Local News

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Even before it opens its doors, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown is raising awareness among its employees of people who can’t control their urge to gamble by observing National Responsible Gaming Education Week. It began Sunday. The racino -- scheduled to open in September -- is joining with the Ohio Lottery Commission, its sister casino property in Toledo and the Austintown Township trustees in alerting potential patrons to the warning signs of people with gambling problems by training its staff to spot the symptoms...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A new partnership by the Youngstown Business Incubator and Youngstown State University aims to bring home to high school students the business opportunities that additive manufacturing represents for them. A $10,000 grant from the AT&T foundation will fund development of the summer program, expected to take place next year. YBI will provide funding support through its sand-core printing initiative with the foundry industry, which has an educational component. “As we saw over the weekend...

Monday, August 4, 2014

LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- General Motors Co. has named Steve Notar Donato its Lordstown Complex plant manager, the automaker announced today. The appointment was effective Aug. 1. Donato formerly was the plant manager at GM's stamping plant in Marion, Ind. He replaces Bob Parcell, who was promoted to manufacturing manager, GM International Operations, based in Singapore. Notar Donato has more than 27 years of service with General Motors, according to the company. He began his career as a college graduate in training and progressed through multiple assignments of increasing...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- An open house hosted by America Makes drew hundreds of people downtown Sunday afternoon, many of whom braved inclement weather and lined up early to get their first glimpse into what officials herald as the future of manufacturing. The event, held at America Makes' offices on West Boardman Street, attracted more than 400 Mahoning Valley residents, business owners, and area "makers" who use additive manufacturing in their work or as their hobby. "It's amazing," observed Don Francis, a retiree...

Monday, August 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The union that represents licensed practical nurses at Trumbull Memorial Hospital says it will challenge a plan by ValleyCare Health System of Ohio to eliminate nearly 50 positions held by LPNs there, charging that it violates the labor agreement now in place. ValleyCare spokeswoman Trish Hrina, in a prepared statement, confirmed that the hospital initiated discussions May 7 with Service Employees International Union District 1199 regarding plans “to transition to a nurse staffing model that uses registered nurses and nursing assistants” in which RNs...

Monday, August 4, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Stoneridge Inc. has completed the sale of its wiring business assets to Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. as agreed in the contract dated May 26. Cash proceeds were $71.4 million. Included in the transaction are six manufacturing plants in Portland, Ind.; Chihuahua, Saltillo, and Monclova, Mexico; and an engineering and administrative center here. The wiring business designs and manufactures wiring harness products for sale principally to the commercial, agricultural and off-highway vehicle markets. It also assembles entire instrument panels configured...

Monday, August 4, 2014

WASHINGTON -- For the first time in eight years, the federal government has met its annual 23% goal for small-business contracting, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports. The result is more than $83 billion in revenue for small businesses. "This is a groundbreaking and proud achievement for the federal government and especially for our small businesses," said John Shoraka, SBA associate administrator for government contracting and business development, in a prepared statement. "When small businesses win federal contracts, it strengthens the American job...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Avalon nameplate is returning to the landmark hotel at 9519 E. Market St. with its acquisition this week by Avalon Holdings Inc., the company whose headquarters is a few stone throws away and operates the nearby Avalon Golf and Country Club. Terms were not disclosed. The hotel today operates as the Magnuson Grand Hotel, a brand change that occurred in March 2012 under the ownership of local businessman John Kouvas. The Avalon opened in 1970 as a 90-room country inn. A $2.2 million addition was completed in 1986, adding 54 rooms, and a $750,000...

Friday, August 1, 2014

DETROIT -- General Motors says its dealers delivered 256,160 vehicles in the United States in July, genernating the company’s highest July sales since 2007. Total sales were up 9% compared with a year ago. Retail sales -- those to individual customers -- were up 4%. Commercial deliveries were up 69% and all other fleet deliveries were up 21%. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze, built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, complex, fell 17.8% during June with 20,926 units sold compared to 25,447 in July 2013. Year-to-date, Cruze sales total 166,264, up 4.5% compared to the first seven...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore SALEM, Ohio -- The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center today announced Mike Mancuso will begin as executive director Jan. 1 following the  retirement of Larry Kosiba. Kosiba, executive director since the organization was founded four years ago, and Mancuso will share duties through the end of the year, with Kosiba working as three days a week and Mancuso the other two days. “A lot of times during transition, one leader leaves and another comes in and it leaves loose ends. We're going to make sure there are...

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