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Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -- Recruitments for 600 seasonal workers at the Things Remembered Fulfillment Center here will be held at OhioMeansJobs Centers in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties over the next five weeks. The personalized gift retailer plans to hire 400 workers in a variety of production positions such as engravers, embroidery machine operators and quality control and packing, and fill 200 another customer service positions at its distribution center center. The company says its employees "enjoy steady hours, quality training, weekly pay, 40% discounts on...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Not only are credit unions in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys making more loans, predominantly auto financing, their members are building their savings accounts. Credit unions also report their credit quality is improving and that they’re adding new members, as they call their customers. This reflects the findings of the National Credit Union Administration, the federal agency that regulates almost all of the 6,560 credit unions in the United States. Federal charters are held by 4,029 credit...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The sign says “Now Open” but look in the windows of Los Gallos Mexican restaurant downtown and you see three pans of sauces sitting on a counter but no stove or other appliances --- and no tables for the rows of booth seats that remain in place. The Mexican restaurant, which opened last November, closed this week without public notice. An employee who answered the phone Wednesday at the Boardman Los Gallos confirmed the downtown restaurant is closed. “We’re in the process,” he said. No further information was available and a spokesman for the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Gas production in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania could reach record levels next year because more pipeline capacity is coming on line across the country, allowing more natural gas from the region to be extracted. “Once November hits there should be an uptick,” because if the additional pipelines, said Sami Yahya, an energy analyst with Bentek LLC, a Denver-based energy market analytics company. With added pipeline capacity nationally, companies drilling for natural gas in eastern...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Holiday travelers could be home for the holidays via connecting service from a midwestern hub airport to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, aviation director Dan Dickten says. The airport is awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Transportation on a show-cause order for Aerodynamics Inc., the proposed operator of the air service that would provide that connecting service. The company has applied to DOT to upgrade its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to include the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Six months after it rolled off the assembly line at General Motor Co.'s Lordstown Complex, the millionth Cruze will finally hit the streets of the Mahoning Valley. Since the car was produced, the plant has been selling raffle tickets to all members of locals 1112 and 1714 of the United Auto Workers union as well as retirees of the 50-year-old manufacturing complex. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, drew the name of Sharon Frey, a chassis employee at the factory, as the winner of the...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --The Ohio Department of Health today reported that Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas diagnosed with Ebola, visited family in Akron from Oct. 8 through Oct. 13. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified ODH of the situation early today. “Ohio has swiftly acted and is working with the CDC and Summit County health officials to identify people who may have been in close contact with the health care worker and implement quarantine as necessary,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University today informed its university community that the second confirmed Ebola patient, a nurse who helped care for the deceased Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, is related to three Kent State employees. The patient, Amber Joy Vinson, flew from Dallas Oct. 10 to Cleveland to visit family in Akron (READ STORY). At the time, she was not showing any symptoms of the disease, although the Centers for Disease Controls said today that Vinson should never have been permitted to fly anywhere (READ STORY). She returned to Dallas Oct. 13, and the following day detected a low-...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Danielle Procopio has been named corporate director of marketing, sales and communication for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, the company announced. In her new position, Procopio will be responsible for coordinating marketing and sales efforts, working on special events and projects and community relations. Before joining Shepherd of the Valley, she served SouthernCare Hospice as its community relations director where she focused on management and training of its sales team, customer service and community education. “I am...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- You would be hard pressed to find a period when investment in new hotel construction was as robust as it is today across the Mahoning Valley. At least five hotel projects and several more renovations that run in the tens of millions of dollars are on the books as the construction season moves into the cold-weather months. Hotels are either planned or under construction in Liberty, Canfield, Salem and Boardman, while a recently finished complex in Niles hopes to draw in even more business to a...

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