Three Akron-area college and universities are among seven in Ohio awarded $150,000 in Dominion Higher Education Grants.
Locally, the awards include $25,000 to the University of Akron; $30,000 to Stark State College; and $25,000 to Kent State University’s Stark Campus. From polyethylene pipe welding to mechanical engineering to environmental data collection, this year’s Ohio Dominion educational grant-winning programs engage students in a variety of outstanding energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs.
For the 2016-17 academic year, colleges, universities, community colleges, schools and educational institutions in Ohio and 10 other states will share grants totaling $1 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion East Ohio. The higher education grants focus on programs that help prepare students for technical positions in Ohio’s growing energy production and other industries.
“This year’s grants will support a variety of innovative programs encouraging young people to learn the essential skills needed to tackle real-world issues,” said Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio vice president and general manager. “They will help students gain knowledge and experience with technologies that are leading the way to a greener energy future.”To read more or comment...
Spirit Airlines -- the Akron-Canton Airport’s newest airline landing on Nov. 10th -- today has launched a website specifically for the Akron market and is touting a contest that could win someone free flights for four years.
Its contest is dubbed “Free flights for four more years,” a play on the fact that the airline will arrive in Akron two days after the November presidential election. The winner will receive free flights one time a month for two people for four years.
Details are at www.yellowoutohio.com and the winner will be chosen from five finalists on Nov.10.
Spirit Airlines will begin service at Akron-Canton on Nov. 10, with nonstop service to four Florida destinations: daily to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and seasonal service several times a week to Fort Myers and Tampa. Daily flights to and from Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas will start April 27To read more or comment...
The Akron-Canton Airport is turning 70 this year and celebrating.
Here is more information: The Akron-Canton Airport celebrates 70 years this October. To commemorate this anniversary the airport is hosting the Akron-Canton Airport Aviation Heritage Day on Oct. 8 at MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At 11:15 a.m., Aviation Heritage Day kicks off with a short presentation from the Akron-Canton Airport CEO and President Rick McQueen, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton.
“We look forward to celebrating our aviation heritage with the community,” said Rick McQueen, CEO and president of the Akron-Canton Airport. “This is your airport, created to serve the Akron-Canton region in 1946, and we want the community to celebrate, not only its history, but its value to the region and our access to the world through aviation.”To read more or comment...
The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a telephone scam alleging an active federal arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued and demanding immediate payment.
This scam is similar to others that utilize a fear tactic. Similarly, the IRS and other governmental agencies do not call consumers to demand payment.
A list of top scams can be found at www.ohio.com/betty under "Betty's Best Tips."
The U.S. Marshal's Office has received several reports of the scam, coming from various area codes, including the Cleveland area. The agency is investigating the case as a federal impersonation of an officer.To read more or comment...
Cornwell Quality Tools Co. in Wadsworth has broken ground on a 107,000-square-foot warehouse that the business says is state of the art.
The new warehouse doubles Cornwell’s space and is going up on 14 acres of land in Wadsworth the automotive and aviation hand tools maker recently purchased and said allows for future growth.
The new facility will be equipped with auto conveyors and 18 dock doors with a 32 foot clearance.
“We have invested in this new facility in order to better serve our customers. Cornwell has experienced great growth in the past 10 years and it is time to expand in order to continue this exponential growth.” President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Studenic said in a statement.
The warehouse is being built by Wadsworth-based Campbell Construction Inc.
University Hospitals said Friday that M. Steven Jones has been named president of UH Community Hospitals-East region, which includes the former Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Jones will oversee the operations of all of the University Hospitals East Region medical and health centers. The region encompasses UH Ahuja, Bedford, Conneaut, Geauga, Geneva, Portage (formerly Robinson Memorial Hospital) and Richmond medical centers, as well as several health centers in the region.To read more or comment...
Las Vegas lovers, you can get there from Akron-Canton Airport again.
Spirit Airlines late Wednesday announced it was adding once daily nonstop service to Las Vegas on April 27, the same day it will also start Myrtle Beach, S.C. service.
Akron-Canton travelers have not had a nonstop option to Las Vegas since Southwest Airlines reduced its destinations earlier this year in April.
The news comes a day after Allegiant Air said it was pulling out of Akron-Canton Airport, taking its six destinations to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and adding four new destinations.To read more or comment...
Ohio is offering what it calls the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. Here's the press release:
Thousands of Ohio employees have received training to advance their career through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round five is rapidly approaching.
“It’s important that Ohio’s workforce keeps current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This training ensures employees stay ahead of the game, keeping Ohio competitive.”To read more or comment...
