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MetroPlex sold, future plans unknown

A hotel and condominium developer recently purchased the former MetroPlex in Liberty.

Tamarkin workers face severance vote

Giant Eagle's plan to close the Tamarkin grocery distribution center is bringing heartbreak for workers and their families. The decision was made after the last vote on a labor contract proposal was defeated by four votes.

State leaders discuss tax cuts, benefits for business

The State Tax Commissioner and others met with business owners Monday at the Covelli Centre.

Local Honda dealership celebrates 25 years

Local Honda dealership celebrates 25 years

In its 25-year history, Boardman’s Honda Store at 448 Boardman-Canfield Road has expanded its selection, customer base and sales.

Ohio Desk renovates Youngstown office

Ohio Desk renovates Youngstown office

The Youngstown market is so important to Cleveland-based Ohio Desk that the company made a substantial investment here.

YSU first to have Keurig University Program

YSU first to have Keurig University Program; Marlowe’s makes it happen

Keurig is using the university for a pilot program

Local auto sales take a slight hit in February

Sales fell from 5,611 in 2014 compared to 5,423

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We're having a hotel boom — can Valley sustain it?

The 110-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Canfield is just one of several hotels to be developed in the Valley in recent years. In Mahoning County, new rooms will boost the grand total to 1,897 by the middle of next year. Developments in Trumbull County are equally impressive.

Pressed Coffee Bar & Eatery opens on YSU’s campus

Coffee bar, eatery opens near YSU campus

The business has been open for a month

Cold month chills sales, Cruze dips 16.2 percent

The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze did not surpass its record in February 2014.

Schers sauce it up

A passion for peppers leads to one hot line of products

Jim and Karen Scher are five years into their sauce business and have their five sauces in 80 stores.

First detox center in Trumbull to open by spring

First Step Recovery of Warren is expected to open on Youngstown-Warren Road SE in the spring.

YNDC offers small business classes, loans

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. offers micro-businesses classes starting this March and $1,000 to $10,000 loans.

MVMC updates members on career path recommendations, grants

MVMC shared its recommendations on bridging the gap between the classroom and the work place and provided other updates.

Southern Park Mall interested in PACE upgrades

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Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program allows businesses to acquire and repay funds for energy upgrades

Housing sales mostly positive across Mahoning Valley

Increases in pending sales across the Mahoning Valley, and an increase in closed sales in Mahoning and Trumbull counties

ADI still interested in Chicago, Youngstown service

Right now the company is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to handle concerns the department has with ADI.

Vision leads to growth for Burke Decor

Vision leads to growth for Burke Decor

Erin Burke's Boardman boutique grew from a small e-commerce business to an internationally known business in seven years.

Shivers takes on Mahoning Valley for Huntington

The Salem-native is happy to be serving his home.

Shale: where we are now

Geology, RISKS OF QUAKES SHIFT MAJOR UTICA SHALE PLAY TO SOUTHERN OHIO

Experts say geology and better business has sent oil and gas companies to southern parts of the state.

GM bonus checks expected to boost Valley economy

The total potential payout of $37 million in GM's profit-sharing in the Valley will go into the pockets of eligible workers and probably find its way into the local economy, analysts and local businesses say.

Oil, gas decline prompts Vallourec shutdown

Vallourec Star announced Wednesday it would shut down operations at its Youngstown plant for three weeks due to the recent downturn in the oil and gas market. About 700 employees will be able to schedule vacation, paid time off, or file for unemployment.

BRT receives six OSHA violations, fined $28,000

A fatal crushing incident at BRT Extrusions resulted in six OSHA violations for the company.

Cruze continues momentum

11% increase from a year ago follows best year for sales

Cruze sales were up 11.1 percent in January.

Compass, Meridian, Help Hotline project construction to start in spring

marian arms apartment complex

The Marian Commons affordable apartment complex will be open by spring 2016.

Valley unemployment numbers reveal mixed meanings

The Mahoning Valley unemployment rate dipped down to 5.1 percent in December.

R&J Trucking builds new maintenance facility in Moraine

The Boardman company will bring more than 70 jobs to the southwestern Ohio community.

