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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

'This Old House" focuses on Canfield's Baird Brothers today

CANFIELD — A hardwood company with a presence in the Mahoning Valley going back nearly 60 years will be featured on today’s episode of the “This Old House Hour.” Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods will appear in a segment about how the company, which is providing doors, moulding and white oak flooring for a series project in Westerly, R.I., when the show airs locally at 8 a.m. on PBS. “‘This Old ...

Lordstown Motors ‘in a hurry’ to produce

LORDSTOWN — Efforts to raise what Lordstown Motors Corp. CEO Steve Burns says is a number north of $300 million to repurpose the former General Motors facility into a plant for making battery-powered vehicles began in earnest when GM figuratively handed over the keys last week. That’s despite what he called being in “constant fundraising mode” to secure enough money to begin operating at the 6.2 ...

KraftMaid’s owner sells cabinetry division for $1B

MIDDLEFIELD — The company that owns kitchen and bathroom cabinet maker KraftMaid, which has manufacturing facilities in Ashtabula and Geauga counties, has sold the division to a Texas company. Friday’s announcement by Michigan-based Masco Corp. of the $1 billion sale to ACProducts Inc. — the fourth largest independently owned manufacturer and distributor of cabinets in the U.S. — comes about six months ...

America Makes tackles NFL helmet safety challenge

YOUNGSTOWN — Top NFL safety officials, scientists and engineers, along with helmet manufacturers and experts in additive and advanced manufacturing, will be in Youngstown this week to stimulate development of a new, safer helmet for league players. The NFL Helmet Challenge kicks off with a symposium that will bring together the experts to share information on innovative helmet ideas. It will advance ...

Deal nears for major new tenant at Eastwood Mall

By RON SELAK JR. Staff writer NILES — The operator of the Eastwood Mall is close to inking a deal with a national retailer that would occupy the massive former Sears department store. Cafaro Company spokesman Joe Bell couldn’t divulge much about the retailer because the contract isn’t final, but he did say the store is “new to this area, new to this region actually,” and an announcement is ...

Lordstown Motors Corp. ready to build trucks

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. CEO Steve Burns — the man trying to breathe new life into General Motors’ former Lordstown assembly plant — said his electric vehicle startup has been working two parallel tracks to return automobile manufacturing to the massive facility. “One has been in full throttle for about a year. That is the engineering on the truck and getting ready for all of the regulatory ...

Vehicles sales continue to eclipse 2018 numbers

WARREN — Automobile dealers in the Mahoning Valley continue to sell vehicles at a pace well ahead of 2018. Through October, dealerships sold 83,168 vehicles to buyers across Ohio and for the month, they sold 8,740 vehicles — nearly 10 percent more than the 75,779 sold in the first 10 months of 2018 and 7 percent more than the 8,175 in October 2018. Reports from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ ...

GM Lordstown plant sees end and beginning

LORDSTOWN — General Motors has sold its assembly plant in Lords-town to electric pickup truck startup Lordstown Motors Corp., officially ending 53 years of GM vehicle production in the Mahoning Valley. Most details of the sale announced Thursday were unavailable. The sale, however, does include the building, grounds and production equipment such as robots and conveyors. Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns ...

Home sales on 2018 pace in Mahoning County

YOUNGSTOWN — Sales of single-family homes in Mahoning County through September are narrowly off the pace set in 2018, but they are selling for more money and spending less time on the market. There were 2,105 closed sales through September, one off from the same period last year, according to Yes-MLS, a multiple listing service in northeast Ohio that also reports the homes sold for a median price of ...

Cercone Miller elected Struthers mayor

STRUTHERS — She grabbed a commanding lead when early vote totals were released and Catherine Cercone Miller extended the margin through election night to secure a resounding mayoral win in her debut election. The victory marks the first time ever in Mahoning County a woman was elected mayor of a city. “A lot of people were saying I was making ‘herstory’, but this is just a new beginning to our story ...