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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Calls from a "substantial" number of employees spurred the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to file applications Monday with the National Labor Relations Board in a move that could result in workers voting to accept or reject union representation at Exal Corp.'s plant here, a labor official says. "Employees contacted us and said they wanted to have a voice," said Dennis Wright, business representative and organizer for District Lodge 54 of the Machinists union. "...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The price of gasoline has fallen more than a dollar per gallon from a year ago, the latest AAA East Central Fuel Gauge Report shows. The average price of a gallon of gas dropped nearly 16 cents this week, the agency reported. Across northeastern Ohio, the average price per gallon this week is $1.961, down from $2.117 the week of Dec. 29. During the week of Jan. 7, 2014, the average price per gallon was $3.329  In the Mahoning Valley, prices for a gallon of regular unleaded hover around the $2 mark. Some stations in Warren this morning had posted...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- An aluminum manufacturing plant under construction, the potential for a diversified business park development, plans on the drawing board for a new electrical generation plant, and continued investment in General Motors Co.'s manufacturing operation: It's already a busy 2015 for the mayor of Lordstown. "All told, we're looking at about $1.175 billion of investment," says Arno Hill as he rattles off projects in various stages of development in his village. "It's been a great year." Most recently...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CLEVELAND -- While loans to large businesses “have soared to record levels,” lending to small businesses, although improving, continues to lose ground, says a report the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland released Monday. The author of the report, Ann Marie Wiersch, is a senior policy analyst in the community development department of the Cleveland Fed. She was the keynote speaker in Vienna Township at a breakfast last March 13 the Mahoning County Economic Development Corp. held for small-business owners and the commercial lenders at banks that serve the Mahoning...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A new study links the March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township to hydraulic fracturing that activated a previously unknown fault. The induced seismic sequence included a rare felt earthquake of magnitude 3.0, according to research published by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. In March 2014, a series of five recorded earthquakes, ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 3.0, occurred within one kilometer (0.6 miles) of a group of oil and gas wells operated by Hilcorp Energy, which was conducting active hydraulic fracturing operations at...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gulfport Energy Corp. connected 22 new wells in eastern Ohio's Utica shale during the fourth quarter of 2014, the company announced Monday. Six of the wells are located in the condensate window of the play, 12 wells are in the wet gas window and four of the wells are placed in the dry gas window of the Utica. Gulfport has six horizontal drilling rigs operating in the play, the company said. "We continue to be pleased with the results of our managed pressure program in the Utica shale and believe our fourth quarter production provides strong support...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif. – For the youngest generation of workers, moving from job to job is losing its bad reputation, a new survey from the Accountemps staffing firm suggests.   According to the survey, 57% of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 said changing jobs every few years might help their careers. That compares to 38% of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and just 22% of those age 55 and older who said they might benefit from job hopping. An independent research firm conducted the survey, developed by Accountemps. It includes responses from 324...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Despite lower demand in December, sales of the Chevrolet Cruze saw a 10% increase in 2014, making it a record year for the popular car. More than a quarter-million of the passenger car made in Lordstown -- 273,060 – were sold in 2014 -- including 25,000 more than in 2013. In December, 17,800 were sold, 2% fewer than in the last month of 2013. Overall, GM's sales rose 5.3% in 2014 to 2,935,008. The Chevrolet Silverado saw buyers for 529,755 of the pickup truck, making it the company's top seller...

Monday, January 5, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, part of Mercy Health Youngstown,has earned the prestigious Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey Associates Inc. for 2014 The Guardian of Excellence Award honors facilities that consistently perform in the top 5% for patient satisfaction among all Press Ganey clients. This is the second consecutive year the center received the award, Mercy Health reported today. “The consistent results of our patient satisfaction survey validates the dedication, compassion and skill of both our technical...

Monday, January 5, 2015

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -- The Antonine Sisters will host an open house 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 to celebrate the opening of Antonine Village, a newly constructed $9 million assisted-living and memory care center that will complement their adult day-care center. The Antonine Village campus, which features 50 apartments for assisted living, memory care and independent living, is built around a secure courtyard. The center offers 24-hour medical care, three prepared meals daily, housekeeping and laundry services, social activities and other services for assisted living and...

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