Week in Review: Lordstown Motors, Chill-Can and Remembering Clarence Smith

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The life of Clarence Smith, updates on the Chill-Can project and Lordstown Motors getting ready to race in Mexico topped our news for the week of April 12.

Clarence Smith Dies

Clarence R. Smith, Jr., well-regarded businessman and philanthropist in the Mahoning Valley, died Tuesday at the age of 92. 

The retired chairman of Compco Industries and Diamond Steel Construction Co. and the former owner of Adamas Gems & Jewelry was fondly remembered by local leaders.

Read more about Smith’s life HERE, as well as the impact he had on the Mahoning Valley – from business to politics to philanthropy – in our story HERE.

Chill-Can Saga

Two and a half weeks after the city of Youngstown gave M.J. Joseph Development Corp. 60 days to complete its Chill-Can plant on the East Side, CEO Mitchell Joseph responded, vowing to complete the project. READ MORE.

Meanwhile the company also owes the athletics department at Youngstown State University more than $200,000. READ MORE

Lordstown Motors Ready to Race

Lordstown Motors will put its Endurance pickup to the test this weekend in the Baja California Desert of Mexico. In advance of the San Felipe 250 on Saturday, the automaker released videos of the truck being prepared (READ HERE) as well as pictures of the race truck (CLICK HERE).

In the Page 1 story from our MidApril edition, we dived into the moves Lordstown Motors has made to overcome a spate of lawsuits and a blistering short seller’s report. You can read our story HERE.

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