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Friday, September 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The board of trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County selected Hudson Construction Inc. of Hermitage, Pa., as general contractor for the new Canfield Branch Library at its meeting Thursday. Hudson submitted a bid of $3.1 million for the new library. It will be built on the site of the current building, which will close at the end of business Sept. 20 so that the building can be emptied in preparation for construction. Hudson bid was among construction contracts totaling $4.08 million awarded yesterday. Other contracts...

Friday, September 12, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- Esmark Inc. says it is converting the former Ohio Cold Rolling Co. steel finishing mill in Yorkville, Ohio, into a tri-modal industrial services terminal to support companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. Esmark, which two years ago acquired the Yorkville steel finishing mill from bankrupt RG Steel and recently announced its closing, will repurpose the one million-square-foot facility into the newly named Yorkville Energy Services Terminal. The tri-modal (rail/truck/barge) logistics and...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It’s not quite walking on water, but the non-Newtonian fluid that will fill a tank being prepared in the Oh Wow! Center downtown will allow people to dash across it – assuming they can do that fast enough to not break surface tension. The tank represents one of the exhibits and demonstrations to be presented during this year’s Silly Science Sunday, which will cap the 7 Days of STEM Youngstown Regional Science & Technology Festival that kicks off Monday. The weeklong series of events will...

Friday, September 12, 2014

ELYRIA, Ohio -- The Fund for Our Economic Future, a collaboration of 50 foundations, higher education institutions, health care systems, businesses, and others, has approved up to $1.9 million of grants to support the job creation efforts of regional economic development organizations BioEnterprise, JumpStart and Magnet. BioEnterprise, which is dedicated to growing the region's health care and bioscience companies, will receive up to $550,000 for core operations and future planning. JumpStart, which supports the region's entrepreneurs through mentoring, funding and...

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Job openings in the hospitality sector topped 500,000 for the seventh consecutive month in July, the first such occurrence since before the Great Recession. While the industry isn’t facing a labor shortage, the gap between monthly hires and job openings is rapidly shrinking, the National Restaurant Association said Thursday. The rate of open jobs in the restaurants-and-accommodations sector remained near a post-recession high in July, say the latest figures from the job openings and labor turnover program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS...

Friday, September 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The YWCA of Youngstown's 7th Annual Women's Leadership Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the YWCA building here. Delivering the keynote address will be Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator. New this year is an inspirational-book swap. Those who attend are asked to bring a book that has inspired them to exchange for another such book. Other presenters are Natalie Lariccia, CRPC; Deanna Colella, investment adviser representative; Colleen Kelly, YBI development director; Michele Simonelli...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From executives who need to schedule space for company meetings or a corporate event to individuals looking to book a hall for a wedding or other family functions, options for local venues abound. In the Mahoning Valley, these options include traditional venues such as the Holiday Inn-Boardman and the Maronite Center as well as unique settings such as Stambaugh Auditorium, the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Williamson College of  Business...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ballet Western Reserve says its annual holiday production this year will feature an “exclusive and unique take on the classic -- A Youngstown Nutcracker byartistic director Staś Kmieć.  BWR says it will assemble hundreds of performers from area arts organizations “to create a massive and spectacular theatrical experience” that encompasses local history.  Using local actors, vocal ensembles, children’s choirs, youth instrumentalists, Klezmer musicians, and the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, the classic ballet will take on a local twist, as...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The two congressmen who represent the Mahoning Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives differ on elements of the strategy President Obama outlined last night to combat the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group, referred to alternatively as ISIS and ISIL. During his prime-time address (READ FULL TEXT), Obama detailed a strategy that included conducting a “systematic campaign of airstrikes,” sending 475 additional military personnel to Iraq who will not have a combat mission, mobilizing the international community to combat the threat and...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Constructing the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course was not “smooth sailing all the time,” general manager Mike Galle concedes. “Anytime you’re in construction sometimes timelines get delayed.” But even with those “bumps in the road,” Turner Construction Co., Cleveland, construction manager for the racino project, and laborers “did a great job” of finishing the 100,000-square-foot project ahead of schedule, allowing an earlier opening date than the planned October start, he said...

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