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BUSINESS UPDATES | Penguin City Brewing makes first delivery in Pennsylvania

Also among today's business updates: The Shine Shack and Moliterno Insurance; and Autism Society of Mahoning Valley.

YOUNGSTOWN — Penguin City Brewing Co. recently delivered its first shipment of beer to Erme’s Distributing, 1362 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, Pa.

Penguin City Beer is distributed to more than 400 locations across the Mahoning Valley, and will now be distributed in Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Venango and Clarion counties in Pennsylvania.

“This is a huge moment here at Penguin. We have worked extremely hard for the past two years to build our brand here in the Youngstown area, and now it’s time to start reaching other markets, and western Pa. is a perfect start,” Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki, co-owner of Penguin City, said in a news release.

Penguin City recently purchased the building at 460 E. Federal St., the former Republic Steel warehouse, in downtown Youngstown and will renovate it into a brewery, taproom and event center, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

Shine Shack wins Moliterno Insurance award

POLAND — The Shine Shack, 7469 South Ave., Boardman, is the winner of the Moliterno Insurance Small Business of the Year award.

The Shine Shack, owned by Dan Jan, was nominated and received the most votes to earn the award.

Moliterno Insurance, 211 S. Main St., Poland, runs the annual contest to help bring awareness to local businesses, a news release states.

“Dan Jan and I had a great conversation about his business and his dedication to serving his customers,” David Moliterno, owner of Moliterno Insurance, said in a news release. “If you have any needs to get your vehicles shined and ready for the nice weather, check out his business page.”

Autism Society of Mahoning Valley names new director

YOUNGSTOWN — Robin Suzelis has been named director of the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley.

Suzelis is an active volunteer and has been a board member since 2016. She will continue to organize autism-specific programs and create family events, while now heading the organization’s information and referral center to assist families and local professionals.

“The needs of the autism community are so much greater than most can understand. Unless you live in this world, you think of a child with autism as just a quirky, awkward kid,” Suzelis sad in a news release. “The severity and wide spectrum of autism is difficult. It can be self-aggression; it can be nonverbal autism; it can be an adult that is 22 years old without a friend. It is a lifelong diagnosis, and the current resources are not adequate.”

Suzelis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a communications and marketing professional for 25 years, working in technology, real estate and health care.

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