Goodyear’s Wingfoot Two airship is flying to Canada this week.
The airship, which is Goodyear’s newest blimp and currently based in Suffield Township, will fly to the Toronto area for the first time in nearly a decade, the Akron tire maker announced. The airship leaves Sept. 23, weather permitting, and will remain in Canada through Oct. 2.
Wingfoot Two will fly over Niagara Falls and then go to Toronto to provide aerial coverage of the World Cup of Hockey and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is looking for a heroic truck driver.
The Akron tire maker is accepting nominations through Nov. 29 for the 34th Highway Hero Award, which recognizes professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
A nominee must:
* Be a full-time truck driver.
* Live in the United States or Canada.
* Have done the heroic incident in either the United States or Canada.
* Have been on the job in a truck with 12 wheels or more at the time of the heroic incident.
The incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016.
To nominate someone, go to https://www.goodyeartrucktires.com/pdf/highway-heroes/2016-goodyear-highway-hero-program-rules.pdf
The winner will be announced in March.
Allegiant Air, which just arrived at the Akron-Canton Airport in the spring of 2015, is leaving for Cleveland.
In an announcement this morning in Cleveland, Allegiant said it was doubling its presence in Northeast Ohio by moving existing service from Akron-Canton to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. In addition to moving the service, the company said it would offer four new nonstop routes this winter -- Jacksonville, Fla.; Austin, Texas; New Orleans and Phoenix.
In a statement, the Akron-Canton Airport said it was informed "by Allegiant Air that despite great performance at Akron-Canton Airport they will cease service at CAK on February 15, 2017.
"Although we hate to lose any airline service, we do not anticipate a significant impact from this announcement as customers have many other exceptional vacation destination options from CAK including new service from Spirit Airlines beginning November 10.To read more or comment...
The Board of Directors of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today declared an unchanged quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend will be payable Dec. 1 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 7.To read more or comment...
The number of drilling rigs in the Utica Shale and Point Pleasant Shale areas of Ohio totaled 14 as of Sept. 10, down two from a week ago, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources reported Tuesday.
The number of permits for horizontal wells totalled 2,240, the same as a week ago. The number of horizontal wells drilled in the state totaled 1,797, up seven from Sept. 10.
Summit County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in August from July but was higher than a year ago, figures released Tuesday show.
The county jobless rate was 4.7 percent last month, the same as in July and up from 4.5 percent in August 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Akron’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent last month from 5.5 percent in July and was up from 5.2 percent a year ago.
The jobless rate in Cuyahoga Falls fell to 4.2 percent in August from 4.3 percent in July and was up from 4.1 percent in August 2015.
Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors. The comparable Ohio jobless rate in August was 4.7 percent, while the comparable U.S. jobless rate was 5 percent.
Unemployment rates fell in 72 Ohio counties, were unchanged in 15 and dropped in one county. Rates ranged from a low of 3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9 percent in Monroe County.
Unemployment rates elsewhere in Northeast Ohio for August, July and August 2015:
• Cuyahoga County: 5.5, 5.5, 4.5
• Cleveland: 7, 6.9, 5.8
• Medina County: 4.3, 4.3, 3.5
• Portage County: 4.5, 4.7, 4.3
• Stark County: 4.9, 5, 4.7
• Canton: 5.9, 6, 5.7
• Wayne County: 3.6, 3.8, 3.6
Victoria’s Secret PINK, offering apparel aimed at college women, will celebrate the grand opening of its store at the Belden Village Mall in Jackson Township this weekend.
PINK is a part of the Victoria’s Secret business that offers lingerie seen as less sexy than Victoria’s Secret, along with sweatpants and other casual attire.
PINK and Victoria’s Secret are part of L Brands, headquartered in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this month that sales of Pink brand lingerie and discounting helped L Brands report same-store sales for August that again beat Wall Street expectations.To read more or comment...
The Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and its thermoplastic elastomer, or TPE, special interest group, hosts a conference starting Tuesday on thermoplastic elastomers at the Akron Hilton hotel in Fairlawn.
The conference, “Stretching the Performance with TPEs”, runs through Thursday and features presentations on bio-renewable materials, 3D printing, wearable technology, and materials, modifications and development.
Tuesday’s opening program is a TPE “primer” from 1 to 4 p.m. with the full conference taking place Wednesday and Thursday.
The conference sessions will highlight the latest technology and attributes that thermoplastic elastomers, coupled with nanotechnology, have to offer the market.
