ohio, based in Canonsburg, and Consol Energy of...

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