October 2018

By: Chamber President/ CEO, Joe Kleinknecht

Are you sure your organization is receiving all the benefits of a Chamber membership? Look at the list below and ask yourself, “am I taking full advantage of the benefits available to me”? You may be surprised at the opportunities you’re missing.
  • I participate in the Chambers Natural Gas & Electric Programs for the best utility rates possible through Alternative Energy Source.

  • I regularly submit changes or additions to my business to be highlighted FREE in the “Chamber Member Spotlight” portion of the monthly Chamber E-Newsletter.

  • I promote my organization to visitors and residents by advertising in the Monthly E-Newsletter.

  • I provide the Chamber with a supply of brochures to be passed out to visitors.

  • I network with my fellow members by attending and participating in the many Annual Chamber Events.

  • I’ve informed the Chamber about my website address and taken advantage of the Chamber’s FREE website link.

  • I’ve showcased my organization by hosting a Business After Hours.

  • I sponsor Chamber events to promote my business throughout the year.

  • I am involved in the Anthem/Blue Cross and Blue Shield Chamber Saver Plan for Medical Insurance.

  • I’m involved in the Chamber’s workers compensation group rating program through CareWorksComp, that offer savings up to 53%.

  • I use the Chambers, Bulk Mailing Permit and save myself up to 40% on postage for bulk mailings.

  • I use the Chamber’s, Email Updates Program to promote specials on products or services for just $50 to reach other chamber members.

  • I attend the FREE monthly Chamber Chat sessions the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 am at the Candi-Bar in Galion to network with other business leaders and decision makers

Grub2You, Galion, Ohio,, 419-775-3969

Time Staffing Mansfield , 2001 W. Fourth Street, Mansfield,, 567-560-2667

Cline Fire, LLC , 161 N Trimble Road, Mansfield, , 419-571-4119

Caribbean Tan & Boutique , 833 Harding Way West, Galion, 419-468-3312
October is Manufacturing Month in Ohio.

Join us October 17 at the Galion High School Cafetorium at 7:30 a.m. for the 2018 Manufacturing Celebration of Success! Congressman Jim Jordan is scheduled to speak at this year's event.

Hosted by the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Crawford Partnership, this event is intended to honor local manufacturers and their employees for their service in our community.

This event is all about gratitude and recognition of the manufacturing sector's contributions to our community.

Click the link below to register today. Deadline is Friday, October 12th.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Manufacturing Celebration of Success.

***Above Congressman Jim Jordan is pictured at the 2016 Manufacturing Breakfast with teachers and students from Galion and Crestline schools.
Stay up to date with upcoming Chamber events!
Click on the event below to be taken to our events page on our website for specific event details and more information as it becomes available.
Flower Cart Florist , Toni’s Flowers and Galion Rotary ; recently participated in “Make Someone Smile Week”, by furnishing smiley mugs to the residents of Mill Creek, Signature Health Care and Magnolia Terrace. 
The Crawford Park District ; is pleased to announce the recent construction of A Sandstone Rockscape at Lowe-Volk Park. The rockscape was designed and built by a group of volunteers commonly called, The Cabin Guys. Their name was assigned because the men built the Dapper Cabin at Colonel Crawford Schools.  The historic sandstone was donated by Chuck Kimerline of Bucyrus Road Materials and Nancy Everly of The Leesville Trading Post. Since sandstone was previously quarried at Lowe-Volk Park, it was the perfect building material for the rockscape.
The kids in the photo: Avalyn Sowash, daughter of Jared and Amanda Sowash and Aubrey Gulley, daughter of Hannah Gulley.
Galion Building & Loan Bank ; was recently recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association as a Friend of Public Education for their support of the Galion City School District for more than 25 years for donating calculators to sixth grade students at Galion Middle School. Spearheaded by Don Barr and Jodi Fraley, they have distributed more than 5500 calculators to Galion students since 1992.
Fox Winery ; at 227 Harding Way E. recently installed a new sign. They are celebrating their one year anniversary as well. Be sure and check it out. 
New name. Same owners. Same smiling faces!  Harley Richard Wolf III Amie Wolf , Elizabeth Wolf, Paulette Wolf, and Dick Wolf are proud to unveil the new name and logo for H.R. Wolf Hardware, formally Poland's True Value.
GALION – September 11, 2018 – Avita Health System has launched a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System is a premier, web-based data network that allows emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams to work together to improve clinical and operational efficiencies by sharing critical patient data in emergent situations. The LIFENET System was donated to Avita Health System by the Galion Hospital Auxiliary. The cost was $14,070.50 and was gifted as part of a $62,502.50 annual donation to the hospital.   
For more information on Avita Health System, visit
The Community Foundation for Crawford County and First Federal Community Bank awarded the first Come Home Scholarship awards to Gage Roe and Rowan Kempf.
The Come Home Scholarship is an innovative "reverse scholarship" program designed to turn the brain drain in our community into a brain gain. In contrast to scholarships awarded before or during college, the Come Home Scholarship is designed to be used toward paying off college debt. In return, the recipients must move back to Crawford County to live and work. Read MORE 
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.
Chamber Welcomes New Ambassador
Hello, Chamber Members! My name is Nadia Oehler, and I am excited to be joining the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber Ambassador. Born and raised in Galion, Ohio, I graduated from Galion High School in 2013 and Bowling Green State University in 2018. After studying communication and sociology, I moved back to the Galion area to work at the Galion Public Library as the Adult Programming and Publicity Coordinator for a year. I was also grateful to share some time as an intern at the Galion City Health Department this past summer. As of June, I’ve joined the staff of United Way of Crawford County as the county manager where I handle resource development and community impact efforts. Working in the non-profit sector and enacting large-scale positive change in our local community has always been a goal of mine. I’m excited to continue my community involvement through this new role with the Chamber. 
Galion City Council authorized to provide tax incentives for Covert Manufacturing’s $7.9 million expansion project. The company intends to invest $2.3 million for the construction of a 51,480-square-foot building within the existing campus. It will also purchase $5.6 million in new equipment.

Covert requested a 50% tax abatement for 10 years through the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) program. The abatement is placed on the increase of the assessed property value resulting from this project.

The agreement is conditional to Covert creating 35 additional jobs, equivalent to an estimated $998,400 in annual payroll. The City also agreed to relocate a water line currently running through the project area, saving the company approximately $75,000.

Do you have an business or company newsletter? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email  so we can add your business newsletter to our newsletter next month or quarter.
Galion City Council