CHAMBER NEWS
November 2017
Chamber Myths

Debunking the Myths:
Facts Behind the Fiction 

Myth 2: Chamber endorses/opposes candidates for public office
 
Fact: Long-standing Chamber board policy to neither support nor oppose any local, state or federal candidate for office. T he Chamber o n occasion may support or oppose local, state or national ballot initiatives, especially those that impact business.

**This is the second article in the series, "Chamber Myths", intended to debunk the myths and provide facts about the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce.
CHAMBER'S NEW HOURS
(as of November 1st)

Monday through Friday
9am to 4pm
CHAMBER & CRAWFORD PARTNERSHIP HOLD
ANNUAL MANUFACTURING BREAKFAST
In a collaboration between the two organizations, the Third Annual Manufacturing Breakfast was held at the Galion High School Cafetorium on Wednesday, October 18 th at 7:30 am with over 60 people in attendance.

The crowd was welcomed by Chamber President, Joe Kleinknecht and after the pledge of allegiance and the invocation by Pastor Rick Maddox, breakfast prepared by Avita Nutrition Services was served.

The program began with Gary Frankhouse, Executive Director of the Crawford Partnership, talking about the $7.5 million in capital improvements locally and the great relationship in the community between the city, the school district and local manufacturing.
Frankhouse then showed a video (taken by his son, Wilson) that featured the WAGE program, which is run by the Crawford Partnership.

The program takes high school students on trips to local manufacturers, where tours of the facilities show the types of jobs and skills that are needed to work in those places, as well as the types of opportunities that are available locally.
With computers and robots and other advancements in technology, Frankhouse admitted that the number of manufacturing jobs available is going to lessen. However, the jobs available are going to require more skills and will pay even higher wages.

When first started, the WAGE program concentrated on the manufacturing sector, but has since branched out to include other types of businesses. Those involved in this year’s program included Avita Hospital, Lifetouch and Longstreth Memorials. Local financial institutions are also being included in the program.

Frankhouse, noted that Ohio’s economy is based on the manufacturing sector and that Crawford County is no different. He then shared these interesting stats:

Manufacturing in Ohio
· Ohio ranks 3 rd in Nation for MFG employment
· MFG is largest of 20 Sectors in Ohio
· 97% of Manufactures expect the economy to grow
· Ohio as a Country would rank as 33 rd largest based upon manufacturing

Manufacturing Crawford County
· Average earnings per Job $52,339 per RGP Northwest
· 2,795 jobs which is 40% above National Average
· 121 Manufactures

Erin Stine, Community Development Director for the Partnership and Joe Kleinknecht presented awards  to the following in recognition of their “Leadership, Service, Loyalty and Dedication to the Local Manufacturing Industry”:

·          Longstreth Inc. – Monuments & Burial Vault Team
·          Ryan Caldwell – Eagle Crusher
·          Jeff Cullen – Eagle Crusher
·          John Griffith – Eagle Crusher
·          David Kuns - Crossroads
·          Joshua Laferty – Urban Industries
·          Lynn Martin - Lifetouch
·          Jeran Pollock – Elliott Machine Works
·          Rick Rinehart – Tramec Sloan
·          Jennifer Wolfe – Covert Manufacturing

Mayor Tom O’Leary spoke about the On the Job Training Program that provide financial assistance for businesses hiring new employees. He also shared, that after Avita, the next 10 or 15 largest employers in the city are manufacturers. O’Leary said, “It is still the heart of this community.”

Galion City Schools Superintendent Jim Grubbs also commented on the collaboration within the community. “We are trying to prepare students for the opportunities that are available,” he said. “We’ve added a global logistics program to the curriculum and we’re looking to add more programs that include the skills local manufacturers need.”

The annual manufacturing breakfast gives local businesses a chance to publicly acknowledge their employees.
Chamber Welcomes New Ambassador

The Chamber is excited to announce that Melissa Miller has recently joined the Chamber Ambassador Team. Melissa will be assisting with and reaching out to our members about upcoming Chamber events.
Melissa is a Galion native who came back to her hometown 13 years ago to raise her children closer to family. She has been with Bankers Life for 13 years as a Field Recruiting Specialist and enjoys applying the skills from her "day job" to her volunteer activities as a Chamber Ambassador, PTO board member and Experience Galion board member. She has 2 children, Autumn (9) and Timmy (7) and has been married to her husband Chad for 13 years. In her spare time she enjoys....wait - what spare time?!

Galion Montage Print Completed   


This unique pen and ink print is now available at the Chamber office.

If you have ordered prints from the artist, please stop in soon to pick them up and check out the framing options.

Also, we have additional prints for sale for $10, or signed and numbered prints for $25. Framing options through our Chamber member Clady's are also available with order forms available at the office.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS

Jefferson Township Trustees , Kathryn Weber, 5853 Crestline Rd., Crestline, Ohio 44827, 419-569-5835

Ohio Specialty Services (used vehicles), J. R. Jenney, 245 Harding Way W., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-468-4000