The conference will feature two keynote addresses:
• Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., Deborah Douglas of The Douglas Group, will talk on mergers and acquisitions in the thermoplastic elastomers industry. She will share information about what makes companies desirable in today’s marketplace, and what the selling process is likely to bring. The talk is geared for business owners and executives.
• Thursday at 12:30 p.m., Matthew Fielder of 3D Inc. will talk about the 3D manufacturing process including his firm’s hardware, software, and material science. 3D Inc. got its start through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
For program information, go to www.4spe.org/tpe2016.
Akron-area companies involved in making and using thermoplastic elastomers include A. Schulman Inc., Americhem, and PolyOne.
Women’s Network, the local nonprofit offering leadership training, mentoring and other services, will host an open house at its new digs in the Akron Global Business Accelerator off South Main Street in downtown Akron on Monday, Sept. 26.
The open house, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., will coincide with the organization’s annual meeting, featuring a talk by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. The events are open to the public.
The annual meeting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Shapiro’s talk at 6:45 p.m.
Shapiro, (pictured above) an Akron resident, was appointed to the county position after County Executive Russ Pry died following complications from colon cancer. She previously served as president of County Council.
Kent State’s NPR-affiliated radio station, WKSU, is getting a new executive director and general manager from Chicago.
Wendy Turner, vice president of digital and technical operations at Chicago Public Media starts her new job at WKSU on Oct. 31, the university announced Monday.
Turner was hired following a national search, the university said. She succeeds Dan Skinner, who left in October 2015 as WKSU’s executive director and general manager to join Kansas Public Radio and Audio-Reader.
Turner will be responsible for planning and directing activities related to a public radio network operation, and overseeing personnel administration and professional development of WKSU’s 34-person staff.
Turner also will establish department goals, objectives and strategies; develop and implement programs and activities to accomplish goals; foster the station’s position in the marketplace; improve station operations; support and oversee WKSU’s development effort; identify, cultivate and solicit prospects; and oversee preparation and submission of grant applications, the university said.
She will report to Kent State’s vice president for university relations and serve on the senior staff of the vice president.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to bring Wendy Turner to this important leadership role, which is a tribute to the performance and potential of WKSU,” Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a statement. “She has spent her entire career leading innovation and building partnerships at some of public radio’s most successful stations, a record that fits perfectly with our vision for the future of WKSU and Kent State University.”
Turner said she is delighted to join WKSU.
“There is such enthusiasm, commitment and clarity of mission from the WKSU team,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to building on the strong foundation of a beloved station and to advance its position as a valuable community resource bringing news, ideas, culture and compelling conversations to the region.”
She joined Chicago Public Media in 2000. Following a series of promotions, she currently leads the technology and infrastructure teams there.
She started her public media career at Minnesota Public Radio in 1994. Turner was named a “Woman To Watch” in 2008 by Crain’s Chicago Business, and in 2009, she received a Power Up Award from Street-Level Youth Media.
Turner was 20 years old when she founded Children’s Castle Theater, a community children’s theater, in Farmington, Minn.
Turner has a bachelor degree in theater from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Turner and her husband, David, will relocate to the Kent area from Chicago.
Travis Bornstein has been re-elected as president of Teamsters Local 24 in Akron. This makes him the longest-serving president in the history of Local 24, the union announced this week.
Also elected were:
• Dave Richards, secretary treasurer.
• Kevin King, vice president.
• Boyce Greene, recording secretary
• George Meade, trustee
• Brain Gibson, trustee
• Larry Newsom, trustee
• Dave Richmond, business agent
The officers begin serving their new terms starting Jan. 1.
Dominion East Ohio and the Dominion Foundation are seeking admissions for $110,000 in unrestricted grants it will be awarding.
The grants include a Workforce Development Impact Award of $10,000 to area non-profits that have made a difference in the communities the company serves.
The grants are presented through a competition, sponsored by Dominion and Cleveland Magazine. The award recognizes cities and community organizations that have made major contributions toward the economic and social revitalization of communities located in Dominion's service area in Ohio.
Here's the release in its entirety, with more details:To read more or comment...
Lehman’s, the iconic mega general store/low-tech superstore in the Wayne County village of Kidron, is among the companies showcased in a new virtual exhibit of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.
Stories in the exhibit, “America’s Mailing Industry,” tell the story of the partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private industry, according to museum publicity.
What’s Lehman’s connection with the postal service? Lehman’s calls itself a “multi-channel,” retailer, selling items at its store, online and through its mail order catalog.
Products include wood stoves, gas refrigerators, oil lamps, housewares and hand tools.To read more or comment...
