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Friday, October 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is again being recognized nationally for the improvement in its workers' compensation rates. The Oregon Premium Rate Ranking Study, a biennial review of workers' compensation rates released last week, put Ohio 33rd lowest among the 50 states. As recently as 2008, Ohio ranked third-highest. "We believed early on that one of the most productive steps we could take to support the success of Ohio employers was to keep their workers' comp rates low and stable," said Steve Buehrer, administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, in a...

Friday, October 17, 2014

SALEM, Ohio -- "Making Connections to Grow Your Business" is the focus of a day-long program to be held Oct. 31 at the Kent State University campus here. The program is for those thinking about becoming involved in the production, processing, distribution or delivery of locally grown food. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and lunch and refreshments will be served. Cost is $25 per person to cover food and refreshments. The Sustainability Opportunity Development Center and its partners -- the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, The Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HOUSTON -- Southwestern Energy Co. today announced that it has agreed to pay Chesapeake Energy Corp. $5.375 billion to acquire 413,000 net acres in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania. The acquisition covers oil and gas assets in the Upper Devonian, Marcellus and Utica shales. It includes 256 operated and producing Marcellus and Utica horizontal wells and an additional 179 non-operated or non-producing wells. The acquisition brings Southwestern Energy's Co.'s total horizontal well count to 435 wells with net production in September of approximately "336 million...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -- Recruitments for 600 seasonal workers at the Things Remembered Fulfillment Center here will be held at OhioMeansJobs Centers in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties over the next five weeks. The personalized gift retailer plans to hire 400 workers in a variety of production positions such as engravers, embroidery machine operators and quality control and packing, and fill 200 another customer service positions at its distribution center center. The company says its employees "enjoy steady hours, quality training, weekly pay, 40% discounts on...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Not only are credit unions in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys making more loans, predominantly auto financing, their members are building their savings accounts. Credit unions also report their credit quality is improving and that they’re adding new members, as they call their customers. This reflects the findings of the National Credit Union Administration, the federal agency that regulates almost all of the 6,560 credit unions in the United States. Federal charters are held by 4,029 credit...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The sign says “Now Open” but look in the windows of Los Gallos Mexican restaurant downtown and you see three pans of sauces sitting on a counter but no stove or other appliances --- and no tables for the rows of booth seats that remain in place. The Mexican restaurant, which opened last November, closed this week without public notice. An employee who answered the phone Wednesday at the Boardman Los Gallos confirmed the downtown restaurant is closed. “We’re in the process,” he said. No further information was available and a spokesman for the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Gas production in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania could reach record levels next year because more pipeline capacity is coming on line across the country, allowing more natural gas from the region to be extracted. “Once November hits there should be an uptick,” because if the additional pipelines, said Sami Yahya, an energy analyst with Bentek LLC, a Denver-based energy market analytics company. With added pipeline capacity nationally, companies drilling for natural gas in eastern...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Holiday travelers could be home for the holidays via connecting service from a midwestern hub airport to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, aviation director Dan Dickten says. The airport is awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Transportation on a show-cause order for Aerodynamics Inc., the proposed operator of the air service that would provide that connecting service. The company has applied to DOT to upgrade its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to include the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Six months after it rolled off the assembly line at General Motor Co.'s Lordstown Complex, the millionth Cruze will finally hit the streets of the Mahoning Valley. Since the car was produced, the plant has been selling raffle tickets to all members of locals 1112 and 1714 of the United Auto Workers union as well as retirees of the 50-year-old manufacturing complex. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, drew the name of Sharon Frey, a chassis employee at the factory, as the winner of the...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --The Ohio Department of Health today reported that Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas diagnosed with Ebola, visited family in Akron from Oct. 8 through Oct. 13. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified ODH of the situation early today. “Ohio has swiftly acted and is working with the CDC and Summit County health officials to identify people who may have been in close contact with the health care worker and implement quarantine as necessary,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state...

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