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BOARD OF DIRECTORS EMIL ALECUSAN Vice President & CFO Brewster Cheese RUDOLF BENTLAGE Market Executive Northeast Ohio PMorgan Chase Bank, NA GREG BROKAW Sales and Service Manager Consumers National Bank, Jackson-Belden Office AJAY DAS Vice President–Strategy & Business Development | The Timken Company KIMBERLY DAVENPORT Corporate Director of Human Resources | Shearer’s Snacks R. ERIC DELLAPINA Head of Commercial Banking Eastern OH Market | KeyBank CHRISTOPHER DiLORETO Superintendent | Jackson Local School District WILLIAM F. DOWNEY Executive VP Corporate Affairs Kenan Advantage Group MIKE GALLINA Vice President Outreach Services AultCare
MICHAEL R. GRAEFF T. MATTHEW GREGORY Executive Vice President Gregory Industries, Inc. PAUL HILTZ Interim CEO Mercy Medical Center RICK HULL Regional President Home Savings Bank DR. PARA M. JONES President | Stark State College DR. DAVID A. KING President | Malone University MIKE LEVY Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President, Canton Charge BRADLEY R. McKAIN Division Manager Ohio Refining Division | Marathon Petroleum Company, LP FRANK MONACO Managing Partner Four Fifteen Group MICHAEL MOORE Managing Director, Finance & Controller | FedEx Custom Critical
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DOWNTOWN CANTON’S UPSCALE APARTMENTS ATTRACTING RENTERS
EWIND 20 YEARS, AND THE NOTION THAT DOWNTOWN CANTON EVENTUALLY WOULD BE HOME TO THREE COMPLETELY RENOVATED, STYLISH, UPSCALE APARTMENT BUILDINGS WAS DOWNRIGHT LAUGHABLE. IN THOSE DAYS, BOTH HOME DWELLERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WERE MOVING OUT OF THE CENTER CITY AT AN ALARMING RATE. But with changes in living preferences, primarily among millennials and empty nesters, along with the city’s own resurgence as a center for independent restaurants, live music and arts and entertainment, downtown Canton’s deserted dwellings are a thing of the past. In this issue, our cover story profiles The Historic Onesto, Bliss Lofts and Hercules Apartments—three upscale apartment complexes, each with its own distinct vibe and architecture—as well as some of the downtown dwellers who call these buildings home. Exciting plans continue to develop at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, which has been enhanced by the addition of M. Klein & Company, a business advisory firm that has worked with businesses and governmental entities around the world. As Canton prepares for the NFL Centennial in 2020, planning is already underway to welcome millions of expected visitors to our area. See Page 16 for details. In the meantime, Canton will shine in the national spotlight this August when we welcome the newest Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as many returning Gold Jacket Hall of Famers. Get a preview of this year’s Enshrinement Festival on Page 40, including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Each May, the Canton Regional Chamber honors several outstanding area businesses (nominated by the local business community and general public) at its Business Excellence Awards. From a local family dairy farm to one of the country’s leading trailer manufacturers, you’re sure to be inspired by this year’s seven winners whose profiles begin on Page 27. Did you know that the shale industry has invested more than $60 billion, yes billion, in Ohio as of mid-2017? Especially remarkable is that this is private-sector investment and includes zero tax incentives. Get the latest on the oil and gas industry in the Utica region (and beyond) on Page 36. Family-owned Gervasi Vineyard is expanding—again!—with the addition of a distillery and boutique villa-style hotel to its stunning property. Already a popular destination with locals and tourists alike, the additions expect to capture new audiences, including more men and millennials. Learn more on Page 44. Small businesses have a new and potentially more affordable option when it comes to health care coverage. The Canton Regional Chamber and AultCare have partnered to offer a health care plan for small businesses in Stark and select surrounding counties. See if your business qualifies and learn more on Page 48. Thank you for reading this issue of Canton Inc. We’re thrilled about the good things happening in downtown, throughout Stark County and beyond, and hope you are, too.
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INCOME AND MAJOR COST OF LIVING INDUSTRIES
Median home value:
$122,900 Median rent:
$680/MO. Cost of living:
16.4% LOWER than U.S. average
(national average is 3.9%)
HOUSEHOLDS Canton population 71,323 Stark County population 373,612 Median resident age 41.8 Age 17 and younger 21.7% Age 18 to 64 59.8% Age 65 and older 18.5% Households 150,385
WORKFORCE Total workforce: 185,600 Average commute: 22 minutes
Education and health services:
Trade, transportation and utilities:
Professional and business services:
Leisure and hospitality:
PARKS & TRAILS
High school attainment:
Graduate or professional degree:
Average January high:
Alliance Community Hospital Aultman Hospital Canton City Schools City of Canton Diebold/Nixdorf Heinz North America Mercy Medical Center Nickles Bakery Synchrony Financial Stark County government Stark State College Sugardale Foods The Timken Co. TimkenSteel Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Average July high:
Stark County Park District includes:
8,000 acres of land
miles of walking/bicycling trails and
miles of equestrian trails, in addition to the parks maintained by cities and townships
parks in addition to the parks maintained by cities and townships SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, Ohio Department of Development, NOAA and the National Weather Service, Stark Parks, U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), Forbes.
Median household income:
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INDUSTRIAL LAND AND BUSINESS PARKS CANTON INDUSTRIAL PARK - WEST Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 12 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600
ALLIANCE COMMERCE PARK Location: Alliance, Ohio Acres available: 75 Highway access: U.S. Route 62 Zoning: Light/heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Jim Stout, Coastal Pet Products, 330-821-2218
CENTRAL WARNER COMPLEX Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 30 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 / I-77 Zoning: Light Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600
CANTON CENTURY PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 68 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Heavy commercial Rail access: No Development contact: Bryce Custer, 330-966-8800
EASTRIDGE COMMERCE PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 88 Highway access: U.S. Route 62 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Bob DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153
ELM RIDGE INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Canal Fulton, Ohio Acres available: 55 Highway access: State Route 21 and I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Ken Schalmo or Fred E. Etheridge, Schalmo Properties Inc., 330-854-9396
FORD PROPERTY Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 75 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Rafael Rodriguez, 330-438-4129
HARTVILLE INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Hartville, Ohio Acres available: 6 Highway access: State Routes 43 and 619 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: Some potential Development contact: Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, village of Hartville, 330-877-9222
AKCAN INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Green, Ohio Acres available: 200 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan DeHoff, DeHoff Realty, 330-499-8153
MASSILLON ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY PARK Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 465 Highway access: State Route 21 and U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Garret Kloots, 330833-6325
NEOCOM INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 140 Highway access: State Route 21 and U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Heavy industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Ted Herncane, 330-833-3146
MILLS BUSINESS PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 85 Highway access: I-77
Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan DeHoff, Canton Commerce LLC, 330-499-8153
STARK COUNTY FARM Location: Navarre, Ohio Acres available: 300 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: Yes Development contact: Bob DeHoff, DeHoff Development, 330-499-8153
NOVA EAST Location: Massillon, Ohio Acres available: 25 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Dan Spring, 330-966-8800
PORT JACKSON Location: Jackson Township, Ohio Acres available: 16 Highway access: I-77 Zoning: Light industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Lisa Gould, Akron-Canton Airport, 330-668-4000
STEIN INDUSTRIAL PARK Location: Canton, Ohio Acres available: 13 Highway access: U.S. Route 30 at State Route 43 Zoning: I2 Heavy Industrial Rail access: No Development contact: Tim Putman, Putman Properties, 330-495-0600 Looking for more information, or for details about industrial buildings and service sector properties? Contact Michael P. Gill, vice president for economic development, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at 330-458-2090.
