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Will-Burt Goes Green
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:57pm
The Will-Burt Company’s manufacturing facilities located in Orrville, Ohio now operate an Environmental Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004. These manufacturing sites are primarily engaged in the grinding, welding, cutting...
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Will-Burt Goes Green

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:57pm

The Will-Burt Company’s manufacturing facilities located in Orrville, Ohio now operate an Environmental Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004. These manufacturing sites are primarily engaged in the grinding, welding, cutting, machining and painting of metal and composite materials and all have been inspected and certified by third-party auditor BSI to meet the requirements for decreasing environmental impact and risks.

James Keplar, Will-Burt’s Environmental Management Representative said, “The process of preparing our manufacturing procedures and facilities to become certified has enabled us to instill a culture of environmental responsibility. This has led to a reduced impact of our operations on the environment.”

“We are dedicated to producing quality products in a manner that is compliant with all environmental and legal requirements,” said Jeff Evans, Will-Burt’s President, CEO and Chairman. “Our modern manufacturing facilities and processes along with superb employee engagement have enabled us to receive ISO 14001:2004 certification which I consider to be an important factor in maintaining our status as a good corporate citizen within our community.”

The ISO14001:2004 standard is aimed at identifying and controlling an organization’s environmental impact and improving environmental performance. The standard defines environmental management certification criteria, and provides a framework and tools for achieving the standard’s objectives. Organizations certified to the standard affirm to their customers, employees, and stakeholders that their environmental impact is continuously being measured and improved.
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About The Will-Burt Company:
The Will-Burt Company www.willburt.com, located in Orrville, Ohio, is the world’s premier manufacturer of telescoping mast and tower elevation solutions – the world’s one stop shop offering virtually every payload elevation solution from one source – for military, fire, cellular, broadcast, entertainment and other applications. Will-Burt also designs and manufactures military and other shelters made of all-composite materials that deliver higher performance at lower life cycle cost than metal or partial composite shelters. Will-Burt’s LINX security solutions provide integrated access control and intrusion detection certified to protect critical assets. Will-Burt also offers a variety of manufacturing services backed by an ISO 9001:2008 certified quality system. Incorporated in 1918, Will-Burt is 100% employee-owned and is classified as a small business.

Dr. Jeff King, Executive Director, The Ohio State University Leadership Center to present training in Orrville, OH
OSU Leadership Director to Present Chamber L.E.A.D.S.
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:12pm
The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Ohio State University/ATI Business Training and Educational Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff King will present a leadership training workshop in Orrville, March 10. King, Executive...
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OSU Leadership Director to Present Chamber L.E.A.D.S.

Dr. Jeff King, Executive Director, The Ohio State University Leadership Center to present training in Orrville, OH

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:12pm

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Ohio State University/ATI Business Training and Educational Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff King will present a leadership training workshop in Orrville, March 10.

King, Executive Director of The Ohio State University Leadership Center is a nationally recognized and highly respected trainer, facilitator and consultant.  He will present a 4 hour training workshop on the topic: “Leading Change in Your Organization.”

Today’s leaders are facing some of the greatest challenges as their respective organizations face budget reductions and downsizing while seeing increases in client needs.  It is during these critical times that leadership is most important.  This workshop will focus on key strategies for leading change.  Specifically, workshop participants explore the Kotter model of leading change; identify key strategies for implementing change; and be better prepared to lead change within their organizations.

The workshop will be held March 10, 8am - noon at Heartland Point, 200 N Main Street, Orrville.  Cost is $75 per person. Register Here or contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.

Chamber L.E.A.D.S. is a program of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Additional Chamber L.E.A.D.S. trainings are scheduled as follows: April 7 – Coaching & Motivating Employees & Volunteers; May 14 – Engaging & Retaining Talent; and June 10 – Networking for Enhanced Collaboration.

