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Friday, June 13, 2014

LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Robert Parcell, plant manager of the General Motors Co. Lordstown Complex, is promoted to the position of manufacturing manager, GM International Operations Manufacturing, the automaker announced this afternoon. His successor as Lordstown plant manager will be named later. Parcell, who has been at Lordstown since August 2010, replaces Phill Disch, whose June 1 retirement was announced previously. In his new position, which is effective Sept., he will oversee the Singapore-based operations of 13 manufacturing plants and more than13,000 total...

Friday, June 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.’s board of directors today announced that it has named Ian Beniston as executive director. Beniston, previously YNDC’s interim director, succeeds the organization’s founding executive director, Presley Gillespie, who left YNDC last month to accept a position in Pittsburgh. Before joining the YNDC staff, Beniston served as a consultant to its board of directors in the organization’s initial development stages. “We are fortunate that Ian has been an integral part of YNDC since its inception and that he...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Author:  George Nelson CORTLAND, Ohio -- With 7,041 residents by the 2012 count, Cortland’s population is a fraction of the 26 million who live in Texas. Still, the Loan Star State’s economic development marketing strategy is right for the Trumbull County community, says Vic Rubenstein. Rubenstein, vice president of the Liberty-based marketing firm Rubenstein Associates, says he met recently with an executive from Texas who was here assessing Cortland as a possible site for an auto battery plant. Driving away from that meeting, the...

Friday, June 13, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority plans to build an $8.9 million senior housing complex, Parkman Landing, at 2501 Parkman Road, the agency announced Thursday. Groundbreaking for the mixed-income, independent living community is scheduled for January 2015, with tentative completion slated for June 2016. Parkman Landing will provide affordable housing for seniors age 55 and older, officials said. The three-story, 60 unit, 66,961-square-foot building will consist of 40 one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments. Amenities include a...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Drilling for gas in the Utica shale and building the racino in Austintown have led the way in keeping the rank and file in the building trades unions working, says Don Crane, president of the Western Reserve Building & Construction Trades Council. So has repairing the roads, bridges and other infrastructure that suffered more than the usual wear and tear last winter. Two locals in the building trades council, 125 of the Laborers International Union of North America and 396 of the Plumbers...

Friday, June 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vmark Designs has begun offering new wall-mounted wine racks directed to wine enthusiasts “with a desire for a stylish, space saving way to store and display their wine collection,” says co-founder Bob Voytilla. The shelves are set at an angle that allows all wine labels to be read easily without removing them from the rack.   The wine racks are black, which Voytilla says should match matches most décors, and made entirely of metal with a durable powder coat finish. The racks should easily hold most 750-ml bottles of wine, Voytilla says. ”The rack...

Friday, June 13, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Raymond John Wean Foundation has given $175,000 in grants to three community groups, Eastern Ohio Education Partnership, Power of the Arts and Tabernacle Baptist Church, the president of the foundation, Jennifer Roller, announced Thursday. Eastern Ohio Education Partnership was awarded $125,000, disbursed over two years, to “support organizing activities around education while pooling resources (talent, materials and information) for the shared good,” the press release said. In a prepared statement, Stephanie Shaw, executive director of the...

Friday, June 13, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- The Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Kent State University now provides Lean training and consulting for municipal and county governments, the university announced Thursday. One session will be offered at the Trumbull campus in Champion Township Nov. 17 to 21. The Local Government Efficiency Program of the state of Ohio is offering funding for local governments to learn and apply Lean strategies to innovate, provide better service and save money. "Lean" refers to a collection of principles and methods that focus on the identification...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore BOARDMAN, Ohio -- With childhood obesity numbers in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties above the state average, the William Swanston Charitable Fund presented a $150,000 grant June 12 to the Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition. Among the members of the coalition are Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley, schools in Mahoning and Trumbull counties the Youngstown Central YMCA. In Mahoning County, 38.2% of students in third grade are overweight or obese, says Akron Children’s, while the figure in Trumbull County is...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio -- Warren Steel Holdings LLC has filed documents with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio requesting the agency approve a reduction in its electricity rates so it can resume production at its idled mill in Champion Township. Should the company's request not be approved, it would likely result in the permanent closing of the plant and the loss of more than 180 jobs, Warren Steel says in its filing. "Warren Steel cannot sustain its current losses indefinitely and needs a competitive electric rate in...

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