TimkenSteel Sees Innovation Leading It To Steadier Ground – In the less than two years since TimkenSteel Corp. spun off from The Timken Company, the Canton-based steelmaker has been working hard to establish its own name in the industry. The company is doing more than just churning out your average steel. Instead, TimkenSteel is looking to become a design partner with its customers and is offering advice on how they can use its steel to make their products last longer. One way the company is looking to stand out is by its ability to model the performance of its steel in different products, letting customers know how long they might expect a product to last. TimkenSteel has been clean steel experts for decades, but that expertise was mainly used in Timken’s bearings. TimkenSteel’s goal now is to apply that expertise to a broader customer base. The company doesn’t want to offer the lowest-priced products; it wants to be the highest value. Full story.

Diebold, Inc. Confirms Results of Vote To Take Over Wincor Nixdorf – North Canton’s North Canton-based ATM maker Diebold, Inc. confirmed on March 29,┬áthat investors controlling 68.9% of the stock of German rival Wincor Nixdorf approved a takeover offer, surpassing the minimum threshold of 67.6% and satisfying the minimum tender condition. The offer remains subject to regulatory approval and is targeted to close this summer. “We are excited to have successfully completed our takeover offer for outstanding shares of Wincor Nixdorf, enabling our shared vision of a truly global services-led, software-enabled company,” said Andy W. Mattes, Diebold’s president and CEO. “With this milestone achieved, we look forward to completing this transaction and integrating the two businesses after the appropriate regulatory approvals have been obtained.” Diebold has created a section on its website with information about the Wincor Nixdorf deal. Full story.

Stark State, Malone Sign Associate Degree Pact – Stark State College President Para M. Jones and Malone University President David King have formalized an articulation agreement on March 1 between the institutions that will allow Stark State students to know that their associate degree will transfer to Malone where they will be classified as juniors. More students soon will be able to start their bachelor’s degree at Stark State College and finish it at Malone University. The institutions already have an articulation agreement that allows Stark State students with an associate degree in nursing to continue on for a bachelor of science in nursing at Malone. Full story.

Allegiant Flights Will Connect Akron-Canton To Orlando – Allegiant plans to begin service from Akron-Canton Airport to Orlando, FL on May 19 with flights on Thursdays and Sundays. The new service will fill a gap created by Southwest Airlines’ decision to end daily service to Orlando, which has been offered by AirTran Airways. In April, Southwest will drop back to three daily flights from Akron-Canton to a hub in Atlanta where travelers can catch connecting flights. The airline will begin a Saturday flight from Akron-Canton to Orlando in June. Allegiant specializes in vacation travel, booking hotels, event tickets and other services. Orlando will be the fourth Florida market served by Allegiant. The company’s specialty is a base $39 one-way fare, with additional costs for bags, seating and other amenities. Full story.

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