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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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NECIC Continues Look At Starting A Business

13 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Since the start of 2021, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) has been publishing posts aimed at Mansfielders looking to start their own small business.

This series has been posted as NECIC has been holding its Microbusiness Development Course.

Click on any of the post titles below to be taken to additional information concerning one aspect of the business development process. More…

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Spiked Stewart’s Root Beer Arrives

4 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A Mansfield-born brand is taking a bold step into a new beverage category.

Stewart’s Spiked Seltzer, a line of low-calorie hard seltzers developed and distributed by Stewarts Enterprises Inc (SEI), launched in February in the Northeast, followed by a national rollout. The sugar malt brew-based seltzer offering will include 3 traditional flavor profiles: Root Beer, Orange Cream, and Black Cherry, plus the new Raspberry Lime, with view to expand later in the year.

With hard seltzer enjoying a cultural moment as well as being one of the fastest growing beverage segments in the US, Stewart’s Spiked pays homage to classic Americana by bringing nostalgia to a modern market. It is the all new American hard seltzer, rooted in good times and inspired by the iconic flavors that were first crafted almost a century ago. More…

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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.

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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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