Business news briefs

• FALLS ELECTRIC SUPERINTENDENT RECEIVES STATE HONOR: Bill George, Newton Falls electric superintendent, was honored for his service to American Municipal Power Board of Trustees in September at the annual conference of the AMP and the Ohio Municipal Association in Columbus. George was also recognized for the completion of his term. More than 400 municipal officials and industry representatives attended the event.

• LAKE VISTA DESIGNATED BRONZE EMPLOYER CHOICE: Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland was named a bronze Employer of Choice by LeadingAge Ohio for 2017-2018. The award recognizes providers of aging services who demonstrate leadership in employee development and engagement and meet stringent workforce development criteria. This is the inaugural year for the program, which awards gold, silver and bronze-level designations. Three organizations received the gold designation including one Ohio Living life plan community; 30 received bronze of which four are Ohio Living life plan communities; and four are Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice locations.

• HOME SAVINGS OPENS WEALTH MANAGEMENT OFFICE: A ribbon cutting has been set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the new Home Savings Premier Wealth Management Office, 4137 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite 101 Canfield. The office provides a range of wealth management services including estate planning, trust, private banking, retirement plan services, investment services and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

New Businesses

• SIFFRIN ACADEMY OPENS IN AUSTINTOWN: Siffrin Academy, a post-secondary option for people with developmental disabilities, will celebrate the opening of its new building for day services at The Bridge, as well as the Mahoning Regional Office, at 132 Westchester Drive, Austintown with a ribbon cutting 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

• LUCKY FOOD CELEBRATES OPENING: Lucky Food Drive Thru, 2603 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting 11 a.m. Wednesday. The family-owned business offers a fresh food deli and a variety of other products.

• BOARDMAN TOUCH FREE OPENS: Boardman Touch Free Car Wash, 8499 Market St., Boardman, will celebrate its opening at 11 a.m. Thursday. Owner Dustin Bach has owned and operated car washes for over 25 years.

• PHO VIEZ OPENS IN MINERAL RIDGE: Pho Viez, a family owned restaurant specializing in Pho, a Vietnamese beef noodle soup, will celebrate its opening at 3971 Main St., Mineral Ridge, 11 a.m. Friday. The restaurant offers selections in Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese foods.

People on the Move

• DEFRANCES JOINS FARMERS: Farmers National Bank named Sharon DeFrances a vice president, senior relationship manager to its private client services division. DeFrances will serve as a key point of contact for members of private client services to meet all of their banking needs. DeFrances joins the team at Farmers National Bank with more than 22 years of relationship management experience with a focus on managing full-service banking relationships. Before joining Farmers, DeFrances previously served in a leadership role at a local community bank, as well as positions with other large and small financial institutions. In addition to her professional work, DeFrances maintains an active role in the community as a board member of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, the Animal Welfare League and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center. She was also a member of the Warren Rotary, board member of the Trumbull County Grievance Committee, the United Way chair for Huntington Bank and a 2016 Athena Award nominee. DeFrances will work out of the Howland office at 1625 Niles-Cortland Road NE.

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