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Ray Beckner, an inventory associate, rolls out a large pallet of inventory at Best Buy in Boardman. Retail sales are expected to increase by more than 4 percent in Ohio this holiday season and more than 3 percent in the nation.

State of steel causes Warren Steel to shutdown temporarily

Warren Steel Holdings will close on or before Nov. 30.

New Cruze priced competitively

Chevrolet announced the pricing on the new 2016 Cruze on Wednesday.

Global Entrepreneurship Week begins today

Events in Valley offer guidance in launching startup

The week will feature the world’s largest celebration of the innovative creators who help spur economic growth.

Wick Tower grand opening continues downtown momentum

The Wick Tower at 34 W. Federal St. was unveiled Monday after the ribbon was cut by, from left, Tom Humphries, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber president; George and James Pantelidis, brothers and developers; Jackie and Dominic Marchionda of NYO Property Group; Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor; Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally; and Ryan Burgess, assistant director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Lordstown workers start vote on new contract today

The new contract includes pay raises, improved health care and an $8,000 signing bonus if ratified.

Local investment company takes back Lordstown property

In early October, Vienna Investments of Meadowbrook Drive in Boardman purchased back the property located at 1702 Henn Parkway where Magna Seating operates.

Incubator marks 20 years of innovation, expansion

James Cossler, chief executive officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator, and Barb Ewing, its chief operations officer, stand on the roof of one of the incubator’s West Federal Street buildings on its five-building campus in the downtown's West End.

Union heads to check out tentative agreement Wednesday in Detroit

Details of proposed 4-year contract still undisclosed

Leaders of the United Auto Workers unions who represent thousands of GM workers are ready to see what the UAW/General Motors tentative agreement has to offer.

Ford has no plans to come to Youngstown

The rumor of Ford opening a plant here spread Sunday night started with a tweet sent out by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Wick Tower brings new presence to downtown

Wick Tower mixes old with new in downtown Youngstown apartments

NYO Property Group has opened up Wick Tower at 34 W. Federal St.

Youngstown on the global map with export initiative

An export initiative between the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University’s International Trade Assistance Center has received some global attention.

Vallourec Star reduces its workforce again

Oil and gas downturn continues to take toll

Vallourec Star located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown produces pipe for fracking.

Unemployment rate down with civilian labor force

The Mahoning Valley's jobless rate dropped down to 5.2 percent from 5.9 percent.

Rubio talks energy at Salem plant

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio spoke to about 250 on Friday in Goshen Township.

GM Foundation provides $100,000 for area organizations

Friday was a day of thanks and appreciation at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant where the best-selling Chevrolet Cruze is built.

OSHA investigated four workplace fatalities in fiscal year 2015

The Midwest region saw an increase in construction fatalities.

One Hot Cookie to open fourth location

The Boardman location will open at the end of the month.

Rescue Mission's distribution center to close in December

The Rescue Mission’s distribution center located at 2246 Glenwood Ave. will close by Dec. 31 this year.

It’s about healthy living at the new Smoothie Shop

At new shop, it’s about healthy living

The new shop recently opened at 7403 Market St. in Fashion Square.

Mahoning Valley apple growers: Buy local, it’s better

Dan Simmons, owner of Peace Valley Orchards in Rogers, demonstrates the proper way to pick an apple. The apple-picking season in Ohio traditionally runs from late August through Oct. 25, and area apple growers say this year’s season is a good one.

Soul Food mafia feeds giving-back movement

Canfield woman starts apparel company to give back

It’s about doing good and making the world a better place by buying a T-shirt.

Youngstown Thermal selected for energy project

The company was selected as the site for the more than $74-million Department of Energy and Energy Industries of Ohio project.

Cruze sales down, GM sales up more than 12 percent


GM posted a 12.5 percent gain in sales in September with 251,310 compared with 223,437 reported in September 2014.

September auto sales expected to be stellar

Automakers will post their sales for September on Oct. 1.