Depot Deli , Mike Zappa, 141 N. Seltzer St., Crestline, Ohio 44827, 419-405-4105
ATTORNEY STEVE TILSON: recently received the Ramey Award from the Ohio State Bar Association for distinguished community service for having exemplified a lifetime of service to the public and to the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism. 
THE CANDI BAR: Celebrated 6 years in business! From their tiny shop on Liberty to their existing location at 125 Harding Way East, they continue to grow. 
Visit them and take advantage of their daily specials all week.
DOC'S DELI: Celebrated 10 YEARS on October 22.
Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email mjones@galion-crestlinechamber.org so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.
The Chamber and Ohio Specialty Services, Galion Motor Ranch held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 12 to welcome this new business to Uptowne Galion.
The Galion Historical Society held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 24th for the new ramp allowing handicap access to the Old Grace Church.
REGIONAL BUSINESS EXPO A SUCCESS
The BIGGEST Regional Chamber Business Delaware Area, Galion-Crestline Area, Marion Area and Wyandot County EXPO! This year’s EXPO was held on Thursday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility. The EXPO included 77 Exhibitors and over 300 attendees. The EXPO was FREE to attending Chamber Members. Members enjoyed networking, adult beverages from local wineries and breweries and appetizers. Thanks to EXPO SPONSORS A-1 Printing Inc., All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility, First Citizens National Bank, Merrill Lynch - The Vincent Fogle Olson Group, Mizik Miller & Company Inc. The Accounting Professionals Velocity Valuation Group, OhioHealth, Verne Hart Insurance (An Independent Agency Representing Grange Insurance
Join Us for a Cup of Coffee and Conversation.
Free and Open to All!
Crawford-Marion ADAMH Renewal Levy

 
On November 7 th , the Crawford-Marion Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board will be asking voters in Crawford County to renew its existing 1-mill levy. The millage has not increased since the levy was first passed in 1987. For a home valued at $100,000, the levy will cost $27.12 annually or $2.26 per month.
 
The levy supports many services including - but not limited to - prevention and mental health services in schools, services for addiction and services that help individuals gain and maintain employment. In Fiscal Year 2017, ADAMH-funded agencies served more than 4,800 people-- meaning our work affects over 10% of the residents of Crawford County every year.
 
Please refer to our Levy Fact Sheet below for additional information. We appreciate your consideration and ask for your support on November 7th. 
 
For questions or to request levy materials, please contact Brad DeCamp by phone at 740-387-8531 or by e-mail at brad.decamp@mcadamh.com .
Galion Historical Society Open House

On Tuesday, October 24th, the Galion Historical Society, held an open house for the community, "Spirits with the Spirits."

Approximately 150 community members had the chance to tour a decorated Brownella Cottage and enjoy wine and beer sampling from the 1803 Taproom, Fox Winery and the Forty Buzzards Winery. Rusman Farms and Cake & Icing we serving tasty meats and treats outside, with other vendors inside the cottage.

Thank you the Galion Historical Society for opening your doors to Galion and for your continued support of our community!
Efficiency Smart’s Tips to Help
Businesses Save Energy and Money

Efficiency Smart partners with the City of Galion to provide energy efficiency services for Galion Electric Division customers. Efficiency Smart provides technical advice and offers rebates to help Galion businesses complete energy efficiency projects that increase their profitability and saves them money year after year. These services are available to Galion businesses at no additional costs on their next project.

Efficiency Smart offers the following tips to help businesses get started on saving energy: 

  • Light Your Facility Efficiently: Many lighting upgrades can pay for themselves in energy savings within two years. Consider switching to LEDs and using lighting sensors that automatically turn off lights in infrequently used rooms.
  • Upgrade HVAC Systems: Upgrading to higher efficiency heating, cooling and air conditioning systems (HVAC) can lead to significant energy savings. There are many ways to avoid an upfront investment, such as hiring an energy service company or financing.  
  • Install a Building Energy Control System: Properly manage temperatures in your facility by zone, based on activity in the building. This can help save energy by not heating areas that are empty.
  • Follow the Four Ts: Facility managers can follow the 4Ts when developing an effective energy efficiency strategy.
  • Turn off equipment that is not in use
  • Turn down thermostats, water heaters, and light levels during unoccupied hours
  • Tune up equipment to ensure it is operating efficiently
  • Tear out old equipment and replace it as a last resort

Efficiency Smart’s energy engineers can help identify energy savings projects and provide cost-benefit analysis to help prioritize potential energy efficiency improvements. Financial incentives are also available for eligible energy efficiency projects.

For more information about Efficiency Smart’s services, or to speak to someone who can help your business identify ways to save energy, contact Efficiency Smart by calling 877-889-3777, or by visiting www.efficiencysmart.org/galion-ohio
On the Job Training Available Through
Crawford County Job & Family Services
 
Designed to assist business with the cost of training eligible new hires. Reimburses 50% of wages up to $6,000 at 2 payment points: upon completion of initial training period and then 90 days after that (retention). It’s easy to register as an On the Job Training provider and once signed up the program can be accessed as needed.  Pick who you want and train how you want, we will qualify new hires either onsite or at our office.  If your new hire qualifies, then it is just a matter of completing a simple training plan which lists the skills they will need to learn and a timeline for doing so.  Positions must be permanent, at least 30 hours per week, and lead to self-sufficiency. Eligible candidates may qualify for additional services such as vocational training and/or supportive services. Can OJT be used for current employees? Yes, if they qualify and are getting a skill/pay upgrade.  How does a new hire or current employee qualify? Generally, should be a Crawford County resident and lower income or a dislocated worker. 

Contact Angela Neef, Ohio Means Jobs - Crawford County at Job & Family Services 419-563-1568 for more information.
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
~Walter Elias Disney

In keeping with the back-to-school season and doing new things, CareWorksComp has a few educational opportunities to share with you that we hope you will consider: a Risk Reduction Workshop, and Two Hour Group Safety Training classes. Information for these is included here, as well as some updates from our Safety and Unemployment Departments and more thoughts on our strategic implementation of cost containment measures.

One important deadline coming up:

*         November 13, 2017: Group Rating enrollment deadline. Please return your enrollment documents to be filed in the 2018 program. If you are already in group rating and qualify for the 2018 rate year, you will be automatically renewed into next year’s program .
GALION CITY COUNCIL