Applause for business achievements

First Posted: 5/6/2015


Perry ProTECH receives award

The ESOP Association announced the 2015 winners of the Annual Awards for Communications Excellence. These award are sponsored each year by the association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The award will be presented to companies who have excelled in communicating the employee stock ownership plan and its meaning to employee-owners.

Perry ProTECH was honored for its presentation video.

Area chemical industry companies receive honors

PCS Nitrogen Ohio, the Lima Refining Company-Husky Refinery and INEOS USA were among a group of 24 companies in Ohio selected for awards for exceptional performance in environmental, health, safety and security by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council.

PCS Nitrogen Ohio facility, in Lima, recently installed a medium pressure condensate stripper. The facility reduced VOC emission by 485 tons per year and ammonia by more than 1,000 tons per year. The reduction of steam vented also reduced noise levels in residential areas.

The Husky Energy Lima Refinery improved communications with contract employees to increase safe operations at the refinery. As a result of increased communication efforts, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported the contractor’s injury rate to be reduced by 77 percent.

INEOS USA reenergized its behavior-based safety program by engaging employees with ownership of the program. The site created a steering committee to develop a plan which was reviewed and accepted by the leadership team.

Hite awarded Golden Feather Award

State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, was honored during the Ohio Poultry Association’s banquet for his efforts in promoting Ohio’s poultry industry. He received the Golden Feather Award for is efforts in championing livestock agriculture and Ohio’s poultry industry.

Hite has served as chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture since 2011. In this post, he oversees legislative matters affecting Ohio’s farmers and the agriculture industry.

Faber recognized by bar association

Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, received the 2015 Ohio State Bar Association Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Ohio lawyers who also provide exceptional service as Ohio legislators.

Faber is serving his second term as president of the Senate. He represents the 12th Senate District, which encompasses all of Allen, Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties.

He and his wife, Andrea, live just outside Celina in Mercer County with their children, Adam and Brooke.

Latta receives award

Congressman Bob Latta was recognized for his pro-business legislative record by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with the “Spirit of Enterprise” award.

This award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation outlined int he chamber publication, How They Voted. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive this award.

American Township Fire awarded

The American Township Fire Department received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure of for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

American Township Fire Department joins 447 EMS agencies int he U.S. and one of 51 EMS agencies in Ohio that are receiving the 2015 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award.

CenturyLink receives United Way award

The Ohio United Way awarded CenturyLink, a telecommunications company that supports various communities in Ohio, the Dr. Richard Aft-Live United Award.

CenturyLink was nominated for the award by board member Kelly Blay. The award is named after Dr. Richard Aft, a board member who has been supporting United Way efforts in various capacities since 1961. Dr. Aft is a retired president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. He serves on numerous non-profit boards and chairs the United Way Retirees Association.

Burton’s Ridge recognized

Burton’s Ridge Assisted Living, an HCF Management, Inc., assisted living center, has received a deficiency-free survey from the Ohio Department of Health.

Each year, assisted living communities in Ohio are subject to unannounced surveys by the State’s Department of Health. The inspection team evaluates all aspects of resident care, procedures and practices, assessing the compliance of the facility with hundreds of state and federal standards.

Primrose of Lima honored

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C. has named Primrose of Lima one of its retirement communities of the year.

Primrose of Lima received a monetary award which will be shared among the employees.

Primrose Retirement Community of Lima, located at 3500 West Elm St., consists of 36 independent living apartments, 32 assisted living apartments and 10 town home villas.

Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery receives five-star rating

The Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery (IOS) is among the top seven percent of the 3,553 hospitals that received a five-star rating. The ratings are the results of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. IOS was one of 251 hospitals that received a five-star rating.

Harrod cattlemen successful at expo

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosted the Best of the Buckeye show at the Ohio Beef Expo recently.

The program recognizes top Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor in each breed division at the show.

Receiving champion awards were Hereford heifer: Exhibitor: Addison Jones, of Harrod; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod with a total premium of $300; Champion High Percentage Maine-Anjou heifer: Exhibitor: Caitlin Schaub, of Wapakoneta; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod; Reserve Champion High Percentage Maine-Anjou heifer: Exhibitor: Montana Hulsmeyer, of Botkins; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod; Champion Simmental heifer: Exhibitor; Cameron Alexander, of Sabina; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod; Reserve Champion Simmental heifer: Exhibitor: Allison Reed, of Lindsey; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod; Third Overall Simmental heifer; Exhibitor: Meghan Reed, of Lindsey; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod; Champion Percentage Simmental heifer: Exhibitor: Ali Muir, of Waynesfield; Breeder: Jones Show Cattle, of Harrod.

AEP Ohio honored by EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, with a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award and a Market Leader Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Through the co-branded program EfficiencyCrafted, AEP Ohio collaborates in territories to assist home builders in incorporating energy upgrades that exceed current code and provide greater energy savings and built-in value.

