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Strong Investment Returns Fuel Another $1 Billion Rebate and Major New Investments in Workplace Safety
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:52am
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced a $1 billion rebate to Ohio’s private and public sector workers’ compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. Dubbed “...
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Strong Investment Returns Fuel Another $1 Billion Rebate and Major New Investments in Workplace Safety

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:52am

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced a $1 billion rebate to Ohio’s private and public sector workers’ compensation customers, as well as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. Dubbed “Another Billion Back,” the rebate comes on the heels of last year’s $1 billion rebate for workers’ comp customers. Both rebates were made possible by strong investment returns in the workers’ compensation fund.

“Sound fiscal management and a well-executed investment strategy continue to put BWC in a position where it can return money to its customers—Ohio’s employers—but also to workers in the form of initiatives that help them stay safe on the job,” said Kasich. "Ohio continues its effort to transform the workers’ comp system to be a better partner with employers and workers to help them succeed and stay safe, and the ability to make these types of significant rebates is part of that effort.”
BWC’s preliminary annualized return of investments was 8.9 percent over the last three fiscal years, including 13.3 percent in 2014. The State Insurance Fund net assets stand at $7.7 billion and its funding ratio far exceeds target guidelines set by the BWC Board of Directors. If approved by the BWC Board of Directors, eligible private and public employers would receive a rebate equal to 60 percent of premiums paid during the July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 policy year (calendar year 2012 for public employers). The proposal will be presented to the board at its August meeting, and if approved in its September meeting, BWC could begin issuing checks as early as October*.
Another Billion Back seeks to build on last year’s $15 million investment in safety intervention grants with several initiatives that will ultimately enhance the safety, health and wellness of Ohio’s workforce. Additionally, special safety training is proposed to reduce injuries among firefighters, whom frequently have very high workers’ comp rates due to the dangerous and risky nature of their work. Additional information on the proposal can be found here.
“BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene is a national leader in promoting safe and healthy workplaces,” said Buehrer. “Our safety services provide a superior return-on-investment.  We want to encourage more and more employers to put safety education resources to work to keep their workers safe and reduce their workers’ comp costs. Our new safety initiatives will make these efforts more effective and accessible for employers.”
Buehrer added that BWC is also embarking on a safety campaign themed Better Business Starts with Safety, Safety Starts at BWC to reach Ohio employers and encourage them to take advantage of BWC’s safety services before experiencing a workplace injury or illness. A microsite allows employers to compare injury rates and costs within and across industry sectors. It also links employers directly to BWC safety consultants, who can survey their workplace and advise them on preventing occupational injuries and illnesses in their workplaces. The campaign is a result of the safety commitment made as part of last year’s Billion Back initiative, which also tripled safety grant funding to $15 million for each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
Another Billion Back is an example of BWC’s work over the last four years to be a better partner in improving Ohio’s business environment and helping encourage the state’s economic revival. Sound financial and operational management has also allowed BWC to:
  • Reduce average base rates for Ohio’s private employers, bringing combined four-year collections down $409 million.
  • Reduce average rates for public employers by an estimated $70 million, placing them at their lowest levels in at least 30 years.
  • Commit $1.2 billion in transition credits to Ohio employers as part of the conversion to prospective billing.
  • Expand safety funding, which resulted in allowed claims dropping below 100,000 for the first time.
*Eligible employers must be in good standing and have paid their January 1 to June 30 premiums.

J.M. Smucker demonstrates corporate responsiblity
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:07am
As a 115-year food manufacturer run by fourth- and fifth-generation family members, the J.M. Smucker Co. said it is especially committed to becoming a more environmentally conscious, socially responsible company. As such, it devoted the majority of its annual...
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J.M. Smucker demonstrates corporate responsiblity

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:07am

As a 115-year food manufacturer run by fourth- and fifth-generation family members, the J.M. Smucker Co. said it is especially committed to becoming a more environmentally conscious, socially responsible company.

