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Monday, August 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The union that represents licensed practical nurses at Trumbull Memorial Hospital says it will challenge a plan by ValleyCare Health System of Ohio to eliminate nearly 50 positions held by LPNs there, charging that it violates the labor agreement now in place. ValleyCare spokeswoman Trish Hrina, in a prepared statement, confirmed that the hospital initiated discussions May 7 with Service Employees International Union District 1199 regarding plans “to transition to a nurse staffing model that uses registered nurses and nursing assistants” in which RNs...

Monday, August 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Stoneridge Inc. has completed the sale of its wiring business assets to Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. as agreed in the contract dated May 26. Cash proceeds were $71.4 million. Included in the transaction are six manufacturing plants in Portland, Ind.; Chihuahua, Saltillo, and Monclova, Mexico; and an engineering and administrative center here. The wiring business designs and manufactures wiring harness products for sale principally to the commercial, agricultural and off-highway vehicle markets. It also assembles entire instrument panels configured...

Monday, August 4, 2014

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in eight years, the federal government has met its annual 23% goal for small-business contracting, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports. The result is more than $83 billion in revenue for small businesses. "This is a groundbreaking and proud achievement for the federal government and especially for our small businesses," said John Shoraka, SBA associate administrator for government contracting and business development, in a prepared statement. "When small businesses win federal contracts, it strengthens the American job...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Avalon nameplate is returning to the landmark hotel at 9519 E. Market St. with its acquisition this week by Avalon Holdings Inc., the company whose headquarters is a few stone throws away and operates the nearby Avalon Golf and Country Club. Terms were not disclosed. The hotel today operates as the Magnuson Grand Hotel, a brand change that occurred in March 2012 under the ownership of local businessman John Kouvas. The Avalon opened in 1970 as a 90-room country inn. A $2.2 million addition was completed in 1986, adding 54 rooms, and a $750,000...

Friday, August 1, 2014

DETROIT -- General Motors says its dealers delivered 256,160 vehicles in the United States in July, genernating the company’s highest July sales since 2007. Total sales were up 9% compared with a year ago. Retail sales -- those to individual customers -- were up 4%. Commercial deliveries were up 69% and all other fleet deliveries were up 21%. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze, built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, complex, fell 17.8% during June with 20,926 units sold compared to 25,447 in July 2013. Year-to-date, Cruze sales total 166,264, up 4.5% compared to the first seven...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore SALEM, Ohio -- The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center today announced Mike Mancuso will begin as executive director Jan. 1 following the  retirement of Larry Kosiba. Kosiba, executive director since the organization was founded four years ago, and Mancuso will share duties through the end of the year, with Kosiba working as three days a week and Mancuso the other two days. “A lot of times during transition, one leader leaves and another comes in and it leaves loose ends. We're going to make sure there are...

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Pa. -- Camp Fitch YMCA is capping off its centennial anniversary with a Celebration Weekend Aug. 8-10 at the camp here, 12600 Ables Road. This special weekend, with the theme of Finding The Way Back, will allow guests and alumni to experience all that Camp Fitch has to offer.  It will include a dedication of the new Friend Circle outdoor amphitheater, a candlelight service, a live auction and camp activities, and organizers anticipate countless stories shared with friends and family. The 450-acre Camp Fitch YMCA sits on a one-mile stretch of Lake...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Members of the technology community in the downtown and at Youngstown State University have been preparing to meet their Maker and last night got a glimpse of Maker handiwork. No, not that Maker. The Maker Movement, as it’s called, on display this weekend at America Makes (READ STORY), the brand of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The Maker movement handiwork on display in the basement of America Makes, 236 W. Boardman St., consists of 23 3-D printers. There 17 judges...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Four years ago, many of the short line railroads here had been abandoned and the lines that connected the parcels they ran through were dangerous at any speed. When the Ohio Commerce Center bought the former Space Center in Lordstown, the rail yard there, built to “move everything but munitions” during World War II, couldn’t be used, says real estate broker Dan Crouse. Few improvements had been made to the warehouses since the end of the war. Crossing the property required a 4x4 truck; nothing...

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Jay and Penny Summer, owners of two Fastsigns franchises, are taking their business to new heights -- 35 feet above the ground to be exact. The Summers bought a 35-foot bucket truck to install signs or messages on signs in the greater Boardman area and in Bedford Heights, site of their other franchise. “In the 15 years of owning my Fastsigns business, I have worked hard to stay in the forefront of technology, materials and equipment,” Jay Summer says. The acquisition of the bucket truck, he says, expands his companies’ ability to serve Fastsigns...

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