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Here’s a look at business news from around the Mahoning Valley


Also among today’s business updates: Rotary Club of Youngstown; OhioMeansJobs Mahoning County; Shenango Honda and the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers Association; and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators recently hired John Galvin as a technical specialist to oversee day-to-day operations in the BRITE Energy Labs and work with startups as they develop new technologies.

“John has proven his knowledge and capabilities are invaluable not just to the Labs and our startups, but to the day-to-day operations of BRITE,”  Sara Daugherty, director of partnerships, said in a news release. “As we continue to build out the Labs to meet the needs of our startups, we look forward to being able to help startups in new ways with John’s expertise.”

Galvin, of Howland, joins BRITE Energy Innovators shortly after graduating from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology and a minor in management information systems. He started working with BRITE in January 2020 as a Lab intern.

Galvin is also the co-founder and co-owner of Chromaticity Technologies, a special effects, lighting and computer networking technology startup based in Howland.

Justice Pat DeWine to speak at Rotary Club of Youngstown luncheon

YOUNGSTOWN — Justice Pat DeWine, a member of the Ohio Supreme Court, will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Youngstown’s weekly luncheon at noon today at Cassese’s MVR, 410 N. Walnut St. 

DeWine has been a member of the Supreme Court since January 2017. Before his election to the court, he served four years on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and four years on the 1st District Court of Appeals.

DeWine is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he teaches appellate practice and procedure. He also taught undergraduate courses in Ohio government and politics and American courts at the University of Cincinnati.

Before becoming a judge, DeWine served as Hamilton County commissioner and was a member of Cincinnati City Council. He was a founder of the Build Cincinnati reform group that successfully passed a charter amendment to allow Cincinnati voters to directly elect the mayor.

OhioMeansJobs Mahoning County showcases new facility

BOARDMAN — OhioMeansJobs Mahoning County on Tuesday showcased its new facility at 127 Boardman-Canfield Road. 

The new 9,275-square-foot facility is a few doors away from where the center had been located for nearly 20 years.

The new location has:

  • A technologically COVID-safe resource room, where customers can use computers, copiers and fax machines for their job search;
  • Three conference rooms, ranging from small to large;
  • Computer lab for computer-based workshops;
  • Eleven offices for 23 staff members representing six partner organizations located at the
  • facility;
  • Double-door entry.

Established under the Workforce Investment Act and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, OhioMeansJobs centers provide training referrals, career counseling, job listings and similar employment-related services to job seekers. The centers also work with employers to assist in posting job orders, searching for appropriate job candidates, organizing recruiting events and administering on-the-job training programs.

Shenango Honda, dealers association donate $2K to school

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Shenango Honda and the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers Association on Tuesday presented Hickory High School with a $2,000 donation. 

The donation is a “thank you” to the school’s commitment to education and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release states. 

“We want to recognize these teachers for their hard work, and we hope the donation helps in whatever way the school sees fit,” the release states.

Columbia Gas of Ohio launches yard makeover contest

COLUMBUS — Columbia Gas of Ohio has launched the Good Call. Great Yard. 811 Contest and is encouraging anyone throughout the Columbia Gas service territory to submit a video or picture sharing why they could use some yard help for a chance to win.

Through June 22, individuals can enter to win a $5,000 grand prize to put toward their yard, with two runners-up each receiving $2,500. 

Columbia Gas launched the contest to raise awareness of the importance of calling 811 before starting any project that involves digging. Before any home improvement project — big or small — call 811 at least two business days before you dig, and your local utilities will mark lines so you can dig safely, a news release states. 

“We know many of our customers will be using their yards this summer to reconnect with friends and family or simply find moments of relaxation. We want to help turn a few yards into personal paradises,” Bill Loomer, Columbia Gas communications manager, said in the release. “We’re launching this contest as a reminder that before you start any yard project that involves digging this summer, the right call is a call to 811 to have underground utility lines marked so you can complete the project safely and successfully.” 

Individuals interested in participating should submit either a short video or an image sharing why they could use a yard makeover through the Columbia Gas of Ohio contest page. Finalists will be notified between June 23 and 30 before final entries are shared publicly for a vote.

Full contest rules can be found here.

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