All about food and family at the new Italian Marketplace

Italian Marketplace in Niles may be new, but recipes, experience are built on ...

Bobby DeVicchio and Pam Allegretto DeVicchio opened a new Italian market in Niles.

Valley’s unemployment jobs with civilian labor force

Mahoning Valley’s non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was down by more than 10 percent in August from the previous August.

Valley makers support their crafts, each other

About 30 local makers will show off their products at a Rust Belt Makers Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Canfield.

Straw masterpieces at Molnar Farms

Winnie the Pooh is one of many straw bale figures at Molnar Farms in Poland. This one was created by Megan Molnar.

Student loan debt tops trillion dollars

Seventy-one percent of students graduate with debt.

Big Three contracts with UAW expire today


At 11:59 p.m. today the contract between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Big 3 automakers expires with the future of what’s to happen next still unknown.

Crow goes on without Canfield Fair rooster

Joe Fagano, 19, of Canfield and Samantha Plocher, 13, of Goshen stand near empty poultry cages at Canfield Fairgrounds. Because of bird flu issues, no poultry will be exhibited at the 169th fair this year. Both had exhibited in past years. The fair begins its six-day run Wednesday.

State’s oil and gas production in second quarter breaks records

Overall, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 5,578,255 barrels of oil and 221 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Unemployment rate down across the Mahoning Valley in July

In Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties the jobless rate in July dropped from 7.2 percent in July 2014 down to 6 percent.

Housing sales lead realtors to remain optimistic

New-home sales in the U.S. rose 5.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000 above the revised June rate of 481,000.

U.S. stocks slump again, analysts say wait it out


Stocks regained some of that ground as the day wore on, but the Dow Jones industrial average finished the day down 588 points.

Downtown Circle opens Hookah bar downtown

Downtown Circle owner opens hookah bar, showing his belief in city is ...

Downtown Circle Owner Al Adi believed in Youngstown and downtown so he took a chance and it has paid off.

YBI competition submission deadline extended

The Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes extended the deadline to find innovative start-up ideas for additive manufacturing to Sept. 11.

Fresh Prints grows in Youngstown with Youngstown pride shirts

Youngstown pride: Shop owner’s shirts show the love

Fresh Prints grows in Youngstown with Youngstown pride shirts

Feds seek more info from ADI before OK’ing flights

Youngstown-Chicago service still a priority

The Western Reserve Port Authority still want ADI to provide service to the local airport

Switch to chips will protect customers, merchants

Al Adi, owner of Downtown Circle, has been processing chip cards for months at his downtown Youngstown convenience store.

General Extrusions celebrates 65 years, looks to bright future

General Extrusions celebrates 65 years and looks to ...

The aluminum extrusion company was started in 1950 by Fred Schuler.

Holiday Inn Express opens as sole Salem hotel

The 70-plus room hotel is geared toward the business traveler

Auto industry expected to post another positive month of sales

GM expected to log slight decline for July

Automakers are expected to post another solid month of sales today, analysts say

Prime Austintown property sold

The property on Silica Road was once bustling before it sat vacant under different ownership.

Oh-Penn Collaborative has training/certification funds available

The Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative still has more than $300,000 for interested manufacturers to use for training and certifications of their employees.

Vallourec leaders expect further future loss

$217M loss reported in second quarter

The company reported a net loss of 199 million euros or $217 million in the second quarter of 2015, and expects worst results in the future.

Consumers, vendors expect to benefit from Ohio’s tax-free weekend

Consumers, retailers eagerly await next week's tax holiday

Ohio will have a sales tax holiday from Aug. 7-9 to help those parents and others shopping for back-to-school season.

Oil prices help consumers’ pockets, costs jobs

Cheaper gas helps consumers, hurts industry workforce in Valley

Oil price drop impacts gas prices.

Spitzer celebrates 111 years in business

Celebrating 111 years, Spitzer family passes down business principles from generation to generation, holding on to its ...

More than 100 years later and Spitzer still runs on the same business principles while embracing new opportunities.



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