LOCAL BUSINESS

Shake-up on Myers’ board

Shareholders of Myers Industries (NYSE: MYE) of Akron have shaken up the company’s board, electing all three people that GAMCO Asset Management had nominated in a proxy contest.

GAMCO, the Akron company’s largest shareholder, nominated the three earlier this year amid criticism of Myers’ board and top executives.

Election results mean three of Myers’ nominees — all current board members — did not retain seats. They include current Chairman Richard P. Johnston, a director for more than 20 years.

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HOSPITALITY

Awards luncheon set

The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold its 14th annual Zenith Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

The ceremony, celebrated during National Travel & Tourism Week, recognizes contributions made to and by Summit County’s hospitality industry.

Gregory R. Bean, the recently retired chairman of the bureau’s board of directors, will receive the 2015 Chairman’s Award.

Awards will be given in 13 categories.

For information, call 330-374-8945 or email jmahon@visitakron-summit.org.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Pope most influential

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.

The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts released Tuesday by PR firm Burson-Marsteller shows nearly 57 million people following Obama, up from 44 million last year. Pope Francis was next with 19.5 million followers on nine language accounts, up from 14 million in 2014.

Pope Francis’ words were spread widest, with an average of 9,929 retweets per tweet. Obama was fourth with 1,210.

AGRICULTURE

Tyson to drop antibiotic use

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken houses by September 2017 and that it will explore doing the same for other meat products.

The move comes as restaurants demand more natural produce and amid concerns that widespread antibiotic use can lead to drug-resistant germs.

McDonald’s, for instance, said in March it wants suppliers to stop using human antibiotics in poultry within two years. Panera and Chipotle already say their chicken is antibiotic-free.

Tyson said in March it would work with McDonald’s to meet the new requirements, plus begin looking at ways to reduce antibiotic use in cattle, hogs and turkeys.

ENVIRONMENT

Europe targets plastic bags

The European Parliament has approved rules to clamp down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment, removing the last major hurdle to pass the legislation.

In the future, consumers will have to use sturdier, reusable bags or pay extra if they want to use the polluting versions that are often handed out at supermarket counters or pharmacies.

The 28 member nations have already approved the measure once and their final backing should be confirmed later this year.

Member states are required to reduce the use of such plastic bags by some 80 percent by 2025, but are given a choice on how to achieve that target.

UTILITIES

Substation put into service

Akron-based Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has put a new $2.5 million substation in West Akron into service.

The substation, on Sourek Road, was built in less than eight months using a standard design that was more cost-effective and helped to expedite construction, the company said. It will enhance service reliability and help meet future demand for electricity in the area.

The project included using precast concrete foundations, a large transformer, switching gear and circuit breakers. In addition, animal protection devices made of a polymer material were installed on key parts of the equipment to help reduce outages caused by squirrels and other animals.

Ohio Edison recently built and placed into service a similar substation in Bath Township. A new substation in the Brunswick area is expected to go online this year.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.