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1-800-288-2269 • www.jomory.com Commercial • Industrial • Residential • Electrical • Heating • Air Conditioning • Ventilation • Plumbing • Mory Metal Fabrication • Fire Protection • Duct Cleaning • Process Piping • Design Build • Engineering • Indoor Air Quality • Control Panels • Video/Locate Service • Construction Management • Service Plus Agreements • Equipment Manufacturing

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J.O. MORY, INC.

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Custom design/build capabilities Your company can incorporate our services as your lead management team or strictly as support for your existing team, using our technology and knowledge to your best advantage. We offer: • In-house drafting and engineering • AutoCAD and DataCAD software • Component sizing and equipment selection software • A complete code library for current requirements and environmental standards • Strong vendor and supplier relationships

“J.O. Mory, Inc. is committed to the residential, commercial and industrial customer. We achieve this by delivering superior value and service through a qualified workforce, quality products, leading-edge technology and understanding the needs of our customer, for whom we continue to provide peace of mind through our pride and relentless drive for progressive improvement in both our products and services.” Since 1892, we have built more than commercial HVAC and custom equipment. We’ve developed a strong reputation for service and design, installation and maintenance of complete mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems. We are a recognized leader in electrical, heating, cooling and air purification, and our custom design/build machine fabrication is reaching global dimensions.

and economically. • Electrical system design and layout • Load calculations • Lighting design • Plant re-lighting systems • Alarm systems

Mechanical services The mechanical services division provides comprehensive installation and maintenance of all commercial and industrial mechanical systems: • Plumbing • Process piping for liquid and air-driven equipment • Heating and cooling systems • Air purification • Sheet metal manufacturing • Fire protection systems: wet and dry (foam and deluge sprinkler), fire pumps and accessories

Electrical services Trained specifically to design, install and maintain a variety of electrical systems and operations of every level and type, working with your staff to develop a customized network to handle your workload safely

Machine build & custom metal fabrication Our ISO 9001:2015-registered sheet metal division offers 24,000 square feet of in-house fabrication and machine manufacturing, blending the latest technology with the highest-grade materials. Capabilities include light- to heavy-gauge sheet metal material capacity, and our design engineers will blueprint machinery to match any specifications. • Custom fabricating and welding • Large-quantity component fabrication • Conveyor systems • Systems integration


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COUNTY STATISTICS NOBLE COUNTY

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102 N. Main Street, Kendallville, IN 46755

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Total population: 47,309 50.1% male 49.9% female Median age: 38 Educational attainment Less than 9th grade: 5.92% Grade 9-12: 8.61% High school: 40.97% Some college: 20.11% Associate degree: 9.45% Bachelor’s degree: 10.36% Graduate degree: 4.57% Income and spending Median household income: $57,822 How do people spend most of their money? Shelter: $11,774 Transportation: $10,314 Food and beverages: $8,335 Health care: $4,896 Utilities: $4,304

LAGRANGE COUNTY

Total population: 39,642 50.65% male 49.35% female Median age: 31 Educational attainment Less than 9th grade: 26.3% 9th-12th grade: 7.98% High School: 33.63% Some college: 14.45% Associate degree: 6.46% Bachelor’s degree: 7.78% Graduate degree: 3.4% Income and spending Median household income: $63,716 How do people spend most of their money? Shelter: $12,155 Transportation: $10,585 Food and beverages: $8,614 Health care: $5,018 Utilities: $4,399 — Information from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Two Convenient Locations: Butler Mill Service Co. Butler, IN Columbia City Mill Service Co. Columbia City, IN

LOW COST STONE ALTERNATIVE for Driveways, Farm Lanes & Parking Lots Contractors: Please contact Kurt Crowel at (219) 406 - 1194 Residential: Please contact Michelle Hutchins at (260) 438 - 7743 Visit www.duraberm.com for more information. EdwCLevy_111308 1/2 pg H

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Noble County Establishments by Sector (in 2018)

LaGrange County Establishments by Sector (in 2018)

Total Establishments

887

Total Establishments

910

Total Private Establishments

834

Total Private Establishments

861

Manufacturing

127

Manufacturing

168

Retail Trade

123

Retail Trade

137

Construction

92

Construction

125

Accommodation and Food Service

75

Accommodation and Food Service

65

Other Services

66

Other Services

59

Professional and Tech. Servs.

57

Federal, State, & Local Govt.

