Local News

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By the end of October, if all goes as Gregg Strollo anticipates, work will at last begin on Strollo Architects’ renovation of the historic Wells Building in downtown Youngstown. Strollo, partner in the architectural firm, says he should know in two to three weeks whether bank financing for the project, somewhere between $4.5 million and $5 million, will come through. He hopes to renovate the structure over seven months so it will serve as the new headquarters of his architectural firm – now...

Monday, October 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Wally Lamb, author of four novels that made the best-seller list of The New York Times, will deliver the Skeggs Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Stambaugh Auditorium. The Skegg Lecture Committee at Youngstown State University did not provide the subject of his talk. The committee did say his presentation is free and open to the public but those who attend must present a ticket. Lamb is the editor of anthologies of nonfiction, Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters and I’ll Fly Away, collections of autobiographical...

Monday, October 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Revenue generated from playing slot machines at the 12 casinos in the Keystone State in September was $180,311,642, or 3.9% lower than September 2013, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports. Taxes paid were $96,417,980, the board said. Slot machine revenue at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh was $21,518,302.43, down 2.55% from September 2013. At Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, revenues of $9,972,834.53 represent a drop of 8.55%. The average number of operating slot machines at the 12 casinos in Pennsylvania was 26,400 in September compared...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – NYO Property Group has submitted a proposal to purchase 20 Federal Place and a parking lot on Commerce Street from the city for $1.7 million plus interest, according to a bid document opened this afternoon at City Hall. NYO was the sole entity to present a bid proposal to the city, which were due at noon today. Another party, VXI Global Solutions Inc. and the largest tenant at 20 Federal, submitted a letter of interest stating that it would prefer the city retain ownership of the building. "Our...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio -- The upcoming widening of the U.S. Route 224 bridge over state Route 11 here will cause unavoidable inconveniences, an Ohio Department of Transportation official acknowledged this morning, but the construction schedule hopefully will limit them, he said. Jim Kinnick, planning and engineering administrator of ODOT District 4, outlined plans for the project at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber's Good Morning, Canfield breakfast. The construction plans call for making the bridge five lanes wide...

Friday, October 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Barb Ewing, chief operating officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator, and Scott Deutsch, manager, communications and special programs for the National Center for Defense Manufacturing, make their case for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation in a guest blog on the U.S. Department of Commerce website to mark National Manufacturing Day. YBI hosts America Makes (originally known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), the pilot program for President Obama’s proposed network, in one of the buildings on its downtown...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Five years and one trampled rose bush after Chris Yambar staged his first Lawn-Con, the pop artist and comic-book writer is moving his free comic-book show from his front yard. This year, Lawn-Con 5 will take place Sunday -- one of two such local events being staged in the Mahoning Valley this weekend -- at the B&O Station in conjunction with the Artists of the Rust Belt Autumn Market. The event will run noon-6 p.m. and will raise funds for the Students Motivated by the Arts program,...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien RAVENNA, Ohio -- Parker Hannifin Corp.'s new research and development lab here is likely to guide the company's Parflex division well into the future, opening the door for innovative products, groundbreaking material science and faster, more efficient manufacturing processes, executives say. "It's really going to allow us to take our products to the next level," said Mark Gagnon, Parflex division general manager. "Also, we want to be developing new products for our existing customers and new products for new...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien COLUMBIANA, Ohio -- A building that’s the length of two football fields and just 45 feet wide in some places is an unusual, rare configuration for most manufacturing plants. But it’s not unusual for Columbiana Boiler Co. LLC. The company manufactures large kettles that are very long and narrow, in fact, the largest of their kind in the world. “Fifteen years ago, we would’ve said shipping a 50,000-pound kettle was a large one,” says the president, Michael Sherwin. “Today, that’s our average. The largest we’ve...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore CANFIELD, Ohio -- Jeremy Bout's job as host and producer of Edge Factor, an online show featuring manufacturers from across the country, puts him in contact with all sorts of people. There was a snowmobile racer whose leg was amputated after an accident that designed a new prosthetic that, allowing him to continue competing. Along the way was an engineer for SpaceX, the company recently awarded a $2.6 billion contract to design “space taxis” for NASA, who started his career building guitars in California. And just...

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