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PROGRESS Construction Industry Utilities

Second of Four Sections • Thursday, February 21, 2013


Editorial index Air Handling Equipment ...........13 Area Energy and Electric Inc. ..............................12 Choice One ....................................2 Continental Express Inc.............14 Cotterman & Company ..............11 Crale Builders Inc.........................4 Dickman Supply .........................16 Electro Controls ..........................20 Elite Enclosure ...........................15 Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.......................22 Father Hubbard's Cupboards LLC..........................3 FDL Automation & Supply ........17 Ferguson Construction Company ....................................5 Freshway Foods ..........................23 Freytag & Associates ....................7 Holloway Sportswear..................15 Honda of America .......................38 Kard Group .................................18 Kirk NationaLease .....................19 Lacal Equipment Inc. .................25 LaserFab .....................................28

Low Voltage Solutions ..................8 New Knoxville Supply ..................9 NK Parts Industries Inc. ............26 NK Telco Inc................................34 Ratermann Custom Home Builders .........................10 Shaffer Metal Fab Inc.................24 Sidney Body CARSTAR..............32 Sidney Electric Co. .....................30 Sidney Tool & Die Inc. ................29 Sollmann Electric Company ......31 Wayne Trail.................................32 Westerheide Construction Company ..................................11 Western Ohio Cut Stone.............33

Advertising index A & B Machine............................38 Advanced Composites.................19 Agrana Fruit US, Inc..................34 Apple Farm Services...................13 Area Wireless .................................. Barker Insurance Agency...........32 Broker’s Real Estate Inc....13 & 27 Buckeye Ford ..............................26 Clancy’s .......................................26

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Copeland Corporation ..................9 Cotterman & Co., Inc..................20 Dorothy Love Retirement Community 9 ........................11 Dr. Lee's Stoves & Saddles .........15 Edison State Community College ......................................18 Emerson Wagner Realty ..............................36 & 37 FDL Automation.........................33 Fair Haven Shelby County Home 4 Father Hubbard’s Cupboard ......34 Ferguson Construction ...............17 Francis Furniture .......................29 Freshway Foods ............................8 Fultz Warehouse Carpets...........18 Gagel’s Plumbing & Heating .......5 Gateway Arts Council.................34 Greve Drywall & Painting............6 Greve Electrical & Plumbing .....35 Hampton Inn Sidney ..................28 Helman Brothers Body Shop .....23 Honda of America, Mfg...............21 HR Associates Personnel Service .......................................... Lacal ..............................................7 Laser Fab Technologies ................2 Lochard’s Inc. ..............................35

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Midwest Maintenance ..................3 Mutual Federal Savings Bank .....7 New Knoxville Supply ................23 NKTelco, Inc................................24 Osgood State Bank .....................39 People’s Federal Savings & Loan35 Perry Pro Tech ............................14 Ply Gem.......................................30 Primecare Physicians of West Central Ohio ............................16 S & H Products .............................6 Schmiesing Refrigeration...........16 Shelby County Library ...............12 Shreves Construction .................31 Sidney Body Carstar ..................10 Sidney Electric Co. .....................25 Sidney Inn.....................................3 The Pavilion Care Center.............8 The Spot of Sidney......................16 Upper Valley Career Center.......28 VPP Industries ...........................17 Valentine Vision (Dr. Phillip Valentine) 26 Westaff.........................................23 Western Ohio Cut Stone.............32 Wilson Memorial Hospital ........ 40 Wissman Door Sales...................22

‘Choice Mindsets’ joins blog LaserFab is a precision sheet metal fabrication business specializing in low-to-medium-volume production parts and assemblies for the heavy truck and bus industry, recreation and specialty vehicles, and the food equipment industry. Our Quality Control System is registered ISO 9001:2008. We continue to work toward TS:16949 quality standards that will insure superior service and quality products to customers.

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Choice One Engineering celebrated its 18th year in business and continues to m a k e t h e i r public and priv a t e client’s lives eas- Schroeder ier in an enjoyable atmosphere. The past year was Choice One Engineering’s best year ever, proving to be a year of growth and success for the company and its employees. To share Choice One See CHOICE/Page 5

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Father Hubbard’s showroom features latest trends Father Hubbard’s Cupboards LLC continues to see remodeling on an upward trend. “ F a ther Hubbard’s C u p boards, LLC is loEilerman cated at 128 W. Russell Road,” said owner Mike Eilerman. “Stop in to see our new displays with some of the latest trends in cabinets and countertops. We also have showers, tub showers, and corner showers on display. We have an experienced and efficient

staff who deliver a high level of service to our customers.” His report continues: When you visit our 2,800-square-foot showroom, you will see that we carry everything you need to make a kitchen, bathroom complete. Whether you do the installation yourself or have Father Hubbard’s install, we offer a great selection of cabinets to choose from and are very competitive in our pricing. We have displays of Wellborn Kitchen and Bath Cabinets, Schrock cabinets and vanities for customers to choose from. We also sell Kitchen Kompact cabinets. Well-

born Cabinet is our featured line of cabinets made in Ashland, Alabama and also seen on HGTV. They are the largest family-owned cabinet company in the United States. We also display Quartz, Granite, Corian and Formica countertops. Stone countertops include LG Viatera Quartz, Cambria, Hanstone, Silestone, Dupont Zodiaq & granite. Solid surfaces such as Corian, LG HiMacs and the traditional Formica countertops are also available. Bath vanity countertops are available in all of the above plus Marble Arch cultured marble vanity

countertops. To complete your kitchen or bath, we carry Amerock and Jeffrey Alexander cabinet hardware. Over half of Father Hubbard’s business involves bath remodeling such as: replacement of tub/shower units, seated shower units all of which are on display or adding grab bars for safety and security. We have a new Aker by Maax seated shower that is proving very popular with customers. Also on display are Gerber Comfort Height toilets, Moen, American Standard and Delta kitchen and bath faucets. We also carry the new Panasonic

Whisper Quiet bath fans. Cardinal Shower doors, purchased directly from the manufacturer, complete our bathroom line. Father Hubbard’s Cupboards, LLC has been in business since January of 2001. I took ownership of the business April 1, 2004. I have been with the business since its beginning.My wife, Kim, specializes in the computer design. She also consults with customers on final color layouts. My 22 years experience in the cabinet making business, combined with some of the latest design technology, allows Father Hubbard’s

to be competitive in today’s market. We strive to be competitive in the market. We have researched the brands we carry so we can offer high quality products that fit in our customer’s budget. Father Hubbard’s Cupboards, LLC is an authorized, Cambria Quartz, LG Viatera Quartz, Hanstone Quartz, Dupont Zodiaq Quartz, Corian Solid Surface, and LG HiMacs countertop showroom dealer. We specialize in the design and installation of kitchen, bath, laundry room, and basement cabinets. We also do all See FATHER/Page 9

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Crale Builders committed to its clients Crale Builders Inc. is a general contractor specializing in residential and light commercial construction since 1995. The owners of the company, Craig Kuck and Dale Bensman, have been committed to offering quality products and services in the communities that the company serves. “We utilize a staff of qualified and experienced design and construction professionals and choose subcontractors and material suppliers who share in our commitment to customer satisfaction,” said Kuck and Bensman. “From concept to completion, Crale Builders offers ‘total project development services’ which includes design and drafting services, construction management and general contracting on a professional yet personal basis.” Their report continues: Crale is committed to achieving the highest level of craftsmanship, quality, and productivity. This past year we have continued to diversify our offerings to new and existing residential customers. We have completed and are working on projects in Auglaize, Shelby, Miami County, and the Indian Lake area. We have completed design and construction of new homes, detached garages, major remodel projects, and numerous small jobs. Our small projects have consisted of siding, roofing, window replacement, deck con-

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THIS HOME on Winter Ridge was one of the projects completed by Crale Builders in 2012. struction, concrete, and insurance work. After the wind storm earlier in the year, we serviced many customers with repairs and total roof replacements. We also offer

dozer, skid loader, and snow plow services. We have also continued construction in our Townhome development in Plum Creek Estates, located in the north east

end of Plumb Ridge. We currently have a Sold unit under construction and a three bedroom and two bedroom available for sale. We have increasingly served commercial

and industrial customers in the past year. Crale has been involved in the design, drafting of plans, permitting, and construction of small and large commercial offices. We have proven that we can complete these projects with the expertise and knowledge required, yet at an affordable price to our customers. We have also completed large concrete replacement projects, interior remodel work of offices, and service repairs for several local businesses. We have focused on responding quickly to any repair request, so that our customers can continue with their normal business ac-

tivities. In the village of Anna, we remodeled the park bathrooms and are currently working on repairs to the Village Police Station. We also completed a 2,220-squarefoot commercial facility, which is home to The Village Salon and Spa. We currently have projects ready to start and we are in the design and drafting process with new potential customers. We are looking forward to another year of working with new and past customers to manage the services that they require. The company is located at 3486 State Route 29, Sidney.

