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RECOGNIZED: Eagle Manufacturing of Wellsburg has been named one of the nation’s top 50 brands in the area of hardware and building supplies by HBSDealer, a trade publication.

The company was among 50 brands featured in an article titled “Battle of the Brands, State by State” and printed in February by HBSDealer, an industry publication that covers retailers, distributors and manufacturers who serve hardware stores, lumberyards and farm and ranch markets.

Eagle President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Eddy said he is pleased to be recognized by the nationally read trade publication.

“After more than 122 years in business, we are proud of our tradition of providing innovative, quality products and service to our customers around the globe. We are excited to be recognized as the leading manufacturing brand in West Virginia and one of the top 50 brands in the country,” he said.

Eddy said the honor is a testament to the company’s sales and marketing team, which recently updated its brand and website to better reflect the quality and variety of products and services Eagle provides.

He also thanked Eagle customers for their support.

Founded in 1894, the company evolved from manufacturing glass jars and metal oil cans to its current line of plastic industrial safety cans, cabinets and other protective products.

PROMOTED: The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission has announced the promotion of two staff members.

Dave Snelting, BHJ’s transportation engineer since February 2006, has been named transportation study director. Prior to joining the agency, he was city engineer for Steubenville and chaired the BHJ Technical Advisory Committee for 18 years. In his new position, Snelting will assume the duties of former transportation study director Mike Paprocki, who was named executive director in 2014.

Replacing Snelting as transportation engineer is Nick Orsay, who had served as senior transportation planner. Orsay came to BHJ June 2014 after graduating from The Catholic University of America in Washington with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Southwest Profit: Record revenue and cheaper fuel pushed Southwest Airlines’ second-quarter profit up by 35 percent, to $820 million.

That was short of Wall Street expectations, however, and Southwest predicted Thursday that a key revenue figure will turn down in the July-through-September quarter. That suggests that lower average fares are hurting even the original low-fare carrier.

The carrier released quarterly results a day after a massive technology failure led to hundreds of canceled and delayed flights. A spokesman said all systems were fixed by early Thursday morning, but the airline is still bracing for long lines Thursday as customers who were stranded during the outage will try to find new flights.

Southwest Airlines Co., the nation’s fourth-biggest airline, said revenue in the second quarter increased 5 percent to $5.38 billion, with about half the increase due to a new credit card deal it signed with Chase Bank last year.

Expenses rose just 2 percent. Labor costs crept higher, but the airline spent 10 percent less on jet fuel, a savings of $102 million compared with the same period last year.

That helped Southwest boost net income to $820 million from $608 million a year ago.

Excluding one-time charges and gains, profit was $757 million, or $1.19 per share, which is 2 cents shy of Wall Street expectations, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

Potentially more troublesome to investors, Southwest predicted that a closely watched figure, revenue for every seat flown one mile, will decline between 3 percent and 4 percent in the third quarter.

From staff and wire reports

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JOINS FIRM: James C. “Cory” Wingett has joined the Steubenville office of Hilliard Lyons as a financial consultant, according to Gary Richards, branch manager.

Wingett, who has spent the last 10 years as a financial adviser at Edward Jones, earned his business administration degree from West Liberty University and his MBA from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds his Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses and is certified as an accredited asset management specialist. He is a member and past president of the Steubenville Rotary Club and served as the 2015 campaign chair of the United Way of Jefferson County. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.

ACCREDITED: Images Mammography Center, part of Trinity Health System, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in digital mammography for its Hologic Selenia Dimensions mammography systems as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses low-dose X-rays to see inside the breasts.

The accreditation is awarded to facilities meeting ACR practice parameters and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society that empowers radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

KAMARADOS NAMED: Nikolas A. Kamarados, a certified financial planner and a financial planner with Prudential, has been named a member of the Prudential Annuities Masters Council. This program was established in 2007 to recognize the achievement of top-performing financial professionals in annuity sales and service.

“Congratulations to Nik for becoming an annuities masters council member,” said Lori Fouche, president of Prudential Annuities, a unit of Prudential Financial. “This distinguished award reflects an extraordinary commitment to helping our customers’ achieve financial success with income solutions for retirement.”

Kamarados can be reached at nikolas.kamarados@prudential.com and by calling (304) 748-3156.

HOLIDAY INN HONORS: The Holiday Inn of Weirton has received the 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor.com.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the sixth consecutive year is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Holiday Inn of Weirton, and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said JoAnn Babela, general manager of the Holiday Inn. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers.

With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence. We are thrilled to serve as the No. 1 Hotel in Weirton from TripAdvisor.com”

Now in its sixth year, the award recognizes hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor during the past year.

The award measures the quality, quantity and recency of reviews.

The Holiday Inn of Weirton is owned by KG Hotel Partners LLC and is managed by Linchris Hotel Corp.

Franciscan nursing program honored

Franciscan University of Steubenville’s nursing school has been ranked 32nd in the Great Lakes region by Nursing Schools Almanac.

More than 3,200 nursing schools across the country were examined, and only the top 10 percent made the final list. Nursing Schools Almanac took into account “the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of the nursing programs, (and) student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam.”

Cited for providing “education geared toward holistic health-oriented care” and “Christian values,” the university’s nursing program was ranked in the top 7 percent of all schools considered.

Established in 1980, the program’s graduates, between 50 and 60 students annually, have passed the NCLEX exam at a 92 percent rate during the past six years. The program’s nursing simulation laboratory incorporates the latest Laerdal human patient simulator technology.

Wheeling Island promotions revealed

Veteran employees of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack have been promoted.

Osi Imomoh has been named regional manager and Kim Florence has been selected as president and general manager at Wheeling Island, Delawore North has announced.

Imomoh joined the Wheeling Island team in April 2013 as president and general manager, having served in numerous casino executive leadership roles in Mississippi and Arkansas. As regional general manager, he will oversee Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and Gaming Entertainment & Management Illinois LLC, a recent acquisition of Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment division.

Florence joined the Wheeling Island team in June 2003 as marketing coordinator and has held numerous positions during her 13 years in the organization, most recently serving in the position of senior director of marketing. She was an active member of the effort to pass the Ohio County local referendum for table game legislation in 2006. In her new role, she will be responsible for the daily operations of the casino. She is originally from the Ohio Valley and a graduate of Ohio University in Athens.

Wheeling Island was recognized with 17 “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s October 2015 reader’s poll, winning seven first-place titles, including Best Hotel and Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation.