Business briefs

NEXT PRESIDENT AT NCDMM ANNOUNCED: The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) has named Dean L. Bartles as president and CEO. He replaces Ralph Resnick, who will assume a newly created position of vice president of strategy.

The center manages America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown.

Recently, Bartles served as president of the National Tooling and Machining Association, the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry. He previously served as director of the John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of New Hampshire. He was also a member of the NCDMM board of directors.

CHANGE COMING TO AMERICA MAKES: Rob Gorham, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining’s executive director at America Makes, is stepping down at the end of May after six years at American Makes and two years as executive director.

America Makes’ Technology Director, John Wilczynski, will become acting executive director effective June 1 with NCDMM’s Randy Gilmore, vice president and chief technology officer, assuming the role of technology director.

Ralph Resnick, who was the founding executive director of America Makes, will be serving in a strategic advisory role during the initial transition.

MERCY HEALTH-YOUNGSTOWN RECEIVES ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD: The Ohio Hospital Association has named Mercy Health Youngstown, which includes St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Youngstown and Boardman hospitals, the recipient of the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award.

Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and implementing or developing best practices for other hospitals to follow.

Locally, Mercy Health has led hospitals throughout the U.S. on national benchmarks for Energy Star ratings by developing initiatives that have reduced greenhouse gases, enhanced management of electricity and gas usage and developed programs to recycle hazardous waste.

The award is named after the retired president and CEO of East Liverpool City Hospital, Melvin Creeley, who chaired OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council from its inception in 2001 to 2010.

TRIPADVISOR WORKSHOP: The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau is hosting Casey Benn, senior marketing executive with TripAdvisor, for a workshop on how to maximize reviews on the travel website.

It is 10 a.m. to noon May 15 at the Avalon Inn & Resort, 9519 E. Market St., Howland. Check-in and networking opens at 9:30 a.m. The workshop is open to anyone who has a listing on TripAdvisor or would like to set one up.

Tourism bureau members are free to attend. The cost for non-members is $10. Email your reservation to or call at 330-675-3081.

YBI WELCOMES FRENCH COMPANY: Nanoe, the French-based technical ceramic producer, is exploring the Youngstown area for expansion and is using space at the Youngstown Business Incubator as its base during the exploratory period.

Nanoe has specialized in the production of high purity fine oxide ceramic powders. After serving the European ceramic market for more than 10 years, the company wants to evolve into an international and diversified company.

With this goal in mind and having realized the market for ceramic 3D printing is still developing, Nanoe launched a new range of Zetamix, Ceramic and Metal 3D printing filaments, and Zetaprint, a ceramic and metal FDM 3D printer, in fall 2018. The Youngstown office will lay the foundation to bring these advanced filaments to US customers.

FOUR OFFICIALS PICKED TO BE PART OF GERMAN LEARNING EXCHANGE: The American Council on Germany has selected four representatives from the Mahoning Valley to participate in a new initiative aimed at helping small- and medium-sized cities in Germany and the United States respond to the fundamental and disruptive economic shifts caused by digitalization.

The Valley delegation will host leaders from comparably-sized German cities at the end of April for one week and will in turn travel to Germany at the end of June.

Members of the local delegation, selected after a competitive review, are Barb Ewing, chief executive of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Michael Hripko, associate vice president of external affairs, government relations and economic development at Youngstown State University; Demaine Kitchen, president of Youngstown City Council; and Genna Petrolla, economic development program manager at Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

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HOME SAVINGS ANNOUNCES NEW VP: Jason Gendics has joined the Home Savings Bank as executive vice president, consumer and small business banking.

He will be responsible for management, planning and oversight of consumer branch and small business sales. He will also have oversight of treasury management and government banking sales and service.

Gendics, with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, will work out of the bank’s corporate office in Youngstown.