The J. M. Smucker Company to Acquire Big Heart Pet Brands, a Leader in Premium-Quality, Branded Pet Food and Pet Snacks
J. M. Smucker to Acquire Big Heart Pet Brands
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 8:22pm
The J. M. Smucker Company today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Big Heart Pet Brands in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $5.8 billion, which includes approximately $2.6 billion of net debt. Big Heart Pet...
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J. M. Smucker to Acquire Big Heart Pet Brands

The J. M. Smucker Company to Acquire Big Heart Pet Brands, a Leader in Premium-Quality, Branded Pet Food and Pet Snacks

Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 8:22pm

The J. M. Smucker Company today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Big Heart Pet Brands in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $5.8 billion, which includes approximately $2.6 billion of net debt.

Big Heart Pet Brands is the largest stand-alone producer, distributor, and marketer of premium-quality, branded pet food and pet snacks in the United States.  Its portfolio of brands includes Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, 9Lives®, Natural Balance®, Pup-Peroni®, Gravy Train®, Nature's Recipe®, Canine Carry Outs®, and Milo's Kitchen®.  The Company estimates Big Heart Pet Brands' net sales will be approximately $2.3 billion and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA") will be approximately $450 million for Big Heart Pet Brands' fiscal year ending May 3, 2015.

Big Heart Pet Brands, with nearly 2,500 employees, is headquartered in San Francisco, California.  The company is currently owned by a consortium of investors led by funds affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. ("KKR"), Vestar Capital Partners ("Vestar"), Centerview Capital ("Centerview"), and AlpInvest Partners Inc. ("AlpInvest").  The company changed its name from Del Monte Corporation to Big Heart Pet Brands following the sale of its fruit, vegetable, and other consumer foods portfolio on February 18, 2014.

Strategic Rationale
The acquisition provides the Company greater scale and strategic balance to its current portfolio while positioning it for continued growth.  Strategic benefits are expected to include the following:

  • Acquiring Big Heart Pet Brands will provide the Company with an immediate and significant presence in the $21 billion pet food and snacks category, one of the largest and fastest growing center-of-the-store categories in the United States.
  • Big Heart Pet Brands holds the number one position in pet snacks and a strong presence in the pet specialty channel, both representing key growth drivers for the overall category.
  • The acquisition is consistent with the Company's strategy of owning leading food brands in attractive center-of-the-store categories, with a focus on North America.

Executive Comments
"The acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands supports Our Purpose of 'helping to bring families together to share memorable meals and moments', as we recognize that pets are cherished members of the family," said
Richard Smucker, Chief Executive Officer.  "With approximately two-thirds of U.S. households having at least one family pet, we will now be able to serve the mealtime and snacking needs of the whole family.  We look forward to working with Big Heart Pet Brands' experienced and talented team to leverage our combined capabilities and scale, while further enhancing value for all our constituents."

"Big Heart Pet Brands is an excellent strategic fit for our Company and the acquisition provides many compelling benefits in both the short- and long-term," added Smucker.  "This combination further advances our strategy of owning leading food brands in attractive center-of-the-store categories.  The pet food business will become a third platform for growth for our Company, along with our existing food and beverage businesses.  This acquisition adds to the Company's portfolio of leading brands and increases our consumer presence, while enabling us to capitalize on the growth of the pet food and snacks category.  We are pleased that
Dave West will be joining our Company to lead the pet food business as part of our talented management team and we look forward to his contributions."

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Back in 1963, Bill Lytle submitted an application to the Orrville Fire Department to become a city fireman, saying he wanted to help.
Lytle Honored as Fire Fighter of the Year
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:01am
Back in 1963, Bill Lytle submitted an application to the Orrville Fire Department to become a city fireman, saying he wanted to help.  To say -- more than half a century later -- that Lytle has helped would be the most blatant of understatements.  As a matter...
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Lytle Honored as Fire Fighter of the Year

Back in 1963, Bill Lytle submitted an application to the Orrville Fire Department to become a city fireman, saying he wanted to help.

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:01am

Back in 1963, Bill Lytle submitted an application to the Orrville Fire Department to become a city fireman, saying he wanted to help. 