As such, it devoted the majority of its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to telling investors and analysts about its companywide efforts to make positive, long-term improvements in its business. 

That includes goals such as generating less waste for landfills, conserving or reusing water, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, making its palm oil supply chain more sustainable, and helping the farming families who grow its coffee beans.

"Corporate responsibility is doing what is right so we can make the world a better place now and for generations to come," Chief Executive Richard Smucker told shareholders on Wednesday. He said it goes beyond protecting the environment, and encompasses widespread social, economic and cultural changes at its 22 plants across the U.S., Canada, China and Mexico.

He quoted Jerome M. Smucker, company founder and his great-grandfather: "We must take a stand for higher ideals if our life is to have counted for anything."
 
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Treasures & Time and P.S. Trophy Challenges You!
Adopt A Classroom Challenge
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:19am
Jack and Rhonda Rose owners of Treasures & Time and P.S. Trophy wants to challenge the Orrville Business community in supporting our school system. The idea is simple, pick a class in our Orrville School system, and pledge a $500.00 gift to be used by...
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Adopt A Classroom Challenge

Treasures & Time and P.S. Trophy Challenges You!

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:19am

Jack and Rhonda Rose owners of Treasures & Time and P.S. Trophy wants to challenge the Orrville Business community in supporting our school system.

The idea is simple, pick a class in our Orrville School system, and pledge a $500.00 gift to be used by that class or teacher for some school activity, supplies or special project.

Treasures & Time has adopted Mrs. Heller’s 1st grade class.  P.S. Trophy has adopted Mrs. Seifried’s 2nd grade class.

Our area teachers and students deserve a special hug of appreciation and we think it can come from our local Business Community. Who will you adopt?

For more information contact Rhonda Rose – 330-682-7861 OR BY EMAIL: p.s.trophy@zoominternet.net / treasuresntime@zoominternet.net

Founding of Orrville Area United Way
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:12am
On Jan. 16, 1958, a 15-member steering committee on the newly organized United Fund met at the home of Mrs. Harry Simon.  It all began with a nine-member ‘study committee’ including Bruce Schantz, Robert Maiwurm, Willard Denman, Lee Kettering, Tony Yonto,...
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Founding of Orrville Area United Way

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:12am

On Jan. 16, 1958, a 15-member steering committee on the newly organized United Fund met at the home of Mrs. Harry Simon.  It all began with a nine-member ‘study committee’ including Bruce Schantz, Robert Maiwurm, Willard Denman, Lee Kettering, Tony Yonto, Paul Smucker, Evert HIlty, Harrold Johnson and Douglas Snyder.  They added six new members: Rev. Edward Bary, R.Q, Norris, Mrs. Arthur Runion, Mrs. Marion Tschiegg, Robert Reynolds, and Attorney Ray Lindamood.

            Schantz was elected the Orrville United Fund’s first president, Reynolds as vice president, Tschiegg, secretary, and Denman, treasurer.  Johnson and Lindamood were elected to the ‘constitution committee’.

            Their second meeting took place on Jan. 25.  They discussed the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations, and the formal name ‘Orrville United Fund, Inc.’ was chosen.  Hilty, chair of the Community Chest, commented that the Community Chest fully supported the United Fund, and presented a check for $500 for the United Fund to use as starting funds for organizing and operating.

            After consulting with board members from the Wooster United Fund, they resolved to hire a paid executive secretary.  Harrold Johnson, father of Jenni Reusser, was hired at the grand salary of $75 per month.  Johnson contacted Don Dice, executive secretary for the Wooster United Fund to ‘get valuable information and a general idea of how to run a United Fund campaign, and was given a month to prepare his report to the board.

            The board decided to rent a box at the post office, and it is still our mailing address today – P.O. Box 214.

            By the time the Orrville United Fund met on June 16, Johnson had planned the campaign and drafted promotional materials.

            It was during this meeting that the board organized into an executive committee, appointed a campaign chair (Lindamood), budget and admissions chair (Hilty), and publicity (Bary).