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is boosting its quarterly dividend by 43 percent to 10 cents per share starting Dec. 1.
The dividend increase – to 40 cents per share annually – is part of the Akron tire maker’s wider, multi-billion dollar plan to return more money to shareholders, pay down debt, invest in the company and make other significant financial moves that it outlined in an investor conference Thursday in Boston.
The higher dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of Nov. 1.
“The tire industry is healthy, growing and offers attractive opportunities to grow profitably,” Richard Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president, said in a statement. “Our strategy is built to take advantage of key industry drivers including the transition to increasingly complex, large-rim diameter tires and the growing influence of empowered consumers in all aspects of the tire buying process.”
Goodyear reaffirmed its 2016 financial targets.
The company said it expects to have $3 billion in segment operating income in 2020 and cumulative free cash flow of $4.3 billion to $4.9 billion from 2017 to 2020.
“Our capital allocation plan demonstrates Goodyear’s commitment to creating value by maintaining financial flexibility to execute our strategic plan, continuing to strengthen our balance sheet and investing for future growth while also providing significant direct returns to shareholders,” Kramer said.
A. Schulman Inc. has hired Citi to help the Fairlawn polymer company with its business plan review and a look at global market trends.
A. Schulman, which makes powders, engineered plastics and composites, and other related materials, said it hired Citi after looking at a number of advisory firms.
“Citi’s deep understanding of A. Schulman’s businesses, as well as expertise in financial analysis, made them an excellent and impartial partner,” Joseph M. Gingo, chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. Schulman, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with them as we restore A. Schulman’s operational and financial performance worldwide to the sustainable levels our shareholders previously realized and expect of us going forward.”
Gingo announced the business plan review after he was rehired in August as CEO after A. Schulman on Aug. 12 unexpectedly reduced its earnings outlook for the full year. Schulman stock plunged on the news. Then-CEO Bernie Rzepka resigned shortly afterward.
Gingo was board chairman at the time; he was first hired as A. Schulman’s CEO in 2008 after a long career at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Rzepka, a longime A. Schulman executive, succeeded Gingo as CEO at the start of 2015, with Gingo moving to board chairman.
Gingo said he is committed to conducting a deliberate and unbiased assessment as promptly as practical.
“We will not speculate on any potential outcomes from this assessment or the timetable for it,” he said. “The goal is to verify our market intelligence, refine our vision and improve our execution.”
The company intends to release fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter and full-year results after the market closes on Oct. 26, followed by an earnings conference call 10 a.m. Oct. 27.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Medina-based coatings and sealants company RPM International Inc. with violating antifraud provisions of federal securities laws.
Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer of RPM said in a prepared statement that SEC’s allegations “have absolutely no merit and are the product of prosecutorial overreach.”
The complaint involves an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for overcharging the government on certain contracts.
RPM’s general counsel, Edward W. Moore, oversaw RPM’s response to the DOJ investigation. But, according to the SEC’s complaint, filed Friday, Moore did not inform RPM leaders and independent auditors of “material facts” about the investigation.
As a result, the SEC says, “RPM did not provide investors with accurate information about RPM’s financial condition.”
The complaint also charges Moore with violating sections of federal securities laws.
Thirty-one local young professionals have been named recipients of the tenth annual “30 for the Future” award by the Greater Akron Chamber.
The program is designed to honor people ages 25 to 39 who live and/or work in Greater Akron for their leadership and community service.
Typically, the chamber chooses 30 recipients. This year, an additional recipient was selected.
Independent committees selected the recipients based on professional and community accomplishments, leadership and community service.
The individuals were nominated by members of the Greater Akron Chamber, regional for-profit and nonprofit organizations and their own organizations.
An awards ceremony will take place the evening of Sept. 29 at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. on the University of Akron campus. It is open to the public. The event is sponsored by Kent State University and the Akron Beacon Journal.
Tickets are $55 for chamber members and $65 for nonmembers. Go to www.greaterakronchamber.org and click on the Connect tab and go to the events calendar to purchase tickets. For sponsorship information, call Kurt Leibensperger at 330-376-5550.
The 2016 recipients are:
Melissa Adams, Smithers Information
Bill Albright, Ohio Adjutant General’s Department
Susan Burnoski, Apple Growth Partners
Katie Carver Reed, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Fairlawn and Hudson Schools of Music
Chip Clupper, County of Summit
Willie Cook, Turner Construction Co.
Rosheadra Edwards, FirstEnergy Corp.
