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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Valley’s jobless numbers improve

Jobless numbers in Trumbull and Mahoning counties fell sharply in October, marking the second consecutive month unemployment in the region shrank, yet they remain in a four-way tie for the highest rate in the state. It’s a similar situation for jobless rates in Warren and in Youngstown — both were down again and by a lot last month, but both remain among the highest in Ohio. The latest jobless report ...

Medical marijuana company grows

YOUNGSTOWN — The single medical marijuana grow facility in Trumbull and Mahoning counties will add 5,000 more square feet, a build out that doubles capacity at the Youngstown warehouse turned horticultural space. Riviera Creek LLC also has introduced a new product line under affiliate business Amalfi, which provides single-dose marijuana sticks and vaporizer for vaping, one of the approved methods in Ohio to ...

Authority wants to develop airport land

VIENNA — The Western Reserve Port Authority has an ambitious plan to develop land south of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to house aviation-related companies, including potentially some international entities. “The entities we are talking to right now about occupying those buildings, we really can’t say their names because they have not made the final commitment to be here, but it’s a very ...

Ultium chief sees future with GM

Kee Eun’s relationship with General Motors goes all the way back to the mid 2000s, when the South Korean says he was dispatched to Detroit by his employer, LG Chem, to work closely with the Big 3 automakers as the sun was coming up on the electrification of automobiles. When GM conceived and debuted the Volt, the automaker’s plug-in hybrid, around the same time, LG saw a door open. “We felt that was, ...

Ultium’s plant director geared for position

The foundation of Tom Gallagher’s affection for automobiles was laid by his father, a lover and collector of cars who exposed his son to cars and car culture starting in his earliest years. Fast-forward to 1989. That’s when Gallagher graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., with a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from the Krannert School of Management. It’s also when ...

Mall event center opens

NILES — When the new Eastwood Event Centre is wide open, it offers just under 16,000-square-feet of meeting space for trade and corporate conferences, parties of all sorts, wedding receptions, social galas, and cocktail and fundraising events. But “we have the ability to separate that into as many as six rooms, and what is really nice is we can tailor the space, especially as we are currently in the ...

Lordstown Motors accused of corporate espionage

LORDSTOWN — A Southern California-based maker of luxury electric cars is suing Lordstown Motors Corp., claiming the electric truck startup stole trade secrets in a “classic case of corporate espionage,” the lawsuit states. Karma Automotive LLC claims in its lawsuit Lordstown Motors “brazenly stole” secrets about Karma’s infotainment system and plundered a specialized team of Karma employees who ...

LMC responds to contract lawsuit

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. looks forward to defending itself in court against claims it broke an industrial services contract with, and owes more than $2.5 million in unpaid bills to, a Michigan-based company. The electric truck startup responded to the lawsuit Tuesday, one day after it was contacted for comment by this newspaper — the first to report that DTE Lordstown LLC took Lordstown Motors to ...

Suit claims Lordstown Motors owes $2.5M

LORDSTOWN — Startup electric truck company Lordstown Motors Corp. owes a Michigan-based firm $2.5 million in unpaid bills, according to a lawsuit pending in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. DTE Lordstown LLC claims Lordstown Motors broke an industrial services contract the Ann Arbor, Mich., company terminated in August, when, the suit states, Lordstown Motors was already $904,000 behind on its ...

Ultium hires for battery-cell plant

LORDSTOWN — Hiring has begun at Ultium Cells LLC, a General Motors-supported electric vehicle battery-cell manufacturing plant under construction near the automaker’s former Lordstown assembly plant. The company announced Thursday that job seekers can apply for several positions posted on the company’s website, www.ultiumcell.com. Now, hiring at the plant is for positions to set up and launch ...