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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College have been awarded nearly $550,000 in state grants that will help improve the region’s manufacturing capacity and workforce. YSU’s grant for $299,015 will be used to purchase equipment to help the university continue developing a comprehensive curriculum in the rapidly emerging field of additive manufacturing. The $250,000 Eastern Gateway grant will be used to purchase equipment for a regional advance pipeline welding laboratory at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. “...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By his own count, Jim Tressel has driven to the campus of Youngstown State University “nine thousand million times.” His appearance Monday as one of the three finalists for the presidency of the university, though, was his Second Coming. Tressel, vice president for student success at the University of Akron (and one of three finalists for the presidency of that institution as well) addressed a forum of students, faculty, staff and trustees in the trustees meeting room where he took 14...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With two universities courting him to serve as their next president, former Youngstown State University and Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel has all but put his days on the gridiron behind him. Tressel, a finalist for the president's position at the University of Akron and YSU, told reporters Monday that regardless of whether he's selected for either post, his role in higher education is unlikely to include coaching. "That's why it's fun to evaluate the situation at Akron and...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- While 97% of Internet users look online for information about local products and services, 58% of businesses don’t have an online presence, a statistic Mayor John McNally wants to improve for companies based in the city. Toward that goal, McNally announced Tuesday the city’s participation, along with several local partners, in Google’s Get Your Business Online program. “This program is going to enable people to go online through a system Google setup, and create their own website that they...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Albert Covelli was hailed as a “devoted family man, decorated military veteran, business icon, civic leader and community philanthropist” in statement Monday by the company he founded. Covelli, who founded Warren-based Covelli Enterprises, died May 3 at age 94, surrounded by family, according to the company. Born in Kenosha, Wis., Covelli launched his business career by opening an open-air market there, which soon expanded to three locations. He later founded a produce company and added a distributorship for frozen foods and dairy products. In...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- The Shenango Valley & Lawrence County Chambers of Commerce are partnering with Youngstown State University and other area educational institutions to convene an information and recruitment workshop May 14, the chambers announced Monday. The workshop is scheduled at the Park Inn by Radisson, West Middlesex, Pa., with sign-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. The presentations are set to run from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Employers are invited to attend the complimentary breakfast event to learn more about the planning of internship/co-op programs that emphasize careers related to manufacturing...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental company in the world, is hiring 40 more college-educated, career-oriented men and women in northern Ohio through its management training program, the company announced Monday. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. These new hires are in addition to the more than 100 management trainees and interns who have joined the local northern Ohio Enterprise team since last August, which constitute Cleveland, Akron,...

Monday, May 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The flag is at half-staff at the Covelli Centre downtown and outside the Warren headquarters of Covelli Enterprises, in honor of its founder, Albert Covelli Sr., who died Saturday at his home in Florida. Covelli, the father of CEO Sam Covelli, owned one of the nation’s largest chains of McDonald’s restaurants. Under his management, Covelli Enterprises transitioned from fast-food hamburgers into the ownership of Panera Bread franchises, then a chain of O’Charley’s restaurants and most recently added Dairy Queen stores. Covelli served as a...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Author:  Dan Pecchia YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- An increasingly popular part of doing business in the Mahoning Valley is what my colleagues and I call the “workery.” It’s a restaurant or coffee shop where you can eat, drink and get a good helping of work done, either alone or with others. For companies like Pecchia Communications that thrive on being nimble, connected and unshackled by the burden of a formal office, workeries are like prime rib. There are excellent workeries and so-so ones. If you land in them four or five days a week like...

Monday, May 5, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The International Trade Commission ruled Friday in favor of Thomas Strip Steel's claim that Japanese imports of a specialized nickel product unfairly impacted the domestic industry. The ruling means antidumping penalties can be imposed on the imports. Thomas Steel Strip Corp., based here, is a subsidiary of India-based Tata Steel Group. The company field the complaint in March 2013 with the ITC (READ STORY). It's estimated that Japanese manufacturers imported into the United States $12.6 million work of "diffusion-annealed, nickel-plated flat-rolled...

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