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CHOICE Engineering’s somewhat “eccentric” culture, the company deploys “Choice Mindsets,” a biweekly email/blog. Off – the-wall, ridiculous quotes and photos are taken from the daily working lives of the engineers, surveyors, and support staff and are “highlighted” in the blog, giving everyone at and working with the company an opportunity to laugh together. “Choice Mindsets” can be found online at Choice One Engineering operates offices in Sidney and Loveland. This past year, Choice One Engineering celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Loveland office. President Tony Schroeder described why it was important to open an additional office. “With the opening of the Loveland office, we have expanded our client base to southwestern Ohio and we have been able to be more responsive to those in and around that area. We are appreciative that the region has put their trust in us to deliver superior work.” His report continues: The year 2012 was also highlighted with

From Page 2 company revenue goals surpassed each month, an increase of clients, as well as an increase of workflow. In March, the 12th annual Hog Roast and Municipal Cup Tournament was held with the village of St. Paris taking the trophy. In September, Choice One employees were treated to an afternoon of fun at Scene 75 in Vandalia for donating an average of $757.50 per person to the United Way. Choice One Engineering’s success is reflected through various project accomplishments in 2012 that included the completion of the Preble County Landfill Leachate Project, Fourth Street Reconstruction, Phase II in Minster, Lime Slaker Replacement in Kenton, Sawmill Road and Hickory Drive Improvements in Fort Loramie, North West Street Phase 2 Reconstruction, South Center Street, and Safe Routes to School Phase 2 in Versailles, Lincoln Street Reconstruction Phase II in Ada, East Auglaize Reconstruction Project in Wapakoneta, Lawn, Jackson and Grove Water Main Replacement and Cherry and Mound Water Main Replacement in Bluffton, Abbott Park Way/Inter-

state Crossings Project and Franklin Street in Tipp City, Main Street Curb and Gutter in Buckland and the Kettlersville Sanitary Sewer. Choice One Engineering is looking forward to ongoing and new municipal projects in 2013. Some of the projects include Lima Avenue Reconstruction Phase II in Ada, Downtown Utilities and Streetscape, W. Dow Street Reconstruction, and Westedge Avenue Waterline Replacement in Tipp City, Christopher Circle Reconstruction in Ada, Wapakoneta Avenue Reconstruction Phase II in Sidney, Ohio 235 Widening in New Carlisle, York Commons Sidewalk Project in Butler Township, Montgomery County, BranchHill Guinea Pike Improvements and Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Improvements in Miami Township, Clermont County, Underwater World Drainage in Deerfield Township, Warren County, West Main Street Reconstruction in Van Wert, Ohio 185 Relocation in Versailles, Safe Routes to School Phase 2 in Wapakoneta, Combined Sewer Separation and Railroad Street Sewer Separation in Fort Re-


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Ferguson receives award from Honda Ferguson Construction Company celebrated 92 years of business in 2012. Ferg u s o n w a s started in 1920 by Murray Ferguson, and has Givens built a reputation for quality projects and superb customer service and satisfaction ever since. FCC strives to exceed expectations, contribute within the local community, and maintain a standard of safety and success in each and every development we undertake. President Martin L. “Mick” Given has submitted the following report: Major accomplishments for Ferguson included winning a 2011 regional construction Award of Excellence for the Jamestown Medical Center Renovation, which won a first place Eagle Award from the Ohio Valley Chapter of ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors). The project involved transforming an abandoned manufacturing facility, formerly known as Jamestown Plastic Molders, into a modern medical center for the local Jamestown community. Honda of America recognized Ferguson with their MRO Special Recognition Award in 2012. Steady rain caused the loss of 32 days during the construction of a

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A CRANE for Ferguson Construction is silhouetted in the setting sun on a construction site where the company was working. parts consolidation center at Honda’s engine plant. Ferguson and its subcontractors overcame the lost time and kept the project on schedule. Additionally, Butler Manufacturing awarded Ferguson with the Million Dollar Builder and High Performance Awards in 2011. Ferguson experienced stronger than anticipated activity within the private sector during the past year. Projects in the northern region were largely fueled by the commitment from Honda of America to manufacturing in North America. Ferguson continued work in all of the primary Honda plants, as well as conducting projects for first and second tier suppliers such as: Celina Aluminum Precision

Technologies, Kalida Manufacturing Inc., Hexa Americas Inc., Florida Production Engineering Inc., Midwest Express Inc. and AAP St. Marys Corporation. We continued working for private universities throughout 2012; contracting to design and build two residence halls for Cedarville University. As well, Phase I of a major renovation for the

Science Center at the University of Dayton was completed, while Phase II of the project will be finished in the summer of 2013. Ferguson’s substantial 2012 commercial projects include: the completion of a 37,500 square foot new facility for Brookside Laboratories, renovations for Buckeye Ford at London and Sidney locations, and renovations for Dan Hemm Auto Mall, Hayward Distributing, and Food Safety Net Services. In addition to our commercial portfolio, notable industrial projects throughout the last year involved: significant expansions at Grob Systems, Hydro Aluminum North America, Production Products Inc., B-K Design and Tool, Electro Controls, Midmark Corp., Select Industries and CIL Isotopes. Ferguson also experienced healthcare-related success, with completed projects for Premier Health Partners in the Dayton area. We have also added Mercy Health Partners, headquartered in Cincinnati, to our client list. A special project of

note in 2012 was the design and construction of the headquarters and data center for DataYard. The company is one of the largest stateof-the-art data centers that provides dependable internet access, server co-location, and scalable cloud computing infrastructure to its clients. Throughout the course of the year, Ferguson still maintained a fiscally conservative plan and the overall projections were adjusted correctly to meet the economic conditions. Our sound performance in 2012 can be attributed to

all of our dedicated and talented personnel, including the entire office staff and our field labor crews. Ferguson’s success is a team effort, with our dedicated and experienced personnel working smart every day. As the economy still recovers, the commercial construction and private industries forecasts show good, yet slow growth throughout 2013. We continue to strategize the best methods and markets to pursue. With the strengths and capabilities of our employees, Ferguson will continue to work stronger, leaner, and smarter.

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Freytag honors key members of firm who passed away in 2012 emplified by a distinguished 62 year career before his retirement in the fall of 2009. His design talents are displayed in many buildings throughout Ohio including schools, churches, libraries, financial institutions and homes for family and friends. Many of his most notable and favorite projects can be seen by taking a drive through New Bremen Ohio and viewing several of the new and restored buildings that grace the village. Construction was completed on several building projects in 2012. The Otterbein-St. Marys Life Enrichment Center was a joint partnership between Otterbein and the YMCA open to community seniors. Amenities included a fully accessible warm water therapy pool, wellness center, exercise room, lounge, patio areas and library. Construction was also completed in 2012 on several projects for the Ohio HiPoint Career Center. We appreciate our longstanding business relationship with the school. Two school projects are nearing completion. Finishing touches are in process for a new K2 elementary school and 6-8 middle school in Bellefontaine. The 82,000-square-foot elementary building has a two-story plan and the

88,000-square-foot middle school has a three-story layout. A new K-8 facility is also nearing completion at Cory-Rawson Schools. The 58,000-square-foot building includes classrooms, library, dining, science labs and music. These buildings feature energy-efficient design with submission for LEED certification. Services for additional projects will continue in 2013 with both schools. Planning services were also provided for the New Bremen and Jackson Center Local Schools. Both districts are reviewing options for future facility improvements. We also assisted the Shelby County Educational Service Center on a successful grant application to study a Multi-purpose Training, Education and Business

Development Center. We greatly value our relationship with all the school districts we have had the pleasure to work with. Services were also provided to local governmental entities including Shelby County, Champaign County, the villages of New Bremen and Kalida. A new communication building is nearing completion for Shelby County emergency services. This was a cooperative effort including key individuals of County Engineer’s Office and Sheriff’s Office. Design services are also in process for improvements at the Champaign County Courthouse. We were pleased to work with several private sector clients. A restoration study was completed for St. Mary Catholic Parish in Chillicothe and the fund rais-

ing campaign will finish this spring. Master planning studies have begun with Fort Recovery Industries addressing facility needs for the company. Design services for facility improvements are also in process for Reliable Castings, MaMa Rosa’s and The Bridge Restau-

rant in Sidney. We are extremely grateful for our continued association with Crown Equipment Corporation spanning several decades. We thank all our valued clients, associates and friends and look forward to new challenges in 2013.

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Large projects keep Low Voltage Solutions on track in 2012 “Our business and families have been blessed in many ways this past year,” said Scott Huffman, owner of Low Voltage Soltuions. “With the commitment of an excellent staff, we were able to complete several large projects which kept our team plenty busy.: His report continues: One large project was equipping the city of

Piqua Municipal Power with their audio / video systems upon moving into their new building this past fall. This facepaced project included the completion of all the network cabling, training center and conference room audio/video systems, digital signage displays, shop paging system, and emergency services video monitors.

The training center will serve as the city’s emergency management center, complete with a motorized video display with simultaneous flat screen display and an interactive annotation tablet. Other notable audio/video projects completed in 2012 were Van Wert County Courthouse, Vantage Career Center and Van Wert El-

ementary School all in Van Wert, Joint Township Hospital in St Marys, and Aullwood Nature Center in Englewood. During the start of 2013, business continues to be steady as completion of large projects including million dollar plus houses in Logan and Miami counties will keep our skilled technicians busy into the spring and summer. Customers come to us for custom installation of

home theaters, whole house audio systems, security, home automation, & Sony flat screen TVs. The current technology is wonderfully amazing. For instance, we can install up to 32 rooms of sound in a home, all streaming individual music, controlled from Apple devices, computers, or Android devices. This eliminates the need for volume controls on the walls. Working with the builders, electrical con-

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New Knoxville Supply celebrates 81st anniversary have also completed service/installation training for Rheem equipment. Both WaterFurnace and Rheem have equipment that qualifies for the Federal Tax Credit. We also service and install Roberts-Gordon radiant tube heaters, including the Vantage heaters. If force air is not an option, we install and service Weil McLain boilers. We also offer a full line of plumbing fixture options to best suit your decor including Sterling, Aker, and Diamond tub and shower enclosures. Fixture brands including Delta, Kohler, Moen and Mansfield are on display in the showroom. For the customer who has water conditioning issues, we can service or install a well pump, water softener, iron filtration system or reverse osmosis water system. We are also an authorized Rheem water heater dealer. We can install and / or service residential and commercial water heaters. Recently we became a whole house generator dealer for Briggs and Stratton. Our certified electricians can size and

FATHER types of interior home remodeling from the simple faucet replacement to a total renovation with a one-year warranty. We also offer tile backsplashes to add a beautiful accent to your kitchen

install the correct generator for your home. For your business the electrical department can install energy efficient fluorescent lighting. Our retail showroom includes many items for the do it yourself or professional. A full line of plumbing, heating, and electrical fittings, supplies, connections and repair service parts are stocked or easy to order. Items also include a large assortment of nuts and bolts. Also in stock are standard and hard to find air filters, Photos provided rubber boots, gloves, THIS IS what the original New Knoxville Supply company looked like in 1931. sheet metal fittings The inset photo is what the building looks like today. sump and sewage pumps and water filters Contact New Knoxville Supply at (419) 753-2444 or visit us on the web at to see how we can help you “Go Green” in the future. You can stop in and see our large selection of items at 205 Industrial Park Drive, New Knoxville. Business hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. We offer service within a 35-mile radius.

