Did You Know? Orrville Area Companies in the News
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
Jarrett Companies Recognized on Top 100 Places to Work
Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:24pm
Jarrett Companies is honored to be one of the top 100 best places to work in NE Ohio! To read full article go to http://bit.ly/28JruEK!
Hear first hand from employees what makes Jarrett Companies a great place to work in this video clip