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New Downtown Business Opens Today

2 Jan , 2017  

Downtown Mansfield’s newest business opens today, and it’s sure to be a colorful day on West Fourth Street.

Tara’s Floral Expressions, until now housed in the West Park Shopping Center, has announced their opening at their new location. As we shared in December, the store occupies the former long-time home of the Stuhldreher Floral Company at 48 West Fourth Street. More…

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Mansfield & Ohio’s Hub Small Cities Profiled In Report

29 Dec , 2016  

The Center for Community Solutions has published a report which looks at the challenges and opportunities for 47 of Ohio’s so-called “hub small cities,” defined as those cities which are a seat of county government, have a four year college or university, and have a major hospital.

In a section of the report entitled “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns,” which distills its 63 pages, it shares the following overall findings:

“A quiet crisis is mounting in hub towns across the state, with economic conditions and quality-of-life problems increasingly similar to Ohio’s eight major cities. More…

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Tax Credit Awards Announced; Richland County Left Out Again

22 Dec , 2016  

On Tuesday, the Ohio Development Services Agency announced recipients for the 17th round of the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit. And, for the 17th time in a row, no Richland County project was included.

This set of awards included $22.8 million in tax credits to 18 applicants planning to rehabilitate 33 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to generate $225.6 million in private investment in 12 communities across Ohio. More…

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Gorman Rupp Announces 82nd Consecutive Profit Sharing Checks; Shares Hit 52 Week High

17 Dec , 2016  

The Gorman-Rupp Company recently announced the distribution of profit sharing checks totaling more than $1.7 million to approximately 480 employees of its Mansfield and Gorman-Rupp Industries Divisions.

Jeffrey S. Gorman, President and CEO, stated that this was the 82nd consecutive year that Company employees have shared in the Company’s profits, a program started by co-founders J.C. Gorman and H.E. Rupp. More…

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Hamilton Insurance Group Office Opens

15 Dec , 2016  

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce was on hand on Wednesday afternoon, joined by Mayor Theaker, as the new offices of Hamilton Insurance Group were officially opened.


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Richland County Cities May Soon See Sprouting Antennas

11 Dec , 2016  

Updated 12.13.2016

Lame duck sessions of legislative bodies have been known to pass measures that have not been successful during regular sessions. Often, these come in the form of amendments to bills to which they may or may not have any real relationship.

Such an instance occurred this past week, when the Ohio General Assembly passed the so-called “Petland bill (Senate Bill 331),” which regulates where pet stores can purchase puppies for sale. Among amendments to that bill was one which all but eliminates the ability of cities in Ohio to regulate the erection of so-called “microwireless” or “small cell” facilities in public rights-of-way. More…

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Association Announces Membership For Mansfield Attorney

10 Dec , 2016  

Glenda Thompson of Mansfield, Ohio was recently granted Membership into the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys after the Association confirmed that she has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. More…

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Jay Plastics Purchased By German Firm, Eyes Growth

6 Dec , 2016  

Today an announcement came that brings an international company to America and to Mansfield.

Jay Plastics, which engages in high value surface engineering of polymer components, began operations in 1968. It has to date operated as a division of Jay Industries, a 100 year old Mansfield company. Its 400 employees manufacture products for the automotive industry as well as for other sectors, including household appliances. More…


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Business Basics At Braintree This Month

4 Dec , 2016  

December is an excellent time to consider launching a new business, as well as taking care of the one already in place. Mansfield’s Braintree Business Development Center has workshops designed to address both of those fronts during the month of December.

On December 6 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the Center presents “Startup Legal Clinic with Jack Stewart.” According to the event site, “Startups face a number of legal issues and questions, and there is no reason to try to go it alone. More…


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Ohio To Create First Smart Road

3 Dec , 2016  

While this story is not Mansfield or Richland County-centric, it does involve a major announcement by the State of Ohio related to transportation. As a community situated on a major interstate highway going north and south, and another limited access highway going east and west, the future of how Ohioans get from place to place is sure to have an impact here – and the future is arriving quicker than you might think. More…

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Forbes Article On Possible New Administration Beneficiaries Includes Mansfield

3 Dec , 2016  

On Thursday, Forbes Magazine took a look at possible beneficiaries for economic policies expected to be pursued by the new Trump administration.

Mansfield was included among the cities which the article stated could be positively impacted. More…

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Gorman-Rupp Subsidiary Completes Acqusistion

1 Dec , 2016  

The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE MKT: GRC) announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Patterson Pump Company (“Patterson”), has completed its acquisition of the business of Morrison Pump Company (“Morrison”) based in Hollywood, Florida. The terms of the asset purchase are undisclosed.

Morrison’s and Patterson’s respective intents to enter into this acquisition were previously described in our related August 29, 2016 news release. The combination is expected to occur smoothly, including Morrison’s innovative product designs and manufacturing needs being strongly supported by Patterson’s significant manufacturing facilities and international distribution network. More…