49

Federal, State, & Local Govt.

53

Wholesale Trade

46

Finance and Insurance

47

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunt

41

Wholesale Trade

45

Transport. and Warehousing

41

Health Care and Social Assistance

43

Professional and Tech. Servs.

41

Real Estate, Rental, Leasing

37

Health Care and Social Assistance

37

Transport. and Warehousing

35

Real Estate, Rental, Leasing

30

Admin. and Waste Services

35

Admin. and Waste Services

27

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunt

24

Finance and Insurance

24

Arts, Entertain., and Recreation

10

Arts, Entertain., and Recreation

8

Educational Services

6

Information

5

Utilities

5

Utilities

3

Information

5

Mgmt. of Companies

3

— Information from Hoosiers by the Numbers

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Noble County Average Employment by Sector (in 2018)

LaGrange County Average Employment by Sector (in 2018)

Total Employment

18,556

Total Employment

14,520

Total Private Employment

16,666

Total Private Employment

13,235

Manufacturing

9,137

Manufacturing

7,469

Federal, State, & Local Govt.

1,890

Federal, State, & Local Govt.

1,285

Retail Trade

1,613

Retail Trade

1,231

Health Care and Social Assistance

1,205

Accommodation and Food Service

990

Accommodation and Food Service

1,127

Health Care and Social Assistance

744

Construction

525

Wholesale Trade

678

Admin. and Waste Services

518

Construction

656

Other Services

444

Other Services

311

Wholesale Trade

380

Finance and Insurance

238

Professional and Tech. Servs.

343

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunt

227

Transport. and Warehousing

273

Professional and Tech. Servs.

169

Finance and Insurance

261

Admin. and Waste Services

149

Educational Services

193

Transport. and Warehousing

132

Information

191

Real Estate, Rental, Leasing

69

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunt

185

Utilities

38

Real Estate, Rental, Leasing

108

Arts, Entertain., and Recreation

33

Utilities

61

Information

23

Arts, Entertain., and Recreation

58

Mgmt. of Companies

20

— Information from Hoosiers by the Numbers

Seeking a new job? Here’s what to look for BY METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION Professionals change jobs for various reasons. But regardless of what’s behind a career change, many people can benefit by looking for things in a new job that can make them happy both professionally and personally. • Salary: Of course everyone would love to earn more money when changing jobs, but there is more to changing jobs than just improving your bottom line. As you begin your job search, consider how much you currently earn and if that allows you to live a life you love. If so, don’t overemphasize finding a new job that pays considerably more than your

currently earn. On the flip side, young professionals who want to start a family in the years ahead should consider the costs associated with such a decision and how the salaries they earn at their next jobs may affect what they want down the road. • Work/life balance: Before beginning your search for a new job, think about why you want to switch careers or companies. Long hours often leads to burnout. If you’re looking for a new job because you’re burned out, try to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance. A study from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen found

that, with the curious exception of people who work more than 55 hours per week, stress rises accordingly with the numbers of hours worked each week. Keep that in mind if your goal is to find a job that affords you a better work/life balance. • Satisfaction: When attempting to achieve a better work/life balance, it can be easy to overlook satisfaction at work in exchange for more time at home. But studies have shown that feeling satisfied by what you do can have a profound impact on your overall happiness. It’s possible to find an engaging career that still affords you time away from work, and such a career can ultimately pave the

way toward a happier life. • Commute: Bending over backward simply to get to work and then get home from work can have an incredibly negative impact on your life. A study from the Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom found that commuters, especially those who spend between 60 and 90 minutes commuting to work, have lower life satisfaction and lower levels of happiness compared to people who don’t commute. Before accepting a job offer, estimate your commute time to and from the new office and try to determine the impact of that commute on your quality of life.


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KENDALLVILLE IRON & METAL Products and Services

Kendallville Iron & Metal provides a superior scrap metal recycling service with competitive scrap metal prices for a wide variety of recyclable metals. Weighing is on state-certified scales with prompt unloading. The family-owned business is licensed and has been meeting the metal recycling needs of Northeast Indiana since 1964. A partial list of accepted materials includes copper, brass, radiators, aluminum, aluminum cans, stainless, appliances, catalytic converters, junk vehicles, motors, batteries, scrap steel, farm equipment and tin. Call the company for information on the complete list. Pickup services for scrap metal and junk vehicles can be arranged. Kendallville Iron & Metal is a state-licensed recycling and waste disposal facility that complies with all federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

