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CHAMBER SEEKS WAGE / BENEFIT DATA: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is asking businesses in the Mahoning Valley to participate in a starting wages and benefits survey. This survey is a tool for all businesses in the area that are interested in finding and keeping qualified workers. ...

Vallourec wins ITC ruling

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled seamless steel pipe imported from Czech Republic is hurting U.S. industry, a win for Vallourec Star. The commission’s ruling Thursday means the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping order on imports of the product from the ...

Training program available to local small-business owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration district office in Cleveland has opened registration for its 2020 SBA Emerging Leaders executive-level training program in Youngstown. The goal of the program, according to the SBA, is to help established small-business owners with high growth potential ...

Mall owner given more time to avoid bankruptcy

BOARDMAN — Senior noteholders and some creditors of Washington Prime Group Inc., owner / operator of the Southern Park Mall, have given the financially strapped company more time to try to avoid bankruptcy. According to a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the ...

Ryan sponsors bill to create manufacturing officer

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is a lead sponsor of a bill to create an office of manufacturing and industrial innovation policy, overseen by a chief manufacturing officer in the executive branch. The office would focus on America’s manufacturing industry and workforce, and work to improve global ...

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ONLINE CLINIC DEALS WITH DEBT: Community Legal Aid will host a free, online legal clinic to give information on bankruptcy and other options to handle debt. The Financial Wellness Workshop will be 2 p.m. Tuesday. Preregistration is required. Apply by phone at 800-998-9454 or online, ...

Incubator CEO part of Leadership Ohio course

WARREN — Rick Stockburger, president / CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators, Ohio’s only energy storage and clean energy startup incubator, in downtown Warren is among this year’s class of Leadership Ohio. He joins 42 other people across the state in the class that includes professionals in ...

Eastern Gateway honored for digital textbook move

YOUNGSTOWN — Eastern Gateway Community College has received the 2021 Institutional Stewardship Award from the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching project for the schools commitment to transition to low-cost or free digital textbook. Starting in 2017, EGCC began ...

Women’s club highlights Equal Pay Day tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Business & Professional Women’s Club is focusing its March monthly business meeting on equal pay topics in lieu of its traditional Equal Pay Day Awareness social mixer event, due to the viral outbreak. The club will feature talking points on the state of ...

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MVMC ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS: The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition appointed new board members from among its member companies. Each will serve two-year terms on the local workforce development sector partnership organization. They are Joe Colletti of Marsh Bellofram / Specialty ...

Automakers hoping US embraces EVs

DETROIT — The world’s major automakers have made something abundantly clear: They believe electric vehicles will dominate their industry in the years ahead. Yet for that to happen, they’ll need to sell the idea to people like Steve Bock. When Bock recently replaced his family’s 2013 ...

Station Square celebrates 35th anniversary

LIBERTY — Executive chef Ottavio Musumeci thinks big, whether it’s his wine list, his menu or the restaurant itself. Musumeci became owner / operator 20 years ago of Station Square Ristorante, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month. Under his ownership, the restaurant that ...

Unemployment rates edge up in Mahoning Valley

Trumbull and Mahoning counties, like most of Ohio’s 88 counties in January, saw their unemployment rate climb from December, but not high enough to be among the seven with jobless rates of 8 percent or more. Similarly, the rates in Warren and Youngstown — the two most populated cities ...

Hollywood Austintown sees wagering increase

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering on video lottery terminals last month at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course nearly reached $115 million, marking the second month in row the racino saw betting grow. Similarly, overall wagering at Ohio’s seven racinos increased in February, also marking the ...

Revenue up at Ohio casinos

WARREN — Revenue at Ohio’s four casinos surpassed $67.6 million in February, the fourth consecutive month of growth, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The latest data from the commission shows revenue last month increased 4.2 percent from January, which posted $64.8 ...

Auto sales pick up in February

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley performed well in February, posting a gain of 3.7 percent from the previous year after a slow start to 2021. The latest data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association shows new car sales last month led the way for the ...

Visions of cider, wine

YOUNGSTOWN — Hannah Ferguson embodies that old saying, “do what you love ... ” It’s apparent in the way she talks about the business she’s started and how she walks in the space that will become D.O.P.E. Cider House & Winery — about 1,300 square feet of what’s really now ...

Workhorse sued in US court in Calif.

Investors in Workhorse Group Inc. allege in a lawsuit that executives there made misleading and false statements concerning the company’s bid to secure a multibillion contract to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-gen delivery truck. And on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan doubled-down on ...

Rep. Ryan seeks probe of OshKosh stock buy

Congressman Tim Ryan is urging a federal oversight body to investigate a large purchase of OshKosh Corp. stock the day before a division of the Wisconsin-based company was awarded the contract to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-gen delivery vehicle. Ryan’s call Monday onto the ...

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PROMOTION AT BRITE: BRITE Energy Innovators in downtown Warren, Ohio’s only energy tech incubator, has promoted Sara Daugherty to director of partnerships to address the growing demand for client services and its national role in electrification. Daugherty joined the organization in ...