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Vital Connections
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 2:09pm
“Vital Connections” was a full-day immersion experience in a manufacturing environment for area educators. e program allowed educators to “work” in a...
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Vital Connections

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 2:09pm

“Vital Connections” was a full-day immersion experience in a manufacturing environment for area educators. e program allowed educators to “work” in a manufacturing or healthcare environment and helped them develop relevant career connections to use in the classroom.

 

The Heartland Education Community and the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce worked together to develop the program, with the focus of strengthening ties between education and the business community.

 

Teachers learned about local employment trends, skill requirements and the many job opportunities in the area. Educators chose one, two or three sessions to attend on Tuesdays in June and chose the company with which they wanted to spend their day. Twenty-three educators participated in the inaugural program that included immersion sessions at e Will-Burt Company, Venture Products, Aultman Orrville Hospital, SmithFoods, PFI Displays, and VT Hackney.

 

BWC Basics Kicks off Safety Council Series
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 1:58pm
The Orrville Area Safety Council kicked off the FY17 program year with a return to the basics during their lunch and learn meeting on July 13.   ...
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BWC Basics Kicks off Safety Council Series

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 1:58pm

The Orrville Area Safety Council kicked off the FY17 program year with a return to the basics during their lunch and learn meeting on July 13. 

 

Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant Specialist with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation office in Canton and a member of the Orrville Area Safety Council Steering Committee, presented BWC Basics for Employers to an audience of 65 local safety managers and business owners gathered in the community room at White Ford on State Route 57.

 

White’s overview of the services provided by the Ohio BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene included a review of resources for 1.) prevention – keeping workers safer on the job; 2.) transitional work – helping workers recover and return to work; 3.) reducing costs – opportunities to keep workers’ compensation costs down for your company.

 

The Orrville Area Safety Council is a partnership between the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.  Regular attendance at monthly safety council meetings educates employers on the latest safety, workers’ comp and risk-management information, techniques, products and services. This program provides a potential premium rebate of up to 4 percent for attendance and workplace safety performance.

 

The August 10 Safety Council topic, Marijuana in the Workplace, will discuss the implications of House Bill 523 for employers. 

 

House Bill 523 was signed into law by Gov Kasich June 23 making Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law.  The program presented by Art Ritchie, Director of Operations, Burkins, Ritchie and Assoc, North Canton will provide an explanation of the medical marijuana law and provide strategies for employers to mitigate the impact of marijuana legalization efforts on their workplace.

 

It’s not to late.  Enroll in the Orrville Area Safety Council by July 31 to be rebate eligible for FY17 (July 16 – June 17).  Contact Stephanie Smith, at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information, 330-682-8881.

 

Spherion VP Shares Insights on American Workforce
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 1:56pm
The American workforce is changing every day - from the way it works to the work it does.    On June 23, Patti Dunning, senior vice president for...
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Spherion VP Shares Insights on American Workforce

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 - 1:56pm

The American workforce is changing every day - from the way it works to the work it does. 

 

On June 23, Patti Dunning, senior vice president for Spherion Staffing Services, presented key findings from the 2016 Emerging Workforce Study at the Orrville Area Human Resources Forum.  The Forum, a program of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce and Heartland Education Community, was attended by 30 HR professionals at Heartland Point, 200 N Main Street, Orrville.

For nearly 20 years Spherion has been tracking changes and trends shaping the American workforce through its Emerging Workforce Study. 

Dunning, began by sharing snippets from a Jimmy Kimmel sketch that posed questions to a multi-generational audience.   As amusing as these exchanges were, the sketch demonstrated some real differences between workers of different generations.  Differences that are real challenges for employers.

“I hear everyone talking about work-life balance as being very important to the millennial generation,” stated Dunning.  “Research tells us that it is deeper than that.  Millennial’s want to work for a company they identify with and believe in.”

More than any other generation, millennial’s research potential employers online.  For this reason, every business and organization needs to be concerned with their online reputation. 

