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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Stephanie Enasko and Marilyn Workman sat on a bench outside the new Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, the first ones -- although not the only ones for long -- waiting to enter the racino when its doors opened in a few hours. “I’ve been to a lot of casinos” -- Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia about once a month, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and Cleveland’s Horseshoe -- “but I’ve never been to a grand opening, which I was really looking forward...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue CANFIELD, Ohio -- It’s official. HBK CPAs and Consultants has combined its offices in Boardman, downtown Youngstown and Howland and moved them to a three-story clonial-style building at 6603 Summit Drive here, marking the unification with a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon. In the lobby of HBK, formerly Hill Barth & King LLC, to cut the red ribbon 3 inches wide with eight pairs of scissors were Jim Fahey, Phil Carlon, Chuck Whitman, Chris Allegretti, Dave Blasko, Phil Wilson, Kelly Bianco,...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator, will be among participants in today’s Capitol Hill briefing on the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will host a panel discussion with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy and Rom Reed for members of Congress and their staffs on the importance of the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., would establish the...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Covelli Enterprises announced Tuesday it has acquired 11 more Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the Dayton area. The company, Panera Bread’s largest franchisee with stores in five states and Canada, now owns more than 100 Panera restaurants in Ohio, including its recently opened second location in Boardman. It operates six stand-alone stores in Mahoning and Trumbull counties plus two Panera/Dairy Queen stores on the Ohio Turnpike in Mahoning County. The company says it expects to open 30 stores in 2014 and has aggressive plans for growth in the Dayton market. “We’re very proud and...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Martin Abraham, founding dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Youngstown State University, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at YSU, pending official approval by the board of trustees at its Oct. 7 meeting. YSU President Jim Tressel announced the appointment today after discussions with the trustees Tuesday afternoon. The appointment will become effective after the board’s approval. “We believe that Dr. Abraham has the skills, the experience and the confidence of the campus...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber today called for drug-testing of students in industry-related training programs. Letters jointly signed by Brian P. Benyo, president of the manufacturers coalition, and Thomas M. Humphries, CEO of the Regional Chamber, were sent to school superintendents in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Industry-related programs at high schools and career and technical colleges address a critical skills mismatch in the region, Benyo and Humphries say. Implementing...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter has announced the 2014 slate of honorees for the Valley’s National Philanthropy Day Awards. This year’s luncheon ceremony will mark the 24th year of the awards in the Valley and will take place Nov. 14 at Antone’s Banquet Center in Boardman. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the luncheon; the cost is $30 per person. Award recipients and categories include: Outstanding Philanthropist: Eleanor Watanakunakorn, Canfield. Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist: WKBN...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Today will mark the culmination of one long-anticipated development project in the Mahoning Valley and the launch of another. At 2 p.m., Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will join area officeholders and company officials in Lordstown to break ground at the 31.2-acre site where Matalco Inc. will build a $125 million remelt aluminum billet manufacturing plan. The event follows today’s official opening of the long-awaited Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. At noon, the Austintown racino will open its doors to the public. A 10 a.m. ribbon cutting is...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The state's chief geologist says that the future of oil and gas exploration across Ohio might rest with improved technology and other shale plays that appear to have the same sort of rich organic content as the Utica/Point Pleasant shale, today a focal point of the industry. "We're investigating the Rhinestreet shale and the Huron shale," said Tom Serenko, Ohio state geologist, Tuesday. "If you look at the cores, you see the similarities to the Point Pleasant. We're dealing with very dark,...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Author:  George Nelson NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Early 2015 is the anticipated timeframe for completing Jameson Health System’s merger with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says Steve Warner, chairman of Jthe ameson board of directors. The letter of intent announced Tuesday (READ STORY) begins the due diligence process, which is expected to take 60 to 90 days, leading to a definitive agreement both Jameson’s and UPMC’s boards would have to approve, he said. “Since early on in all of our discussions, it’s been clear everyone wants...

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