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Thursday, September 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources Corp. for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments. The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15 million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state's shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other impoundments to meet heightened "next generation" standards under development at DEP. "This action reaffirms the administration's unwavering commitment to...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gross revenues from table games at the 12 casinos in Pennsylvania were $66.4 million in August, the state Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday, a 4.6% increase over August 2013. Net revenues that resulted -- taxes paid the state -- were $9.6 million, the board said. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, with 113 tables, reported revenues of $6,2241,370. The same number of tables in August 2013 produced $6,116,554. Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Erie, reported $1,176,652 from 46 tables compared with $1,037,769 in August 2013, also 46 tables reporting....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With more than 80,000 employees in the state trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, reports David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, the state is making a third round of funding, $29.4 million, available to businesses. The paperwork required upfront has been reduced from previous funding rounds, Goodman says, and companies will have five additional months to complete the training. Funds for training in the following high-demand fields are available: advanced manufacturing, aerospace and...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- When Matalco Inc. was shopping for a site to locate its $125 million aluminum smelting plant, the Mahoning Valley always remained high on the company’s list. “From the very beginning, we were interested in the Ohio area because of the heavy concentration of aluminum extruders,” says Joe Caruso, CEO of Matalco’s parent, The Giampaolo Group, based in the Canadian province of Ontario. “You want to be as close as possible to your customers.” After two years of planning and preparation, construction...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Stephanie Enasko and Marilyn Workman sat on a bench outside the new Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, the first ones -- although not the only ones for long -- waiting to enter the racino when its doors opened in a few hours. “I’ve been to a lot of casinos” -- Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia about once a month, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and Cleveland’s Horseshoe -- “but I’ve never been to a grand opening, which I was really looking forward...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue CANFIELD, Ohio -- It’s official. HBK CPAs and Consultants has combined its offices in Boardman, downtown Youngstown and Howland and moved them to a three-story clonial-style building at 6603 Summit Drive here, marking the unification with a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon. In the lobby of HBK, formerly Hill Barth & King LLC, to cut the red ribbon 3 inches wide with eight pairs of scissors were Jim Fahey, Phil Carlon, Chuck Whitman, Chris Allegretti, Dave Blasko, Phil Wilson, Kelly Bianco,...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator, will be among participants in today’s Capitol Hill briefing on the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will host a panel discussion with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy and Rom Reed for members of Congress and their staffs on the importance of the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., would establish the...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Covelli Enterprises announced Tuesday it has acquired 11 more Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the Dayton area. The company, Panera Bread’s largest franchisee with stores in five states and Canada, now owns more than 100 Panera restaurants in Ohio, including its recently opened second location in Boardman. It operates six stand-alone stores in Mahoning and Trumbull counties plus two Panera/Dairy Queen stores on the Ohio Turnpike in Mahoning County. The company says it expects to open 30 stores in 2014 and has aggressive plans for growth in the Dayton market. “We’re very proud and...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Martin Abraham, founding dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Youngstown State University, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at YSU, pending official approval by the board of trustees at its Oct. 7 meeting. YSU President Jim Tressel announced the appointment today after discussions with the trustees Tuesday afternoon. The appointment will become effective after the board’s approval. “We believe that Dr. Abraham has the skills, the experience and the confidence of the campus...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber today called for drug-testing of students in industry-related training programs. Letters jointly signed by Brian P. Benyo, president of the manufacturers coalition, and Thomas M. Humphries, CEO of the Regional Chamber, were sent to school superintendents in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Industry-related programs at high schools and career and technical colleges address a critical skills mismatch in the region, Benyo and Humphries say. Implementing...

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