All Things Business

A Great Way To Get In The Christmas Spirit

19 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Many people in Richland County would agree — the best start to the Christmas season is an early visit to the Kleerview Christmas Tree Farm, for 39 years one of north central Ohio’s premier destinations for decorating your house in holiday finery.

This year is no different. Kleerview opens Monday during Thanksgiving week and will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday as well from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. After being closed on Thanksgiving, it will open again on Friday at 9:00 AM, and then until Christmas it will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends. More…

, ,

All Things Business

Lease Approved For Lahm Airport

18 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

An ordinance authorizing the City of Mansfield to enter into a lease agreement with Niss Aviation for Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services at Lahm Airport was approved Tuesday night by Mansfield City Council.

The lease is a component part of actions that will see the company invest $2 million into the facility to create a “fuel farm,” build a new hangar, and provide professional staff in the Lahm Airport terminal.

1812Blockhouse’s coverage of that Council discussion, including information shared by Bud Vetter, legal counsel for Niss Aviation, can be found here. More…

, , ,

All Things Business

Mansfield’s Sister City Supporting Its Businesses In COVID Lockdown

15 Nov , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: We are happy to be sharing posts from Mansfield’s Sister City, Mansfield, England, in the county of Nottinghamshire, through our relationship with the Mansfield, Ashfield,and Warsop News-Journal. We are posting these both to acquaint our readers with how the coronavirus is impacting those in other parts of the world and, in particular, in a city with which we have a close bond. 

By 1812Blockhouse

Great minds think alike, they say.

Like their sister city businesses in the United States, the small businesses of Mansfield, England are seeing local governments and institutions mobilize to provide financial support during a period of serious spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases.

England is in the midst of a second lockdown after the country hit the one million mark in COVID cases.

Saying “We must act now to contain the autumn surge,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced measures that include the closing of restaurants, pubs, and non-essential businesses, as well as restrictions on outdoor excursions. Citizens may leave their homes for specific reasons only, including education, shopping for food, work if it cannot be done remotely, or for health and exercise. More…

, , ,

All Things Business

Small Business Saturday To Include Prize Program

11 Nov , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Several Richland County area business groups will again be promoting businesses in the Richland County area through a Small Business Saturday prize program.

The event highlights locally-owned small businesses and will feature a simple opportunity for shoppers to win a prize through a new no-contact registration.

The event takes place on November 28. Shoppers will have two ways to win: More…

, ,

All Things Business

New Home Internet Service On Its Way To Mansfield

10 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

A new internet service is coming to Richland County,as T-Mobile has announced that it is expanding Home Internet to more than 130 additional cities and towns across nine states.

Those cities include Mansfield, as well as area communities of Ashland, Bucyrus, Galion, Marion, and Wooster.

In its press release, the company highlighted the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of broadband connectivity. In response to this situation, the company shared, expansion of its Home Internet pilot program and the introduction of5G Home Internet service have been expedited. More…

,

All Things Business

Is Amtrak On Its Way To Or Through Richland County?

8 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been many, many decades since Richland County enjoyed passenger rail service that connected to other parts of the country.

And, while proposals have been advanced over the years for the possibility of such service along the old “Big Four” line between Cleveland and Columbus, with possible stops in Shelby and/or Galion, those plans have not met with sufficient political and financial support to see them advance past a planning stage.

A new voice is now joining in that proposal.

The National Rail Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, has unveiled what it has termed its “Amtrak System 2035” plan. The proposal, shared by the Rail Passengers Association, is focused on enhancing the country’s rail system within the next 15 years. More…

, ,

All Things Business

$2 Million Investment Proposed For New Lahm Fueling Operation

7 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

In addition to news of a spec building to be constructed on Airport West Road for industrial and warehousing purposes, Mansfield City Council heard of another Lahm Airport development during its Tuesday committee meetings.

Attorney Bud Vetter, representing local investors Dan and Brenda Niss, shared news that they would like to invest $2 million in the facility for creation of a self serve fueling operation, also known as a “fuel farm.” This will allow for airplanes to easily fuel at Lahm, further enhancing its operational capacity.

Vetter shared that the project would also include the construction of a new hangar and would provide professional staff to the main, front counter in the airport terminal.

More…

,

All Things Business

Mansfield Council Passes Legislation For New Spec Industrial Building

5 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

At its regular meeting on Wednesday evening, Mansfield City Council passed two items of legislation related to the building of a new “spec” industrial building at 1750 Airport West Road.

Both dealt with a proposed Community Reivnestment Area (CRA) Agreement with Airport West I, LLC which would result in construction of a 160,000 square foot industrial building.

