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Thursday, June 26, 2014

ASHTABULA, Ohio – The industrial base of Ashtabula County got two shots in the arm Wednesday with announcements that Ashta Chemicals Inc. plans to invest $60 million to upgrade its plant here and that Velocys plc, a British company, has acquired Pinto Energy LLC and will take over its $200 million gas-to-liquids project planned for the lakeshore. Ashta Chemicals manufactures and markets chlorine and potassium-based chemicals used by the oil and gas industry and to make liquid fertilizers, food products, pharmaceuticals and industrial cleaners. The plant upgrade will...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio -- Two federal lawmakers are urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to give Warren Steel Holdings "all due consideration" in its request for a reduction in electricity rates, saying that a plant closing would be "devastating" for the community. In a letter drafted June 20 to PUCO Chairman Tom Johnson, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, emphasized that hundreds of jobs in Warren would be affected should the operation close. "A plant closure would be devastating...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Despite a harsh winter and rainy spring, more new houses have been built in the Mahoning Valley so far this year than at this point a year ago. How rough was last winter? “I put 500-gallon propane tanks at four houses and in a month and a week, my bill was $10,000 – for heating the houses so their foundations wouldn’t crack,” says Bill Clipse, owner of Meander Homes Construction Inc., Austintown “You can build all year. It’s just a matter of you have to pick and choose [the days you work].”...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Gem-Young Insurance & Financial Services Inc. is taking on new roles, Leo Daprile, company president, announced Wednesday. Effective July 1, its financial services arm becomes a wealth advisory firm and the insurance side becomes a risk management firm. Both businesses will remain under the same roof on Starr’s Centre Drive here. Gem-Young Wealth Advisors LLC is a registered investment adviser, which means as a registered investment adviser it is legally bound to work in its clients’ best interests. Such an adviser must ensure that each...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Between June 30 and July 2, Facebook’s Small Business Boost will blitz northeastern, central and eastern Ohio to teach small-business owners how to use social media to boost their sales. One event, sponsored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, is scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. July 1 in Canfield. The Canfield session will be held at the Joyce Brooks Conference Center in the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, where U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson and Tim Ryan, R-6 Ohio and D-13 Ohio respectively, will greet participants. Particpants will...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Light instrumental music wafts through this newly listed house on Montereale Drive, the setting for an open house June 11 to showcase the upscale property for real estate agents. The spacious, 5,444-square-foot contemporary house, built in 2000, has six bedrooms, 14-foot ceilings, a custom kitchen, a finished basement with media room and exercise room, a full-house stereo system and a three-car heated garage. It’s been shown seven times since Celeste Kasten listed it three weeks ago, she says. “I’ve had quite a few agents come back for a second...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tod Homestead Cemetery is constructing a new columbarium memorial garden, a $700,000 investment to accommodate the growing practice of cremation.  The two-acre feature is designed as a “place for repose and reflection,” states an announcement from the cemetery’s governing body. It will include a fountain, landscaping, walkways and 10 low-profile structures with a total of 960 spaces for cremation remains. Completion is scheduled for this fall. “We are very pleased to be in a position to make this important investment,” said Sallie Tod Dutton,...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By late October, the company that operates the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on the East Side should learn whether the federal government intends to renew a make-or-break contract it holds with the lockup, or shift the bulk of its prison population elsewhere. The latter decision would result in the layoff of nearly all of the 400 employees who work there, say officials from Corrections Corporation of America Inc., who were in town Tuesday soliciting support for the prison (CLICK HERE) and...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- NYO Property Group LLC anticipates opening its new downtown hotel by summer or fall 2016, following a 16-month “extensive renovation” beginning in the first half of 2015, a company spokesman says. Reached via email Tuesday, Dominic C. Marchionda, NYO’s director of operations and strategic planning, said his company is “close to a decision and aims to make a final selection to partner with an experienced operator” by Aug. 1. The Business Journal first reported in March 2013 on NYO’s plans to...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The New Castle School of Trades anticipates opening a new East Liverpool branch next year, even though much work remains to be completed before the project can go forward. “That’s an aggressive timeline but 2015 is still doable,” predicted Rex Spaulding, president of the New Castle, Pa., trade school. Plans to renovate the former Ogilvie Department and 5 and 10 store buildings into classroom space for NCST got a boost yesterday with the award of a $1.13 million Ohio Historic Preservation Tax...

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