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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Auto sales recovering

Automobile sales in the Mahoning Valley continued to recover last month, posting a 7.7 percent increase from June a year ago, but dealers are still looking up at last year’s numbers due to the economic slowdown brought on by the viral outbreak. Numbers from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association show the effect on the industry of Ohio’s discontinued stay-at-home order are starting to wane ...

Senator to GM: Invest in LMC

LORDSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants General Motors to invest in Lordstown Motors Corp. and its manufacturing plant, GM’s former Lordstown assembly facility, where the startup will build its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. “I think it makes all the sense in the world because this vehicle (the Endurance) is something that I think fits very well with what General Motors says they want to do, ...

Local Levin stores not part of new company

BOARDMAN — Closed Levin Furniture stores in Niles and in Boardman will not reopen under a new version of the company, but a top Levin executive hints the brand may not be gone from the Mahoning Valley. Co-CEO of the new Levin Furniture, Matt Schultz, said an announcement with information on another Levin-affiliated store or stores in the Mahoning Valley could happen as soon as today. He could not provide ...

Trump backs Hagan for Congress

WARREN — President Donald Trump stepped into the local U.S. Congressional race fray by endorsing fellow Republican and former state representative Christina Hagan in her attempt to oust Congressman Tim Ryan. Trump tweeted Hagan “will be an incredible Congresswoman for the working families of Northeast Ohio,” and praised her for being an early supporter of “our #MAGA agenda,” and as someone who is ...

Ellwood Aluminum makes first cast

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania-based Ellwood Group in 2018 launched Ellwood Aluminum, an ambitious $72 million undertaking to locate an aluminum cast house adjacent to its existing Ellwood Engineered Castings facility to gain a foothold in the aluminum casting industry. Earlier this month, the company marked a significant event with the production of the first test casts — 14-inch diameter round ...

Endurance entrance cheered

CLICK HERE to see a slide show from Thursday’s festivities: LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. debuted a running prototype of its all-electric pickup truck, the Endurance, production of which has been driven back until at least mid-2021 due to work stoppages brought on by the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I even have to put an asterisk on that, assuming COVID is done,” Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns ...

Pence promotes Trump, truck at unveiling event

LORDSTOWN — Vice President Mike Pence quipped that Thursday was the first time he was driven onto a stage for an event. “And what a beautiful vehicle to do it in,” Pence said of Lordstown Motors Corp.’s first running prototype of its all-electric Endurance pickup truck. It was with those remarks that Pence opened his just more than 22-minute speech at the debut event for the truck at Lordstown ...

White House recognizes BRITE, Chamber effort

WARREN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and BRITE Energy Innovators have been recognized in a report by the White House’s Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The report, “Best Practices and Case Studies: Qualified Opportunity Funds,” was done by the 23-member group created to carry out President Donald Trump’s opportunity zone plan, which encourages public and private investment in urban ...

DeWine, Husted receive early look at Endurance

LORDSTOWN — “These are going to be trucks that when people see them, they are going to want to buy them.” That’s what Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said after seeing the Endurance, Lordstown Motors Corp.’s all-electric full-size pickup truck, at the startup automaker’s plant a day ahead of today’s public debut and official launch. “This is an exciting day for the state of Ohio,” DeWine, a Republican, ...

Talks with GM on payback cordial

LORDSTOWN — Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio is not actively trying to clawback $60 million in state tax credits given to General Motors for its former Lordstown assembly plant. “We don’t necessarily have to get that cash back, but what we do want to see is things that promote jobs in Ohio, and that is where our real focus is,” DeWine said. “I wouldn’t say pursue is the right word frankly,” DeWine ...