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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...
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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.
About The Will-Burt Company:

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.

Pickett and Pickett Opens Doors to Chamber Members
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:42am
The first Chamber Breakfast Before Business networking event of 2015 was hosted on January 22 by Pickett and Pickett Tax and Investments, 144 N Main...
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Pickett and Pickett Opens Doors to Chamber Members

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:42am

The first Chamber Breakfast Before Business networking event of 2015 was hosted on January 22 by Pickett and Pickett Tax and Investments, 144 N Main Street.

In 2014, additional office space was created on the lower level of the N Main Street building and the Pickett’s consolidated the services offered at their Dalton location and relocated the staff to Orrville. 

Owners David and Kerry Pickett opened their doors to welcome more than 50 Chamber members to tour their newly renovated offices, meet their staff and learn about the many services available to business owners.  Attendees had an opportunity to drop their business cards for entry into a door prize drawing for a free personal tax preparation and shirts from ServerSIM.

ServerSIM, an Information Technology Solutions and Services company, provides IT support to Pickett & Pickett’s offices and is a new member of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Pickett’s introduced ServerSIM owner, Steve Kadis, to Chamber members at the event.

  Members also had an opportunity to meet Jen Epling, the newest member of the Chamber office staff.  Epling will serve as the Membership Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Chamber.  This is a new position created to help implement  the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors strategic priorities including making personal connections with members and developing a comprehensive branding and marketing campaign for the organization.

  The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce has been opening doors since 1915 and continues to serve as the foremost voice for the business community in Orrville and eastern Wayne County.  Breakfast Before Business networking events are hosted by member businesses monthly.  To learn more about how membership in the Orrville Area Chamber might benefit your business, please contact the Chamber’s Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Jen Epling, 330-682-8881.

First National Bank of Orrville Merges
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 1:05pm
Farmers National Banc Corp, the holding company for The Farmers National Bank of Canfield, and National Bancshares Corporation, the holding company...
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First National Bank of Orrville Merges

Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 1:05pm

Farmers National Banc Corp, the holding company for The Farmers National Bank of Canfield, and National Bancshares Corporation, the holding company for First National Bank of Orrville, announced today they have entered into an agreement and plan of merger.

  • Transaction valued at approximately $74.0 million
  • Increases Farmers asset base approximately 50% to 1.7 billion
  • Messrs. Smail and Wenger to be added to Farmers Board.  Mark Witmer to continue as Senior Executive Vice President of Farmers.

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OrrViews will Glance at Business History in 2015, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce
OrrViews will Glance at Business History in 2015
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:23am
During 2015, the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate “Opening Doors Since 1915” within the local business community. To highlight the...
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OrrViews will Glance at Business History in 2015

OrrViews will Glance at Business History in 2015, Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:23am

During 2015, the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate “Opening Doors Since 1915” within the local business community. To highlight the Chamber’s Centennial year, OrrViews will take a look at “The History of Doing Business in Orrville” with a glance at Orrville’s business history from 1915-2015.

According to Carol Ubelhart, general manager, the OrrViews content committee is planning to include a decade page, once a month throughout the year that will highlight business information, interesting facts and photos, and significant business happenings from that time-period. The information will run in chronological order, starting in February.

“We are inviting readers who may have business information to share it with us,” said Ubelhart. Just call the office at 330-684-1115 or send an e-mail to orrviewsmail@gmail.com.

According to Lori Reinbolt, Chamber president, the Chamber will collaborate with OrrViews on the project and is excited to see all the information as it comes together. The Chamber will also host the history information, along with additional items of historic significance on their website throughout the year. A special celebratory look at the last 100 years of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce will be highlighted in the OrrViews July 10 summer issue.  

Nagy's Collision Centers based in Orrville, OH is holding a Leadership Symposium on Wednesday February 25th at Schmid Hall in Orrville.
Nagy's Collision Centers Hosts Leadership Symposium
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:20pm
Nagy's Collision Centers based in Orrville, OH is holding a Leadership Symposium on Wednesday February 25th at Schmid Hall in Orrville.   For the...
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Nagy's Collision Centers Hosts Leadership Symposium

Nagy's Collision Centers based in Orrville, OH is holding a Leadership Symposium on Wednesday February 25th at Schmid Hall in Orrville.

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:20pm

Nagy's Collision Centers based in Orrville, OH is holding a Leadership Symposium on Wednesday February 25th at Schmid Hall in Orrville. 

 For the last 4 years Nagy's has hosted Leadercast, also known as Chick-Fil-A Leadercast  this year they decided to break away from the traditional simulcasted program and go towards a more intimate day of live leadership training with local business owners.

 Leadership Symposium's "The Best 7 Hours You'll Ever Spend" is 7 hours-6 take a-ways-5 leaders. Those leaders include: Eddie Steiner, Commercial & Savings Bank;, Larry Webber, ISM Real Results Strategic Management System; David Lehman, Mennonite Mutual; Ron Nagy, Nagy's Collision Centers & Rodd Welker, Eagle Advisor Group. 

 The event will bring together great leaders & managers from the Orrville & Surrounding area. The event is also made possible by these great sponsors: Nagy's Collision Centers, Mennonite Mutual, Commercial & Savings Bank, Enterprise, Eagle Advisor Group & Gionino's

For more information about Leadership Symposium or to reserve your ticket (cost $750, email Maria Hostetler maria@nagys.com or call 330-642-1012.

Aultman Orrville Recongized for Fast ED Discharge Time
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:44pm
Becker's Hospital Review published a list of 46 hospitals throughout the United States with the fastest ED discharge times. According to Becker’s...
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Aultman Orrville Recongized for Fast ED Discharge Time

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:44pm

Becker's Hospital Review published a list of 46 hospitals throughout the United States with the fastest ED discharge times. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the national average amount of time patients spend in the emergency department before being sent home is 134 minutes. Aultman Orrville Hospital was included in this list, with an average discharge time of 67 minutes.

“We strive to provide the highest possible level of care for our community members,” Dr. Marchelle Suppan DPM, MBA, president and CEO of Aultman Orrville Hospital said. “In our emergency department, all physicians are board-certified emergency medicine providers and all nurses are certified in both advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support.”

For the full list published by Becker’s Hospital Review, please visit the link: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/46-hospitals-with-fastest-ed-discharge-time.html

Aultman Orrville Hospital wait times are available online at aultmanorrville.org and updated regularly. Information is also available by contacting the hospital at 330-682-3010.

About Aultman Orrville

Aultman Orrville Hospital is a not-for-profit, critical access hospital serving Orrville and surrounding communities. As a subsidiary of Aultman Health Foundation, Aultman Orrville Hospital provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services; employs 230 health care professionals and has a medical staff of 130 active and courtesy physicians. For more information, visit www.aultmanorrville.org.

 

About Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

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