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Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien RAVENNA, Ohio -- Parker Hannifin Corp.'s new research and development lab here is likely to guide the company's Parflex division well into the future, opening the door for innovative products, groundbreaking material science and faster, more efficient manufacturing processes, executives say. "It's really going to allow us to take our products to the next level," said Mark Gagnon, Parflex division general manager. "Also, we want to be developing new products for our existing customers and new products for new...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien COLUMBIANA, Ohio -- A building that’s the length of two football fields and just 45 feet wide in some places is an unusual, rare configuration for most manufacturing plants. But it’s not unusual for Columbiana Boiler Co. LLC. The company manufactures large kettles that are very long and narrow, in fact, the largest of their kind in the world. “Fifteen years ago, we would’ve said shipping a 50,000-pound kettle was a large one,” says the president, Michael Sherwin. “Today, that’s our average. The largest we’ve...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio -- Jeremy Bout's job as host and producer of Edge Factor, an online show featuring manufacturers from across the country, puts him in contact with all sorts of people. There was a snowmobile racer whose leg was amputated after an accident that designed a new prosthetic that, allowing him to continue competing. Along the way was an engineer for SpaceX, the company recently awarded a $2.6 billion contract to design “space taxis” for NASA, who started his career building guitars in California. And just...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – James Kerrigan, owner of Kerrigan Insurance in Hubbard, expects sales, profits and hiring to remain steady over the next few months. “Insurance is an up-and-down business,” he remarked. “It’s been steady for 30 years. I’m busy all the time.” Kerrigan’s expectations generally fall in line with those of other owners of small and midsize businesses in Ohio who participated in the latest PNC Economic Outlook Survey, which was released Thursday. Owners of Ohio small and midsize businesses are “...

Friday, October 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new report commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Defense Fund Report identifies Ohio as a leader in reducing air emissions and creating jobs. The report, produced by Datu Research, shows that tackling mnethane emissions not only produces cleaner air, but creates high-quality jobs in a growing domestic manufacturing and service sector. "The oil and gas industry is growing every day in our state, creating thousands of jobs for Ohioans," said Craig W. Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. "This report illustrates Ohio is at...

Friday, October 3, 2014

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College is ranked sixth on the list of Greatest Affordable Colleges in the Northeast by Great Value Colleges. The website cited the College’s high freshmen retention rate and that 96% of alumni are working or in graduate school within six months after graduation. The website, in a survey released this week, also praised the fact that students have many opportunities to join clubs, organizations and activities on campus. Great Value Colleges focuses on what students get out of college, unlike other rankings that focus on inputs like...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The commitment of Cohen & Co. to downtown Youngstown has been reinforced with a long-term lease with the Ohio One Corp. to remain in the Commerce Building. Ohio One is in midst of renovating and expanding the office space of the public accounting firm on the fourth floor of the five-story structure on East Federal Street. There, workmen from Alex Downie & Sons Co. are taking the 6,000 square feet Cohen occupies and enlarging that space to 8,100 feet, which includes the conference rooms...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An informational meeting about an interchange to provide access to state Route 164 from Interstate 680 in Beaver Township is scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s North Lima outpost, 10720 Market St. The proposed transportation improvement will be separated into three separate phases. The project includes a new interchange north of Route 164 as well as pavement reconstruction, a roundabout and new lane configurations along Route 164. The first improvement is scheduled for construction in Summer 2015. The estimated...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson HERMITAGE, Pa. – Ticking off various milestones in the development of the eCenter@LindenPointe, Gary Gulla, Hermitage’s assistant city manager, recalled a point in 2009 when the project appeared to be in jeopardy. “We had some ideas, we had a design, we had some money set aside, but we really needed the big partner to help us make this happen,” he recalled. To make the case for federal funds for the project, the then-mayor of neighboring Youngstown “came out of his city, out of his county, out of his state and...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Though it wasn't the vehicle's highest selling month in terms of volume, the Chevrolet Cruze saw sales soar nearly 45% in September compared to the same month a year ago, General Motors Co. reported yesterday. GM said it delivered 18,415 Cruzes during the month versus 12,730 units sold in September 2013, a 44.7% increase. The Cruze, manufactured at GM's Lordstown Complex, is GM's best-selling passenger car and is second in volume sales only to the Chevrolet Silverado, continuously the highest seller in the automaker's portfolio. GM delivered 223,...

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