July 28, 2017 - In This Issue:
It's been a while since we had bad employment news in our area, and unfortunately, we must face the reality that sometimes business and industry face good times and bad. This is one of those unfortunate times when we must come together as a community to get behind families that may be affected by reduction measures at a business.

On Wednesday, Glatfelter announced several cost reduction measures in its Specialty Papers Business Unit. As part of the reduction, Chilpaco will be shutting down Paper Machine 24, causing the elimination of approximately 50 affected hourly positions and a reduction of 70 salaried positions across the business unit.

Production is planned to end on the machine by Sept. 30.

With growth in the Circleville area at a new manufacturer, some of those workers could find positions there. Others, we hope, can remain in our community and fill openings that may be occurring around Chillicothe and Ross County. We wish those affected the best and thank them for their years of service to one of our oldest area employers.

~Randy Davies
President & CEO 



Happy Friday! It is a pleasure to be featured once a month in the Chamber's newsletter and update you on what is happening in the development arena.
I started in mid-June and it seems like I have had non-stop meetings since that time. These meetings give me the opportunity to see how much our community has come together for positive change and growth. While it has been great to sit down and chat with everyone, I am very excited to start on projects for our area. Along with working on getting substantial projects started, we have a new website in the works. We will update that as needed and we will also launch our social media sites to start marketing our area effectively.
In this day-and-age, you never quite know who will see a post. We are hoping to tap into our local businesses and organizations more so than ever before while also doing our best to engage the worldwide marketplace. It is my belief that southern Ohio has a lot of untapped potential and as businesses look for new places to invest in the future, Appalachia's strengths not weaknesses - will become more apparent.
A key facet of my job will be that of a facilitator. It will be my duty to bring everyone to the table on development projects so we can highlight our community's strengths. If we not only want to stick out regionally but be the center for all things economic development in southern Ohio, we have got to work together. I encourage unity because it only builds our enthusiasm for the future.
With that said, I hope you enjoy your weekend. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me for anything.
Bradley S. Morton
Economic Development Director
Greater Chillicothe Ross County Development
Main: 740-772-5100 
Personal: morton.174@osu.edu

Thousands of Ohio employers find value and workers' compensation premium savings by actively participating in their local safety councils. And you can join them.* 
To earn a safety council rebate, employers must meet rebate eligibility requirements in one of 82 BWC-sponsored safety councils. 
The following is a breakdown of potential rebates when an employer is an active member of a safety council. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are not enrolled in a group-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate on their premium and the potential of an additional 2-percent performance bonus. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-experience-rating program have the potential to earn a 2-percent performance bonus. 
  • Employers meeting all safety council rebate eligibility requirements that are also enrolled in a group-retrospective-rating program will earn a 2-percent participation rebate. 
To earn a performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10 percent or remain at zero. 
BWC Safety Councils can help you: 
  • Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace; 
  • Learn how to better manage your workers' compensation program; 
  • Network with other employers in your community; 
  • Access useful, money-saving workers' comp and risk management information. 
Rebate elibigility requirements: 
To quality for the BWC Safety Council rebate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 
  1. Join your local safety council by July 31, 2017; 
  2. Attend 10 safety council meetings**; 
  3. Send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting; 
  4. Submit semiannual workplace accident reports for the 2017 calendar year. 
For more information about Ross County Safety Council, managed by the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, please call 740-702-2722 or email  bhood@chillicotheohio.com  
*The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Limitations apply to a professional employer organization and its clients. BWC encourages all employers to become active safety council members. 
**At least eight through the local safety council. You can get credit for up to two meetings through attendance at BWC's safety training courses or industry-specific training. 
Click Here to Download Safety Council Rebate Program Fact Sheet

  • In recognition of the Ross County Fair, R Kitchen on Paint will be closed August 7th through the 14th. They will be featuring an expansion of R menu the following week 
  • Totem Supply Co. just added the Campfire field notebook to their collection. Shop this item and more at their 11 W. 2nd St. location 
  • Edward Jones- Financial Advisor: Catherine Dresbach will be hosting a "Medicare 101" seminar on September 5th. For more information or to register call Melissa Donahue at 740-775-5630 
  • The Buck Fifty would like to thank Wagner Rental & Supply for their support in "lighting the night" during the Buck Fifty event 
  • Got tools? Rent-2-Own can assist you with purchasing all the tools you need. Stop by their Western Avenue or Bridge Street locations for more information 
  • Aren't all hearing aids the same? This is a common question Diles Hearing Center gets asked. For questions about all things hearing related give them a call at 740-851-4727
  • First Capital Rotary will be hosting "Taste of Chillicothe" on Thursday, August 3rd from 5-8PM in the Majestic Court yard

August 16th- Business After Business hosted by Chivaho Credit Union Bridge St. from 5-7PM 

August 17th- Ross County Safety Council Kickoff at Ross County Courthouse 11:30-1PM 

September 7th- F.E.A.R. Women's Conference from 8:30AM-3PM at Calvary Luthern Church

October 25th- Putt'In On The Ritz in downtown Chillicothe 

November 15th- Chamber Business Expo 

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 740-702-2722 or 
visit the Chamber Calendar at www.chillicotheohio.com


Platinum Level
Adena Health System
Advanced Services Heating and Cooling
C. Walters Management
Central Ohio Financial Services
Chillicothe City Schools
Chillicothe Paints
Classic Brands
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC 
Ohio University- Chillicothe
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe
Printex Same Day Printing
Ross County Banking Center
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe

Gold Level
National Church Residences   
Staff Source 

Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce
45 E Main Street *  Chillicothe, OH 45601
P: (740) 702-2722   F: (740) 702-2727
bkellough @chillicotheohio.com

The Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce promotes economic and community development by providing services and addressing issues important to business.