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NEW KNOXVILLE The year 2012 marked New Knoxville Supply’s 81st year of business. “We are a full service plumbing, electrical, and HVAC contractor for residential, commercial and industrial applications,” said Rodney Kuck, part owner of the company. “Currently the company employs 15 personnel. “ His report continues: From the beginning, New Knoxville Supply has adapted to technology changes. In 1931, we sold and installed Delco gas lighting. In 2008, we became an authorized Water Furnace geothermal dealer. Water Furnace is an industry leader in geothermal technology. We can install the loop that best fits your landscape needs, horizontal, horizontal bore, vertical or open loop. We have technicians that have completed the factory authorized Service/Installation Technician Training School to understand how to maximize the efficiency of your geothermal equipment. Along with Water Furnace, we are an authorized Rheem HVAC dealer. Our technicians


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Ratermann Custom Home Builders makes home construction a wonderful experience attend new code and product seminars. By utilizing their talents fully, we are able to build our homes more efficiently. Our goal here at Ratermann Custom Home Builders is to make building homes a wonderful personal experience. All of the homes we build are customized to meet the needs and wants of our customers. Our floor plans are drawn inhouse on a CAD system that allows us to make changes very quickly. We are a ‘Green’ company, which means that we recycle or reuse materials so that there is no waste. We make an effort to include everything in our fully detailed estimate sheet as well as keeping up to date on all the new tax credits. This enables us to work with our customers on each and every detail from building permits and fees to landscaping. By paying close attention to these details, the whole building process goes smoother and is more enjoyable for our customers. Sidney Cabinets and Countertops, a division of Ratermann Custom Home Builders Inc., has also done well this past year. We design, build and install all types of wood products including cabinets, entertainment centers, fireplaces, mantles and stairways to suit all your needs.

We also design, build and install all brands of countertops including Corian, Formica, LG and Meganite. The new year looks promising for Ratermann Custom Home Builders, Inc., and we are looking forward to building more Town Homes in Stonebridge Estates. They are located in the Plum Ridge subdivision just off of Sidney Freyburg Road on Summer Field Trail and Arthur Court. We have plans for one and two story homes that you can check out for the next chapter in your life. We offer the following amenities in our upscale town homes: solid surface counter tops, Pella windows, central vacuum system, blown cellulous insulation, high efficiency HVAC system, energy efficient construction, basement or crawl space, first floor brick, and an extensive maintenance program including snow removal and lawn care. Stop by for a look at the homes we have built, check out the location and then call us at (937) 492-8922 for a walk through of the building process. Let us build your next home for carefree living. Visit our website at for a virtual tour of our Town Homes and other projects we have completed.

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“For more than 35 years Ratermann Custom Home Builders Inc. has been serving the community in which we live from our office at 1499 Riverside Drive in Sidney, Ohio,” said Franklin Ratermann, chief executive officer. “The economy has not slowed us down and we are forging ahead by constructing new homes and commercial buildings, working on large home remodel jobs and renovating commercial buildings. We not only work in Sidney, but in surrounding areas as well, including Auglaize, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties.” His report continues: Our employees play a major part in the success of our business. Their quality workmanship, teamwork and genuine interest in our customers is evident when viewing the final product. Their dedication to Ratermann Custom Homes and years of experience has given them time to develop their areas of expertise. For five years our company has received the 100 percent Achievement Award from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and the Shelby County Safety Council for outstanding safety performance in the workplace. Our employees have been certified in Infectious Control Training (ASHE) and regularly

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Growth and change for Westerheide Construction Company Westerheide Construction Company went through some exciting changes in 2012. As of September 2012 ownership was p a s s e d Westerheide from Tom Westerheide to his son Jay Westerheide. As part of the transition, the company name was

changed from Westerheide Developers Inc. back to Westerheide Construction Company which is the name the founder, Alfred (AJ) Westerheide, started with in 1952. “The name change more accurately describes the core of the business, which is ‘Construction’ rather than ‘Developers,’” said Jay Westerheide. “Although there are still development projects done by the Westerheide family,

they are done under new companies that have been formed for that specific purpose, like M&W Development and Fountainhead Investments, LLC.” His report continues: Since the beginning of Westerheide Construction Company, it has been known as a premier contractor for residential homes. And during the past 20 years they have also excelled in light commercial projects like professional of-

fices, medical buildings and financial institutes. Today the company has grown and expanded its services into industrial and government markets as well. They have taken on larger projects and acquired a pre-engineered metal building supplier to help service these markets. In fact due to the sluggish residential market, 80 percent of WCC’s sales are coming from either new construction or renovations in the commercial,

industrial, institutional and government markets. Some of the customers served in 2012 were Auglaize County Millwork for Courthouse Renovation, Parkway Schools - Stadium Building, Mercer County ESC, Logan County Fairgrounds, Emerson Climate Technologies, Wilson Memorial Hospital, Piqua High School and Perry Township. Westerheide Construction looks to continue its growth in

commercial, industrial, institutional and government work as well as maintaining its reputation as a premier residential contractor. WCC anticipates the upcoming year to be much like the past few years. Work will be scarce and the competition fierce. But with the ability to bid all types of construction projects Westerheide Construction is optimistic that it can remain a stable company with modest growth.

Cotterman & Company to celebrate 35th anniversary In the year 2013 Cotterman & Company will celebrate its 35th anniversary of roofing excellence. Cotterman & Company has been a pioneer in the commercial roofing industry since 1978. Family-owned and operated for two generations, the company installed and warranted more than 30,000,000 square feet of roofing. In the early years, the company had employed just a hand full of employees and serviced the Shelby/Auglaize County region. Currently, they have over 75 employees servicing the entire

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state of Ohio as well as eastern Indiana. The majority of their projects are located between Findlay, Dayton, and Columbus corridor. The second generation Andy and Mike Cotterman acquired full ownership in 2009 from Max R. Cotterman, their father and founder. The company

has continued substantial growth since the transaction. “We continue to operate under the core principles Max practiced. I believe this directly impacts our quality level of installations, which has lead to our success in the roofing industry. In addition to that, the hard work and dedication of the individual team members culminates, creating a winning recipe,” said Mike Cotterman. In 2012 Cotterman & Company received the most prestigious recognition in the commercial roofing industry. See COTTERMAN/Page 12



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Area Energy and Electric Inc. COTTERMAN experiences additional growth Area Energy and Electric reports a solid y e a r w i t h growth in several divisions. Area Energy has grown into a corpora- Weigandt tion that now includes multiple divisions which are spread out over seven different locations. “Our year end posted a corporation sales record this past year with a nice increase in margin,” reported Todd R. Weigandt, president. “Margin has been very tight over the past thirty six months with the tight economy and it is nice to see our margin percentage increase as the economy continues to improve.” His report continues: The corporation now

includes Area Energy and Electric, Inc., our electrical division, Regal Plumbing and Heating Company, our mechanical division, Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc., our low voltage/electronics division, Power Solutions Group, our engineering and high voltage division, and Area Wireless, our cell phone and dish network division. We offer a multi-layer of services that can be bundled into different packages that best fit our customer’s desires. This diversification in services allows us to offer more competitive pricing to our customers to help them complete their projects at a cost savings. Area completed multiple out of state projects in 2012 working in Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, West Vir-

ginia, and Kansas. Our largest out of state project was a brand new facility for McCarty Dairy, Inc. in Colby, Kansas, which produces and supplies dairy products to Dannon Yogurt Manufacturing facilities in Fort Worth, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. With our full time employment count now more than 350 employees, Area Energy and its divisions continue to service many local customers in the residential, commercial, and industrial markets. Local projects of interest now under construction or recently completed in 2012 include: Joint Township Hospital additions, Dannon Yogurt expansion, Honda Transmission Expansion, Bellefontaine Schools project, Whirlpool Expansion, Honda Anna expansion and renova-

tions, Worthington Steel addition, Nestle Inc. expansion, Honda Marysville expansion, Tomasco line install, Ahresty addition, Honda East Liberty expansion, Gamco renovation, and Continental Express new storage facility, just to name a few. Area Energy also continues to complete many residential wiring and HVAC projects and service calls within Shelby County and the surrounding area. Our team continues to work hard to earn your business and offer you a quality installation. We value all of the relationships that we have established with all local customers and accounts, and appreciate all of their loyal support. We invite you to give us a call for any of your electrical, plumbing, or HVAC needs.

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Carlisle Syntec, the leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, elected Cotterman to the Perfection Council. Only the top 15 contractors in North America, determined by historical installation quality metrics, were given this recognition. Cotterman also reached the 750 Perfect 10 Hall of Fame Status with Carlisle. Out of 2,700 authorized applicators, only 43 have reached this achievement. Duro-Last Roofing recognized Cotterman’s achievements with the JRB Award, which is based on volume and quality of installations. They also announced Cotterman installed the most DuroLast Roofing material in the state of Ohio again in 2012. “Looking forward into this year, we believe the trend of renovating and retrofitting existing buildings will continue to grow and the new construction projects will remain relatively moderate similar to 2012. This enables us to offer cost effective energy savings roofing solutions for businesses looking to remain in their current facilities,” said Andy Cotterman Cotterman & Company is eager to earn the opportunity on your next roofing project and add you to the list of satisfied customers.


