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Monday, January 12, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Chevrolet kicked off the 2015 North American International Auto Show media days with a bang -- or rather, a buzz with the revamped electric battery of the Volt. At the auto show's first press event, Chevy announced that the new battery in the 2016 Volt -- available in the second half of 2015 -- has a 50-mile range, a jump from 38 miles in the current model. Moreover, the battery is 100 pounds lighter. The new engine -- powered by both gasoline and the battery -- will have a range of...

Monday, January 12, 2015

WASHINGTON -- A venture that plans to build a pipeline that stretches from Columbiana County, across Ohio, Michigan and into Canada, has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Houston-based Nexus Gas Transmission LLC, a partnership formed by Spectra Energy Partners and DTE Energy, submitted the initial paperwork, known as a pre-filing, Dec. 30. The Nexus pipeline is intended to ship gas from the Utica shale to markets in the Midwest, and Ontario, Canada. The pipeline will run 250 miles northwest starting in Columbiana County and cross 11 counties...

Monday, January 12, 2015

DETROIT -- A panel of 57 automotive journalists chose the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Ford F-150 as the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the hosts of  the North American International Auto Show announced Monday. The Car of the Year award is the second for Volkswagen, the New Beetle having won the award in 1999. “The Golf and Golf GTI were recognized for setting new benchmarks in their segments, including innovation, distinguished design, and available driver assistance features, as well as unmatched value,” Volkswagen said in a press release. The Golf icomes...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author:  Dennis LaRue BOARDMAN, Ohio Not only did Steve Lewis pick himself up and dust himself off, he’s started all over again with Dan Landers. The former president and CEO of First Place Financial Corp. joined Landers, former president of First Place Insurance Agency, to form the Landers-Lewis Insurance Agency & Consulting Services LLC, 721 Boardman-Canfield Road. Landers-Lewis, which has 12 employees, celebrated its first anniversary in November and expects to grow even more now that Landers’ noncompete agreement has expired....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author:  Michael Moliterno YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In a small plain room inside the Youngstown Business Incubator, Jim Cossler is meeting with two women who have an idea for an app. “That makes you look like a $50 million or a $100 million company,” he says as he looks at their new logo. As they work their way through a checklist of items, the topic of hiring a developer comes up. “Let’s talk about that for a second and one of the land mines that potentially occurs,” Cossler says. That statement increases their attention as he shifts...

Monday, January 12, 2015

DETROIT -- On the eve of the North American International Auto Show, which begins today with press previews, Buick introduced the 2016 Cascada Sunday, the first Buick convertible offered in the United States in 25 years. The Cascada goes on sale in early 2016, said General Motors Co. “The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s...

Monday, January 12, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A proposal to build an 111-room Home 2 Suites Hotel by Hilton will go before the Middleburg Heights Planning Commission Jan. 28. The project architect on the hotel, which is being developed by Sunshine Inc., is Stephen Berry of Stephen Berry/Architectural Design Inc. in Boardman. The hotel will be four stories tall with 67,000 square feet of hotel and meeting space and will feature one- and two-bed extended stay suites, reorted Berry in a news release. It will also include an enlarged lobby gathering zone, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center...

Monday, January 12, 2015

WARREN, Ohio -- Talmer Bank and Trust is teaming with Second Harvest Food Bank to help “dropkick hunger” with the annual “Become a Soup Bowl Star” drive to feed hungry families. Through Jan. 30, the public is invited to donate canned soup at any Talmer branch. The goal of the campaign is to help address the drop off in donations to Second Harvest once the holidays are over. “We appreciate Talmer Bank and Trust helping us replenish the shelves after holiday food distributions,” said Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations of canned soup...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Jim Tressel took the phone call earlier this week telling him that he had been named to the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, his thoughts immediately turned to his father. “[Throughout my career,] I'm sure there were fleeting moments when you have quiet reflective times that don't last long and don't come often. You think, 'Wouldn't it be cool if [this] happened?' ” Tressel said. “That was one of the first things I thought about when the call came. I don't know how many...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- A startup company here is looking to become a major manufacturer of products used in markets that, on their surface, appear to be entirely unrelated. Triptech 3D, now three months old, has found a way to move into both the energy exploration and additive manufacturing industries, very different markets that nonetheless hold enormous potential and opportunity for the products the company makes, says its CEO, Charles George. “The need was there,” George says, pointing to a line of plastic welding...

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