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VLT Play Up 1.3% in Austintown, 8.8% in Dayton

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Betting on video lottery terminals last month at the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course was up about 1.3% from January, newly released monthly reports show. The report, posted on the Ohio Lottery’s website, shows wagers totaling $65.50 million were placed on VLT’s here in February, up $864,988 from the $64.64 […]

Mahoning Valley Auto Sales Dip in February

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto dealerships in the Mahoning Valley sold 1,553 new cars and trucks in February, an 11% drop from the same month last year, data from the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio show. Three of the top five dealerships in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties reported fewer sales of new vehicles than […]

Alcoa to Buy RTI Metals in $1.5B Stock Transaction

PITTSBURGH — Alcoa has reached a definitive agreement to purchase RTI International Metals Inc. in a stock-for-stock transaction that has an enterprise value of $1.5 billion. The deal was announced this morning. RTI is a global supplier of titanium and specialty metal products for the commercial aerospace, defense, energy and medical device markets. It operates […]

American Red Cross Teams with YBI’s DittoTalk

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley is joining with a Youngstown Business Incubator portfolio company, DittoTalk, for a pilot program that agency officials believe will transform the way nonprofits raise money. The “Be A Hero” campaign will take place March 20 -22. Using the DittoTalk software, which is marketed as […]

Yo Doughnut Co. Closes Doors ‘Temporarily’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The doughnut shop on East Rayen Avenue is “temporarily closed” because of what one of its operators called the “increased cost” of doing business at the site. The Yo Doughnut Co., which opened nearly a year ago at the corner of East Rayen Avenue and North Champion Street, was part of a […]

$1.5M in BWC Safety Grants to 54 Companies

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has approved a total of $1.5 million in grants shared by 54 employers as part of its safety intervention program. The program assists Ohio employers in reducing illnesses and injuries and establishing best practices for accident and injury prevention. “The success of the safety grant program […]

Coffee Shops Stay Alert to Changing Tastes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The first two weeks after Pressed Coffee Bar & Eatery opened were supposed to be a shake down cruise, co-owners Frank Tuscano and Pam VonBergen say. Instead, they’ve been awash in the constant flow of people who stopped in the two-story gray mansion, long known as The Beat, on Lincoln Avenue. “I […]

New PR Column Starts in Ohio Legal Dailies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — “In Re: Public Relations,” a new column about public relations, started Tuesday in the daily legal journals here, in Akron and Ravenna. Written by Dan Pecchia, an Ohio public relations consultant and president of Pecchia Communications in Youngstown, the column provides guidance to help lawyers advise their clients on PR matters. It […]

Cruze Sales Decline in February

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sales of General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Cruze were down 16.2% in February from a year earlier, the automaker reports this morning. Nationwide, 18,301 units of the Lordstown-built model were sold. Of the Big Three American automakers, GM and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles both reported February sales increases, while Ford Motor Co. announced that […]

Jailhouse Cycles Revs Up Business Downtown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — With any luck, the eight inches of snow that fell Sunday was the last serious storm of the season. That means, over the next few weeks, business will pick back up for Jailhouse Cycles. After opening last April, the motorcycle shop on West Wood Street almost immediately saw a steady flow of […]


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