May 2018
The Chamber held its annual awards presentation immediately following the “Chamber’s Annual Meeting” on May 8th.

Recipients of the 2017 Chamber Awards:
Industry of the Year, Tramec Sloan
Tramec Sloan saw an increase of nearly 10% in employment last year. New purchases included a Neotecman forging machine which optimizes the material used in the manufacturing process, purchased a BTB Transfer machine that allows them to complete the manufacturing of parts with one operation that took multiple operations previously and also allows for quick change over of parts. Their final 2017 purchase was an IFP high performance parts washer, to keep up with current production rates and eliminate a major bottleneck in that process.
With all these investments, Tramec has been able to expand their recognition in the Heavy duty and industrial market and are gaining new customers, increased sales, improved efficiencies and productivity, all thanks to this new and improved technology.
They were also recently named the 2018 Ralph Phillips Business Partner of the Year at the 13 th Annual Awards Dinner at Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby.

Business of the Year, Longstreth Memorials
The 2017 business of the year is Galion’s oldest business, having opened their doors on January 6, 1868. To celebrate their 150 years in business, they have an “open house” scheduled for June 28 th from 5-8:00 pm.
Their current President, Sean Longstreth is the fifth-generation family member to oversee the operation of the business.
Longstreths product lines include cemetery monuments, cremation monuments, garden memorials, civic & veteran memorials, pet memorials, cemetery burial vaults and caskets. They also perform cemetery restoration work and monument foundations.
Employment varies between 20-25 employees depending on the time of year.
They also provide educational tours to churches, civic clubs, private individuals and schools as well as seminars for funeral directors.
They currently serve 11 counties in Ohio and often deliver memorials to neighboring states.
With locations in Galion, Mansfield, Bucyrus and Mt. Gilead they offer home, evening weekend and holiday appointments.

Service Business of the Year, Fox Plumbing & Heating
On August 1, 1966 the late Homer & Jeannette Fox opened the doors to Fox Plumbing & Heating. Currently, sons, John, Bill, and David Fox are running the business that has 12 employees. 
Fox Plumbing & Heating’s areas of expertise include, residential, commercial and industrial market places. With a full line of repair parts for many makes and models of equipment and a well-stocked showroom. 
Fox Plumbing & Heating believes in supporting the community and the youth of Crawford County, which is evidenced in their involvement with area schools and churches, the annual Avita 5 k run in honor of the late Dr. Ted Ebner, United Way of Crawford County as well as all sports teams.
The Fox Family believes, "A little progress each day adds up to big results! 
Professional of the Year Award, Steve Tilson
The 2017 Professional of the Year award recipient is described as someone who puts helping others above himself on his list of priorities time and time again. Whether it be a family relationship, a client, a colleague or a complete stranger, he will do anything he can for any person at any time.
In 2017, he was appointed to the board of directors for First Federal Bank of Ohio and the Galion Community Center YMCA. He was also recently awarded the 2017 Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service by the Ohio State Bar Foundation. This award is given to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by dedication to the goals and values sought to be furthered by the Foundation; a lifetime of service to the public and to the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism.

Retail Business of the Year, The Candi Bar
The 2017 Retail Business of the Year started out in October 2011 as a small shop on a side street that very few people knew about. As the business grew, because of the great coffee, candies and sweets, you often had to wait outside on the street until someone else came out so you fit inside the store.
In 2015, the Uptowne area was blessed with the delicious smell of coffee when the Candi Bar moved to its current location at 125 Harding Way East. With its windows always beautifully decorated, it has now become a welcoming place where many people gather to chat, hold meetings, color or or simply work. The menu has continued to expand, now offering lunch and other sweet treats, delicious goodies and many more coffee drinks and flavors. And a staff that makes sure you leave with a smile!
The Candi Bar is an wonderful addition to the main street of Galion that has helped revive the uptown business district.

Chamber Presidents Award, Bertha Maglott
The 2017 Chamber Presidents Award recipient was the leader of HomeCare Matters since its beginning in August of 1985, recently retiring after 33 years of service.
Under her leadership, they have grown to 54 employees, began their annual celebrity waiter dinner, served thousands of patients, saw the purchase of the funnel cake stand and the inception of the Christmas giving project to name some of her major accomplishments.
She is also actively involved in her church.

Volunteer of the Year, Jennifer Kuns
This year’s Volunteer of the Year currently serves on the Chamber Board of Directors (with 100% meeting attendance for the past year), serves as a chamber ambassador, serves on and is vice-chair of the Crawford County Land Bank, is Treasurer of the Galion Depot Inc. Board, was a member and past President of the Galion School Board and was recently appointed by the City to serve on the Egbert M. Freese Foundation Board.
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Thank you for your continued support of the McDonald's/Chamber Golf Outing. Over the past 15 years, we have raised over $25,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities. We look forward to another successful golf outing. See you Thursday, June 21st at Valley View.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Joe at the Chamber office for more information.


