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Old May 1st, 2008, 10:02 PM   #1861
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NORED Development News

Supplier Recruitment Program being launched
Private sector asked to lead economic development effort
Posted on Toledo Business Journal website May 2008 Edition


At the recent Annual Meeting for Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED), a new economic development program was announced that will provide assistance to area companies. The program will work with businesses in the region interested in having a Supplier locate in close proximity to their area facilities. Participating companies will reduce inbound logistics costs and inventory carrying costs and improve operations with the location of a Supplier in closer proximity.

Lowering an area company’s operating costs will help it to retain local workers, win new business, and create new jobs. New investment and new jobs will also result when new Supplier facilities are recruited to locate in proximity to their customer operations already in the region. The program is being called the Supplier Recruitment Program.

The full program is being implemented in Lucas County. Several other northwest Ohio counties are already using elements of the program.

The Supplier Recruitment Program is being set up by economic development officials as a Lead Generation and Project Recruitment program. One aim of this new program is to work with companies already located in the region to identify when a major Supplier may have a need for a new or expanded facility.

The program has been set up to not only generate project leads for new Supplier facilities, but to also obtain leads for expansion and retention and other attraction projects.

The Supplier Recruitment Program is using a “Wanted Poster” theme as part of its communications effort. The poster includes information about a $3,000 reward being offered for project leads provided by supply chain (purchasing) and other professionals. In order to avoid any possible conflicts of interest, the reward will be paid to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

Leads for potential new Supplier facilities can result in new investment and new jobs in the region. In order to be successful, local economic development officials need the assistance of professionals at area companies to provide these leads that will result in new job growth.

Area businesses are being asked to involve their supply chain (purchasing) professionals and others in their company with this program. They are also being asked to visibly display the “Wanted Posters.” Businesses that do not have purchasing departments are also being asked to display the “Wanted Poster” in an effort to help communicate this program. Every company can provide support to this new program aimed at increasing new investment and new jobs, according to the program partners.

“If we want economic development to succeed in our area, it is everybody’s job,” stated Brent Schlegel, the incoming president of the area chapter of The Association for Operations Management (APICS), one of the partner organizations for the Supplier Recruitment Program. Schlegel addressed the attendees at the recent NORED Annual Meeting where the program was announced.

Information for obtaining the “Wanted Poster” signs and banners can be found at www.toledobiz.com. Toledo Business Journal is providing assistance to this program.

The three economic development partners that are involved in the creation and launch of this new program include Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED), Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. In addition, these economic development organizations have teamed with the Toledo Area Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM/NAPM) and the area chapter of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) in an effort to involve the organizations’ members in this program. Also affiliated with the program in Lucas County is EPIC, the young professionals organization of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The program is focused on generating leads from supply chain (purchasing) professionals; company CEOs; general managers of business units; plant managers; operations managers; and other business, education, and public sector professionals that work with outside Suppliers. Every day, professionals in the region are in communication with companies that supply products and services to their organization. Many of these organizations in the area are considered to be major customers by Suppliers providing products and services. Periodically, area professionals learn about a need by a major Supplier for a new facility.

Professionals involved with their organization’s Suppliers are the first to learn when one of these companies is regularly experiencing order backlogs and long delivery cycles. When this becomes regular and is due to capacity shortfalls, the Supplier may be at a point where they are beginning to consider a new facility.

There are other times when professionals in the area learn that a major Supplier is beginning to explore the possibility of adding new products to its line. The company may be a major Supplier for many products and services, but is missing selected products that it decides to add. There are times when area professionals learn that a Supplier is beginning to explore a new facility to produce a new product. The Supplier Recruitment Program is being set up to assist area economic development officials in learning about such Supplier needs.

Area professionals also learn about plans by Suppliers to add new facilities to accommodate new technology, new warehouse and distribution operations, new call centers and customer service centers, new regional and local sales offices, and other new facilities.

One of the organizations involved with the Supplier Recruitment Program is the area chapter of NAPM. The chapter has approximately 178 members, many of whom are supply chain (purchasing) professionals at medium and large industrial firms.

Another partner with the program is APICS. The organization has approximately 105 members around the region. Many of its members are employees of medium and large industrial firms who work in operations and supply chain (purchasing) positions.