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he vision for the future with the creation of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village will impact millions across the country and the world while transforming the Greater Canton region due to its significant economic impact. The now $899 million mixeduse development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus will result in the first sports and entertainment “Smart City.” It is projected to create more than 12,000 jobs in its peak year and generate, in its first 25 years, more than $14.1 billion of cumulative net new total economic output in Stark County.
Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is being led by a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group. Recently, the leadership of the project was enhanced by the addition of M. Klein & Company, an elite business advisor for many large corporations and entities around the world. The once-in-a-lifetime project is being built on the foundation of the Hall of Fame’s important mission to “Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!” Two new main components of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village are operating today. The opening of the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium occurred with the nationally televised
Hall of Fame Game in 2017. The venue received rave reviews from the National Football League, the participating teams, media and fans. The stadium is the football home to McKinley High School, Malone University and Walsh University. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is also home to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state football championships in 2017 and 2018 and the NCAA Division III Football Championships in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the uniquely designed stadium was built in an amphitheater style to serve as an elite concert venue that will host numerous concerts annually. The National Youth Football & Sports Complex added two fields in 2017 with an additional two fields to be completed in 2018. Last year, the world-class complex
welcomed 130,000 athletes, family members and fans with more than 80 percent coming from outside Ohio. The stadium and sports complex are now home to the first Hall of Fame World Youth Football Championships. The inaugural tournament in December 2017 drew 70 teams and 1,700 youth players from across the continental United States, Hawaii and Mexico. Construction will begin on numerous other components of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village as Canton readies for the once-in-every-other-lifetime celebration of the NFL’s centennial on September 17, 2020. Planning is underway for a weeklong spectacular commemorating the founding of the NFL in downtown Canton a century ago while also serving as the launch to the future of the game.
“We look forward to celebrating the rich history of the NFL and helping to kick off the next century of the game from the city where it all began,” stated Jim Porter, publisher and CEO of The Canton Repository, who serves as the chairman of the community’s Centennial Host Committee. At the epicenter of the Super Bowl-like celebration will be the opening of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village as the premier destination for all things football. Millions of visitors will be immersed in programming created around the values learned from the game, such as commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence. The inspiring experience will encourage every person to live a “Hall of Fame” life. “This village is going to be extraordi-
nary,” stated Michael Klein, managing partner of the M. Klein & Company, during a keynote speech at the 2018 Can-
ton Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner. “It is going to be fantastic for football fans around the world.”
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hree upscale apartment complexes have helped revitalize the quest to live downtown. The historic Onesto Lofts, the luxurious Bliss Lofts and the redesigned and renovated Hercules Apartments are creating a lot of buzz in the city and around the area. Current downtown dwellers appreciate the sense of community, the convenience and the many amenities, all of which have brought about a new level of hope and expectations for the resurgence of city living. Cathy Wyatt says living in downtown Canton has many advantages, including having the best restaurants within walking distance, the Palace Theatre, all of the special events and the people who live and work in the city. Wyatt and her husband, Patrick, were the first tenants to move into The Onesto apartment complex on Second Street NW. They moved into their two-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot apartment just over three years ago. Wyatt walks to work and back home every day. She owns Carpe Diem Coffee Shop on Market Avenue, just across the brick alley from The Onesto. She opened the well-known and favorite coffee shop 14 and a half years ago and has watched downtown come alive and thrive. “The biggest surprise for us while living downtown is how much fun it is to live here,” Wyatt said. “There’s always a lot to do and it’s within walking distance—there are times I don’t use my car for a few days.” Paul Hiltz and his wife, Kristen, moved to downtown Canton last August from Springfield, Ohio, (west of Columbus). Hiltz is the Interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center. He and his wife recently moved into the Bliss building. They’ve gotten to know their neighbors and like the sense of community. They too like being able to walk to area restaurants, watch or attend the many events held in downtown and use the bike trails around the area. They both like to run and walk and play golf and have found the area ripe with places to do all those activities. “Canton is deceptively larger than it appears on paper when you look it up,” Hiltz said. “It’s got a great airport, there are plenty of things to do in the area, and the health care community is phenomenal, and the physician community is really strong. “We get the sense that Canton is about to take off with the development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame under Dave Baker’s leadership,” he added.
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“The biggest surprise for us while living downtown is how much fun it is to live here. There’s always a lot to do and it’s within walking distance—there are times I don’t use my car for a few days.”
“With the warmth and friendliness of the people, my wife and I are really enjoying living in the area.” Michael Watson teaches in the Canton City School District and coaches middle school cross country and high school track and field. Watson saw a 3D viewing of the Hercules building while at the Blues Fest last summer. He liked what he saw and couldn’t wait to see the finished building. “When I saw that preview, I just knew I had to live there,” Watson said. “I’ve always wanted the downtown style of living, plus I believe in putting money back into the place where you work.” He and his family have lived in the suburbs in Canton and North Canton. While he grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, this is the first time he has lived in an urban environment. He also eats at all of the restaurants, runs through the city and can now ride his bike to work. Both he and his daughters have frequented the many events held in the center city.