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Air Handling has a big year The year 2012 was a big one for Air Handling Equipment reported K u r t Barhorst, president. His report follows: T h e Barhorst y e a r started off with a change in leadership when Doug Barhorst sold his ownership to his son Kurt Barhorst. Doug purchased Air Handling in 1989 from Bruce Dunaway. Under Doug’s leadership the company has grown in all areas including employees from three to 22. Doug’s new role at Air Handling is business development manager where he will investigate potential future opportunities for Air Handling. The year was a record one in sales for Air Handling. The growth was experienced in all four areas of the company including equipment sales, rentals, parts, and service. The equipment sales this year were greatly influenced by the recent Honda growth and the food industry. Aaron Lacy, celebrating his 10th year with the company, continues to lead the sales force. Lynette Caulfield is the parts manager where her commitment to customer service and

attention to detail created a loyal customer base in 2012. She had a very successful year with increased total sales and increased profitability. Jon Freistuhler led the service department for his 18th year. This department saw growth in service calls and total revenue in 2012. Over the past 18 months, this department has increased its focus on reliability management to assist our customers in their predictive mainte-

nance needs. The services offered include such things as thermal imaging, vibration analysis, laser alignment, ultrasonic leak detection, and a lubrication analysis program. This offering has strengthened our services and we look for continued growth in this area as our customers strive to reduce their down time. The year 2013 will be a year of growth for Air Handling. The growth will include a 2,700square-foot addition to

the facility, a new blower and vacuum product line, and the addition of an operations manager. Air Handling’s vision is to be recognized as the leading compressed air service provider in Western Ohio and these items will positions us well for that effor. The strength of our company is our employees and the culture we have to satisfy our customer’s needs. We recognize that the best way to say thank you is

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Continental Express Inc. continues strong growth

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A CONTINENTAL Express truck is on the road, ready to make a delivery. its customers. This project also included an expansion to the Continental’s lot, which doubled the area available for truck parking. Continental’s fleet continued to grow in 2012. The company now operates 275 trucks and 650 trailers. In addition to the Sidney terminal, these tractors and trailers are also serviced from Continental’s locations in Gaffney, S.C.; Danville, Va., and Louisville, Ky. Continental’s employee numbers have grown to more than 400 drivers, shop and office personnel. Every employee has been trained to provide the high level of service that Continental’s customers have come to expect. Continental Express continues to remain focused on the needs of its customers in order to provide the best customer service available in the industry. The com-

pany’s dedication to service led to several customer awards this past year. The Dannon Company named Continental its carrier of the year for the third straight year. Additionally, Continental was named a Premier Transportation Partner for Tyson Foods and an Elite Fleet Manager for LXP/McDonalds. These awards represent the commitment that Continental places on providing each customer with the superior service they deserve. Safety is a primary concern for Continental. This focus on safety has led Continental to make an additional investment in its fleet in 2012: Mobileye collision warning systems. This new technology alerts the driver if his or her truck gets too close to a vehicle in front of him or her or if the truck crosses the lane line without using a turn signal. This investment will help reduce ac-

cidents by alerting drivers of potential dangerous situations as well as unsafe driving habits. Continental Express has also taken advantage of the newest technology available in the transportation industry. In 2012 it continued to install the newest trailer satellite technology into its existing fleet. This technology not only provides with a constant GPS location of the trailer, but also allows dispatch to monitor and control temperature settings from the office. The same system allows visibility of fuel levels and allows Continental to set up GPS “fences,” which provide instant notice of when trailers arrive at a customer and are docked. In all, Continental can monitor each aspect of the trailer and refrigeration unit and control the entire environment from the office. I would like to thank all of our dedicated employees. These hard working men and women, along with our loyal customers, make Continental Express what it is today. 2012 was a year of challenges and changes, but regardless of the changing environment, we were able to adapt and grow. We are looking to continue our strong growth pattern in 2013 and are excited to see what the

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Holloway is staple of team apparel market has a unique market position that it continues to define and strengthen. Holloway offers the same or better quality as the wellknown shoe brands, while offering a service model that customers appreciate. It is the service and fanatical focus on the customer that truly differentiates the brand. The core of the Holloway service model is having the correct product. “In the apparel industry it is all about

having the right garment in the right color and size and at the right time,” said President Mark Vondenhuevel. “If we can achieve that 99 out of 100 times we will be successful.” His report continues: The focus on the customer does not stop with inventory. Our relationship with our customers is sacred. It is truly a partnership. This year we have built on that partnership. We have implemented longer customer service hours and continue to

Elite Enclosure experiences strong growth in 2012 During 2012 Elite Enclosure Co. LLC continued to experience strong growth. Now into its 18th year of operation, the company has worked hard to meet the needs of its customers; primarily the automotive and trucking sectors, as well as others. According to Doug Pottorf, company president, “2012 was a very good year for us and I’m very optimistic about 2013 as well.” His report continues: The year 2012 was a big challenge to complete our physical relocation from Fort Loramie to Sidney; however, we managed to complete it without any major disruptions for our customers. By adding approximately 16,000

square feet of floor space, we now have the capacity for additional work. The last few years we found ourselves turning down work opportunities due to our production capacity limitations; therefore; our move into a building that is 45 percent larger enables us to be more effective catering to the needs and request of our customers” Elite Enclosure Company is located in Sidney at 2349 Industrial Drive, and has approximately 53,000 square feet of manufacturing space and on average 40 to 50 employees. It’s manufacturing capabilities consist of general metal fabrication including metal cutting (sawing, shearing, and plasma), forming, welding, paint-

ing, assembly, etc.. The company specializes in, but not limited to, the development and manufacturing of material handling equipment and systems (i.e., lifting devises, shipping and systems racks, conveyance systems, wire basket containers, etc.). Projects begin in our Engineering Department. There we use our customers’ general specifications to design their project using Catia V5. Catia is a high level solid modeling Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that originally started being used in the aerospace industry. In more recent years, however, the automotive industry gradually began to use it as well. See ELITE/Page 25

invest in our ecommerce website. In addition to 24/7 ordering and inventory access, the website gives customers interactive product videos, sales tools, and industry leading expertise in company created digital magazine titled, Holloway Gameplan. The year of 2012 at Holloway was a year of investment. In July, Holloway released the largest number of new styles in company history. Holloway boldly debuted 68 new items. The items range from performance polo’s, waterproof breathable rainwear, basketball uniforms, and knit

beanies. The new styles have sold well and we look forward to a full year of sales with all these styles consistently in stock. Capital investments were also made in 2012. Holloway invested heavily in its distribution center. The sizable investment will allow a larger amount of inventory to be efficiently distributed. The strategic move gave owners the opportunity to consolidate sister company High Five Sportswear out of Seattle, Washington into the Sidney operation. The moving of High Five’s Seattle distribution is great for the

local economy. The move has already increased the number of local employees and is helping High Five to better control costs. As an Ohio based business for more than 60 years, Holloway could not operate without loyal employees. The company values their contributions and continues to invest in programs to increase job satisfaction, wellness, and financial planning. Holloway is forecasting strong growth in 2013. Growth will be the result of loyal, dedicated employees focusing on the customer.

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Dickman Supply celebrates 60 years Dickman Supply has grown from a small industrial mill supp l y house, founded in 1953, into a recognized national leader in Borchers the distribution of industrial and electrical supplies from three locations in Sidney, Greenville, and Celina.The 60th anniversary celebration for Dickman Supply began a little early, with 2012 ending as the company’s best overall year in its history. “Looking back over the past 60 years from the company’s founding in Sidney as Dickman Industrial by Ruben Dickman in 1953, Dickman Supply realized modest growth as a local industrial tools, belts and abrasives supplier in Southwest Ohio and Eastern Indiana,” said Vice President Doug Borchers. “Recognizing a need in the market, Dickman expanded the product and service offering to include electrical products in 1967, which led to building

custom assemblies 10 years later. This addition truly set the company apart from the competition of the day and began the growth curve that continues today.” His report continues: In 1986, I purchased Dickman Supply and its sister company Lynch Supply in Union City, and in just a few short years incorporated all divisions under the name Dickman Supply Inc. For the next 10 years, the company’s growth continued with the construction of a new 40,000 square-foot headquarters in Sidney in 1991, the addition of wire harness assemblies, and the 1996 move from Union City to Greenville. By 2001, it was apparent that Dickman Supply was quickly outgrowing its existing physical space, and its north market area had expanded. A new satellite was constructed in Celina, and the Custom Control and Wire Harness Assembly Divisions were separated from Dickman Supply, becom-



ing an independently-incorporated business called Electro Controls Inc, in a newly constructed facility. Dickman Supply also won the Dayton Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award for being one of the fastest growing companies in the Miami Valley. The following year, a new Greenville Branch was constructed that was twice the size and included a Lighting Showroom, which allowed customers to imagine how specialty lighting could be used in their homes. The Dickman Center for Customer Education opened in Sidney in the area vacated by Electro Con-

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trols, providing customers with a professional local venue for their training needs. In 2003, I was interviewed for Dickman Supply’s 50th anniversary. When asked about the company’s continued streak of success I said, “Our success formula has been directly attributable to the quality and experience of our employee associates, more than 40 of whom can claim over 10 years in the industry… It goes beyond customer relations and people skills … I tell our people regularly, ‘The customers pay your paycheck, I only sign them.’ At Dickman Supply, we believe that success is getting the right customers and keeping them, and that also means having the right employees.”


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Record-breaking year for FDL Automation 2012 was best in company’s history with 2012 numbers. FDL will move into their new, expanded headquarters at the corner of Stolle Avenue and Ross Street in Sidney in late March. The 24,000-square-foot facility will provide more than 25 percent of additional space over the company’s present location on Vandemark Road. Staffing levels are expected to remain the same for 2013; however, the building was designed for employee growth. The building site also includes additional land for future expansion. Features of the new building include an extensive customer center that incorporates a large, state-of-the-art training and education center, au-

tomation lab, and an expansive counter sales and product display showroom. Customer training continues to be an important aspect of the total services offered by FDL, and this new training area will enable the company to expand its open enrollment program with supplier Rockwell Automation. Through this program, customers from not only the FDL sales region, but all across the country, will attend specialized, hands-on training at FDL. The building will incorporate the latest design in energy efficient LED lighting and controls — 70 percent of the office space will feature this technology, using With

one-fourth the amount of energy of traditional fluorescent and incandescent lighting. The warehouse will be arranged for maximum efficiency, and will incorporate the latest in energy saving lighting technologies. “We took the time to evaluate every aspect of our operational flow and facility requirements in an effort to build in as many efficiencies as we could in the new building,” said Rick Brooks, company executive vicepresident. In a continued commitment to the community, FDL contributed extensively to various programs and causes in 2012, including reaching See FDL/Page 28

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Kard Group sees increase in work MINSTER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heading into 2013, the commercial and industrial market has picked up from previous years and the bridge sector has also seen an increase in sales as well. Kard is very fortunate to have a great backlog of work for the next couple of years,â&#x20AC;? said Jason Osterloh, estimating/sales for Kard Group, 000480 Osterloh Road. His report continues: Kard Group is certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction to have the personnel, organization, experience, capability and commitment to meet the requirements of the Steel Building Structures and Simple Steel Bridges and Major Steel Bridge and Bridge and Highway Metal Component categories with Fracture Critical Endorsement and Sophisticated Paint Coating Endorsement Enclosed as set forth by the AISC Certification

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tucky Utilities Company in Ghent, Ky. Several key projects that Kard Bridge finished in 2012 were for Ohio Department of Transportation, we fabricated 308,000 pounds of steel I-Beams (eight semi loads) part of the major Interstate 90 Interstate project in

Cleveland. We also did 491,000 pounds of steel I-Beams (13 semi loads) for a major bridge widening project on I270 in Columbus, 265,000 pounds of steel I-Beams (seven semi loads) for Livingston Avenue in Franklin County, along with 839,000 pounds of steel I-Beams (21 semi loads) for a major overhaul of U.S. Route 50 through Cincinnati. Several projects that we will be fabricating this year will be 45 plate girders (700,000 pounds for Pennsylvania Turnpike), 46 plate girders (740,250 pounds for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) After projects are fabricated at Kard, we are responsible to truck these projects to the job-

site. We handle all aspects of the trucking using our own trucks and trailers. We have over-length stretch loads leaving our facility all the time with some of the loads, traveling down the road at 131feet in length. Kardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success through the past years has been due to our employees in taking pride in the projects that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fabricated here at Kard. Throughout the year 2012, we averaged 50 to 55 hours per week. We expect to work at least the same or more in 2013. We are hiring more employees in coming months to keep ahead of the current backlog of work we have for 2013-14. Doris Osterloh is the president of the group.

