Business briefs

COURTYARD CANFIELD GETS AWARD: The Courtyard by Marriott Youngstown-Canfield was honored by Marriott International with three awards for superior performance, including the prestigious Diamond Circle Award.

Diamond Circle, given to seven of 1,071 Courtyard properties in the world this year, goes to the top performing hotels in the brand based on guest satisfaction scores, financials and revenue per available room performance.

The hotel also received awards recognizing the property for exceptional performance in the Intent to Recommend and Overall Satisfaction categories. Intent to Recommend measures the percentage of hotel guests who would highly recommend it to other travelers and Overall Satisfaction reflects guest feedback gauging their satisfaction with all aspects of the stay.

The awards were presented April 3 in Chicago.

BUSINESS EXPANSION: Village Quality Solutions, a quality assurance and quality auditing company, has expanded to provide product distribution and fulfillment in Cortland. The new facility is at 500 W. Main St., inside the Maxill Building.

The company already provides product inspection, containment, rework, sorting and resident quality engineering services to manufacturers.

At the distribution and fulfillment center, VQS offers product drop-ship inspection, warehousing, sub-assembly, product assembly, product packaging and distribution. The new fulfillment center can house a manufacturers product for inspection of their inventory and storage, which is available to any company shipping in and out of the U.S.

The company began in 1987 and has worked with the General Motors plant in Lordstown and other automotive manufacturers including Chrysler, Ford and Nissan.

25TH ANNIVERSARY FOR MASURY STEEL PROCESSOR: Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., a supplier of oscillated and ribbon wound prime steel coils, is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

The family-owned business began in 1994 and has supplied conventional slit, ribbon wound and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low carbon, high carbon, alloy and stainless steel. Specialty Strip provides oscillate coils with 20 to 25 miles of continuous strip with capabilities to process coils up to 2.5 inches in width and a coil weight of 5,000 pounds.

Started by Tom M. von Philp, the company is now operated by his son, Adam.

YSU SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL: Garry and Wanda Mrozek, prominent members of the Youngstown business community and long-time supporters of Youngstown State University, have created a scholarship endowment for students pursuing master’s degrees in business administration.

The scholarship is funded by a $150,000 donation by the Mrozeks to the YSU Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm. In recognition of the gift, the area outside third-floor conference center in Williamson Hall will be named the Mrozek Family Reception Center.

The Mrozeks own Hometown Pharmacy Solutions, a multi-faceted pharmacy company with retail locations in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania, as well as managed longterm care pharmacies and compounding pharmacy divisions.

Garry Mrozek, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration management in 1982 and an MBA in finance in 1988 at YSU, was honored as YSU Distinguished MBA Alumnus in 1998 and has served on the YSU Foundation board.

People on the Move

ONE HEALTH WELCOMES NEW DOCTOR: Dr. Aron Blecher recently joined ONE Health Ohio, a patient-centered medical home.

Blecher, who attended the University of Cincinnati for his undergraduate degree and then went on to the University of Autonomous of Guadalajara, Mexico, for medical school, was an intern, resident and a chief resident at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He was chief resident in 1980-81.

He will provide services at the Youngstown Community Health Center, 726 Wick Ave., Youngstown, and at the Lloyd McCoy Health Center, 1977 Niles Road SE, Warren.