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FirstEnergy ‘Flirting with Bankruptcy,’ Report Finds

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Energy giant FirstEnergy Solutions, an Akron-based subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is “flirting with bankruptcy” and is unlikely to find a buyer for its outdated coal and nuclear-power generating plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to an assessment by Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The study said the fortunes of […]

Grime Pays as Dirt is Us Details Cars, Trucks, Boats

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – As a young man, Carl Clay became obsessed with detailing his own vehicles. He always focused on restoring that new-car look buried beneath the dirt. “Making it look like it’s brand-new all the time,” he says. “That’s the whole thing about detailing.” Now, after 20 years in the detailing business, he’s operating […]

Valley Car Sales Up, Bucking National Trend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While nationwide auto sales are down for many manufacturers, auto sales across the Mahoning Valley jumped 18.6% in April compared to a year ago, data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association show. In total, 5,021 new and used vehicles were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last month. New-car sales […]

Two Regional Chamber Foundations Distribute $111K in 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two foundations managed by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber distributed $111,000 to support projects in Trumbull County last year, the chamber announced. Through the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce Education, Civic & Cultural Foundation, $11,000 was donated to the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kent State University Foundation. Since it was created […]

Huntington Publishes Environmental, Social and Governance Report

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Major commitments to urban investment, good governance, environmental sustainability and workplace diversity are highlighted in Huntington Bancshares Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, which was released on May 5. This is the first report to quantify Huntington’s social responsibility efforts. The 2016 report highlights Huntington’s environmental impact, socially responsible efforts with colleagues, […]

Seminaras Top Pizzas With Entrepreneurship Lessons

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – For the Seminara family, the gate to opportunity doesn’t take the form of a college degree or a trade school certification. They encourage young people to recognize the opportunities for entrepreneurship in their industry, one often either taken for granted or overlooked: the food and restaurant business. They should know. Since […]

Simon Roofing Launches Puncture-Resistant System

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Simon Roofing has released a single ply roof replacement option named CLP Membrane that is proven to be both strength and puncture resistant, according to the company. “This product is a major step forward in roof replacement technology,” said Simon Roofing co-owner Anthony Vross in a news release. “Instead of a laminated system, it’s a […]

Innis Maggiore Names New Chief Operating Officer

CANTON, Ohio – Innis Maggiore Group has named Mark Vandegrift its new chief operating officer. In the newly created position, Vandegrift is responsible for Innis Maggiore’s day-to-day operations, the advertising agency said. Vandegrift has worked at the company since 1998 and been a principal since 2005. Most recently, he led Innis Maggiore’s web and digital marketing team. […]

Schwebel’s Sues FirstEnergy Over Cold-Winter Surcharges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Schwebel Baking Co. has sued FirstEnergy Solutions Corp, claiming the utility company breached its contract by improperly passing on extra costs incurred during the unseasonably cold winter of 2014. In a class action complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court here, the 111-year old bread manufacturer is demanding a full refund of […]

Das Dutch Village Inn Takes Best Western Brand

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — Das Dutch Village Inn, an independent hotel that opened here 16 years ago, will soon become Best Western Dutch Village Inn and Suites. “As times change and as technology changes, it’s really hard to compete as an independent,” says chief operating officer Grace Styer. The hotel needs access to a national and […]


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