CHAMBER NEWS
May 2017

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Third Friday in Galion

The May 19th TFIG is only a couple weeks away and we are very excited to bring this event into the Uptowne Galion Business Community.

We are thrilled with the response that we have received and will have the line-up of vendors and schedule of events for the Park Square Gazebo this Friday. 

Many Uptowne merchants have agreed to stay open late that evening and offer specials and TFIG sales. We will have a complete list of participation Uptowne stores on the  TFIG Facebook page. Like it for updated information on TFIG events.

Event Dates:
Friday, May 19th – End of the School Year Celebration
Friday, June 16th – Safety Services Appreciate Night
Friday, July 21st – Summer Baseball Celebration
Friday, August 18th – Back to School Bash – Stuff the Bus

Contact Miranda Jones via email,  mjones@galion-crestlinechamber.org  or call the Chamber office, 419-468-7737 for more information about TFIG - Third Friday In Galion, or if you are interested in becoming an event sponsor or vendor.

The Chamber had a Ribbon Cutting on Monday, April 3rd to welcome Layland Electronics to the Galion Business Community.

NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS

Galion Graders Inc., Mike O’Leary, 528 St. Rt. 19, Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-571-8753 (associate member) 

Rally for Hope Inc., Mary Shoup, 1231 E. Walnut St., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-689-0695 (associate member)

 

The 2017 Galion Community Guides are Available  at
the Chamber Office.  Stop By to Get Your Copy Today!

  Galion Employers Recognized for Safety


              The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), along with the Galion Safety Council, has recognized employers for keeping their employees safe on the job.  Four categories of awards were presented for achievements in calendar year 2016.
            The 100% Award was presented to each company that worked the entire year with zero injuries or illnesses resulting in a day or more away from work.
            All of the companies that are members of the Galion Safety Council are divided up into groups with businesses of similar nature – there are 12 groups in our council. The Group Award was presented to the Company with the lowest incident rate in their Group for 2016.
            The Achievement Award was presented to each company that decreased its incident rate by at least 25% from the previous year.  
            The Special Award (see picture below) was presented to five (5) companies that accumulated at least 500,000 hours and worked at least six (6) months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.
Central State Enterprises – operated without a lost-time accident from 11/3/09 to 12/31/16 and worked  662,409 hours.
Lifetouch Church Directories – operated without a lost-time accident from 12/17/13 to 12/31/16 and worked  1,703,333 hours.
Schilling Graphics – operated without a lost-time accident from 6/22/12 to 12/31/16 and worked  735,956 hours.
Tramec Sloan  – operated without a lost-time accident from 8/4/14 to 12/31/16 and worked  697,306.
Village of Crestline – operated without a lost-time accident from 5/16/11 to 12/31/16 and worked  532,115 hours.  
            We congratulate and applaud these employers for their achievement, and for understanding that making safety a priority is one of the most important steps they can take to keep their employees healthy and productive, and their workers’ compensation costs down.
            The Galion Safety Council is open to all companies, corporations and individual employers.  Visit galionsafetycouncil.com to learn more about becoming a member.

  Storage Report – 04/27/2017
Thursday’s storage report cited an injection of 74 Bcf, which was slightly more than market estimates in the low 70’s Bcf.  As a comparison, today’s build was more than last year’s build of 64 Bcf, as well as the 57 Bcf 5-year average injection.
 
Working gas in storage was 2,189 Bcf as of Friday, April 21st, 2017, per EIA estimates. Inventory was reported at 358 Bcf (-14.1%) less than last year for the same week, and 299 Bcf (+15.8%) above the 5-year average of 1,890 Bcf. 

Natural Gas Trends:
June NYMEX: Although the storage report was bearish the market initially jumped almost 5 cents. By end of day the June gas settled Thursday down 1.6 cents at $3.239 Dth.
 
Strips: The current summer strip (MAY17-OCT17) settled Thursday’s trading at $2.943/Dth, up 0.5 cents from a week ago, this coming year's winter strip (NOV17-MAR18) settled Thursday at $3.528/Dth up 3.8 cents from last week.

12 Month Strip: Settled Thursday at $3.342/Dth, up 1.9 cents from last week, but still 2.6 cents higher than a month ago.
 
Summary: Over the past six months, prices for the prompt month have risen on the final day of trading. This holds true for the month of May, as well, moving up almost 10 cents on Wednesday to settle the month at $3.142 Dth. June became the prompt month (Thursday, April 27th), opening at $3.271 Dth. 
 
Production continues to plot along the 70 to 71 Bcf day range. At current levels, the biggest concern is, will summer demand eat away at our storage reserves heading into winter? 
 
At this point without a big heat wave or cold spell the market is struggling day by day, reacting to just about any news. 
 
Weather is one of those factors, current forecasts are predicting above average temperatures for the eastern portion of the country over the next 6 to 10 days, but cooler than normal temperatures are expected over the central states potentially offsetting demand.
 
Longer term, Calendar ’18, ’19 and beyond are still very attractive as they are trading below near term prices.

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National Cyber Awareness System:
 
FTC Releases Announcement on Identity Theft

Original release date: April 27, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that consumers who are affected by identity theft file a report at IdentityTheft.gov —a one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. Information provided there includes checklists, sample letters, and links to other resources.
US-CERT encourages consumers to learn about identity theft by reviewing FTC's blog post and US-CERT's Tip on Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft .

GALION COMMUNITY MONTAGE BY COMMUNITY CREATIONS

UPDATE: They Are More Than Half Way Complete with Participants for the Pen & Ink Art Print Montage

A representative from Community Creations may have been in contact with you and other Galion business owners to participate in this exclusive print of Galion. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be a part of Galion’s past, present and future. 

Spaces are limited and filling up fast.

If you would like to see an example print of this “Pen and Ink” art, please stop by the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce. As the local distribution point, we will have the Galion prints available at the office once the campaign is completed.

If you would like your business to be a part of this project, please contact Roy Slater of Community Creations at 419-295-1009 or email Roy at rwslater711@sbcglobal.net.

RSVP: Participated in the Global Youth Day of Service on Friday, April 21st. They had students from Pioneer and other area volunteers help clean up the Veteran's Memorial at Heise Park.

Ralphie's: Officially Opened Tuesday, May 2nd at 4pm. They open daily at 11am for lunch and have several specials. Visit www.ralphies.com for more information

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.

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