The EPA gives the 2015 Partner of the Year- Sustained Excellence Awards to recognize organizations’ contributions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency.

The Energy Star Certified Market Leader Awards are given to outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying an outstanding number of Energy Star certified homes or by sponsoring a local program that supports these activities during the previous year.


Kantonen joins Superior Federal Credit Union

Andrew Kantonen has joined Superior Federal Credit Union as cash management officer. He comes to Superior with 27 years of financial service experience serving businesses throughout western Ohio. In this position, Kantonen will assist mid-size to large companies with cash management and business banking needs.

He currently serves as a member of the Lima YMCA Finance Committee. He has served as a board member and treasurer for the United Way of Greater Lima, as an Adopt-A-School volunteer in the Lima City Schools and is a member of the Allen-Lima Leadership Class of 2003.

He is a graduate of Lima Senior High School and Bowling Green State University. He lives in Lima with his wife, Lori, and three children, Sam, Elli and Lilli.


Broshes installed as trustee

Zachariah Broshes, of Lima, was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

He is a 2001 graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy and has been a member of the Ohio Pharmacists Association since 2002. He is a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Lima and is a past-president of the Northwest Ohio Pharmacy Association.

In addition, he is a past member of the Lima City Council and chair of the Lima Charter Review Commission.


Food service director to attend conference

Lima City Schools Food Service Director Carrie Woodruff was in attendance at the School Nutrition Association Future Leaders Conference in San Diego, California.

Woodruff applied and was one of five people in Ohio to be chosen to attend this conference.

The national conference for food service directors around the country provides hands-on training in leadership and how each food service director can demonstrate their learned skills to others involved in food service and in their communities.

Woodruff represents the Northwest Region in the Ohio School Nutrition Association. She has served on its board for five years and will seek another term. She will also attend the National School Nutrition Association conference this summer in Utah.

Dr. Hageman presents research at conference

Dr. Jason Hageman, primary care sports medicine physician, attended the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting to present research entitled, “Lower Leg Pain and Foot Drop in a Runner.” The research was part of his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky. More than 1,500 sports medicine providers were in attendance.


Range Kleen Mfg. Inc. promotes Hesseling

Becky Hesseling was promoted to director of operations within Range Kleen Mfg. Hesseling has been an associate for more than 10 years, starting as a packaging technician in 2004. In 2008 Hesseling became packaging manager, overseeing all packaging technicians and processes with the packaging department. While being a packaging manager,, in May of 2010, she also incorporated the title receiving manager. She became production manager in 2012. On July 1, 2014, she was promoted to operations manager, overseeing all warehouse departments of operation.

On May 4, 2015, Hesseling’s title has changed to director of operations as part of the management team overseeing the packaging, warehouse, receiving and shipping departments.


Local 776 featured in magazine

The Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local 776 is featured in the March 2015 issue of UA Journal, the union’s national magazine. The article is entitled, “The Value of the Tripartite Approach for Local 776 in Lima, Ohio” and highlights the strong working relationship between Local 776, local industries and contractors.

The article may be viewed on Local 776’s website,

Perry named top managed service provider

Perry proTech has appeared on Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a list and report which identifies the world’s top 501 managed service providers.

Each year MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in an annual survey. Rankings are based on Penton Technology’s criteria for MSPs such as annual recurring revenues, total revenues and more.

Lima City Schools celebrate years of service

The Lima City Schools honored 35 staff members at its annual Years of Service Celebration. Staff members were recognized for reaching 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

Receiving their 20 years of service award were: Daniel Carnes; Jo Deskins; Gayle Dixon; Lorie Henline; Doreen Martin; Susan Neumeier; Tina Pauff, Inga Poe; Moses Williams and Tricia Winkler.

25 years of service awards were presented to: Michelle Allen; Shawn Allen; Joyce Belden; Shirlynn Brooks-Henderson; Randy Crossley; Laurie Eversole; Debra Hauenstein; Pam Horner; Jodie Johnson; Tanya Ketcham; Beth Langridge; Mary Jo Morris; Michele Rigali; Loris Rose and Laura Vaughn.

Receiving 30 years of service awards were: Steven Carr; Matthew Dee; Timothy Haller; Judith Hedges; Gyla Jones; Virginia Klenke and Janice Sanford.

Reaching 35 years of service were: Gail Lambert; Judith Roush and Laura Van Meter.

Sollmann Electric starts electrical construction

Sollmann Electric, of Sidney, has started electrical construction on the Emerson Climate Technologies Global Innovation Center, located on the corner of Main and Stewart on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton. The 31,264-square foot facility will serve the purpose to advance research and education for the global heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Sollmann Electric Company is an electrical contractor that has been servicing the area since 1973. They install electrical systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential facilities within a 100-mile radius of Sidney.

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