Applause for business achievements

First Posted: 3/31/2015


Lester earns play therapy credential

Judith Lester, of Lima, earned the Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

Lester is licensed as a supervising independent social worker with SAFY Behavioral Health.

To become a registered play therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy is an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

Mahler receives engineering license

Joel Mahler was presented with his professional engineering license at a statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Mahler earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is an environmental engineer for Husky Energy. He resides in Lima.

He is a member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the state’s leading organization advocating for engineers.


Kalida native recognized

Deborah Bockrath, quality inspector at Silgan Plastics in Ottawa, was honored with the president’s award for employee of the year at the Ottawa plant.

The presidential award was created to recognize individuals who provide outstanding achievements and passion for success in their function and consistent demonstration of the company’s values, safety, ethical conduct, teamwork and a winning attitude. There are 17 companies across the United States, and 25 employees were selected to receive this award. Bockrath is the only one from Ohio.

Bockrath has been an employee of Silgan Plastics for 29 years.

Celina Insurance Group recognized

Celina Insurance Group was recognized as a model insurer in the category of data mastery and analytics at Celent’s innovation and insight day held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Celina Insurance Group recognized a need for technology and analytics to keep pace with large insurance companies. The company developed a solution that required immense effort from many fields of expertise within the company.

Lima’s JCPenney store receives highest distinction

J.C. Penney Company, Inc. honored its top performing stores with the Founder’s Award. The Founder’s Award is the company’s highest distinction for leadership excellence, recognizing top performers from across the company. At this year’s ceremony, only 104 of approximately 1,060 stores, six out of 52 districts and four out of 14 supply chain facilities received this award, including the JCPenney store located in the Lima Mall, led by store manager Pamela Glassco.

The Founder’s Award is presented to teams that excel in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.

Buschur’s Refrigeration receives president’s award

Buschur’s Refrigeration, of St. Henry, has earned the 2015 President’s Award for business growth. The award is presented annually to the heating and cooling company in EarthLinked’s Elite Dealer Network that best demonstrates the ability to expand their economic impact in the geothermal industry by reducing their environmental one. It is a prestigious honor in the geothermal industry.

Buschur’s Refrigeration, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business. It was founded in 1973 by Jerry and Janice Buschur. The business has grown to include their six sons and five daughters.

Tuttle Construction receives national safety award

Tuttle Construction, Inc., of Lima, was selected as a second-place winner in the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards. The company took this honor in the building division’s 100,000-250,000 work hour category by the Associated General Contractors of America. The company presented outstanding guidance in safety and occupation health management, risk control, safety training, work site hazard identification and control and safety program innovation.

FASTSIGNS receives project of the year honors

FASTSIGNS of Lima/West Central Ohio received Wide-Format Imaging magazines project of the year award at the 2015 FASTSIGNS International convention for the comprehensive signage the team provided Cooper Farms.

Cooper Farms is one of the largest independent turkey producers int he country. As the business expanded, the team at FASTSIGNS of Lima/West Central Ohio provided signs and visual graphics to brand its new facilities and promote raising the 2014 Presidential Turkey that was pardoned by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. The team provided a visual timeline explaining the life cycle of a turkey, photographic prints of different breeds and an interactive map of the region for visitors to place a pin to show their location.

FASTSIGNS of Lima/West Central Ohio’s Cooper Farms project is featured in Wide-Format Imaging magazine’s April 2015 issue.

Miller Contracting Group, Inc. honored

Miller Contracting Group, Inc. has been named recipient of the one million dollar cumulative award from Nucor Building Systems, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of custom-engineered metal building systems.

This award recognizes authorized Nucor Builders with outstanding accomplishment in selling Nucor custom steel building systems totaling over one million dollars in their history as a Nucor Builder.

Miller Contracting Group, Inc. was also awarded the sales achievement award.

Based in Ottoville, Miller Contracting Group, Inc. is an authorized Nucor Builder specializing in pre-engineered metal buildings.

Heintz and Doseck earn national stewardship honors

Chris Heintz, of Heintz Farms in Lakeview, and Kevin Doseck, with Crop Protection Services in Botkins have been named 4R advocates by The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Advocate program. They were commended for their ongoing work to select the right nutrient sources for Heintz’s crops and apply them at the right rate in the right place at the right time.

Heintz, his wife, Shelly and parents Bill and Lois operate the 21,000-acre farm split evenly between corn and soybeans. Doseck works with the Heintz’s on a day-to-day basis.


Probst serves as manager at Bluffton Farmers’ Market

Greg Probst will serve as the manager of the Bluffton Farmers’ Market this year.

Probst has served as a vendor at the market since 2008. He is involved in Probst Family Farm, a certified naturally grown farm in Bluffton. He is also a member of the Bluffton fire department and EMS.

The market will continue in its Citizens National Bank parking lot location and will be open each Saturday morning form May 2 through October, rain or shine. A vendor’s meeting takes place at 7 p.m., April 14 in the third floor of Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St. At that time, a representative of the Allen County Health Department will share information with vendors.

New Auglaize County OSU Extension educator

Dr. Jeff Stachler is the Auglaize County OSU Extension educator.

Dr. Stachler received a bachelor’s in agronomy from The Ohio State University, a master’s in weed science from Michigan State University and a doctorate in weed science from The Ohio State University. He was an OSU extension weed management program specialist form 1995 to 2008. He formerly held a position of extension agronomist-sugarbeet/weed science with North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Stachler was raised on a hog, dairy and crop farm in northwest Darke County and enjoys gardening and fishing. He can be contacted at OSU Extension, Auglaize County at 419-739-6580 or

Roob accepts position with UNOH

The University of Northwestern Ohio announces Shawnaa Roob as the educational relations representative. She joined the UNOH family in 2001 and formerly served as an administrative assistant for the admissions department.

Her new responsibilities will include developing relationships with high schools and colleges for the purpose of articulation agreements for the colleges of business, health professions and occupational professions along with the college of applied technologies.

She received her bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Miami University and resides in Lima with her husband and two children.


Alvetro Orthodontics featured on Designing Spaces

Alvetro Orthodontics, located in Sidney and Tipp City, will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Designing Spaces,” a program on the Lifetime channel.The segment will show the options that children and adults have for braces, especially aesthetic options. Alvetro Orthodontics uses products developed and produced by 3M Unitek.

Dr. Alvetro, in her Sidney office, along with staff and patients, will be featured on the show’s segment. The program will air Thursday, April 9 and Friday, May 1 at 7 a.m.

Sollman 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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