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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Bottom Dollar Food officially notified the state of Ohio’s Office of Workplace Development that it will close its four Ohio stores, three in Youngstown and one in Warren, by the end of the year, costing more than 100 jobs. The notification is required under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). The discount grocery chain’s parent company, Belgium-based Delhaize Group, announced last week that it has entered into an agreement with Aldi Inc. to sell its 66 store locations and associated lease liabilities and close the...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One-quarter of all American workers can’t take all of their paid time off during the year, a survey by Adecco Staffing US finds. Of those who did take a vacation, 89% say they checked email, 70% made work-related calls and 25% went to the office for an in-person meeting in what was supposed to be time away from the office. Even more frustrating to 22% was cutting short their vacations because of work-related duties. Those who have given up vacation time because of work-related duties tend to be more judgmental about their colleagues' work habits...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Team Northeast Ohio will relaunch in early 2015 as a new collaborative of northeastern Ohio businesses, foundations and JobsOhio to accelerate job growth in the region, Team NEO reports.  The new organization will retain the Team NEO name. The functions of Team NEO along with those of NorTech, which focuses on technology-based economic development in the region, will be folded into the new entity, said Grant Goodrich, regional strategy implementation director for Team NEO. The new entity will also include functions not now performed by the two agencies,...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- What’s self-evident to a certified public accountant isn’t always obvious to the owner of a small company. A recent seminar led by four CPAs from the Youngstown office of Cohen & Co. presented owners of manufacturing concerns and bankers reminders about not losing sight of the basics as well as updates on both the Ohio and federal tax codes. The two-hour session, “25 Ways to Drive Profitability,” touched on everything from the benefits of converting to LIFO – last-in, first-out – accounting for inventory to how to retain good employees, from...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien LORDSTOWN, Ohio – In the spring of 2013, NorthPoint Development LLC, a commercial real estate developer in Kansas City, Mo., acquired 80 acres next to a General Motors Co. plant in nearby Fairfax, Kan., that produces the Chevrolet Malibu. In less than two years, the land is home to 1,200 new jobs, a handful of tier-one automotive suppliers, distribution centers, and light manufacturers, and roughly 1.5 million square feet of new commercial buildings. "We expect to do the same here," said Chad Meyer, president and...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A sunny autumn morning finds Meaghin McGuire visiting the Living Treasures Wild Animal Park with her twin boys in preschool, William and Luke. “Luke, they don’t eat sticks, honey,” she tells one son as he stands at the nearby petting area. “They’re at a good age now where they can enjoy feeding the animals. It’s easy and fun for the kids,” McGuire, of Cranberry Township, Pa., says. Just a few yards away at the zoo in New Castle, Pa., are two giraffes – among its most popular attractions since...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Fok family is donating $2.5 million to Youngstown State University in memory of the late Thomas Fok, who served on its faculty and as a trustee of both YSU and the YSU Foundation. The gift from Fok’s wife, Maria M.L. Fok, will be used in part to establish the Thomas and Maria Fok Scholarship. In recognition of the gift, YSU will rename Alumni House on Wick Avenue Fok Hall. Alumni House, built in 1865, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “On behalf of every one of us at YSU, I want to thank Mrs. Fok for her generosity and for...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- NYO Property Group LLC is targeting startups and other businesses and individuals who don’t need a lot of space right away -- or even space every day. Based on a concept used in other larger cities, NYO’s Urban Office Space is on the fourth floor of the 16 Wick Building, using space a law firm once occupied. The space, in addition to offices that can be leased month-to-month, features amenities such as a shared break room, copy machine, Internet access, conference rooms and a part-time...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. steel mills shipped 8,372,929 net tons in September, down 1.3% from August, the American Iron and Steel Institute announced Monday.  This represents a 6.3% increase over the net tons shipped in September 2013. Shipments year-to-date are 74,123,773 net tons, a 3.1% increase over the first nine months of 2013, AISI says. A comparison of September shipments to August shows the following changes: hot-dipped galvanized sheets and strip, up 5%; hot-rolled sheets, down 1%; and cold-rolled sheet, down 3%. The American Iron and Steel Institute is a trade...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the public library here on how a pipeline sought by Texas Eastern Transmission LLP might affect water quality in five counties including Columbiana County, the agency announced Monday. Texas Eastern proposes to build a 75.8-mile pipeline and 75-foot construction right-of-way in five eastern Ohio through Hanover, Franking and Washington townships in Columbiana County. The proposed open-cut pipeline project would affect 10.4 acres of wetlands and 1,930 linear...

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