Economic Development

Fireline Project, Manufacturing Center on Council Agenda

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council tonight will consider several incentives for Fireline Inc.’s planned $5.7 million expansion of its manufacturing plant. Yesterday the Youngstown Planning Commission recommended rezoning several properties on Watt, Adams and Elk streets from either Multi-Family Residential or Institutional to Industrial Green. The properties are owned by Fireline, which manufactures ceramic products […]

Mayor Wants Fast Action from Gallagher’s New Owner

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The new owner of the Gallagher Building downtown needs to make something happen with it soon, Mayor John McNally said. “It can’t just be something where we transfer ownership and then we transfer ownership. That’s not going to be sufficient. Something needs to happen,” he tells The Business Journal. Ryan Sheridan, owner […]

City, YNDC Pursue Anti-Crime Grant for South Side

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local leaders should know by late summer the results of an application for a federal grant to implement a multifaceted plan to address crime in a targeted area on the South Side. A partnership that includes Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., the city of Youngstown, the city police department and Youngstown State University’s […]

Second Energy Plant Slated for Operation in 2020

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Construction on a second $900 million gas-powered electrical plant along Henn Parkway could begin as soon as January of next year and be in operation by May of 2020, says an executive of the company developing the project. “It was really the market research that drove us to come back to Lordstown […]

YNDC Looks to Build on 2016 Successes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ian Beniston wants Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to keep doing this year what it did in last year – but more of it. That means not only increasing the scope of its programs but adding a new one. Beniston, YNDC executive director, looks to the progress the organization made in 2016 as […]

Team NEO Adds Director of International Business Development

CLEVELAND – Team Northeast Ohio has named Mindy McLaughlin as director of international business development. She joins Team NEO from JobsOhio, where she served as senior manager, global sales operations. At Team NEO, McLaughlin will serve as a member of the Team NEO industry and innovation department involved in the recruitment of new business investment to […]

Riley Elected President of Mercer Industrial Authority

MERCER, Pa. – Douglas W. Riley, retired executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected president of the Mercer County Industrial Development Authority last Friday. Elected vice president is Robert A. Donatelli, owner of Donatelli Electrical Services Inc., Sharpsville. Secretary is Joseph D. Loedding, owner of Muscle Pain Management, Sharon, and treasurer […]

Thomases Endowment Supports YWCA Job Skills Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A $5,000 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will support the YWCA of Youngstown’s job skills program. The three-week workshops focus on career assessment and exploration, financial literacy, resume writing and interviewing. The program provides individuals with skills to improve their employability, which results in maintaining […]

Fireline Seeks Rezoning to Build 9th Plant Addition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider rezoning several properties on the East Side to support Fireline Inc.’s expansion plans. The legislation before council tonight would change the classification of the properties to Industrial Green. The properties, zoned “multi-family residential,” sit on the corner of Watt and Adams streets as does a lot on Elk […]

Shenango Chamber Begins 2017 with New Focus, Staff

SHARON, Pa. – The Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce enters 2017 with a new focus on promoting, supporting and expanding quality-of-life amenities in the Shenango Valley. As part of that focus, the chamber has added a new outreach coordinator, a new logo and new events, reports Sherris Moreira, executive director of the chamber. “The quality […]


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