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Sekanick Elected Secretary of American Institute of Architects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bruce W. Sekanick, a principal in the Warren firm of Phillips/Sekanick Architects, recently was elected secretary of the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors. The American Institute of Architects is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects and emerging professionals. AIA Ohio represents more than 2,000 licensed architects and associate […]

Brewpubs Taste Success with 17th Century Business Model

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The brewpub/craft beer concept is nothing new in America as evidenced by colonials in the 17th and 18th centuries who often brewed their own beer. In 1612, Dutch settlers Adrian Block and Hans Christiansen established the first known brewery in what today is Manhattan. In 1757, while a colonel in the Virginia […]

Candella’s Distillery Diversifies with ‘Boom Boom’ Bourbon

BOARDMAN, Ohio – After an eight-month hiatus, the man who makes Y-town Vodka is back in business at 4040 Market St., Boardman, and will soon introduce bourbon – “Boom Boom Bourbon” – to his line-up of spirits. Boom Boom Bourbon. As in Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Bill Candella, the first man to legally distill spirits […]

Allegretti Re-elected CEO of HBK CPAs

CANFIELD, Ohio — Christopher M. Allegretti has been re-elected managing principal and CEO of HBK CPAs & Consultants. His new four-year term begins Sept. 1. Allegretti was re-elected at the inaugural annual meeting of the public accounting firm last month in Columbus, the firm announced Thursday. Allegretti, a native of Meadville, Pa., joined HBK in […]

Ohio Wineries Look for a Better Crop

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Randy Wyand has just planted 100 more vines at Hartford Hill Winery, the winery in Fowler he and his wife, Carolyn, own. The Wyands opened Hartford Hill in February 2015, inspired during an October 2014 motorcycle ride as they stopped at several wineries, he recalls. They disassembled a pair of old barns […]

Vehicle Sales, New and Used, Drop in May

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Dealerships in the Mahoning Valley delivered 2,413 new cars last month, a 7.6% drop from last year, data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association show. Combined sales of new and used cars in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties fell 5.4% to 4,379 vehicles. Four of the top-five new vehicles in the […]

Construction to Start Soon on YSU Enclave

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Construction of a new student housing project near Youngstown State University should get under way in a few weeks, an official with the developer said Tuesday. The Enclave, a 166-bed apartment building and retail complex, is the latest project to serve YSU’s growing residential population. “We would expect to start construction sometime […]

Racino VLT Play Up $11.4 Million in May

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Wagers on video lottery terminals in May at the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course were up $11.4 million from a year earlier, the latest monthly report shows. The monthly VLT revenue report, released by the Ohio Lottery Commission, shows credits played totaled $87.0 million last month, up from the $75.6 […]

Breaking News: Shell Says It Will Build Cracker Plant

MONACA, Pa. — Shell Chemical Appalachia announced today that it will indeed build a $4 billion ethane cracker plant at the site it’s preparing here in Beaver County. In announcing its decision to go forward with the massive project, the company described the project as “a major petrochemicals complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene […]

Builders Keep Busy but Could Use More Work

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The level of commercial construction in the region is mixed, reports Kevin Reilly, executive vice president of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. For the most part, the volume of business at construction and architecture firms in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys is where it stood a year ago. […]


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