“Living downtown is a different style of living. When you’re single or an empty nester, you can truly express who you are and live the way you want, and I feel urban living represents who I am,” Watson said. Empty Nesters and Young Professionals Community manager of the Hercules Building, Ashlee Oncale, said its current renters are a mix of empty nesters, retirees and young professionals. The Hercules complex is located on Market Avenue South. “Our oldest renter right now is 82 years old,” Oncale said. “We also have young professionals, nurses and teachers renting with us.” Cassie Ausperk, director of sales and
marketing for The Onesto and Bliss, agrees. “Half of our renters are empty nesters and half are young professionals in their 20s and 30s,” she said. Both Wyatt and Hiltz and their spouses are empty nesters. Wyatt’s family lived in Louisville for 22 years. The Wyatts’ adult children both have graduated college. Their daughter lives in New York City, and their son lives in downtown Cleveland. The Hiltzes have four adult children, with the youngest in college in Dayton, a son in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and two living in Seattle. “This is the first time my wife and I have lived in an urban area. The Canton
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ing in March. He selected a two-bedroom apartment so that his daughters can come and stay when they want. “There are lots of millennials living here and lots of empty nesters too,” he said. “Downtown offers everything we need with all of the restaurants, local parks, the museums, the civic center and easy access to the highways.” Watson said he spends a lot of time downtown because his students live there, and he uses Monument Park and Stadium Park for practices. He always is busy with training and coaching, so it makes sense to him to live in the area. “Really, the only thing I have to leave downtown for on a regular basis is for grocery shopping,” Watson said. “The more people that live downtown, the more de-
mand there will be for more shops such as grocery stores.” Upscale and Modern while Maintaining History While all of the complexes have been completely redone, each of the three buildings has its own personality and set of features. Starting with The Onesto, the building has breathtaking views of the city and beyond. There are historical elements built into the upscale lofts, and the building is highlighted with granite throughout. It has apartment living, corporate space, retail space and magnificent venues for weddings and events. The main lobby has been beautifully restored. There are 42 units with either one- or
Police patrol on foot, and we’ve gotten to know them as well as the restaurant owners, which adds to the feel and sense of community,” Hiltz said. “There’s so much to do downtown with the Arts District, which is really great, and I’m involved with the Chamber of Commerce. We’re excited to be a part of it.” Wyatt said First Fridays, the Farmers’ Market and the Downtown Canton Flea are all great events. If there is anything missing downtown, Wyatt feels someone will find a way to start providing it. “The more people who live downtown, the more shops and restaurants will open to meet any additional needs,” Wyatt said. Watson is recently divorced. He has two daughters who are 27 and 20 years old. Watson moved into the Hercules build-
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two-bedroom apartments starting at 822 square feet to 1,463 square feet. Monthly rents in The Onesto start at $1,087 to $1,463. The Bliss building is right next to The Onesto and has open-concept floor plans, modern features and glass walls offering stunning views of downtown. Renters will find hardwood and tile floors, granite countertops and many other high-end finishes. Bliss has 48 units with one or two-bedrooms. Square footage starts at 918 and goes to 2,800. There are two apartments in the Bliss building that span two floors. Rent starts at $1,600. Renters in both buildings have access to an attached, covered parking deck—both of which offer many security features. “Steve Coon owns both buildings and is dedicated to revitalizing downtown,”
Ausperk said. “Having people living downtown is good economically for the city of Canton. Our residents help support the other businesses downtown, and more people living here will encourage new growth.” “Downtowns are coming back across the U.S.,” she added. “In Canton, there is a huge interest in supporting locally owned small businesses like those in Canton. It’s fun living downtown with the coffee shop within walking distance and live music somewhere every night.” The Hercules apartment building is located just a few blocks off the center of downtown. It has been redesigned with the latest in upscale finishes while blending in the building’s historic, industrial significance. The exposed brick and high ceilings seamlessly mix with the gourmet kitchens and contemporary, industrial
look. The smoke stack from the Hercules Engine Co. is a striking centerpiece of a two-story common area. Hercules offers 90 units in its Phase I building and will have 37 additional units in Phase II, which will get started in 2019. Phase I offers one- and two-bedroom units from 550 to 2,400 square feet. Phase II also will offer 5,000 square feet of retail. It’s owned by Broadview Development. Rents start at $895 for one-bedroom apartments and $1,595 for two bedrooms. The building requires a fob for access, and there is a courtesy officer patrolling from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. There are many common areas with televisions and an outdoor area with a fire pit. Hercules is pet-friendly and offers a dog area for walking and running pets. Plus, renters can use a dog wash area.
Quality paints since 1911 “The feel or our building is industrial with a smaller community,” Oncale said. “It’s different than traditional apartment living. All of our floors are cement or faux wood floors. We’ll be adding a rooftop patio soon.” “I recently read that in the next five years, 40 percent of homeowners will be moving back to the city,” she added. “A lot of it is the convenience of walking to everything. With the new housing, Canton will continue to develop the downtown which is good for the economy because it brings more business startups and more jobs to the area.” Watson said he toured at least 40 of the units, and he said they each offer something different. “The Hercules building is impressive when you first walk in and see what all they’ve done with the building. The apartments have high-end appliances, granite countertops. It maintains a lot of its history throughout, and we are getting rooftop patios, which is unique.” Living, Working and Playing in Downtown There are many organizations working together to rebuild downtown Canton into the thriving city that it’s quickly becoming. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with the city of Canton, developed a Master Plan in 2013. Part of that plan included raising the market for housing downtown. The renovated and redesigned Onesto, Bliss and Hercules buildings have gone beyond addressing the need for updated housing in the downtown area. They are creating a new demand of people wanting and waiting to live downtown. From the amazing dining experiences at local restaurants to the eclectic hangouts for after hours, life in the center city only keeps getting better, more diverse and more enticing. The downtown arts district, the many performance arts venues, the museums and unique retail options only bolster attractiveness of urban living in Canton. The latest offerings in apartment living are quickly becoming yet another driving force for living, working and playing in downtown Canton.
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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS • DEVILLE APARTMENTS & BUILDERS INC . • • MAC TRAILER ENTERPRISES, INC . • MCTV • • MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC . • • PATRIOT SOFTWARE COMPANY • PERO DAIRY FARMS • • PROGRESSIVE AUTO GROUP •
Front (L-R): Craig Sanders, Progressive Auto Group; Kristy and Randy Pero, Pero Dairy Farms; Middle (L-R): Donald DeVille, DeVille Apartments & Builders Inc.; Tim Sanders, Progressive Auto Group; Katherine Gessner, MCTV; Top (L-R): Robert Vitale, Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc.; Michael Conny, MAC Trailer Enterprises, Inc.; Mike Kappel, Patriot Software Company; Mike Wheeler, Patriot Software Company.
INNERS OF THE CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD CAN VARY WIDELY. From November to January, the Chamber takes nominations for the awards from the business community and the general public. The Chamber is looking for “companies that have distinguished themselves by being a significant presence in and/or providing substantial benefit to the citizens and economy of Stark County,” said Chamber Events Manager Melissa Elsfelder. Nominees must be for-profit and not publicly traded. The seven winners this year included a dairy farm and a software firm and a cable company; a company that makes trailers, one that sells cars, one that develops and rents apartments and one that sells dust-suppression and soil stabilization solutions. All have risen from humbler beginnings— whether it was a single-bay garage or an unheated basement—to become much larger entities.
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OUNDED IN 1964 BY RAY DEVILLE, DEVILLE APARTMENTS & BUILDERS HAS GROWN FROM A FEW SMALL UNITS TO MORE THAN 1,200 RENTAL UNITS THROUGHOUT STARK COUNTY, AS WELL AS A SMATTERING OF COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL PROPERTIES IN THE AREA. Ray’s son, Don, now owns and manages the company. He credits a responsive management team, 24-hour maintenance and emergency services and technology that allows tenants to pay rent, request repairs and review leases with a few keystrokes for his company’s high occupancy and low turnover rates. “We have residents that have been with us for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years,” he said. DeVille Apartments & Builders has supported Wishes Can Happen and Canton Kids Fest. Every Christmas season, DeVille, his company and his tenants team up to buy gifts and goods for dozens of families through Project KARE. The Business Excellence Award took DeVille by surprise, but he knows where the bulk of the credit goes. “I guess it all goes back to our management team,” he said. “I just can’t give enough thanks to the team approach and team attitude we have.”
