BUSINESS UPDATES | Sheely’s occasion raises $ 10,979 for Challenge MKC

Today’s business updates include: Next Level Fitness Academy; Aqua Ohio; BRITE Energy Innovators; 898 marketing; Mahoning County Career and Technology Center; and the gas price report from AAA East Central.

NORTH LIMA – Sheely’s furniture and appliances presented a check for $ 10,979 to the local charity, MKC, on Monday.

Sheely’s fundraiser offered matching funds on any donations received, as well as a $ 100 discount on qualifying purchases for customers who donated. The event took place at both Sheely locations: 11450 South Ave., North Lima; and 18813 N. Marketplace Drive, Aurora.

“Sheely takes pride in working with our customers and employees on what causes and organizations to support our quarterly campaigns,” said Jessica Smith, Sheely buyer / client, in a press release. “In particular, given the challenges our community faced in 2020, we felt the MKC project was a really well-deserved choice. We are proud to work with an organization that is so committed to helping children in need in our community. “

Next Level Fitness Academy
new place to celebrate

YOUNGSTOWN – Next Level Fitness Academy will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at 4pm for its new location at 945 Boardman-Canfield Road.

In addition to training, the Next Level Fitness Academy also focuses on meal plans. It offers six different meal plans, including one vegetarian and one vegan.

The training lasts an hour. Beginners start with three lessons per week. All members and test members are required to journal their meal plans, report to a trainer, and weigh them once a week to ensure they are achieving their goals. The initial phase is known as a “boot camp”. As members progress through the levels, they gain more freedom and flexibility in their workouts and meal plans.

For more information, email Jesse Bell at

Named Robert Davis
President of Aqua Ohio

BOARDMAN – Aqua Ohio announced this week that Robert Davis will succeed Ed Kolodziej as president of the company.

Kolodziej is leaving Aqua Ohio effective February 12th after 10 years of service.

“Looking to the future of Aqua Ohio, I am confident that I will leave the team in good hands,” said Kolodziej in a press release. “At 35, Bob is a solid leader in the water and wastewater industry. I believe he has what it takes to lead the company to continued success. “

Davis will lead the operations and administration of Aqua Ohio’s 33 water and five wastewater treatment plants, which serve approximately 500,000 residents.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Aqua team and I am honored to have the company trust me to lead one of their largest government operations,” said Davis.

Davis has been the director of Cleveland Utilities since 2015. He was responsible for Cleveland Water, Cleveland Water Pollution Control and Cleveland Public Power.

He began his career in the Warren Utility Services division as a manual worker and has been promoted to various roles including plant operator, superintendent of water treatment and distribution, and director of utility services. He also served as superintendent for water treatment and distribution in the town of Campbell.

BRITE Energy welcomes
Additions to the Board of Directors

WARREN – BRITE Energy Innovators, 125 W. Market St., welcomes five new directors to its board of directors. They are Djifa Amefia, Muhammad Ejaz, Albert Green, Anna Siefken and Mike Stacey.

Amefia is the managing partner of ClarIT Solutions, a Cleveland-based boutique technology consultancy. He is also a consultant at Utilicast. Ejaz is the founder and president of Twinsburg-based Ejaz Microelectronics. Green is the CEO of the AMG Consulting Group in Greater Cleveland. Siefken is the first executive director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Stacey designs and implements innovative strategies and transformation programs in the energy, transportation and government sectors as part of the infrastructure strategy at KPMG Cleveland.

“The quality of the people who have joined our board directly reflects the hard work of past members and our employees to build a world-class organization in the heart of the Mahoning Valley,” said Rick Stockburger, CEO of BRITE, in a press release. “We are committed to creating jobs in the energy sector and investing in technologies that will change the world, and the world is taking note of this new group of leaders who are ready to involve and lead our organization.”

Michael Merdich promoted to
Full-time position at 898 Marketing

CANFIELD – Michael Merdich is moving from an extended internship to a full-time position as a web designer at 898 Marketing, 5721 Shields Road, Suite A.

“Even during last year’s pandemic, we continued to be committed to our internship program, providing hands-on experience to individuals to help them grow,” said Jeff Ryznar, president of 898 Marketing, in a press release. “Michael Merdich not only demonstrated exceptional talent that had a direct impact on our customers, but also demonstrated a work ethic that improved our entire team. We are delighted that he will join us as a valuable member of our growing digital team. “

Merdich is a graduate of Boardman High School. He graduated from Youngstown State University in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in information technology with a major in security and a minor in management information systems.

Merdich spent the summer doing an internship with the digital integration team at 898 Marketing to help develop WordPress, HTML and CSS websites, as well as SEO and analytics. His internship was extended until autumn.

MCCTC virtual dance marathon
in favor of Akron Children’s Hospital

CANFIELD – Mahoning County’s Career and Technology Center is hosting a virtual mini dance marathon today and Thursday for the benefit of Akron Children’s Hospital in the Mahoning Valley.

This is the first year that the dance marathon takes place virtually. Last year the school raised more than $ 3,000 for the cause.

The event will take place on both days from 10 a.m. to 1.55 p.m. Each program / class stays in its classroom and participates virtually. There will be a DJ and a link for students to live stream. The dance marathon will also include games, basket raffles, and wonder family stories.

Gasoline prices are rising
7 cents in northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN – The average gasoline price in Northeast Ohio is 7 cents higher this week, at $ 2.35 a gallon according to the AAA East Central gas price report.

The average price for self-serve unleaded gasoline in the Youngstown area is $ 2.33 per gallon.

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