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“Looking ahead into 2013, we continue to face some of the same challenges we dealt with in 2012,” said Jeff Phlipot, CEO. “The economy, new engine emission issues, and the technician shortage, just to name a few. At Kirk NationaLease, we look at these as challenges to becoming a better service provider for our customers.” His report continues: With the continuing changes with the engine emission requirements, and the shortage of technicians, we took a hard look at our internal training program for our technicians. We implemented two new programs: a Maintenance Advisory Board and Train the Trainer program. First, our Advisory Board is made up of four of our 28 shop managers. A manager on the board will rotate off every quarter and a new manager will come on. The board will be challenged to look at the new technology, shop performances, recruiting and retaining technicians, training technicians, and our maintenance procedures. Train the Trainer program. At Kirk, we have our own corporate trainer. With the everchanging technology today, it is tough just keeping the trainer up with the current technology. To have him train one hundred and fifty techs in ten states

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Electro Controls implements process workflow improvements in 2012

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ELECTRO CONTROLS completed an expansion during 2012. space, as well as expansion of a mezzanine, providing a larger second floor production area for the wire harness division. As the physical space grew, so too, did the ability to address areas of inefficiency. Just as our building expansion began, Jeff Prenger joined the Electro Controls team as the director of business and engineering, and has been instrumental in reorganizing the facility’s workflow for higher efficiency and greater production potential. The proprietary software systems used to maintain inventory and manage projects is now wireless with the addi-

tion of iPad applications, allowing employees greater and faster access to information about each project. In keeping with Electro Controls’ promise of 100 percent inspection, the Quality Assurance Department also grew in space and equipment. Our new business manager has several major projects scheduled for 2013, including moving Electro Controls’ efforts further along in the direction of lean manufacturing. Greater communication and access to

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As always, the focus in 2013 will be on innovation and our customers’ satisfaction with our products and services. We will reach beyond expectations to find creative ways to assist our partners in their engineering design, control panel, and wire harness needs. Thank you to all Electro Controls customers and associates that made everything possible in the past year, and we look forward to continued success, working together.

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CONTINUING Investments, New RESPONSIBILITIES Associates at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant have achieved many “firsts” over the last 27 years.

Now, they are reaching new milestones and taking

generation of continuously variable transmissions

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Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. is an industry leader at home in Sidney Emerson Climate Technologies, with its global headquarters in Sidney, kicked off 2013 at the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry’s largest trade show of the year. Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition brought 50,000 global contractors, wholesalers and retailers to Dallas to view Emerson’s latest technologies on display. Cathy Billing, Marketing Communications manager, has submitted the following report: At the expo, Emerson displayed compressors for refrigeration and air conditioning manufactured in Sidney, as well as a special display featuring the eight painted Copeland Scroll™ compressors that were part of the company’s celebration of its 100 million scroll compressor milestone and the 25th anniversary of the technology. In 2012, Emerson Climate Technologies cele-

brated significant milestones for both the company and the industry. In June, Emerson produced its 100 millionth Copeland Scroll compressor with celebrations at its eight global manufacturing facilities, including Sidney. In November, Emerson held a special event in Sidney to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the development of scroll compressor technology, which included former Emerson and Copeland leadership and a proclamation by Sidney’s mayor. As part of its celebration, Emerson held a contest among the eight manufacturing facilities to turn a compressor into art. The compressors were featured in online voting on Facebook, generating more than 135,000 votes and comments in four languages. The Sidney compressor won third place and local plant leadership received money to donate to the Upper Valley Career Center HVACR pro-

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EMPLOYEES AT the Copeland Scrol manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio recently dedicated a new work of art celebrating the 25th anniversary of Copeland Scroll production. The design features popular Sidney sites like Bonnyconnellan castle and the city’s iconic Big Four Bridge, as well as local eatery, The Spot to Eat. The mural also includes tributes to armed forces and veterans, nods to the local agricultural base and images of painted Copeland Scroll compressors, depicting a lighthouse and American eagle. The mural honors current and former employees who worked for the past 25 years to reach this milestone of production. gram. The painted compressors have also been displayed in four countries at industry trade events.

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Freshway Foods expands business by creating value-added products, services Freshway Foods is a fresh-cut produce, repack, distribution and logistics company serving c u s tomers in the casual, fast casual Beer and quick service restaurant industry, as well as broad line distributors and the retail trade. Freshway sources products fresh from the field from all over the United States, processes them to the highest standards of quality and food safety, and delivers them ready to use right out of the package. The company experienced moderate sales growth in 2012 primarily as the result of additional penetration of existing accounts.

“In 2012, we leveraged our ability to provide complementary, value-added products and services such as repacking and cross docking to increase our business with existing relationships” said Devon Beer, CFO of the local produce processing and distribution company. “The slow pace of economic growth has forced us to look at other avenues to expand the business. We are fortunate that we serve a variety of market channels and the ability to combine logistics with processing has been very beneficial.” The year 2013 is shaping up to be one of

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ing 10 percent. His report continues: With expanding operations, markets and food safety expectations, Freshway has invested heavily in expanding its resource base for qualified talent. Beginning approximately two years ago, Tony Arnold, human resource director, began introducing a multipronged approach to building a deep talent pipeline for skilled, professional, and managerial positions. One of the keys to this initiative, known as Talent Management, was formalizing an Internship Program at Freshway. The focus of the Internship Program

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Shaffer ventures into new business Equipment purchases over the past several years and the addition of an in-house powder coat system has allowed Shaffer Metal Fab Inc. to change their production practices to accommodate new and additional market requirements. “The additional equipment helped to make 2012 a successful year and helped to continue the growth that Shaffer has enjoyed during the past three years,” said Mike Shaffer, chief executive officer. His report continues: Shaffer recently purchased equipment that will provide the opportunity for the company to enter into the field of custom precision machining. Turning, boring, drilling, milling, broaching, tapping and

reaming are some of the new and additional capabilities that Shaffer can now offer. With this expansion of machining operations, Shaffer can now offer more of a “one stop shop” opportunity to their valued customers. The reliability, quality, on time delivery, and competitive pricing, that has been Shaffer’s commitment and reputation in the field of metal fabrication, can now be enjoyed by customers requiring machine operations for their products. Being versatile and having the equipment to meet quickly changing market requirements and opportunities placed Shaffer in a position to answer new customer concerns. The powder coat system at Shaffer

FRESHWAY Cincinnati and Michigan State University to allow us present to various professional student organizations such as food science and marketing. We also invite students and professors from those universities to tour our operations and learn more about potential opportunities with us as they get close to graduation. Tony has done an outstanding job getting this organized and running. In addition, the company always looks to place 10 to 15 college

students from the Shelby County area into its operations during the summer months or during other extended college breaks. This past summer, seventeen college students worked at Freshway in a variety of positions including manufacturing, food science, packaging, quality assurance, human resources and accounting. While much of this work is more manual in nature, it is directly related to the daily tasks needed to satisfy our customers. Students get

is state of the art and offers rapid color change in an environmentally controlled clean room. The two lasers that are located at Shaffer allow steel up to one inch thick to be cut with the closest of tolerances. Several press brakes included in the equipment list offers the capability to form sheet metal in excess of 14 feet long. CNC saws, all types of welding, automated surface finishing, and a trio of turret presses are just a part of the equipment that enhances Shaffer’s capabilities. The personnel and equipment at Shaffer stand ready to meet the challenges of their valued customers as well as the opportunities now offered in a new field of manufacturing.

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THIS PHOTOGRAPH shows some of the new equipment that was purchased in 2012 which allowed Shaffer Metal Fab Inc. to enter into the machining market.

From Page 23 to see our operations at ground level and we always make sure they get some expanded knowledge of what we do beyond just the immediate task assigned to them. To learn more about Freshway Foods, including career opportunities with our companies, please visit our web site by following the link If you are interested in working at Freshway, we are accepting applications at our facility located at 601 N. Stolle Ave. in Sidney.



