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Jersey Mike’s Opens In Ontario

1 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

What makes a sub sandwich special?

For Jersey Mike’s, a national chain with over 2,000 locations open or under development, it’s a concentration on ingredients that are fresh and of high quality.

Richland Countians can now experience this for themselves now that Jersey Mike’s has opened at 783 North Lexington-Springmill in Ontario, across from Chipotle. This past Wednesday, local civic and business leaders to hold a ribbon cutting at the new location together with Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

According to its website, the chain started in 1956 with a single location called “Mike’s Subs” in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. More…

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The Blueberry Patch Celebrates Anniversary With New Building

12 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

What better way to celebrate an anniversary than to move into a new house?

In the case of The Blueberry Patch on Hanley Road in Mansfield, that idea means recognizing its 40th anniversary with a new building which holds an expanded gift shop and the 1285 Winery.

The new facility is on the same property as the original structure, and sits just a bit further down the driveway.

Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development officials were on hand on Thursday for a ribbon cutting. More…

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Malabar Farm Restaurant Reopening This Week

8 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another thing lost to the pandemic is coming back this week, and just in time for the best in summer dining.

The well-known Malabar Farm Restaurant opens Tuesday in its traditional home at 3645 Pleasant Valley Road in Lucas.

Closed for some time, the restaurant returns with wonderful gourmet foot. Bold, sophisticated, and unique flavors return for diners, including steaks, lamb chops, tiramisu, and more. The staff prides itself on being quick and attentive. More…

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Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Olive & Oak Company

4 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week, a new local clothing boutique celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting.

Civic leaders, including from Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, were on hand to get acquainted with the new retailer, which has been open since January of this year.

Olive & Oak Company, located at the corner of Cline Avenue and Wood Street in Mansfield, is a place where women’s clothing and fashion accessories are in plentiful supply. More…

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Shelby Project Receives Over Half Million Dollars In Tax Credits

2 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency Board has announced the recipients of the 2021 Housing Tax Credit program awards.

One of those recipients was a developer planning to invest money to renovate 48 units of senior residential living in Shelby.

This year, 36 Ohio developments creating or preserving 1,931 apartments for families, seniors and individuals at risk for homelessness were awarded more than $31.5 million in 10-year federal housing tax credits.

Every region of Ohio is represented among the awardees, including more than one-third in non-urban centers of the state with 607 units of affordable housing. Developments include 17 for families, 14 for seniors and five providing supportive services. More…

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FirstEnergy Transmission Line Rebuild To Benefit Area

18 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse From FirstEnergy

A transmission affiliate of FirstEnergy Corp. has completed rebuilding a 69-kilovolt transmission line to help enhance electric service reliability for Ohio Edison customers in and around Morrow County. The 12.8-mile line upgrade includes the installation of new poles between two substations as well as updating equipment to help increase capacity and reduce the number of equipment-related outages.

“The line was originally built in the 1950s,” said Carl Bridenbaugh, vice president of transmission at FirstEnergy. “These upgrades will modernize the grid between these two substations, which is an important part of our efforts to improve reliability across the area.” More…

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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

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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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