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Renacci visits REFCOTEC in Orrville
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,...
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Congressman Renacci Visits REFCOTEC

Renacci visits REFCOTEC in Orrville

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.

Learn more about REFCOTEC and job opportunities in Orrville, Ohio area at www.orrvilleworks.com

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...
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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...
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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

 

 

 

 

 

Vital Connections
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:25am
Vital Connections, held originally in the mid-1990s, was revived and restructured by the Business and Education Partnership, a subcommittee of the...
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Vital Connections

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:25am

Vital Connections, held originally in the mid-1990s, was revived and restructured by the Business and Education Partnership, a subcommittee of the Orrville Area Workforce Development Taskforce to raise awareness of the skills required to be successful in today's workforce.

 

Helping student understand what careers are available in Orrville and the surrounding areas, and the education required to attain them, is why the program is again being offered this summer.

 

Thirty-one educators from Wayne, Holmes and Ashland counties participated in Vital Connections this year.  Each Tuesday in June, participants visited one of the 14 businesses involved with the program to learn more about how businesses in the area operate.

 

The experience helped connect educators to area employers so they, in turn, can share that knowledge with their students.

 

Michelle Hedberg, an Adult Education instructor at the Wayne County Schools Career Centera, visited The J.M. Smucker Company, Aultman Orrville Hospital, GOJO, and LuK.  "I have already started sharing valuable knowledge from our workforce partners with my students and am continually looking for ways to develop updated and relevant curriculum," said Hedberg. "It is always good to have schools, organizations and businesses partnering toward the common goal of training tomorrow's workforce.  It's a win-win."

 

For more information about Vital Connections, or to participate in the future, please contact Jean Roberts, Tri-County Educational Services, ph: 330.345.6771 

 

 

What exactly does a Machine Operator Do?
What Does a Machine Operator Do?
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:26pm
MACHINISTS are in demand at several Orrville Area manufacturing facilities.  View Jobs    What exactly does a Machinist do?   Machinists use machine...
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What Does a Machine Operator Do?

What exactly does a Machine Operator Do?

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:26pm

MACHINISTS are in demand at several Orrville Area manufacturing facilities.  View Jobs 

 

What exactly does a Machinist do?

 

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts. Many machinists must be able to use both manual and CNC machinery. CNC machines control the cutting tool speed and do all necessary cuts to create a part.

 

Department of Labor provides a complete overview of Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

 

 

 

Vendors Needed for Maker Mart
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 3:25pm
Schantz Maker Space will open a Maker Mart, summer 2017 At the Schantz Maker Space we encourage people to learn new technology and combine that with...
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Vendors Needed for Maker Mart

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 3:25pm

Schantz Maker Space will open a Maker Mart, summer 2017

At the Schantz Maker Space we encourage people to learn new technology and combine that with traditional tools and machines to build things.

A logical next step is to provide a place for people to sell the products they make.

We envision using the Schantz Organ Company parking lot to open a Maker's Mart on Saturday mornings from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  The Maker's Mart will combine elements of a farmer's market and a craft fair. 

Are you a Maker?  We want you to set up a booth and sell your products.  We are looking for farm produce of all kinds, or homemade products like candles and soaps, woodworking and crafts products of all kinds, as well as new products that come about as a result of working with new technology like 3D Printing.

Contact Vic Schantz at Schantz Maker Space for more information, ph: 330-682-6065; email: v.schantz@schantzorgan.com

It's Off To Work We Go Orrville
Posted on Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:33am
Support of Workforce Initiatives has been identified as the top priority for the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017.  When a community can’t...
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It's Off To Work We Go Orrville

Posted on Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:33am

Support of Workforce Initiatives has been identified as the top priority for the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2017.  When a community can’t align the supply of skilled labor with industry demand, economic growth suffers.

Orrville “works” when business and education work together to address skills-jobs disconnect and tap the abundance of employment opportunities here in the Orrville area.

The Chamber and Heartland Education Community partnered in late 2014 to discuss the area’s shortage of skilled workers.  It’s not an issue of blue collar versus white collar or college versus vocational education.  Rather it’s about finding the right path for the individual and the right employee for the company.

The Orrville Area Workforce Taskforce, an initiative of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Heartland Education Community, is composed of four subcommittees: Business and Education Partnership, Workforce Readiness, HR Connections and Orrville Works.

The business and education partnership focuses on providing up-close, hands-on experiences for students and educators with our local manufacturing and healthcare industries. 

There is an abundance of job openings currently posted on www.orrvilleworks.com however, sometimes individuals encounter barriers to securing and maintaining employment.  The Workforce Readiness committee is piloting a program, Strive to Thrive, in partnership with the Orrville Salvation Army to provide individual support and guidance for unemployed and underemployed in the community. 

Soft skills training programs based on “Bring Your A Game to Work” will be offered for high school students and adults at Heartland Point in June.

The HR Connections committee focuses on helping local Human Resource directors connect with each other as well as with the training and resources they need to do their jobs.  It’s a support system for large and small employers recruiting top talent for their company.

The fourth committee coordinates marketing for OrrvilleWorks.com.  This website provides information on local businesses, employee testimonials and listings of current employment opportunities in our area. 

