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4-Star Rating for Mahoning Valley United Way

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator,. The rating is the highest awarded by the independent charity evaluation agency. “It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission to positively impact the lives of children and families […]

Sam Pitzulo Homes Builds on a Solid Foundation

CANFIELD, Ohio – Sam Pitzulo estimates that by the time one of the houses his company builds is finished, it has led to temporary work for about 100 people – among them outside tradesmen, suppliers and members of his full-time staff. Over the last 26 years, Pitzulo has constructed 230 new houses and renovated more […]

Uber Gears Up for Mahoning Valley Launch Today

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Twyla Jones was busy Wednesday. The Youngstown woman, a driver with the ride-sharing service Uber, started at 6 a.m. and spent the next eight hours shuttling people around Cleveland for the celebration of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship yesterday. “There’s a lot going on. There’s over 2 million people here in Cleveland,” […]

ADI Brands Chicago Flights as Great Lakes Express

VIENNA, Ohio – Aerodynamics Inc., the operator of the daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport set to take off July 1, is branding the passenger service as Great Lakes Jet Express. In announcing the trademark, the company said passengers will fly on the 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft, which “touts a flawless safety […]

Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts Opens in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Christian Rinehart expects Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts’ new location here to enhance, not compete with, the original restaurant in downtown Youngstown. Following a soft opening this past weekend, Susie’s officially opened Monday at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road. “We had the normal glitches but it’s going pretty well so far,” Rinehart, the CEO, said. […]

Kennsington Names Crittenden Director of Golf

CANFIELD, Ohio – Jeff Crittenden, a PGA professional and world-ranked long driver, is the newly appointed director of golf at Kennsington Golf Club. Crittenden is known for his long-drive ability, which has earned him several awards and recognitions as well as a top-five world ranking. He finished fifth in the 2015 World Long Drive Championship […]

Restaurants Need to Reinvent Business Model, Study Finds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As unpalatable as the thought may be to some, tight profit margins and increasing labor costs may force restaurant owners and food service professionals to reinvent their business models, according to a team of researchers at Penn State University. In a study, researchers found that businesses in the food service industry […]

Matalco Inaugurates $100M Aluminum Smelting Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Just one week after this village celebrated the groundbreaking of an $890 million project, officials gathered once again to welcome another industrial boon. Some 200 guests attended a ceremony Wednesday at Matalco Inc.’s new $100 million aluminum smelting plant at the Ohio Commerce Center – a factory that company executives call the […]

Businesses Hear How to Survive Active Shooter

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The perpetrators behind mass shootings such as last weekend’s massacre at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., are becoming more sophisticated. That means businesses and institutions, as well as the general public, need to step up their ability to respond, a security expert says. The topic of the June meeting of the Mahoning […]

Flex-Strut to Expand Its Plant for 5th Time

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Flex-Strut Inc. plans to expand its Commonwealth Avenue plant for the fifth time, driven by an increase in business and growing market share, said the company’s president, Dale Gebhardt Sr . “We’re going to put two additions on totaling 11,870 square-feet,” Gebhardt said. The company is planning on spending about $1.25 […]


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