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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Local, state, national jobless claims tick up

The number of people in Ohio and across the U.S. who sought unemployment benefits grew last week, ending a short period of declines and proving the viral outbreak continues to hold an unrelenting grip on businesses. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday 17,435 new jobless claims in Ohio and 870,000 in the nation, both figures unheard of ...

Valley jobless rates among worst in Ohio

WARREN — August’s jobless rates in Trumbull and Mahoning counties were stagnant — ending a descent toward single-digit pre-pandemic numbers — and remain among the worst in Ohio in an area already struggling with high unemployment. Tuesday’s report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has Trumbull County’s 11.4 percent unemployment rate third worst and Mahoning County’s 11.1 percent ...

Technology company with Warren native at helm creates new supercar

Angelo Kafantaris isn’t an automaker. And Hyperion isn’t a car company. Yet, the southern California-based outfit led by the Warren native has debuted the XP-1, its hydrogen / electric-powered supercar. A bit peculiar, but appropriate given his vision for the tech company. The car the company touts has a 1,000-mile range, can go 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds with a top speed of 220 mph and has zero emissions ...

$25M BUILD grant request for Route 45 project rejected

YOUNGSTOWN ä Applicants of federal transportation grants to remake state Route 45 into a smart corridor plan to meet with U.S. Department of Transportation officials to maybe improve their chances at securing money in the next funding cycle. The meeting, according to John Moliterno, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority, the lead applicant for the BUILD grants, will be arranged through ...

Green’s bid unsuccessful

The former president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 knew heading into Thursday’s election for UAW regional director for Ohio and Indiana that his chance at victory was long. “I didn’t think it would be as long as it was. It definitely was a long shot for me,” said Dave Green. “I just wanted to make sure the delegates had an option. I know I’m qualified, but they have their faith in Wayne ...

Campus of Care contracts awarded

The Western Reserve Port Authority made more big moves to remake the former Youngstown Development Center into a campus for social services on Wednesday, this time deals worth nearly $550,000 for plumbing and building upgrades at the facility in Mineral Ridge. The projects are needed to transform the center on East County Line Road into the Campus of Care. The plan is to offer services from county and ...

Another Dunkin’ coming to Boardman border

BOARDMAN — Asbestos removal and demolition of the former TCF National Bank branch at the corner of Market Street and Midlothian Boulevard has begun to make way for another coffee and doughnut store. Boardman-based Spice Mill Inc. will open a Dunkin’ — the company’s 12th in Mahoning and Trumbull counties — sometime in the first half of 2021. “We looked at multiple sites over the last probably five ...

Former UAW 1112 chief seeks regional board post

The ex-president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 is running to become director of the UAW’s region encompassing Ohio and Indiana, an executive board-level seat departed by Youngstown native Rich Rankin amid harassment claims. Dave Green put delegates in Region 2-B on notice of his interest, writing to them ahead of Thursday’s vote, “You are the only road to change and only you can make this ...

Former Ridge woman helped launch of new Acura

When the new Acura TLX begins arriving in dealer showrooms across the U.S. later this month, playing a large role to get to that milestone was a woman from the Mahoning Valley. Kelly Ziccardi, 36, is an engineering coordinator for Honda of America Mfg., Inc., and works as a new model project leader in the New Model Department at the automaker’s plant in Marysville northwest of Columbus. She’s also a ...

‘Stepping back into time’

Built in 1957 and notwithstanding a remodel of some sorts in the early 1990s, stepping into the TCF National Bank branch at the northern tip of Boardman is “like stepping back into time.” Michael Schrock, Mahoning Valley regional president for the Detroit-based bank, kept on, “There are things inside that building that you just don’t see today.” Like the kitchen there at 3900 Market St. A ...