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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Beefing up meat processing in the Valley

The appointment book at Rob Donaldson’s meat processing facility, Rob’s Horst Packing, is filled through the end of 2022. In fact, it’s been like that since June at least, said Donaldson, whose 15 employees work long hours to keep pace with surging demand for processing local livestock — the result, in part, of pandemic-related supply chain disruptions and a change in consumer-buying habits. Meat ...

No. 2 story of year: Setbacks slowed Lordstown Motors momentum in 2021

Editor’s note: This is the second-biggest story of 2021 as voted by The Vindicator. LORDSTOWN — 2021 was a tumultuous year for Lordstown Motors Corp. and one — most of it at least — the startup electric vehicle manufacturer would like to put in its rear-view mirror. It was Jan. 13 in a suburb of Detroit when a prototype of the company’s flagship vehicle, the Endurance truck, known in the ...

Valley’s battery-cell plant in gear for 2022 production

Editor’s note: This is the fourth-biggest story of 2021 in Mahoning County as voted by Vindicator staff. By RON SELAK JR. Staff writer LORDSTOWN — It was in February when the last of the 14,000 steel beams that make up the skeleton of the Ultium Cells electric-vehicle battery-cell factory was set into place, marking a major milestone in the construction of the plant in Lordstown. Outside of that, ...

Top 10 of 2021

YOUNGSTOWN — From the opening a new super retail center in Boardman to expansion downtown of a local brewer to millions invested to improve health care and distribution in North Jackson, business-related news in the region was wide-ranging. At the same time, it was mostly positive with the promise of growth and future prosperity. So without further delay, here are the top 10 business-related news stories for ...

Ohio third in nation for apprentices

Ohio is No. 1 in the Midwest and third across the U.S. for number of apprentices, lofty rankings achieved in part because of effort by the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition to create workforce training programs and manufacturers eager to be part of them. “We have a number of group sponsored apprenticeships that MVMC manages ... those are in machining, industrial maintenance and welder / fitter, and ...

McDonald’s franchisee settles suit

YOUNGSTOWN — McDonald’s USA and Youngstown franchisee Herb Washington have agreed to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit he and his company, HLW Fast Track, brought against the fast food chain. In exchange for Washington agreeing to leave the McDonald’s system and to dismiss the federal lawsuit, McDonald’s has bought his 13 restaurants for $33.5 million, according to a statement from McDonald’s. ...

Ultium Cells partner buys downtown Niles office

NILES — A company with ties to LG Energy Solution, the South Korean company that with General Motors is building a $2.3 billion factory in Lordstown to mass produce battery cells for electric vehicles, has acquired a downtown office building. Jiniee Hong, a manager with LG Solution Partner LLC, said Tuesday the Niles Professional Building at 2 S. Main St. would be used as test space for automation equipment ...

NEO coalition finalist for some of $1B in US grants

A cluster of economic development agencies across northeast Ohio that includes four with ties to the Mahoning Valley is a finalist for some of $1 billion in economic development grants connected to the Biden administration’s coronavirus relief package. Led by MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy Growth Network), the Cleveland-based group that spans 18 northeast Ohio counties, the proposal that seeks $75 million ...

Tax credits approved for Cohen & Company, LG Chem America

Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority has green-lit a job creation tax credit for Cohen & Company that will help the Cleveland-based financial advisory services firm expand its northeast Ohio offices, including Youngstown, where more than half of the new jobs will be based. Also Monday, the state gave LG Chem America, Inc. a similar tax credit for a proposed manufacturing and research development center in Ravenna ...

Former toy store sold

BOARDMAN — The former Toys R Us store here has been sold to a developer with plans to subdivide the 47,000-square-foot building for a California-based discount tool chain and another retailer to occupy. The developer is “basically going to put in a store that sells tools; they have 1,200 stores,” said Bill Kutlick with Platz Realty Group, the Canfield-based commercial real estate firm that handled the ...