UTILITIES

Dominion plan price rises

Dominion Energy Ohio’s monthly natural gas price for residential customers who are on the Standard Choice Offer (SCO) is going up slightly for June, but is still 9 percent lower than the price a year ago.

Effective June 14, the SCO will be $2.95 per thousand cubic feet (mcf). That’s 6 cents or 2 percent higher than the May rate of $2.89/mcf, but 29 cents/mcf or 9 percent lower than the price of $3.24/mcf last June.

The average residential customer’s bill for June will be $38.04, down 33 cents of 9 percent from $38.37 last June.

All customers pay a fixed $28.14 for the basic monthly charge. Customers also pay a usage-based charge to transport the gas to the home, and gross-receipts tax. That charge is currently 33 cents/mcf.

WORKERS’ COMP

State unveils rebate program

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Ohio is offering small employers a way to earn credits for activities designed to improve workplace safety practices and receive a rebate — up to $2,000 — on their workers’ compensation premiums.

Private employers can sign up now for the new program, called Policy Activity Rebate (PAR).

To be eligible for the rebate, employers must select from among 33 available activities and earn 11 credits during the policy year that begins July 1.

Activities range from attending safety training to bringing an employee back to work on light/modified duty and enrolling employees in BWC’s Better You, Better Ohio! wellness program. Public employers can begin signing up Dec. 1.

Go to https://bit.ly/2HiV4jA for more details.

ATMs

Card-free transactions tested

Mastercard and Green-based Diebold Nixdorf are working together to test card-free ATM transactions, and the two are demonstrating the technology this week at the Money20/20 Europe conference in Amsterdam.

Account holders will be able to connect with participating ATMs using a smartphone app to make secure transactions, the companies said in news releases Monday.

“As a technology company, we are always considering what the future can bring, and today we have a great opportunity with Diebold Nixdorf to define the next wave of digital products to the ATM channel,” said Daniel Goodman, senior vice president, ATM Product Management at Mastercard.

AIRLINES

CAK celebrates United route

Akron-Canton Airport will host a gate party, ribbon/cake cutting, and water cannon salute Friday to celebrate the inaugural nonstop flight to George Bush Intercontinental Houston Airport aboard United Airlines.

It will be Akron-Canton Airport’s first flight to Texas. The gate party begins at 5:30 a.m., with the ribbon and cake cutting set for 6 a.m.

PACKAGING

Combi to switch Stark sites

Combi Packaging Systems is moving its Plain Township operation to a larger facility in Jackson Township, the Canton Repository reported.

The growing company signed a long-term lease this year for a 156,000-square-foot building at 6299 Dressler Road NW that previously housed automatic teller machine refurbishment operations for Diebold Nixdorf. Those operations have since moved to Green.

COFFEE

Starbucks CEO to step down

Starbucks Corp.’s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.

Schultz, 64, said he is considering many possibilities. He had endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the last presidential election and had sometimes deflected questions about whether he would run for office.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.