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Friday, July 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told reporters Thursday that he plans to run for reelection in 2016, but would consider seeking the Republican nomination for president if no one else addresses the economic issues he is concerned with who can win in the general election. “We’ve got to do something to change the way Washington creates the disincentive right now for competitiveness and growth and instead create an environment for success. If I don’t see other candidates providing that, who I...

Friday, July 11, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The timing could have been better for Greg Bartholomew. The owner of All American Cards & Comics, busy preparing for last weekend’s All AmeriCon comic-book convention that he has staged the past five years, was simultaneously preparing to move his Boardman store to its new location. “It’s been crazy but it’s gone off without a hitch,” he said. It’s not the first time timing hasn’t been Bartholomew’s friend. Within a few years of opening his first storefront in 1993, he saw the bottom drop out on the collectors’ market for comics and sports cards....

Friday, July 11, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With a little over a month before college freshman take to their new campuses, the Mahoning Valley College Assistance Program Thursday awarded $1,000 scholarships to 31 students. Each of the students, graduates of eight schools in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, was given a Last Dollar Scholarship. MVCAP has awarded such scholarships annually the last 12 years. “We're probably the last ones to provide them with a scholarship before they begin attendance in August or September," said Paul Dutton...

Friday, July 11, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is working with the Trumbull County Land Bank and Habitat for Humanity to repurpose materials salvaged from abandoned houses before they’re razed by holding sales to the public. The first effort runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 with a public sale at a property owned by the land bank at 195 Belmont Ave. N.W. in the Garden District. Salvaged materials, which include doors, windows and cabinets, will be offered for sale. Owner occupants who have purchased property from the land bank in the last six months will receive...

Friday, July 11, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is working with the Trumbull County Land Bank and Habitat for Humanity to repurpose materials salvaged from abandoned houses before they’re razed by holding sales to the public. The first effort runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 with a public sale at a property owned by the land bank at 195 Belmont Ave. N.W. in the Garden District. Salvaged materials, which include doors, windows and cabinets, will be offered for sale. Owner occupants who have purchased property from the land bank in the last six months will receive...

Friday, July 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The average rate changes for the top-10 private passenger auto and homeowner’s insurance groups in Ohio were smaller than the 2012 changes -- increasing 2.6% and 7.4%, respectively. Rates in the Buckeye State are among the lowest in the country, says Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who’s also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. A recent Insure.com study found this year’s average annual premium for a policy for a new vehicle in Ohio is the lowest in the country. “Ohio’s insurance market continues to provide consumers with choice and competitive rates,” Taylor said in a...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ASHTABULA, Ohio -- Mohawk announced today that is extending the lease on its one million square-foot converting center and warehouse facility in Ashtabula, Ohio, through December 2022. Yhe decision to extend the current lease beyond its original term reflects Mohawk’s commitment to expanding its envelope converting operations and demonstrates its confidence in the workforce, the company said. Mohawk, based in Cohoes, N.Y., describes itself as North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Not only are the ballpoint pens chained to a small counter when you visit a bank, they’re almost always out of ink. Or so it seems. Sometime in 2009, the chief marketing officer at Huntington National Bank, Executive Vice President David Clifton, saw an opportunity and seized it. Beginning the next year, Huntington Bank no longer chained its pens to small counters. Today it urges its customers (and visitors) to help themselves to one of the green ballpoint pens with the bank logo and name on...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Work is underway to create what is described as a "21st century business park" to house companies that comprise a value and supply chain related to additive manufacturing and America Makes: The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, an executive says. Michael Garvey, president and CEO of M-7 Technologies Inc. in Youngstown, said during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. Wednesday that principals are in the process of developing the park, which would...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The economy of China resembles a house of cards liable to collapse at any second but somehow stays intact, the chief engineer in China for the Timken Corp. said Wednesday night. As that nation’s economy is structured, Craig Seidelson suggested to engineering faculty and students at Youngstown State University, it resembles a Ponzi scheme struggling to maintain sufficient growth that allows it to keep its currency artificially low so it can sustain its level of exports and invest the foreign...

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