Local News

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio – Over the last two years, Wheatland Tube has invested more than $21 million into its plant here to capitalize on the growing demand for oil country tubular goods, or OCTG, pipe in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. But despite a skilled and efficient workforce, a highly automated production operation, and a healthy oil and gas market, companies such as Wheatland are finding it difficult to do business in the face of what they claim are high level of imported OCTG pipe from South Korea. "They're...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Author:  Stacia Erdos AKRON, Ohio -- The year is 2020 and it’s the holiday season. For Christmas, you give your grandmother a special sweater to wear around the house. You really don’t want her living by herself but she insists she can. A few weeks later you get a signal on your smartphone that she’s fallen on the floor and her vital signs are weak. The source of the signal? Her sweater, of course. You call 9-1-1 and then fold up your phone (Yes, fold it up) stick it in your pocket and head to the hospital. Dr. Miko Cakmak likes to...

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Open auditions will take place June 17 for the second TEDxYoungstown event, which will take place Jan. 23 at Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the Youngstown State University campus. The inaugural TEDxYoungstown was held Jan. 23 of this year and featured 18 speakers including Jeff Hoffman, former CEO of Priceline.com. “The feedback received from the first year event was outstanding. Most attendees could not say enough good things about the event and the speakers,” said Bob McGovern, a member of the TEDxYoungstown team and an employee with FirstEnergy....

Friday, June 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Initiative Program is a victim of its own success. Although the city is still encouraging companies to apply to the much-lauded economic development program, it reached the limit of the funding allocated for the fiscal year with the two applications approved Thursday, David Bozanich, city finance director, told members of the committee that oversees the program. The committee recommended grants of $50,000 apiece for DNV Energy LLC and SalesKatz Inc., reaching the limit of the $...

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --– The prospects of Royal Dutch Shell constructing a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant just 40 miles from here in Beaver County, Pa., appear brighter after an executive at Shell Chemicals announced the producer has signed third-party contracts related to the project. ICIS, which describes itself as the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider, reported Thursday that Shell Executive Vice President Graham van't Hoff said his company has signed 10 third-party contracts and has filed an air quality permit with the commonwealth of...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A city resident will get the chance to realize her longtime dream of starting her own landscaping business. Lisa Robinson plans to start securing the necessary permits next week to begin rehabilitating the building at 3514 Market St., formerly occupied by Burkland Flowers. The city Board of Control voted Thursday to approve a lease agreement with an option for Robinson’s company, Show Stopper Landscaping LLC, to purchase the vacant property. Robinson will pay the city $1 per month rent for...

Friday, June 6, 2014

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The eCenter@Lindenpointe will hold a free series of educational camps for high school students beginning this month. The Millennial Spark Summer Series is made possible through an eCenter partnership with Community Connections as well as the city of Hermitage and the A.J. & Sigusmunda Palumbo Charitable Trust. Registration is required, and space is limited. Students can register at this website. The schedule: #webweek: June 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to noon: Gray Mackenzie and Andrew Dymski, founders of eCenter startup, GuavaBox, will teach students how...

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The PNC Financial Services Group has promoted two employees in its Youngstown region, Ted Brennan and Myra Vitto, and hired a third, Gina Strickland, Ted Schmidt, regional president, has announced. Brennan has been promoted to senior vice president and relationship manager for corporate and institutional banking. As such, he is responsible for portfolio management and new business development for mid-sized to large companies. Brennan earned his baccalaureate at Youngstown State University and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown....

Friday, June 6, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- The SharonSteel Foundation has committed to giving $1 million to Penn State Shenango to create the SharonSteel Foundation Trustee Scholarship, Jo Anne Carrick, director of the campus, announced Thursday. Students with financial need who attend the campus will be given first preference. “The SharonSteel Foundation has been a longtime donor and partner with Penn State Shenango, and we are thrilled to see this relationship culminate in one of the largest gifts in our campus history,” Carrick said in a prepared statement. “Nearly 40% of Penn State Shenango...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore WARREN, Ohio -- The city of Warren will spend $20 million through 2019 on resurfacing roads, renovating city hall, replacing sidewalks and other improvements essential to attract more companies to the city, says Mayor Doug Franklin. “Your image is a first impression. So it's important that you put on your best face, so to speak, as a community,” he told members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber gathered Thursday at the Hippodrome for a breakfast event. “Ultimately you want these companies and their...

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