HEALTH CARE

Unity Health hires

infection specialist

Cuyahoga Falls-based Unity Health Network has added Dr. Talha Riaz to its infectious disease division.

Riaz is a specialist in infections related to orthopedic, plastic and vascular surgeries.

He earned his medical degree from the King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, prior to completing a research fellowship in cardiovascular device-related infections at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

He completed his internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, followed by a general infectious disease fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a sub-specialty fellowship in musculoskeletal/orthopedics infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic.

He will be based at locations on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls and East Washington Street in Medina.

Unity Health Network is the largest independent medical group in Northeast Ohio.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

New Ravenna winery

adding outdoor seating

A new winery in Ravenna is already expanding, and will soon have a patio.

West Main Street Winery, at 234 W. Main St., is adding a patio at the back of the property.

Ravenna Planning Commission voted unanimously this week in favor of a conditional use certificate, allowing owners Jim and DeAnne Wade to build the patio behind the business.

Construction manager Nathan Monroe said the patio will seat 25 patrons, and include a wheelchair-accessible ramp. He said the 17-by-22-foot patio would improve the aesthetics of the back of the business.

 

RETAIL

Lowe's to outsource

assembly jobs nationwide

Lowe’s is hiring third-party assemblers and facility services to replace Lowe’s workers who put together products like grills and patio furniture for customer orders, said Lowe’s spokeswoman Jackie Hartzell. The job cuts are already underway, she said.

Hartzell said the company would not release numbers of employees affected by the layoffs either locally or nationwide because the company expects to retain some employees in other roles.

The Wall Street Journal reported the number of affected employees is in the thousands, including several workers at each of Lowe’s 1,800 stores.

The affected workers will be given transition pay and be able to apply for other open roles at Lowes, Hartzell said.

Lowe’s employs about 300,000 people, Hartzell said.

 

LITIGATION

Texas joins suit against

T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Texas has joined more than a dozen states that are suing to stop T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival cellphone company Sprint, arguing that the deal is bad for consumers because it would reduce competition.

It's the first Republican attorney general of the group, which now consists of 14 states and the District of Columbia. California, New York and now Texas are leading the states' case.

The Justice Department approved the deal last week alongside five Republican state attorneys general who were not involved in the states' case. The federal government's conditions would make satellite-TV company Dish a new U.S. wireless provider.