American Road Machinery Expanding into Perry Township – American Road Machinery Company is moving its operations from Minerva to a larger complex on Saratoga Avenue in Perry Township. The company expects to complete the move by the end of the year, with all of its current employees transferring to the new building, and more being hired. The company designs and builds heavy-duty equipment, such as dump trucks and snow plows, for construction companies, municipalities, and the oil and gas industry. A private equity group bought American Road Machinery at the beginning of this year. Since then, the company has added the TerrainPro—a system that moves and spreads mulch, gravel, sand and other materials—to its product line. The company is also getting into the business of up-fitting trucks to use compressed natural gas. The 82,000 square-foot facility that American Road Machinery is moving to is much bigger than the company’s current home, and has manufacturing, warehouse and office space. It is the former home of PEL Technologies. The company has already added sales staff and engineers, allowing it to pursue new markets. It currently has 47 employees and could grow to as many as 80 employees by mid-2015. To learn more about the move to Perry Township, click on this Canton Repository article.

Akron-Canton Airport Celebrates New Southwest Airlines Service to Reagan National Airport – Southwest Airlines launched new nonstop service to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. on Nov. 2. The daily non-stop flight is aboard Southwest’s Boeing 737-700 jet. To celebrate the new flight, Akron-Canton (CAK) held a patriotic-themed press conference and gate party on that morning. “Southwest Airlines is making it easier and more affordable for our customers to fly in and out of our nation’s capital,” said president and CEO Rick McQueen. “When added to Southwest’s current lineup of important business destinations from CAK—New York, Boston and Atlanta—Washington D.C. is another incredible city offered for a low fare.” A small brass ensemble from The Canton Symphony provided a patriotic pops concert as customers enjoyed red, white and blue bagels and coffee at the gate party. In addition to the new DCA service, Southwest Airlines also began seasonal Ft. Myers service, another customer favorite, on Nov. 2 as well. To learn more about Akron-Canton Airport, click here.

Stark State College Receives Chevron Corp. Scholarships for Oil and Gas Training – Stark State College oil and gas students will receive $115,000 in scholarship funding as part of a $20 million Chevron Corp. initiative aimed at training a new generation of energy sector workers in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. Chevron, the world’s ninth-largest energy company, is working with nonprofits to fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and improve workforce training in counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. “With an historic disconnect between job-seekers and the jobs that are available, this gift will enable us to offer training to even more students who will be prepared for well-paying careers in fields where demand for workers is high,” said Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College. Stark State is part of the ShaleNet collaborative of schools training workers for oil and natural gas jobs. To read more about the scholarship funding, click on this Stark State press release.

Record Breaking Year for Dual Credit Courses – An estimated 1,763 Stark County students took the equivalent of 3,731 three-hour college courses in high school last year (2013-2014), surpassing a previous high of 1,500 students and 3,508 courses in 2012-13. All Stark County high schools offer dual credit courses, which enable students to earn college and often high school credit for the same course. Dual credit in Stark County is taught by high school teachers who qualify as college adjuncts at the high schools. School districts and colleges/universities sign a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) which ensures course quality, guarantees costs and provides support services for students. To learn more about education in Stark County, click on the Stark Education Partnership website.

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