The latest news and updates from Youngstown, Ohio

Edward Hightower, President and CEO of Lordstown Motors Corp.

Edward Hightower, President and CEO of Lordstown Motors Corp.

(Lordstown Motor Corp.)

Lordstown Motors Corp. announced several leadership appointments “which further strengthen the company’s leadership team”, according to a statement.

CEO Daniel Ninivaggi transitioned to the role of executive chairman of the company’s board, focusing on corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and capital raising, the statement said.

In his place, the company’s chairman, Edward Hightower, took on additional duties as chief executive. Hightower will also remain CEO of Lordstown Motors’ joint venture with Foxconn to develop electric vehicles. He was also elected to the board of Lordstown Motors.

“Since joining Lordstown Motors, recruiting an experienced and talented management team has been a key priority,” Ninivaggi said in the statement. “With the recent closing of the Foxconn transactions and the launch of our new Foxconn joint venture, Lordstown Motors has moved into a more engineering and product development focused business. [original equipment manufacturer].

“With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry and having made a significant contribution to the preparation for the launch of Endurance and Foxconn transactions, Edward is the ideal person to lead the company and launch our product development efforts. with Foxconn.”

Other executive appointments include:

  • Donna Bell, a former Ford Motor Co. executive with nearly 30 years of automotive industry and leadership experience, has been named executive vice president of product creation, engineering and supply chain. supply.
  • Andrew Reyntjes, who has 30 years of experience in the automotive and commercial fleet industry, has been named senior vice president of sales, service and marketing.
  • Jill Coniglio-Kirk, who has more than 20 years of automotive experience in human resources and startup roles, has been named vice president of people and culture.
  • Jane Ritson-Parsons will transition from her role as COO to that of corporate advisor.

Ohio’s TechCred exceeded funding goals

Ohio TechCred Programwhich pays residents to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, again exceeded its annual goal of 20,000 funded credentials, according to a statement from Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, director from the Governor’s Office for Workforce Transformation.

Nearly 4,000 credentials were funded in May, according to the release. Nearly 300 Ohio employers have been approved for the funding program, which is now in its 14th round. In total, nearly 1,900 employers have been certified. They support nearly 45,000 employees who have earned credentials so far.

“Technology and technical job skills are becoming more important to Ohio’s economic future every day, and TechCred is a great way for businesses to keep their workforce competitive, while helping Ohio residents Ohio to improve themselves so they can earn more and advance in their careers,” Husted is quoted in the statement.

TechCred’s current application period closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Companies whose employees have completed their TechCred training can be reimbursed on the state website.

Several new Valley businesses launched this week

Jane and Bill Heaven brought their global wellness franchise OsteoStrong at 6579 Ironwood Blvd, Unit #4, Canfield. The company officially opened its doors on Monday, July 11.

According to a press release, customers use the company’s “state-of-the-art” robotic musculoskeletal development equipment for 10 minutes a week to strengthen their skeletal system, instead of dieting, supplements, pharmaceuticals or gym exercises.

It is designed for those looking to improve their posture, balance, strength and bone density through a process called osteogenic loading. It has also been shown to reduce joint and back pain, according to the release.

“Lives will be changed for the better as we strengthen the community one person at a time, giving them the ultimate physical freedom to enjoy the life they want and deserve,” Bill Heaven said in the statement.

Connect with the company on his websiteon Facebookvia email or by calling 330-272-9636.


Beyond Expectations Barber College on Tuesday, July 12, cut the ribbon at its last location at 2246 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

The college, founded in 2013 in Akron by Eric Garrett Sr., a disabled veteran and barbershop owner, “trains young men and women not just to become licensed barbers, but to be more influential members of the community.” company,” read a press release.

Enrollees complete the college’s 11-month training program and then pass the state barber exam to receive their Ohio barber license. The college has graduated more than 150 students and has an 85% graduation rate, 90% bachelor rate and 100% placement rate, according to the statement.

The college is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Visit its website or call the college at 234-228-8905.


