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Thursday, April 10, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington Bancshares Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement under which Huntington National Bank will purchase 11 branches in central and east Michigan from Bank of America Corp. Huntington’s acquisition will increase the bank’s Michigan branch total to 173 statewide including 80 locations in the east Michigan region. Huntington said it will purchase approximately $450 million in deposits, for a deposit premium of 3.5% based on deposit balances near the time the transaction closes. The transaction excludes loans and is expected...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien HUBBARD, Ohio -- Shortly before Evets Oil & Gas Co. received a permit to occupy its new, 22,000-square-foot plant in Hubbard, a client walked through the building and was impressed with its design, layout and workflow capabilities. At that moment, he booked the plant's first project, and Evets’ newest operation was in business an hour before the final operating permit was secured. "Now, we didn't start work until then," laughs Chris Jaskiewicz, president of VEC Inc., parent of Evets. "He walked through, saw...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Huntington Bank has embraced the U.S. Small Business Administration in its efforts to help entrepreneurs get started, sustain their enterprises and help them expand. It continues to rank first in the Midwest and second in the United States in the number of loans it’s extended to small-business owners. The SBA “enables us to say ’Yes’ more often,” says Craig Street, director of SBA lending at Huntington Bank in Columbus. “The SBA allows us to offer better rates and extended terms.” Adds Joshua Toot, Mahoning Valley market manager for Huntington’s...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Huntington Bank has embraced the U.S. Small Business Administration in its efforts to help entrepreneurs get started, sustain their enterprises and help them expand. It continues to rank first in the Midwest and second in the United States in the number of loans it’s extended to small-business owners. The SBA “enables us to say ’Yes’ more often,” says Craig Street, director of SBA lending at Huntington Bank in Columbus. “The SBA allows us to offer better rates and extended terms.” Adds Joshua Toot, Mahoning Valley market manager for Huntington’s...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Children in Mahoning County will now be eligible to receive a free age-appropriate book each month through their fifth birthday thanks to a program introduced locally by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The United Way, in partnership with Covelli Enterprises and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, is launching Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which was started by the country singer in 1996. The early literacy program is open to Mahoning County children age 5 and younger. Once they register for the...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Children in Mahoning County will now be eligible to receive a free age-appropriate book each month through their fifth birthday thanks to a program introduced locally by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The United Way, in partnership with Covelli Enterprises and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, is launching Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which was started by the country singer in 1996. The early literacy program is open to Mahoning County children age 5 and younger. Once they register for the...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The majority of administrative professionals are happier than their bosses (61% versus 18%). And, most respondents to the third annual survey in honor of National Administrative Professionals' Day April 23 say the admin holds more power than the CEO and human resources director. For the second year in a row, a majority of respondents say the administrative professional boosts employee morale and is a better team player than the boss. Administrative professionals report their roles run the gamut -- everything from accounting to human resources --...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some 11% of revenues generated from slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania was earmarked for the racing industry and agricultural initiatives in 2013. As a result, more than $252 million in slot machine tax revenue was generated for the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund. Of this sum, some $209 million was used by both the thoroughbred and harness racing industries to enhance purses, assist breeding operations, and provide health and pension benefits for horsemen, according to the seventh annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report from the...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The mannequins at Farmers National Bank’s Route 224 billboard near the Southern Park Mall are getting ready for something new, and the public will have the opportunity to decide what that is. Farmers is launching a community campaign to decide what comes next for the billboard, which began in late 2010 with a single rock climber. “Ben” subsequently was joined by his wife, “Emma,” both of whom are now sporting Relay for Life T-shirts to promote that cause. Later additions to the billboard have included a house and car. Fans can visit the Farmers'...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-16) today announced that he has been selected by the House Republican Steering Committee to service on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Johnson noted in a prepared statement released by his office that his appointment enables him to have a voice regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "scientific justification for rules affecting Eastern and Southeastern Ohio." The congressman, a vocal critic of what he calls President Obama's "war on coal"...

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