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AC TRAILER ENTERPRISES IS BASED IN ALLIANCE, A FEW BLOCKS FROM WHERE OWNER MICHAEL A. CONNY STARTED OUT REPAIRING WRECKED TRAILERS. But where Conny once worked by himself out of a single-bay garage, his company now employs more than 1,100 and operates in 668,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and service facilities in Ohio, Oklahoma, Montana and Texas. The company manufactures a wide array of products: dump trailers that can haul dirt and gravel; liquid trailers that can haul gas, oil and food-grade loads; and pneumatic tank trailers for fine-grain loads from ash to flour to plastic pellets. Transfer trailers can haul trash and recycling,
and flatbed trailers move large loads weighing 20 tons and more. The company sells through dealerships in Canada, the United States and Europe. It also offers service and repair at the Alliance location, and sells after-market parts through dealerships, directly at the Alliance location and online. This year, the company is opening a manufacturing facility in Rhome, Texas, specializing in dump and pneumatic tank trailers. The range of products sets MAC Trailer apart from other trailer companies, which typically offer only one or two different types of trailers said Kristi Rummel, manager of marketing, advertising and web/social media. “We offer tanks to flatbeds to dumps to drybulk,” she said. “We are the only multi-trailer and tank manufacturer in the industry that also offers customer customization.”
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CTV HAS THRIVED IN AN INDUSTRY THAT REINVENTS ITSELF EVERY FEW YEARS. When the company, originally called Massillon Cable, was founded in 1965 by Richard and Sue Gessner, cable was simply a clearer, more reliable alternative to antenna TV. Around 1980, companies such as ESPN and HBO started offering alternatives to broadcast TV. “That’s when we really experienced rapid growth,” said President Bob Gessner, the son of the founders. The market has never stopped changing. MCTV has weathered the internet revolution and the conversion from analogue to digital service. It is in the process of converting to 100-percent fiber-optic cable. The company added landline telephone
MCTV service in 2005 and acquired Safeguard alarm company in 2009. The company, which serves 50,000 accounts in western Stark and central Wayne counties, soon will enter its third generation of leadership: Gessner plans to retire in the next year or two. His daughter, Katherine Gessner, will guide the company in the era of streaming, smart TVs and customers who want to watch what they want, when they want, wherever they want. Gessner’s advice for her is to rely on the “smart, competent” staff of about 169 that MCTV employs—a staff he credits for MCTV’s recent Business Excellence Award. “As we say in our slogan, ‘We go the extra smile,’ ” he said. “When people ask us things, the answer is ‘yes.’ They have the authority to do what’s right for the customer,” he said.
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PERO DAIRY FARMS Meanwhile, the robot collects data on each cow, identified by a transponder on its neck. How much did the cow eat? Is it chewing at a normal speed or more slowly than usual? Does the milk indicate the cow is healthy? “We can catch them on the computer before they even show signs of being sick,” said Randy. Pero Dairy Farms supplies milk to Smith Dairy in Orrville. The Peros grow most of their own forage. With 400 cows—and six children age 5 to 15—the Peros have their hands full. One fulltime employee, two part-timers and Randy’s father, Richard, all help the farm achieve the efficiency, quality animal care and product that led to its Business Excellence Award nomination. “We couldn’t do it without excellent help,” said Kristy Pero.
HEN YOU THINK OF DAIRY FARMS, DO ROBOTS COME TO MIND? They do for Randy and Kristy Pero. A robotic milking machine already milks 60 of their 180 dairy Holsteins; they hope to go fully robotic in the next 18 months. Automated milking is nothing new. Randy’s grandparents used a milking machine when they started Pero Dairy Farms with 35 cows back in 1950. But the robotic technology enables farmers to take better care of more cows. Cows enter the robotic milking barn up to six times a day for food. While they eat, the system cleans their teats, milks one quarter most in need of milking and applies iodine after milking—all without human intervention.
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ATRIOT SOFTWARE COMPANY WAS BORN IN A FACTORY BASEMENT WITHOUT HEAT OR AIR CONDITIONING. Back then, founder Mike Kappel and his company were working on software that would help recruiters match job applicants with executive recruiters. Today, Top Echelon offers a recruiting network, software for applicant tracking, as well as contract staffing services. In 2002, Kappel started Patriot Software LLC, to create a payroll and accounting software that was affordable for small-business owners. Users subscribe to the service on a month-to-month basis. It targets companies with 100 or fewer employees. “The smallest of the small can come to us, but we also can accommodate bigger companies,” said Michele Bossart, marketing manager for Patriot Soft-
ware Company. Because the software is cloud-based, users don’t have to download updates every time the tax table changes or the software is upgraded. The software is accessible on tablets, computers and mobile devices with a single login. The market has responded, fueling a 183 percent increase in monthly revenue for the software division over the last two years. In May, Patriot Software invoiced 15,000 customer accounts—all without a sales department. The company believes that this is just the beginning. The parent company is seeking local and national accredited investors to buy up to $20 million of stock, or to participate in a lending program under Regulation D Rule 506 (c). “There are 5.8 million businesses with 1 to 100 employees,” said Bossart. “We plan on capturing 8 percent of the market share of that.”
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ROGRESSIVE AUTO GROUP WAS FOUNDED IN 1937 BY J.S. SANDERS. IT IS NOW RUN BY HIS GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, CRAIG AND TIM SANDERS. The company has three stores and one car wash, and employs “somewhere north of 200 people,” said Thomas Schmidt, Progressive’s director of business development and community relations. Progressive sells Chevrolet and Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge products and used vehicles. But the business operations are only one measure of its impact on the community. Giving back is a tradition that goes back decades, to its founder. In fact, since 1977, the Massillon West Stark Chamber of Commerce has awarded the J.S. “Sandy” Sanders Award of Merit to an individual who makes the area a
better place. Last year, the company kicked up the giving a notch, aiming for 80 acts of kindness, one for each year it has been in business. “It actually worked out to more like 150 acts of giving back,” said Schmidt. The company raised thousands of dollars, including $13,000 for Mercy Medical Center and Aultman Hospital’s breast cancer care centers. Asked how Progressive thrives after eight decades and four generations, Schmidt praised Craig and Tim Sanders. “They do business the right way. They don’t cut corners, they treat people well both inside the walls and outside the walls of this organization. “It’s just an old-fashioned way of doing business, treating people the way they want to be treated.”
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MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC .
IDWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, FOUNDED IN 1975 BY BOB VITALE, OFFERS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DUST CONTROL, SOIL STABILIZATION, NATURAL PAVING AND RAIL SOLUTIONS. In May 2017, Midwest acquired SynTech Product Corporation. The acquisition brought total employment at Midwest close to 115 employees, said company President Steven Vitale. Midwest’s main market is North America. It partners with local business to provide service in Mexico, Peru and Western Europe. The company is selective about projects farther afield, only committing to projects it can see through to completion. “We’re an end-to-end solution provider: We make
the stuff, we want to install it, we want to manage it,” Vitale said. The company is searching for a site to build a new plant, at a projected cost of $2 million to $4 million. The plant’s main focus will be new technology. Midwest claims more than 50 patents and has earned more than $1 million in annual research and development tax credits in each of the past five years. “We are constantly inventing new products or solutions,” said Vitale. All in all, it was a good year to receive the Business Excellence Award. “It’s just very nice to be recognized,” said Vitale. “We’re an innovative company, we have big dreams, we’re fiscally responsible and we continue to grow our employee base, and that’s good for everybody.”