Company History

Since 1964, when there were three employees and just as many pieces of equipment, KIM has used its entrepreneurial spirit to focus and grow its core competencies. From those early beginnings, KIM has become diverse with a full-service scrap metal buying and processing facility, waste hauling service and a state licensed waste transfer facility. Kendallville Iron & Metal started in a concrete building off Main Street that’s now home to a Northern Indiana Fuel & Light Co. office, behind the Family Video store. Ted Spidel acquired the business from Isadore Kleiman and incorporated Kendallville Iron & Metal in October 1964. At the time of acquisition, Kendallville Iron & Metal consisted of two employees, a couple of dump trucks and a tractor with a front-end loader bucket on a half-acre of land. Today, Kendallville Iron & Metal is a 20-acre operation at 243 E.

Lisbon Road and is a multimillion-dollar business, with a third generation of the family now involved in running it. In the early years, the business sustained itself by working with local industries. Ted Spidel obtained a service contract with the Kraft Foods plant in Kendallville. The scrap caramel, chocolate, marshmallow and marshmallow creme the plant was sending to the landfill was picked up by Kendallville Iron & Metal and sold to Amish farmers for animal feed. In 1989, the company was one of the first in the state to obtain a special solid-waste processing permit renewable every five years. Solid waste headed to the landfills is brought to the company’s Lisbon Road transfer station, where recyclables including metal, wood and concrete are separated from the trash. The recyclables are sold to consumers, and the remaining trash is transported to landfills.

Mission Statement or Philosophy

Over the years KIM has developed its business philosophies in order to provide the general public and businesses of Northeast Indiana with an environmentally sound means for recycling and disposing of unwanted materials while reducing the waste stream going into area landfills. The company pledges fair and honest service to every customer, prompt and safe unloading with no long waits, instant cash paid to individuals, prompt payment to commercial accounts, and competitive pricing based on market value.

Community Activity

The company continues to make contributions to the YMCA, Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce, local youth sport programs, Junior Achievement, Noble County 4-H, the Mid-America Windmill Museum, Noble County Community Fair, and East Noble High School extracurricular programs.

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cLaughlin Furnace Group is defined by its core values of using advanced technology to bring the most efficient, maintenance-friendly, and customer driven designs to the forefront of the heat treat industry. Following record years for both McLaughlin Services and Vesco-McLaughlin, McLaughlin Furnace Group has set the bar high for 2019 with the release and production of its first Tru-Carb IQ Furnaces. These furnaces will utilize state-of-the-art technology, proving to be one of the most process and energy efficient furnaces on the market to-date. To start the year, McLaughlin

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Furnace Group has been manufacturing an influx of Tru-Mix™ Endo Generators. Replacing older, energy inefficient generators with new high turn-down generators has proven an effective solution for customers nationwide. Overall, McLaughlin Furnace Group is excited to see where rapidly changing technology can take the heat treat industry in 2019. New inventory management, service, quoting, and CRM software have also proven advantageous for McLaughlin Furnace Group. Being able to provide accelerated and top-notch service to customers has continually increased with new software implementations.

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We have to start with the family, the history, the dedication to quality. Miller Poultry, a family-owned company, has been producing the highest quality chicken since purchasing the processing plant in 1992. The growth of the business is beyond what the family ever imagined and feel very grateful to employ such dedicated employees. The entire operation is quite complex but without its valued employees, none of it would be possible. The company sells chicken in many local, area and regional store chains, including Kroger, Spartan, Meijer, Whole Foods, Martin’s, Mariono’s, SuperValue and more. The company continues to seek employees to be a part of their team where many opportunities exist. Giving back and being involved in the community have always been a part of the company’s standard. Thousands of pounds of chicken are given to food banks, fundraisers and community efforts to help raise money to fund projects and help feed families in need. The company’s mission statement says it all. To be a company of dedicated and faithful people producing naturally grown poultry in an ethical and efficient manner for consumers who appreciate and enjoy wholesome, great tasting food.

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Carlex! We’re more than glass… We’re the people behind the glass. At Carlex, we know serving a car owner ultimately means better serving car manufacturers and designers and those who service and repair cars. It also means providing the proper tools to our glassmakers, the people at the heart of our reputation for technology, quality and timely delivery. Our aim is to improve every interaction to make the total experience of engineering, crafting, sourcing, installing or repairing quality automotive glass a positive one for all involved. To that end, we’ve grown to meet this challenge, investing in technology, global resources and a network of the world’s most integrated glassmaking facilities and processes.

