Business briefs

HUBBARD B&B GETS DIAMOND RATING: Julia’s Bed & Breakfast, 6219 W. Liberty St., has been awarded AAA Four Diamond Awards for its amenities, decor, physical attributes and high degrees of hospitality, service and attention to detail. It has maintained the designation since 2005.

Hotels at the Four Diamond level represent 6.3 percent of AAA inspected approved hotels. This year, there are 1,722 Four Diamond hotels.

NEW EQUIPMENT AT SPECIALTY STRIP: Specialty Strip and Oscillating, Inc. in Masury has a new 24-inch slitter machine that can cut metal as narrow as 1/4 inch and up to a range of .003 to .60. The slitter machine cuts metal that is wound into ribbon-wound coils that can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. The ribbon-wound coils can be a variety of material types, such as low carbon, high carbon, alloy or stainless.

The company is located at 1262 Standard Ave., Masury.

FREE TAX PREP: Youngstown State University’s volunteer income tax assistance program offers free income tax preparation. Trained YSU business students and professional volunteers will provide income tax prep every Saturday through April 6, except for March 16. Sessions are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Williamson Hall at YSU.

ASECU BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Edison Lugibihl and John O’Connor have been re-elected and Randall Rivello has been elected to the Associated School Employees Credit Union (ASECU) board of directors.

Lugibihl is retired from the Boardman school system after 41 years of service and has served as treasurer and assistant treasurer of the board since 1992.

O’Connor is retired from General Motors Lordstown after 30 years as an electrician and has served on the board since 2009. He also served on the Cavalier Credit Union board of directors from 2003 until its merger with ASECU in 2009.

Rivello is retired from the Associated School Employees Credit Union after 36 years in the financial service industry. Randy served as the vice president of human resources and the branch manager of the credit union’s Youngstown State University office.

The election results for the volunteer board were announced at the credit union’s annual meeting Jan. 22.

The board also includes Charles Stevens, chairman; Bob Fry, vice chairman; Dennis Voytko; Kathy Holman, secretary; and Howard Shreve, director emeritus. Retiring from the board is Larry Saxton after serving two years.

YSU WELLNESS PROGRAM GETS GOLD AWARD: The university’s employee worksite wellness program has received the Gold Level Award from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio. This is the eighth year YSU has been recognized and the fourth year with a Gold Award.

YSU, which is in the “large business” category with more than 1,000 employees, is the only public university in Ohio to receive the gold honor. The award was presented earlier this month in Columbus as part of the Health Action Council 2018 Columbus Symposium.