“If you are not paying attention to your online reputation and monitoring it regularly, you need to be,” remarked Dunning. 

Linked In is key for talent attraction and recruitment while other social media platforms can be used to engage potential employees and further communicate company culture and brand.

Mentoring was sighted as another key to engaging younger employees. 

 

“Employees want to feel valued,” commented Dunning.  “Employers who track and measure employees contributions and can demonstrate how their work directly impacts the success – or failure – of initiatives will be more likely to retain those employees.”

Findings from the 2016 Emerging Workforce Study can be found at www.Spherion.com/ews

The August 17 Orrville Area HR Forum will feature Keith Ericksen, Reed Records Management, sharing advice on how to comply with the legal requirements for keeping your company assets protected.  From securing phone numbers and email addresses to social security numbers and credit card information, if you handle information of any kind you need to know the law concerning information governance. 

Cost to attend is $10 and registration is required.  Please contact the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.

The Orrville Area Workforce Development Taskforce is partnering to develop, attract and retain a highly qualified, well-trained workforce capable of meeting the Orrville area’s workforce needs. Learn more at www.orrvilleworks.com.

Interns Welcome In Orrville
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 2:19pm
Downtown Orrville was bustling two weeks in a row with 50 college interns discovering places to eat, shop and visit in Orrville this summer. This is...
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Interns Welcome In Orrville

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 2:19pm

Downtown Orrville was bustling two weeks in a row with 50 college interns discovering places to eat, shop and visit in Orrville this summer.
 
This is the third summer the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Discover Orrville Intern Welcome event for college interns working in town for the summer.  To accommodate busy schedules, the Welcome was offered on both June 9th and June 16th.
 
The Welcome, intended to help interns get acquainted with each other and with the City of Orrville, kicked off with a meal and ice breaker activities at Heartland Point.
 
Lori Reinbolt, President of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce shared a snapshot of Orrville and details about the manufacturers and businesses located here.   
 
“There are so many career opportunities for young professionals in Orrville.  I’m thrilled to see students from 12 different colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, Ashland University and The Ohio State University as well as students from Washington Jefferson, Miami University and others from across the country working here in Orrville.” commented Reinbolt.
 
Interns from eight Orrville Area businesses participated in the two events including: Heartland Point, Jarrett Logistics, JLG Industries, PackShip USA, Schantz Organ Company, SmithFoods Inc., PFI Displays and The J.M. Smucker Company.
 
Ice Breaker activities were led by the enthusiastic Austin Taylor. Taylor, a volunteer with the Chamber Ambassador team, encouraged the interns to get to know one another with two different ice breakers.

 A clue scavenger hunt was coordinated by the Chamber’s Membership and Marketing Coordinator, Jen Epling. The hunt required the interns to go inside places to shop and find landmarks around town. Audrey Merkle, owner of Audrey’s Attic said “An intern came back and shopped in the store the next day after the scavenger hunt.  That’s why we do this.”
 
Epling has enjoyed planning the event the past two years, “It has been fun planning the Discover Orrville Intern Event,” commented Epling. “it really gives the interns an opportunity to connect with Orrville as well as with each other.”
 
The goal behind the Intern Welcome is to create a connection with the community so that if an opportunity presents itself to come back to work in Orrville full-time, they will have had a positive experience to help them make their decision.
 
The interns will gather again on June 29 to watch the Independence Day Parade on the patio at Heartland Point. 
 
A video of the scavenger hunt pictures featuring local businesses and sites captured the energy the interns bring to the workplace.  VIEW HERE
 
The Chamber is very appreciative of the local businesses that participated and donated prizes.  Orrville is a great place to work.  Find jobs and news about employers in the Orrville, Ohio area by visiting www.orrvilleworks.com. 

