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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

First Endurance trucks hit road

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. has begun commercial deliveries of its battery-powered work truck, the Endurance, the electric-vehicle startup announced. The company Tuesday said the first units of the initial batch of 500 trucks are leaving the Foxconn auto assembly plant in Lordstown for customer delivery after hitting several key benchmarks, including whole-vehicle approval. The truck also has ...

Company with Valley ties makes strides with 'dual-fuel' charger

A southern California-based hydrogen technology company founded and led by Warren native Angelo Kafantaris has launched a mobile electric-vehicle battery refueling station for hydrogen- and battery-powered EVs. What’s called the Hyper:Fuel Mobile Station builds on Hyperion Motors Inc.’s energy infrastructure platform that already includes the XP-1, a hydrogen / electric-powered supercar built to ...

Ultium Cells workers to vote on union next month

LORDSTOWN — Workers at the Ultium Cells plant in Lordstown are scheduled to vote next month on whether to unionize under United Auto Workers, according to a filing with the National Labor Relations Board. Meanwhile, two billboards critical of the UAW have been erected on state Route 45 in the vicinity of the Lordstown plant ahead of the vote, which according to the filing, is Dec. 7 and 8 at the ...

LMC, Foxconn close on $170M funding deal; startup stock sinks

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. and Foxconn closed Tuesday, as planned, on the first round of a $170 million equity investment the Taiwanese technology and electronics giant is making into the electric-vehicle startup. The news, however, did little to stop the plunge of Lordstown Motors’ stock. Regulatory documents show Lordstown Motors completed the transaction worth about $52.7 million, proceeds ...

Rising costs put heat on consumers

Expect to pay more — and in some instances, much more — this winter to heat your home, whether it’s by natural gas, heating oil or electricity. Higher prices combined with higher consumption in what’s forecast to be a colder winter this year than last is driving the anticipated rise, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Across the U.S., home heating on average is estimated ...

Port authority moves on property developments

WARREN — The Western Reserve Port Authority, which earlier this year acquired the former McGuffey Plaza on Youngstown’s East Side for redevelopment, plans to purchase an outparcel and building at the site, too. A board-approved resolution Wednesday gives Anthony Trevena, port authority executive director, permission to acquire the property on North Garland Avenue for $47,750 from Rockbrook Business ...

Steve Burns sheds more Lordstown Motors stock

LORDSTOWN — The founder and former chief executive of Lordstown Motors Corp. has sold more than $54 million of the stock he owns in the electric-vehicle startup since abruptly leaving the company amid controversy last year. The latest sell-off by Steve Burns was more than 3.9 million shares of common stock worth about $6.9 million, according to a form filed Tuesday evening with the U.S. Securities and ...

Businesses bottlenecked

BOARDMAN — Operators of some businesses along a short stretch of West Western Reserve Road are upset over a construction project there that they say is hurting business heading into the busy holiday season. What’s more, an official with Furrie Vitullo Group and Village Plaza Sparkles — the companies that own West Glen Plaza and another nearby plaza with a Sparkle Market — said there have been attempts ...

Ex-CEO of Lordstown Motors sheds more shares, gains millions

LORDSTOWN — The founder and ex-CEO of Lordstown Motors has once again sold millions of the shares of stock he owns in the electric-vehicle startup, and once again has earned himself millions of dollars in the process. This time, Steve Burns sold more than 4.7 million shares of common stock over a two-day period Tuesday and Wednesday for more than $9.2 million, according to a document filed with the U.S. ...

Endurance built at a loss

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp.’s flagship vehicle, the battery-powered Endurance pickup truck, is being manufactured, albeit at a slow rate and production estimates for 2022 are lower than previously predicted. So far, a dozen of the first batch of 500 of the trucks have been built at Foxconn’s auto assembly plant in Lordstown, the company reported Tuesday in its third quarter financial results. The ...