Business Briefs: Joseph H. Zerbey IV to oversee operations at BCI

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Zerbey promoted at BCI

Joseph H. Zerbey IV has been named vice president of newspaper operations for Block Communications Inc. in addition to his positions as president and general manager of The Blade.

His promotion was announced Tuesday by Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications.

Mr. Zerbey, 70, will remain based in Toledo and will oversee operations for both The Blade and its sister newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Block Communications is a diversified media holding company headquartered in Toledo. Its holdings include The Blade, Buckeye CableSystem, and the Post-Gazette, among others.

"Joe has a long career in newspaper publishing and this added responsibility is the result of his many accomplishments," said Mr. Block. "His skill sets meet with our needs."

Mr. Zerbey joined The Blade as general manager in 2004 and was named a vice president shortly thereafter. He was promoted to president in 2008.

Mr. Zerbey grew up around newspapers. His family started the Pottsville Republican, the newspaper in his hometown of Pottsville, Pa. After receiving a degree in American studies from Syracuse University, he joined the U.S. Army, where he was a captain.

He started his newspaper career in advertising sales at the Bristol Press in Connecticut, where he worked his way up to publisher in 1986. Before joining The Blade, he had been head of the Salt Lake City Newspaper Agency.

Mr. Zerbey is chairman of the University of Toledo board of trustees, president of The Toledo Club, chairman of the Lucas County Economic Development Corp., incoming chairman of the Toledo Zoo Foundation, a member of the Toledo Symphony Board, and a member of the Toledo Rotary Club.

WPAHS cuts some exec jobs

The West Penn Allegheny Health System has eliminated some leadership positions as part of a streamlining initiative. Ned Labaucher, CEO of Allegheny Valley Hospital and executive vice president overseeing Allegheny Valley and Forbes Regional, is leaving after his position was eliminated. Michael Harlovic, who has been serving as president and chief nursing officer at Allegheny Valley, has been named interim CEO. Also eliminated were the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer positions at Forbes Regional. Reese Jackson, CEO of Forbes, remains the hospital's senior executive and the hospital's director of nursing will assume the responsibilities of interim chief nursing officer.

VEKA to expand Beaver plant

VEKA is being offered $321,000 in grants and tax credits from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a $6 million expansion of its Beaver County plant. The project will create 38 jobs at the plant, which employs 364. VEKA makes vinyl extruded PVC parts for the door and window industry.

Service organizations merge

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom have merged. Volunteers of America provides services for adults and children who are disabled or disadvantaged; Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom trains and assists disabled individuals who are seeking jobs.

Earnings

• WesBanco Inc. in Wheeling, W.Va., reported net income jumped 42 percent in the second quarter to $17 million from $12 million in the same three months a year earlier. Earnings per share rose 29 percent to 58 cents from 45 cents. WesBanco completed the acquisition of West View-based Fidelity Bank in November.

• FNB Corp., the Hermitage-based parent company of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Tuesday reported net income was flat for the second quarter at $29.2 million compared with $29.1 million in the same period last year. Per-share profits fell 5 percent to 20 cents from 21 cents, reflecting more shares outstanding in the most recent period. The Pittsburgh region's third biggest retail bank saw net interest income edge up 2 percent for the quarter while non-interest income rose 12 percent. Last month, FNB announced a deal to buy Baltimore County Savings Bank with 16 offices and assets of $640 million. The transaction, which is expected to be completed early next year, would boost the number of FNB branches in the Baltimore area to 24. A deal to buy the 16-office Park View Federal Savings Bank near Cleveland also is pending.

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