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Friday, December 5, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Rashida Benning was Laid off from her job with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and looking for an interim job when the opportunity to work at VXI Global Solutions Inc.’s call center here presented itself. That was two years ago. “It turned out that it actually was lucrative for me,” she said. Starting out as an agent, taking sales support and customer care calls for the downtown call center, today she is a team lead in sales support. “The opportunity for advancement was really...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Talmer Bancorp Inc., holding company of Talmer Bank and Trust, has been remarkably candid in its plans to grow though acquisition. Its most recent Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is an account of strong growth and the rapid and rational integration of the banks it’s acquired since 2009.  Talmer, based in Troy, Mich., acquired the former First Place Bank in bankruptcy court in December 2012. In its Form 8-K submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...

Friday, December 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Meridian HealthCare and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Boardman Township, Austintown Township and Youngstown Police Departments, announced a partnership Thursday they say holds the potential to greatly reduce the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses. Meridian has helped each of the departments to secure Naloxone kits and is donating training and support in how to use them. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a generic, low-cost, non-narcotic medication that can immediately reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug,...

Friday, December 5, 2014

ATLANTA -- For the third consecutive month, employee confidence rose in November, according to the Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index. Some 37% of workers believe the economy is gaining strength compared to 29% who feel it is weakening. The Randstad Index, which tracks American workers' monthly perspectives about their jobs and the economy, rose 0.5 point to 58.7 from 58.2 in October. Employees' confidence in the availability of jobs changed little in November while their confidence in in their ability to find a new job continued to rise. Some 29% expressed...

Friday, December 5, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Trustees of Kent State University have approved a $94.75 million investment in science technology and infrastructure. The trustees approved construction of a $37.55 million integrated sciences building for the college of arts and sciences, and in a separate action, approved $57.2 million for renovations to the existing science building and laboratories on the Kent Campus Science Mall. The integrated sciences building, approved Dec. 3, will address research and teaching needs in chemistry, biology and physics. The structure, to be built in accordance...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Autosoft Inc., a software and services company that serves automotive dealers, has opened a newly renovated technology center to accommodate its growing operations and an expanding staff of software developers at its campus here, the company announced today. “We are very energized by our company’s recent growth and that it enables us to positively impact the economy in Mercer County where we are proudly based,” said Bryce Veon, president and CEO, in a prepared statement. Last month, 26 employees moved into the new space, which has capacity to...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Development Services Agency is hosting five webinars to provide Ohio companies the tools they need to secure contracts with some of the largest businesses in the state, which provide goods and services to the federal government. “This webinar series will educate Ohio businesses on the procurement process and will help them develop contacts with large companies,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. The webinars will connect Ohio businesses with Procurement Technical Assistance Center counselors and buyers...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Members of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania once again find themselves at the starting line. With Vallourec Star pumping out pipe full-force, gas-processing plants built and operating, hospital projects in Boardman, Youngstown, Salem, and New Castle, Pa., complete, and the Austintown racino operating at capacity, union contractors ended fiscal 2014 with reported man-hours returning to 2008 levels, where total construction dollars stood below the start of the...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A successful partnership between urban and rural growers, processors and distributors helped convince federal authorities that the Mahoning Valley is headed in the right direction in regards to revitalizing its economy through local food initiatives. "It's people who are willing to step forward, to take risks, to collaborate, to give others credit and then share the same vision for a better future for their community," observed Doug O'Brien, deputy undersecretary for rural development at the U....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien MONACA, Pa. -- A metal storage barn, a pair of smokestacks that rise 200 feet, and the remnants of several old production buildings are all that’s left of what once was Horsehead Corp.’s zinc manufacturing complex on the southern bank of the Ohio River here. On a cloud-covered day in November, a single backhoe operator is busy performing demolition work here, navigating between piles of twisted metal and debris to clear way for what the region believes will one day become a huge petrochemical factory that employs...

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