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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Florida company will broker 1,000 Endurance pickups

For video of Endurance test drive, click here LORDSTOWN— A Florida-based company that specializes in charging stations for electric vehicles is committed to helping Lordstown Motors Corp. sell 1,000 of the battery-powered Endurance light duty trucks. Lordstown Motors announced the partnership Tuesday, stating the Tampa company, Innervations, intends to broker the trucks to clients to convert their company ...

COVID-19, oil price war trigger Vallourec layoffs

YOUNGSTOWN — Cuts Vallourec is making to its North American workforce will affect employees at one of the company’s mills in Youngstown. Vallourec affiliate VAM USA, LLC is permanently cutting 59 workers at the connection threading mill on Ohio Works Drive, according to a notice the company filed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Resources. The company cites “unprecedented issues” ...

YSU professors design 3D cartridges to retrofit masks

YOUNGSTOWN — Two professors at Youngstown State University have designed a 3D printable cartridge for an N95 filter or other media that can be retrofitted to commercially available masks. The concept, now in its sixth or so generation, from Darrell Wallace and Brian Vuksanovich, is under review to be placed on the National Institutes of Health’s 3D print exchange. That’s a repository for design ...

Joint GM-Honda venture could add spark to new Lordstown plant

LORDSTOWN — Two all-new electric vehicles General Motors and Honda pledged to jointly develop for the Japanese automaker could increase demand for battery-cells from GM’s proposed next-gen technology plant. The propulsion system in the vehicles is based on GM’s new proprietary battery platform, the cells for which will be manufactured at the planned $2.3 billion plant in Lordstown. A GM spokeswoman ...

Jobless claims in Ohio, US soar

Nearly 275,000 Ohioans and 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — both record numbers that indicate a stunning acceleration of job loss as the novel coronavirus grips the U.S. economy. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Thursday that 272,117 claims from Ohioans were reported March 22-28 to the U.S. Department of Labor, which also announced Thursday the ...

Mercy Health to furlough and reassign some staff

Mercy Health-Youngstown is temporarily reassigning and laying off employees unable to work for various reasons. These furloughs are because of closures, cancellations and low primary care, outpatient and surgical numbers caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the health care provider announced Wednesday. The decision will affect many support service associates who are not directly working on COVID-19 ...

America Makes, partners join in COVID-19 fight

YOUNGSTOWN — America Makes, the national additive manufacturing accelerator and innovator in Youngstown, is connecting manufacturers with the health care industry to quickly deploy resources to address the growing coronavirus pandemic. It has launched a repository for additive manufacturers to upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange. The ...

3D printing company produces face shields

YOUNGSTOWN — A company that designs and manufactures industrial-grade 3D printers for the additive manufacturing industry is using that expertise to help keep frontline medical workers safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic. JuggerBot 3D is 3D-printing visors needed for face shields and then assembling the components — visor, elastic head band and shield, the latter two it purchased — to donate ...

Private business investment up in 2019

The year 2019 was a banner year for private business investment in the Mahoning Valley, where companies put in $284.2 million to grow themselves, and to increase and better equip and train their workforces. Data compiled by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and its economic development partners in Trumbull and Mahoning counties show the companies invested in 66 projects that resulted in 1,851 new ...

Private business investment up in 2019

The year 2019 was a banner year for private business investment in the Mahoning Valley, where companies put in $284.2 million to grow themselves, and to increase and better equip and train their workforces. Data compiled by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and its economic development partners in Trumbull and Mahoning counties show the companies invested in 66 projects that resulted in 1,851 new ...