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Monday, November 3, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Demand for additional -- or at least different -- office space is contributing to activity in the Mahoning Valley market, commercial real estate agents report.  “We’re seeing a lot more activity for office space right now,” says John Horvath, broker associate with commercial services at Northwood Realty Services, Poland. In many cases, satisfying pent-up demand is driving office deals, Horvath says, as businesses that needed space two or three years ago are acting on that need. “People feel...

Monday, November 3, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state is offering assistance to businesses that are interested in marketing their products around the globe through Ohio Export Internship Program. Approximately 50 students will be selected to assist companies for this year’s program, including 10 students from the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, a new partner to the program. The remaining 40 students will be chosen from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. “Businesses who have participated in previous years have generated...

Monday, November 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Williamson College of Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University will hold graduation for the 2014 Emerging Leaders at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Williamson Hall. The initiative established by the Small Business Administration focuses on small companies in the Mahoning Valley that have the potential to grow rapidly and create jobs. The seven-month program offered 100 hours of classroom time per participant and the opportunity for small-business owners to work with mentors, attend workshops and...

Monday, November 3, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- A public information meeting is scheduled for this evening regarding Heritage Thermal Services’ application for a permit to expand its hazardous waste incinerator here by 25%. The meeting is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Elementary School library, 90 Maine Blvd. The East Liverpool incinerator accepts, stores and treats shipments bulk solids, bulk liquids and containers of all sizes, according to the company’s website. Waste types it accepts include reactive materials, controlled substances as defined and regulated by the U.S. Drug...

Monday, November 3, 2014

NEW YORK -- Two law firms here are reviewing the sale, announced last Wednesday, of ESB Financial Corp., Ellwood City, Pa., to WesBanco Inc. of Wheeling, W.Va. WesBanco agreed to pay $324.4 million, or $17.65 a share, in stock and cash, for ESB, the holding company of ESB Bank (READ STORY). Based on the closing price of ESB shares last Wednesday, WesBanco would pay a nearly 37% premium Levi & Korinsky said it “is investigating the board of directors of ESB Financial Corp. for possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law” related to the...

Monday, November 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sallie Tod Dutton and David Tod cut the ribbon at Tod Homestead Cemetery Friday to mark the dedication of the new columbarium memorial garden that will accommodate the cremation remains of more than 900 people. The two are great-great-grandchildren of David Tod, Ohio’s Civil War governor, whose rolling North Side homestead was dedicated in 1908 as a cemetery through the will of Gov. Tod’s son, George Tod. “Today’s dedication represents not only a view toward the future but also a reflection of the past,” said Dutton. “Tod Homestead Cemetery must...

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...

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