Since January 2017, orrvilleworks.com has featured job postings from 60 different local employers.  New positions are added regularly.  Visit often.  The committee will be populating the site with interesting and relevant content and launching a campaign to drive more people from a larger geographic area to the site in the coming months.

What work will you do?  Check out OrrvilleWorks.com today and get off to work Orrville!

Preferred Airparts Owners
Spotlight on Preferred Airparts
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 9:08am
What is Preferred Airparts?   Located in Kidron, Ohio, Preferred Airparts is a leading supplier of aircraft parts for puddle jumpers to jets. Cessna...
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Spotlight on Preferred Airparts

Preferred Airparts Owners

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 9:08am

What is Preferred Airparts?

 

Located in Kidron, Ohio, Preferred Airparts is a leading supplier of aircraft parts for puddle jumpers to jets. Cessna and Piper parts are still the mainstays at Preferred but we have many new surplus parts for nearly anything that flies. Preferred Airparts also has a fabric division as which is known for providing great fitting pre-sewn fabric envelopes and Polyfiber, Ceconite, and Randolph material.

 

 

 

About the company leadership

 

There have been many transitions here at Preferred Airparts since our loss of co-owner Ken Stoltzfus Jr., who passed away on July 19, 2011 following emergency surgery for a brain tumor.

From our founding in 1982, Preferred Airparts has been a family business with a commitment to serving God through the resources He entrusted to us. Ken was an important part of helping make that happen.

In order to provide the framework for our original vision to carry into the future, Brian has brought his brother Mark, and Ken’s sons Colby and Austin, into ownership in Preferred. Mark has been managing Preferred since fall 2011, in addition to overseeing AFM Hardware, and he will continue in that lead role.

Colby is the Sales Manager and is part of our Administration team. Austin is a licensed A&P, and is managing our Preferred Fabric Division. He has his Private ticket in helicopters and both he and Colby both have their fixed wing ratings.

 

What Makes Preferred Airparts Different?
 

Every year Preferred Airparts offers it's employees an extra paid week of vacation to use for a mission trip. Many of the Preferred employees take full use of that week and go on many wonderful trips helping others all around the world! Below are a few examples of some of the trips our people have made. Bringing back stories and photos to share with others in our shop and community. The owners of Preferred Airparts know that these trips are as important for their employees as they are to those they are helping. God calls us to serve, where we live, and abroad.

 

Check out how Preferred Airparts employees are making a difference in the world.  https://www.preferredairparts.com/preferred_difference

 

Join the Team at Preferred Airparts

 

Currently hiring for the following Full-Time positions

Sales

Marketing Assistant

 

Learn More about Preferred Airparts CLICK HERE

 

Wayne County Career Expo - Employer Info
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:35am
The Wayne County Career Expo will be held April 21, noon - 5pm at The University of Akron Wayne College, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville. Employers may...
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Wayne County Career Expo - Employer Info

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:35am

The Wayne County Career Expo will be held April 21, noon - 5pm at The University of Akron Wayne College, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville.

Employers may register now to exhibit, $85 Expo Fee

Click here for details

For questions, please contact Mallorie Crank or Crystal Brown at 330-264-5060

JLG to Close Orrville Manufacturing
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:58pm
Hagerstown, MD — January 26, 2017 — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work...
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JLG to Close Orrville Manufacturing

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 1:58pm

Hagerstown, MD — January 26, 2017 — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE:OSK] and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, today announced it will close its telehandler assembly lines at the company’s Orrville, Ohio plant by September 30, 2017, transferring production to its Pennsylvania-based facilities. The current JLG telehandler offering in North America will remain unchanged, with engineering services in Orrville continuing normal operations.

“As part of our simplification strategy, we have evaluated our global manufacturing footprint to ensure our operations are optimized,” said Frank Nerenhausen, Oshkosh Executive Vice President and President Access Division.  “This planned action will allow us to improve performance to maintain our position as an access equipment leader around the globe.”

These proposed changes may affect up to 279 employees at the Orrville facility. Team members are being given 8 months’ notice of this impending change. We anticipate this facility to remain operational through its planned closure date. Relocation options for affected employees to other JLG facilities will be considered where possible with severance packages offered to those for whom a redundancy cannot be avoided.  

“These actions, although difficult, are the right ones for our business,” said Nerenhausen. “Simplifying our operations aligns with our long term vision and strategic direction, positioning JLG to deliver an enhanced customer experience and improved return on investment moving forward.”

These operational changes are not isolated to the Orrville location. In addition, JLG has submitted plans for closure to the works council in Maasmechelen, Belgium for its manufacturing and Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) facilities and to employee representatives in the UK for its engineering center in Bruntingthorpe.

For more information contact Jennifer Stiansen Director of Marketing at 240-500-6485.

About JLG Industries, Inc.
JLG Industries, Inc. is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment. The Company’s diverse product portfolio includes leading brands such as JLG® aerial work platforms; JLG and SkyTrak® telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. JLG is an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK]. For more information about JLG Industries, Inc., visit www.jlg.com.

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