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BUSINESS UPDATES | Extrudex hiring for advanced manufacturing positions

Among today's business updates: BOST Benefits; Operation Search & Help; Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board's Vanguard Award; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; and C.R. Bard Inc.

NORTH JACKSON — Extrudex Aluminum, 12051 Mahoning Ave., is looking to fill up to 15 entry-level advanced manufacturing positions and has partnered with Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition to help identify and train candidates.

Attendance at an information session to learn about the job opportunities is required. Available sessions — all being held virtually — are at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Click here to register.

No experience is required, but candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and be interested in a manufacturing career and motivated to learn new skills, a news release states. Available positions pay a minimum of $12 per hour and include monthly incentives, year-end gain sharing and opportunities for career advancement.

“We’re positioned for the future and committed to offering quality jobs and meaningful career opportunities for the right candidates who are ready to work,” Jim Scheuing, Extrudex general manager, said in the release.

Extrudex has tapped into an MVMC-sponsored program called WorkAdvance to fill the positions. Funded primarily through the federal Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities grant, WorkAdvance manages and covers the costs of recruiting, training and retaining candidates, taking that burden off the employers themselves.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set
for new BOST Benefits location

BOARDMAN — BOST Benefits is moving its offices to a new location at 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

The company assists with educating those who are new to Medicare, turning 65, on Medicaid, receiving extra help, retirees, veterans or those just want to review their current Medicare health plans or life insurance.

Led by CEO Brad Kauffmann, BOST also assists those who are considering retirement or currently working and on a group medical plan. BOST also can install large group Medicare plans for unions, associations, employers and other entities.

BOST formed in 2006 and is licensed in more than 40 states. Advisors are currently operating in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia.

Buchmann named caseworker
for Operation Search & Help

YOUNGSTOWN — The Hine Memorial Fund of The Youngstown Foundation announced this week that Shari Buchmann has been named caseworker for Operation Search & Help

Operation Search & Help is a grant that is funded by the Hine Memorial Fund and housed at Potential Development. The program, which has been in existence for more than 35 years, provides financial assistance for the medical needs of children with special needs in Mahoning County and Liberty, Girard and Hubbard in Trumbull County, a news release states.

Buchmann, a licensed social worker who is succeeding Mary Ann Schaper, will be responsible for assisting families of special-needs children with medication, medical equipment, medical supplies, specialized formulas, therapies and transportation assistance to out-of-town medical appointments. Additionally, she will assist with the referral of families to community agencies, track grant dollars and assist with the annual budget for grant renewal.

For more information about the Operation Search & Help program or to find out how to receive assistance, click here or call 330-781-5417.

Meridian’s Problem Gambling Program
coordinator receives Vanguard Award

YOUNGSTOWN — Meridian HealthCare’s Problem Gambling Program coordinator, Stephanie Geer, was honored with the Vanguard Award by the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board at its 2020 Community Recognition Awards Ceremony on Friday. 

The Vanguard Award highlights a front-line worker who goes above and beyond for their clients.

“Receiving this award is such an honor,” Geer said in a news release. “There are so many individuals who work in our field that are deserving of this award, and I am beyond honored that I was the one selected.”

Geer has been a part of Meridian’s Problem Gambling Program since 2015 and transitioned into the program coordinator position a few years ago. In addition to seeing patients, she provides professional training, speaks at local universities, attends community events and provides community presentations on responsible gambling for Meridian.

She also participates in the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Coalition for Health Promotion, Prevention Steering Committee, Mahoning County Financial Stability Partnership, Problem Gambling Advisory Board, and is the secretary for the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.

“Stephanie’s passion for the work she does and the patients she serves is commendable,” Larry Moliterno, Meridian’s CEO, said in the release. “She truly goes above and beyond, and we are so proud to have her as part of our team.”

Regional chamber to host
disaster preparedness webinar

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber will host a free webinar at 11 a.m. Oct. 7 featuring Paul Clouser, owner and president of National Fire & Water Repair.

Clouser will discuss disaster preparedness, including how to best organize a business in the event of a disaster and recover more quickly. He also will talk about the current environment regarding property insurance claims handling and the rise of third-party administrative programs.

Clouser started working at Ben Rudick & Son/National Fire & Water Repair 30 years ago as an estimator handling insurance restoration work. He was promoted to general manager and vice president before he and his wife, Holly, purchased the company 12 years ago. 

To register for the webinar, click here.

Ohio attorney general announces
settlement with C.R. Bard Inc.

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost this week announced a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia with C.R. Bard Inc. and its parent company, Becton, Dickinson and Co., requiring payment of $60 million for the deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

The attorneys general allege that C.R. Bard misrepresented or failed to adequately disclose serious and life-altering risks of surgical mesh devices, such as chronic pain, scarring and shrinking of bodily tissue, painful sexual relations and recurring infections, among other complications. 

“The lack of information and deception by C.R. Bard put women at risk instead of providing the help these patients needed,” Yost said. “Patients need to be clearly informed of the risks and side effects of their treatments, and that bar was not met here.”

In private litigation, more than 15,000 women implanted with surgical mesh have made claims that they suffered serious complications resulting from these devices.

It is estimated that C.R. Bard has paid out more than $200 million to resolve litigation from the claims.

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