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Thursday, November 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Businesses in Mahoning and Trumbull County could lose $2.3 million in annual income, 261 good-paying jobs will be lost in the Youngstown area, and mail delivery will be delayed and more costly should the U.S. Postal Service implement its plan to close the Youngstown Mail Processing and Distribution Center in July 2015. That’s the conclusion of a report from the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York, commissioned by the American Postal Workers Union, which studied the economic impact of the planned consolidation of the Youngstown operations into the...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Ferenc de Szalay hesitates before telling people what his turkeys eat, especially as business picks up right before Thanksgiving. Not that he has anything to hide, he’s quick to add. All of his turkeys are fed an all-natural feed mix free of any animal byproducts and, when they aren't eating that, they're grazing in the pastures. It's what in the pastures that concerns some people. “After you tell someone it tastes like what [turkeys] eat, [some people] might not be pleased to find out...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University faculty and staff were awarded more than $7 million in external funding for research projects during fiscal 2013-14, more than double the amount secured a year earlier, officials say. "It was a good year for external grants, not our best year, but a good year," said Scott Martin, interim associate dean for research at the YSU School of Graduate Studies and Research. "We had about $7.2 million in external grants. In fiscal year 2013, we had $3.5 million." The...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The reactions range from caution to confusion among companies as they prepare for the new rules and regulations that take effect next year under the Affordable Care Act, say area insurance brokers who deal mostly with corporate clients. “The mandates are a mess on the employers,” says Brad White, CEO of the Tartan Companies, Boardman. “Regulations are the biggest issue right now and it’s all about trying to stay compliant.” White, Bob Gearhart Jr. of DC Wellness, Dan Caparso at National Healthcare Access, and attorney George Millich Jr. of...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A Canfield physician and a Youngstown State University professor will jointly conduct a clinical drug study funded by a global pharmaceutical firm, YSU Interim Provost Martin Abraham announced Wednesday. At a press event at YSU, Abraham presented Erdal Sarac, M.D., medical director at the Centers for Dialysis Care in Canfield, and Jane Wetzel, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy at YSU. They will use the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals grant of more than $70,000 to determine the...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --  Keynote Media Group of Youngstown today launched its “Great 2015 Marketing Makeover Sweepstakes,” a contest that will run on Facebook through Dec. 31 (CLICK HERE). The sweepstakes is open to all local companies and nonprofits. The grand prize is a 30-second video production from Keynote, a $250 printing credit from City Printing and 500 full-color business card magnets from Sherman Creative Promotions. The value of the prizes is $3,850, Keynote said. Individuals can enter the name of their favorite business once each day through the sweepstakes...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTH KINGSVILLE, Ohio -- The Composites Group -- owner of the Premix Inc. plastics plant here, its Hadlock Plastics affiliate in Geneva and Quantum Composites affiliate in Bay City, Mich. -- has been sold to Citadel Plastics Holdings, a portfolio company backed by private equity firms HGGC of California and Charlesbank Capital Partners of Boston. The Composites Group is based in Cleveland Inc., North Kingsville, Ohio. Its parent company is Highlander Partners LP, a private equity firm based in Dallas.  Terms of the company’s sale to Citadel were not disclosed. The...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hospitals in the region report that the Affordable Care Act is having a healthy effect on the community. Health-care professionals cite the rising number of patients with private insurance or expanded benefits under federal programs such as Medicaid. “Overall, I think the Affordable Care Act has been positive to the community,” says Matthew Love, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Mercy Health, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners. Since the act took effect last year, the...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NILES, Ohio -- Niles Expanded Metals & Plastics announced Tuesday it has purchased Oklahoma-based MetalSpand Inc., a move that will position the company for new markets in the central United States and the Gulf Coast region, principals say. Terms were not disclosed. "This is a great fit for Niles, as we have always considered an expansion into these territories that are key to the expanded metal market positioning and distribution," said Bill Phillips Jr., president of Niles Expanded Metals. The merged operation will operate under the name of MetalSpand by Niles...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Word could come soon on whether scheduled daily air service will return to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, its aviation director said Tuesday. A decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation whether to update Aerodynamics Inc.’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity could be “perhaps a week out,” Dan Dickten said. Dickten provided an update to members of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors at a meeting of its aviation committee Tuesday afternoon.  The permit upgrade would allow scheduled air service...

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