To say -- more than half a century later -- that Lytle has helped would be the most blatant of understatements.  As a matter of fact, 51 years after he joined the department, Lytle was honored last month by the Orrville Firefighters Association as its firefighter of the year -- for the second time.

According to the fire department's records that date back to 1873, Lytle is only its third member to serve for more than 50 years, and members of the department say he is a resource they could ill afford to be without.

Lytle graduated from Orrville High School in 1956 as a member of the first class to graduate from the North Ella Street building. When he was 14 years old he started doing odd jobs for Smith Dairy, working up until the last possible moment every morning that he knew he could complete a dash to the school on time.

From 1959-1979, he worked as a mechanic for Smith's before retiring. From 1979-1983, he worked for a couple of large transportation companies out of Canton, but hated the commute and returned to Orrville to work as a mechanic for city-owned vehicles until 2001.

After completing a six-year military obligation in the Army Reserves in 1963, Lytle joined the Orrville Fire Department at the urging of his neighbor, Bob Huffman, who was chief of the department and had often let Lytle, as a youngster, ride along on fire runs.

Lytle became fascinated with the firetrucks and all the mechanical equipment, and he became an expert at repairing and maintaining it.

So much so that when the city had to replace any of its firetrucks, it was Lytle officials turned to for advice.

In his 51 years and counting with the department, Lytle said he has watched firetrucks move from open to closed cabs, get bigger water tanks, more powerful pumps, more hydraulics, and move into computerization.

He has watched prices for fire engines soar, easily reaching the half-million-dollar mark for a new hook and ladder truck.

"In 1999 we bought a new truck for under $200,000," Lytle recalls. "In 2013 we bought a new pumper for $400,000. That's how fast prices are going up."

Lytle, who answers to the salutation of "Grandpa" from the younger firefighters who he considers his grandchildren, said some of the worst fires he helped to battle were the Kopper's fire in the early 1970s, two fires at the fertilizer plant (now Scotts), the Stoller's Floor fire and the downtown fire three years ago that involved Runion's Furniture and Jerry's Cafe.

He says while he loves the camaraderie of the fire department's brotherhood, he concedes it's getting harder at age 77 for him to get to the 2 a.m. fire calls. He worries about firefighter recruitment in the community in the future saying the state's training requirements are becoming too onerous and burdensome for most young men who have families.

When he's not at the fire department, Lytle loves working on his collection of antique autos, owning one car from each decade that motorcars have been manufactured. Only two of those cars are show vehicles. The others, he says, are "drivers" he and his wife, Pat, enjoy traveling around the country in.

Very active with the Antique Auto Club of America and president of the local chapter and the Ohio region, he serves as a national judge for the organization's competitions.

Last year he drove a 1993 Cadillac Elante Convertible to the California coast, up into Canada and back down through Montana, catching historic Route 66 along the way.

Orrville Fire Chief Bob Ballentine said it would be hard to imagine the department without Lytle.

He noted last August, after 50 years of service, Lytle handed in his resignation, saying it was time to let the younger firefighters fight the fight. But when Lytle learned several of the members would be out of service for an extended period of time for medical reasons, he withdrew the resignation until the department could be back to better strength.

"I know that some day he'll hand in that resignation, and when he does, I'll accept it," said Ballentine with a sigh. "But it will leave a big hole I can't fill. Because of him, the city has gotten the best bang for its buck in buying fire trucks.

"He has been a mentor for me, and for so many people here. He has always passed along what he knows, and I always know that the truck he's driving will get to a fire and be fully functional because of the way he's maintained it. One can't ask for more than that."

Reporter Paul Locher can be reached at 330-682-2055 or plocher@the-daily-record.com.

International Festival at UA Wayne College
Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:41pm
Chinese acrobats. African dance. International fashion. All of these attractions and more will be featured at this year’s International Festival at The University of Akron Wayne College. The College is located at 1901 Smucker Road , Orrville.  The festival...
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International Festival at UA Wayne College

Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 2:41pm

Chinese acrobats. African dance. International fashion. All of these attractions and more will be featured at this year’s International Festival at The University of Akron Wayne College. The College is located at 1901 Smucker Road , Orrville.  The festival and all entertainment is free and open to the public. 

