Biz Beat: Hardin County Alliance honors members


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ADA — The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance celebrated its 10th annual membership meeting and awards presentation Thursday at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.

John Hohn won the 2015 citizen of the year award. He worked the past eight years as economic development director, bringing businesses to the county.

International Paper Foodservice Business won the 2015 business of the year. The company expanded its operations with a 250,000 square foot facility expansion, a $70 million investment creating 125 new jobs to become Hardin County’s largest employer.

Twirl was the 2015 small business of the year. It created numerous jobs and invested $450,000 in a historic building in downtown Kenton, developing an one-of-a-kind bridal shop.

Hardin County Upward Sports won a community service award for helping local youth develop basketball and cheerleading talents. Brenda Jennings won a community service award for donating time as a registered nurse and educator for many organizations and specifically for developing the Kenton school’s backpack program.

The late Fred and Ruth Haushalter received the R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award., given for their business, community and educational efforts to make Kenton and Hardin County a great place to work and prosper.

The group formed in 2006 as a merger of four groups to form a strong, united group focused on a chamber of commerce, tourism, economic development and community development.

Paulding Putnam raises $30,000 for Honor Flights

PAULDING — Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative employees and members raised nearly $30,000 so far to help the Honor Flight organization. Its goal is to raise $70,000 to sponsor an entire Honor Flight out of the Northeast Indiana Chapter, which also serves Northwest Ohio.

Honor Flights bring veterans to Washington, D.C., to reflect on the memorials there. Paulding Putnam also wants to locate remaining World War II veterans so they can take part in the program. People can make donations or join into a truck raffle online at

Curves of Lima adds boxing classes

LIMA — Curves of Lima has added a new boxing specialty classes, and new members can try three of any classes for free.

“We are thrilled to be offering our new Boxing specialty class to our Curves community” said Susan Hubbell, owner, Curves of Lima, in a press release. “We pride ourselves on bringing our members the latest offerings in total body fitness, all in a quick, fun 30 minute format. Another great offering is that new members can try three Curves classes for free.”

For details, visit, go to 939 W. Market St., Lima, or call 419-223-0246.

Hardin County’s beef banquet set March 26

KENTON — The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual beef banquet in the Community Building at the Hardin County Fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

Presale adult tickets are $13, with children ages 7 to 18 at $6.50 or free for junior fair beef barn exhibitors. Call 419-674-2297 or meet with any cattle producers director by March 25. Tickets are $15 at the door. Children 6 and under are free.

Students age 14 to 19 as of Jan. 1, 2016, are also invited to take part in the Hardin County Beef Ambassadors Program, educating consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices. Participants must be members of Hardin County Cattle Producers and prepare a short statement of 30 words or less outlining their message to consumers. The statement and an application must be returned by March 18 to OSU Extension Office or to Marcia Hoovler, 17838 County Road 65, Belle Center, OH 43310, or emailed to

Reynolds and Reynolds buys San Francisco company

KETTERING — Reynolds and Reynolds, a provider of automotive dealership software and services, acquired ReverseRisk, a San Francisco company and its web technology. It’s a Web-based analytics reporting platform for automotive retails.

Reynolds had 4,300 workers worldwide, including 400 at its documents production division in Celina.


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