All Things Business

Local Company Changes Name

14 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The company formerly known as Therm-O-Disc, a global manufacturer of highly engineered sensing, control and sealing components headquartered in Mansfield, has officially changed its name to Sensience. The company has been renamed in recognition of its new status as an independent entity; it was acquired by an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC, in June 2022.

The new name pays homage to the company’s legacy of delivering reliable sensor science while representing its dedication to future growth and success. Sensience products put engineered systems in touch with their surroundings, enabling new levels of awareness, understanding and response. They include MICROTEMP® thermal fuses, Therm-O-Disc sensors and bi-metal controls, Fusite hermetic glass-to-metal feedthroughs, Thunderline-Z RF and DC feedthroughs, and Pactrol electronic control systems. Each of these product lines has been popular for decades.

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All About Richland

Mayors Of  Ohio’s 30 Biggest Cities Lay Out Priorities For 2023

19 Dec , 2022  

By Nick Evans, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio’s mayors are urging state lawmakers to work with them while warning the legislature not to interfere in local governance.

The Ohio Mayors Alliance includes the leaders of the state’s 30 biggest cities, which includes Mansfield. The group spans the political spectrum and they met in Columbus Friday to discuss their agenda for the coming year.

The chief issues on their minds boil down to money and authority.

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All About Richland

How Gas Prices Have Changed In Ohio In The Last Week

17 Dec , 2022  

By Stacker

A gallon of gas was $3.18 on average this week, down from the previous week, according to AAA gas price data. Gas prices are highest this week in Pennsylvania as well as Rocky Mountain and West Coast states including California, Idaho and Washington.

And while prices have been falling to year ago levels from the highs experienced in June, the world is bracing itself currently for prices to go higher in the new year. Markets are mixed on whether an economic downturn will reduce demand for gas over the coming months, or whether loosening of Covid-19 restrictions in China could strain global supplies with increased demand.

Stacker compiled statistics on gas prices in Ohio. Gas prices are as of December 16. The state gas tax data is from World Population Review.

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All Things Business

Mansfield Area Holiday Spending Predicted To Have Largest Surge In Ohio

5 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If predictions hold true, it will be a happy holiday season for Mansfield and Richland County retailers when sales increase faster than in any other metro area in Ohio.

Each late November, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, together with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Focus on Ohio’s Future, publish an economic forecast for the upcoming shopping blitz.

As noted above, the news is quite rosy for north central Ohio, with the Mansfield area predicted to have the largest percentage increase in sales among the state’s metropolitan areas.

In its report, the UC Economics Center shared the following overall findings:

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All About Richland

North Central Ohio, Ohio Unemployment Rates Hold Steady

25 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODJFS

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.0% in September 2022, unchanged from August 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,488,100 in August 2022 to 5,480,500 in September 2022.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 232,000, up from 229,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 38,000 in the past 12 months from 270,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio decreased 0.7% from 4.7% in September 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for September 2022 was 3.5%, down from 3.7% in August 2022, and down from 4.7% in September 2021.

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All About Richland

Cleveland Church Turns Membership Struggle Into Gift For Community

28 Aug , 2022  

By Nate Flauto, The Land

Publisher’s Note: Many churches in Ohio, including some in Richland County, are facing the twin challenges of declining attendance and increasing maintenance costs. This article shared with permission from The Land in Cleveland sounds a positive note on opportunities in such situations. The Land is a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs. They deliver in-depth stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. Like 1812Blockhouse, The Land is a member of LION Publishers.


Since putting down their roots at Archwood United Church of Christ (Archwood UCC) in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center (the Center) has flourished. The recreation room is now a dance studio home to Latin dance classes, the basement is now a frequently booked place for celebrations, and the dormant classrooms once used for bible study are now filled with children attending programming such as the Latin Image Leadership Program.

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All Things Business

Unemployment Rates Steady In North Central Ohio

25 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in July 2022, unchanged from June (and, for that matter, from May as well), according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,000 over the month, from a revised 5,477,000 in June 2022 to 5,484,000 in July 2022.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 224,000, unchanged from June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 71,000 in the past 12 months from 295,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1% in July 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for July 2022 was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in June 2022, and down from 5.4% in July 2021.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of August 13-14

13 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

This weekend’s edition is a special one, as it is the first we have shared passage and signing of the “Chips Act,” which was cited by Intel as important to maximize its investment in Ohio.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Intel attends a local independent fair
  • School system gets ready for population boom
  • Licking County residents react to Chips Act passage
  • Lt. Governor Husted interviewed about Intel
  • Cleveland Mayor hopes impact reaches northeast Ohio
  • Road expansions in Columbus
  • Can Ohio colleges and universities train enough workers?
  • What kind of pollution does a semiconductor plant make?
  • Extended transportation options needed
  • Another chip maker to build in Columbus

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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All Things Business

Ohio, Mansfield Metro Area Unemployment Rates Remain Low

28 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Preliminary June 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9% in Mercer County to a high of 6.4% in Cuyahoga County according to figures released on Tuesday from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. From May, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties. 

Eleven counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5%, including Mercer, Holmes, Putnam, Wyandot, Auglaize, Delaware,  Union, Hancock, Madison, Preble, and Wayne.

North Central Ohio counties had the following reported rates of unemployment:

  • Crawford – 5.0%
  • Richland – 4.5%
  • Huron – 4.4%
  • Morrow – 3.9%
  • Ashland – 3.8%
  • Knox – 3.8%
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History & Tourism

Ohio Experiencing Record Travel In 2022

6 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Ohio. Find It Here.

Demand for travel is high and Ohio is well-positioned to attract tourists from outside and inside the state. Take this past weekend for example – AAA expected Ohio travel would build on the record travel numbers set in 2021 to reach a new high this Independence Day. National numbers are expected to fall just shy of 2019.

In 2021, Ohio’s tourism industry reported its second-best year ever with nearly $47 billion in visitor spending, which was only slightly behind its record year in 2019 of $48 billion. A recent travel forecast from the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) confirms this is far better than the United States average in 2021, which was only 76% of 2019 total travel spending. The USTA predicts that the rest of the U.S. won’t be back to record levels until 2024, yet Ohio is already leading the way when it comes to travel and tourism.

“This year Ohio is on track to set another tourism record,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “The diversity of our state, from our beautiful state parks that are always free for visitors, to our charming small towns and our vibrant cities – Ohio offers something for everyone.” 

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