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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DENVER -- MarkWest Energy Partners LP plans to undertake a major expansion at its Keystone processing complex in Butler County, Pa. to accommodate new business recently secured with Rex Energy Corp. and EdgeMarc Energy. The expansion consists of building new midstream infrastructure with the construction of Bluestone III and Bluestone IV, two new plants that will have the capacity to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day each. MarkWest said the plants would begin operations during the fourth quarter of 2015 and the second quarter of 2016 respectively...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation would return a projected $126.1 million to 3,800 local public employers under its “Another Billion Back” program -- including more than $6 million to countiesin northeastern Ohio. The program also calls for increased funding for workplace safety grants and the creation of initiatives to enhance the safety, health and wellness of the state workforce. Under the plan, Columbiana County, with 57 policies, would receive a projected $848,300 in rebates. Mahoning County, with 61, would receive $3,248,200, and...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio --  HBK, formerly Hill, Bath & King LLC, has been recognized as a best employer by four accounting periodicals, the public accounting firm reports. Accounting Today ranked HBK No. 67 on its list of top 100 employers. Inside Public Accounting ranked the firm 88th on its Top 100 list. In the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group, HBK was ranked seventh in the large employer (more than 250 employees) category. It was the fourth time in seven years HBK was so recognized. In the accounting firm category, South Jersey Best of Business 2014...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, will retire next July 31 after her 16th year in the position. Meeks has spent 33 years working at community colleges. Before arriving in 1999 at Eastern Gateway, then known as Jefferson Community College, she was president of Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan., and vice president of instruction at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. “What do people say when they retire? I haven't thought about it before,”...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Todd Davis of Cleveland-based Hemisphere Development, a nationally recognized expert on brownfield redevelopment, will be the featured speaker at a Sept. 8 symposium. The event, to be held at the Raymond John Wean Foundation in Warren, is presented by the Western Reserve Port Authority in conjunction with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, the Trumbull County Planning Commission and the Trumbull County Brownfield Coalition. Davis, a graduate of Michigan University and George Washington University Law School, founded Hemisphere in 1994. Over...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Executives from Consol Energy Inc. and officeholders gathered at Pittsburgh International Airport Monday – not to draw attention to the aircraft flying thousands of feet above -- but to the strata of rock that lie thousands of feet below. In a press event that drew reporters from regional, national and international news organizations, Consol kicked off a multi-well oil and natural gasl drilling program on 9,000 acres at the airport, a project executives say provides a $1 billion...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Those who believe more time and study needs to be devoted before addressing the impact of climate change in the United States do so at a steep price, warns a member of a White House commission formed to help tackle the problem. "It could cost $150 billion – not over time, but in a year," remarks Paula Brooks, a member of the Bipartisan White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. "We have to act now. It's getting worse and it's going to get more expensive the longer we wait."...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The National Science Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million to four research groups at Kent State University for projects that will advance basic knowledge of liquid crystals -- an area KSU is well known for -- and further their development in new materials and technologies. The new projects will further a fundamental understanding of liquid crystals that could lead to their use in new advanced materials for medicine, sensing devices and communications, KSU said in a news release Monday. Targeting Toxic Agents Research led at Kent State by Robert J....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The Tartan Companies will hold a seminar from 8:30 a.m. until noon Sept. 23 at the Hampton Inn in Canfield on topics such as Workers' Compensation, human resources isues and health care. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 330 726 4117, ext. 719. A registration form is available at this website. Here is the seminar agenda: Workers Compensation: Update on prospective ratings: Change and impact of Ohio BWC Programs, presented by Jerelyn Pasternack, president, Tartan Benefit Services. Human resources compliance update presented by Clarissa Tyson,...

Monday, August 25, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Business Facilities, a magazine targeted at corporate site selectors, highlighted the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area in its 2014 Metro Rankings Report. The magazine ranked the area first in its Exports Growth Leaders Top 10, fifth in Export Recovery Leaders and ninth in the Lowest Cost of Living. The publication also cited Youngstown and Pittsburgh as among four National Manufacturing Innovation Leaders regions in the nation for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now known as America Makes, in Youngstown. The Aug. 7 lead...

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