But the greatest investment is the one made by our people – generations of highly trained glassmakers who take pride in crafting everything we imagine, touch, test and deliver. Our people are the heart of who we are, what we do and how well we do it. We’re always working to improve our view through technology, innovation and service to make your view better. Clearly visionary people made us who we are and clearly visionary people will lead us into the future. We don’t just look at the glass, we see beyond the glass.

Discover YOUR potential… AUBURN GLASS PLANT – OPPORTUNITY DETAILS:

• Starting Wages: $14 General Production to $21.45 Skilled Operators • Shift Premiums: Nights & 2nd Shift = $.75 and 3rd = $.50 • Benefits: Competitive benefits package after 30 days of employment • Quarterly Profit Sharing Bonus LIGONIER GLASS PLANT – OPPORTUNITY DETAILS: • Starting Wages: $15 General Production to $21.53 Skilled Operators • Shift Premiums: Nights & 2nd Shift = $.75 and 3rd = $.50 • Benefits: Competitive benefits package after 30 days of employment • Quarterly Attendance Bonus

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Who We Are At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. We have over 70 facilities worldwide that provide innovative packaging solutions to help our customers stand out and achieve brand loyalty in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. With a product portfolio that emphasizes renewable, recycled, and recyclable materials, we are as committed to our customers and 17,000+ employees as we are to protecting the environment and giving back to the communities where we live and work. Graphic Packaging International’s history extends more than 100 years, as numerous legacy companies have joined forces to create an ever-evolving corporation. Despite our name changes over the years, our dedication to innovation, quality, and service never changes.

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NOBLE COUNTY DISPOSAL

, e l b o N g n i v lb r a K Se e D , e s g e n i t a r n u G Residential & Commercial La Co n e b u rs te a S e y d n 7 a 4 r e v o 3, 4, & 6 yard Clean up Containers for Electronic & Fluorescent Drop Off Location

1973 E US Hwy 6, Albion www.NCDisposal.com

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“Over the last 47 years … we started with one truck and one route. Today we have 11-13 trucks running per day with nine daily routes. We also provide temporary containers for cleanup purposes, recycling options, and have an on-site Bonded Recycling Electronic facility.”

NOBLE COUNTY DISPOSAL, INC. Products/Services

What are the main products or services your company provides? Trash hauler for all of northeast Indiana. We specialize in residential, commercial, cleanup containers, roll-off and recycling needs. Who are your primary customers or clients? All of northeast Indiana. How are your products made or your services performed? Weekly for residential customers. Commercial accounts we can service monthly, weekly or bi-weekly. How have your products or services changed/improved in recent years? Over the last 47 years … we started with one truck and one route. Today we have 11-13 trucks running per day with nine daily routes. We also provide temporary containers for cleanup purposes, recycling options, and have an on-site Bonded Recycling Electronic facility. What quality or service standards or awards have you received? We are a bonded facility with the state of Indiana for electronic recycling.

Company History

How long has your business been a part of the community? We have been a family-based business for more than 46 years.

How do the employees “make a difference” in either the way they do their jobs or in the way they serve their communities? They are kind and caring. If they see someone in need, they do not mind helping out. That has always been known of the Arnold family, and that sets us apart from other haulers.

Future

“We donate services for youth ball leagues, school events, Relay for Life, Harvest Festival, and Kendallville Car Show, just to name a few.” Who is the company’s founder The company was founded by G. W. Potee from Brimfield, the father of Myrna Arnold. Who is the current owner? It is a family-based business being run daily by the Arnold family — Myrna and Sam Arnold along with Chad, Brice and daughter-in-law Amy. Grandchildren are also showing an interest in the business.

Employees

How many employees does your company have? We have over 30 employees.

How do the employees contribute to the service, quality and values of your company? They go above and beyond for good quality service. Our employees are like part of the family and have adopted our principles of quality service. How do the employees contribute to innovation or the future direction of your company? They take pride in their work and respect that fact we like our facility and trucks clean at all times.

How is the Internet playing a role in your company’s future? We have our own website. www. NCDisposal.com It tells about our different services, us in general, and you can pay your bill online.