In order to be successful, the program is dependent on senior management and other professionals at area businesses and public sector organizations becoming involved and providing these important leads to economic development officials. Leads can be submitted to local economic development offices or to the RGP. Dean Monske, the RGP’s vice-president for Business Development, is coordinating this effort for the agency.

Success of the program is also dependent on the support that will be provided by area businesses and public sector organizations that visibly display the Wanted Posters. These posters will serve as a regular reminder to businesses and others to submit potential project leads to area economic development officials.

The partners launching the Supplier Recruitment Program need the leadership support of professionals in the private sector if new investment and new jobs are going to result.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 10:06 PM   #1863
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Bowling Green: BGSU Development UPDATE

$44M to be invested in BGSU facilities
Posted on Toledo Business Journal website May 2008 Edition

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is moving forward on plans for $8 million in renovations to its ice arena as well as construction of a $36 million convocation center – called the Stroh Center. The school is currently in the process of naming an architect for the two projects; the ice arena project is expected to begin in the summer of 2009 and the convocation center will likely begin in 2010 with completion in 2012.

The ice arena and convocation center will be funded through a combination of debt service and private gift support. The private goals for the two facilities are $4 million and $14 million for the ice arena and Stroh Center, respectively.

Initially, BGSU considered building a multi-purpose facility to support both hockey and basketball. However, one facility to meet athletic, recreational sports, and community needs would cost more than $90 million, according to the school.

Another option was a conversion arena that would support basketball and volleyball; the hockey team would compete in the new facility and practice in the ice arena. But, it was decided that, due to the cost of operating and maintaining two ice facilities and the challenge of scheduling the use of the facility, the conversion arena was not the best option for BGSU.

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The ice arena renovation will address three separate areas: infrastructure needs, cosmetic improvements, fan / community amenities, and varsity team needs.

Once the architect is selected and has the opportunity to complete an analysis of priorities and costs, an exact list of improvements will be finalized. An initial list of priorities includes: replacement of the refrigeration system and all mechanical elements tied to the system, repair of the roof and building insulation, repairs to the ice plant, clean-up of the facility exterior, improvements to the landscaping, repaving of the parking lot, replacement or improvement of interior lighting, renovation of existing locker areas, renovation of studio ice space into new locker rooms, conversion of the curling ice into a multi-purpose facility for skating and curling, assessment of ADA access shortcomings, painting of the ceiling, improvement of seating, and updating of varsity team areas.

Additions to the ice arena may include a new scoreboard / video board, a new sound system, a hospitality lounge, a lobby / main concourse, concession areas, a media / press area, and an area that celebrates the history and tradition of the BGSU hockey program.

The ice arena is currently and will continue to be managed by Rec Sports.

Stroh Center

The Stroh Center is named after Kermit F. and Mary Lu Stroh and their family. The Strohs donated $8 million to BGSU in early March to support several initiatives. Approximately $7.7 million will be used for construction of the convocation center. According to the school, the $8 million donation is the largest single private gift in BGSU’s nearly 100-year history.

While announcing the gift in March, Kermit Stroh discussed the convocation center and explained that it is a key project and a chance for BGSU to move beyond its current basketball facility, Anderson Arena. “Anderson Arena is a great venue with wonderful memories, but now is the time for the university to move ahead,” he stated. “Our family decided we’d like to lead the charge in creating a new convocation center for the university.”

The Stroh Center will serve as home to the women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs. Depending on funds and design, a practice court for the teams may also be included. The facility will have locker rooms and meeting rooms for each of the three teams, an office suite that houses all three programs and coaching staffs, the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame, a merchandise store, an athletic ticket office, a media / press area, and a hospitality lounge. Gymnastics and student-athlete support services will move to Anderson Arena.

An approximate capacity of 5,000 seats is the working number for the convocation center.

“The impact that the Stroh Center will have on programs such as men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball is significant also,” added BGSU athletics director, Greg Christopher, at the announcement of the Strohs’ gift. “As we work to advance our athletic programs, our facilities are key to recruiting and attendance. The Stroh Center will be a shining example of BGSU’s commitment to quality.”

