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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- CieloStar, a nationwide health-care benefit distribution and payment technology company based here, has formed partnerships with the Ohio and Virginia chambers of commerce to open private health insurance and benefits exchanges in each state, John Reynolds announced Tuesday. Reynolds is the president and CEO of CieloStar, which  operates private exchanges in North Carolina and Oklahoma through similar chamber of commerce partnerships. The newest exchanges will offer Ohio and Virginia employers, including those not members of either chamber, an array of...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the wake of the Great Recession,  80% of millennial Americans say it has taught them they have to save now to survive financial problems they’re likely to face somewhere down the road. Still, 45% are not saving for retirement, according to a survey conducted for Wells Fargo Bank. “Millennials” is a term that generally refers to a generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1995. The savings picture differs by sex, with 61% of men and 50% of women reporting that they are saving, says the survey. This difference in saving rates could result from...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DETROIT -- The CEO of General Motors Co., Mary Barra, today addressed stockholders at the company’s 2014 annual meeting, telling them the company is in the best position to meet and exceed competitive challenges.  “In every market, consumers have more and better automotive choices than ever before,” Barra said. “And the competition is only going to get tougher. This is a reality. Another reality is that GM is positioned to be stronger, leaner and more responsive than ever before.” She described 2013 as an historic year, during which the company passed a number of...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- The village planning commission last night vetoed a zoning change for a 57-acre site where Clean Energy Future LLC said it hoped to build an $800 million natural-gas fuel power plant on Salt Springs Road. The vote was 4-1 against the project. Clean Energy Future, based in Manchester, Mass., announced in April that it  optioned 57 acres for the project. The company said construction could begin by the end of 2015 with the plant up and running by fall 2018 (READ STORY). Clean Energy Future has helped develop power-generation plants in California,...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Cindy Tudor is looking for something different. She recently returned to the Mahoning Valley to be with her family after living in San Diego for 20 years, which is why she stood in the very long line Monday in hopes of landing a job at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Downs. “It’s a new opportunity,” remarked Tudor, whose resume includes “a lot of different things” including administrative, legal and customer service positions. “I mainly worked in the administrative side of things for 20...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy–Utica LLC, an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP, says it has signed agreements to acquire approximately 27,000 net acres of leasehold in Monroe County, Ohio, from East Resources, Inc. and an unnamed private company.  At closing, the properties are expected to have net production of approximately 40 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, the company said. In addition, a separate AELP platform company, American Energy–Marcellus LLC, announced Monday that it has signed agreements to acquire...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy–Utica LLC, an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP, says it has signed agreements to acquire approximately 27,000 net acres of leasehold in Monroe County, Ohio, from East Resources, Inc. and an unnamed private company.  At closing, the properties are expected to have net production of approximately 40 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, the company said. In addition, a separate AELP platform company, American Energy–Marcellus LLC, announced Monday that it has signed agreements to acquire...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- Manufacturers willing to host a teacher for 32 hours to share the importance of soft skills are needed for the Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace program, the Oh-Penn Interstate Region says. The initiative, supported by the Oh-Penn’s Pathways to Competitiveness Project, runs from June 20 to Aug. 8. Educator in the Manufacturing Workplace is an opportunity for companies to open their doors and allow teachers to see how what they teach applies to manufacturing as well as validate to their students the importance of showing up for work on time every...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Youngstown Design Works, a new agency run by Youngstown State University graphic and interactive design students, will run a Pop-Up Design Shop June 23 to 27 at 124 N. Park Ave. Its purpose is to help businesses with their creative needs, from new logos and websites to advertising and branding materials. The Shop, a collaboration involving Youngstown Design Works, the Warren Business Exchange and Warren Redevelopment and Planning, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to a dozen YSU students will participate by offering design services for Warren area...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The restaurant industry continued to register robust job growth in May as the economy surpassed its pre-recession employment peak, the National Restaurant Association says. Restaurant operators' outlook for hiring staff rose to its highest level in two years. Bruce Grindy, chief economist at the association, says these trends are welcome news. "The economy continued to move in a positive direction in May, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics," he said in a prepared statement. "Restaurant employment gains remained...

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