Here is an overview of the business news from the Mahoning Valley


Also among today’s business updates: Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber; PolishYoungstown; Kravitz Deli; STEM Valley + ME2 Academy; Mexican restaurant El Vallarta; Your mobile Cosmo; and soft-touch furniture.

YOUNG TOWN – Penguin City Brewing Co. Friday delivered its first shipment of beer to Wine & Beverage Merchants in Weirton, W.Va.

Penguin City met Wine & Beverage Merchants in 2019, and the contract was finalized this summer.

“We spoke with Wine & Beverage Merchants in the fall of 2019, and due to COVID we had to wait. We are excited to move forward and bring Penguin City Beer to another state and begin to expand our market, ”Penguin City Co-Owner Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki said in a press release.

Penguin City Beer will be distributed throughout West Virginia.

It will also be distributed to other Ohio markets in 2022 when the brewer operates its new facility, which opens in the winter.

Penguin City purchased a 20-barrel brewery with four 60-barrel fermenters plus two 60-barrel conditioning tanks and a 3.5-barrel pilot system from Deutsche Beverage Systems at a cost of $ 550,000. It will more than double its capacity.

“The tanks are on their way and should arrive in our warehouse in early November,” said Richard Bernacki, part owner of Penguin City. “We look forward to their arrival so that we can put our plans and creative ideas into action.”

Melissa Maiorano joins the regional chamber

YOUNGSTOWN – Melissa Maiorano has joined the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber Economic development team as manager of workforce development.

Maiorano, of Boardman, will lead the regional chamber’s JobsNow program – a partnership with JobsOhio’s “Ohio To Work” initiative and regional partnerships with educators and training organizations – while working to meet the needs of labor force of member companies of the chamber.

Maiorano was previously a Regional Specialist Pharmacy Technician at Rite Aid Pharmacy, where she recruited, hired, trained and developed pharmacy technicians for 20 stores in the Youngstown area to ensure that every associate remains in compliance with guidelines. of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and meets educational requirements to be certified in the state.

“We are delighted to have Melissa join our team,” said Sarah Boyarko, regional chamber chief operating officer and senior vice president of economic development, in a press release. “She understands the importance of her role and has the ability to take chamber labor services to the next level.”

National Pierogi Day-Youngstown event scheduled for Friday

FREEDOM – PolishYoungstown will host its seventh annual National Pierogi Day-Youngstown event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The grocery store will offer dinner and pickup of a variety of pierogies, as well as other Polish dishes and beers. The event will also feature Polish music and a virtual pierogi-making demonstration by Sip and pinch.

For more information, call 330-759-7889.

STEM + ME2 Valley accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year

CANFIELD – Registration is open for incoming ninth and tenth year students interested in applying to the STEM Valley + ME2 Academy for the 2022-2023 school year.

The school is hosted at Mahoning County Technical and Quarry Center campus, 7300 N. Palmyra Road.

The school’s mission is to prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in the global economy while developing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application and entrepreneurship, a statement from hurry. The school has a STEM designation from the Ohio Department of Education.

For more information or to schedule a private tour, contact Jessica Cene, Marketing Coordinator, at 330-729-4000 or [email protected]

To apply, click here.

3 companies in the Valley organize inauguration ceremonies

Three Mahoning Valley businesses are having celebrations this week and will have groundbreaking ceremonies.

Here is what is planned:

  • Mexican Restaurant El Vallarta, 1738 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland, will have a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday at 1 p.m. El Vallarta serves authentic Mexican fare, including a varied menu of burritos, enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, and more. The restaurant also offers steak, chicken and seafood. The restaurant opened in Poland on March 31, 2014. Another local restaurant is located at 3101 E. State St., Hermitage, Pennsylvania. The owners opened their first restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2003. In 2006, they moved to the Cleveland area and opened a restaurant in Strongsville.
  • Your mobile Cosmo, 1912 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, will celebrate its opening with a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday. The mobile salon offers an alternative to the traditional salon, providing an opportunity for people who previously did not have access to professional services, a press release said. “There will also soon be classes for young girls and boys, because [whether] we know it or not, talent is not limited by age, ”owner Kanisha Teeter said in the statement. “I started doing and cutting hair when I was 11 years old. Community outreach is mandatory right now, and I can’t wait to do my part. Your Cosmo Mobile can be contacted at 330-787-7911.
  • Soft touch furniture, 1560 S. State St., Girard, will celebrate its warehouse expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday. Soft Touch Furniture is a family business that has been manufacturing commercial furniture for over 45 years. The store recently completed construction of a new warehouse for reserve materials. Soft Touch Furniture stocks thousands of yards of commercial grade recycled fabric, vinyl, leather and leather, and the reserve materials warehouse is open to anyone.

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