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Hungry For Workers, Factories Are Touting Their Jobs As Careers

10 May , 2021  

Miguel Lugo and Pete Accorti of Talan Products Inc.

Miguel Lugo and Pete Accorti of Talan Products Inc.

By Lee Chilcote, The Land

Miguel Lugo had his first experiences in the manufacturing industry when he worked for Voss Aerospace in Ohio City, where his mom also worked, for one summer in high school. After graduating from James F. Rhodes High School in Old Brooklyn in 2001, the 38-year-old briefly worked at Auto Zone before landing a job as an entry-level laborer at Talan Products Inc., a metal stamping company in Collinwood.

Sixteen years later, he’s risen the company ranks at Talan from a lowly general laborer to plant and tool room manager – and he’s not done rising yet. This fall, Lugo hopes to begin taking classes for his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Despite the perception that manufacturing jobs offer little opportunity for advancement, Lugo says he’s making a good living. More…

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Ribbon Cut At New Downtown Mansfield Office For Boy Scouts

6 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America officially has a new office in downtown Mansfield, now that a ribbon cutting was held this week at its new location.

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development was on hand for the ceremony, which included a flag presentation and refreshments.

The office is at 40 West Fourth Street.

Source, Photo: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

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With ‘Amtrak Joe’ In White House, States Hope For Passenger Rail Renaissance

3 May , 2021  

By Daniel C. Vock, Ohio Capital Journal

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak — or any other passenger rail service — to come to Columbus, Ohio.

As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle.

But for now, Columbus, a city with 878,000 people, the second-largest city in the Midwest, has no passenger rail service. It doesn’t even have a station. More…

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Ohio, Richland County See Big Unemployment Rate Drops

26 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The resurgence of the economy as the pandemic eases has resulted in employment gains throughout Ohio, including here in north central Ohio.

In fact, Richland County had one of the biggest decreases in unemployment last month in the entire state.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7% in March, down from 5.0% in February. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,700 over the month, from a revised 5,302,200 in February to 5,314,900 in March 2021. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 272,000, down from 288,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000. More…

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Gorman-Rupp Reports First Quarter Financial Results

23 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The  Gorman-Rupp Company has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • First quarter earnings per share were $0.28 compared to $0.21 per share for the first quarter of 2020
    • First quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.04 per share
  • Net sales decreased 2.9% or $2.7 million compared to the first quarter of 2020 and increased 7.9% or $6.5 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • Incoming orders increased 1.3% compared to the first quarter of 2020 and increased 9.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • Backlog improved to $125.5 million compared to $113.1 million at December 31, 2020

More…

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The CRU Clinic Opens In Ontario

17 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Thursday, a new clinic opened in Ontario that offers services and technologies focused on unique aspects of personal care.

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development representatives joined with local officials in holding a ribbon cutting for The CRU Clinic at 2293 Village Park Court – off of Stumbo Road and West Fourth.

According to their website and social media, The CRU Clinic provides “contemporary care for refined wellness that is unique to each individual.” Services listed on the site include lip augmentation, Botox/Xeomin/Dysport treatments, and dermal fillers. More…

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Have A Beer With Your Biscuits?

16 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an Ohio culinary institution — Bob Evans restaurants with their familiar red and brick facades.

Soon the place that is a staple for home cooked breakfasts and dinners may become a go-to venue for beer and wine as well.

Several outlets nationally and locally are reporting that Bob Evans has decided to expand its new alcoholic beverage offerings outside of its Florida operations, where they have been test marketed for some time.

With that, a number of Ohio locations have pending liquor permit applications including, according to Business First Columbus, for the restaurant at 2100 West Fourth Street in Ontario, diagonally across from Avita Ontario Hospital and Richland Mall. More…

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Tentative Agreement Reached On New Labor Contract For Mansfield Works

14 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers (USW) for a new 53-month labor contract that is effective as of April 1, 2021. The new contract will cover approximately 300 USW-represented workers at the Mansfield Works steel mill.

Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “We are pleased to reach a new labor contract with the USW for our employees at Mansfield Works, one of our several EAF steel mills. As we have done in previous Union contract negotiations, once again the Cliffs’ team was able to expeditiously get to a deal that is fair and equitable to both parties.” More…

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Downtowns In Mansfield And Cleveland Weather The Pandemic

11 Apr , 2021  

By Daniel Polleta, The Land, with introduction/additional reporting by 1812Blockhouse

Across the county, the pandemic has changed the ways in which Americans live and work. In terms of the latter, it has impacted the ways in which traditional central city areas function — providing new opportunities for creative approaches to downtown revitalization.

We recently ran across an interesting post discussing downtown Cleveland’s approach to the pandemic. It comes from “The Land,” a new news startup that, like 1812Blockhouse and Richland Source, is a member of LION Publishers, the country’s foremost consortium of independent online news publications. Downtown Cleveland is, of course, much larger than Mansfield’s — but some of the same factors are at play in both, as is a sense of optimism in both about the future.

We first contacted Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, Inc., to find out how downtown Mansfield has been impacted. Jennifer shared the following: More…

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Farm Bureau Seeks Summer Intern

9 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Farm Bureau may be looking for you.

Provide special project and program support to the organization director to meet the needs of the membership relative to established organizational goals and objectives for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland County Farm Bureaus. The position is located in Mansfield (Richland County) and consists of up to 40 hours/week. More…

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Ohio’s, Richland County’s Unemployment Numbers Improve Slightly

1 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse with information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

When unemployment numbers for Ohio counties were released this week, they reflected in a positive direction for Ohio in general and Richland County in particular.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0% in February, down from 5.3% in January.

289,000 workers were unemployed in Ohio in February, down from 360,000 the month before. That noted, the number of unemployed Ohioans has increased by 10,000 in the last 12 months, suggesting that levels have basically reached pre-pandemic levels. More…

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Renovation Of 93 Year Old Downtown Mansfield Building Continues

1 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As this view of the Caldwell and Bloor Building at 80 West Third Street in downtown Mansfield shows, taken on Wednesday afternoon, work continues on renovating the former medical supply company structure.

When finished, the building will include a demonstration kitchen and retail on the first floor, with condominiums on the upper floors crowned by a rooftop garden.

Work has been ongoing for well over a year. More…

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JobsOhio Highlights Edge Plastics Investment

30 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The recent decision by Edge Plastics to invest in and expand their Mansfield operations has not gone unnoticed by state economic development interests.

That includes JobsOhio, Ohio’s nonprofit corporation created to attract capital investment and to grow jobs in the Buckeye State through a range of attraction, retential, and expansion programs and activities.

On Monday, JobsOhio published a page and news release focusing on Edge Plastics.

The page takes the form of a bullet point list relating to the investment being made. Entitled “Edge Plastics Reinvests In Ohio Manufacturing Capacity,” various numbers and aspects are detailed. More…

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Mansfield Memorial Homes Has New Management Company

28 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

United Church Homes, Inc. of Marion has welcomed two senior living communities to its growing network of older adult communities.

In January 2021, UCH signed a management services and support contract with the Board of Directors of Community Care of Rutherford County (CCRC, Inc.) to support the operation of its 131-bed skilled nursing community located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

On March 1, UCHM entered a three-year contract to provide management support services to Mansfield Memorial Homes in Mansfield. More…

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Chamber To Host Virtual Annual Meeting; Award Winners Announced

20 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s 2021 Annual Meeting will take place Friday, March 26 from 12 PM to 1 PM via the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Brian P. McCartney will be presented with an Economic Impact Award. Brian is an optimistic entrepreneur who started an expansion and renovation project at a time when many others were hunkering down, enhancing business growth and community support.

Michael Murray & Production Design Team at Cooper Enterprises Inc will also be presented with an Economic Impact Award. At onset of COVID-19, Mike and the Production Design Team who normally work with wood products quickly adapted to plastic products and designed a whole line of protective materials to assist businesses of all sizes to quickly follow the new regulations. More…

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