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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Funding secured for utility study

Federal dollars will help pay for a study that has the potential to boost the economic vitality of Trumbull and Mahoning counties and, perhaps, help shed some of the parochial attitudes when it comes to providing businesses utility services. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments next week expects to start the process of picking a consultant to lead what’s expected to be a six-month review of the ...

Hunt Valve Company sold

Hunt Valve Company, Inc., a Salem-based specialty manufacturer of valves and electromechanical actuators for U.S. maritime agencies and other industrial customers, has been acquired by Fairbanks Morse Defense. “We love Hunt for a lot of reasons; they have a fantastic brand and reputation,” George Whittier, CEO, Fairbanks Morse Defense, said. “Their focus is on the (U.S.) Navy. About 90 percent of their ...

Coffee and tea company set to move to Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Voyager Specialty Coffee and Teas, a Canfield-based coffee and tea wholesaler, plans to invest $250,000 to acquire and renovate a former auto parts shop in Youngstown to relocate its production line and distribution center. The company is completing financing to buy the former Dave’s Auto Parts building, 1588 Mahoning Ave., and another parcel next door at 1586 because it has reached capacity ...

Port seeks to acquire more steel property

WARREN — The Western Reserve Port Authority plans to accept 200 or so acres BDM Warren Steel Holdings LLC wants to give away adjacent to the legacy Republic Steel site, but not without having a degree of environmental comfort. The land is ideal for its potential to connect the site to 825 more acres BDM intends to donate to the port authority to points west, including industrial development and a ...

Berk exploring expansion

VIENNA — Berk Enterprises Inc., the Warren-based company that distributes products to the food service and amusement industries, plans to consolidate its headquarters and warehouse operation in Lordstown near the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport. “The intent is to build a new building, a large building to handle our current needs as well as our future needs,” said Robert Berk, president, after the ...

Energy Center seeks EPA permit to dispose of wastewater in creek

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Energy Center has asked the state for permission to alternatively dispose of wastewater generated from making power, a request that, if approved, would save the company millions of dollars in sewer use fees. Arguing back is Lordstown, which claims, in part, the village’s wastewater department would be harmed financially should the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency give the OK ...

Chamber salutes locals

NILES — An anecdote from Barry Zekelman’s upbringing provides a glimpse of how the chief executive manages Chicago-based Zekelman Industries, the largest independent steel tube manufacturer in North America. He worked as a hand on a tobacco farm as kid near Windsor, Canada, owned by his mother’s family and once asked: Why rotate the crops when tobacco is the most profitable? Why not just keep planting ...

New LMC chief: Past is the past

LORDSTOWN — The new chief executive of Lordstown Motors Corp. said he followed the unfortunate events the electric-vehicle startup went through this year. But the past is the past, and he’s determined not to allow it affect the company’s future. “It shouldn’t affect anything we have to do going forward. They are in the past; there is a process to resolve those things,” said Daniel A. Ninivaggi, who ...

LMC lawsuit mediation unsuccessful

LORDSTOWN — A lawsuit against Lordstown Motors Corp. that claims it owes a Michigan-based company $2.5 million is proceeding after a failed attempt at mediation. DTE Lordstown LLC argues in the case it brought in November 2020 that the electric-vehicle startup broke an industrial services contract for utility-related work at its factory, the former General Motors assembly plant. Wednesday’s mediation ...

Penguin City toasts downtown expansion

YOUNGSTOWN — The remodel of the former Republic warehouse into Penguin City Brewing Co.’s production facility and taproom should begin this week with interior demolition work and clean-out of the industrial building. Next week, exterior work should begin with paint. The labor marks the physical start of a planned $3.7 million investment on the east side of downtown that started in earnest about a ...