ACHIEVEMENTS

Akron-based ER doctor

to receive state award

Dr. Amy Raubenolt, an attending physician in Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s emergency department and the hospital's EMS medical director, will be honored May 22 as Medical Director of the Year by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Ohio Division of Emergency Medical Services, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The ceremony will be held in Columbus as part of the annual Star of Life Awards.

Raubenolt, who teaches at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is the chair of the Northeast Ohio Regional Trauma Network, was nominated by the Akron Fire Department — for whom she serves as medical director. She also is medical director for the Stow Fire Department and the Akron SWAT team.

CLOSINGS

Union Eye Care shuts

eight sites across area

Union Eye Care, which has an office in Akron's Chapel Hill area, has shuttered all eight of its Northeast Ohio locations.

The Better Business Bureau and Channel 19 News in Cleveland reported the company closed down last week. No one at Union Eye Care answered phone calls Wednesday.

Union Eye Care had offices at 1948 Buchholzer Blvd. and at seven other sites in the region. The business was founded in 1959, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Channel 19 reported that a Union Eye Care employee received an email, sent May 7, that read: The “Board of Trustees made the decision that Union Eye Care Inc. will be filing for bankruptcy. We will be closing all eight stores, our terminal optical lab and headquarters permanently effective Wednesday May 8, 2019."

MANUFACTURING

Industrial production

decreases in April

U.S. industrial production fell in April, dragged by a big drop in factory output as production of autos and auto parts continued to slide.

Industrial output — reflecting total production at factories, utilities and mines — dropped 0.5 percent in April after a 0.2 percent March gain, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. Industrial production fell 0.5 percent in February.

Manufacturing output fell 0.5 percent, led by a 2.6 percent decline in motor vehicles and parts. Production at the nation's utilities fell a sharp 3.5 percent.

ECONOMY

Americans cut spending

on clothing, appliances

U.S. retail sales declined last month as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies.

Sales dropped 0.2 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7 percent jump in March.

Car sales dropped 1.1 percent last month and sales at electronics and appliance stores dropped 1.3 percent.