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New Greensboro Carousel Being Built in Mansfield

6 Jan , 2019  

NOTE: In July of 2017, we ran this story about a project by a Rotary Club in North Carolina that would house a carousel built by Carousel Works. We have added an update at the end of this post.

The Rotary Club of Greensboro, North Carolina is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As a thank-you to the community, the Club has undertaken the financing of a new custom-made carousel which will be housed at the Greensboro Science Center. More…

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Take A Peek At The New Hudson & Essex Chandeliers

31 Dec , 2018  

The new Hudson & Essex Restaurant in downtown Mansfield is well on its way to a 2019 opening, and over the last few days chandeliers have been hung in the space. Click here for a sneak peek!

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Sears Closing Another 80 Stores; Ohio Closures Do Not Include Richland Mall Location

30 Dec , 2018  

As the venerable department store chain Sears continues its shrinkage as it nears possible liquidation, additional closures of both Sears and K Mart locations nationwide have been announced.

These include the two remaining locations in Columbus, at Tuttle Crossing and Polaris Fashion Place, but for the time being the store at Richland Mall is not on that list. More…


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Chagrin Falls Company Acquires Merger With Mansfield Operation

18 Dec , 2018  

On Tuesday, Custom Materials, Inc. of Chagrin Falls has announced their merger with Merrico, LLC. The company had assumed the continuation of businesses and services of Merrico, LLC effective this past October.

Merrico, LLC was founded in June 1973 in Mansfield and was providing non-metallic stamping of specialty and custom parts. “We’re very excited to see Custom Materials, Inc. continue service to our long-standing customer base”, says Sandy Powers, President and CEO of Merrico. More…

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Dispatch Does Series On Ohio Cities Left Behind Despite A Growing Economy, Including Mansfield

18 Dec , 2018  

In a two-part series over the weekend, the Columbus Dispatch did a look at what it referred to as Ohio’s “struggling” cities, those not experiencing the benefits enjoyed by other communities as the state’s economy improves.

North central Ohio figures prominently in the posts, with both Mansfield and Marion referenced as examples.

Links to both “The great divide: Many Ohio towns left behind despite strengthening economy” and “Struggling Ohio cities searching for ways to reinvent themselves” can be found in “Hand-Picked Richland News” on the 1812Blockhouse homepage and on mobile.

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State Board Recommends That Downtown Mansfield Be Designated A National Register Historic District

16 Dec , 2018  

The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board met earlier this month at the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Ave. in Columbus.

At the meeting, the board recommended nine proposed Ohio nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as part of a National Register Historic District. The latter group included a several-block area of downtown Mansfield, labeled the “Downtown Mansfield Historic District,” roughly bounded by Fifth Street to the north, Diamond Street to the east, Second Street to the south, and Mulberry Street to the west.

According to the announcement: More…

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Three Thousand And Counting

10 Dec , 2018  

Our second local media post in two days – this one, however, is about ourselves.

At some point this week, 1812Blockhouse will be publishing post number 3,000 – and we’re taking a moment out to celebrate. More…


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News Journal Website Sporting A New Look

9 Dec , 2018  

It is our habit here at 1812Blockhouse to spotlight new websites of Richland County businesses and organizations as they appear on the web. In the last year alone, that has included new online homes for Avita Health, Madison Schools, Oak Hill Cottage, Richland Public Health, and the RichHistory Alliance.

Today, we’re doing the same for a site we visit every day. It’s not a “new build,” but we have noted that the Mansfield News Journal’s website has been updated with a new look. More…


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Starting A Startup? Start Here

4 Dec , 2018  

One of the first things a startup business tackles are questions with a legal component to them.

Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center is looking to help you with answers for issues such as business structure, legal compliance, contracts, distributor agreements, and other areas which should not be left to guesswork. More…

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Gorman-Rupp Announces Third Quarter Financial Results, Special Cash Dividend

26 Nov , 2018  

The Gorman-Rupp Company has announced its financial results for the third quarter and for the nine months ending September 30. Third quarter financial highlights include: More…


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Mansfield Area 2018 Holiday Spending Rise Predicted To Be Tops In Ohio

21 Nov , 2018  

Sometimes playing catch-up can be fun. If predictions hold true, that is exactly what’s in store for Mansfield and Richland County retailers this holiday season as sales increase faster than any other metro area in Ohio. More…

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Easton Announces $500 Million Expansion Project

20 Nov , 2018  

One of the perks of living in north central Ohio is that not only do we have wonderful shopping, attractions, and amenities close to home – particularly here in Richland County – but that we are also in short driving distance to experiences with world class cultural and entertainment options.

On occasion, we will share news of major developments taking place in Cleveland or Columbus that provide such opportunities for Richland Countians. One such project was announced on Monday in Columbus. More…


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Carousel Works Open This Saturday

9 Nov , 2018  

You’ve heard of First Friday Shop Hops, when the streets of downtown Mansfield come alive with entertainment and shopping specials, and undoubtedly of Final Fridays, when The Brickyard showcases live acts and food.

Joining that mix is “Second Saturdays,” which began at Carousel Works in Mansfield back in September. More…

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Avita Health System Launches New Website

6 Nov , 2018  

Another local institution has launched a new website.

In the case, the site is one for a health services company that recently completed a major expansion into Richland County. Avita Health System’s new online home provides a dramatic enhancement from its former site, with new types of information available for current and potential patients. More…

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