Local News

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott PITTSBURGH -- Natural gas and oil companies are not likely to close down western Pennsylvania drilling operations and make a mad rush west to Ohio or south to West Virginia to set up shop if Tom Wolf is elected as the next governor, speculate political experts watching the race for the state’s top office. Wolf, a Democrat, is leading Gov. Tom Corbett by a wide margin in nearly all the polls. He wants to impose a 5% severance tax on the natural gas and oil industry with drilling operations in the state. It is...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- From a concept 40 years ago to breaking ground in farmland and becoming a medical university that has graduated 3,000 primary care physicians, half of them practicing in Ohio, how Northeast Ohio Medical University grew, and the stature it’s achieved, is a story its president, Dr. Jay A. Gershen, summarizes in three talking points: collaborations, business principles and focus. Gershen begins by noting NEOMED’s academic focus within its three colleges -- medicine, pharmacy and graduate studies. “...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio’s minimum wage will automatically increase Jan. 1 to $8.10 per hour for non-tipped employees and to $4.05 per hour for tipped employees, from $7.95 per hour and $3.98, respectively, the Ohio Department of Commerce reports.  The increased minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 per year. In November 2006, voters approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution Consumer Price Index for requiring the state minimum wage to increase every Jan. 1 by the rate of inflation, as determined during...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Better Business Bureau serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties has set its 2014 Annual Meeting of Accredited Businesses for 9 a.m. Nov. 19. Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel will be the featured speaker for the event, which will be held in the Covelli Centre's Huntington Bank VIP Lounge. A light breakfast will be served at the meeting, which will provide information on the BBB’s efforts to build a network of trustworthy businesses in the Mahoning Valley.  There is no charge for the event, but reservations are...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tony Paglia, a local news veteran and former vice president of government and media affairs for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, has joined Pecchia Communications as senior consultant, the company announced today. Paglia will work with companies in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys on public relations, government relations and marketing programs. “Tony’s addition provides a huge lift to our company and our clients,” said Dan Pecchia, president of Pecchia Communications. “In addition to exceptional talent and experience, Tony brings an...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Investors put $149 million to work with Ohio entrepreneurial companies in 2013, according to a report released Monday by VentureOhio. VentureOhio, founded last year, describes itself as “a unified voice for the capital sources and other organizations that finance or support high growth that seek to make Ohio a preferred location for high potential entrepreneurial activity.”  Its report points out the need for more capital if the needs of the growing companies are to be met. The report is based on responses from 48 investors, 34 of which have their headquarters in Ohio....

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Dr. Iryna Lendel, assistant director of the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University, will give a presentation on shale opportunities in Ohio to a select group of Mahoning Valley business leaders Oct. 23. The boards of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Better Business Bureau serving Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of the Valley and the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania are invited to the private, two-hour event. The 2 p.m. program...

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The professional practice program in Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will host the semi-annual STEM Internship/Co-op Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The expo will provide businesses an opportunity to build awareness about their organizations, learn more about student dynamics and potentially connect with faculty in various academic departments. The event is open to all current STEM students who are seeking an internship/co-op for the upcoming year....

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Every part --– some 1.3 million of them -- has a plan as the parts flow each day through Comprehensive Logistics Inc.’s operation on Victoria Road in Austintown, executives say. Each item, from the largest component to the torque value on a bolt, is accounted for at this 820,000-square-foot plant that works 24 hours a day, five days a week. All of these parts are categorized, scanned, tracked and then delivered in perfect choreographed order to their ultimate destination: the General Motors Co...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Chris Fisher was confident that VXI Global Solutions Inc.  vxi.com  would find success when he suggested it establish a call center here. What the VXI director of operations and Howland nativeubbard  didn’t anticipate, he says, was the company’s expansion elsewhere in Ohio. Five years ago, VXI opened its first Ohio call center at 20 Federal Place with an initial class of 50 trainees. The telecommunications company opened additional sites in Canton in 2011 and Cincinnati last year. Still, the...

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