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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 a retail sales increase of 4.1% to $616.9 billion. 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...

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,...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Ivory & Birch, a new boutique featuring a wide array of merchandise from home goods to clothing and accessories, held its grand opening Wednesday. Located at 7631 Market St., the store features more than 100 brands and items including furnishings, clothes, jewelry and greeting cards. “I’ve been dreaming of opening a store since I was a little girl. My all-time favorite toy was a cash register and I changed my outfits six, seven times a day when I was 4,” recalled Deloran Muransky, the store’s owner. Muransky, an alumna of Poland Seminary High...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As the Nov. 21 deadline to exercise historic-tax credits approaches, Strollo Architects seems certain to secure the funding it needs to take possession of the Wells Building, 201-205 W. Federal St., renovate the four-story structure and move in next summer. The vacant structure, with a terra cotta façade built in the Classical Revival style, will turn 100 next year. It is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. “Our target closing [with the Community Development Group of Huntington...

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