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Friday, July 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A four-day event beginning July 31 will serve as the launch pad for an initiative to broaden local awareness of additive manufacturing and the maker movement. The Youngstown Maker City Kickoff weekend will take place July 31 through Aug. 3 and introduce the Youngstown Maker City Initiative, developed out of last month’s White House Maker Faire (READ STORY). As part of the event, Make Magazine will hold its “3-D Printer Shootout” at America Makes, officially designated as the National Additive...

Friday, July 18, 2014

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- More than 100 additional job openings were posted Thursday by Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course as it ramps up recruiting and hiring ahead of its opening this fall. When it opens, the racino is expected to employ approximately 400, with 90% of the positions being filled by residents of the Mahoning Valley. Positions in food and beverage (bartenders, barbacks, beverage servers, cooks, food and beverage attendants, sous chefs, and stewards); facilities and environmental service workers; database marketing; video lottery terminal...

Friday, July 18, 2014

ORRVILLE, OHIO -- First National Bancshares Corp., parent of First National Bank of Orrville, reports second-quarter net income of $1.427 million, or 64 cents per basic share and 63 cents per diluted share, the highest quarterly earnings in the history of the company. In the second quarter of 2013, First National reported net income of $1.108 million, or 46 cents per basic and diluted share. For the quarter ended March 31, First National reported net income of $1.24 million, or 56 cents per basic and 55 cents per diluted share. “We continue to be very pleased with...

Friday, July 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A $50,000 performance grant to help SalesKatz Inc. expand and add staff was approved Thursday by the city’s board of control. SalesKatz, formerly based in Cleveland, moved into the Youngstown Business incubator last year. The company develops customer relationship management software. “It’s something that a lot of businesses are going to,” said Tom DeAngelo, city economic development coordinator. “It assists salespersons when they’re trying to look up leads in a database, and filters them out according to specific parameters that they’re looking...

Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Driven by increased demand for electronic items and parents’ need to restock their children’s school supplies from last year, families this summer will spend slightly more on back-to-school items than last year, the National Retail Federation projects. The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5% from last year. Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach $74.9 billion, the National Retail Federation's 2014 Back-to-School Survey found. Total spending will...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Maker City Initiative was unveiled today by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, who says it is a direct response to President Obama’s call last month for the creation of "maker cities." "The Youngstown Maker City Initiative builds on the strength of our community’s manufacturing heritage by pledging to support local efforts that drive economic growth, create jobs, promote new collaborations, inspire our youth and strengthen STEM-based learning opportunities," Ryan said. The Initiative is a combined effort of the congressman's office, America...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Y-town vodka, distilled and bottled in Boardman, has won national recognition for its quality and the design and labels on its bottles. The American Distilling Institute in California awarded Y-town its award for “Best of Category, Craft Spirit” and a gold medal last spring. The outlet where it was first offered for sale in January, Chalet Premier in North Lima, reports good sales as customers return to buy more. “We’ve sold quite a few cases,” reports Joyce D’Amico, a co-owner of Chalet Premier...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- BP America, which announced in April it would pull up stakes in the Utica and place its leasehold acres up for sale in Trumbull and Mahoning counties (READ STORY), received a permit last week to plug and abandon its Jewett 1H well in Johnston Township in Trumbull County, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. BP's operating partner in the venture, Brammer Engineering, is also seeking permits to plug and abandon its Dunbar well in Vernon Township and its Roscoe well in Gustavus Township, both in Trumbull County, according...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore FARRELL, Pa. -- For the past six years, Andrew Rademacher has been cutting shoes in half. Along the back wall of Lems Shoes, the company in Farrell, Pa., that Rademacher founded in 2010, are three shelves filled with shoes both intact and halved. The shelves are a testament to the six years of research that Rademacher has spent to build a better shoe. “I couldn’t find a shoe that fit the shape of my foot,” he begins. “No shoe was comfortable. They always squeezed my toe and elevated my heel. Traditional shoe...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Failing to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank will harm the ability of U.S. companies -- particularly small businesses -- to get their products into foreign markets, warns U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.  The Ex-Im Bank fills gaps in private export financing. Assistance it offers includes working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. By charging fees and interest on all loan-related transactions, the bank is self-sustaining...

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