            In the 56 years since its founding, there have been some changes:

  • Dalton and Marshallville were added, and our name changed to the Orrville Area United Way.
  • The Citizen Review Committee replaced the Budget and Admissions Committee, and now consists of four panels focused in four areas of impact: nurturing children and youth, helping in hard times, developing life skills, and promoting health and wellness.
  • We moved from cash accounting to accrual accounting, and have a full audit every year.
  • Our campaign has grown from its total raised in 1958 of $21,462 to the total raised in 2013 of $757,909!

Salute to a Progressive Century
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 7:46am
Planning for the Centennial Celebration began many months prior to 1964. There were chairpersons to be appointed for multiple committees, headquarters to define and staff, wooden nickels to order, daily programs to plan, volunteers to recruit, window displays...
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Salute to a Progressive Century

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 7:46am

Planning for the Centennial Celebration began many months prior to 1964. There were chairpersons to be appointed for multiple committees, headquarters to define and staff, wooden nickels to order, daily programs to plan, volunteers to recruit, window displays to set up, a ball to plan with a queen to reign over it, a gigantic spectacle to plan and rehearse and perform four times, shaving permits to issue, centennial plates to design and order, fireworks to purchase and a whole host of other important concerns to take care of. Hundreds of Orrville citizens were involved in this huge undertaking, the likes not seen since!

            Every day of that week there were five to ten different events planned! Saturday the 15th saw the opening of the Centennial Headquarters with registration of former residents and guests, and sales of Centennial merchandise. The Mayor Nelson Douglas hosted a luncheon after the official opening ceremonies, there was a vintage car parade, a band concert in the downtown area, ending with the Orrville 100th Anniversary Ball at the high school with Shari Gregory crowned as queen.

            Sunday was Religious Heritage Day with appropriate services in all churches featuring historical sermons. There were historical tours lead by L.O. and Edna Weiss, an Orrville High School Orchestra performance at Red Rider Stadium followed by a Centennial Union Service lead by Rev. William Newman of Mansfield.

            Pioneer Day was Monday, and it was the opening day of the midway rides and concessions, opening of the Art Show at Runions’ Furniture, demonstrations at Orr Park of apple butter making and threshing, butter churning, and sausage making. There was also a log sawing contest, which was followed by a Pioneer Black Angus Bar-B-Que at Schmid Hall. Awards for four different categories (oldest pioneer man or woman of longest continuous residence, former resident bringing largest family, former resident coming greatest distance, and log sawing champion) were awarded prior to a square dance in the Orrville Savings Bank (now PNC) parking lot.

Tuesday was Rural Orrville Day and farm tours of David Kornhaus’s poultry, Gene Shisler’s beef, Wayne Hostetler’s dairy, and Gold Star Farm’s pork were offered, as well as displays of hay, grain, vegetables, farm machinery (with a parade as well), dairy and livestock. Topping off that busy day was the premiere performance of the gigantic spectacle “Salute to a Progressive Century” at Red Rider Stadium with fireworks following.

Youth were saluted on Wednesday with tennis tournament finals, midway rides, games and contests for grades 3-9, a youth parade downtown, junior golf tournament finals, Little League baseball game, a square and round dance, art show, and a water show at Orr Park Pool. Little Miss Centennial was crowned prior to a second performance of the “Salute to a Progressive Century” was followed by another fireworks display.

            Commerce and Industry Day on Thursday began with more historical area tours, midway rides, an Exchange Club luncheon, tours of area industrial plants, an Orrville High School Band concert, followed by the third performance of “Salute to a Progressive Century” and fireworks.

Friday was Ladies Day, which incorporated all the expected events: “Colonial America” cooking school sponsored by East Ohio Gas, luncheons at both the American Legion and Moose halls, “Orrville Reminiscences” flower show, a fashion show, an afternoon tea on the lawn of the Smith Orr Homestead honoring the female descendants of Smith Orr, Samuel Taggart, and Robert Taggart which was hosted by Maude Brenneman Congdon, another fashion show, a fourth presentation of “Salute to a Progressive Century”, and more fireworks!