Jarrett Logistics Systems, Orrville Ohio
Behold the Future of Transportation
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:06pm
As business owners and entrepreneurs, we depend on technology to keep on top of the latest business intelligence and to streamline production.   We...
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Behold the Future of Transportation

Jarrett Logistics Systems, Orrville Ohio

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 2:06pm

As business owners and entrepreneurs, we depend on technology to keep on top of the latest business intelligence and to streamline production.

 

We constantly check emails and messages on our smartphones, implement the latest operating systems and download the most recent software upgrades. Keeping one step ahead of the competition demands that you have communication and processes that are smarter, faster, more intuitive and user-friendly.

The field of supply chain logistics has always embraced technological advances, primarily those that keep shippers, drivers and customers informed.

When you purchase groceries or goods from a store, you are the end user of the traditional logistics chain; if you shop online, you bypass the conventional method of in-person purchasing in favor of ordering from your computer and having the item delivered to your home or office. And of course, you track your order online to see its delivery progress.

Jarrett Logistics has always invested significantly in state-of-the-art technology. Transportation management software (TMS) offers logistics customers complete supply chain visibility, with a Web-enabled TMS system that allows them to get rate quotes for shipments, submit a shipment request, produce a bill of lading and track the shipment.

Our PackShip Furniture Direct division employs a barcode system and upgraded handheld scanning devices for real-time delivery tracking; all drivers have an iPhone to check messages and keep in contact with the dispatcher and with each other.

Jarrett Fleet Services, our truck maintenance division, has implemented new Enterprise Resource Planning software that takes the customer’s order and processes it from start to finish — quoting the repair, providing status of the work, alerting the customer when the maintenance is complete and creating an invoice.

More changes on the way

Exciting new advances in supply chain logistics and delivery methods are just around the corner. While it may cause travelers some stress the first time a driverless semi is seen heading down the highway, autonomous (self-driving) trucks will become more common in the future.

Semi-automated platooning — two trucks connected via a wireless electronic communication system and Internet — can increase the productivity of a haul, reducing aerodynamic drag by decreasing the distance between the lead and trailing vehicle. In certain circumstances, the second truck can be completely automated, reducing labor costs.

Drone package delivery is another advancement that will increase transportation efficiency. The “final mile” of delivery is the most costly portion of the supply chain — traditionally, a package arrives via carrier, is offloaded onto a smaller truck and driven to its destination off the main roads, which costs time, labor, fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

With drone technology, parcels can be dropped right at the consumer’s door in a more convenient, efficient and timely manner.

Whether or not most folks are even aware, they participate in high-tech supply chain economics every day. Online or in-store, logistics technology plays an important role in the transportation and delivery of your purchase.

But embracing the benefits of technology should not come at the expense of losing touch with the human at the other end, whether it’s your customer or your employee. ●

 

Article by: Michael Jarrett is founder and president of Jarrett Logistics Systems and PackShip USA.

 

 

Smuckers Makes the List for Top 10 Best Places to Work
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 1:59pm
Once upon a time, awareness around company policies and overall employee satisfaction was surrounded by red tape. However, thanks to a few savvy...
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Smuckers Makes the List for Top 10 Best Places to Work

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 1:59pm

Once upon a time, awareness around company policies and overall employee satisfaction was surrounded by red tape. However, thanks to a few savvy pioneers who are in the business of demystifying the ins and outs of what it's like to work at any given company, curious job seekers can get the scoop from employees with the click of a mouse.

On Thursday, job site Indeed released the results of its first ever "Top Companies to Work For in 2016" survey. While the website boasts more than 16 million company reviews, Indeed drew methodology from employees of Fortune 500 companies that had at least 25 reviews. The website then looked to see what companies within those criteria held the most highly rated overall employee experience.

Indeed found that companies known for disruption, as well as legacy names, grabbed the top 50 spots. First place went to cloud computing and software-as-a-service innovator Salesforce.com, while Southwest Airlines nabbed second place.

