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Avita’s Phase III Brings Obstetrics Unit To Ontario

15 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, Avita Health System announced that construction started earlier this year on Phase III of Ontario Hospital.

This third phase has been in progress since March 2021 and will include additional inpatient beds and a new Labor Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) unit on the second floor.

“We always had a plan to expand the number of inpatient beds available at Ontario Hospital to better meet the needs of the community,” said Jerome Morasko, President/ CEO, Avita Health System. “We also wanted to bring another option for obstetrical care to the area. Our new unit allows patients to deliver their babies in state-of-the art LDRP rooms and provides a unique birthing experience right here in Richland County.”

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One Location, Many Shops

14 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The revitalization of downtown Shelby continues with the arrival of a new business to Main Street.

Actually, that should perhaps be “new businesses.”

This past week, the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development held a ribbon cutting event for The Little Shops of Shelby, the newest addition to the downtown streetscape. The new store, located at 40 West Main Street, is owned by Connie Roub.

The Little Shops of Shelby features multiple vendors in one shopping venue. It’s a great place to find just the right thing for that someone in your life.

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Texas Company Reportedly Acquires Nanogate Property In Mansfield

28 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Real estate website REJournal shared earlier this week that Fort Worth, Texas-based MAG Capital Partners, LLC, has purchased the former Nanogate North America manufacturing complex located at 150 E. Longview Ave. in Mansfield.

The purchase involved a sale/leaseback transaction, allowing the company, recently purchased by Techniplas, to maintain operations there. The complex produces design-oriented, multifunctional components for many industries, including mobility, aviation, home appliances, and medical, according to the REJournal story.

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Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend; Here Are Some Tips

6 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday is this weekend, and the Ohio Attorney General’s office is providing information and tips on how best to take advantage of the event.

This year, Ohio’s sales tax holiday is from Friday, August 6, 2021 at 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

“We know many people will be shopping this weekend during the sales tax holiday, and we want to help them make the most of it,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It’s a good time to save money on clothes and other items, and there are things consumers can to do help minimize the risk of problems.”

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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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