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MVMC ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS: The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition has appointed new board members from its member companies.

Each of them will serve a two-year term in the local human resource development sector partnership organization. You are Joe Colletti of Marsh Bellofram / Specialty Fab, President; Ryan Englehart of Brilex, vice president; Kyle Kiraly of Kiraly Tool & Die, Treasurer; and Chris Allen of Ultium Cells, secretary. Butech Bliss’s Matt Joing is an immediate past president.

The organization also recognized former Starr Manufacturing board member Dale Forester for ten years of service that coincided with the creation of MVMC. Most recently she was the direct president and remains active in the organization.

AMERICA POWER AND GIRL SCOUTS PARTNER: America Makes, the Youngstown-based National Additive Manufacturing Accelerator, and Northeast Ohio Girl Scouts work together to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through additive manufacturing techniques 25,000 Boy Scout Members with plans to launch the program for the 2.5 million Girl Scouts at the national level.

The organizations will also create a playbook of best practices for integrating additive manufacturing with Girl Scout programming that can be used in the deployment of the new America Makes Additive MFG patch – the first patch for additive manufacturing.

This patch is acquired through engagement in the additive engineering areas of design, manufacturing, and post-production. Based on industry recognized references, the patch targets many Girl Scout badges, including STEM and others where additive manufacturing can be applied and integrated.

This America Makes Education and Workforce Development project with the Girl Scouts is part of a larger plan funded by the state of Ohio to create an Ohio Secondary Education Network and expand opportunities for students and teachers.

The network is designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and provide access to advanced manufacturing technologies through formal education and training, as well as the involvement of community organizations such as the Boy Scouts.

WCBA IS LOOKING FOR IDEAS: Youngstown State University’s Entrepreneurship Center at Williamson College of Business Administration launches the Entrepreneurship Center’s second annual business plan competition with the John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize.

The YSU student receives a US $ 2,400 award with the most promising and innovative business idea determined by a jury. Applicants should submit a five- to seven-page business plan proposal that outlines their business idea and how the $ 2,400 prize will be used to further develop the idea by midnight

4. April.

All completed business plans can be emailed to competition coordinator John Rossi at jfrossi@ysu.edu or to the Entrepreneurship Center at wcbaentrepreneurshipcenter@ysu.edu.

Companies do not have to exist, but if the company is operating, the proposal should include details of how the business is currently doing. Proposals will be judged on feasibility, market assessment, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The finalists will be invited to present their business plans to the judges on April 12th. The winner will be announced on the same day.

PNC GIVES MILLIONS TO HELP BUSINESSES: Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank has donated $ 10 million to the Columbus Economic Community Development Institute to fund the first Paycheck Protection Program loans to Ohio entrepreneurs and small businesses that frequently are unable to participate in the mainstream economy.

This includes low and middle income and low wealth people, women, people of color, refugees and immigrants, and businesses that were most vulnerable during the pandemic.

PNC’s investment comes from Community Development Banking Group, which makes strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income and low-income communities.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES NEW ENERGY PROGRAM: The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber has partnered with FirstEnergy Advisors to develop a new energy saving program for chamber members.

Through its exclusive online procurement and energy manager “Sherpa by FirstEnergy Advisors”, the FirstEnergy Advisors team works with companies of all sizes to see if they can save on electricity costs.

The team will obtain and check offers from energy suppliers / marketers, make data-driven energy recommendations and facilitate the contract and registration process. The chamber members choose transparent pricing, an analytics-based contract period and an optimal selection of suppliers.

Companies interested in more information should visit firstenergyadvisors.com/ywrc, call 877-398-5639, or email firstenergyyadvisors@firstenergycorp.com.

SPEAKER ADDED TO AGENDA: America Makes has added Tracy Frost, Director of the Secretary’s Office for Defense Manufacturing Technology, to the agenda of this week’s America Makes TRX virtual event hosted by Boeing.

Presenting for Boeing is Melissa Orme, Vice President; Dan Braley, Associate Technical Fellow with a focus on Additive Manufacturing; and Nick Mule, director. Louis Schlegel, Director of Commercialization and Sales for Made in Space will also speak.

The event takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New companies

NEW ADDITION IN SOUTHERN PARK: The Selfie Space, a photo and social media company, has 25 rooms where customers can take photos and videos in a professionally lit room. There is also a 1,800 square meter room that can be reserved for private parties.

The Selfie Space opened earlier this month.

AUSTINTOWN RESTAURANT OPEN: Sam’s Southern Eatery, 4837 Mahoning Ave., which offers southern food, recently opened with a ribbon cut.

The chain is based in Shreveport, La., And operates 94 stores in the United States. The Austintown location in Antone’s former Italian café is the only one in Ohio.

NEW OWNERSHIP OF LANDMARK: Newly owned Landmark Restaurant, 109 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Raphe Neapolitan and Mathew Savon bought the restaurant in late 2020.

People in motion

FARMERS PROMOTES: Canfield-based Farmers National Bank has promoted Timothy F. Shaffer to Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer.

In his new role, Shaffer will oversee the bank’s credit departments while making credit decisions, product development and credit quality monitoring.

Shaffer joined Farmers in 2011 as Vice President and Head of the Commercial Lending Team. He was previously Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, and Regional President of Farmers National Bank.

TARGET PROMOTIONS: Girard-based Aim Transportation Solutions, the largest private truck leasing company in the United States, has promoted Chris Disantis to Senior Director of Maintenance and Steve Shacklock to Director of Maintenance, Eastern Operations.

Disantis joined Aim 33 years ago as a senior technician. He climbed through the ranks to hold the positions of service manager, regional service manager, regional maintenance director and, prior to this new role, training director and field technical support.

Shacklock began his Aim career in 2010 as a technician at Aim’s Wheatland, Pennsylvania store. Within two years he became the site’s service manager. In 2014 he assumed the title of Warranty Manager and in 2018 he was appointed Director of Maintenance Support.

AKRON CHILDREN BRING THE SURGEON: Children’s plastic surgeon Dr. Ashish Francis has joined Akron Children’s Hospital in its plastic and reconstructive surgery center.

His specific interests lie in the areas of microsurgery, facial resuscitation, corrective jaw and ear reconstruction.

Francis is also on the medical staff for the Summa Health System.

Prior to joining Akron Children’s, he completed his fellowship in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. His residency in Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was at the University of Nevada Medical School in Las Vegas.

AGENT JOINS BURGAN: Marvin Hershberger joined Burgan Real Estate, based in Canfield, at his newest broker.

Before joining Burgan, West Farmington-born Hershberger worked for Kraftmaid in the pallet industry for 27 years.

He was a farmer for the Chardon Toastmasters Club and received special recognition, particularly for his communication skills.

MORLEY joins the firm: Attorney Michael Morley has joined Betras, the Kopp & Harshman Complex Litigation Group.

He is the fourth member of the group and joins lawyers Brian Kopp. Christopher Knopik, executive attorney for the firm’s Tampa, Florida office; and Douglas Titus. The group members have a total of 116 years of legal experience. Morley began his legal career in 1981.

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