Business briefs

YSU BUSINESS INTERNS: The internship program at Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration recently provided seven YSU business students with full-time paid exporting internships in the region.

This is the fifth year the the business college has partnered with the Ohio Development Services Agency and participated in the program.

Among the participants were YSU graduate Gavin Nicol of Liberty, who interned at Muscle Feast in Nashport, where he worked on product classification and created an international export plan; Ryan Sheffield of Austintown, a junior, who created an export compliance manual and worked on a value stream map flow chart for Haltec Corp. in Salem; and Maria Vince of Warren, a senior who worked with ACE Products & Consulting in Ravenna, where she did industry market research and created an international export plan.

FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS AT FRUIT FARM: White House Fruit Farm is having its fall festival weekend events through October. Weather permitting, the weekends feature horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, family portraits, a bird feeding experience for a small feeand free petting zoo.

White House is at 9249 U.S. Route 62, Canfield. The festival is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HBK SUPPORTS KOMAN FOUNDATION: HBK CPAs & Consultants is launching a firm-wide fundraiser and awareness campaign in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. It will run through January 2020 and is a collaborative effort among team members across offices, geographic regions and service lines.

Throughout the campaign, the HBK website will feature photos of HBK team members honoring loved ones who have fought or are fighting breast cancer.

The initiative coincides with HBK’s 70th anniversary celebration. The firm is based in Youngstown and has offices elsewhere in Ohio plus Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida.

DOMINION OFFERING GRANTS: Dominion Energy, through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, will award $110,000 in grants to area nonprofit groups that have made major contributions toward the economic and social revitalization of communities located in Dominion Energy’s Ohio service area.

Projects must have been completed between July 2018 and November.

One winning organization will receive a $25,000 award in celebration of the 25th year of the Community Impact Awards competition. Others winners will receive awards up to $10,000.

Entries will be judged by a group of community leaders from Dominion’s service area. Winners will be recognized in the March 2020 issue of Cleveland magazine. The entry deadline is Nov. 30. Award guidelines and entry information is available at www.DominionEnergy.com. Search for “impact.”

People on the Move

NEW TECH DIRECTOR AT AMERICA MAKES: America Makes made Brandon Ribic its new technology director. He replaces John Wilczynski, who earlier this year was named America Makes executive director.

Previously, Ribic was joining engineer within the Rolls-Royce Corporation Materials Technology Center. There he spent more than six years researching and developing welding and additive manufacturing processes for various titanium and nickel superalloy gas turbine engine components. In addition, he has led and participated in multiple Metals Affordability Initiative projects focused on the additive manufacturing of nickel superalloys.

America Makes is the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and the first of eight Manufacturing Innovation Institutes created and managed by the U.S. Department of Defense.

EMPLOYEE MOVES AT ACE: ACE Products & Consulting in Ravenna announced the retirement of Doug Hartley as sales and marketing director, and the promotions of Frank Pappas to sales and business development director and Doug Foster to director of operations.

Pappas, formerly director of new business development, joined ACE in February. He will oversee all company sales and customer development.

Doug Foster, former laboratory manager, will oversee all daily operations of the laboratory. Among his academic degrees is a Master of Business Administration from Youngstown State University.

ACE is in the rubber and silicone industry.

PRACTICE ADDS DOCTOR: Ohio Pain & Rehabilitation in Warren added Dr. Amardeep S. Chauhan as a new physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

The physicians at the clinic are on staff at local hospitals and specialize in chiropractic care, physical therapy, work injuries, auto accidents and orthopedic surgeries.