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Mansfield In National Top Ten In Coveted Site Selection Magazine List

3 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national media outlet focusing on covering business development has included Manfield in an important and coveted list.

While efforts continue to attract investment to Richland County, current efforts have attracted the notice of Site Selection Magazine.

This year’s edition of the Top Metros of 2020 placed Mansfield among its list of top 10 cities across the country for new capital investment.

In addition to ranking by number of projects, this year featured a new list highlighting areas on a per capita basis. On its list of “Metros with a Population Less than 200,000,” Mansfield came in at number seven. Lima was the only other Ohio city in the top ten. More…

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Old Dominion Freight Line Adds Service Center In Mansfield

9 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is expanding its network by adding nine service centers in new and existing markets.

The steady growth brings the Company’s service center count to 245 and solidifies Old Dominion’s presence across the continental United States. The less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier’s new or improved facilities include sites in Mansfield, as well as in Brooklyn, N.Y., Edinburgh, Ind., Grand Island, Neb., Louisville, Ky., McDonough, Ga., Mesa, Ariz., Milton, Pa. and Olympia, Wash.

The nine new and renovated service centers are strategically placed for operational efficiency aligned with the Company’s long-term strategic plan. More…

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Ontario Bar Cited Again For Violation Of Health Orders

7 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

When officials of the Ohio Investigative Unit arrived at Planet Rock at 1400 West Fourth Street after 11:00 PM this past Friday, what they saw will put the establishment before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for the fifth time.

Agents said that they observed a line of guests waiting to enter, as well as over four dozen people inside, all after curfew.

In addition, patrons were allegedly seen drinking alcohol and not follow the state’s current 11 p.m. curfew. Multiple people on scene were also apparently seen drinking alcohol, also against Gov. Mike DeWine’s current orders. More…

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Gorman-Rupp Reports Quarterly, Yearly Financial Results

6 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s Gorman-Rupp Company has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Fourth quarter earnings per share were $0.26 compared to $0.32 per share for the fourth quarter of 2019
  • Fourth quarter of 2020 included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.01 per share
  • Fourth quarter of 2019 included a favorable LIFO impact of $0.04 per share
  • Net sales decreased 11.9% or $11.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2019
  • Fourth quarter ending backlog increased 7.8% compared to the same period in 2019 and increased 11.0% compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $82.5 million compared to net sales of $93.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 11.9% or $11.2 million.
  • Domestic sales decreased 7.4% or $4.7 million and international sales decreased 21.3% or $6.5 million compared to the same period in 2019.

More…

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Council Backs $12.36 Million Investment In Edge Plastics

3 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Council passed three pieces of legislation on Tuesday evening related to a planned $12.38 million investment into the Edge Plastics facility at 449 Newman Street in Mansfield.

The amount invested includes new construction, real estate acquisition, purchase of machinery and equipment, and purchase of furniture and fixtures at the plant which current employs 85 individuals in 70,000 square feet of space. 43 new positions would be created over two years under the proposal, with 34,786 square feet of additions planned.

Measures enacted include a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Agreement, School Compensation Agreement related to the foregoing CRA, and Job Creation Tax Credit Agreement. More…

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Here Are The Proposals To Raise The Minimum Wage For Ohio Workers

1 Feb , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

There are multiple efforts underway to raise the minimum wage for Ohio workers to $15 an hour.

The plans differ slightly on the timeline to reach that goal, but Democrats in the Ohio Statehouse, in Congress and in the White House are simultaneously pushing for an increase they say is necessary to benefit low-income Americans.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, but states are allowed to set theirs higher. More…

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Cleveland-Cliffs Commits To 25 Percent Greenhouse Gas Emission Drop By 2030

30 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., parent company of AK Steel whose Mansfield Works are housed in 1.6 million square feet of manufacturing space on the north side of Mansfield, has announced that it has set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030. This goal represents combined Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) greenhouse gas emission reductions on a mass basis (metric tons per year) compared with 2017 baseline levels. The Company has published a detailed plan outlining its strategic priorities on its corporate website at www.clevelandcliffs.com. More…

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Richland County Unemployment Rate Remains Stable In December

28 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The pandemic continues to have an impact in terms of employment in Richland and contiguous counties, but in different ways.

The unemployment rates continue to remain stable or actually fall locally, according to information released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, but the sectors in which people are employed continues to shift. Richland County’s rate increased slightly — from November’s 5.5% to December’s 5.6%

Across Ohio, the trend was up in unemployment percentages, with over two-third of Ohio counties seeing increases. The highest rate was in Noble County is southeast Ohio, at 7.7%; the lowest was Holmes County at 2.7%. More…

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NECIC Offering Microbusiness Development Course

25 Jan , 2021  

The main barrier to starting your own business? Not taking action.

By Edward Akinyemi/NECIC

Imagine this scenario. You have a great business idea that you know would fix a problem that many of us have. Not only is it a very real problem, but it’s also one that costs people a lot of wasted time, energy, and money. Would people be willing and able to pay for a product/service to solve this issue? You’re not entirely sure, but you have a pretty good hunch that the answer might be yes. More…

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The Carousel Works, Inc. Files For Bankruptcy

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Carousel Works, Inc., 1285 Pollock Parkway in Mansfield, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy action on January 9, according to the website BusinessBankruptcies.com.

The action was filed in the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court in Columbus.

According to the filings, there are 39 creditors in the case. More…

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Curfew To Stick Around; Richland Schools COVID Numbers Continue To Fall

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew will be extended past its expiration date this coming weekend, Governor Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing.

“Look, we would love to get rid of it,” DeWine said. The culprit that will keep it around is the arrival in Ohio of new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty that creates.

The curfew began in mid-November, and was extended an initial time the next month. More…

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Ribbon Cutting Goes Roadside

21 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Wednesday, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development participated in a different kind of ribbon cutting.

The setting was familiar — a Richland County business opening a new business location. What was certainly different was that this particular location is actually on wheels.

The Chamber joined Truckin Trav for ribbon cutting in hour of its new food truck. More…

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Richland Mall Likely To Lose Women’s Clothing Retailer

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national chain with a location in Richland County is the most recent in a string of retailers to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher & Banks, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in New Jersey and is expected to close most if not all of its locations.

The company recently announced third quarter sales that resulted in a $10.8 million loss. In a press release, the company said,

“Despite the tremendous advancements we have made in executing our strategic plan, due to the financial distress resulting from the pandemic and its ongoing impact, we elected to initiate this process and pursue a potential sale of the business in whole or in part to position the Company for the future.” More…

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Council Approves Agreements For Mansfield Lahm Project

7 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Council’s continued support of the fueling depot project at Mansfield Lahm Airport was clear at its meeting on Tuesday night, as three pieces of legislation were passed to extend tax abatement to the new facility.

This proposal was first discussed by Council back in early November. As our story covering that meeting shared, the nearly $2 million project will further enhance Lahm’s appeal and operational capacity.

The investor in the fuel depot is Niss Aviation FBO, the new FBO operation that will, as part of the project, build a new 15,000 square feet hangar. Total investment will reach approximatly $2 million, $1.5 million of which is in that hangar construction. More…

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Macy’s At Richland Mall Closing This Spring

7 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

And then there was one.

The era of local department stores is winding to a close, as evidenced on Wednesday with the announcement that the Macy’s store at Richland Mall will be closing this spring. A clearance sale will begin soon and last for two to three months.

This will leave JCPenney as the sole remaining department store anchor still in operation at the county’s only traditional shopping mall, which celebrates its 52nd year in 2021.

The JCPenney store was added to the mall in 1997. More…

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