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Chevy Cruzes on way to New York Auto Show

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com Chevrolet is about to unveil the Cruze model that is to

‘Bowling for jobs’

Ray Watson of Canfield, left, and Paul Maxwell of Girard fill out applications during a jobs fair at Camelot Lanes Wednesday. The event attracted more than 450 job-seekers. Each received two free games of bowling at the Boardman alley.

Top GM executive visits Lordstown

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com LORDSTOWN A union official at the Lordstown car complex

Software company expects growth with German partner

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A software company based in the Youngstown

Denman to sell its Trumbull tire plant

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com LEAVITTSBURG Denman Tire filed for bankruptcy and plans to

Car sales take deep slide in Feb. snow

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com New-vehicle sales dropped to their lowest point in decades

Elton John books show in Youngstown arena

Tickets go on sale Friday and will cost $139, $89 and $39.

Google team | Local thinkers

Those developing a proposal for Google: Tyler Clark, technology consultant to the Youngstown

Youngstown interested in high-speed Google network

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Google is looking for cities where it can

‘Zing Zang Zoom’ wows circus-goers of all ages

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The circus came to town with elephants, acrobats

Lordstown's Cruze — Star of the show

Bill Patton of Canfield, a GM Lordstown retiree, and his wife, Heidi Patton, look at the Chevy Cruze at the Cleveland Auto Show.

Cobalt sales accelerate 70 percent in February

By DON SHILLING shilling@vindy.com Car buyers are returning to showrooms, and many are choosing

Craze over Cruze rolls into Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Chevrolet will promote the Lordstown-built Cruze with a grass-roots marketing campaign

Lures sought for GM transfers to live in Valley

Organizers of house incentives in 2008 are unsure if those programs will be revived. A


Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, announces a third shift will be added at GM’s Lordstown complex. Added production is needed for the Chevrolet Cruze, one of which is seen to his side.

New product for Lordstown? Buzz builds that Valley plant may get crossover

Expectations are growing that General Motors is adding a third shift at its Lordstown complex, but

Will Lordstown Cruze into 3rd shift?

General Motors is planning an announcement at its Lordstown complex Tuesday, which has workers

Ryan looks to continue ‘Mahoning miracle’

The lawmaker from Niles has filed to run for re-election to Congress. HOWLAND — Tim Ryan, who

V&M Star’s pipe mill shows rise in productivity

Three new pipe mills have been announced in the past five weeks. YOUNGSTOWN — V&M Star is

V&M delivers plant, 350 jobs

While negotiations over V&M Star Steel’s $650 million expansion at times were tense, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, left, and Girard Mayor James Melfi were all smiles Monday when the company announced the project will be built here.

Exal Corp. executive upbeat on new Youngstown plant

The company’s president said he thinks demand is about to explode for its products. YOUNGSTOWN

Valley software company plans continued growth

The company expects to add 28 jobs this year and more in future years. BOARDMAN — Henry Schein

Valley continues to dig ... and dig

Pete Schisler of Greenford presalts the parking lot of the Covelli Centre Tuesday afternoon for American Beauty Landscaping in order to make plowing easier as the snow began to accumulate in the second storm in the Valley in four days.

Pipe, tube makers: Chinese companies perpetuating fraud

Pipe and tube imports are being mislabeled intentionally, a lawyer said. Wheatland Tube and

Forum union, operator talking

Forum Health said it is talking to all parties interested in bidding for the system. A

RTI’s sales down in 4th quarter

A declining appetite for titanium led to a fourth-quarter and annual loss for RTI International

2nd-straight annual loss hits Home Savings’ parent

United Community Financial posted a $16.3 million loss in the fourth quarter. YOUNGSTOWN —

Agency wants order amended

Pension cuts are slated to start next week as the legal wrangling continues. A federal pension

Where is rage over loss of U.S. manufacturing?

Fair-trade legislation and incentives to rebuild the nation’s manufacturing base are prescribed.

Impact of recession on the Valley will linger in 2010, economist says

The judge did not, however, accept retirees’ request that benefit cuts be stopped now.

Impact of recession on the Valley will linger in 2010, economist says

Companies are hesitant to expand, a chamber official said. BOARDMAN — The recession is over,

In Valley for business

A local business owner tells Gov. Ted Strickland he plans to add ‘a lot more jobs.’ By DON

High unemployment lingers

The local unemployment rate dropped just slightly in December. More people are being

Severstal to fire up Warren steel mill

The mill’s cold-rolling mill and coating lines will remain idle for now. WARREN — Severstal

Slow sales fuel 2 more weeks of GM layoffs

Cobalt production is to end about June 24 as attention shifts to the new Chevrolet Cruze.

Fight for justice, help Haitians, hundreds urged at Valley MLK event

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s time to stand up and act, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did, a speaker

McHenry Industries moving, expanding

The company ships signs all over the U.S. and Canada. AUSTINTOWN — Signs are pointing to

Area car dealers happy ’09 is over

New-vehicle sales in the Valley were off 37 percent last year. Last year ended much like it

USW: Mill to restart soon

About 1,200 workers have been laid off from Severstal. WARREN — Severstal plans to restart its

Slow sales likely to close Lordstown GM plant for a week

General Motors is likely to shut down its Lordstown complex for a week in March because of slow

Unique motorcycle saves energy

The hybrid motorcycle can be loud and fast or quiet and energy efficient. A Boardman company

Research company to open office in downtown Tech Block

The San Francisco business expects to employ up to 50 workers within two years. YOUNGSTOWN —

GM’s Cruze goal: 1 million

That sales projection for the new compact car to be built in Lordstown far exceeds that for the

Valley pipe producers expect more penalties on imports

A second trade case would carry larger duties against Chinese pipe producers. WARREN — The

Mahoning, Trumbull counties to share green job-training funds

Officials hope the money will attract manufacturing companies to the area. Mahoning and

Chamber group will visit Israel

Included in the trip will be the mayors of Youngstown and Warren. YOUNGSTOWN — A local

Lordstown union leaders upbeat despite slow sales

The turbocharged Cobalt SS was billed as the quickest, most powerful Cobalt built yet at its unveiling during the 2008 Cleveland Auto Show, but sales have been disappointing.

Warren company pairs with Ryan to fight imports

A local manufacturer blames Chinese imports for its loss of sales. WARREN — Backyard Buddy is


Los Gallos, a Boardman Mexican restaurant, is expanding with another location and a banquet center.

GM Complex weathers highs, lows

The General Motors’ Lordstown Complex pieced together hundreds of thousands of new cars this



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