Country Metals earns award

Zoe Greszler • Apr 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM

SHILOH — Country Metals LLC, of Shiloh, won the prestigious Buckeye Building Awards in the category of agricultural storage for their Steiber Brothers farm project, completed in 2018.

Daniel West was presented the award at the 35th annual Buckeye Frame Building Association (BFBA) Post-Frame Expo, held at the Buckeye Community Center.

Projects were judged by Mike Taylor of Pinnacle Architects. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience with design and consultation on a wide array of projects, residential, commercial, institutional and industrial, as well as current president on the board of the Dayton Builders Exchange.

“This is obviously an enormous building, but the articulation at the low-entry portico and the appropriate large scale detailing at the huge overhead door break the design down into a form that can be appreciated by us all. The color choice and use of multiple building materials and roof lines work together to create an overall perfect composition,” Taylor said.

“The Buckeye Frame Building Association is the only association in Ohio dedicated to the needs and concerns of the Post Frame Construction Industry. It provides a place to find industry contacts, all the latest on industry advancements, as well as create a united voice in legislative and code affairs affecting Post Frame business. We represent post frame builders, industry suppliers, code and design officials and lumber and building materials dealers,” Buckeye managing director Megan Miller said.


Owner selected for businesses program

VERMILION — Area business owner Richard Scheufler, founder of VIB Marketing Agency and the Marketing Foundation, recently was selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

The 10,000 Small Businesses program was designed by Babson College, the country’s leading school for entrepreneurs. The selection process was quite competitive and Scheufler was chosen from many outstanding small business candidates. In April, he and 32 other recipients in Northeast Ohio will join an esteemed group of only 600 Ohioans and 7,400 others across the U.S. out of the 28-million small business owners nationwide.

Scheufler is the co-founder of VIB Marketing Agency (vibmarketing.com), a one-stop shop for traditional and digital marketing services. VIB leverages technology with experience and data to provide clients with premium services ranging from website development to social media management to search engine marketing. Since 2014, VIB has grown from a team of two to eight departments with over 50 teammates.

VIB introduced marketing automation in 2019, making these corporate-grade services accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. Scheufler has also created three artificial intelligence-driven marketing tools. One of them that focuses on managing SEM better than a specialists is months away from the MVP- Minimal Viable Product. Much has been done to take VIB to new heights by creating sustainable competitive advantages with high barriers to entry that are hard to imitate.

Scheufler founded the Marketing Foundation non-profit organization as a way to give back. It provides free or low-cost marketing services to individuals and organizations that are “striving to make the world and lives better.” It’s currently creating a business incubator in Zimbabwe to help businesses navigate and thrive in global market. The non-profit also has teamed up with Oscar Ekponimo, creator of the Chowberry App, which connects supermarkets to NGOs and low-income earners, allowing them to buy food that's about to expire at a discount.


New $17M urgent care planned

MANSFIELD — University Hospitals plans to break ground on a $17 million state-of-the-art outpatient health center in Madison Township in Richland County on March 20 with a projected completion date of spring 2020.

The proposed 30,000-square-foot ambulatory health center will house an urgent care in addition to several other services. The building offers easy access from both Ohio 42 and Ohio 30.

“The new UH Samaritan Richland Health Center will allow us to meet the increased demand for outpatient services and provide primary and specialty care in Richland County communities,” UH President Richard Hanson said.

“The planned new construction exemplifies our commitment to improving access to the highest quality care in an efficient patient-centered environment.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. March 20 at the UH Samaritan Richland Health Center site, 1033 Ashland Road, Mansfield.

Services on the first floor of the building will include an urgent care, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and community space for educational needs, including screenings. The second floor will have office suites for specialists and primary care physicians.


Portman honored for educational work

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has been awarded the National Education Service Award from the National Association of Community Colleges for his legislative efforts to pass the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation.

Portman worked on the legislation with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to help close the skills gap and put more Americans to work. He also met with more than a dozen representatives of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and worked closely with them in developing the JOBS Act legislation.

“It was an honor to receive the National Education Service Award,” Portman said.

“We must do a better job of ensuring that more Americans have the skills that match the jobs that are available today, and community colleges play a vital role in helping to make sure our students are job-ready after graduation. We’ve got a lot of great Career and Technical Education programs in Ohio, but some kids need help getting access to them.”


Microsoft enters wind energy agreement

Microsoft recently entered an agreement to bring wind power to Ohio. 

EDP Renewables SA (EDPR) and Microsoft Corp. have executed two 15-year power purchase agreements totaling 125 megawatts (MW), bringing the Timber Road IV Wind Farm to Paulding County.

The wind farm is expected to be operational in 2019 and will produce enough clean electricity to annually power more than 36,000 average Ohio homes. It also will yield employment opportunities — about 200 full-time equivalent jobs during construction (expected to commence in several months following approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board on Feb. 21) and seven full-time positions during operations.

In addition, the new wind farm will generate nearly $1.1 million each year in annual property tax revenue for the local government as well as land lease payments to area farmers and landowners.

“Bringing new wind projects online, particularly in states with relatively few projects but strong potential for growth, delivers both economic benefits and environmental progress in the near term and well into the future,” Microsoft general manager Brian Janous said. “We are constantly looking for opportunities where our corporate demand can not only be met but can also accelerate the transition to renewable sources. EDPR has done great work in Ohio and we’re pleased to partner with them to grow this market.”

These agreements with EDPR bring Microsoft’s directly purchased renewable energy portfolio to nearly 1.4 gigawatts. Timber Road IV Wind Farm is Microsoft’s fifth project in the larger PJM region.

The wind farm will be EDPR’s fourth operational wind farm in Ohio and its third operational wind farm in Paulding County. The four wind farms total 392 megawatts, contributing to more than 40 percent of the state’s installed wind capacity.

EDPR’s three operational Ohio wind farms power 76,000 average Ohio homes and represent an estimated capital investment of $503 million. The operational wind farms have paid more than $6 million to local governments to date and $16.1 million to landowners through 2017. It is estimated that $93 million also has been spent in local Ohio communities within 50 miles of the wind farms.

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