Tesla NanoCoatings Looks to Expand Around the World – What started as an idea to make a paint that would protect steel like a plating has become a growing company with a global reach. Now, Todd Hawkins, owner and founder of Tesla NanoCoatings, is relocating his company’s headquarters to Massillon and expanding his brand around the world. Tesla is a leader in bringing to market a corrosion-resistant coating for just about anything built of steel, such as ships and bridges, with fullerene carbon nanotubes. Its main product, Teslan, is a paint-like coating applied to steel, but its properties are stronger than diamonds and more resilient than traditional steel primers. The abrasion-resistant Teslan can be applied like paint with a brush, roller or spray system. It can protect steel from harsh weather and salt water damage. Tesla expects to grow from 12 to 24 workers within a year, according to Hawkins. Tesla has finalized a deal with The Independent acquiring the newspaper’s North Avenue NW building, and is in the process of relocating its technology center and corporate headquarters to the location. Its manufacturing facility will remain in Akron for now. Tesla inked a deal on July 16 with Norwegian Drilling Group, which specializes in rehabilitating off-shore oil platforms and rigs. Many worldwide oil companies, such as BP and Saudi Aramco, are its customers. Tesla and Norwegian will work to introduce Teslan to those businesses. “We believe we’re the world leader in nanocoatings,” said Hawkins. “This (deal) is a first step to building a global infrastructure.” To learn more about Tesla Nanocoatings, click on this press release.

NorthEast Ohio Medical University and Stark State College Bridge Pathways to Practice, Further Reducing Time to Degree – Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Stark State College formalized their current and expanded partnerships with a signing ceremony on NEOMED’s campus Wednesday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. NEOMED and Stark State have worked together for 15 years as NEOMED has provided Stark State with human cadavers for their anatomy and physiology classes. “As a result of NEOMED’s partnership with us, Stark State College has been able to provide a high-quality, rigorous undergraduate science program through a hands-on laboratory experience,” said Stark State President, Para M. Jones, Ph.D. The University and College also have worked together in other areas, such as Stark State’s Associate Degree in Biotechnology program in which NEOMED provides advanced students with internships as part of their required coursework, while NEOMED researchers benefit from having excellent students who support research activities. Stark State also offers College Credit Plus to students at Bio-Med Science Academy, a STEM+M high school located on NEOMED’s campus. “We are community-based for a reason,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. “It’s in our DNA to bring the community into our campus, to serve them, to educate them and to provide a pathway to practice. And while they are a community college and we are a medical university, both of us provide a quality education while expediting workforce development within the region.”┬áThe programs and resources of both NEOMED and Stark State combined with their presence in the region and commitment to create more value and efficiencies make them uniquely aligned.┬áThe Partnership sees this as just the beginning as they are having several ongoing discussions about additional ways to realize efficiencies, keep education affordable for students and reduce the time to degree for students in Northeast Ohio. For more information about the partnership, please click here.

Marathon Slated to Add MarkWest in 14.7B Deal – Some of the larger natural gas processing operations in the Utica Shale are set to fall under the control of Marathon Petroleum Corp. The Findlay-based company announced July 13 that its MPLX midstream operation had signed an agreement to merge with MarkWest Energy Partners in a $14.7 billion deal. The companies hope to complete the merger, subject to approval of MarkWest shareholders, before the year ends. MarkWest, based in Denver, began in 2012 building processing centers and pipelines to process natural gas pulled from the Utica Shale. The company has a regional office in Cadiz, along with processing facilities in Cadiz, Hopedale and Seneca. Its cryogenic processing facility has capacity for 925 million cubic feet per day, while the company can handle 160,000 barrels per day at two fractionation facilities. MarkWest has plans to increase capacity for both processes. Marathon Petroleum, which is general partner and holds 19 percent of MPLX’s units, operates a refinery on Canton’s southwest side. Since 2012, Marathon has added equipment at the Canton refinery where trucks can off-load condensate, an ultra-light crude oil easily refined into gasoline, produced by Utica Shale wells. The company has expanded a tank farm near East Sparta and is developing plans for a 48-mile pipeline to carry condensate to the refinery. The companies said that combining MPLX and MarkWest will create the fourth largest master limited partnership, based on a market capitalization of $21 billion. To learn more about Marathon deal, click here.

American Airlines Will Launch Service Between Akron-Canton Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport – American Airlines will begin new, nonstop service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on November 5, 2015, from the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). The daily service will be operated by PSA Airlines, with a 50-seat, Bombardier CRJ-200. “We are thrilled that American Airlines will keep our community connected to this important business destination,” said President and CEO Rick McQueen. “LaGuardia is the most popular New York airport serving Manhattan and Wall Street. Plus, this new flight is perfectly timed for day trips into/out of the City. Thanks, American, for adding this strategic new flight at CAK.” Additionally, American Airlines has increased frequency to Philadelphia with a fourth daily departure from CAK continuing every Monday until September 2015. The airline also flies nonstop to Washington D.C. and Charlotte from CAK. Akron-Canton to New York (LGA) flights are for sale immediately at aa.com, your travel agent and most online booking sites. To learn about departure times, click on this CAK press release.

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