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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

Stericycle expands in Warren

WARREN — Stericycle, the Illinois-based company that provides disposal services for medical and other waste internationally, is investing millions to expand its facility in Warren. Site work already has begun to prepare for the 35,000-square-foot expansion to the existing incinerator facility on Pine Avenue SE just south of downtown. Architectural plans filed with the city’s Engineering, Planning and ...

Ultium workers OK strike for recognition

LORDSTOWN — Ninety-four percent of Ultium Cells workers who voted Friday did so to authorize a strike for recognition, the president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 said Monday. Now, according to Darwin Cooper, it’s a waiting game to learn if the electric-vehicle part-maker accepts the results of a previous tally to measure interest in organizing under the International UAW or if the workers will strike ...

YSU, KSU to chip in for $20B Intel plant

Youngstown State and Kent State universities are among 80 higher education institutions in Ohio included in eight proposals Intel will give $17.7 million to over the next three years to develop semiconductor-focused education and workforce programs. Intel announced the investment — the initial phase of its $50 million pledge to the state’s colleges and universities — before Friday’s groundbreaking ...

Union recognition sought at Ultium Cells

LORDSTOWN — Discussions between the United Auto Workers and Ultium Cells appear to be ongoing in the union’s effort to organize employees at the electric-vehicle partmaker’s new Lordstown factory. “We believe that when a majority of workers in a workplace decide to form their union, the employer should respect that decision and recognize their union through neutrality and card check,” UAW spokeswoman ...

State awards racino 2 sports betting licenses

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio’s Casino Control Commission has green-lit a sports gaming proprietor license for one of the two applicants from the Mahoning Valley. Wednesday’s approval means Youngstown Real Estate Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course) can operate online and in-person sports book starting Jan. 1, when sports betting becomes legal in Ohio. That is, however, provided they ...

Readying to roll: YoGo Bikeshare to launch a new way to get around downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — A startup mobility company is rolling toward its launch of a new mode of transportation downtown — one they say will provide residents and visitors an inexpensive, healthy way to navigate the city. YoGo Bikeshare plans to deploy 30 electric bicycles available at multiple docking stations starting in March, but that’s just the beginning, its operators said. The objective is to eventually ...

Frito-Lay eyes site in Hubbard for warehouse, distribution center

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — A distribution center and warehouse for a well-known snack brand proposed in the township needs approval from state and federal regulatory agencies before it can be built because of wetland issues. A request has been made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act for permission to construct the building for Frito-Lay on Bell Wick Road because it will impact 0.86 ...

DeWine, Husted visit Ultium Cells as production begins

LORDSTOWN — Ultium Cells already has started to make electric-vehicle battery-cells for General Motors from the part maker’s next-gen factory here with the plan to begin shipping cells that will be part of several GM EV models by the end of the year. “It’s been a journey … we broke ground in April 2020, and we really are entering early phase start of production,” Tom Gallagher, vice president ...

Sen. Brown visits plant in Warren

WARREN — The $280 billion legislative package that boosts domestic semiconductor manufacturing and scientific research, the CHIPS Act, will also support organizations such as Warren’s BRITE Energy Innovators, and the companies the energy-related startup incubator helps. It and another hulking spending bill, the $740 billion climate and health care bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, “finally put into a ...

New $20M turnpike plaza nears completion

NEWTON FALLS — Motorists on the Ohio Turnpike are beginning to see its new toll collection system — from lane conversions to gate removal at interchanges to new construction — that paves the way for open- road tolling. The work includes the Mahoning Valley, where in Newton Township the construction of a $20 million mainline toll plaza remains on target. The project also includes construction of ...