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Lacal celebrates 30th year in JC and began business in Jackson Center in 1982 manufacturing parts for street sweepers, highway mowing equipment, refuse trucks, leaf collectors and snowplows. President Roger W. Detrick has submitted the following report: Lacal’s customer base consists of all government entities such as state, county, cities, villages, townships and federal as well as a large number of private

EMERSON Upper Valley Career Center and Emerson provides equipment for students to train on. Emerson Climate Technologies supports community programs in Shelby County as the leading contributor to the United Way. Emerson also contributes to the youth of the community, offering scholarships to employees’ children, supporting the DARE program in area elementary schools and organizing a bi-annual Engineering Career Seminar for local high

school students. Additionally, many local college students have gained valuable experience in engineering, marketing and manufacturing working at Emerson as co-ops. Emerson’s commitment to the region comes not only from a sense of corporate responsibility but is driven by the people of Emerson who want to give back to their communities. The programs Emerson Climate Technologies supports are important to creating a sense of com-

ELITE Our ability to take a customers idea, convert that idea into a tangible vision, make a working prototype from the drawings that our design software generates, straight into mass production is being more and more recognized by our cus-

contractors, etc. Lacal creates all of its marketing, parts manufacturing, all warehousing and shipping from its Jackson Center facility and does not rely on dealer support. Lacal continues to invest in the latest innovative engineering concepts which enable Lacal to quickly and efficiently engineer and add manufactured products to enhance sales. While Lacal depends on area sub-contractors

for manufacturing assistance we have added a CNC machining center and two CNC lathes to our in house capabilities. Lacal also sub-contracts fabrication work to several area companies. Lacal’s huge inventory and more than 18,000 parts drawings allows us to manufacture and ship with very modest lead times

(Lacal ships to all 50 states, all Canada provinces and many foreign countries). The internet is also a valuable tool for sales. Lacal’s 31 years of history makes us a leader in our industry and the knowledge we have accumulated helps support our customers parts requirements and technical questions. Our products and people do the selling

and Lacal’s outstanding group of 43 employees with many years of experience contribute to our growth. Lacal expects 2013 to be challenging as the economy maintains a slow growth pattern. However, Lacal will continue to add the latest technology, equipment, and people that will expedite shipments and maintain or lower costs.

From Page 22 munity for employees and their families. Supporting the community means creating a great place for people to live and work. Emerson Climate Technologies and its employees in Sidney are making an impact on the air conditioning and commercial refrigeration industries. The technology that is engineered and manufactured here is playing a role in improving human comfort, safeguarding food and protecting the environment.

From Page 15 tomer base. If it requires the customers’ product to be moved from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’, we like to get involved with the project. With the new additional new equipment slated for 2013, it will enable us to be

more productive. Elite Enclosure Co.’s goal is to become one of the best in the business and be recognized as a leader in its field. All indicators suggest that we will continue to show strong growth into 2013 and after.


JACKSON CENTER — The year 2012 was a year of special significance for L a c a l Equipment Inc. as Lacal c e l e brated it’s 30th Detrick year in Jackson Center. Located at 901 W. Pike St., Lacal is owned by JMAC of Columbus,


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‘Kyousou’ brings mutual creativity to NK Parts Industries in 2012

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(ADC) for associates and their families, remains an active member in the Healthy Ohio Business Council. The Healthy Ohio Business Council is driven to reduce health care costs for Ohio corporations and to improve the health status of all Ohio residents. NKP has taken a proactive approach to worksite wellness since opening their Associate Development Center in 2005. In 2012, NKP has earned the Bronze Healthy Ohioans Worksite Wellness Award which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health. The Healthy Ohioans Worksite Wellness Award is given to Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. The ADC currently has a 99 percent associate enrollment and features a training staff

offering personal training, nutrition counseling, lunch and learn sessions and group fitness classes. NKP once again held a Wellness Fair in the NKP gymnasium where associates and dependents attended the October event. With more than 30 vendors in attendance, associates and family members were able to discuss their health, their blood screen results or review other items related to wellness with those representatives. The workplace is an ideal setting to promote healthier lifestyles. Health promotion programs create a culture that fosters motivation and provides a longterm strategy of health and well being for associates. With NKP’s “FitRewards” program, associates and dependents can earn points (redeemable for prizes and gift cards) for completion of Vision, Dental exams and Biometric screening, participation

at the ADC. Continued growth NKP continues to grow its business and add new positions between all three Ohio locations. In 2012, NKP hired a number of employees in a variety of hourly and salary positions, and also continued to promote from within. NKP is continuing to grow their branches in North America, with branches in Guadalajara and Celaya, Mexico. Since the beginning of the operation, NKP Mexico has been able to secure business with various customers and continues to expand. Beginning in the spring of 2012, NKP will be sending volunteering associates to our Mexico branches to help share knowledge and train the new associates of NKP Mexico on current systems and processes. While expanding it business, NK Parts is also working to improve and upgrade current See KYOUSOU/Page 30


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NKP operations include warehousing, packaging, just-in-time delivery, assembly, fabrication, CNC machining, and aftermarket remanufacturing, and quality assurance. NKP also has a test track on site for quality analysis at their main location in Sidney. Additionally, NKP operates a location in East Liberty, as well as Anna, OH. Recognition In the fall of 2012, 19 teams from around the globe competed in the Honda Supplier Conference. NKP’s Project Circle team took home third place at the event. The Project Circle team’s project focus was to develop a recycling program to help reduce landfill waste. Team members were Tana Stanton and Akane Faulkner with the team facilitator being Lisa VanHorn. A true reflection of the awards received is highlighted by the collective effort of several individuals within the


There were many highlights in 2012 for NK Parts Industries Inc., inspired by the company’s 2012 slogan of “Kyousou,” meaning mutual creativity, CREATE (Create Result Excellence Advancing Team Effort), and Innovation through Interaction. NK Parts Industries continued its efforts to recognize associates, prove the commitment to health, grow its involvement in the community, and also continue to expand and grow successfully. Ashley Overman, human resources coordinator for NK Parts, has submitted the following report: NKP, which was incorporated in 1987 and began operations in 1988 in Sidney, marked the first overseas venture for Nippon Konpo, a well established company in Japan. Since coming to Sidney – NKP has invested more than $50 million in 1.2 million square feet in the state of Ohio.


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LaserFab promotes Nichole Ellis to operations manager in 2012 “In 2012, LaserFab saw volume similar to the pinnacle reached in 2011,” said Jamie Ellis, president. “Potent relationships were established with new customers in previously untapped market segments.” His report continues: Aggressively seeking continual process improvements, we embarked on a front to back work flow analysis and subsequently com-

pleted the exposed overhaul to our stations, work cells and overall positioning. We are proud to announce the promotion of Nichole Ellis to operations manager in July. Nichole has worked at LaserFab for six years, knows every detail of the operation, and has been making it happen from behind the scenes for years. Having recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in

Organizational Management from Bluffton University, she comes by much of her management prowess and business acumen naturally. Congratulations Nichole! The year 2012 saw sales growth in our recently added automated punching capabilities. As we had hoped, this enhances our laser process and competitive stance when volumes exceed


bus industry, as well as lift truck and material handling companies. We also build components for the recreational transportation industry, armored vehicles, and laser cut components for the aerospace industry. In addition, we provide a wide variety of parts for companies involved in: paper folding and cutting, compressed air, food related, medical, and specialty equip-

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ment industries. We believe that success is built through partnerships between customers and suppliers. We don’t just supply our customers with components; we work with them to supply a quality product for the end user. LaserFab is a privately-owned company and is located at 1528 Fair Road, Sidney. The company was founded in 2003.

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Sidney Tool & Die has steady year of growth throughout the year. Sidney Tool & Die Inc. provides precision parts for the aerospace industry, tooling and assembly equipment for the residential entrance door and garage door industry, designing and building specialty machines for rubber and plastic product manufacturers, and machining specialty parts for a variety of industries. The company utilizes approximately 123,000 square feet of floor space within four buildings located on Campbell Road. The company continues its requirement to maintain rigorous quality standards by demonstrating compliance with the ISO9001, and AS9100 industry standards certification registrar audits. We were pleased to be deemed compliant as these certifications denote our ongoing commitment to execute and deliver continuous improvement within our organization. The constant pursuits for becoming a better employee and a better organization are the types of attributes needed, as we plan for future opportunities. The planning for capital improvements

provided for several opportunities to acquire additional equipment in 2012. They included: Surface Grinder, with a 30-inch by 80-inch envelope size, a Sheffield RS150 Coordinate Measuring Machine 80 by 48 by 40 capacity, an Oasis Corex2 Inspection system for validating dimensions on precision aerospace parts, an Okuma M560V vertical machining center, an Okuma LB3000 Turning Center with sub spindle and live tooling, and a Programmable Milling Center for Tool Room machining. These purchases represent a broad range of machining capabilities from very large applications to small precision parts. These machines will allow for further efficiencies needed, (consistency and speed) gained through technological innovation of the equipment … reducing costs while retaining consistent quality. Those are essential requirements to succeed in this business, and these machines, systems, and our personnel will help us achieve that objective. We are very proud of our employees … they are committed, flexible

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Sidney Electric experiences solid growth “Sidney Electric Co. experienced solid growth in 2012” said Bill McClain, director of business development and marketing. His report continues: We saw overall growth in each of the markets we serve. Our clients in the chemical plants and automotive markets accounted for a large portion of our sales revenues. Medical facility and education projects also helped in our growth. We are very thankful for the increased business and growth of our company this past year. “We are extremely pleased with the dedication of our employees and their accomplishments this year. Our staff is the core reason for our continued success. We had a number of employees receive service awards and I

would like to congratulate the following employees: Bill McClain, Chris Lamb, Evan Saunders, Joe Ball, Ron Schwartz and Ross Hance, five years, Gary Howard, Mark Jordan and Mike Ellett, 15 years. Tim Marlatt celebrated 25-years of service with the ITSGroup. I would like to give special recognition to Betty Miars for her 45 years of service to our company. Betty is a valued employee and is truly a remarkable person. Her dedication has contributed much to the success of our company,” said company President John Frantz. Sidney Electric Co. was established in 1953 and serves as a regional leader in providing electrical contracting solutions, engineering, and unique design build services for all types of

KYOUSOU systems and technology. With recent warehouse system enhancements and technology improvements, processes are becoming quicker and more accurate. There have also been technology and software enhancements in the HTS department, the OSCC department, and HR department. The development and utilization of these new systems aids in keeping the business more advanced in today’s economy. Community involvement NKP has long valued their relationship with the Sidney community. NKP and its associates are proud of our involvement with the Community Blood Center. In 2012, they hosted the Community Blood Center three

construction projects, electrical systems, high voltage work, power distribution needs, and maintenance solutions, as well as specialized infrared thermography for a diverse customer base in the West Central Ohio and East Central region of Indiana. They have offices located in Sidney and Lima and opened their Muncie, Ind., office in 2008. They provide 24hour a day, 7-day-aweek service for all your electrical and communication system needs. Their firm is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and their electricians are trained Journeymen in Local 32 (Lima) and Local 855 (Muncie) of the International Brotherhood of Electrical

Workers (IBEW). Some selected project managers and job superintendents are certified with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). Our teledata technicians are certified installers and some are members of BICSI, a tele-communications organization. They are a registered electrical contractor with the Central Contractor Registration

for the U. S. federal government. “I would like to thank all Sidney Electric Co. and ITSGroup employees for their contributions this past year, and we look forward to helping our customers in the coming new year and beyond with their electrical and data networking needs,” said Frantz. Through a subsidiary company, ITSGroup (Integrated Technology Systems

Group), they offer a variety of telecommunication services, fiber optic, network installations, digital key and PBX systems, voice mail, voice over IP, business telephone systems, alarm and surveillance systems. To learn more about Sidney Electric Company, visit their website at m.

