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Port looks to acquire RG Steel property

WARREN — BDM Warren Steel Holdings LLC, which owns the land where the old Republic Steel plant once sat, wants to donate it to the Western Reserve Port Authority. “We just need to be comfortable with how much property is involved. We need to be comfortable that we are able to take care of ...

Revenue at casinos fell 25 percent in 2020

WARREN — Ohio’s four casinos combined lost nearly a quarter of their revenue in 2020 compared to the previous year, revealing the tremendous impact the viral outbreak had on the state’s gaming industry. The latest report from the Ohio Casino Control Commission shows 2020 revenue was ...

Port authority has potential purchaser for Warren plaza

WARREN — The Western Reserve Port Authority authorized its CEO on Wednesday to come to terms with a developer who wants to buy land the port authority controls downtown, 231 Main Ave. SW. The board also agreed to move on a term sheet and preliminary agreement related to issuing revenue bonds ...

Wagering down at Austintown racino

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals last month at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course eclipsed $87.3 million, but December marked the fourth month in row the racino saw betting decline. Similarly, wagering at all of Ohio’s seven racinos shrunk, too, for the month, ...

$100,000 grant awarded for rail improvement at Lordstown site

LORDSTOWN — A Chattanooga, Tenn.-based plastic pail company expanding into the former Magna Seating Systems has received a $100,000 grant from the state to add a rail spur at the site, 1702 Henn Parkway. The funding was approved Wednesday by the Ohio Development Rail Commission. “Just a ...

Gas prices in northeast Ohio increase

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across northeast Ohio is 9 cents higher this week at $2.28 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average is $2.25 per gallon and in Niles, $2.26. The average price this week last year was ...

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People on the Move GASTRO DOCTOR AT STEWARD: Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group have added Dr. Meredythe McNally, a gastroenterologist. She is board certified in gastroenterology and has a robust clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and ...

Company seeks grant for railroad upgrade

LORDSTOWN — A Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company investing $38 million here to remake the former Magna Seating Systems plant into a plastics facility is asking the state for funding to enhance railroad access at the site. When the Ohio Rail Development Commission meets Wednesday, it will ...

Liberty’s Hampton Inn spends $1.3 million for improvements

LIBERTY — Youngstown-North Hampton Inn by Hilton underwent a $1.3 million renovation, which included all of its 66 guest rooms. Each guest room was redesigned to “accommodate how guests live, work and relax,” according to the hotel, with new carpet, wallpaper, beds, draperies, ...

Paycheck Protection portal reopens today for assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to small lenders today. Lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for first- and second-draw applications can submit those applications starting at 9 a.m. The SBA will fully open the portal to all ...

Meijer begins hiring of 300 for its new Boardman store

BOARDMAN — Meijer has begun hiring for 300 positions at the Michigan-based retailer’s new store at 1420 Boardman Canfield Road. The positions available include clerks and cake decorators, customer service, cashiers, receiving and meat cutters. Starting pay is based on experience level ...

Manufacturers Coalition receives $250,000 grant

WARREN — The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition has received $250,000 from the state to expand its youth outreach and hone in on best practices to introduce younger people to careers in manufacturing. The money from the Industry Sector Partnership program also will be used to support ...

Loves files for bankruptcy

WARREN — Loves Furniture, which in May acquired the former Levin Furniture stores in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the three area stores are going out of business. The stores in Niles, Boardman and Hermitage, Pa., are among 13 locations selling ...

Dominion gas rates decline over past month

WARREN — January natural-gas rates for Dominion Energy Ohio’s standard choice and standard service offers are $2.61 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), the company announced. The rates are down 42 cents per Mcf from December, but are 23 cents higher than those in January 2020. Under the new ...

Akron Children’s in Liberty moving to new site, expanding

LIBERTY — The Liberty office of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics is relocating but remaining on Belmont Avenue, a move that gives the health care provider more room to treat patients. The new office at 3530 Belmont Ave., Suite 8, is expected to open Tuesday, according to the hospital. ...

LMC surpasses 100K Endurance preorders

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. has surpassed a milestone 100,000 preorders from commercial fleets for its battery-powered Endurance pickup truck, with an average size of nearly 600 vehicles per order. Monday’s announcement comes on the heels of news last week that Mike Albert Fleet ...

Average gas prices increase by 3 cents in northeast Ohio

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across northeast Ohio is 3 cents higher this week at $2.19 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average per gallon price is $2.14 and in Niles, $2.15. The average price this week last ...

Austintown accounting firm

WARREN — Liberty-based HD Davis CPAs has acquired the accounting practice of Pro-Count Solutions, Terry L. Beck & Company, in Austintown, it was announced Monday. The business that focused on tax, bookkeeping, payroll and business consulting services will remain in the same Mahoning ...

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ATTY. RECEIVES WORKERS’ COMP DESIGNATION: Martin J. Boetcher, a partner at Youngstown-based Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., recently achieved board certification by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in workers’ compensation law. The specialist designation requires an ...

Ultium wants to employ 400 by end of 2021

LORDSTOWN — Ultium Cells LLC — an electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant jointly backed by General Motors and South Korea’s LG Chem — plans to have 400 employees on board by the end of the year. The company has started with three so far with human resources, training and ...