Inside Foxconn Ohio; ‘Proud’ of Progress in East Palestine

The Business Journal this week published the first stories and videos of a new multipart series, Inside Foxconn Ohio.

The series, produced by Dan O’Brien, managing editor, and Michael Moliterno, chief operating officer, began with a focus on a Day in the Life of Foxconn, with executives, floor supervisors and fitness trainers – even culinary specialists – relating their experiences working at the plant.

Looking ahead, the series will examine the internal workings at Foxconn, from processes to the prospects for new business development. Stories will highlight the electric vehicle market in general and how Foxconn hopes to shape this market with new technology and innovation.

Stories and videos from the series are available HERE

Also this week, senior reporter Deanne Johnson met with Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw to discuss the continuing effort to help East Palestine recover from the Feb. 3 train derailment. Shaw said while he regrets that the derailment occurred, he is proud of the work Norfolk Southern has completed in just nine months.

In other East Palestine news, shooting will take place in the village this weekend for “Ray,” a movie by Mahoning Valley filmmakers Jennifer Ruth and Adam Michael. The film has nothing to do with the train derailment.

Here’s a look at those stories and other top stories this week from

Foxconn Culture Drives Its Vision for Lordstown Plant

Establishing a welcoming work environment is important to attract talent, says Foxconn’s Rick Rajaie.

Rick Rajaie, vice president of operations of Foxconn EV North America, says the driving force behind Foxconn’s plans for its Lordstown assembly plant is to create an entirely new culture. 

“We take our culture and values seriously,” he says. “We believe that’s the dominant factor to bring our vision to reality.”

That vision includes placing Foxconn at the forefront of the emerging electric vehicle market and transforming the 6.2 million-square-foot Lordstown manufacturing complex – a plant that once produced more than 300,000 combustion-engine vehicles per year – into a hub of EV innovation and technical ingenuity. READ

Norfolk Southern CEO ‘Proud’ of Progress in East Palestine

Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw.

The work may have been completed over the weekend, removing 170,000 tons of contaminated dirt created by the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train Feb. 3, but Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw says he’s far from finished helping the residents of East Palestine.

On Tuesday, Shaw told The Business Journal that an economic development summit will be held Nov. 30 as part of a continuing effort to help the village recover. Although no site has been chosen, the summit will include Shaw, JobsOhio and state elected officials. READ

KSU Trumbull to Prepare Students for High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

From left are Paul Dykshoorn, director of engineering technology at KSU at Tuscarawas; students Dominic Bauer and Jackson Puruczky; Vivi Fragou and Patti Neighbor, participants in Kent’s Summer Institute; and Flavia Inbanathan, KSU at Trumbull assistant professor of electrical engineering technology.

Through a partnership with Intel, Kent State University is working to prepare the workforce for the jobs that companies will bring to the region and other positions in electrical and electronic engineering.

KSU at Trumbull is offering an associate of applied science degree in electrical/electronic engineering technology.

“During the pandemic or pre-pandemic, the chip shortage began to happen because we are manufacturing everything outside of the country and we are depending on other countries,” says Flavia Inbanathan, assistant professor in electrical engineering technology at KSU at Trumbull. READ

Lordstown Motors to Begin Soliciting Votes for Chapter 11 Plan

What could have been a lengthy hearing over six objections to the Chapter 11 disclosure plan put forth by Lordstown Motors Corp. instead became a relatively short demonstration of how bankruptcy lawyers will work through the night (and weekends) to get legal language right.

Case in point: the hearing Tuesday over the document that spells out the order in which Lordstown’s creditors would be paid and whether securities fraud litigants would retain their rights to collect monetary damages after the bankruptcy case closes. READ

FNB Economist Upbeat about US Economy

Ahmed El Nokali, managing director of capital markets at First National Bank.

As long as there are a plentiful number of available jobs in the labor market, the U.S. economy should be able to weather any turbulence by virtue of sustained consumer wealth, an economist for First National Bank said Thursday.

“I’m optimistic,” Ahmed El Nokali, managing director of capital markets at FNB said after delivering remarks at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s annual Economic Forecast breakfast at Waypoint 4180. READ

Easy Street Productions Offers a Blast of Broadway

Megan Cleland, center, leads a rehearsal of “Gotta Dance!” with Easy Street troupe members.

The timing was right for Easy Street Productions to put together a musical revue. So says Megan Cleland, the longtime choreographer for the Youngstown-based troupe that has long been known for its professional-quality musicals.

Easy Street will present “Gotta Dance!,” a parade of some of the finest moments from Broadway blockbusters, Nov. 3-5 at Powers Auditorium in Youngstown. The revue will feature numbers from “West Side Story,” “Chicago,” “42nd Street,” “Cats” and more. READ

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