Business

Warren Mall owners making big changes

There is some obvious progress toward turning Warren Mall into an open-air center and the ownership expects a new tenant to move in soon. On Thursday, Keith White and Son Excavating was tearing out walls, ceilings, and roof in the area just south of the main Bon-Ton ...

Giambrone named corporate VP, mortgage lending at NW

Michael A. Giambrone has been named corporate vice president and wholesale lending manager of Northwest Bank’s Mortgage Lending Department. Bill Tarpenning, senior vice president, Mortgage Lending, made the announcement. In his role, Giambrone manages Northwest’s mortgage broker and ...

NW promotes Chase to assistant VP, online banking manager

Carrie R. Chase has been promoted to assistant vice president, online and mobile banking manager of Northwest Bank. In her position, Ms. Chase handles the daily operations within the bank’s online and mobile banking department. Notable projects include the rollout of a new online banking ...

Betts Industries announces change in top leadership

Betts Industries announced the retirement of Clifford (Cliff) Betts as President and CEO of Betts Industries, as well the promotion of Charles (Chad) Betts, Executive Vice President, as his successor. Cliff Betts will continue to serve on the board of directors and provide guidance as Chad ...

Superior Tire & Rubber elects new vice president

Apipong “Oh” Nakayuenyongsuk has been elected Vice President of the Material Handling & Industrial Wheels business units and Corporate Marketing by the Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. board of directors. Mr. Apipong was previously Director of Material Handling & Industrial Tires ...

Unemployment rates in Warren lowest in the region

The unemployment rate fell in Warren County to a seasonally-adjusted 3.7 percent in May. That’s a .9 percent decrease from April 2018 and a 1.6 percent decrease from May 2017. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the April ...

High cost of gas

Gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s recent survey of 5,269 stations in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s average compares with a national average that has fallen 5.3 cents per gallon versus last ...

Steven Fisher chair of PA Bankers Services Corp.

Steven G. Fisher, senior executive vice president, chief revenue officer of Northwest Bank, was recently elected chair of the PA Bankers Services Corporation (Services Corp.). The Services Corp. is a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PA Bankers), the ...

Seiffert named president, CEO at Northwest Bank

Ronald J. Seiffert has been named the next president and chief executive officer at Northwest. Detailed in a Friday announcement, Seiffert will serve in the same position for both Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank. “Mr. Seiffert joined Northwest in November, 2017 as President ...

Dave Ferry joins Times Observer news team

Dave Ferry is the newest member of the Times Observer team. Ferry, a Lander native, has been hired as a Reporter and Page Designer. His first day on the job was Sunday. Ferry graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1995. While there, he was active in arts and theater, as well as “Harris ...

An Army at Ollie’s

It’s time to enlist in Ollie’s Army. The bargain department store is a “specialty retailer,” said District Team Leader John Ketter. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opened its doors officially on Wednesday morning at just before 9 a.m. in the Warren Mall. The grand opening was scheduled ...

Forest Service reviewing Penelec proposal

The United States Forest Service is reviewing a proposal by Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) for a special use authorization to install, operate, and maintain a fiber-optic line on 2.7 acres of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). The project is located on the Bradford Ranger ...

Warren’s Mark Papalia named president of UPMC Kane

Mark A. Papalia, F.A.C.H.E., has been appointed president of UPMC Kane effective June 1. “Mark continues a legacy of great leadership at UPMC Kane,” says David P. Gibbons, president UPMC Hamot. “Mark has provided exceptional leadership and brings a wealth of valuable knowledge and ...

Unemployment rate stays flat in county

The unemployment rate stayed flat in Warren County at a seasonally-adjusted 4.6 percent in April. That’s a .6 percent decrease from April 2017. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the April data on Tuesday. Warren ...

Warren resident to lead chapter of State CPA Association

Sally A. Hawkinson, a certified public accountant (CPA), was elected president of the Northwestern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Hawkinson is a senior staff accountant at Kersey and Associates PC in Warren, where ...

Unemployment rate rises slightly

The unemployment rate rose in Warren County to a seasonally-adjusted 4.6 percent in March. That’s a .5 percent decrease from February and a .5 percent decrease from March 2017. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the ...

Journalism Award

Photo submitted to Times Observer Hospice of Warren County nominated Times Observer writer Stacey Gross for the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network Journalism Award, which recognizes pieces aimed at increasing community awareness of the Hospice and palliative concept of care. A ...

Times Observer reporters receive Keystone awards

It takes a certain kind of person to write award-winning columns. The Times Observer has at least two of those people on staff. News Reporter Stacey Gross and Sports Reporter Brian Hagberg each received awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards contest. Gross took second place ...

Bollinger Enterprises Inc. holds open house

Members of the community were able to get an inside look at Bollinger Enterprises, Inc. (BEi) during an open house on Friday. Attendees were able to view posters explaining services provided by the company, observe art created by members, and listen to comments from several people involved ...