The festival opens Feb. 4 with an education day featuring speakers, dance performances, music, and an Embracing Our Differences art exhibit. The following day, Feb. 5, includes cultural exhibits, hands-on activities, an ancestry.com workshop, a fashion show featuring items on loan from the College of Wooster, and food samples. Visitors will receive a passport to take along as they travel between exhibits and activities, acquiring stamps and redeeming them for a free t-shirt.

Festivities end with a spectacular performance Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. by Chinese acrobats who use contortions, foot juggling, plate spinning, and Chinese yo-yo to amaze and entertain. The act includes an interpreter who shares facts about Chinese culture and customs to make it a unique learning experience for the whole family. The performance was originally advertised for Feb. 5. However, due to an injury to one of the performers, the date has been rescheduled to Feb. 6.

Wayne College is proud to present the International Festival as part of its 2015 Community Connections Special Events Series. Sponsored by The University of Akron and Culture Quest.

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Smokin’ Joe Robinson Brings Nashville to Orrville
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:55am
Australian guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson, winner of 2008 Australia’s Got Talent and named Best New Talent in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 reader’s poll, returns to The University of Akron Wayne College for an encore performance Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. in...
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Smokin’ Joe Robinson Brings Nashville to Orrville

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:55am

Australian guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson, winner of 2008 Australia’s Got Talent and named Best New Talent in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 reader’s poll, returns to The University of Akron Wayne College for an encore performance Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Classroom Building.

Better known as Smokin’ Joe, the Nashville star played to a sell out crowd at Wayne College in 2013. Since then Robinson has been playing festivals and headlining clubs in North America. He also played in China, Japan, Europe and Australia, defining himself as a budding world visionary with his unique fusion of vocally-based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B. Displaying his virtuosity on electric guitar as well as acoustic, Robinson landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists. His forthcoming project, Gemini, will feature his most creative work to date. Visit his website at www.joerobinson.com for more information and see his latest music video at http://youtu.be/dyIEC4eKuqI.

Reserved seating is $15 at the cashier’s window at the College or charge by phone at 1-800-221-8308. If available, tickets will be sold at the door the night of the show.

Wayne College is proud to present Joe Robinson as part of its 2015 Community Connections Special Events Series. For more information on this and other events at the College, please visit www.wayne.uakron.edu and click on the Community tag. The College is located at 1901 Smucker Road in Orrville.

Orrville Chamber, Fourth Friday
Fourth Friday Meet-Up
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:08am
Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Meet-Up DISCOVER ORRVILLE : Marketing & Promotions April 24, 2015 Aultman Orrville Hospital Community Room 11:45am - 1pm   Format for the 2015 Fourth Friday Luncheons Lunch - This month it is FREE Network...
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Fourth Friday Meet-Up

Orrville Chamber, Fourth Friday

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:08am

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Fourth Friday Meet-Up

DISCOVER ORRVILLE : Marketing & Promotions

April 24, 2015

Aultman Orrville Hospital Community Room

11:45am - 1pm

 

Format for the 2015 Fourth Friday Luncheons

  • Lunch - This month it is FREE
  • Network with fellow Chamber Members
  • Learn what's happening at the Orrville Area Chamber
  • Get Involved find out how to volunteer, serve on a committee and get more value from your membership in the Orrville Area Chamber.

 

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Before Business March 13
Breakfast Before Business
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:03am
The staff at The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties welcomes you to Breakfast Before Business on March 13.  Come visit their new Orrville office, across from Aultman Orrville Hospital, and learn how they have been "Making a difference since 1953.....
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Breakfast Before Business

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Before Business March 13

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:03am

The staff at The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties welcomes you to Breakfast Before Business on March 13.  Come visit their new Orrville office, across from Aultman Orrville Hospital, and learn how they have been "Making a difference since 1953..in the lives of those who seek our care, and to promote positive mental health in the communities that we serve.”  Many local companies utilize the services of The Counseling Center to serve the needs of their employees and they are pleased to open the doors at their new location.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

