Week in Review | Oh Wow, Ohio Leatherworks, Lordstown Motors, C-130s

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — As it moves into a new phase of its evolution, the Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology is seeking a new executive director.

Suzanne Barbati, the museum’s current president and director, will transition to director of planned giving, she said in a statement. Her move comes with the organization’s long-term plans – looking at the museum’s next 90 years – in mind.

Applications for the position, along with a job description, are available at OhWowKids.org. Resumes can be submitted to employment@ohwowkids.org. READ HERE

Ohio Leatherworks Site Awaits Rebirth

GIRARD, Ohio — Today, little remains of the Ohio Leather Co., more commonly known as the Ohio Leatherworks. Overgrown thickets and trees claim most of the 27-acre site that fronts U.S. 422 to the east and hugs the Mahoning River to the west. Old telegraph poles protrude through the tall brush while remnants of the sewage clarifier of the company remains intact. What was left of the main, red brick factory was demolished years ago after a series of fires.

Now, a half-century since the company closed, Girard is poised to take a major step in redeveloping the entire site, plus put into play another 40 acres of adjoining land that Mayor James Melfi says could transform the community. READ HERE

Lordstown Motors Confirms Federal Investigation

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Electric-vehicle manufacturer Lordstown Motors Corp. on Thursday confirmed that it is the subject of a federal investigation into its merger with blank check company DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. and pre-orders for its all-electric pickup, The Endurance.

The company, in a statement tucked inside an amended prospectus filing, said that it has “been informed by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York that it is investigating these matters.” READ HERE

Earlier in the week, Angela Strand said in a letter to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that the company remains committed to the Mahoning Valley. It was a response to Brown’s letter from July 13 urging Lordstown Motors to develop and share its plan to restructure the company and strike a partnership with the United Auto Workers union.

Ryan Secures Funding for Additional C-130s

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, announced Wednesday morning that he’s secured more than $429 million through the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee toward the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules aircraft designated for the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The appropriations are important to the Mahoning Valley because the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna is one of two finalists to receive the new aircraft, the congressman said. READ HERE

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