Freezer Fresh , Troy Sapp, 820 W. Main St., Crestline, Ohio 44833, 419-512-9284

Flashover Maintenance LLC (lawn care, landscaping supplies, snow removal, irrigation installation & maintenance), Brian Knowlton, 120 Harding Way E. Galion, Ohio 44833, 937-306-2215

Rodan + Fields , Kate Perkins, 321 Gill Ave., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-571-0903

Friends of the Big Four Depot , 1010 Bucyrus Rd., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-462-5035

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Dunn-Bowling LTD), Joan Bowling, 901 Portland Way N., Galion, Ohio 44833, 937-372-5223

Bowlin Real Estate LLC , Candi Bowlin, 216 Harding Way W., Galion, Ohio 44833, 419-971-6752

Marion-Crawford Prevention Programs , Christi Eckert, 151 Campbell St., Marion, Ohio 43302. 740-914-6444

SCORE , Mike Mateer (free small business advice), 324 Neumann St., Galion, Ohio 44833, 540-622-4888
HomeCare Matters : Bert Maglott who has been the leader of HomeCare Matters since its beginning in August of 1985, recently retired after nearly 33 years of service.

Under her leadership, they have grown to 54 employees, began their annual celebrity waiter dinner, served thousands of patients, saw the purchase of the funnel cake stand and the inception of the Christmas giving project to name some of her major accomplishments.

Bert has also been actively involved in her church over the years.
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU for all you’ve done.
Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau: appoints Bucyrus native, Max Miller as their Executive Director. Miller graduated from Bucyrus High School in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication technology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Recreation Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. After serving as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa for two years, Miller returned to the States to work in economic and community development in Illinois, eventually making his way back to Ohio. His new role at the Tourism Bureau provides an opportunity to make a difference in his hometown.
Craig Smith Auto Group : recently made a donation to the Galion Youth Baseball League
Ralphie's: Celebrated their 1 st anniversary in Galion on May 2 nd .
McDonalds: Scott & Randi Nicholls recently celebrated 20 years of owning McDonalds in Galion and Bucyrus. They signed the purchase agreements on May 1, 1998.  
Snyder Funeral Homes, Richardson Davis Chapel: recently announced Music in the Park line up for the 2018 concerts. All concerts are free and held at 7pm at Heise Park.
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 so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.

The Galion Safety Council held its 2018 Annual Awards Program on Thursday, April 19th at the Galion Moose Lodge on South Market Street. Twenty-six businesses were presented with awards by Michelle Francisco from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene.

All 26 business received the ‘100 percent Award’ for completing 2017 with zero injuries or illnesses that resulted in a day or more away from the workplace. There were a total of 6 ‘Group Award’ recipients, who all had the lowest incident rate in their designated Safety Council Group for 2017, while another 6 business were acknowledged with the ‘Achievement Award’ for lowering their incident rate by a minimum of 25% from the previous year. The final group of businesses to be recognized were presented with the ‘Special Award’ for those who work a minimum of 500,000 hours and at least 6 months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work. Galion businesses receiving this award were Central State Enterprises, Covert Manufacturing, Galion City Schools, Northern Ohio Pizza Company, Schilling Graphics, Tramec LLC, and Lifetouch Church Directories. Francisco made special mention of Lifetouch Church Directories for their total of 2,137,407 hours without an injury at their location. This was the longest span without injury of any business in attendance.
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on April 13 th at Flashover Maintenance LLC ., at 120 Harding Way E., Galion.

Flashover is a full-service lawn care, landscape supplies, snow removal services and irrigation installation & maintenance company.

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on on April 30 th at Bowlin Real Estate LLC , at 216 Harding Way W., Galion.

Bowlin Real Estate is a full service real estate company.


At their April 16 th meeting, Crestline Village Council met and appointed Rob Ratliff the new Village Administrator.

Council immediately adjourned to discuss appointing a public employee and a current vacancy on council, due to former council member, Allen Moore’s recent appointment as Mayor. The emergency ordinance to appoint Ratliff as administrator was adopted unanimously and went into effect immediately. 
Third Fridays In Galion, or TFIG, will kick off in Uptowne Galion Friday, May 18 at 5pm. This is an opportunity for the Galion community to gather Uptowne and support local Galion merchants.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Third Friday in Galion vendor or sponsor, they can contact Miranda Jones at the Chamber office, 419-468-7737 or via email .

Vendor application is available online by clicking HERE .
There are several noteworthy things taking place right now and over the next few months in workers’ comp. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, many BWC discount program deadlines are coming up at the end of May, and those dates are listed here. Equally important is the bi-annual Open Enrollment to choose your Managed Care Organization (MCO), and also big news from BWC about another potential dividend credit to be given to eligible employers beginning this summer.
Important dates and upcoming deadlines :
*         April 30 - May 25, 2018
 Bi-annual Open Enrollment for MCO selection.
Please note that if you are already using CareWorks, it is not necessary to take any action; you will remain with CareWorks!

*         May 1, 2018  
Policy year (PY) 2018 estimated annual premium notices will be sent.

*         May 15, 2018
Last date to request a change to your installment plan for PY 2018. Employers may change their premium installment scheduled between May1–15 online at