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Monday, January 12, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A proposal to build an 111-room Home 2 Suites Hotel by Hilton will go before the Middleburg Heights Planning Commission Jan. 28. The project architect on the hotel, which is being developed by Sunshine Inc., is Stephen Berry of Stephen Berry/Architectural Design Inc. in Boardman. The hotel will be four stories tall with 67,000 square feet of hotel and meeting space and will feature one- and two-bed extended stay suites, reorted Berry in a news release. It will also include an enlarged lobby gathering zone, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center...

Monday, January 12, 2015

WARREN, Ohio -- Talmer Bank and Trust is teaming with Second Harvest Food Bank to help “dropkick hunger” with the annual “Become a Soup Bowl Star” drive to feed hungry families. Through Jan. 30, the public is invited to donate canned soup at any Talmer branch. The goal of the campaign is to help address the drop off in donations to Second Harvest once the holidays are over. “We appreciate Talmer Bank and Trust helping us replenish the shelves after holiday food distributions,” said Mike Iberis, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations of canned soup...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Jim Tressel took the phone call earlier this week telling him that he had been named to the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, his thoughts immediately turned to his father. “[Throughout my career,] I'm sure there were fleeting moments when you have quiet reflective times that don't last long and don't come often. You think, 'Wouldn't it be cool if [this] happened?' ” Tressel said. “That was one of the first things I thought about when the call came. I don't know how many...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- A startup company here is looking to become a major manufacturer of products used in markets that, on their surface, appear to be entirely unrelated. Triptech 3D, now three months old, has found a way to move into both the energy exploration and additive manufacturing industries, very different markets that nonetheless hold enormous potential and opportunity for the products the company makes, says its CEO, Charles George. “The need was there,” George says, pointing to a line of plastic welding...

Friday, January 9, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Team NEO today named Grant Goodrich of Cleveland as interim CEO while the organization searches for a permanent CEO. Goodrich, who was director of regional strategy implementation with the Fund for Our Economic Future, will provide “needed continuity and direction for the organization” as its board conducts its search, according to an announcement posted at the Team NEO website. Team NEO and NorTech also are in the process of consolidating into a single organization that has adopted the Team NEO name. At the Fund for Our Economic Future, Goodrich “...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Mahoning County has put good people on the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors in the past but not given them direction, Commissioner David Ditzler said. That was a condition the board of commissioners sought to correct during a meeting Thursday with three of its four appointees to the WRPA board: Martin Loney, David Mosure and one of the two newest members, John Boccieri. John Moliterno, WRPA interim executive director, and its economic development manager, Sarah Lown, also...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, says that awarding President Obama the power to push international trade deals through Congress with little or no debate would encourage a trade policy that drains American jobs and damages the country's middle class. "These issues of trade have decimated the middle class in the United States of America," Ryan said Thursday. The congressman is part of a coalition of Democratic lawmakers, labor, environmental organizations and consumer advocacy groups that held a...

Friday, January 9, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The number of residential properties with a mortgage determined to be in negative equity – or “underwater” – is declining in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman region, reports CoreLogic. Negative equity means borrowers owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. It can occur because of a decline in value, an increase in mortgage debt or a combination of both. In the local region, CoreLogic data shows 9.8%, or 8,349, or all residential properties with mortgages were in negative equity as of the third quarter of 2014. This compares to 10.5...

Friday, January 9, 2015

DETROIT -- The CEO of General Motors Co., Mary Barra, says the company expects light vehicle sales in the United States to reach a range of 16.5 million to 17.0 million units in 2015. The last time industry sales reached 17 million units was in 2001, she noted during a meeting with auto reporters here. The industry delivered 16.5 million light vehicles last year, she noted. “The U.S. economy and vehicle sales have been rebounding since 2009, and we believe there is still plenty of room for the auto industry to grow,” Barra said. “The strength of the labor market,...

Friday, January 9, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Car dealerships in the Mahoning Valley sold 2,310 new cars in December, a 19.8% increase over the same month in 2013, the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio reported Thursday. Combined new and used sales rose 14.8% in December from a year earlier, to 5,453 vehicles. In 2014, 73,627 new and used cars were sold in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties, a 5.2% increase from 2013. In December, sales of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze were 139, 15.75% below December 2013 when 165 were sold, but the Cruze remained the best-selling...

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