Enthusiasm for Warren Project; Duncan’s Legacy Endures

From The Business Journal’s MidOctober issue, Michael Moliterno provided an update on the $36 million Student Wellness and Recreation Center that DeSalvo Construction is building at Warren G. Harding High School.

Rob Wilt, project superintendent for DeSalvo Construction, says the project still garners much attention from the community, with one local man donating a large U.S. flag now flying from the framework facing Mollenkopf Stadium.

Moliterno also provided a look at the legacy of Duncan’s Bath and Kitchen Center in Poland. The formula for the company’s success has been straightforward: Adapt to shifts in the industry while staying true to the core values Elmer Duncan instilled over six decades ago.

From a company that has been around a while to a young entrepreneur at the beginning of her career, George Nelson talked with A’nya Reynolds, an 11-year-old who started A’nya Rose Shea Butter Co. in May 2021 through the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Youth Entrepreneurship program.

The program exposes students to a range of opportunities, says Megan Payich, the program director. “We’re just trying to create future leaders – get them exposed to different ideas.”

Another program that exposes students to career possibilities is Leetonia Exempted Village Schools’ new Innovative Career Exploration program. Deanne Johnson spoke to Ryan O’Donnell, who leads the mostly after-school program. “Our main goal is to let these kids explore what is going to be available to them in their future,” O’Donnell said.

Here’s a look at those stories and other top stories this week from BusinessJournalDaily.com:

Community Enthusiasm Builds for Warren Project

DeSalvo Construction superintendent Rob Wilt in front of the first- and second-floor tracks.

Passers-by can envision the final appearance of the $36 million Student Wellness and Recreation Center that DeSalvo Construction is building at Warren G. Harding High School, now that the shell of the center is taking shape.

“It’s going smoothly. Everything is pretty much coming in on time. There were some long lead times on a lot of this stuff,” says Rob Wilt, project superintendent for DeSalvo Construction. READ

Duncan’s Legacy Endures as Industry Changes

Tom Duncan, left, joined his father, Elmer, in 1974. Now Jason, the third generation, is transitioning into leading the business.

Elmer Duncan opened the doors of Duncan’s Bath and Kitchen Center in 1956 with a vision – to offer exceptional plumbing services that homeowners could trust.

Little did he know that his modest endeavor would become a family legacy as it navigated industry changes over seven decades. READ

Work Advance Initiative for Trumbull County Unveiled

From left are Pat Kerrigan, executive director of Oak Hill Collaborative; Todd Johnson, 1st Ward Councilman, Warren; Alex Hertzer, assistant director at MVMC; Lea Dotson of Warren Forward; and Van Nelson, CEO of TCAP.

A partnership between nonprofit organizations, public agencies and Eastern Gateway Community College plans to roll out a new initiative intended to boost workforce skills in Trumbull County.

The Work Advance Trumbull County pilot program is in direct response to the growing job opportunities throughout the region – especially the southwestern area of the city of Warren – said Lea Dotson of Warren Forward, a coalition of young people who want to bring change to the city. READ

Property Transfer Paves Way for MYCAP Senior Center

From left are Anthony Trevena, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority; Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown; Sheila Triplett, chief executive officer of Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership; and Councilman Julius Oliver.

At a ceremony Tuesday morning, Anthony Trevena, Western Reserve Port Authority executive director, presented keys to the building at 64 Ridge Ave. to Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and Councilman Julius Oliver, 1st Ward. They, in turn, handed the keys to Sheila Triplett, chief executive officer of the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership.

MYCAP plans to convert the building into a senior center for those with lower income. Its senior program has run out of space at the agency’s Fifth Avenue building. READ

EPA Touts ‘Milestone’ in East Palestine Cleanup Efforts

A Norfolk Southern train approaches during a press conference Thursday at the site of the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine as Debra Shore, U.S. EPA Region 5 director, left, speaks to the media. At right is Mark Durno, a U.S. EPA emergency response engineer, and East Palestine Mayor Trent Conaway.

More than eight months after burned and crumpled train cars from the Feb. 3 derailment in East Palestine were piled for removal, Debra Shore, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region Five administrator, stood at the site and called it a “major milestone” toward completion of the cleanup effort. READ

Steelite CEO Shows Off Downtown Youngstown Headquarters

John Miles, president and CEO of Steelite International.

Steelite International President and CEO John Miles said the company’s transition of its corporate headquarters to downtown Youngstown is nearly complete.

Miles, who announced in June 2022 that Steelite would be relocating its corporate offices and global headquarters from New Castle, Pa., to space in the Youngstown Business Incubator’s Taft Technology Center building, hosted members of the Rotary Club of Youngstown for their weekly meeting at the new headquarters space. READ

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