Taylor dealership’s future looks bright with Kia

Taking a chance on Kia proved right move for local auto dealership

In 2000, the Taylors received news that Oldsmobile would no longer be produced, and then they found success in the Kia brand.

Bottom Dollar closed

Bottom Dollar closes all 66 store locations in three states

Bottom Dollar locations in Youngstown and Warren officially closed on Monday.

Buckeye passion pervades Mahoning Valley homes, offices

Ohio State University Buckeyes fan Jim Mullally of Poland shows off some of his OSU memorabilia, including a helmet signed by Archie Griffin, in his basement, which is painted Buckeye scarlet and gray.

Valley Realtors optimistic for 2015 housing market

After mixed year, Valley agents express optimism for housing market in 2015

Year-to-date numbers released in November by the Youngstown/Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors show increases and decreases in closed sales in the Mahoning Valley.

2014 auto sales end with a bang; 2015 expectations high

It was another positive year for auto sales in the nation and in the Mahoning Valley.

H&M, updates coming to Southern Park

H&M will open in the summer and two stores will be remodeled at Southern Park.

Hierro sticks with roots, moves to Home Savings

Frank Hierro will focus his efforts at Home Savings in commercial and business lending.

GM Lordstown plant manager ecstatic for title

EDITOR’S NOTE — As 2014 winds down, The Vindicator is taking a daily look back at the people and

UAW members care and share to help families in need

Maryola Stemple of Warren, center, and Brenda Zannetakk of Lordstown place food items into a box Thomas Clunen of Youngstown pushes through the assembly line at the Care and Share event at United Auto Workers Local 1112 Hall in Warren.

Software company growth expected to continue

The Boardman software-development company is moving to a larger site

The president of a local software development company doesn’t think there really is a limit to his company’s growth.

Local dealers offer year-end deals

Auto makers have jumped on the bandwagon for holiday deals.

Medicare penalties hit local hospitals

Agency cuts payments based on numbers ofSFlbpatient readmissions

Nationally, 2,610 were penalized including multiple hospitals in the Mahoning Valley were hit with penalties from the federal government for Medicare readmissions.

The last employee at Westinghouse, Sharon

Sam Messina, the former human-resources director at Westinghouse Electric’s Sharon plant, continues to resolve problems of former workers of the plant and their familes.

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Preparations for Gardens ‘Winter Celebration’ underway

Mill Creek prepares for Winter Celebration

Guests will enjoy a whimsical gingerbread experience this year at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Lowellville Huntington to close

Lowellville Huntington will close Dec. 30.

Cruze sales up more than 25 percent in November

Figure for month shows 25% increase over 2013

The Cruze saw an increase in sales by 25 percent from last year and overall the Cruze is up for the year by 11 percent.

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Stepuk Tree Farm open for Christmas tree season

The Canfield farm offers seven different types of trees.

Holiday shopping downtown Youngstown was 'magical'

Metallic snowflakes waft from the ceiling of the G.M. McKelvey store on West Federal Street in this Vindy file photo from Nov. 26, 1961. For most of the 20th century, McKelvey’s and Strouss’ department stores served as anchors for holiday shopping in the downtown. McKelvey’s was acquired by the Higbee Co. and closed its downtown store in 1982. Strouss’ closed in 1986.

Local retailer tackles another holiday season

Gracylane owner lines up brands for holiday shopping

Gracylane prepares top lines for holiday shopping.

Covelli rally targets USPS cuts

Local postal workers Tom Harrison of Canfield, left, and Brian Furbee of Youngstown attend the American Postal Workers Union Local 443 National Action Day to stop the closing of the Youngstown mail-processing and distribution center. The session was Friday at the Covelli Centre.

Industrial park deal settled in Lordstown

New park could mean up to 1,500 additional Valley jobs

A new industrial park will be developed on 173.5 acres of vacant industrial property adjacent to the General Motors plant with potential to employ up to 1,500.

Car sales up for month, year

New and used car sales were up 6.6 percent from last October and nearly 5 percent for the year.

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Residents, officials worry over impact of grocery closures

Youngstown native Chris London, pastor of New Vision Baptist Church, said he has shopped at Bottom Dollar Food on Glenwood Avenue since it opened in February 2012 because of its convenience for him.

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