The Boardman-Canfield Hearing Center open Tuesday, July 12 at Boardman’s Creekside Plaza, 1449 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite No. 220.

The family center tests patients’ hearing free of charge, diagnoses and treats hearing loss and tinnitus, and provides earwax removal and hearing aid cleaning. The center also installs protective devices for firearms users, musicians and swimmers; commits to “working with every insurance company”; and provide funding.

“Our mission is to provide you and your family with a better quality of life. We are invested and we are here to give back to our community,” local owner Karen Katsaras said in the statement.

For more information, call the center at 330-333-0230, email or visit his website.


The CycWard bike shop offers new and used bikes “to fit everyone’s budget,” and also does tune-ups and repairs, reads a press release.

Local CycWard Bike Club members Kelan Bilal, Joe Parent and Tim Knight founded the company, which they say is Youngstown’s only bike shop. It opened on Wednesday July 13 at 1205 Elm St., Youngstown.

He plans to offer workshops on active transportation — as in human mobility — cycling lessons, social networking, jobs for young people and, soon, a café.

CycWard is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call them at 234-254-8141 or find them on Facebook Where instagram.


On Thursday, July 14, the inauguration is scheduled for Growth tipswhose new location at 1705 Woodland St. NE, Warren, will raise awareness of mental health and substance use in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The center will offer addiction and mental health counselling, intensive outpatient treatment, case management, community psychiatric support treatment, peer support, EMDR, parenting classes and relationship management services. anger, according to a press release. A domestic violence intervention program will begin by the end of the summer.

“We provide a place where you feel understood and assured that it’s okay to not be okay. A refuge to restore and rewrite the troubled narratives that hold them back. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional,” Thrive’s Stephanie Stiner said in the release.

Contact the center by phone at 330-469-6777 or on its website.


Orion’s Realm, an astrological and psychic boutique, is gearing up for its grand opening Friday, July 15 at 7684 Market St., Suite No. 3, Boardman.

The shop offers crystals, Reiki and certification classes, art, tarot cards and readings, mediumship, pendulums, books and more, according to a press release. Readings, Reiki and classes can be scheduled outside opening hours by appointment.

“My spiritual journey is not only one of my own experience, but also through a lot of study and learning. I continue to learn every day and nothing makes me happier than helping others to also grow in their journey,” owner Shannon Robinson said in the statement.

Call Orion’s Realm at 330-423-4070 or contact Robinson via email.

Cocca’s Pizza raises money for students with autism

Cocca’s pizza partnered with Youngstown’s Potential Development School for Students with Autism to raise funds for students with autism.

During the Pizz-A the Puzzle fundraiser, which runs until July 29, Cocca customers can visit any Cocca store to purchase a “one-of-a-kind” puzzle piece-shaped pizza. genre”, part of the profits of which will go to the students.

“Who doesn’t like pizza? It’s a fun way to enjoy a delicious meal and support potential development at the same time,” Jodi Harmon, the school’s marketing manager, was quoted in a press release as saying.

A large puzzle pizza is $14.99 and toppings are extra.

Youngstown St. E’s awarded for heart failure treatment

St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital of Mercy Health received the American Heart Association’s Gold Quality Achievement Award for the treatment of heart failure.

That of the association Pricing Get With The Guidelines is given to hospitals that “demonstrate a commitment to treating patients” according to the association’s “latest guidelines”, read a press release.

“St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Dr. Rahul Sinha, Cardiologist and Medical Director of Congestive Heart Failure Clinics at Mercy Health Youngstown, quoted in the statement, “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to implement proven knowledge and guidelines on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people in the Mahoning Valley can live longer, healthier lives.

More than 6 million Americans live with heart failure, according to the association. Although there is no cure, patients can “live a quality life” by following their medications, making lifestyle changes and monitoring their symptoms.

Youngstown City Center Hospital has also been added to two of the association’s “honor rolls” for meeting criteria related to heart failure care and type 2 diabetes care.

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