Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership presents... ISSUE 13 - WINTER 2015
Inside this Issue NEW SCHOOL OPENS IN BOTKINS Dedication set for January 2015... PAGE 2
NEW HOTEL OPENS IN SIDNEY Holiday Inn Express and Suites offers 80 state-ofthe-art rooms... PAGE 2
FACILITY UNDERGOES SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS Dedicated to offering cuttingedge solutions... PAGE 3
New Wilson Medical Building to be Named After Former President and CEO Wilson Memorial’s proposed 48,000 sq. ft. medical office building will pay homage to an inspiring figure who led WMH for over 40 years, Mr. Thomas J. Boecker. Wilson Memorial held a groundbreaking ceremony on the hospital campus and the formal announcement was made by the hospital’s chairman of the board, Ken Monnier. “Today we celebrate growth at Wilson Memorial. Mr. Boecker inspired tremendous growth throughout his tenure at Wilson Memorial so it is only fitting to honor his legacy by naming the new medical building after him.” The new building will be named the Thomas Boecker Professional Building and will be the future home of Wilson Care physician practices currently located in Sidney. Wilson Care is a multi-specialty physician group consisting of over 30 providers with offices located throughout Shelby County. The Wilson Care practices in Sidney specialize in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, ENT and endocrinology and are located both on and off campus in independent offices. The goal of the new medical building is to bring these practices all under one roof. “We are pleased to be part of the
Participants in the ceremonial first shovelful of dirt included, from left, Craig Lannoye,Wilson Memorial’s vice president of operations; Ken Monnier, chairman of the board; Mark Dooley, president and CEO; Thomas J. Boecker, former president and CEO; Dr. Frederick Simpson, medical director; and Gary Giffen, executive director of Wilson Care Physician Network.
economic growth in Sidney and Shelby County,” said Mark Dooley, president and CEO, Wilson Memorial. “The Thomas Boecker Professional Building expansion project is just one more way that we are continuing to meet our community’s health needs, close to home.” The ground-breaking marked the beginning of the two year construction project set to be completed in 2016. Wilson Memorial has contracted with the Dayton-based App Architecture firm on the design of the building and Ferguson Construction Company will be the assigned contractor.
Botkins Schools Open New Building BOTKINS LOCAL SCHOOL “This new school promises a brighter tomorrow for the community and a stronger future for area children.” On November 8, 2011, the Botkins voters approved a 7.99 mill levy to build a 105,000 square foot facility at a total cost of $24.4 million. This project was a partnership between the Botkins Board of Education and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), with the OSFC paying 75% of the total cost. The new building was designed to accommodate 645 students with space for students from kindergarten through high school. The ground-breaking ceremony in April 2013 launched construction of what is today a state-of-the-art facility
with two academic wings, a cafeteria, a vocational agricultural lab with greenhouse, a business tech area, a gymnasium and a media center. The media center features a 32 foot mural painted by local art teacher, Dan Knepper. This new school promises a brighter tomorrow for the community and a stronger future for area children. After a dedication ceremony in January 2015, the 43 member staff is looking forward to continuing their tradition of academic excellence for their students.
New Hotel Opens in Sidney In October, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened its doors to a new 80-room hotel in Sidney that offers both standard style guest rooms and suites. According to General Manager Jennifer Thieman, this state-of-theart hotel features special in-room amenities such as free wireless internet, microwave and refrigerator, and 42” flat panel LCD TVs. In addition, guests are sure to enjoy the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, 24hour business center, conference and meeting room, and complimentary hot breakfast buffet served up fresh daily. According to N.B. Patel,Vice President, the new hotel represents a $4.8 million investment by Sunrise Hospitality Inc. of Van Wert, Ohio. Sunrise Hospitality operates 12 hotels in the Ohio-Indiana area, which include properties in Van Wert, Perrysburg, Mansfield, and Lima. Located just off I-75 at Exit 92 in Sidney, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Folkerth Avenue, is just a short
drive to Downtown Sidney, all the Villages of Shelby County, Minster, New Bremen, and Piqua as well. Leisure and business travelers alike are sure to find a relaxing stay and a good night’s sleep at Sidney’s newest hotel.
