Regional Business Digest

First Place's growth leadsto stand-alone branches
WARREN -- First Place Bank is moving two of its branches out of Giant Eagle stores in Mahoning County. A new branch is under construction at the southwest corner of Seville Drive and U.S. Route 224 in Canfield Township. It will replace a branch in Giant Eagle on Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman. The Warren-based bank recently signed a lease for a new branch on state Route 46 in Austintown, just south of Mahoning Avenue. It will replace a branch in Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue. The Canfield branch is expected to open in April. The Austintown branch will be under construction soon and is expected to be completed later this year.
Event at Accent Media commemorates sole owner
HOWLAND -- Accent Media, 8017 E. Market St., will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. today to commemorate Charles "Chip" Atkins once again being the sole owner of the business. He bought the company he founded back from investors. Accent Media is an audio, visual and multimedia production company.
Farmland preservationwill be topic of seminar
GOSHEN -- The Mahoning Soil & amp; Water Conservation District will hold a seminar on farmland preservation from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Goshen Township administration building, 14003 W. South Range Road. Speakers will be Michael Bailey, executive director of the office of farmland preservation at the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Larry Gearhart, local affairs director of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Brian Williams, state director of the American Farmland Trust; and Mark Skowronski, director of land protection for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. For reservations, call (330) 740-7995. The cost is 5, including lunch, if registered by Friday or 6 after that date.
Honda issues a recallof 2004-05 Accords
WASHINGTON -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling 81,000 of its 2004-05 Accord sedans because of issues that could cause an air bag-related sensor to fail, the company said Wednesday. Honda said in a Jan. 9 letter to the government that the wiring harness for the seat position sensor, which detects the driver's seating position and adjusts the air bag inflation pressure accordingly, was attached in the wrong location and may have been overtightened.
From Vindicator staff and wire reports

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