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Visitor Bureaus Sing ‘Happy Trails to You’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Grill on the Hill has a dare for its patrons: the Cliffhanger Challenge.  In 10 minutes or less, participating patrons must eat the three-layer bacon cheeseburger, served with “a hill of fries.” Those who rise to the occassion get their burger for free, says Mark Lyngarkos, owner of the New Castle, Pa., […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Grill on the Hill has a dare for its patrons: the Cliffhanger Challenge.  In 10 minutes or less, participating patrons must eat the three-layer bacon cheeseburger, served with “a hill of fries.” Those who rise to the occassion get their burger for free, says Mark Lyngarkos, owner...

Small Businesses Undergird Region’s Economy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Small businesses across Ohio and Pennsylvania created nearly 100,000 jobs in 2016, according to the latest report from the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Pennsylvania realized 51,487 net new jobs to the economy through small businesses that year, while Ohio saw 46,439 net new jobs during 2016.  Small […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Small businesses across Ohio and Pennsylvania created nearly 100,000 jobs in 2016, according to the latest report from the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Pennsylvania realized 51,487 net new jobs to the economy through small businesses that year, while Ohio saw 46,439 net...

Not Your Grandparents’ Kitchen and Bath

GreenHeart Companies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Trends in kitchen and baths come and go. Stained cabinets give way to painted ones. Quartz replaces laminate countertops. But the trend having the biggest impact on the industry, says Ed Metzel, is the thought process of buyers. “Now they want it now,” says Metzel, general manager of the Design Center for […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Trends in kitchen and baths come and go. Stained cabinets give way to painted ones. Quartz replaces laminate countertops. But the trend having the biggest impact on the industry, says Ed Metzel, is the thought process of buyers. “Now they want it now,” says Metzel, general manager...

Simmers Leverages Expertise, Interns to Hoist Expansion

Simmers Crane Design & Services Pulls Employees From YSU

SALEM, Ohio — In the shop at Simmers Crane Design & Services in Salem, an employee works on a piece of equipment suspended from a two-ton-capacity jib crane. The crane bears the logos of several regional companies – project sponsors for the crane that was built by students in the engineering program at Youngstown State […]

SALEM, Ohio -- In the shop at Simmers Crane Design & Services in Salem, an employee works on a piece of equipment suspended from a two-ton-capacity jib crane. The crane bears the logos of several regional companies – project sponsors for the crane that was built by students in the...

Racino Posts Second-Best Month for VLT Play

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Video lottery terminal wagers at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course last month were down more than $8 million from March’s record month, but still posted the second-highest performance since the racino’s opening.  In April, VLT wagers in Austintown totaled $110.55 million, down from $118.99 million in March, the best month […]

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Video lottery terminal wagers at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course last month were down more than $8 million from March’s record month, but still posted the second-highest performance since the racino’s opening.  In April, VLT wagers in Austintown totaled $110.55 million, down from $118.99 million...

Projects Spark Business for Electrical Contractors

Youngstown amphitheater, Tri-Area Electric

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With the opening of the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre scheduled for mid-June, electricians from Tri-Area Electric Co. Inc. were at work at the project site on a sunny morning in late April. With the concrete being poured the following day, roughing and grounding had to be competed for the main stage. Then an […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With the opening of the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre scheduled for mid-June, electricians from Tri-Area Electric Co. Inc. were at work at the project site on a sunny morning in late April. With the concrete being poured the following day, roughing and grounding had to be competed for...

Mahoning Valley NECA Seeks Electrician Apprentices

neca seeks electrician apprentices

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Like many of the construction trades, the electrical contracting industry faces a potential workforce shortage in the coming years. And that shortage could prove lucrative for workers who get into training programs during the ebb.  “There’s a huge manpower shortage across the country,” says Jack Savage, field representative for the eastern region […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Like many of the construction trades, the electrical contracting industry faces a potential workforce shortage in the coming years. And that shortage could prove lucrative for workers who get into training programs during the ebb.  “There’s a huge manpower shortage across the country,” says Jack Savage, field...

Local Auto Sales Break 5,000 for 2nd Straight Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – More than 5,000 new and used cars were sold in the Mahoning Valley for the second straight month, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. In April, a total of 5,268 vehicles were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, an 8.6% increase from the same month a year […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – More than 5,000 new and used cars were sold in the Mahoning Valley for the second straight month, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. In April, a total of 5,268 vehicles were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, an 8.6% increase from...

Manufacturers Observe First National Skilled Trades Day

City Machine Technologies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Michael Kovach, president of City Machine Technologies Inc., sees a lot of gray when he looks around his shop floor.  No one has a crystal ball in this business, but one thing’s for sure: the workforce is getting older. Changing the hues of those follicles by injecting more young people with the […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Michael Kovach, president of City Machine Technologies Inc., sees a lot of gray when he looks around his shop floor.  No one has a crystal ball in this business, but one thing’s for sure: the workforce is getting older. Changing the hues of those follicles by injecting...

Tree Management Takes More than a Big Saw

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Even if it’s not as exciting as the crash of a large tree after the lumberjack’s yell of “Timber!” there’s still a simple beauty in watching a crew trim and cut down backyard trees. Cutters work around trees, cutting back limbs from all angles as they fold themselves to be in just […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Even if it’s not as exciting as the crash of a large tree after the lumberjack’s yell of “Timber!” there’s still a simple beauty in watching a crew trim and cut down backyard trees. Cutters work around trees, cutting back limbs from all angles as they fold...