HE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IN OHIO IS CERTAINLY EVOLVING, AND THE BENEFITS ARE EXPANDING. It was reported this spring that the shale industry has invested $63.9 billion in Ohio as of mid-2017. That private-sector investment was in the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio, and it began in 2011. To give you a perspective on this amount of investment, cities throughout the U.S. have been chasing Amazon to be home for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2). The total amount of Amazon investment is projected to be $5 billion. This shale industry investment is 10-plus Amazon HQ2’s. To date, Ohio has permitted 2,830 Utica wells, of which 2,346 have been drilled and 1,890 are producing. The energy industry has created 12,000 jobs in Ohio, and the gross state product is now approaching $100 billion because of those investments.
When indirect jobs are added in, such as welders and fabricators, maintenance and logistics, that figure exceeds 100,000 jobs. Amazon HQ2 projected 50,000 jobs. The jobs generated by the oil and gas industry pay equally as well as, if not better than, Amazon jobs. NOT ONE DOLLAR IN TAX DOLLAR GIVEAWAYS The most important element of this Amazon comparison is that the oil and gas industry has not received one dollar of tax incentives. Cities and states throughout the U.S., in trying to woo Amazon, are willing to give away billions of dollars of tax breaks to land Amazon. DRILLING FOR OIL IN OHIO The Ashland Times-Gazette has reported that Cabot Oil & Gas plans to drill test oil wells in and around Ashland County, Ohio. Last December, Cabot leased acreage in Ashland County and will start drilling for oil. Cabot is the second largest natural gas producer in Pennsylvania and has been the model “corporate citizen” in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where it has 250,000 acres under lease. In addition to Ashland County, Cabot will be drilling a series of wells in Richland, Knox, Wayne and Holmes counties. The drilling will be targeting the Rome and Knox formations. If Cabot is successful in drilling for oil, Ohio could see drilling activity move outside of the Utica Shale and oil could become a major resource in Ohio once again.
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TOP: More than 50 hot air balloons are scheduled to go up five times during the Balloon Classic and Fireworks held July 27 through 29. BOTTOM: On Friday,August 3 at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, the Class of 2018 will receive their Gold Jackets in front of 4,500 guests. (Class of 2017 pictured.)
UMMER IS CANTON’S TIME TO SHINE IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT, AND THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION! The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, will take place in Canton this July and August for the 55th consecutive year as our community welcomes the newest Class of Enshrinees, many returning Gold Jacket Hall of Famers and football fans from across the country.
While nearly 29,000 men have played in at least one National Football League game, there are only 310 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That number will increase to 318 on August 4 as the Class of 2018 Enshrinees is inducted: Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Brian Urlacher. The Pro Football Hall of Fame first opened its doors on September 7, 1963, and since has earned a reputation as the “most inspiring place on earth”—recently welcoming its 10-millionth visitor.
Currently, progress is being made every day at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $899 million mixed-use development of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s campus. It will be the first sports and entertainment “Smart City.” Ten major components will be integrated through technology to subtlety and seamlessly share the values from the game—commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence—with guests in a way that will impact their lives. A 2015 economic feasibility study stated that Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village will create more than 12,000 new jobs in its peak
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS QUEEN AND ROYAL AMBASSADORS PAGEANT On May 16, the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival queen and five royal ambassadors were selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to the community. They will help welcome the current class of enshrinees, serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, while also promoting the importance and rewards of volunteerism.
COMMUNITY PARADE Sunday, July 22 | 2:30 to 4:30pm downtown Canton Who doesn’t love a parade? More than 100 diverse parade units including community youth groups, marching bands, the walking flag, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon will participate in this spirit-filled Community Parade.
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year and generate more than $14 billion in economic output over a 25-year period. Fans already can enjoy the newly completed, state-of-the-art Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which includes all the features you would find in an NFL stadium, including luxury suites, a permanent stage and HD LED screens. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a collaborative effort between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has expanded from its original four events
in 1963 to more than 18 diverse events enjoyed by nearly 700,000 people and producing an economic impact of approximately $40 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $65 million for the state of Ohio. In addition, millions of people across the country and world experience televised Enshrinement Festival events on NFL Network and ESPN. With a record of success for the past 54 years and as Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village continues to develop, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival should only have more exciting events in store in the future.
UP, UP & AWAY 5K Saturday, July 28 | 8 a.m. Kent State University at Stark campus Start your morning at the beautiful Kent State University at Stark campus for a 5K looping course with the potential for hot air balloons to both launch and fly over campus. Part of the Ohio Challenge Series, serious runners and recreational runners/ walkers are welcome. Register by July 1 to be guaranteed a commemorative shirt and finisher’s medal. Post-race party activities include snacks, beverages, inflatables for the kids, a free kids fun run and donut eating contest!
TOP: 200,000 people will gather along 2.2 miles of Cleveland Avenue to watch The Canton Repository Grand Parade on Saturday, August 4. ABOVE LEFT: 27 regional retailers and boutiques will feature more than 200 outfits in this year’s Fashion Show Luncheon on August 3. ABOVE RIGHT CENTER: Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls offers football fans a variety of free and ticketed festivities, including autograph sessions, fan fest celebrations and much more. ABOVE RIGHT BOTTOM: Unscripted and informal, the Enshrinees’ Roundtable on August 5 will feature the Class of 2018 as they share career stories, moments and highlights.
Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 4 to 10 p.m. | Kent State University at Stark Campus More than 130,000 spectators gather each year to view more than 50 hot-air balloons take flight. This free event offers skydivers, an exciting Night Glow on Friday night and a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday. There will be dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours and children’s activities available.
Now in its second year, the Up, Up & Away 5K welcomes both serious and recreational runners/walkers to participate on the beautiful campus of Kent State University at Stark on July 28.
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Wednesday, August 1 |10 to 11:30 a.m. | Canton For the 19th straight year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will begin with Play Football First Play during which 3,000 children form a human chain and pass a football along a 3-mile route from the location in downtown Canton where the National Football League was founded in 1920 to the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Friday, August 3 |11:15 a.m. Pro Football Hall of Fame Fans will have the special opportunity to witness a gathering of the game’s immortals to celebrate excellence at this photo op on the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The public is invited to this free event and encouraged to capture the moment and share their pictures on social media.
PLAY FOOTBALL SKILLS CAMP Wednesday, August 1 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Youth Sports Complex, Pro Football Hall of Fame The Play Football “Skills Camp,” for children ages 11 to 14, will feature football activities designed for all skill levels. Gold Jackets will be on field to assist and encourage camp participants.
HOF FUN FEST & BEER FEST Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 | Times vary by day | Pro Football Hall of Fame campus HOF Fun Fest is free and open to the public. Fans will enjoy DJs, live bands, Gold Jacket Chalk Talks, special guest appearances, inflatables, games and contests every day. Beer Fest features the latest trends in ice cold beverages and will be featuring a Class of 2018 collectable, limited-edition beer stein.