Michael Evans, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Lavar Jacobs, Not Just October/Metro RTA
Willy Kollman, University of Akron
Jennifer L. Kramer, Kent State University
Zachary J. Mellion, Mellion Orthodontics
Erica Millen, FirstEnergy Corp.
Selena Myers, Stark State College
Ellen Lander Nischt, City of Akron
Amanda Parker, Brouse McDowell
Kelli L. Peiffer, Montrose Primary Care
Kendra C. Philon, Meaden & Moore Ltd.
Dave Rich, Community Health Center
Lindsay Ridinger, Summit Education Initiative
Rick Rockich, Acquire Investments
Jessica Lane Rowan, Lane Rowan Consulting
Nathan D. Sargent, Summa Health
Diana L. Selzer, Westfield Bank
Michael A. Sferro, Towpath Credit Union
Craig B. Sisak, Summa at Home Healthcare
James Skakun, Bober Markey Fedorovich
Adam Snyder, Incept
State Rep. Emilia Sykes, Ohio House of Representatives
David Talenda, Cohen & Company
Stephanie Torok, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Members of the Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) made a lasting impression with their creative work when they won at the American Advertising Awards, formerly “The ADDYs."
Geometry Global and Morgan Ricciardi of The University of Akron took home national Silver ADDYs for outstanding creative work. Geometry Global won in the Black and White, Single category, while Ricciardi won in the Point of Purchase category.
The national competition is the third and final tier of the American Advertising Awards. In order to be entered into this final level, entries must win first at the local level. The work is then forwarded on to the district level, and if the entry wins a District ADDY, it proceeds to the national stage. With more than 40,000 entries at the local level each year, making it to the national competition is an accomplishment in itself.
“The advertising community in the greater Akron area is full of talent,” said Steve Govern, President of AAF-Akron. “We know that the work we see at our local competition has the potential to win at a national level, and it’s always thrilling to see individuals and companies from this area receiving recognition that’s well deserved for their excellence in advertising.”To read more or comment...
OhioMeansJobs.com, Ohio’s job-search website, is hosting a career fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College.
The College’s Eastern Campus is at 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills.
More than 45 employers from manufacturing, education, retail, health care and other industry segments will be on site to meet with job seekers.
Job seekers also can attend resume writing and interviewing workshops and receive a professionally-produced headshot to use on social media profiles.
The monthly natural gas price for residential customers who are on the Standard Choice Offer will go up slightly for the month of September.
Effective Sept. 13, Dominion East Ohio's SCO rate will be $2.80 per thousand cubic feet (mcf). That's 18 cents/mcf or 6.9 percent higher than the August rate of $2.62/mcf.
The price is also 14 cents/mcf or 5.3 percent higher than the price of $2.66/mcf a year ago.
The SCO is a monthly rate determined by a state-approved formula.
Under the company’s filing, the average SCO residential customer’s bill for the month of September would be $35.37, up $2.12, or 6.4 percent, from $33.25 a year ago.
All Dominion East Ohio residential customers also pay two charges directly to Dominion, regardless of their supplier to pay for delivery and other utility costs.To read more or comment...
The Akron-Canton Airport has opened its new rental car drop-off and pick-up lot.
Airport officials said it tripled its rental car capacity to the equivalent of 428 parking spaces today when its new rental car drop-off and pick-up lot opened. Visitors may now access the new rental car lot from the airport’s main entrance and follow signs to rental cars.
The new lot, located directly across from the terminal, is part of the $13.1 million investment in parking and airport entrance improvements. Other improvements completed to date include a new entrance road and loop with commercial lanes, LED lighting, and new entrance and exit plazas. The final improvement project to the airport entrance area, to be completed in November, is a 240-space, covered parking lot.
“These improvements are all about improving the customer experience at the airport,” said Akron-Canton Airport President and CEO, Rick McQueen. “We want customers to have a great experience flying through CAK, which starts when you enter the airport property.”To read more or comment...
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding consumers to be wary of a common seasonal scam that has been reported throughout the state in the last few days: driveway paving scams.
The Bath Police department has also recently warned that someone pretending to be with the Summit County Sheriff's department is calling people.
A typical paving scam begins when a contractor comes to a consumer’s door and offers to pave the driveway right away. The contractor often claims to have leftover materials from a nearby job and offers the consumer a discount. The consumer pays in advance, generally by cash or check. The contractor provides some work, but the work is shoddy and the contractor never returns to fix or complete the job.
“Some scam artists pretend to be reputable contractors, but then they take a consumer’s money and disappear,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We encourage people to be very careful, especially if someone shows up at their door and wants a lot of money right away.”To read more or comment...