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Strimbu Expands Fleet, Seeks Qualified Drivers

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – With its number of customers increasing and operating in more states, Nick Strimbu Inc. is looking for qualified drivers. In the last few weeks, to meet increasing demand for its services, the trucking company added 10 trucks to its fleet, said the company’s president, Bill Strimbu, and on Friday the company held […]

Area Car Sales Decline in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sales of new cars and trucks by area dealers in April were down about 3% from the same month last year, the monthly report by the Automobile Dealers Association shows. Year to date, sales are running at a similar pace. In April, car dealers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties sold 2,672 […]

VEC Employs 3-D, 4-D, 5-D Modeling on Projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Augmented reality and virtual reality – terms normally associated with the video game industry – have become phrases electrical contractors hear often. Advances in technology have enabled electrical contractors to deliver more sophisticated products to their customers and provide more efficiency in new construction projects. “We do a lot of what’s called […]

Austintown VLT Play Takes Slight Dip in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Wagers on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course dipped slightly in April compared to March, a trend reflected in statewide results as well. Bettors at the Austintown racino wagered $74.88 million in credits last month, down less than half a percentage point from $74.14 million in March, […]

Office Suppliers Compete with Internet, Big Boxes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Increased out-of-market competition – from entities with a physical presence here as well as online – has forced locally owned deaalers of office products and supplies to adapt, some on surprising turf. At Modern Office Products in Boardman, 95% of its competition “is not located here,” says Bill Cross, owner and president. […]

Enertech Electrical Inc. Wires for Company Growth

LOWELLVILLE, Ohio — A new service division has helped a company here recharge its batteries and take business to new levels, its chief executive says. “It’s grown exponentially,” says Greg Haren, CEO of Enertech Electrical Inc. The company launched its service division in the beginning of the year and already has booked about $1.6 million […]

Craft Breweries to Open in Austintown, Downtown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Brewing beer is a simple procedure: Mix grains with hot water, add hops, cool quickly, add yeast and wait for it to ferment into beer. Other ingredients can be added to affect the flavor, but those four basic ingredients – and time – are really all it takes. Combining a simple process […]

Brookfield Giant Eagle to Become Sparkle Market

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – The Giant Eagle supermarket in the Maybrook Shopping Mall here will become a Sparkle Market May 28, Tony Modarelli, president of the chain, announced this morning. Modarelli is also the owner of the Sparkle Market on South Avenue in Boardman, the store on Parkman Road in Warren, and the Reynolds store in […]

TGI Fridays Closes, Kutlick Talking to Other Chains

BOARDMAN, Ohio — TGI Fridays has closed its restaurant in the Tiffany Plaza here, idling some 70 workers. The closing results from the restaurant deciding not to renew its lease at the site, 7165 Tiffany Blvd. “We just came to the end of their lease term and they elected not to renovate,” said Bill Kutlick, […]

Craft Beers, and Their Crazy Names, Go Mainstream

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — They carry the names “Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout,” “Purple Haze Raspberry Wheat Brew,” “Yellow Snow India Pale Ale” and “Hell or High Watermelon Beer.” Their colorful boxes, found in almost any store that sells alcohol, puts Crayola’s largest boxes of crayons to shame. And, depending on who’s asking, the industry is just […]


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