From Page 26 times and the response from the associates continues to grow. Also in 2012, NKP also partnered with the Shelby County Special Olympics in hosting a basketball tournament at their on-site basketball courts. They were also able to utilize the facility for practices and games throughout the season. Future outlook The 2013 company slogan, created by NKP President, Hiroshi Sakairi outlines our vision for the future. “Shinsei” means Create future success through restructure, Seek, discover and conquer new areas of opportunity, and Passionately improve self and systems. NKP’s next 25 years, The New Era!




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Sollmann Electric Co. has sales increase in 2012 Company part of ‘I Built My Business!’ bus tour nis Sollmann, Sollmann chief financial ofElectric Company hosted a ficer of Sollmann stop for the NaElectric Co., tional Federation Roger Geiger, of Independent NFIB vice presiBusiness (NFIB) dent and Ohio “I Built My Busiexecutive direcness!” bus tour in tor, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-UrOctober 2012. Sollmann bana, State Rep. The purpose of John Adams, Rthe tour was to voice the importance of Sidney, 85th District, small business to the and State Rep. Jim R-Greenville, nation’s economy. Den- Buchy,

84th District, all spoke at the event on behalf of small businesses. “Our purpose of hosting the event was to voice the views of most small business owners; express the impact small business makes on the economy by creating two-thirds of the new jobs and employing half of the nonfarm, private-sector work force; and to explain the

struggles small businesses are already facing with government regulations and how additional regulations will hurt the economy,” said Dennis Sollmann. “I also wanted to host the event in celebration of the theme ‘I Built My Business!’ Thirty-nine

years ago I started Sollmann Electric Co. out of a garage. Many long, hardworked hours later, my business has grown to what it is today, training and employing many employees. I am proud of the successful business I have built with the help of my hard-working employees

and now I am able to pass on the torch to my son, Jeramie Sollmann. His report continues: Moving forward for 2013, Jeramie Sollmann will assume my former position of president of Sollmann Electric Co. See SOLLMANN/Page 35



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Wayne Trail becomes part of Lincoln Electric Co. To dramatically strengthen and expand the capabilities and market reach of our company, Wayne Trail became part of the Lincoln Electric Co. in May of 2012. Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment - and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Lincoln Electric currently has 45 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and

sales offices covering more than 160 countries. Wayne Trail’s extensive design and system building experience, proven capabilities and continued commercial success in the area of laser welding, robotic welding & fixturing systems, press automation and tube bending/fabricating systems — further strengthens Lincoln Electric’s already strong position as the market leader in welding, cutting and related automation in North America. This new partnership has already accelerated growth and expansion plans here at Wayne Trail, and will Photo proivded greatly expand our ability to serve customers in the U.S. WAYNE TRIAL has become part of the Lincoln Electric and international markets as Co., which is a world leader in the design, development we move forward. and manufacture of welding products.

CARSTAR CSI rating 98% Sidney Body CARSTAR is a state-ofthe-art repair facility located at 175 Stolle Ave. in Sidney. It specializes in automotive body repair. It was formerly known as the Sidney Body Shop and located on South Street. It has been part of the CARSTAR franchise now for over nine years and can provide our customers with a five-year nationwide warranty. CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is reportedly the largest group of branded collision repair facilities in North America, with more than 400 locally owned and operated locations in 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces. “At Sidney Body CARSTAR we provide our customers with

a limited lifetime war- rating (CSI) was 98.8 ranty on all of the repairs percent for 2012. We bewe perform; on top of the lieve that we maintain a nationwide warranty,” high ranking due to our said owner Tom Martin. on-going training. All of His additional com- our office personnel ments follow: maintain their training In July 2012 we added through CARSTAR-U, an a down draft spray booth online training program. to our operation. We now Our estimators are also have two down draft I-CAR Platinum Individspray booths for refinish- uals. Our technicians are ing vehicles, a paint prep ASE certified and we are station, three frame ma- the only shop in Shelby chines, one two post lift County that is I-Car and one four post lift. GOLD certified. I also atOur state-of-the-art re- tend quarterly meetings pair facility is 14,000- at various CARSTAR square-feet. At Sidney stores throughout the Body CARSTAR we also United States to gain utilize a water-borne new and innovative paint system. Many car ideas to implement at makers recommend the Sidney Body CARSTAR. use of water-borne All of these things combasecoat for refinishing, bined help improve and plus it is much better for distinguish us from our the environment. Our competitors. customer satisfaction See CARSTAR/Page 35

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Western Ohio Cut Stone sees increase in sales in 2012 The year 2012 proved to be one of continued progress for Western Ohio C u t Stone, quarrier and fabricator of natural s t o n e Milligan building and landscape products. Sales were up in 2012 over 2011 by a significant amount, demonstrating continued strengthening in our residential and com-

mercial building markets. “Projects where our products were installed in 2012 included diverse destinations: a church restoration in Cleveland, a prison addition in Mansfield, a bridge reconstruction in Cincinnati, a college addition in Pennsylvania to name a few,” said President Tom Milligan. “Our natural stone products continue to have wide appeal, providing quality, durability, beauty and value to our customers.” His report continues:

Our natural thin stone product lines also continue to show promise. Our sales of Natural Stone Veneers International products (several of whose lines come from our quarries) remain steady. The ease of installation that natural stone thin veneer provides coupled with the dwindling number of master stone masons installing full depth stone products, will continue to fuel the growth of natural stone thin veneer products in the future we believe. Our local stone yard

at 1542 Riverside Drive in Sidney continues to transform to become a user friendly destination for retail customers seeking to buy all of our natural stone products locally. We continue to carry and add to our full line of gravel, crushed stone, natural landscape stone and natural full depth and thin veneer building stone products for the buying public. As our sales have

strengthened, we have added workforce in the production area. All of our locations, Flat Rock, Bloomville, Sidney and Ludlow Falls have seen workforce additions. Additionally, we have invested in equipment upgrades and in continued safety training in our ongoing effort to instill safe and productive work practices into our operations. In the midst of the encouraging signs of

sales growth in our business, we remain vigilant. Housing, while coming back in some areas, remains very weak in others. Private construction markets are still much less robust than they were in 2006 and 2007. We will continue to seek opportunities that make sense and grow our leadership position as a high quality and versatile producer and See WESTERN/Page 35

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NKTelco Inc. delivers tomorrow’s technology today

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NKTELCO INC. opened a new location for its business in 2012 at 835 N. Vandemark Road, Sidney. growth and are committed to their customers. Service sets them apart from their larger competitors. They are large enough to bring the innovative technology but small enough to care about the personal service that their clients receive. Their goal for 2013 remains — 100 percent customer satisfaction! When a customer calls the office, they will speak with a live person, qualified and trained to help. NKTelco’s current endeavors include a wireless offering, devel-

oping IPTV services and taking video onthe-go, as well as completing their fiber ring construction in the Sidney market. As of January 2013, they are in Phase 3 of their six stage build. It is anticipated the build will finalize in the fall of 2014. The core areas of Sidney are on track to have service available

by the end of 2013. Installing fiber optic cable to every address in a city of more than 8,500, involves planning, time, and cooperation from landowners. NKTelco appreciates the Sidney resident’s patience and are excited to serve the community. NKTelco Wireless provides rural voice and Internet services, en-

abling many remote clients the ability to have high speed Internet access. Locations include Coldwater, Osgood, Maria Stein, St. Henry, Russia, Sidney, Minster, Wapakoneta, Lima, Findlay, Hicksville, Defiance, Marion, and Bowling Green. NKTelco’s continues to give back to the local communities. In 1985 they elected to begin filming the local high school sporting events. On the evening of the event, they stream the game live on then replay See NKTELCO/Page 38

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NEW KNOXVILLE — NKTelco launched their new location at 835 N. Vandemark Road, Sidney, mid-2012. Preston Meyer, general manager, has submitted the following report: NKTelco Inc. is a locally-owned and operated broadband communications company, located in New Knoxville. NKTelco’s parent company, New Knoxville Telephone Co., has been in business since 1905, providing local phone service to New Knoxville residents. In 1985, offering was expanded to provide video and data (Cable TV and Internet) services to its customers. NKTelco, Inc. is positioned to offer bundled services that include Digital Voice, Digital HD Cable TV and High-Speed Internet services to the surrounding communities which include New Knoxville, New Bremen, Minster, Fort Loramie, Sidney, Anna and Botkins. What does Fiber technology mean to these communities? The Fiber to the Premise installed provides a larger capacity of bandwidth to travel directly to your home or business. It equips our users with a multitude of services that can be offered today that are

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SOLLMANN tion, Sidney; Hydro Aluminum New Building Addition, Sidney; Wilson Memorial Cath Lab and Triage Area Renovations, Sidney; and Midwest Express Renovation, East Liberty. We also completed many other industrial, commercial, and residential projects. Human relations Sollmann Electric is committed to providing opportunities for young people. We support the electrical trades programs offered by the Upper Valley Career Center (UVCC) in Piqua and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) in Clayton. My best electricians have come from these

programs and I encourage young people to consider the many programs offered by these schools when deciding their career paths. The School-toApprenticeship program allows high school seniors to work while attending school. After graduation, the employee continues on to finish the four-year State of Ohio Apprenticeship Program and in turn earns a journeyperson electrician certification. We currently have several employees in the apprenticeship program and also participating in the school-toapprenticeship program. Future Currently Sollmann

Electric is working on the following major projects: Cory-Rawson Local Schools New PK-8 School, Rawson; Bradford WWTP Improvements, Bradford; Grob Systems Plant Expansion, Bluffton; Midway Products Building Addition, Columbus Grove; CAPT New Building Addition, Celina; Goodrich Office Expansion, Troy; Formed Fiber New Service, Sidney; and Upper Valley Medical Center Addition, Troy. Our plan for 2013 is to maintain our success. With the dedication and professionalism of our employees we will continue to provide quality service to our customers.

