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‘Escape History’ Opens in Eastwood Mall

NILES, Ohio – A new business in the Eastwood Mall, Escape History, is putting a historical spin on the escape room craze with three missions drawing inspiration from some of the world’s most influential events. Escape History is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. During the week, the escape rooms are available to […]

Vehicle Sales Up 3.9% in Mahoning Valley in October

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley drove ahead ahead of last year’s levels as 6,473 new and used vehicles were sold last month, a 3.9% increase, according to the latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. In total, new-car sales were up 14.4% as 2,806 cars were sold last month […]

Vallourec Reports 3Q Earnings of $10.5M

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The parent of Vallourec Star and VAM USA said that its earnings increased during the third quarter of 2017 because of improved oil and gas exploration activity in the United States. Vallourec, based in France, reported earnings of $10.5 million during the quarter compared to a $60 million loss posted during the […]

Synergy Comp Named to Inc. 5000 List for Second Straight Year

SHARON, Pa. – Synergy Comp Insurance Co., a workers compensation carrier based here, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies for the second consecutive year. The company was ranked No. 4,463. It has a three-year growth rate of 56%, according to the magazine, and had $16.6 million in revenue last […]

Shell Begins Construction on Main Phase of Cracker

POTTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC announced Wednesday that it has started construction on the main phase of its $6 billion petrochemicals plant here. “Today marks an important step forward for this major growth project,” Graham van’t Hoff, executive vice president for Shell’s global chemicals business, said in a statement. “The preparation phase […]

Racino’s VLT Totals $93.56M in October

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Play on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown last month rebounded from September, the Ohio Lottery Commission reported Tuesday. VLT wagers at the racino in October totaled $93.56 million, up from $92.93 million in September and just ahead of August’s $93.52 million. In October 2016, […]

Armstrong Marks Anniversary of Healing Heroes Program

BUTLER, Pa. – As the anniversary of the launch of its Healing Heroes program approaches, Armstrong has announced that the first two pairings of veterans and service dogs have been made at Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in Williston, Fla. The fundraising campaign supports training service dogs – which takes upward of 18 months and […]

Chocolate Manufacturers Satisfy Those Cravings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – One of the secrets of successful chocolate manufacturing in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys is finding that sweet spot – that balance between automation and the handcrafted production that preserves the flavor and local identity. “Technology has improved, but there’s still that handmade, homemade process,” says Angela Miller, vice president of marketing […]

Columbiana Chamber Event Highlights Bastion Group

COLUMBIANA, Ohio — The Bastion Group, an insurance and financing planning company that serves individuals and business, cut the ribbon Monday at its offices here in the Columbiana Plaza. The company is owned by David Butcher and works in partnership with Chase Agency Inc., based in Boardman. “We work with clients to develop a strategic […]

Junior Achievement Receives $5K from Chemical Bank

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Chemical Bank has donated $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley to support the Get Smart About Credit Day financial education program. Through the program, students in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are taught how to manage a credit card, protect financial information and to recognize overspending. The lessons are hands-on, including […]


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