Business briefs

BYCE REALTY ADDS DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Byce Realty, a division of Byce Auction in Youngstown, has added a new mobile website, bidding platform and drone photography. The company’s desktop site has also been updated. The company’s use of drone photography allows clients to see things such as the condition of a structure’s roof as well as the surrounding neighborhood. It’s available on any desktop or mobile device. Byce, located at 755 Wick Ave., specializes in online and onsite auctions, liquidations, appraisals and court-ordered sales.

MCCTC MANUFACTURING PROGRAM RECEIVES $10K: The Advanced Manufacturing Program at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center received $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation at the recent Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition meeting. The grant is given to schools to support scholarships and NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentialing for manufacturing programs. The funds are to be given to students enrolled or those enrolling at MCCTC in a machining-based training and / or engineering program at the postsecondary level. It may also be used towards the cost of attending CNC (computer numerical control) machining classes at a secondary level career center. The Gene Haas Foundation was founded in 1999 by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation Inc.

COACHES MOVES TO NEW LOCATION: The Boardman Coaches restaurant has moved to 708 Boardman-Canfield Road. The business was previously located at 714 Boardman-Canfield Road, but owners Patrick and Stacy Howlett said they needed more space. At the new location, formerly Giangelo’s Pizzeria, they were able to increase bar service, staffing and seating. Since opening its flagship Poland restaurant in July 2015, the local restaurant chain has increased its business and expanded to other locations including its restaurant at 635 E. State St. in Salem.

AKRON CHILDREN’S ADDS SPORTS MEDICINE IN WARREN: Akron Children’s Hospital has added sports medicine services to its Warren location at 5000 E. Market St., Suite 28, for children and adults in Trumbull County who need experience sports-related injuries and other musculoskeletal pains. Growing demand for sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s Beeghly campus drove the decision to add another provider in the region, hospital leaders said.

AKRON CHILDREN’S RECOGNIZED AS A BEST PLACE TO WORK: Akron Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the region’s best places to work. The health care provider is scheduled to receive its NorthCoast 99 award at a ceremony Sept. 26. The annual program recognizes 99 outstanding northeast Ohio work places for their efforts to attract, support, retain and motivate top performers. NorthCoast 99 is presented by the ERC, which focuses on human resources practices, programs and services.

REAL LIVING VOLPINI EXPANDS TO PA: Real Living Volpini Realty Group is now available to list and sell real estate in Pennsylvania. Marisa Volpini, owner / broker of Real Living Volpini Realty Group, said she completed the necessary education, training and testing to earn the necessary broker’s and company licenses through the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. The company has offices in Howland and Boardman.

FYDA FREIGHTLINER RECOGNIZES TRUCK DRIVERS: The Fyda Freightliner truck dealership network, along with American Trucking Associations, is recognizing professional truck drivers through Saturday during National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week. Fyda has locations in Youngstown, Cincinnati, Columbus and Zanesville. The company also has dealerships in Canonsburg and Harrisville, Pa., and Walton, Ky. Each dealership will offer a variety of activities throughout the week.

People on the move

WARREN NATIVE NAMED MARKETING VP AT WISCONSIN FIRM: Wisconsin Distributors, a beer and liquor distributor based in Sun Prairie, Wis., has named Abby Rossi Bartlett, a Warren native, its vice president of marketing. The business, which also has an operation in Appleton, Wis., serves more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and off-licenses across 30 counties in southern Wisconsin. Bartlett attended John F. Kennedy High School from 1996-2000. She’s been at Wisconsin Distributors since graduating from Mercyhurst University in 2004. Bartlett lives in Madison with her husband, Craig, and two sons.

CASSIDY NAMES LYONS ACCOUNT MANAGER / SALES REP: Cassidy Advertising and Consulting LLC named Brian Lyons its new account manager and sales representative. Lyons earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown State University, with a major in marketing. A lifelong Mahoning Valley resident, he interned at YSU and spent a year working as an administrative fellow / development intern at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman. His resume includes an internship at LED3, a local LED company, where he was a marketing and sales intern. His responsibilities at Canfield-based Cassidy include the day-to-day management of accounts, making sure all projects proceed according to plan and deadlines, seeing that all work completes agency approval process, generating a large quantity of new business leads and prospects for the agency and winning new accounts.

NORTHWOOD PROMOTES LUPTON TO MAHONING SALES MANAGER: Northwood Realty Services promoted Andrea L. Lupton to Mahoning County sales manager. Lupton, a licensed Realtor for over 21 years, will oversee the Northwood offices in Poland, Boardman, and Canfield. She attended the real estate program at Cuyahoga Community College and obtained her Graduate of Realtors Institute Certification. She is an accredited buyer representative, CSP (certified new homes sales professional) through the House Buyers Association, E-PRO (certified internet professional) and is certified in real estate office management. Among other boards and committees, Lupton has served on the Warren Area Board of Realtors as president-elect in 2007 and 2010, president in 2008 and 2011, immediate past president in 2009 and 2012 and director from 2007-2016. She graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1986.

Businesses openings / expansions

BARNES & NOBLE OPENS AT YSU: Youngstown State University and Barnes and Noble have officially opened the new campus bookstore at the corner of Fifth and Lincoln avenues. The new two-story bookstore features a small convenience store and a Starbucks cafe.

PROJECT 180 ESTHER HOME FOR WOMEN OPENS: The Project 180 Esther Home for Women has opened at 4350 Sampson Road, Liberty. The Christian residential discipleship effort provides a home at little cost and sustains residents through a 14-month program that includes two, seven-month phases. In addition to being housed and fed, other needs are assessed on an individual basis, such as the need for counseling, mentoring, GED attainment, continuing education and career and job skills training.

SIMPLE GREEK OPENS IN BOARDMAN: The Simple Greek, a restaurant at 1393 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, has opened.

HIGH OCTANE COFFEE CO. EXPANDS TO AUSTINTOWN: High Octane Coffee Co. has opened at its new location in Austintown at 890 North Canfield-Niles Road. The cafe, owned by George and Beth Syrianoudis, is similar to the business’s original location in Canfield. The Austintown site will also offer food.

MEDVET OPENS EMERGENCY VET HOSPITAL: Medvet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets has opened a veterinary emergency hospital at 2680 W. Liberty St., Girard. The facility offers emergency and urgent care services with specialized diagnostic equipment.

PEABERRY’S OPENS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: Peaberry’s Cafe and Bakery, 4350 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, has opened under the new ownership of Willman Pendleton Enterprises. The cafe plans to expand its breakfast menu to include a new line of on-the-go items.

JUST IN TIME EXPANDS JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES: Just In Time Staffing employment agency, which specializes in job and career placements, has expanded to 3229 Belmont Ave., Liberty. The business, which started in 2008 in Mentor, is owned by Mike Donato and places workers in part time, seasonal, temporary, direct hire and executive positions in various industries. The company has six locations in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.