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Posted: July 24th, 2014

600 GE volunteers ready for duty in Erie

A crew of 600 GE Transportation employees and 15 local suppliers are getting ready to work this afternoon. But the GE employees won’t be building locomotives. They’ll be volunteering today and Friday as part of a community service initiative as part of GE Community Day in Erie. Volunteers, who will begin work at 2 p.m. [...]


Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Bob Evans Express coming to Millcreek Mall

There’s a new food choice coming to the Millcreek Mall. Bob Evans Farms Inc., and AVI Food Systems Inc. have announced plans for a Bob Evans Express that would be located in the mall’s food court. Bob Evans Express is a new concept for the Ohio-based Bob Evans. The nontraditional restaurant concept is designed for [...]


Posted: July 21st, 2014

Edinboro University ranked as great place to work

A new survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Edinboro University as one of the nation’s best colleges to work for. The results were released today in the Chronicle’s seventh annual report on the academic workplace, which is based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities. Edinboro was [...]


Posted: July 18th, 2014

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate unchanged in June

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent in June, the lowest rate since September 2008. The commonwealth’s rate was five-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.1 percent, which was down two-tenths of a point from May. The state rate was down 1.9 percentage points from June 2013. Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force [...]


Posted: July 16th, 2014

Memories of National Forge linger as demolition work continues

Lisa Stubbe is thankful today. When she heard that Erie Forge & Steel was demolishing part of its old plant at 1341 W. 16th St., she went to take a look. The company is taking down the old structures along Greengarden Road, just south of the CSX railroad tracks. Stubbe’s father, Donald Sutley, worked in [...]


Posted: July 16th, 2014

Erie Insurance named to Ward’s 50 … again

For seven years in a row, Ward Group has named Erie Insurance Group to its Ward’s 50 list of top performing property and casualty companies. Erie Family Life Insurance was also named to this year’s Life/Health list, marking the second time the company has earned a spot on the list. The Ward Group analyzes the [...]


Posted: July 14th, 2014

Odis 12 is on the move from Erie to Millcreek

Odis 12 Bar & Grille, currently located at 664 W. 26th St., is moving to a new location in Millcreek. The popular restaurant and wing joint will be moving to 3702 W. 12th St. The new location will be open Aug. 1. Odis 12 posted this message on its Facebook page on Friday: “We are [...]


Posted: July 11th, 2014

Giant Eagle to offer free blood pressure medication

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle, which has numerous locations in Erie and Crawford counties, has launched what it’s calling the most generous  free blood pressure medication program in the nation. Giant Eagle, which operates 215 pharmacy locations in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia, says it will begin filling for free prescriptions for Lisinopril or Lisinopril [...]


Posted: July 10th, 2014

Mohawk commits to Ashtabula

Mohawk, which identifies itself as North America’s largest privately owned maker of commercial papers and envelopes, expects to be doing business in Ashtabula, Ohio, for years to come. The company has announced an extension through 2022 of a lease on a 1 million-square-foot converting and warehouse facility in Ashtabula. The lease had been set to [...]


Posted: July 9th, 2014

Erie Indemnity announces web call

Erie Indemnity Company, which trades on the NASDAQ as ERIE, will host an audio webcast with the financial community to discuss financial results for the second quarter 2014 at 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Erie Indemnity will issue a news release reporting its results after the close of the market on Thursday, July 31.