 

Wellness as a Lifestyle
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:56am
MARCH 11, 2015 WELLNESS AS A LIFESTYLE Presented by: Rob Churgovich, Jarrett Companies and Aaron Spurlock, Zephyrs Gym & CrossFit Orrville Has your company experienced large increases in medical insurance premiums due to high claims for your group rating...
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Wellness as a Lifestyle

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:56am

MARCH 11, 2015

WELLNESS AS A LIFESTYLE

Presented by:

Rob Churgovich, Jarrett Companies and

Aaron Spurlock, Zephyrs Gym & CrossFit Orrville

Has your company experienced large increases in medical insurance premiums due to high claims for your group rating?  Have you personally struggled with your own health and wellness, and don’t know where to start?

A company Wellness Program can offset this trend by creating a healthy workplace environment.  A Wellness Program can benefit employers and employees alike by:

  • Lowering health care costs
  • Reducing Absenteeism
  • Achieving higher employee productivity
  • Reducing injuries and workers compensation claims
  • Improving employee morale

 

Breaking bad habits and getting started on a healthy track can be the hardest step.  Trainers at Zephyrs can show you different classes, machines, and exercises for all ages, body types and skills that can empower you to live a healthy lifestyle. 

 

Orrville Rotary Pancake Day
Orrville Rotary Pancake Day
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:21am
The Orrville Rotary will be hosting a Pancake Day on Saturday, March 14th, from 7am-1pm. Schmid Hall is the location of the event and the cost is $6 per person and children under 5 years of age eat free. All you can eat pancakes and sausage! The proceeds will...
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Orrville Rotary Pancake Day

Orrville Rotary Pancake Day

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:21am

The Orrville Rotary will be hosting a Pancake Day on Saturday, March 14th, from 7am-1pm.

Schmid Hall is the location of the event and the cost is $6 per person and children under 5 years of age eat free.

All you can eat pancakes and sausage! The proceeds will benefit the new trailhead planned at the train depot.

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Laila Dutton, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, accepts a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque from Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC Business Consultant at the Aug 13 meeting of the Orrville Area Safety Council
New Incentive for Orrville Area Safety Council members
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:48pm
The Orrville Area Safety Council introduced a new incentive to their monthly lunch and learn program.  A door prize valued at $100 will be awarded to one company each month.  The prizes are donated by business sponsors who receive recognition for their...
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New Incentive for Orrville Area Safety Council members

Laila Dutton, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, accepts a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque from Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC Business Consultant at the Aug 13 meeting of the Orrville Area Safety Council

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:48pm

The Orrville Area Safety Council introduced a new incentive to their monthly lunch and learn program.  A door prize valued at $100 will be awarded to one company each month.  The prizes are donated by business sponsors who receive recognition for their support.  The lunch is also sponsored by businesses which help to keep the cost per person low.

“Door prizes are a fun way to encourage more employees from each of the businesses to attend Safety Council and learn how to best maintain a safe work environment,” stated Jennifer Frank, office manager, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The August door prize was a $100 gift card to Old Carolina Barbeque.  The winner, Pride of the Hills Manufacturing of Wooster, was selected by random drawing.  Laila Dutton, human resources manager for Pride of the Hills, accepted the prize and stated that she would like to use it towards a company picnic.

Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, reminded the group that the door prize would be awarded to a company, not an individual, for the purpose of recognizing employees for safe work practices.

The monthly educational program, Get Ready for Prospective Billing, was presented by Lorrie Goodnight, Northeast Regional Business Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.  As part of the ongoing efforts to modernize the Ohio BWC operations and provide better service to Ohio's employers, the Bureau will be transitioning to a new prospective billing system beginning in July 2015. Currently, Ohio employers pay for coverage they have already received. The switch to the industry standard of prospective billing provides many benefits, including: an overall base-rate reduction of 2 percent for private employers; opportunities for more flexible payment options (up to 12 monthly installments); better opportunities for BWC to provide quotes online or via the phone; increased ability for BWC to detect employer non-compliance and fraud.

