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Wood Product Companies Branch Out

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When the real estate market collapsed in the Great Recession a dozen years ago, it took many building contractors and materials suppliers down with it. Few know this better than Donn McConnell, second-generation operator of Hubbard Lumber. For the last 45 years, McConnell has worked at the...

Hearings Begin on Bill to Subsidize Nuclear Plants

FirstEnergy to Close 3 Nuclear Power Plants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A revised bill introduced earlier this month that would help rescue Ohio’s nuclear power industry is starting to make its way through the state legislature, causing concern among those who view it as nothing short of a bailout for bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions. House Bill 6 would provide subsidies to two nuclear plants […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A revised bill introduced earlier this month that would help rescue Ohio’s nuclear power industry is starting to make its way through the state legislature, causing concern among those who view it as nothing short of a bailout for bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions. House Bill 6 would provide...

Valley Car Sales Slip 5.1% in March

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley were down 5.1% in March, the first year-over-year drop of 2019. In all, 5,027 new and used cars were sold in the area, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. New-car sales totaled 2,723, a 4.1% dip from March 2018, while sales of used cars […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley were down 5.1% in March, the first year-over-year drop of 2019. In all, 5,027 new and used cars were sold in the area, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. New-car sales totaled 2,723, a 4.1% dip from March 2018,...

GM, Fiat Chrysler Report Sales Drop to Start Year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The year has started on a down note for the two of the three American automakers, as both General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a dip in first-quarter sales. General Motors started 2019 with a 7% drop in sales compared to the first quarter of last year. Across its four […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The year has started on a down note for the two of the three American automakers, as both General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a dip in first-quarter sales. General Motors started 2019 with a 7% drop in sales compared to the first quarter of...

Bridge Painters, Father and Son, Start at the Top

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A photograph on the front page of the Kentucky Post dated June 14, 1971, shows a 41-year-old John Levendis performing paint preparation work on the Brent Spence Bridge, a double-decker structure that spans the Ohio River, connecting Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. Nineteen years later, the Aug. 16, 1990, edition of the same […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A photograph on the front page of the Kentucky Post dated June 14, 1971, shows a 41-year-old John Levendis performing paint preparation work on the Brent Spence Bridge, a double-decker structure that spans the Ohio River, connecting Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. Nineteen years later, the Aug. 16,...

Fraternity of Bridge Painters Spans Culture and Craft

CAMPBELL, Ohio – It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday in March, and a group of older men sip coffee around the small counter in the brightly lit Hellenic Prodromos Hall on 12th Street in Campbell. Within 15 minutes, others trickle in, take a seat at a nearby table, and begin playing a game of cards. […]

CAMPBELL, Ohio – It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday in March, and a group of older men sip coffee around the small counter in the brightly lit Hellenic Prodromos Hall on 12th Street in Campbell. Within 15 minutes, others trickle in, take a seat at a nearby table, and begin...

Impact of Auto Industry Stretches Widely

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Perhaps the best way to view the impact the automotive industry has on the United States is to imagine if it didn’t exist. Not that it never existed, but rather if it were taken away. In the Great Recession, it was a very real possibility. So real that two of the three […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Perhaps the best way to view the impact the automotive industry has on the United States is to imagine if it didn’t exist. Not that it never existed, but rather if it were taken away. In the Great Recession, it was a very real possibility. So real...

Auto Manufacturers Go Big to Fuel Future

GM Battery Lab

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the first time since 2014, new-car sales in the U.S. are expected to dip below 17 million as the industry cools after an unprecedented stretch of high-volume years. The decline is caused by a conflux of factors. A recession appears to be on the horizon and big ticket items – the […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the first time since 2014, new-car sales in the U.S. are expected to dip below 17 million as the industry cools after an unprecedented stretch of high-volume years. The decline is caused by a conflux of factors. A recession appears to be on the horizon and...

Manufacturing, Tech Collide with Auto Industry at Crossroads

ford motor company automation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As the final Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the production line at the General Motors Lordstown Complex March 6, it represented not just the end of 50-plus years of building cars in the Mahoning Valley, but a shift in the industry that was years – decades, even – in the making. Although just […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As the final Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the production line at the General Motors Lordstown Complex March 6, it represented not just the end of 50-plus years of building cars in the Mahoning Valley, but a shift in the industry that was years – decades, even –...

VLT Play Up at Hollywood Gaming

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Video lottery terminal play was at its second-highest level of the past six months at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in February as nearly $102 million was wagered at the racino. The month’s total – $101,897,889 – was ahead of January’s tally of $95.67 million, as well as the February […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Video lottery terminal play was at its second-highest level of the past six months at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in February as nearly $102 million was wagered at the racino. The month’s total – $101,897,889 – was ahead of January’s tally of $95.67 million,...