Intercollegiate Athletics will coordinate the facility. Additionally, time will be available for outside events (concerts, trade shows, etc.) and high school games.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 10:09 PM   #1864
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Perrysburg Twp: Former ConAgra Redevelopment

ConAgra plant is purchased
Written by Sentinel Staff Wednesday, 30 April 2008


LIME CITY - New life is being breathed into the ConAgra facility in Perrysburg Township which closed earlier this year as part of a corporate shift in production.

The roughly 700,000 square-foot facility, where Hunt's Snack Pack pudding was produced and distributed, recently was purchased by a Henry County company for $6.3 million, according to real estate transfers.

The approximately 700,000 square foot facility, located at 29180 Glenwood Road in northern Wood County, was sold for $6.3 million to a company named Perrysburg Distribution Center, LLC.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, the company filed articles of organization in March. Jerry A. "Tony" Marks, of Napoleon, is the company's agent. He's also president of TMT, a Napoleon-based business specializing in warehousing, packaging, transportation and logistics. ConAgra is one of TMT's customers, according to information on TMT's Web site.
Marks could not be reached this morning to comment on plans for the Perrysburg Township facility. A phone message was left at his office in Napoleon.

About 160 employees lost their jobs when the ConAgra facility closed in January. Production was moved to plants in Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Fostoria: Live Earth Development News

City lands landfill jobs and headquarters
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Posted on Fostoria Review-Times website 5/1/2008


Fostoria's trash is bringing an unexpected treasure to the city.

Live Earth, the company that bought Sunny Farms landfill, is moving its headquarters and jobs to Fostoria. After handing Mayor John Davoli a $25,000 check Wednesday for the Fostoria Festival and Fireworks on the Fourth, Christopher Valerian, president of Fostoria's Live Earth LLC, announced Live Earth is moving its headquarters from New York to Fostoria.

"I'm a small business owner and it's not some anonymous firm out of New York," Valerian said. "And we want to get involved and that's why we've reached out to say we're part of the community."

Davoli expressed support for both Live Earth's donation and the decision to move its headquarters to Fostoria.

"I like to call them our new corporate partner, our new corporate friend in the community of Fostoria," he said.

The landfill staff will amount to 40-50 people, though Valerian said he isn't sure how many of those will be the administrative staff or how many will be coming from New York. Valerian said the move and all of the company's administration and support staff will be in place here by June 1.

Valerian said he has already started hiring in Fostoria: he recently hired a director of finance from Fostoria.

Live Earth was formed in October 2007 for the purpose of buying Sunny Farms. The landfill has been operating under a proposed denial of its license since 2007 due to outstanding EPA violations.

Since taking over the landfill, Valerian said he has been working to fix outstanding EPA issues.

"We've essentially reached an agreement with the attorney general and the attorney general's client is the Ohio EPA, and we are waiting for the permit transfer to finalize the consent order," he said.

The landfill now has two certified engineers on site and is using the best available technology, Valerian added. Live Earth is "one of the largest fully-integrated, independent, non-hazardous, solid waste rail disposal companies in the United States," according to its Web site, www.liveearthwaste.com.

"It's the idea of the company coming here, the headquarters coming here," Davoli said. "And they want to be more of a corporate entity, a corporate friend. That's the big news here."

Valerian, who is from the Cleveland area, said he will build his company from Fostoria, the site of his company's founding.

"I'm an Ohio guy," he said. "I wanted to be involved in the community."

"Our plan is to grow," he added.
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North Baltimore: CSX Intermodal Development UPDATE!

This is good news considering the Continental Company laying off 2/3 of the work force end of this year for the southern area of Wood County.
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A couple of the news stations had small pieces on the new arena. They said there will be a finalized plan for the arena sometime in June...... Hopefully they add another webcam then too
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Well looks like one of my fav stores will be leavin Oregon with me..... I remember goin to the pharm on wheeling when it was a foodtown...... Was the best place to get deals on faygo lol....... But yea Ill be movin from Oregon out to Perrysburg by Levis Commons........Yea I know Wood county sucks..... But Im sure Perrysburg will be very happy to get such a model citizen as myself... LoL. Atleast im close to the river and bass pro
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More Habitat homes?? Holmes St on the east side has about 6, 2-story homes being built on empty lots along the tracks. I know theres been quite a few Habitat for Humanity Homes already built in that neighborhood not sure if these are as well....... Either way nice to see some new homes built on the east...... Away from the river
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