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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vallourec Star announced Tuesday that it was was presented the 2014 Environmental Stewardship and Recycling Award at the Steel Manufacturers Association annual board meeting held in May. The company was recognized for the outstanding results achieved at its newly built state-of-the art water treatment facility here that fully embraces the best practices in water reclamation promoted by the SMA. Vallourec Star, a joint venture between Vallourec and Sumitomo Corporation, is a North America leading producer of premium seamless pipes used primarily in...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ATLANTA -- Summer  is here, vacations are planned and employees must decide: To disconnect or not to disconnect? American workers continue to struggle with the nuances of a work/life balance, such as remaining connected to work outside of normal business hours or taking full advantage of vacation days. Fully 42% of employees feel obligated to check in with work while on vacation and 26% feel guilty using all of their allotted vacation time, finds Randstad's most recent employee engagement study. Employees' conflict about whether to disengage when given the...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- President Obama is expected to shine the White House spotlight on Launch Lab, a new initiative at Youngstown State University aimed at fostering the maker movement, during the Maker Faire event today at the White House. Launch Lab, a “collaborative maker space” between YSU’s engineering and art departments, will bring together the concepts of form and function, said Martin Abraham, dean of YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Abraham will attend today’s White...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. is aggressively staking out its position in western Pennsylvania, securing more than a dozen new horizontal well permits last week for oil and gas exploration in the northern tier of the Utica shale. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued 13 permits to Hilcorp for new horizontal wells in Lawrence County, according to the agency website. Seven wells were permitted June 9 for Hilcorp's YEO site in Mahoning Township while six others were...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Cortland Banks President and CEO James Gasior presented an oversized check for $20,000 to the Boardman Boosters Club Tuesday for the installation of artificial turf and seating at the new high school football stadium. Construction on the stadium, a $3.7 million project, begins “within 10 days,” said Boosters President Bill Bonte. “Facilities over a period of time become dated and you want to provide the best facilities to your young athletes and the students of the school,” Gasior said. “This is...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The ribbon was cut Wednesday at Wellman’s Florist & Gift Shop, 33 South Main St., where Tammy Knox is the new owner of the shop. The event was coordinated by the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce. Knox says her newly-stocked shop will continue to offer fine florals and introduce new product lines such as the country-western kiosk and all-inclusive wedding cafe. The shop also features antiques, unique plant and glass birdhouses and name-brand gift items and collectibles. Knox is assisted by her husband, Chris, and son, Josh, in addition to an...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- “Voices of the Valley,” recorded stories about transforming the Mahoning Valley, will be presented June 24 to July 26 at the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University. Visitors can listen to the conversations at the museum in individual spaces using a variety of sound devices. The museum on Wick Avenue invited StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit organization that provides people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories, to record and chronicle a representative cross-section of...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Cortland business owner is one of 14 individuals convicted of, or who pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in May. Gary Frederick, doing business as Top Notch Diner, pleaded no contest May 7 to charges related to a dishonored check for his premiums payment. Frederick was convicted in 2010 for attempting to pass a bad check to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for a premium payment of his company, the bureau says. In March 2011, Frederick reinstated his coverage. However, it lapsed in September...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Author:  Stacia Erdos SOLON, Ohio -- Glass partitions overlook the massive manufacturing floor at Valtronic. Its size might lead one to assume large industrial production work is taking place here. But it’s quite the opposite. Many of the components these employees are working on are the size of a grain of pepper. “Most of the work you see done by hand is done through a microscope, almost like a surgeon,” explains Jim Ohneck, chief global marketing officer. “You’ll see as we go around the floor it requires very good dexterity and hand...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Deborah Liptak, development director of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, was elected president of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Youngstown at its annual meeting. Carla Baldwin Fields was honored as YW Board Member of the Year, Barbara Ade as Volunteer of the Year and Jo Ann Buzulencia as Employee of the Year. Other officers elected are Rhonda Warren, first vice president; Cryshanna A. Jackson, second vice president, Jenna Santisi, treasurer, and Kristen Olmi, secretary. New members of the YW board for three-year terms...

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