Preventing Work Place Injuries, presented by Gene Lehman, Better Life Flex n Stretch, will be the topic for the September 10 meeting.  Lunch sponsor is Brenn-Field Nursing Center and $100 gift card to Gionino’s Pizza will be the door prize, donated by J Horst Manufacturing.

Orrville Area Safety Council is a partnership between the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene and the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Luncheons are held the second Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at White’s Maibach Ford, 1780 N Main St, Orrville.   Cost for lunch is $5 per person.  Contact 330-682-8881 to make reservations for September 10.

Local Companies Recognized for Safety
Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:52pm
The Orrville Area Safety Council celebrated Orrville’s 150th Anniversary as part of the Annual Safety Council Awards Luncheon held May 14 in the community room at White’s Maibach Ford.  The awards luncheon was sponsored by AultComp MCO.  Ice cream was donated...
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Local Companies Recognized for Safety

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:52pm

The Orrville Area Safety Council celebrated Orrville’s 150th Anniversary as part of the Annual Safety Council Awards Luncheon held May 14 in the community room at White’s Maibach Ford.  The awards luncheon was sponsored by AultComp MCO.  Ice cream was donated by Smith Dairy Products for the occasion.

Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric, presented an informative look at the evolution of safety practices in industry and everyday life.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation awarded 55 local companies for excellence in safety practices.  Lorrie Goodnight, Business Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was on hand to present the awards.

Awards were presented in four categories.  Many companies were honored with awards in multiple categories.

Achievement Awards acknowledged those companies that decreased their incident rate by at least 25% from the previous year.  Recipients included: Armstrong Cable Services, Kidron Electric, Orr Construction, Orrville Plumbing & Heating, Smith Dairy Products, Starrett Services, Inc, Village of Smithville and VT Hackney.

100% Awards were earned by 50 companies for working an entire year without a lost time injury or illness. 

Group Awards were earned by 14 companies with the lowest incident rate in their industry group. 

Special Awards were presented to 12 companies that accumulated at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without a lost-time injury.

View a list of all award winners here

Ron Ballentine, chair of the Safety Council Steering Committee, recognized members of the committee for their service.  Committee members included: Ron Browning, Chippewa Township, Josh Hanzie, Gerber Farm Division, Diana Morris, Baker Hughes, Rick Shefelton, Gerber’s Poultry.  Eric White and Jeff Ghindea from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation also serve on the Orrville Area Safety Council committee.

The June 11 meeting of the Council will include show and tell, a chance for companies to share best practices and then a safety sound off exercise that provides members the opportunity to discuss safety related concerns and challenges. Feedback is used to determine the topics that should be addressed by the 2015 Safety Council program.

 

The Orrville Area Safety Council is a program of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Deadline to enroll to participate in the 2015 Safety Council program is July 31.  Contact Jennifer Frank, 330-682-8881 for more information.

History of Safety and BWC Awards
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:30pm
Safe 4 the Right Reasons Presented by Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric This program takes a look at why people take chances in our everyday lives at home and at work and tries to break down the barrier between multiple contractors and...
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History of Safety and BWC Awards

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:30pm

Safe 4 the Right Reasons

Presented by Troy Manion, Safety Director for Hilscher-Clarke Electric

This program takes a look at why people take chances in our everyday lives at home and at work and tries to break down the barrier between multiple contractors and the communication of job site hazards.  It will show real life examples of things we do everyday that are hazardous but we have become so complacent doing them that we have stopped seeing the hazards associated with these behaviors.

About the Presenter Troy Manion is an Authorized OSHA 502 Outreach Instructor. He has been instructing OSHA 10-hour, OSHA 30-hour, as well as OSHA's Process Safety Management Compliance Standards since 2007.  Troy started his career in safety in 2007 after 11 years in Operating Engineers working on and operating Asphalt Plants for Thomas Asphalt and the Shelly Company.  In 2007 he started working for Safety Resources of Ohio as a Safety Consultant where he was assigned to oversee contractors at the Marathon Oil Refinery in Canton, Ohio, working specifically with Hilscher-Clarke Electric as an onsite Safety Manager.  In 2010 he went to work full-time with Hilscher-Clarke Electric as Assistant Safety Director and in 2013 became the Safety Director. 