Mission Statement/Philosophy/ Community Activities

What guiding principles or philosophy does your company take pride in? The Arnold family and Noble County Disposal are both very community-service oriented. How is your company involved in the community? We donate services for youth ball leagues, school events, Relay for Life, Harvest Festival, and Kendallville Car Show, just to name a few. We are members of chambers of commerce for Kendallville and Albion. We are also a major contributor to the United Way.


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RELIABLE PMW 301 W. Ohio St., Kendallville

Mission Statement

Since 1946, our mission is to provide custom manufacturing, welding and assembled products to our customers with “quality and service.” From within every part of our company, we will provide a cost-effective product in a timely manner which meets or exceeds our customers’ expectations. Cultivating a safe and friendly work environment, encouraging success, and providing adequate training is our commitment to our employees.

Products and Services

The company manufactures products for large construction, agriculture, recreational vehicle, marine, and lawn care industries.

Company History

Harvey Charles founded Reliable Tool and Machine in 1946 after starting as a trade school student for the Ford Motor Company. He spent more than 50 years as a manufacturing expert. Reliable PMW first produced nose housings, pulleys, field cases and commentator plates for a variety of starter and generator rebuilders in its first

location, the basement of a Kendallville-based casket manufacturer. In the early 1950s, Reliable’s growth required expansion to the former Kendallville Gas Works, a facility of more than 80,000 square feet, in the heart of Kendallville. Rapid growth in the 1960s led to an expansion into a brand new building for added capacity. The 1970s and 1980s marked the expansion of product offerings, adding hub, brakes and axle assembly production for some of the largest customers in the RV and marine industries. Reliable PMW became an industry leader with its patent of Sure Lube, an innovatively designed wheel bearing system. The company’s total manufacturing capacity exceeded 250,000 square feet. The company bought its present location in 2012, allowing Reliable to consolidate all welding, machining and

assembly operations under one roof. The third generation of Harvey Charles’ family continues to operate the company.

Employees

Reliable challenges and encourages its employees to give suggestions and input on how to become better, safer, and more efficient in the eyes, of employees, customers and vendors. In order to help their employees maintain a work-life balance, an on-site health clinic provides service to employees and their families, where a doctor or nurse practitioner has the ability to diagnose and prescribe medications. Employees may also get prescriptions filled at the clinic as well as have lab work done.

Today’s Innovative Technology

Reliable is always striving to make a safer work environment, mandating safety practices such as requiring

steel-toed shoes and safety glasses in order to prevent workplace injuries. Innovation is in the company’s DNA. Solar fields, robotic welding and machining cells are quickly modernizing the industry and leading to faster returns to their customers and a safer environment for employees. A robotic packaging cell places heavy boxes on pallets where they were once done by hand. The company is constantly adding more CNC machines to match the demanding growth and needs of its customers. In the quality department, parts are accurately measured with a coordinate measuring machine to ensure that each part reaches the highest quality standard.

Community Activity

The company recently raised $875 for the American Cancer Society. Employees actively participate in the Christmas Bureau, and donate to Common Grace Ministries and to other local food pantries. They love to support local clubs, sports and recreational organizations.

125 Dedicated Employees, with operations on 3 shifts. Currently hiring for CNC Lathe and Mill Operators on 2nd and 3rd shifts, 3rd shift Material Handler and Entry-level Machining Operators for 2nd shift.

Customer Commitment

Committed to Renewable Energy

Benefits Quality & Service Since 1946 RELIABLE PRODUCTION MACHINING & WELDING

P.O Box 757 • Kendallville, Indiana 46755 (260) 347-4000 (888) 347-5566 FAX (260) 347-5552

Family Oriented

Strive for Excellence

Quality Oriented

If we are going to do it we are going to do it well

Family matters first

Core

• Life Insurance (Company Paid) Integrity Innovative Values Fair, Honest, • Health/Vision/Dental Insurance New ideas, new methods, able to be Trusted embrace change • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match Respect Teamwork • Paid Holidays Treat others like Together we can they would want make a difference • Personal Time Off (PTO) to be treated • Short Term Disability (Company Paid) • Vacation Benefits • And Much More!


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FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES

AN AMERICAN TRADITION

Families Help Power Communities

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hen it’s all in the family, it’s good for your community. Family-owned businesses play an enormous role in the U.S. economy, providing jobs and contributing to GDP. They also play a large role in local communities, with families putting their names behind products and services on which you and your neighbors can rely. To get a sense of how important these businesses are to the nation’s economy, check out these statistics from the Score Association. • Family-owned businesses employ 60 percent of the United States workforce while creating 78 percent of all new jobs. • 1.2 million family-owned small businesses are run by a husband and wife team; employment numbers range from two to thousands of people. • 19 percent of the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States are family owned.

