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David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.
Mayors Don't Just Work in the Office
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:48pm
The Mayor wasn’t at City Hall. “ He’s out at the Smith Orr Homestead painting,” said Jean, who answered the phone. David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-...
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Mayors Don't Just Work in the Office

David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:48pm

The Mayor wasn’t at City Hall. “

He’s out at the Smith Orr Homestead painting,” said Jean, who answered the phone.

David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. I was traveling in Northeast Ohio and had a break in my schedule, so I thought I’d stop by Orville – it had been a few years since I was in the city. I caught up with him in jeans and an old t-shirt, brush and roller in play. It’s the city’s 150th anniversary, and he’s leading the charge to spruce up the homestead of the founder, Judge Smith Orr.

Read full article at Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State's website

PFI Displays Help Launch Discover Orrville
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:43pm
Making a debut at the OFFA Fire In The Sky softball tournament earlier this month was the bright red Discover Orrville tent.  The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes it made an impression on locals as well as the thousands of visitors that gathered at Orr...
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PFI Displays Help Launch Discover Orrville

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:43pm

Making a debut at the OFFA Fire In The Sky softball tournament earlier this month was the bright red Discover Orrville tent.  The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes it made an impression on locals as well as the thousands of visitors that gathered at Orr Park during the tournament.  The Discover Orrville tent was designed by PFI Displays in Rittman.  For 43 years the Tricomi family has been an extension of the marketing team for businesses in the local area and across the country.  

"PFI helped us design a promotional attraction that really stood out and makes a statement,” commented Lori Reinbolt, president, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce who worked with Vince Tricomi, VP of Business Development, on the design.

The Chamber’s marketing committee decided to make DiscoverOrrville.com one of the tournament sponsors for the 11th annual Fire In The Sky.

“The softball tournament was a great opportunity to generate a buzz about the app and really extend a warm welcome to all the visitors that it draws to Orrville,” stated Julie Smith, marketing intern at the Chamber.

Numerous Chamber members, including Mayor Handwerk, who is also a Chamber Board member, volunteered their time to work at the tent during the three day tournament.  The tent served as a welcome station for visitors by providing city maps, community guides and answers to questions about Orrville.  

A frequent question was about where to go to eat beyond the carnival food vendors.  Volunteers found the Discover Orrville app to be a handy tool for visitors since it links directly to the restaurant menus and GPS directions to locations from anywhere.

The Discover Orrville mobile phone app puts the Chamber’s membership directory, including phone numbers, GPS directions and links to business websites and social media pages where you need it most, in your smart phone.  Download the app for free at www.discoverorrville.com

For more information about Discover Orrville, contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.

A fleet of Smucker trucks ready to ship a batch of Apple Butter in the 1940s.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:10pm
By 1935, The J.M. Smucker Company's products were in great demand across the Midwest. That same year, Jerome Monroe Smucker expanded his operations, including opening a fruit-processing facility in the state of Washington.  In 1942, The J.M. Smucker Company...
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A fleet of Smucker trucks ready to ship a batch of Apple Butter in the 1940s.

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:10pm

By 1935, The J.M. Smucker Company's products were in great demand across the Midwest. That same year, Jerome Monroe Smucker expanded his operations, including opening a fruit-processing facility in the state of Washington.  In 1942, The J.M. Smucker Company began to ship its products nationwide. During World War II, the Company even provided apple butter to American soldiers serving overseas.

Six Stars in the Window
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:08pm
Nearly every family in Orrville was somehow affected by the events and circumstances brought on by the global conflict during World War II.             Everyone did their patriotic duty in assisting in the success of the war effort.             One Orrville...
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Six Stars in the Window

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:08pm

Nearly every family in Orrville was somehow affected by the events and circumstances brought on by the global conflict during World War II.

            Everyone did their patriotic duty in assisting in the success of the war effort.

            One Orrville family, the Demlows, proudly displayed seven service stars in their window, in honor of their seven sons who were serving in the military.

            The W. Bert and Mabel (Berg) Lehman (pictured) family nearly duplicated that record, with five sons and a son-in-law serving Uncle Sam in the Army and Navy. The rest of the family did whatever they could to contribute to the success of America’s war efforts.

            Prior to the United States’ commitment to the war, the prospect was all-but-inevitable when the government accelerated the draft process.

            When the call to arms went out and reached Orrville the five Lehman sons entered the fray.  Vesper, Army; Randall, Army; Durant, Navy; W. Shannon, Army; Wellman, Army; and son-in-law Harold Nobles, married to daughter Ruby.

            While the boys were at war, back in Orrville, the family did what they could to help the war effort. Their father W. Bert was an expert mechanic who did war-related work as a machinist and each payday would purchase war bonds. Mother Mabel spent countless hours writing more than 1,000 letters to her sons and other servicemen whom she never met. She also contended with rationing and participated in food drives and charitable work.

            Other members of the community rallied and supported each other, and the “Courier Crescent” would include information about local service personnel.

            The Lehman family was lucky to have all their sons come home relatively unscathed. They all married and had families. Their parents Mable and W. Bert remained at 422 E. Paradise Street until their deaths in 1963 and ’73 respectively.

Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham to their Home Furnishings Team.
Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham
Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:20pm
David Graham has recently joined the sales staff of Runions' Furniture in downtown Orrville.  Graham, a native and lifelong resident of Wooster, holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Malone University and an Associate Degree from Ohio State's...
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Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham

Runions' Furniture Welcomes David Graham to their Home Furnishings Team.

