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Business 2009: The Cruze

GM’s commitment to Lordstown tops this year’s business news. Bolt by bolt, something big was

Officials hope Valley returns to one congressional district

Next year’s state elections will help determine who will draw new congressional lines.

Jobless rate rises throughout the Valley

Youngstown has the highest jobless rate — 14.5% — of any city in Ohio. The area’s

Practice gets new MRI unit

The medical practice is the first in the area to install GE’s new environmentally friendly MRI.

Some Valley bars serve up bout despite blackout order

The bars showing the fight were crowded Saturday night. Some area bars were receiving the pay-

Mayor calls Valley’s low rank for business ‘almost comical’

The mayor combats Youngstown’s poor ranking with large business expansions planned for the city.

Valley new-vehicle sales hit a low point

A dealer representative can’t recall a month with lower new-car sales. New-vehicle sales in

Forum deadline reset for Jan. 11

The health provider says extra time is needed because of its ‘careful approach.’ Forum Health

GM plans to scale back sales incentives

GM wants to get away from being the industry’s incentives leader, an official said. Don’t

Severstal workers eligible for college, training funds

The money is designed to make laid-off workers more employable. WARREN — About 1,200 workers

Doctor’s Rx for reviving Liberty MetroPlex: commitment, $2M

The new MetroPlex owner hopes to spend $2 million on renovations. LIBERTY — A Pennsylvania

State legislator encouraged by Severstal’s plan

WARREN — A local state legislator said he is encouraged that Severstal executives have an action

Consumer Reports: Cruze most significant car of L.A. car show

Critics are raving about the Cruze, which is stealing the spotlight at the L.A. car show after it was introduced Wednesday. GM used the LA show to show off a Cruze built at its Lordstown complex for the first time.

Delphi salaried retirees testify about pensions

Two local retirees of Delphi Packard Electric told a House subcommittee that their pension plans

Area steel companies push for tariffs

Jay Williams testified that rising imports threaten V&M’s proposed expansion. Two area steel

Media await Cruze unveiling

Industry writers like what they’ve seen of the Cruze so far.

Mayor in D.C.; trying to secure federal funds for Forum

The mayor wants to avoid a Forum sale to an outside operator. Mayor Jay Williams is trying to


New Castle company’s product ‘helps out a lot’ The air curtain keeps the heat and cold away from

Are new models cruising into GM Lordstown?

Reports say the Valley plant will produce a Korean version of the Cruze, a minicar and a crossover

Goodbye, YS&T offices; hello, V&M green space

The site will be used for green space at V&M’s request. YOUNGSTOWN — In another step to secure

Recovery will be vigorous in 2010, economist says

CANFIELD — An economic recovery is under way and will continue building steam next year, an

Valley piques interest of Asian companies

More foreign trips will be arranged with the help of a federal grant. YOUNGSTOWN — Four Asian

LA auto show will showcase Cruze, Volt

Chevrolet will showcase the fuel efficiency of the Lordstown-built Cruze and its electric car, the

Rev. Simon honored

Simon is honored for his efforts as a pastor and in energizing voters. YOUNGSTOWN — About 175

Cruze moves to catch up with Honda

Senior General Motors executives pushed back the launch of the Chevrolet Cruze for more time to

Pensions restored for hourly retirees

GM will cover the payments being cut by a federal agency. Hourly retirees of Delphi Packard

Valley entrepreneur brings LA bus riders up to speed on ‘green’

A downtown company offers environmental videos from around the world. YOUNGSTOWN — One million

Auto sales down in October

Area car dealers saw a 40-percent decline. Area car dealers posted their second-worst sales

National City branches convert

The change follows PNC’s acquisition of National City last year. PNC Financial Services Group

RTI reports 50% drop in sales

The titanium company reported an $8.7 million third-quarter loss. RTI International Metals

Attorney targeted by complaint faces jail time

Atty. Warren “Bo” Pritchard, who has been accused of misconduct in his legal practice, is to begin a

Boy hurt by foul ball to be released soon

The boy can move his arms and legs but can’t pick up objects yet. WARREN — Luke Holko, the 4

Delphi retiree upbeat after D.C. hearing

The Howland resident is optimistic that senators will work to restore pension benefits. A

First Place beefs up its mortgage business

The bank continues to have trouble with bad loans as the regional economy struggles. VIENNA —

Chamber members heading for China

One of the companies being visited is looking for a Midwest distribution site. Local

Boardman’s General Extrusions auctions equipment to pay loans

BOARDMAN — General Extrusions auctioned much of its fabricating and finishing equipment Tuesday,


Monica Bonilla of Youngstown gets help from her mother, Minerva Bonilla, as she tries on a costume. They were shopping recently at Halloween Mania in Austintown.

Sunrise Inn in Warren to expand into Austintown

The former Waffle House in Austintown will become a Sunrise Inn Express. AUSTINTOWN — The

Salaried retirees from Delphi Corp. expected to testify

Salaried retirees from Delphi Corp. are expected to testify about their reduced pensions before a

Loan losses continue to affect UCFC’s earnings

YOUNGSTOWN — The parent company of Home Savings and Loan Co. continues to be dragged down by bad

Pay for Pishkur produces protests

Objections are expected to be filed in court over his proposed pay. YOUNGSTOWN — Forum

VXI Calls On Valley

Chris Butcher, senior operations manager at VXI Global Solutions, stands among new operators at the company’s downtown call center. Butcher, a Mahoning Valley native, was working in Los Angeles when he suggested VXI consider Youngstown for a call center.

Experts expect Dow to rise higher

The Dow has gained 53 percent since bottoming out in March. The Dow Jones industrial average

Plan to pay ex-CEO $9,000/week angers union leaders

YOUNGSTOWN — After years of persuading members to accept contract concessions, union leaders are

Director fields questions on city’s comeback bid

An international newspaper calls the city ‘a young town again.’ YOUNGSTOWN — An international

Forum seeks pay for Pishkur

Another battle with lenders looms unless Forum completes a restructuring plan soon.

Valley companies defy recession, win Chamber awards for growth

The chamber honored 10 companies for their business growth last year. BOARDMAN — Jet Stream

Union works to build rapport with new Delphi

WARREN — A new Delphi has emerged from bankruptcy as a leaner company with lower costs, but this is

Utility to sell you $9 bulbs for $21

Consumers will pay 60 cents a month for three years for the bulbs. FirstEnergy Corp. is

Local car dealer runs low on Hummer inventory

GM told dealers that they may have to wait until November for word on the Hummer sale.


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