CLASS OF 2018 AUTOGRAPH SESSION Thursday, August 2 | 3:30 p.m. Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center Preserve your football memories with autographs from the Class of 2018 as they visit Canton for the 2018 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
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Thursday, August 2 | 8 p.m. Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium Unlike other NFL games, the Hall of Fame Game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a brand new, state-of-the-art, NFL-quality stadium right here in Canton. Enthusiastic fans will cheer on the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears. If you’ve never experienced seeing an NFL game up this close, you won’t want to miss out.
FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON Friday, August 3 | 11:30 a.m. Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center Guests will enjoy delicious wine, lunch and a decadent dessert, followed by a show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between. The season’s hottest fashions will be provided by local and regional stores and will showcase both male and female models. Lots of fun and lively entertainment will be enjoyed as well!
ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER Friday, August 3 | 5 p.m. Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center Guests at the 2018 event will witness the Class of 2018 Enshrinees receive their gold jackets, one of three iconic symbols of induction—the other two being the bronze bust and the ring. The evening will begin with a cocktail party and a delicious dinner prior to the crowd offering warm congratulations to the Class of 2018, along with many Gold Jackets who will be in town to celebrate and to welcome the newest members. Truly a night to remember, the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner is a fantastic event.
THE CANTON REPOSITORY GRAND PARADE Saturday, August 4 | 8 a.m. | downtown Canton More than 200,000 spectators will gather along a 2.2-mile stretch of Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2018 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands also will dazzle the crowd.
RETURNING GOLD JACKETS AUTOGRAPH SESSION PRESENTED BY PANINI Saturday, August 4 | noon to 4:45 p.m. Pro Football Hall of Fame Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the 2018 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY Saturday, August 4 | 7 p.m. Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium The apex of the entire celebration is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members assume their rightful place among pro football’s elite.
ENSHRINEES’ ROUNDTABLE Sunday, August 5 | 12:30 p.m. Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center At this unscripted and up-close-and-personal event, enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers. An NFL Network broadcaster will host the festivities as an entertaining emcee. Enjoy a delicious lunch followed by epic stories from your favorite enshrinees. Once you attend this fan favorite, you’ll never want to miss it again!
CONCERT FOR LEGENDS Sunday, August 5 | 8 p.m. Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert for Legends will feature megafavorite Maroon 5!
DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION TOUR OF CHAMPIONS Monday, August 6 | 7:30 p.m. Paul Brown Tiger Stadium The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps. Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more. *Dates and times are subject to change. Check event websites for the most up-to-date information.
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HE SWALDO FAMILY, which owns Gervasi Vineyard, is known for creating fine wines, and much like its wines, it continues to create the perfect place to enjoy wine, food and more, a slice of Tuscany in Canton. The family-owned vineyard is expanding its operations by building a distillery and boutique villa-style hotel. The concept of a distillery was considered when the family purchased The Twisted Olive four years ago. “However, at the time, the Ohio liquor laws prohibited a winery to host a distillery, and offering food and beverage with spirits was not permitted,” said Nichole Cardinale, director of sales and marketing for Gervasi. Laws have changed, and now a distillery can be housed on the same property with a winery, and food may be served with spirits. The new distillery, known as The Still House at Gervasi Vineyard, is patterned after its sister winery: The Crush House. The Still House will offer not only Gervasi-crafted liquors, but also high-end specialty spirits. A master distiller will create Gervasi brand bourbons, whiskeys, vodka, gin and more. An evening at The Still House will include craft cocktails, observing the distilling process and a cigar lounge. When the morning sun rises on the vineyard, the distillery becomes a coffee house––GV Caffe––serving Gervasi’s branded coffee including a GV custom house blend not available anywhere else.
The Caffe also will serve a medium roast, Italian Abruzzo style, and 100 percent Arabica Beans will be available in regular or decaf. The coffee house will offer products for sale by the bag and K-cups. The church-like structure will be 10,000 square feet and designed like a mission-style church. The open concept will be accented with wide beams and pendant lights. The outside cigar lounge will overlook the peaceful estate. The idea behind the distillery with the cigar lounge is to “capture a new audience and broaden our customer base with a focus on men and millennials,” Cardinale said. As a resort destination, the owners wanted to offer additional entertainment options for guests. “The timing was right to build a distillery on the Gervasi estate. The Still House will create a new destination for out-of-town guests that will continue to put Canton, Ohio, on the map for tourists,” said Scott
Swaldo, general manager and proprietor. A need for more hotel rooms was evident, and the plans were drawn for The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard—an 18,000-square-foot Tuscany style boutique hotel adding 24 luxurious suites, much like the Villas currently located on the property. The Casa will feature a shared lobby, an exercise facility, in-room services and amenities that lend themselves to the Gervasi feel, including in-room fireplaces, heated tile floors, heated towel bars and grand showers. Guests can exit their suite to a covered veranda creating an access to a private courtyard, pond and gardens. Breakfast will be served Italian style with a choice of five continental breakfasts delivered to the guest suite. The Still House and Casa complement the Gervasi village and Tuscany-like setting. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018 or early 2019.
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New health care coverage option for small businesses THROUGH THE CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER By Collyn Floyd
he Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and AultCare, a Stark County-based health plan provider, have partnered to offer health care coverage for small businesses in Stark, Carroll, Holmes, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. The Chamber is bringing an affordable health care coverage option administered by AultCare to the small-business community called the Canton Regional Chamber Health Fund. This is a self-funded plan made possible through a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) and is designed to offer small businesses a competitive option in the health care marketplace. The Canton Regional Chamber Health Fund offers medically underwritten rates for small group employers with two to 50 employees that may be less expensive than a community rated plan through the Affordable Care Act. This provides the Chamber an opportunity to not only offer a health care coverage option to existing and potential small-business members, but keep health care dollars predominantly in Stark County. The plan utilizes AultCare’s provider network, and all benefits are administered by AultCare. “After nearly a year of planning CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER HEALTH FUND and going through a comprehensive approval process, our Chamber is PRODUCT OVERVIEW ELIGIBLE EMPLOYERS BENEFIT PLAN OPTIONS pleased to offer an affordable, qual• Small group coverage • 2 to 50 eligible employees 9 plan options: ity health plan to our business com• Self-funded plan with fixed • 75 percent minimum partici• Traditional co-pay plans munity. Not only does this plan help monthly payments pation requirement • Consumer Driven Health small businesses potentially save • Groups are not subject to • 50 percent minimum emPlans/Health Savings Account money, but it supports local jobs by Affordable Care Act commuployer contribution for single (HSA) Compatible utilizing AultCare, which is based nity rating cove ration Ancillary product offerings: here in Stark County,” said Dennis • Benefits administered by • Member in good standing • Dental coverage Saunier, president and CEO of the AultCare with the Canton Regional • Vision coverage Canton Regional Chamber. • AultCare Provider Network Chamber of Commerce Since it launched in February 2018, more than 500 lives are To obtain health care coverage through already being covered through the health nity. We are happy to partner with the fund. AultCare projects that a few thou- Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce the Canton Regional Chamber Health sand people will participate by the end of on this initiative, which gives small Fund, businesses must be a member in 2018. MEWAs are gaining in popularity businesses more options when it comes good standing with the Canton Regional across the country, and AultCare sought to quality health care plans,” said Rick Chamber of Commerce, which includes out the Chamber as an ideal local organi- Haines, president and CEO of AultCare. being up-to-date on membership dues. Participants can choose from nine The Health Fund is exclusive to Canton zation to serve as a plan sponsor, which is required by the Ohio Department of plans, ranging from traditional co-pay Regional Chamber members. plans to health savings account-compatAdditional product and eligibility inforInsurance. “AultCare has always been proud to ible plans. Ancillary products including mation is available at aultcare.com/mewa or by calling AultCare at 330-363-6390. help support and strengthen our commu- dental and vision are available.
