FOOD

The Rail wins HOF contest

The Rail was crowned the People’s Choice award winner Tuesday night at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s 10th annual Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The restaurant, which has locations in the Cleveland and Akron area, won the honor by serving its Mojo Burger, made with a 50/50 blend of Ohio beef and Ohio andouille sausage, lettuce, tomato, local cheddar and house-made jalapeño coleslaw; the Mr. Mariola Sandwich; the Bruschetta Burger; and a blueberry-basil lemonade made with OYO Vodka.

About 700 people attended the fundraising event and donated funds to provide the equivalent of more than 700,000 meals in the region.

More than 20 local and national vendors prepared food for the event and competed for the People’s Choice award.

DISASTER RELIEF

FirstEnergy aids Harvey effort

The FirstEnergy Foundation on Wednesday announced it will contribute $25,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas. The foundation also said it will match employee contributions up to an additional $50,000.

The storm, which dropped more than 50 inches of rain in and around Houston, caused widespread flooding, fatalities and massive property damage.

“We hope our foundation donation along with the matching gifts made by FirstEnergy employees help provide relief for those suffering from Hurricane Harvey’s historic impact,” Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation, said in a news release.

The foundation is funded solely by Akron-based utility FirstEnergy Corp.

Anyone interested in donating to or volunteering with the American Red Cross can go to www.redcross.org.

DEVELOPMENT

State OKs Amazon tax credit

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved an estimated $7.8 million job-creation tax credit Wednesday for Amazon, which plans to hire more than 2,000 workers to staff a planned fulfillment center in North Randall.

The Plain Dealer reported that the state board signed off on a 1.35 percent, 10-year tax credit tied to the project, an 855,000-square-foot building where workers will pack and ship small items, including books and consumer electronics. Amazon committed last week to a lease deal on the building, which is set to open in late 2018.

The facility will gobble up 69 acres of the former Randall Park Mall site at Emery and Warrensville Center roads.

OIL/GAS

Gaps found in pipeline coat

The company that operates twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan says it has discovered a number of gaps in a protective layer of enamel coating on the pipes.

Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday the gaps were noticed during a recent inspection. Spokesman Ryan Duffy says they’re small and apparently were formed when workers installed steel anchors to support the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

He says there’s no evidence of corrosion or leakage. The gaps will be repaired in coming weeks.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the discovery underscores the need to eventually shut down the pipelines. Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy says it’s a major concern that the gaps apparently resulted from human error.

EMPLOYMENT

Slight rise for small businesses

Small-business hiring was little changed in August, with companies adding 48,000 jobs. That’s according to ADP, the payroll service that tracks the number of workers at its small business customers.

Small companies had added 49,000 jobs in July, a sharp revision from ADP’s earlier report of 17,000.

Hiring has been relatively stable since May, averaging more than 54,000 new jobs a month. But that’s down from the average of 84,000 in the first four months of 2017.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.