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CARSTAR On June 9, 2012, we hosted a “Soaps It Up” Car Wash and all proceeds benefited the MakeA-Wish Foundation and Shelby County Relay for Life. Our “Soaps It Up” Car Wash for 2013 will be held on June 8th and CARSTAR will be trying, once again, to break our own Guinness World Record set in 2011 for the “World’s Largest Car Wash – Multiple Venues. At Sidney Body Carstar we offer a free service where our customers can view pictures of their car online throughout the entire repair process. We take photos of the cars daily and send them email updates when there are new pictures added. We have had a lot of positive feedback


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from it and will be continuing the program indefinitely. Also, for our customers’ convenience, we have an estimating bay for inclement weather and an Enterprise RentA-Car on site at our location. Please visit our website at “On June 7, 2013, we

will be hosting an open house at our facility. We will be offering tours of our recent addition. We will also be giving away a three-night Caribbean cruise. So, stop in at 175 Stolle Ave. on June 7 for a tour of Sidney Body Carstar’s state-of-the art repair facility and make sure to sign up for the cruise giveaway!

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HARDWARE For 126 years, Peoples Federal has been an integral part of the fiber of this community. Our people are involved in civic activities, school and hospital boards, and their local churches. They live in our banking communities, and in most cases, our customers are our friends. You see, Peoples Federal is committed to being more than just an outstanding financial institution that offers great products and service. Being a good corporate citizen is also a vital part of who we are.

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Strong Rebound Year for Shelby County and Emerson Wagner Realty Co., Inc. The housing market for Shelby County showed a strong recovery for most housing price levels in 2012. Interest rates remained at all time lows all year, while the availability of loans for our clients increased. “It is still important for buyers to be patient and get all the paperwork to your lenders in a timely manner”, said Tom Middleton, Broker of Emerson Wagner Realty. His report continues: The local housing market made great strides in working through the excess in supply in our market and prices actually started to increase through the year. Wagner Realty still remains the top real estate office for Shelby County, now for more than 40 years. We have the most agents, most sales and most important the highest customer satisfaction. Listing a house is only the start of our services. We pride ourselves on proper marketing, lots of advertising and the knowledge to represent our client to produce the outcome they expect. Our realtors know you have to spend money on advertising and marketing to sell a home and in a slow market that sometimes is hard to do. In 2012 we added a new marketing tool which has been a big success. Now when a prospective buyer drives by one of our listings, they will see a sign with a text # to call to get pictures, price and all the information on this home right on their cell phone. No waiting to call and instant answers for the prospective buyer. The listing realtor will get a text alerting them to the interested party and the agent will call the prospective buyer to follow up on the inquiry. The Ohio Association of Realtors President Club Award Winners for 2012 for Emerson Wagner Realty Co., Inc. included Tom Middleton ~ Award of Distinction for Sales in Excess of 2.5 Million, Nikki Loudenback ~ Award of Achievement for Sales in Excess of 1 Million, David Fleming ~ Award of Achievement for Sales in Excess of 1 Million. These Realtors have performed at the highest level for their industry. In this business it is easy to say you’re the best, but the proof is in the awards from the Ohio Association of Realtors. Emerson Wagner Realty welcomed 5 new agents in 2012. They include: Jim Weaver, Jaime & Travis Weldy, Becky Reese and Ryan Fleming. The company operates offices in Sidney, Troy, Russia & Urbana and has additional agents in Fort Loramie, Botkins, Jackson Center, Anna, Versailles and St. Marys. Our website can lead buyers to properties for sale in Auglaize, Mercer, Shelby, Logan, Miami and Champaign Counties. By everyone’s estimate, 2013 will be a great year in the housing market. Emerson Wagner Realty will continue to work diligently to help our buying and selling clients meet their objectives.

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Honda believes in ‘Power of Dreams’ Honda, with an engine plant at Anna, says one very simple statement defines the company: “We believe in the Power of Dreams.” Honda says it has

learned over time that dreams do not have boundaries, and Honda does not want boundaries in its thinking. For 30 years, this spirit has allowed our

highly skilled Ohio associates to set new standards for quality and excellence in the development and manufacturing of top-quality Honda and Acura automobiles.

Their dreams and visions inspire the company to continuously improve its industryleading performance, the quality of its products and the exceptional safety and environmental standards of its operations.

Associates at the Ohio facilities in 2012 continued developing and producing industry-leading products and technologies with the introduction of an all-new Acura RDX, an all-new Honda Accord and an entirely new “Earth Dreams

Technology” powertrain lineup. Honda has two automotive production powerhouses in Ohio—the Marysville Auto Plant, located in Union County, and Logan County’s East Liberty Auto Plant. See HONDA/Page 39

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NKTELCO them twice on Channel 3 for the local communities, as well as once on WOSN Lima. Local businesses sponsor the games and honor players for extraordinary performances. The customers have become quite accustomed to the programs. In 2010 they built a mobile HD studio capable of mixing 8 HD camera feeds and prewired most of the gymnasiums and football stadiums in the area. The mobile studio has filmed a number of

From Page 34 major events such as Country Concert in the Hills, Hobart Arena, The Schottenstien Center events, and several corporate training seminars. NKTelco offers cable advertisement for their local and network channels and can assist a business with creating a new video commercial or use one they already have. Local advertising is very effective and affordable. We look forward to serving you!

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From Page 38 vehicle and the all-new 2013 Acura RDX luxury SUV. Today, the Anna Engine Plant, Honda’s largest engine plant in the world, produces fuelefficient V6 and fourcylinder automobile engines for a wide variety of Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks. The plant’s annual production capacity of 1.18 million engines means it produces enough engines to stretch, end-to-end, from Cincinnati to Cleveland and back again. The Anna plant also manufactures driveshafts, crankshafts, camshafts and cylinder sleeves. Anna’s skilled associates and high-tech production facility will help lead Honda’s next generation of engine development with a set of technological powertrain advancements called ‘Earth Dreams Technology’. These advancements are part of Honda’s goal to replace its entire powertrain lineup over the next three years and to be the fuel-efficiency leader in every segment. This includes new Earth Dreams four-cylinder and V6 engines for the

upcoming 2013 Accord models. The all-new, 2-4liter direct-injection, four-cylinder engine for the new Accord will be joined with Honda’s newly developed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for mid-size vehicles. Honda’s Transmission Mtg. of America, Inc near Russells Point, Ohio received a major facelift in 2012 to produce Honda’s next generation of Earth Dreams transmission technology—including Honda’s new CVT. Home to the production of sophisticated automatic gear-driven transmissions and CVTs, this plant also manufactures high-tech four-wheel drive systems for Honda and Acura models produced in North America, along with precision gears for its transmissions and four-wheel-drive systems. Honda R&D Americas Inc is responsible for creating advanced products and technologies from initial concept through the start of mass production. The associates at the Ohio Center—Honda’s largest R&D center out-

side Japan—are engaged in “complete product creation” of all-new products fore Honda and Acura customers. More than 1,300 associates at Honda’s expansive R&D center near Raymond, Ohio, develop new products by engaging in market and technology research, engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement, and support for the start of mass production. Engineers at the Ohio Center are also developing cutting-edge technologies that support Honda’s leadership in fuel efficiency and product safety. Honda’s R&D centers have formed partnerships with universities and colleges to advance fundamental research in a full spectrum of disciplines for their uses in future products. For example, through the Mobility Innovation Exchange (MIX) programs, scientists and engineers at Honda R&D collaborate with faculty and students at The Ohio State University on cutting-edge research. The research focuses

on making practical advancements to Honda and Acura products while also advancing OSU’s educational mission. Located in Columbus, Honda Research Institute USA Inc. conducts novel material-science research that focuses on new uses of nano-materials as catalysts, and the development of materials that enhance energy conversion and energy storage. This research opens new possibilities for miniaturization and energy efficiency, including much more powerful and compact computers, solar cells and fuel cells, as well as new composite materials for automobiles and planes. Honda’s environmental vision calls for realizing freedom of mobility where people can enjoy life in a sustainable society. Today, Honda’s Ohio facilities are working to carry out the company’s passion for advancements in environmental stewardship. Honda’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions hinges on improving energy efficiency of our products and reducing the impact of its op-

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erations in Ohio and globally. To this end, Honda has set a target to globally reduce CO2 emissions from its automobiles and other products by 30 percent by the year 2020. Honda reuses and recycles more than 95 percent of all waste materials from its manufacturing operations and in 2011, Honda achieved its goal to eliminate nearly all waste going to local landfills. Honda’s plants in Ohio are implementing advanced manufacturing technologies to build the next generation of passenger cars and light trucks, as well as the engines and transmissions that power them. From late 2010 to early 2012, Honda has announced more than $500 million in investments to streamline operations and innovate manufacturing at its four Ohio plants. With these investments, and guided by the expertise and visions of its Ohio associates, Honda will continue to create the revolutionary products that meet the needs of its customers and society.

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Together these two manufacturing giants have the annual capacity to produce nearly 700,000 passenger cars and light truck models on their three flexible manufacturing lines. Since 1982, the two plants have produced nearly 15 million vehicles in the state of Ohio. In addition, all three auto production lines in Ohio finished among the top five assemble lines for quality in all of North and South America in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study. Last year the Marysville plant celebrated 30 years of auto production by producing the all-new ninth generation Honda Accord. This iconic leader in the mid-sized passenger car segment has been a production at the plant since 1982. Associates at the Marysville plant also exclusively produce the Acura TL luxury sedan. On its single line, associates at the East Liberty Auto Plant build the segment-leading Honda CR-V compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV), the sophisticated Honda Crossover utility

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Shelby County Progress 2 of 4 2013  

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Shelby County Progress 2 of 4 2013  

Shelby County Progress 2 of 4 2013