Business

The Early Intervention Report recommends greater oversight

The Warren County Commissioners hold the purse strings to the county’s finances. So it’s not surprising that many of the recommendations and calls for change from the Early Intervention Program report fall at their feet. “The county needs to really challenge all of the budget ...

CEO Send-off

When Bill Wagner became Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Bank in 1984, the company had nearly $550 million in assets. Today, the company is close to crossing the $10 billion threshold. In 1992, Wagner became Northwest’s Executive Vice President and was named Chief Operations Officer ...

Property tax reassessment

Property tax re-assessment is always a politically-charged concept. But it made the Early Intervention Report presented to the Warren County Commissioners earlier this week. The county was last reassessed in 1989. Mark Morgan, director of Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting ...

Early Intervention Report, Part 3

Some of the items included in a Early Intervention Plan unveiled to the Warren County Commissioners on Monday are future improvements. Though some of that fiscal work will have to happen soon. The report states that “the County’s books and records do not agree to the audited ...

Higher taxes?

If the Warren County Commissioners adopt the recommendations made in the Early Intervention Program report, then our taxes will inevitably be going up. The plan estimates budget deficits from a low of $1.4 million in 2018 escalating to a high of $3.1 million in 2023. Mark Morgan, directors ...

EIP Report: Policies and Procedures

“(You) do have a lot of good people working for the county. They know their business.” That was part of the message brought to the Warren County Commissioners by Senior Consultant Edward Zack with Susquehanna Accounting & Consulting Solutions, Inc. as part of the county’s Early ...

RDA grants room for improvements

A wave of improvement could be coming soon to downtown Warren. The city Redevelopment Authority (RDA) offered facade improvement grants of up to $5,000 for downtown businesses. Owners are taking them up on the offer. “We provide up to $5,000 — they have to match that amount,” City ...

To lease or not to lease?

A downtown developer asking for parking space on city property drew discussion at Monday’s meeting of Warren City Council. HIY, Inc., whose president is Ruzhdi Bakalli, petitioned the city for parking on a city-owned gravel parcel at the base of Liberty Street in between the parking ...

At home on Dutch Hill

The Old Wenzel Farms has been a fixture on Dutch Hill for over a century. The property became Wenzel property in 1863 when Henry and Salome Wenzel moved there from New York in 1863. The pair, who’d married in Germany, moved to Warren County with six children in tow. It was no random ...

Warren Chamber of Business and Industry seeks award nominees

The Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry is seeking nominations for its annual Community Service Award. “The WCCBI offers individuals and/or organizations throughout Warren County the opportunity to honor volunteers who have made significant contributions to our community ...

FirstEnergy transfers contracts to Exelon Generation Company

If FirstEnergy Solutions is your electric generation supplier, then you’re headed for a change. A subsidiary of FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 31, according to a notice sent to FES customers. “As part of ...

Northwest Names Spencer Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Lance L. Spencer has been named vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) of Northwest Bank. Drew Young, chief information officer, made the announcement. As chief information security officer, Mr. Spencer oversees the bank’s cybersecurity programs, manages information ...

Tops Markets announce store closures

Tops Markets announced last week that it will close 10 of its 169 stores. None of the stores on the closure list are in Warren County. The company is working its way through Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. On Aug. 30, the company announced that underperforming stores in Syracuse ...

DEP annual oil and gas report

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released its 2017 Oil and Gas Annual Report. The department’s efforts last year included launching a mobile app for inspections; streamlining the form submission process; and beefing up on-site inspections. Pennsylvania is a ...

‘Inc. 5000’

Targeted Pet Treats of Warren has once again been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Inc. magazine recently revealed that Targeted Per Treats (TPT) is No. 3,272 on its 37th annual “Inc. 5000,” the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s ...

Superior promotes Rotondelli to National Sales Manager, Track Pad Group

Superior Tire & Rubber has announced the promotion of Kevin Rotondelli to the position of National Sales Manager- Track Pad Group. Kevin will be responsible for the oversight and day to day management of OEM and aftermarket track pad initiatives. He will report directly to Joseph ...

County Commissioners look to jump-start entrepreneurial businesses, startups

The Warren County Commissioners are looking at a new way to support small business development in the county. Commissioner Ben Kafferlin pitched the idea during this week’s work session. He cited statistics to show that the percent of self-employed and freelance workers in the economy ...

Thompson announces $98,000 grant for PA Wilds business incubator in Kane

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a federal grant that will help the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) establish a business incubator/accelerator in McKean County that will serve businesses across the Pennsylvania Wilds region. USDA Rural ...

Superior Tire & Rubber promotes Colosimo

Superior Tire & Rubber has announced the promotion of Joseph Colosimo to the position of Director of the Construction Business Unit. This will include oversight of all OEM and aftermarket construction products offered by Superior Tire. Joe will report directly to William LeMeur, Executive ...