Business briefs

SPRAGUE TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER EVENT: Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague will speak at the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Lattes & Legislators event 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 9 at Trumbull County Country Club, Warren. The cost is $10 per person.

Sprague, Ohio’s 49th state treasurer, oversees the state’s investment and debt portfolios, domestic and international custody portfolios, and annual cash movements and deposits.

FARMERS RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEES: Farmers National Bank capped off the first year of the President’s Club with the inaugural President’s Club Awards by recognizing 15 employees for their achievements last year.

The first class of winners were Max Ramsay of Dalton, consumer loan production; Joe King of Bazetta, mortgage loan production; Greg Ensley of Springfield, commercial loan production; Carl Romeo of Boardman, branch deposits; Sharon DeFrances of Howland, individual deposits; Heather Fox of Austintown, referrals; John Zoppelt of Leetonia on behalf of Information Technology, Support Department; Cathy Grimm of Boardman on behalf of Customer Support, Support Department; Brendan Gillis of Salem, Support Department individual; Keri Munson of Cornersburg, Support Department individual; John Stewart of Canfield, portfolio manager fee income trust; George Millich of Poland, administrator fee income trust; Gene Francisco of Cortland, commercial revenue insurance; Robert Hoy of Warren, personal revenue insurance; and Phil Lammers of Cortland, investments.

RECOVERY CENTER CERTIFIED: Valor Recovery Center has earned certification from Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and has gotten its behavioral health care certification from the Joint Commission, the largest and oldest standard-setting and accrediting body in the U.S.

Valor, at 45-47 N. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, is a rehabilitative behavioral health center focused on providing treatment for those suffering from addiction.

FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT: Meridian HealthCare has been awarded a $68,074 grant the Youngstown Foundation to excavate and repave Meridian’s South Campus parking lot.

The South Campus, Meridian’s largest housing facility, needed major renovations due to building age and the wear and tear. The parking lot is uneven and has a lot of large cracks and potholes. In order to prevent injuries, the entire lot needed to be excavated and repaved. The campus is at 550 Chalmers Ave., Youngstown.

Programs offered there include inpatient and outpatient treatment, primary care, a centering program for pregnant women with Mercy Health-Youngstown and residential services.

ENGINEER HONORED: Project Engineer with America Makes, Ashley Totin, was named Mahoning Valley’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2019 by the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) in partnership with the Valley Alliance for Science and Technology (VAST) at the 2nd engineer annual awards banquet earlier this month.

This was Totin’s second year to be nominated for a TBEIC & VAST Mahoning Valley award. Last year, she was a nominee finalist for Mahoning Valley’s Distinguished Female Engineer award.

In her role as project engineer, Totin manages technical programs as the regional point of contact, supports America Makes’ workforce and education development and contributes to the innovation facility and regionalization efforts.

WALMART TO REMODEL MIDDLEFIELD STORE: The Walmart store in Middlefield, 15050 S. Springdale Ave., is among 14 in Ohio the retailer is investing nearly $82 million in to remodel this year. Also the retailer plans to expand on grocery pickup and delivery services and its pickup towers. In addition, there are plans to expand the fast unloader technology to more stores and have more stores with autonomous floor scrubbers.

MATTRESS UNVEIL: BEDGEAR, the Performance brand of bedding, is partnering with the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, May 5, together with longtime retailer Levin Furniture and Mattress.

Kicking off the race weekend May 2, BEDGEAR will host a product reveal event at Levin’s free-standing mattress location in Shadyside, Pa., where it will unveil the world’s only modular mattress: the M3 Launchpad.

New businesses

RIBBON CUTTINGS: Two ribbon-cutting ceremonies with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber for new businesses are scheduled this week.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, there is a ceremony at Chess House, 3431 Market St., Youngstown, to play chess and a room dedicated to poetry. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the ribbon will be cut at Concept Studio, 217 W. Federal St., for social occasions or corporate events.

A ribbon cutting was scheduled for Saturday at Abigail’s Bakery Creations, 4954 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, which specializes in cakes and cupcakes, baklava and special requests.

People on the Move

PROMOTION AT HOME SAVINGS: Joni Comport has been promoted to vice president of Human Resources Operations. In the new role, Comport, who joined Home Savings in 2001 as assistant director of human resources, is responsible for overseeing the daily human resources operations of payroll, benefits, employment and recruitment.

She lives in Canfield with her husband and son.

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