            The final day of the celebration week was Veterans, Armed Forces, and Fraternal Day. There was a band concert downtown, an Indian dance demonstration by Boy Scout Troop 112, a baton corps competition, the feature parade, and the final performance of “Salute to a Progressive Century” followed by fireworks.

The Kangaroo Kourt was in session at least three times. Beard judging, Brothers of the Brush rules, was held Friday.

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A Patriot Among Us
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:37am
In observance of Patriot Day, The University of Akron Wayne College presents Pam Sprosty, a Wooster native and 9/11 first responder, on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Classroom Building. The event is free and open to the public....
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A Patriot Among Us

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:37am

In observance of Patriot Day, The University of Akron Wayne College presents Pam Sprosty, a Wooster native and 9/11 first responder, on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Classroom Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Sprosty was an emergency medical services volunteer with the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps out of Rockland County, just north of Manhattan. She and her partner were first responders dispatched to the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks. They were sent to rescue survivors, but instead found themselves recovering what was left of victims. The 1970 Wooster High School graduate stayed at Ground Zero for three weeks and was recognized for her service and bravery with the New York Congressional Medal of Honor. She is also a graduate of the College of Wooster in New York, has a degree in veterinary technology from LaGuardia Community College, and graduated pre-med from Columbia University.

In 2013, Sprosty spoke to students in Tom Weckesser’s First Aid and CPR class. “Pam is a positive influence on anyone who cares for people,” he said. “Selfless, courageous and humble, she is truly a patriot among us.” She will share her inspirational story and answer audience questions.

 For information about this and other events at Wayne College, visit wayne.uakron.edu/community/ or call 330-684-8729.

Orrville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, Sept 17, 2014 at The Pines
Golf Outing
Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 7:16pm
The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, Sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville. Will be held September 17 at The Pines Golf Club, Orrville, OH  Lunch & Driving Range at 11am. Shotgun start at noon. Prizes and Steak dinner to...
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Golf Outing

Orrville Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, Sept 17, 2014 at The Pines

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 7:16pm

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing, Sponsored by Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville. Will be held September 17 at The Pines Golf Club, Orrville, OH  Lunch & Driving Range at 11am. Shotgun start at noon. Prizes and Steak dinner to follow.  REGISTER HERE

CORPORATE TEAM = $300 ($75 per player)

Includes:

18 holes for 4 golfers and 2 golf carts

4 lunches

4 steak dinners

Beverages & goodie bags. 

PLUS: Networking, fun and chances to win great prizes!

Games coordinated by Orrville YP.  All proceeds raised from the games benefit Orrville YP Professional Development programming.

Add-On's

Enter the SKINS Game for $10 per team

Buy Mulligans.  $5 each.  MAX 4 per team

Sponsorships

Hole Sponsorships - $100

Please contact the Chamber office for information about other sponsorship opportunities that are still available. Lunch sponsor, Beverage Cart sponsor (2 available), Proximity Prize sponsor.

Donate a Door Prize

Promote your business by donating a door prize for the outing.  Each participant receives one entry into the door prize drawing.  Purchase additional chances to win the prize of your choice at the outing.

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Wayne County Oct 3
National Manufacturing Day Luncheon
Posted on Friday, August 1, 2014 - 3:22pm
Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Spherion Staffing and The University of Akron Wayne College invite you to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Wayne County, Ohio October 3, 2014.  Cost to attend is...
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National Manufacturing Day Luncheon

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Wayne County Oct 3

Posted on Friday, August 1, 2014 - 3:22pm

Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Spherion Staffing and The University of Akron Wayne College invite you to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Wayne County, Ohio October 3, 2014.  Cost to attend is $15/pp or $100 for a table of 8.  RSVP Here

11:30am LUNCHEON BUFFET/EXHIBITS /DEMONSTRATIONS
The University of Akron Wayne College will demonstrate 3D printing and ways local manufacturers can benefit from this new technology. Network and learn what modern manufacturing looks like in Wayne County.