In Ohio, a CRA is an economic development tool administered by local government that provides property tax exemptions for property owners that construct or renovate buildings. Depending on the local program, that can include industrial, commercial, and/or residential structures. More…

, , ,

All Things Business

School Speciality, Inc. Building Sells For $10.5 Million

29 Oct , 2020  

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm completed the sale of a single tenant School Specialty, Inc. location at 100 Paragon Parkway in Mansfield for $10,500,000.

The 314,736-square-foot School Specialty facility is located in an industrial corridor off North Main Street (12,000 VPD) which connects to Martin Luther King Jr Freeway (40,000+ VPD), which is a primary thoroughfare. The property features 49,500 square feet of office space with the ability to expand the building to over 1 million square feet. The warehouse is equipped with a narrow isle racking system with an in-ground, wire-guided forklift system for maximum use efficiency. Tenants in the industrial park include FedEx, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, and Ohio Army and National Guard. More…

, ,

All Things Business

DeWine Addresses Possible Purple Level For Richland County

7 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

At Tuesday’s Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Update, the question was posed as to what actions would be taken, if any, by state officials should Richland County’s Public Health Advisory Level reach the highest, or “Purple” Level this week.

Carl Hunnell, City Editor for Richland Source, asked DeWine about possible local ramifications in light of the fact that no Ohio county has been moved to that highest level.

As we shared last week (see below), the county was moved to the “Red” Level last Thursday with additional placement on a “Watch List” because of the levels recorded for each indicator. More…

, , ,

All Things Business

Outpatient Substance Abuse Care Provider Announces Mansfield Plans

29 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Spero Health, which specializes in local, affordable, outpatient care for individuals suffering from substance abuse, is continuing its expansion in the Buckeye State.

Two new clinics have been opened in Lima and in Marion. These join more than 40 other locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Indiana caring for 7,500 patients each month.

“Drug overdose deaths have risen steadily through the pandemic because more people are isolated and feeling vulnerable right now. It is critical our communities have resources and access to addiction treatment services, now more than ever,” said Steve Priest, CEO of Spero Health. According to the Ohio Department of Health, 2019 was the worst year on record for drug overdose deaths and 2020 is shaping up to be even worse.

More…

, ,

All Things Business

Case Closed Involving Jones Potato Chip Company

22 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

In a complaint filed on April 21 of this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Jones Potato Chip Co. of Mansfield failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $438,673 to four sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). In this case, Jones Potato Chip Co. paid sellers for produce, but not in a timely fashion in accordance with the PACA.

Our story on that filing can be found here.

After the complaint was filed, USDA and Jones Potato Chip Co. entered into a consent decision and order in which Jones Potato Chip Co. agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $5,000 for making untimely payments to sellers for produce purchases. More…

, ,

All Things Business

Mansfield Radio Station Changing Hands, According To Industry Publication

17 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

A Mansfield radio station is changing hands, according to a broadcasting media publication AllAccess.com.

The site, which is said to be the web’s largest radio and music industry community, has shared that radio station WVMC will soon have new ownership after a recent transaction and approval by the FCC.

WVMC-FM went on the air in 1979 and has been owned by Mansfield Christian School. It has recently broadcast under a contemporary praise and worship music format.

According to the article, Mansfield Christian has agreed to sell the station to Soaring Eagle Promotions, Inc. for $190, 000. This price includes $20,000 in cash and $170,000 in a promissory note.

, ,

All Things Business

A Chapter Ends As Bookstore Announces Closure

9 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a sad day on Main Street.

In an announcement on its website, Mansfield’s “Bookstore Lady,” Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, announced that the county’s only independent bookstore will be closing.

The last day for the store will be on Saturday, September 26.

In the post, Fowler shared words of gratitude.

“As the manager for over nine years, I want to thank all of you who have supported the bookstore. It’s not easy for independent bookstores to survive anywhere, but is especially challenging in little towns like Mansfield. I fought day in and out to keep the bookstore open, but it was ultimately a losing battle,” the statement shared. More…

, , ,

All Things Business

Support Local Entrepreneurs At Social On Main

2 Sep , 2020  

Local small business find a spot at Social on Main.

No doubt this year has been rough on small businesses all over. At Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI), we’ve opened up our newly renovated storefront and will be welcoming small business. On Friday, September 4 from 12-8 and Saturday September 5 from 10-4, stop in 128 North Main Street and shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield.

We are excited to bring you Winnie James Boutique, Calla Lily Yarn Works, Jessiegail’s Jazzed Up Junk, Papparazzi, Mani Adventures with Alyssa, GJRP 3D Printing, Lola & Lily’s Pastry Shop, Star Dazzlerzz and more. More…

, ,