P&R Communications Undergoes Renovations In late December, P&R Communications opened its newly renovated building at 736 South Vandemark Road. This 7,600 sq. ft. facility is one they’ve occupied since 2010 and have further invested to solidify their presence in Sidney and their commitment to clients in this area. P&R is a consultative, comprehensive wireless solutions provider with locations in Dayton, Toledo, and Sidney. Company-wide they employ more than 60 people in sales, technical service, customer service, installation, engineering, and project management. P&R Communications has a diversified product portfolio that includes 2-way radios and radio systems, wireless broadband solutions, internet service, fleet management/vehicle tracking products, paging, and
emergency response vehicle siren and lighting applications for both commercial and public safety clients. In addition, they own and maintain 16 tower sites throughout Western Ohio on which they lease space for wireless applications. P&R Communications Service is a technology company dedicated to offering cutting-edge solutions to their customers – from inception to implementation. They are a certified Motorola Premier Partner & Elite Specialist that sells high-end technology equipment manufactured by others as well. Major customers include many public safety and municipal agencies throughout Western Ohio, as well as major manufacturing plants, transportation companies and schools.
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In mid-December, the much anticipated Brew Nation Bake House and Bistro officially opened their doors in downtown Sidney. Brew Nation is a locally based restaurant owned by Kim,Vance, Shelbi, and Sidney Nation. According to Shelbi, Brew Nation hired seven locally inspired employees that share their passion for great food, fun, family and community. Being no strangers to Sidney,Vance worked at Cargill as Sales Manager for 10 years. At that time he brought his wife Kim and two daughters, Shelbi and Sidney to the area with him. Shelbi manages the new restaurant. The Nation family offers special appreciation to the folks at Shreves Construction for bringing the Brew
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Nation vision to reality. According to the Nation’s, the project did take some time to complete, but looking back they see it as a wonderful journey shared with local contractors, local officials, and the team at the Miami Valley Building organization. For their guests Brew Nation Bake House and Bistro offers a full espresso bar, a wide assortment of traditional and specialty coffees, wood-fired pizzas, Paninis, wraps, house made salads and soups. The restaurant is located at 110 East Poplar Street on the north side of the Shelby County court square. Hours are Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Inside This Issue • New Wilson Medical Building Named • Botkins Schools Open New Building • New Hotel Opens in Sidney • P&R Communications Undergoes Renovation • Brew Nation Opens for Business • WODC Adopts New Name/Brand
Thank You to our contributors: SSEP; Kari Egbert, City of Sidney; Julie Ehemann,The County of Shelby; and Jeff Raible, Sidney-Shelby County Chamber. The publishers invite your comments, suggestions, story ideas, and sponsorship of future issues. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mike Dodds - email@example.com *For a free digital copy of Shelby Sizzles, please visit www.choosesidneyshelby.com
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West Ohio Development Council Adopts New Name and Brand The West Ohio Development Council is now the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership. Beginning November 2014, the Council assumed the new name and brand. The name change and rebrand are a result of the strategic planning process the Council recently undertook. The West Ohio Development Council was established in 1983 during a time of double digit unemployment, inflation and interest rates. Community leaders at that time decided that a more proactive approach to economic development needed to be done. They formed the West Ohio Development Council. This model is used by many economic development organizations today. The Council’s main goal then, as it is now, is to help create and maintain job opportunities here. Since 1983, over 17,000 new jobs have been created in Shelby County. Also in 1983, only a few counties had a separate and distinct economic development group such as the West Ohio Development Council. Today, following the lead of the Council, nearly all
counties in Ohio and adjacent states have their own economic development group. In 1983, the Council provided services to neighboring counties, but now serves only Shelby County. Consequently, it became apparent that the name should be changed to better reflect the service area. Council Board members worked closely with a local company to create the new logo. The logo discloses Shelby County’s strong industrial and agricultural heritage. The brand also reflects the partnerships that exist between business, government, and neighboring counties to promote economic development in West Central Ohio. While the name and brand will change, the mission will stay the same – Help Create and Maintain Job Opportunities in Shelby County.