Did You Know? Orrville Area Companies in the News
Welcome Summer 2018 Interns
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:04am
Congratulations! You have been hired by one of the top employers in the Orrville, Ohio area!
This is a big first step on what will be an amazing journey in your professional growth and development. While your employer will provide an orientation to their company and its culture, the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to provide an orientation to the community that you are working in.
Orrville, Ohio is "Where Progress and Tradition Meet." A small town. Definately! You will not find a Starbucks, Panera Bread or most of the national chain stores you are likely accustomed to. Don't panic! There are local alternatives for everything that you need. You may find that you like them better, or at least you will know that alternatives exist.
The goal is for you to feel welcome here and to be supported in your personal and professional development. Keep an open mind, try something new, make some friends and exapnd your professional network. To facilitate this the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce will provide a Blog post each week for 12 weeks. Find the BLOG here. To recieve a weekly TEXT notification and link to the Blog post, simply TEXT notify orrchamber intern to 313131.
The weekly Blog will include:
- FIND - something interesting in the community for you to check out.
- DO - fun stuff to do when you are not at work.
- CONNECT - opportunities for you to expand your personal and professional network.
- TIPS - words of wisdom from former interns, young professionals and some seasoned professionals for making the most out of your time here.
Are you up for a challenge? Interested in a chance to win $500 scholarship?
Each week a new Orrville Area Bucket List Challenge will be announced. A total of 12 Challenges. Complete the challenge at any time before Aug 10 and earn 10 points for each. Complete the challenge within one week of announcement to be entered to win a weekly prize.
Bonus Points will also be available each week.
Accumulate a minimum of 100 points to qualify for the $500 scholarship drawing.
Orrville Area Bucket List Challenge participation will be tracked through the Orrville Interns 2018 Facebook Group (a link to this group will be posted soon). Just post a picture of you completing the challenge with the hashtag for the week. The FB Group will also help to build community among all the interns - there are more of you working in Orrville than you may realize!
MEET THE BLOGGER
So you may be wondering who is behind this Blog?
I hope to have the opportunity to meet you this summer. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the community - I can't answer questions related to your internship or your employer.
By the way, I was an intern once too! And I am a proud alumnus of Ashland University - so a special shout out to all the AU Eagles!
Congressman Renacci Visits REFCOTEC
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:12am
"We have to change the way we are educating children. I want to reward schools that graduate students with a skill set, not a certain test score, and that are drug-free." Congressman Jim Renacci
Congressman Jim Renacci visited REFCOTEC in Orrville on September 20. REFCOTEC is a foundry supply company founded by Bill DeWood and Tim Sheehan. In its 28 years of existence, REFCOTEC has grown to be one of the largest foundry coating, sand additive and resin system suppliers in North America, serving hundreds of foundries throughout the continent.
Renacci discussed the foundry industry as a whole with REFCOTEC management and addressed two of the biggest challenges facing the industry: Workforce shortages and government regulation.
Renacci highlighted the fact that there is a need to foster the development of skilled laborers at an early age, in order to promote the success of the manufacturing sector, and specifically the foundry industry.
Currently OSHA has enacted a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica which has been argued by several industry experts, including the American Foundry Society. This rule will have severely negative effects on related industries (foundry, construction, concrete). Renacci discussed the rule in terms that we need to protect our work force, but over-reaching regulation is damaging to businesses.
Following Renacci's meeting with REFCOTEC, a letter was sent from Renacci and other Congressional representatives to the Secretary of Labor outlining the need to revisit this rule.
Interns Make Connections
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 2:06pm
Networking is founded in relationships, like getting to know people who can connect you with something you need, such as information, an introduction or a job.
Paige Clayton, marketing intern at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, was charged with organizing several opportunities for interns employed in the Orrville area to network and learn from each other, as well as local business leaders.
In a follow-up to the intern welcome events held in June, Clayton organized two lunch and learn events in July. "My goal was to create a networking atmosphere among the interns themselves, as well as allow them the chance to network with professionals," stated Clayton.
The first lunch was held on July 12th and featured Jen Kessel, Vice President of Operations from Aultman Orrville Hospital and Tom Brenner, Director Business Development, Jarrett Logistics Systems. Kessel and Brenner shared insights on preparing for their professional job search with interns from The J.M. Smucker Company and Smith Foods. They also fielded questions from the interns and offered advice on a variety of topics.
Vince Tricomi, Vice President Business Development, PFI Displays, and Kerry Pickett, co-owner, Pickett & Pickett Tax and Investments, talked with interns on July 26 about connecting with alumni and preparing for job fairs and interviews, as well as discussing some tips for being more financially saavy.
"I appreciated the sit-down lunch and the casual atmosphere of the event," commented Ashland University student, Ethan Jackson, an operations intern at Jarrett Logistics Systems. "TGhis was a unique opportunity to meet successful individuals, and bounce questions off of them. I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time."
Several interns made contact with the speakers in the days following the two evetns and have connected on LinkedIn.
The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading business association in Orrville and eastern Wayne County, Ohio. Students seeking internships, co-ops or apprenticeship experiences with local companies are encouraged to follow the Orrville Works page on Facebook or www.orrvilleworks.com