Leadership reveals itself in many forms. Each of us at Aultman is driven to help each of you who grant us your trust. All of us are devoted to leading the community, our community, to improved health. With a healthy dose of care.
Now accepting most major insurance plans. ÂŠ 2017 The Aultman Health Foundation. All rights reserved.
AREA CONTACT INFO Mayor: Alan C. Andreani Alliance Area Chamber: www.AllianceOhioChamber.org Alliance Area Development Foundation: www.AllianceADF.com City of Alliance: www.CityofAlliance.com
Mayor: Joe Schultz City of Canal Fulton: www.CityofCanalFulton-oh.gov Canal Fulton Chamber: www.CanalFultonChamber.org
Mayor: Tom Bernabei City of Canton: www.CantonOhio.gov Canton Regional Chamber: www.CantonChamber.org
Mayor: Cynthia Billings Village of Hartville: www.HartvilleOh.com
Board of Trustees President: Todd J. Hawke Jackson Township: www.jacksontwp.com
Board of Trustees President: John Arnold Lake Township: www.laketwpstarkco.com Lake Township Chamber: www.LakeChamber.com
Mayor: Patricia Fallot City of Louisville: www.LouisvilleOhio.com Louisville Area Chamber: www. LouisvilleOHChamber.com
Mayor: James Waller Village of Minerva: www.ci.minerva.oh.us Minerva Chamber: www.MinervaChamber.org
Mayor: David J. Held City of North Canton: www.NorthCantonOhio.gov North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce: www.NorthCantonChamber.org
Board of Trustees President: Scott Haws Plain Township: www.PlainTownship.com
Mayor: Kathy Catazaro-Perry City of Massillon: www.MassillonOhio.com Massillon Area Chamber: www.MassillonohChamber.com Massillon Development Foundation: www.MassillonDevelopment.com
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS IN NORTHEAST OHIO Akron Art Museum
Cleveland Brownsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FirstEnergy Stadium
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Brecksville
Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland
Hale Farm and Village, Peninsula
Progressive Field (home to Cleveland Indians)
Quicken Loans Arena (home to Cleveland Cavaliers)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron
Trumpet in the Land, New Philadelphia
University Circle museums, Cleveland
Warther Museum, Dover
AULTMAN COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES 2600 Sixth St. SW Canton, 44710 www.aultmancollege.edu Phone: 330-363-6347 Fax: 330-580-6654
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK 6000 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, 44720 www.stark.kent.edu Phone: 330-499-9600
MALONE UNIVERSITY 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, 44709 www.malone.edu Phone: 800-521-1146
STARK STATE COLLEGE 6200 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, 44720 www.starkstate.edu Phone: 330-494-6170
UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION 1972 Clark Ave. Alliance, 44601 www.mountunion.edu Phone: 800-992-6682
WALSH UNIVERSITY 2020 E. Maple St. North Canton, 44720 www.walsh.edu Phone: 800-362-9846 | 330-490-7090
NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY 4209 State Rt. 44 Rootstown, 44272 www.neomed.edu Phone: 800-686-2511
EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP
STARK COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER The Stark County Educational Service Center is committed to meeting Stark County school district needs by providing quality educational support and services for more than 60,000 diverse, wide-ranging students in Stark County. StarkCountyESC.org, 330-492-8136.
STARK COUNTY Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, engages and educates Stark County’s community leaders through a range of programs tailored to meet business and community needs. LSC works with community organizations to identify, prepare and position graduates for leadership within these organizations.The result is a core of motivated leaders with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship. www.LeadershipStarkCounty.org, 330-456-7253.
STARK EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP The Stark Education Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit education-reform support organization in Stark County, crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The partnership collaborates with educators, business and community and
The University of Akron produces some of the most sought-after, job–ready graduates in the region. Students in our internship and co-op programs gain valuable work experience with local employers, including Diebold Nixdorf, FirstEnergy Corp., The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, The Timken Company and TimkenSteel. UA offers certificate, associates and bachelor’s degree programs, leading to Ohio’s most in-demand jobs.
For a complete list of majors and to schedule a visit, go to uakron.edu/visit. “I did three co-op rotations while at UA, and I am starting my career
with a top-tier orthopedic medical device company after graduation.” - Cori Fidler, biomedical engineering
civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education. www.EDPartner.org, 330-452-0829. YSTARK! ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is Stark County’s dynamic young professional initiative. The organization works to attract, retain and engage young professionals, ultimately developing an involved and educated workforce for area businesses through programs, networking opportunities and educational engagement. ystark! program highlights include the Twenty under 40! awards and the Fellowship Program with local businesses. www.ystark.org, 330-456-7253.
CANTON/STARK COUNTY BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of nearly 1,900 businesses dedicated to the advancement of the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of Stark County. Since 1914, the Chamber has worked to advance business and develop community through partnerships, programs, services and events to achieve economic growth for Canton/Stark County. www.CantonChamber.org, 330-456-7253.
CANTON DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP The Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a coalition of area development organizations and city government that share an interest in downtown Canton’s continual improvement, revitalization, image and quality of life for its citizens. Partner organizations include the Canton Regional Chamber, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Downtown Canton Land Bank, Canton Tomorrow Inc., and the city of Canton. www.DowntownCanton.com, 330-456-7253.
CANTON/STARK COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS’ BUREAU Visit Canton, the Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, is here to assist you in your travels to our area.Whether you are organizing a tour group, a convention or sporting event,Visit Canton has professional staff members ready to assist in your planning.They service the community by attracting tourists, convention and meeting planners and sporting events to the Stark County area and operating the Visitor Information Center. www.VisitCanton.com, 800-552-6051.
CITY OF CANTON Canton is home to well-known national landmarks such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and national monument, and the National First Ladies’ Library and Research Center. Mayor Thomas Bernabei is aggressively pursuing new companies and businesses to the city. Canton has a wide variety of attributes that make the city a smart location for companies of all shapes, sizes and industries, and the city has programs that provide incentives for business location, relocation or expansion. www.CantonOhio.gov, 330-489-3283.
ShaleDirectories.com is an online directory that connects oil and gas industry operators, their employees and families with local business. ShaleDirectories.com provides a comprehensive list of local businesses that can serve the E&P companies and oil-field service companies in the Marcellus and Utica shale region. www. shaledirectories.com.
