Business briefs

EASTGATE WINS AWARD: The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization for Trumbull, Mahoning and Ashtabula counties, recently received the National Association of Regional Council’s Medium Metro Achievement Award for the SMART2 Network.

The project focuses on transportation solutions in downtown Youngstown to help people safely reach needed services, including improved street lighting, transit hubs and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access. The project will also bring autonomous vehicles to the corridor, a first for the region.

YSU WINS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CONTEST: Youngstown State University with Drexel University in Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan were winners of a national research contest focused on additive manufacturing.

TRUMPF Inc., the nation’s largest manufacturer of fabricating machinery and a world leader in lasers used for industrial production technology, is lending each of the universities a Trumpf TruPrint 1000 3D printer for one year as winners of the competition.

The company last fall asked universities, colleges and research institutes to outline specific research projects using the TruPrint 1000 3D printer as part of a contest that stretched across North America. Twenty-two applications were filed and reviewed by a panel of experts, and YSU was named one of the winners.

The TRUMPF printer will be located in a collaboration space for metal additive manufacturing at the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes in downtown Youngstown.

The equipment will be used in two additive manufacturing courses at YSU, and it will be used in four research projects shared among six faculty and other local researchers.

HOME SAVINGS DONATES: Home Savings in Youngstown has donated $20,000 to the American Cancer Society to support two golf outings put on by the organization. A $15,000 donation was made to the 2019 Tri-County Golf Classic, and $5,000 was given to the Ladies Pink Ribbon Golf Classic.

The bank also recently donated $5,000 to the Walnut Grove, a community-centered education and recreational venue for people with special needs, to help build a playground.

Another $25,000 was donated to Ursuline High School to help buy an anatomage table and digital library for the science curriculum. The table, in part, allows students to see photorealistic anatomy developed from real human cadavers.

AKRON CHILDREN’S TOP WORKPLACE: Akron Children’s Hospital, which has offices in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, recently was recognized as a top workplace by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This is the fifth consecutive year Akron Children’s has been given the honor.

It is based on employee feedback through a survey done by Energage, LLC, a provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture such as alignment, connection and execution.

Seventy-one percent of employees who received the survey completed the questionnaire. Employees gave the hospital high marks in several areas, including values, direction and open-mindedness.

ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SPEAK: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose will speak July 10 as part of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Lattes & Legislators series.

Then on July 31, U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge, and Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, will join the series.

Each event costs $10 to attend. They are 7:30 to 9 a.m. Locations will be announced later.

People on the Move

NEW ADDITION TO ONE HEALTH OHIO: Nurse practitioner Allison Bottorff is the newest member of One Health Ohio, a patient-centered medical home. She will provide primary care services at the Lloyd McCoy Health Center, 1977 Niles Road SE, Warren, and at Premier Care Pediatrics, 2642 state Route 5, Cortland.

Bottorff attended Youngstown State University for under undergraduate and then earned a master’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University.

RAVENNA COMPANY ADDS INTERNATIONAL MARKETING INTERN: ACE Products & Consulting has brought Maria Vince on board as an international trade and marketing intern.

Vince, who will work mostly with the sales and marketing department, previously worked at the Ohio Small Business Development Center in Youngstown, where she conducted market research for local small businesses, assisted with procurement and created cash flows and marketing materials such as flyers and newsletters.

ACE is in the rubber and silicone industry.