Not to be outdone, jelly and jam giant J.M. Smucker ranked No. 6, while drugmaker Eli Lilly took the No. 7 spot. Automaker Ford Motor Co. ranked No. 15 on the list.

Google and Apple took the No. 6 and No. 9 spots, respectively.

Paul D'arcy, senior vice president at Indeed, said in a press release, that companies are evolving their benefits and perks in order to attract top talent.

Moreover, he added: "Millennials, now the largest percentage of the workforce, prefer working for industry disruptors and their progressive cultures, which provide things like flexible work arrangements, flat organizational structures and on-site amenities."

Top 10 companies ranked on Indeed

Salesforce

Southwest Airlines

Anadarko Petroleum

Pioneer Natural Resources

Phillip Morris

Google

J.M. Smucker

Eli Lilly

Apple

EOG Resources

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Campbell Construction to Build RAMTEC
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:36am
The board approved a resolution selecting Campbell Construction as the "design build" contractor for the Wayne County Schools Career Center Robotics...
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Campbell Construction to Build RAMTEC

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:36am

The board approved a resolution selecting Campbell Construction as the "design build" contractor for the Wayne County Schools Career Center Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) facility. It will be a stand-alone structure on the Career Center campus.

The board also approved the bidding process for a lab relocation project.

The design build process being used is "a different format for getting the same thing done," said Lynn Moomaw, director of operations and adult education for the Career Center.

Only four firms completed the entire application process for RAMTEC, said Superintendent Kip Crain, and all four were reviewed by a group of 10 Career Center personnel.

"We worked and came to a consensus in filling out the (evaluation) rubric," Crain said, ranking Campbell Construction in the No. 1 position.
"(Campbell) scored the highest on the interview and presentation," he said, as well as coming up with the lowest cost for the project.

"They're also local," Crain said, and will use local sub-contractors. Twenty percent of the company's employees are graduates of the Career Center.

"They have done many projects similar to the one they're doing for us," along with having built the Career Center's Technology Center, which is "an easy building to maintain and keep up," Crain said.

Based on the decision-making process, "I feel pretty comfortable (with it)," board member Kurt Steiner said.
Because Campbell was approved by the board, it will work over the next month with the criteria architect, Harris Day, and the district to come up with a final design, and Campbell Construction will "guarantee a maximum price," Moomaw said. The related resolution will be considered at the April meeting of the board.

In a separate but related action, the board approved a resolution authorizing the lab relocation project to be bid.

In order to secure additional space for its program, precision machining will move to the space in which construction technologies is now located; construction technologies will move to the existing site of buildings and grounds; and buildings and grounds will occupy the room now filled by precision machining.

The object of the move, said Moomaw, is not only to give precision machining additional square footage, but also to "put (it) at the end of the building in closest proximity to (the RAMTEC site)."

Reporter Linda Hall can be reached at 330-264-1125, Ext. 2230, or lhall@the-daily-record.com.

Doggy Daycare Center is now open
Doggy Day Care Center is Now Open
Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 2:34pm
Doggy Daycare Center at the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort is Now Open The Doggy Daycare Center at the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort is now open for dogs...
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Doggy Day Care Center is Now Open

Doggy Daycare Center is now open

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 2:34pm

Doggy Daycare Center at the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort is Now Open

The Doggy Daycare Center at the Orrville Pet Spa and Resort is now open for dogs to come and play in a safe, off-leash environment. Located behind the existing Orrville Pet Spa and Resort, the Daycare Center has a new driveway and entrance for daycare and grooming clients.

The new space will enhance the benefits and opportunities of the current daycare program to further mentally and physically stimulate your dog each day. By taking a more in-depth approach to safe, off-leash play, the leadership activities recommended by the Dog Guru Community can be more closely followed. Safe, off-leash play has and always will be a top priority of the managers and staff. The Daycare Center offers indoor and outdoor play areas to keep dogs entertained all day long throughout the year.

The Doggy Daycare Center is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit orrvillepetspa.com or call 330.683.3335.

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