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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 […]

Ohio Business Network Promotes Hiring Disabled

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One hundred businesses are now members of the Ohio Business Leadership Network, a business organization that provides employers with information and resources about how best to recruit, select, train and retain a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities. “We are proud to achieve this milestone that makes Ohio one of the largest […]

Sweeney Dealerships Score GM Hat Trick

BOARDMAN, Ohio – As the trophies made their trips around the showroom, passed from employee to employee, Doug Sweeney made note of just how important the three Mark of Excellence awards given his dealerships are. “This is our Stanley Cup,” said the president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. “It’s something that’s hard to win every […]

Simon Roofing Acquires Roth Roofing Products

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Simon Roofing, a national manufacturer and installer of commercial roofing systems, announced Monday its acquisition of the “significant assets” of Roth Roofing Products LLC,. (formerly known as Viridian Systems) a Roth Bros./Sodexo company that manufactures commercial roofing materials. The deal includes Simon Roofing taking ownership of inventory, equipment, product lines, formulations, codes […]

Sip Your Way Through Lawrence County’s Wine Trail

PULASKI, Pa. — As a worker digs a path here for the walking trail at the future home of Nova Cellars Winery, Brew 32 and a yet-to-be-named distillery, owner Walt Novosel envisions what the main campus of his complex will encompass. The east side of the property on Pennsylvania Route 208 will be home to […]

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 […]


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