12:00pm Exclusive Briefing of the 2014 EMERGING WORKFORCE STUDY
The Spherion 2014 Emerging Workforce Study is here! Building on more than 15 years of research, this latest study reveals intriguing new insights into the U.S. workforce and the issues that drive employment decisions, engagement levels and employee retention.

1:15pm RECRUITMENT/RETENTION BREAK OUT SESSION
Immediately following the Emerging Workforce Study presentation, Spherion will offer a breakout session for participants interested in gaining a deeper understanding of employee needs and aspirations can learn how to more effectively recruit, motivate and retain employees.

1:15pm 3-D PRINTING BREAK OUT SESSION

The University of Akron Wayne College will offer a breakout session for participants interested in learning more about 3D Printing and the exciting new lab services available to local manufacturers at the College.

Continue to explore manufacturing by participating in the Wayne County Manufacturing Tours Event Details Coming Soon

Salsa Sizzle
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:27pm
The 6th Annual SALSA SIZZLE benefit for the CAMO Domestic Violence Shelter in Santa Rose, Honduras will be held Saturday, August 9 at The Wooster Inn, 6-11pm Live Latin Jazz Band, Bountiful Latin inspired food, celebrity bartending competition and a full cash...
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Salsa Sizzle

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:27pm

The 6th Annual SALSA SIZZLE benefit for the CAMO Domestic Violence Shelter in Santa Rose, Honduras will be held Saturday, August 9 at The Wooster Inn, 6-11pm

Live Latin Jazz Band, Bountiful Latin inspired food, celebrity bartending competition and a full cash bar.  Plus a live auction featuring vacation, restaurants and more! 

Cost is $40 per guest.  Tickets available at the CAMO Office, 322 Westwood Ave, Orrville; Buehler's Milltown, CIty Square Steakhouse and The Wooster Inn.  Call 330-683-5956 for tickets or more information.

Breakfast Before Business
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:18pm
General Manager, Jason Anderson, and his team invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 28 at their new dealership location, 1107 N Main Street, Orrville. Come see the new showroom and service center. Car Care...
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Breakfast Before Business

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:18pm

General Manager, Jason Anderson, and his team invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 28 at their new dealership location, 1107 N Main Street, Orrville. Come see the new showroom and service center.

Car Care Clinic - Visit with Serpentini's knowledgable technicians and get answers to all of your car care questions at each of these stations: Brakes, Tires and Alignments/Routine Maintenance

FREE CAR WASH! Everyone that attends can receive a complimentary car wash.

Please RSVP

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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.

Preventing Work Place Injury
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:04pm
Work place injuries are common not just in the warehouse but in the office station.  Low back and joint pain are common ailments that reduce productivity on the job and cost companies thousands. Stretching and exercise is the key to reducing many of these...
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Preventing Work Place Injury

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:04pm

Work place injuries are common not just in the warehouse but in the office station.  Low back and joint pain are common ailments that reduce productivity on the job and cost companies thousands.
 
Stretching and exercise is the key to reducing many of these injuries.  Companies of all sizes are choosing to improve flexibility using stretching stations in their wellness strategies.  These versatile "exer-stretching" stations allow even small companies a cost efficient way to reduce workers compensation claims and employee down time.

The presentation will include demonstrations with audience participation and address issues common to the workplace such as:

  • Prevention/relief of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Prevention/relief from overuse/repetitive motion injuries.
  • Stretching for pain from low back issues caused by improper lifting.

SEPTEMBER DOOR PRIZE $100 Gift Card to GIONINO'S PIZZA

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.  Safety Luncheons are held the second Wednesday of each month  at White's Maibach Ford Community Room, 1780 N Main St, Orrville.   Cost for lunch is $5 per person.  Reservations required. Click here or call 330-682-8881

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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