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SHALEMART.COM Local source for Ohio shale and other related business directories. ShaleMart.com focuses on providing local resources for the shale and energy worker market. Users are the men and women employed in the shale job indu try who need resources and are often new to the area. www.shalemart.com.
SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH NETWORK The Small Business Growth Network brings together the resources, organization, infrastructure and content to allow new and existing businesses and non-profit organizations to create, grow and sustain a vibrant community in the Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Holmes and Harrison county region. www.CantonChamber.org, 330-595-4575.
STARK AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY SARTA provides more than 2.4 million rides a year in Stark County through fixed route and Proline services. Its goal is to ensure that Stark County residents, including employees, students, seniors and disabled individuals, have access to a quality transportation system that is reliable and affordable. www.SARTAOnline.com, 330-47-SARTA.
THANKS TO OUR ADVANTAGE CANTON PARTNERS Thank you to all the members of Advantage Canton, a group of strategic investment partners that support the mission of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce of leading the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation. Advantage Cantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development program is an investment in creating a stronger local economy which is good for everyone in Stark County.
AultCare Aultman Dominion Energy Employers Health Hilscher-Clarke Electric Huntington Kenan Advantage Group Key Bank
MAGNET Northeast Ohio Medical University PNC Bank The Canton Repository Sugardale Synchrony The City of Canton The Timken Company
AEP Ohio Belden Brick Brewster Cheese Consumer National Bank Fifth Third Bank Home Savings Bank
JP Morgan Chase & Co. Kent State University at Stark M. Conley Company Malone University TimkenSteel
For information regarding Advantage Canton, contact Michael Gill,VP of Economic Development at 330-458-2090.
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STARK COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS The Stark County Association of Realtors®, proudly serving the Realtors®, home-buyers and home sellers of Stark County, strives to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and to promote the preservation of the right to own, use and transfer real property. www.StarkRealtors.com, 330-494-5630.
STARK COUNTY BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION The Building Industry Association of Stark County is a nonprofit trade association affiliated with the Ohio Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. Chartered in 1945, the BIA represents and promotes the interests and concerns of the building industry and the community. The organization provides Stark County consumers and businesses with a directory of member builders. www.BIAStark.com, 330-494-5700.
STARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Stark Community Foundation has been the community’s trusted partner in giving for nearly 650 individuals, families, businesses and communities that have created funds to impact the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Since 1963, the foundation has granted more than $136 million to nonprofit organizations. Stark Community Foundation ranks in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the United States today. www.StarkCF.org, 330-454-3426.
STARK ENTREPRENEURSHIP ALLIANCE
The Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance is a virtual network to assist startup, early-stage and small/medium-size companies in the Stark County area. Their goal is to be a single point of entry for companies seeking assistance in their formation, growth and sustained viability. www.starkentalliance.com, 330-543-7637.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT JOBSOHIO
JobsOhio is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to lead Ohio’s job-creation efforts by singularly focusing on attracting and retaining jobs, with an emphasis on strategic industry sectors. JobsOhio is your ambassador. www.Jobs-Ohio.com, 614-224-6446.
MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, supports, educates and champions manufacturing, with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. The organization helps manufacturers adopt innovative techniques, and increase productivity and global access. www.magnetwork.org, 800-669-2267.
BUSINESS RESOURCE NETWORK
The Business Resource Network aggregates resources to bring Stark,Tuscarawas and surrounding county businesses specialized services, funding through grants and loans and staffing options any company can access and use to do business better. www.thebrn.net, 855-669-4726.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Canton.SCORE.org, 330-244-3280.
The Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark is a fully funded nonprofit organization devoted to helping small businesses grow and individuals start new small businesses through training programs and consultation sessions. www.CantonSBDC.org, 330-244-3290.
The Stark County Minority Business Association fosters development and growth of minority-owned businesses. starkminoritybusiness.org, 330-455-6385.
OhioMeansJobs, formerly the Employment Source, is northeastern Ohio’s premier workforce development and training center, connecting job seekers with employers by providing numerous resources. omjwork.com, 330-433-9675.
REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR FUTURE
The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of philanthropic organizations and individuals that have united to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio through grantmaking, research and civic engagement. www. FutureFundNEO.org, 216-456-9800.
Jumpstart provides intensive assistance and service to Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs, and selectively invests in the highest-potential companies. www.JumpstartInc.org, 216-363-3400.
The Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium is a multicounty regional economic development partnership that works collaboratively in the region with the goal of attracting capital investment and jobs to Northeast Ohio through the administration of Foreign-Trade Zone 181. www.NEOTEC.org, 330-672-4080.
OHIO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AGENCY
Working with partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Development Services Agency works to attract, create, grow and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. www.Development.Ohio.gov, 800-848-1300.
TeamNEO serves companies and site consultants by acting as the single point of entry into the 16-county Cleveland Plus region, and then works with counties and communities to ensure seamless attraction into Northeast Ohio. www.ClevelandPlusBusiness.com, 216-363-5400.
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STARK COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
STARK COUNTY SAFETY COUNCIL
STARK COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY
STARK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Whether you are new to the human resources field or have years of experience, Stark County Human Resources Association is a local star ting point for networking, information, professional development and continued suppor t of excellence in human resources. The organization, founded in 1944, is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Stark.SHRM.org, 330-451-8670.
The Stark County Por t Authority helps to provide the Greater Stark County area with an economic development tool for new capital investment, job creation and retention. The organization helps create and preser ve jobs through a wide variety of financing, real estate and foreign trade zone programs. www.StarkCoOhio.com, 330-453-5900.
The Canton Regional Chamber, with suppor t from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, administers Stark County Safety Council, the No. 1-ranked safety council in the state of Ohio. The safety council provides a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in Stark County, through leadership, innovation, facilitation, programs and suppor t. www.StarkCountySafetyCouncil.org, 330-4567253.
Tim Putman 330-495-0600
Wick Hartung 330-495-0601
Steve Marcelli 330-327-5834
Stark County Regional Planning Commission improves the quality of life in Stark County and its communities through an effective regional forum characterized by communication, collaboration, facilitation and planning assistance. The organization includes metropolitan planning, community development and engineering depar tments. www.Co.Stark.OH.us, 330-451-7389.
The Stark Economic Development Board is a private, nonprofit corporation created to help local companies grow and expand. In addition, it actively seeks to attract new business investments to Stark County, one of the most economically viable areas in Nor theast Ohio, as well as to advocate for workforce development. www.StarkCoOhio.com, 330-453-5900.
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INCUBOX helps companies in the region grow from concept to star t-up to early stage to fullon market expansion. We provide advice and connections to resources, local and regional, connecting students and community-based entrepreneurs to the real world environment. INCUBOX accommodates both physical and vir tual companies of any type including those that have no tech, low tech and high tech. www. mountunion.edu/incubox 330-829-6804.
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PHOTO BY MICHAEL BARATH BLUES FEST Fans listen to blues music at the Canton Blues Fest on Market Square in downtown Canton on June 8, 2018.