FAMILY FARMS

Family-owned farms “remain the backbone of the agriculture industry,” with 97 percent of all U.S. farms being family owned, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports in 2015. Of those roughly 2.1 million farms, about 88 percent are

Buying at the farm also ensures that you can see where and how the food was grown.

IN IT TOGETHER

Many family-owned businesses are locally owned. The entire community has something to gain when local businesses succeed. More of your money stays local, the business contributes jobs to the local economy and often profits are re-invested locally.

UNIQUE ADVANTAGES

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By the Numbers Here is a snapshot of how family-owned businesses help the economy, according to the Conway Center for Family Business: • Family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, generate 62 percent of the country’s employment, and account for 78 percent of all new job creation. • Family-owned businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Studies have shown about

small farms, and 58 percent of direct-to-consumer sales are made by small family farms.

35 percent of Fortune 500 companies are family-controlled and represent the full spectrum of American companies from small business to major corporations. • The greatest part of America’s wealth lies with family-owned businesses. Family firms comprise 80 to 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America. • Small businesses, including many family firms, employ just over

So how can you show your support? Patronizing farmers markets and roadside produce

half of US workers. Of 113.4 million non-farm private sector workers in 2011, small firms with fewer than 500 workers employed 55 million and large firms employed 58.4 million. Firms with fewer than 20 employees employed 20.2 million. • Research shows that family businesses are less likely to lay off employees regardless of financial performance.

stands and buying direct from the farm are all great ways to get involved.

A family-owned business can provide an intimate level of service that other businesses jut can’t match. Because family-owned businesses tend to be passed down from generation to generation, chances are good that when you patronize, for example, your local butcher shop, you’ll be dealing with the same family time and again. That kind of familiarity between business and customer often makes for unparalleled service.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Given all that family-owned businesses offer, how can you show you appreciate their efforts? You don’t have to look far to find an opportunity. Consider all the goods and services you buy on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis. Are those businesses family owned? If not, check your local newspaper advertisements or take a walk down Main Street to discover family-owned enterprises you can support.

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MANAGING RISK: A GUIDE TO INSURANCE | AT WORK

Health and Safety on the Job

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s your workplace safe? For many professionals across America, the answer varies based on their line of work.

A remote writer or graphic designer, for instance, isn’t exactly in the line of fire every day when reporting for work. A factory worker surrounded by heavy, loud machinery with multiple moving parts, however, is forced to remain vigilant of his or her surroundings throughout the day. Here are some of the most common safety risks found in today’s work environments, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

SAFETY HAZARDS

• Spills on floors or tripping hazards, such as blocked aisles or cords running across the floor. • Working from heights, including ladders, scaffolds, roofs or any raised work area. • Unguarded machinery and moving machinery parts; guards removed or moving parts that a worker can accidentally touch. • Electrical hazards like frayed cords, missing ground pins and improper wiring.

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS

• Blood and other body fluids.

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• Fungi/mold. • Bacteria and viruses. • Insect bites. • Animal and bird droppings.

PHYSICAL HAZARDS

• Radiation: including ionizing and nonionizing, such as EMFs, microwaves and radio waves. • High exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. • Temperature extremes. • Constant loud noise.

ERGONOMIC HAZARDS

• Improperly adjusted workstations and chairs. • Frequent lifting. • Poor posture. • Awkward movements, especially if they are repetitive.

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

• Liquids like cleaning products, paints, acids and solvents. • Vapors and fumes that come from welding or exposure to solvents.

• Gases like acetylene, propane, carbon monoxide and helium. • Flammable materials like gasoline, solvents and explosive chemicals.

PROTECT YOURSELF: DISABILITY INSURANCE

More than one in four 20-year-olds will experience a disability for 90 days or more before they reach 67, according to the Social Security Administration. Both short-

term and long-term disability policies replace a portion of your monthly base salary up to a cap. Some long-term policies pay for extra services like training to return to the workforce. If you can’t buy disability insurance through your employer, you can purchase an individual policy by working with your local insurance broker. Most individual policies are sold for long-term coverage, but you can find shortterm options as well.

Source: Green Shoot Media


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