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Friday, October 10, 2014

MERCER, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association recognized Penn-Northwest Economic Development Corp. this week for developing and executing its “Make it in! Mercer County” plan. PEDA honored Penn-Northwest as its “large agency of the year” at its meeting in Hershey where it also recognized the eCenter@LindenPointe as “project of the year.” Both awards are for efforts in 2013. Begun three years ago, Make it in! Mercer County has focused on recruiting new industry to the county, a calling program on businesses within the county, local entrepreneurship...

Friday, October 10, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Corbett announced a $2.6 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant Thursday to fund the establishment of a learning center focused on industry-specific job training for unemployed and underemployed adults in the health-care industry, as well as cultural and learning opportunities for teenage youth in public schools in the Sharon area. The $5.6 million project is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, according to Corbett’s office, and developed by the Pittsburgh-based Manchester Bidwell Corp., which...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It is as close to a sure thing without being officially confirmed. It’s expected that Shell Chemicals will construct an ethane cracker plant in this township, near Monaca.  Most people think an announcement could come early next year and some have speculated that an announcement could be made next month around election time. Gov. Tom Corbett, who is running for re-election, has said repeatedly he is bullish on the project, but has declined to comment further because he is under a...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- While job and internship fairs are one of the best ways to meet student prospects, there are other benefits, as Rick Yohman, an electric design engineer at Altronic, discovered Thursday at his first internship fair at Youngstown State University. “I've enjoyed talking to the other vendors here. It's almost like a local networking [opportunity]. You get to talk to people that you don't normally get to see,” he said. “We want to take part in the community. That's really what brings us here.” For...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- Providing medical care is never a singular effort. In primary care, doctors must be in constant contact with specialists and pharmacists. For those who work in hospitals, collaboration with nurses, administrators, pharmacists and other doctors is routine. When Northeast Ohio Medical University established its College of Pharmacy in 2005 – its first expansion beyond being simply a college of medicine – part of its mission was to increase collaboration between primary care physicians and those who...

Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK -- Optimism regarding projected growth of revenues increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter, PriceWaterhouse Coopers says. The manufacturers are forecasting an average growth rate of 5.6% over the next 12 months, up from 5.2% in the second quarter and 4.2% a year ago. The positive outlook ran counter to a notable softening in sentiment regarding the future direction of the U.S. and global economies, coupled with increased concerns about the potential effects of legislative/regulatory and tax policies, according to the Q3 2014...

Friday, October 10, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Four leading National Nuclear Security Administration national laboratories and the National Security Campus have executed membership agreements to become members of America Makes, the National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The National Nuclear Security Administration, established by Congress in 2000, is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. The four NNSA labs that have joined America Makes are Lawrence Livermore...

Friday, October 10, 2014

DETROIT -- Automakers will not widely adopt aluminum or other alternative materials during their next round of design, a new report finds. And, growth in aluminum sheet in cars, SUVs and light trucks will peak about 2018. World Steel Dynamics’ report, "AutoBody Warfare: Aluminum Attack," is based on independent consultation with steel, aluminum and automotive experts. The authors’ conclude that that steel can easily deliver the the savings in weight required to meet federally mandated fuel economy targets for most vehicles. "This timely analysis demonstrates the...

Friday, October 10, 2014

WYOMISSING, Pa.-- Penn National Gaming Inc., which last month opened Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, was named the gaming industry’s Employer of First Choice in the 14th annual Bristol Associates/Spectrumetrix Executive Satisfaction Survey by Spectrum Gaming Group. Receiving nearly 21% of first place votes, Penn National garnered high marks for its “stable and positive workplace environment and attractive corporate culture.” It placed ahead of 14 prominent gaming companies in this year’s survey, including destination and regional gaming...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze skyrocketed in September among customers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, according to the latest report from the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio. ADAEO, which gathers sales data from new and used car dealerships in the three-county region, reports that 255 Cruzes were sold during the month compared to just 83 sold during the same period last year -- a 207% increase. Overall sales of new vehicles in the region increased 18.6% in September compared to year-ago sales, according to the report...

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