BWC AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will present awards to members of the Orrville Area Safety Council to recognize exceptional safety practices throughout the past year. 

RSVP HERE

Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.   Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the...
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Buehler's Presents Be Food Safe

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:31pm

Four easy lessons of clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making you sick.  

Director of Food Production, Mike Merritt and Food Technologist, James Austin from Buehler's Fresh Food Market will present "Be Food Safe" to the Orrville Area Safety Council on April 9.  At Buehler's food safety is priority number one.  Their employees are educated and certified through the State of Ohio's approved ServSafe program and have certified over 500 employees, making them true food safety experts.

Research findings for a national study conducted by the Partnership for Food Safety Education in 2007 reveal that a majority of adults (64 percent) indicated that it is 'very important' to follow safe food handling procedures and more than half of adults surveyed consider the threat of foodborne illness to be very serious.

However, less than 60 percent are correctly following important safe food handling practices. The Partnership's research shows that despite the fact that a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education and its government liaisons from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, have joined to create a campaign to bring renewed focus and a fresh new look to the four core food safety practices of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

The lunch and learn program will be held in the community room at White's Maibach Ford, 1780 N Main Street, Orrville.  Lunch buffet at 11:30am followed by program at noon.  Cost to attend is $5.  Reservations are required.  Make your reservation on line http://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-food-safe-tickets-9956079903 or contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-682-8881.

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Cupcakes with a Mission
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:59am
Within just under three years of opening The Faithful Little Cupcake in downtown Wooster, owner Rayonna Leiner has expanded her one shop into six locations that sell her desserts. The Faithful Little Cupcake now sells delectables in three counties -- Wayne,...
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Cupcakes with a Mission

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:59am

Within just under three years of opening The Faithful Little Cupcake in downtown Wooster, owner Rayonna Leiner has expanded her one shop into six locations that sell her desserts.

The Faithful Little Cupcake now sells delectables in three counties -- Wayne, Holmes and Ashland. The business celebrated its three-year anniversary June 1 and Leiner said she cannot believe how the business has grown.

"This has been a journey for us," Leiner said. "We placed this business in God's hands in the very beginning. If you would have told me I would be doing this now, I would have never believed you."

In addition to the downtown Wooster location, Faithful Little Cupcake also has a store in the north end of Wooster, in downtown Orrville, at Jitters Coffee House in Millersburg, Ginger House Coffee in Berlin and Enjoy Gourmet Gifts and Spec in Ashland.

Since opening in 2011, Leiner said her mission of donating cakes to children who would otherwise not receive one has remained constant. For every wedding cake booked through Faithful Little Cupcake, the store donates a cake to a child in need.

"We don't want to bake to pay the lease. We want to bake to provide cakes for kids," Leiner said. "We have tried very hard to not lose sight of that mission."

Stories of children throughout Ohio who cannot afford a birthday cake have come pouring into the shop, and Leiner said she has never had to turn down a request. On average, she said the store gives away between two and five cakes per week to deserving children.

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LetterGraphics Sign Company
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:52am
Since starting in business in 1976, Lettergraphics has created signage for companies throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- and seen its work in Puerto Rico. "I was teaching in the Orrville (school) system, and my wife was also teaching in the Orrville...
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LetterGraphics Sign Company

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:52am

Since starting in business in 1976, Lettergraphics has created signage for companies throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- and seen its work in Puerto Rico.

"I was teaching in the Orrville (school) system, and my wife was also teaching in the Orrville system, and this was a business I knew I wanted to get into," founder Jim Webster said. "There was not a sign company in Orrville, so it was sort of a logical, natural choice."

Lettergraphics provides lighting and maintenance, vinyl graphics, logo design and custom routing for companies big and small. Owner Chris Butdorf said the signage requested is typically 50 percent interior work and 50 percent exterior.