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:20pm

David Graham has recently joined the sales staff of Runions' Furniture in downtown Orrville.  Graham, a native and lifelong resident of Wooster, holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Malone University and an Associate Degree from Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute. His background is tied closely to Wayne County's agricultural heritage, having spent 25 years in family farming and an additional eight years as a crop insurance specialist. Graham has already completed home furnishings training sessions sponsored by both Serta Mattress and Norwalk Furniture Corporation and looks forward to helping continue Runions' Furniture's six-decade reputation for personal customer service. David is a member of the Wooster Kiwanis Club.

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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...
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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

Co-Owners, Rex and Diane Dye, invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 1 at their new retail location at 133 N Main Street, Orrville.  An official Ribbon Cutting is planned for 8am.
Breakfast Before Business
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:29pm
Co-Owners, Rex and Diane Dye, invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 1 at their new retail location at 133 N Main Street, Orrville.  An official Ribbon Cutting is planned for 8am. Please RSVP Here About...
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Breakfast Before Business

Co-Owners, Rex and Diane Dye, invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 1 at their new retail location at 133 N Main Street, Orrville.  An official Ribbon Cutting is planned for 8am.

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:29pm

Co-Owners, Rex and Diane Dye, invite Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce members to Breakfast Before Business on August 1 at their new retail location at 133 N Main Street, Orrville.  An official Ribbon Cutting is planned for 8am. Please RSVP Here

About Christian Homestead Bookstore & Homeschool Resource Center

Christian Homestead, Inc., began in 1994, near Shreve, Ohio, with the loving work of my husband Rex, and myself, Diane. We built our "brick and mortar" store on land that has been in the Dye family for over 150 years. Hence, our name, "Christian Homestead" as the land was first homesteaded, turning into a fine family farm over the years, and as our family has been Christ-oriented for over 5 generations.

We humbly began as a Christian Bookstore, offering Sunday School curriculum and Christian Education materials, as well as Bibles, books and other items. We added our Homeschool Resource Center in 1996, as we began to see the impact homeschooling had (and still has) upon our grandchildren. We saw the need for a store that could offer homeschool curriculum and materials for previewing, as well as purchase. Thus we opened the Resource Center, which offers daily cost savings in order to help homeschooling families stretch their curriculum budget.

We are very happy to welcome you to our new store in downtown Orrville.  We enjoy meeting our customers in person, putting names to faces and starting lasting friendships!

Sesquicentennial Cake
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 8:40am
Proclamations will be presented to the City of Orrville in celebration of her Sesquicentennial on Saturday, August 16 during the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest.  David Handwerk, mayor of Orrville, will cut the official Sesquicentennial cake on the Main...
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Sesquicentennial Cake

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 8:40am

Proclamations will be presented to the City of Orrville in celebration of her Sesquicentennial on Saturday, August 16 during the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest.  David Handwerk, mayor of Orrville, will cut the official Sesquicentennial cake on the Main Stage, 8pm.  Volunteers will be on hand to serve complimentary cake to everyone in attendance - while supplies last! 

Join us in Orrville for this special Sesquicentennial celebration.  Josh Krajcik - Unplugged will take the stage at 9pm.

Josh Krajcik Unplugged will headline the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest in downtown Orrville, OH, August 16, 9-10:30pm
Krajcik Concert
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 8:30am
Mention vocals, guitar, and piano with the genres blues, rock, and soul and many names may come to mind.  Add Wooster, Ohio, Triway High School graduate and one name trumps all others… Josh Krajcik.  Runner-up in the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011,...
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Krajcik Concert

Josh Krajcik Unplugged will headline the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest in downtown Orrville, OH, August 16, 9-10:30pm

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 8:30am

Mention vocals, guitar, and piano with the genres blues, rock, and soul and many names may come to mind.  Add Wooster, Ohio, Triway High School graduate and one name trumps all others… Josh Krajcik.  Runner-up in the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011, Krajcik soared to instant fame.  What was it that compelled so many audience and home viewers alike to fall in love with Josh Krajcik?  Was it his gravelly-rich voice, his powerful vocals, his unique self-made style?   In 2013 Krajcik released his full-length album, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, which unleashed his intensely passionate, soul-infused songwriting with the stirring delivery style his fans have come to know and love. 

At an early age, Krajcik began piano lessons.   His father gave him his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, when he was 12 years old; and with practice and patience he taught himself to play.  By 16 Krajcik schemed his way onto the stage of a local bar earning $100 for a four hour debut gig.  The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist decided that night to devote his life to making music. 

“Nothing about my style is very calculated.” Krajcik said.  “I tend to just go for it and belt it out right in the moment.  You have to create music for yourself first, that you want to hear and that hits you on a deep emotional level.”  When it comes to gauging the emotional impact of a song, Krajcik relies heavily upon his instincts throughout the songwriting process.  “Everyone has their first kiss, which gives you that crazy feeling you can never get back once it’s over.  For me, songwriting is the closest thing you get to that having-the-first-kiss-feeling all over again.  Sometimes you get chills all up and down your back, and you just know that the song is right.”

While holding the promise he made to himself at sixteen yielded its share of struggles, Krajcik asserts that those tough times have more than paid off.  “The day after I finished the recording sessions in London, I was walking around Hammersmith, just sort of smiling to myself and thinking about the songs and my music in general,” he recalls.  “After a while, I looked up and realized I didn’t know where I was.  I’d gotten so caught up in thinking about where my career was now compared to just about a year ago when I was jumping from couch to couch and making burritos to pay rent;  I’d ended up completely lost in the middle of London.  It was a great moment.”

Krajcik’s ultimate goal is to continue to expand his sound and delve more deeply into his songwriting.  “The most important thing for me is to just keep on pushing myself as a singer and songwriter and musician,” says Krajcik, “since I know that this is what I’m going to be doing forever.”

Josh is excited about this show as he always looks forward to coming to his hometown area to play for local friends and family.

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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...
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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.

Read full article from The Daily Record

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."

Read full article from The Daily Record

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.

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