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BUSINESS UPDATES | Greenwoods named 2021 Spirit of the Red Cross Award recipients

Among today's business updates: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC; Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Boardman Civic Association; Walgreens and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley; and Vallourec Star.

YOUNGSTOWN — Greg and Alice Greenwood have been named the recipients of the 2021 Spirit of the Red Cross Award by the American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley. The Greenwoods will receive the honor during a virtual presentation of the 25th annual Acts of Courage event March 4, 2021. 

The American Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley presents the Spirit of the Red Cross Award to individuals who best exemplify leadership and compassion in the community and dedication to the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross, a news release states.

The Greenwoods, along with their team members at Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown and Hubbard Chevrolet, are supporters of the Red Cross. Their dealerships are supporters of agencies and events in the community such as Austintown schools, the Panerathon annual fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness, the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball, Hospice of the Valley, the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, the Youngstown YMCA, the Mercy Health Foundation and the Joanie Abdul Breast Cancer Center.

The Greenwoods are also involved in higher education philanthropy and have established and endowed three scholarships: the Kevin O’Brien Kelly Scholarship, the Greg and Alice Greenwood Scholarship at Ohio University and the Greg and Alice Greenwood Scholarship at Youngstown State University.

Companies or organizations interested in sponsoring the 2021 Acts of Courage Awards event can contact Rachel Telegdy at 330-535-6131. To nominate individuals for acts of courage, click here. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 31.

Dealership awards presented
to Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC

BOARDMAN — Executives from General Motors and General Motors Financial presented sales and customer service awards to Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC on Thursday.

Chevrolet Elite Leaders, Chevrolet Mark of Excellence and General Motors Financial President’s Club awards were given to both the Chevrolet and Buick GMC dealerships. 

“Being recognized with these top GM awards is a reflection of the trust and loyalty we’ve built in the community and our focus on serving customers throughout the buying and ownership experience,” Alexa Sweeney Blackann, president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, said in a news release.

Baird Brothers products featured
in new This Old House project

CANFIELD — In a live virtual tour released Wednesday via various social media outlets, This Old House highlighted its 2020 Farmhouse in Fairfield Idea House, which incorporates numerous products manufactured at Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, 7060 Crory Road.

The home, situated near a golf course on Long Island Sound in Connecticut, will be featured in This Old House Magazine and online here.

The project marks the third year in a row that Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods has partnered with the This Old House brand. In 2018 and 2019, Baird Brothers supplied materials for six projects and, including the Farmhouse in Fairfield, has three additional TOH projects planned through the end of 2020.

“This was a fun one,” Steve Stack, director of new business development at Baird Brothers, said in a news release. “Several other projects featured products like our quarter sawn white oak flooring. But this home was more ‘modern meets rustic’ and highlighted Baird Brothers’ character grade white oak for custom pocket doors and some beautiful box beams in the great room.”

Boardman Civic Association
event to be streamed online

BOARDMAN — Instead of having its annual Community Awards Dinner this year, the Boardman Civic Association will have a virtual awards event at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The event will be livestreamed by BSTN Productions and on the Boardman Civic Association’s Facebook page.

The 2020 Community Award winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year: Joyce Mistovich, Boardman Park Board of Directors;
  • Businessperson of the Year: Lenny Fisher, Handel’s Ice Cream;
  • New Building Award: Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates;
  • Refurbished/Remodeled Building Award: Extra Space Storage;
  • Community Service Award: Boardman News/John Darnell;
  • Past President Award: Stephanie Landers, Boardman Township deputy administrator.

For more information, visit the Boardman Civic Association’s website or email

Valley Walgreens participating
in Check Out Hunger campaign

YOUNGSTOWN — Walgreens stores in Mahoning and Trumbull counties will be participating in Check Out Hunger, a component of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’s Harvest for Hunger campaign, through Oct. 29.

Customers are able to make a $1, $5 or $10 donation at the register.

“We greatly appreciate Walgreens’ participation in the Harvest for Hunger campaign again this year,” Mike Iberis, executive director of the food bank, said in a news release.

Vallourec Star receives
environmental award

YOUNGSTOWN — Vallourec Star has received the GOLD Encouraging Environmental Excellence Award from the Ohio EPA for its environmental program and activities that go beyond regulatory compliance requirements to reduce waste and improve environmental performance.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, also known as the E3 Program, recognizes organizations for their achievements in environmental stewardship and their commitment to environmental excellence. The E3 program highlights the many actions, initiatives and programs in place that minimize the impact of business and organizational activities on the environment beyond measures required by permits or rules.

"All our teams in North America are deeply committed to Vallourec’s environmental ambition to further reduce our energy and water consumption as well as maximize waste recycling,” Bertrand Frischmann, senior vice president, North America, said in a news release. “The Ohio EPA award and our carbon-free power certification are key milestones in our journey toward a smaller carbon footprint and a greener planet."

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