"It's a good, healthy mix. ... We will do as much or as little as a client needs," Butdorf said.

The success of Lettergraphics' work can be seen throughout most businesses in Wayne County, as proved by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce small business awards nominees, according to Butdorf.

"On this list of nominees, we have provided signage in various forms or fashions to almost everyone on the list," he said. "Word of mouth and referrals have been very good to us over the years. We've built some very solid relationships."

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State Issue 1 - Keep Our Community Strong
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:01pm
On May 6, voters will decide whether to approve Issue 1, renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program which has helped local communities all over Ohio complete 11,500 road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years. Here are...
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State Issue 1 - Keep Our Community Strong

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:01pm

On May 6, voters will decide whether to approve Issue 1, renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program which has helped local communities all over Ohio complete 11,500 road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects over the last 27 years. Here are key facts about the program.

27 years of success helping local governments

More than 11,500 local road, bridge, sewer, water and solid waste projects have been completed under the program.

 Projects completed in all 88 counties.

See http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/AssistanceHistory.html for complete list.

Issue 1 extends the program 10 more years, authorizing $1.875 billion in infrastructure aid for local governments.

 Issue 1 approves $175 million a year for five years, then $200 million a year for five more years.

 Grants are up to 90 per cent for repair/replacement projects, 50 per cent for new projects.

 Objective allocation process makes sure all Ohioans benefit.

No increase in taxes

Funds to repay Issue 1 are already built into planning for future state budgets.

 Ohio’s high financial rating makes renewal and a modest expansion of one of Ohio’s most successful programs possible.

Issue 1 provides jobs

The program has created tens of thousands of jobs in 27 years, and Issue 1 will provide an estimated 35,000 more construction and allied jobs over the next decade.

 By improving roads, bridges, sewers and other facilities, Issue 1 improves job climate, quality of life for all Ohioans.

Strong tradition of bipartisan support

The Issue one capital improvements program is an enduring success for our state. First passed in 1987 and renewed again in 1995 and 2005, it has stood the test of time.

 Democrat and Republican mayors, county engineers, township trustees and leaders of both business and labor all back Issue 1.

 The vote to put Issue 1 on ballot was 31-0 in Ohio Senate, and 90-2 in Ohio House.

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Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am
Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre...
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Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Birdeye is a Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am

Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced BIRDEYE as a finalist for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus.  The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception.  The award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and the local chamber that nominated the winner will receive $1,000.

This award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state.  The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state.

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce nominated BIRDEYE for the award earlier this year.  BIRDEYE is one of 10 companies selected as finalists. 

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award
Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm
Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality...
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Venture Products Receives WEDC Quality Growth Award

Venture Products receives Wayne Economic Development Council Quality Growth Award

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:46pm

Wayne Economic Development Council announces Venture Products Inc as the 2013 recipient of The Quality Growth Award .  This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Wayne County's economic future and quality of life.  WEDC will present this award at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on March 25. 

This award is presented annually to a business that has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing our county’s economic future and quality of life.  Venture Products was chosen for a variety of reasons including an investment of more than $3.5 million to construct a new manufacturing facility on Venture Dr.  The new building encompasses more than 115,000 square feet and will create 20 high demand jobs.

Also in 2013, Venture Products was presented with the President’s “E” Award in recognition for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.  Company growth in global markets has increased by 80 percent over the past three years and Venture Products are now exported to over 20 countries, including Sweden, Japan, South Korea and Australia.  This growth has been a catalyst to the need for an increased workforce and the new manufacturing facility.

Venture Products, Inc has also demonstrated outstanding leadership as a corporate citizen.  Through leadership in the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Venture Products has helped to create sustainable business solutions to poverty and spurred community economic growth for millions across the globe.  This is in addition to all the company does locally.

Cascade Capital Corporation recognized the company as the 2013 Business Growth Award winner in recognition of having increased sales over the previous five years.

Learn more about Venture Products, Inc http://youtu.be/GUUuIuARqm0

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