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Coal industry’s future gloomy

Rob Napier, a displaced coal miner, has an accent that is the audio equivalent to chummy handshake. His speech and phrases are folksy and polite, until he starts talking about what Washington and Charleston are doing to the coal industry. That is when politeness leaves the self-described “good Christian” and his ire comes out. “We’ve been screwed,” he said. After ...

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President of hydraulics company to discuss possible Warren manufacturing facility Tuesday

WARREN — City officials and the president of a California company will have a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the former corporate headquarters of Packard Electric on Dana Street Northeast to announce plans for a multimillion-dollar investment at the site. “This potential investment will involve the purchase and reopening of 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and administrative ...

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Big northwestern Pennsylvania employer warns of layoffs

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — One of the largest employers in northwestern Pennsylvania says it’ll reduce its workforce through retirements and layoffs. The Erie Times-News reports that Lord Corp. isn’t saying yet how many jobs will be cut or where. The North Carolina-headquartered conglomerate produces materials for industries including aerospace and oil and gas production. It employs about 3,000 worldwide. But ...

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U.S. jobless claims fall to near 42-year low

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to a near 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tightening in the labor market despite the recent slowdown in hiring. The data released on Thursday provides a more upbeat check on the health of the labor market after last week’s monthly employment report ...

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U.S. Steel may lay off 2,000 workers in Illinois

U.S. Steel, the industrial titan that built Gary as a company town and still remains one of Northwest Indiana’s largest employers, continues to shrink as it struggles with an unprecedented import crisis. The Pittsburgh-based steelmaker just warned 2,000 workers in downstate Illinois they could be laid off. U.S. Steel, which is a Fortune 200 company with an annual steelmaking capacity ...

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Stow manufacturers look to area schools to fill workforce demands

On an industrial tour in Stow, a group of Cuyahoga Falls students contemplated their futures during Manufacturing Day on Friday. “I don’t know,” said Stephen Hoedt, one of the 45 freshmen. Each picked pre-engineering from a list of vocational pathways their high school offers to incoming students. Hoedt likes math. Engineering might be the right fit. But like most 14-year-olds, ...

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Wolf reiterates need for tax increase to balance budget

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said today that he considers the Republican plan to vote on his tax proposals this week as a legitimate exercise. “I’m taking it at face value,” the Democratic first-year governor told reporters at the governor’s residence. “I’m grateful that I’ve been given the chance to test this.” But even if the vote fails, he said, ...

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SUN Tech students to get training for pipeline, bridge work

SELINSGROVE — Some SUN Area Technical Institute students will travel Monday to a training center in Lebanon to learn how to work on a pipeline or build a bridge. Up to 3,000 new jobs will be needed to support the building of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, the Sunbury Pipeline and the Hummel Station power plant, and Greater Susquehanna Valley ...

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Youngstown hires speed-enforcement hearing officer at $95 an hour

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YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s board of control hired Gene Fehr, a former Mahoning County Common Pleas Court magistrate, to serve as the speed-enforcement hearing officer for $95 an hour. Fehr, of Austintown, said, “I’m learning what this legal entity is,” referring to being a speed-enforcement hearing officer. “I know it’s not a criminal court, but I need to research what ...

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