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The Van Wert Sister City Cultural Exchange Program
The Van Wert Sister City Cultural Exchange program is seeking 8-10 students that will be ages 13-17 the summer of 2019 to be part of the Sister City delegation to Sumoto City, Japan. Information and application packets have been provided to Crestview, Lincolnview, and Van Wert High Schools. The applications must be to the Van Wert Mayor’s office no later than May 4, 2018. A committee will review the applications and possibly hold face to face interviews in order to choose the candidates no later than May 30 2018. This is a great opportunity for our county’s youth to learn and experience a foreign culture. Sumoto City will be sending a delegation to Van Wert on 7/24/18 to 7/29/18. If you want more information on the trip, want more information about the delegation coming to Van Wert, or would like to be part of the committee, please contact Bill Walls (Phone-419-203-4744 or email@example.com). There will be an information meeting on April 8, 2018 at the 5:30 p.m. in the NPAC Lecture Hall.
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Van Wert is positioned for growth
Economic Development continues to be our focus in Van Wert. With our two existing industrial parks, Van Wert Industrial park on the south side and Vision Industrial Park located on the north side adjacent to US route 30, Van Wert is positioned for growth in both of these parks. Shovel ready sites make these areas attractive to small and medium sized business and industry.
The mega site with over 1500 acres on the northeastern side of Van Wert located on US route 30 gives easy access to I-75, I-70 and I-69. . Electric, water, sewer, fiber optics and rail makes this site one of two shovel ready Mega industrial sites in the State of Ohio. Land purchase options are secured through the year 2022. The Ohio Department of Development, Regional Growth Partners, Jobs Ohio, and our local economic development office will market this site both nationally and globally. Van Wert continues to enhance its local incentives to attract new business. These incentives consist of::
1) A Community Reinvestment Area Tax Exemption, 2) A Van Wert Enterprise Zone Tax Exemption, 3) Tax Increment Financing,
4) A City of Van Wert Free Land for Job Creation and Retention. 5) A City of Van Wert Job Creation Incentive Payment Program.
In addition to these incentives Van Wert will continue to assist prospects and existing businesses secure funding thru the State of Ohio.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES THAT VAN WERT LANDS A NEW COMPANY.
Skilled workforce is a buzzword in economic development and Van Wert is on the international radar. It was the trained manpower in Van Wert that was a key component in landing a global company to the city.
Officials from MEK Group, headquartered in Mallabia, Spain, were in Indiana in March to purchase machinery from a plant set to close. When MEK personnel discovered many of the equipment operators were from Van Wert, a call was made to Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Stacy Adam and company officials were in the county an hour later looking for a home.
MEK has plans to hire 20-25 employees and acquire 12 Hydromat transfer machines over the next three years, housed in 23,000 square feet on Industrial Drive.
JobsOhio offered the company a Job Creation Tax Credit to incentivize the company’s selection of Van Wert as the location of its first U.S. plant, and the company will also benefit from Van Wert’s local Job Creation Incentive Program.
Instead of workers being faced with the prospect of a plant closure in Indiana, MEK identified a skilled workforce here and worked with the Economic Development office to bring Van Wert residents back home to work. Jim Miller was willing to fully use and share space at Miller Precision, providing a suitable home for MEK.
The establishment of a U.S. location is one piece of a larger plan for the maker of automotive parts to become a global supplier. The company currently operates facilities in Spain, China, Germany, and now the U.S.
“We are fortunate to have found the right people and the right place,” shared company CEO Javier Berastegui. “Building a team was a top priority and we are fortunate to have two leaders with over 40 years of experience. They will be able to mentor and transition new employees into the company.
“In Europe and Asia, we have 350 tenured employees, averaging 37 years in the industry, and have developed very efficient operations there,” Berastegui added. “We’re confident that with our professional team here we will deliver the same results and grow in the U.S.”
“Having an international company locate their first U.S. facility in Van Wert is a great testament to the business environment of northwest Ohio,” said Regional Growth Partnership President and CEO Dean Monske. “The RGP is proud to have worked with local and state officials in bringing this new business to our region.”
POSTED: 12/05/17 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Top Story
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Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun, a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. The combination of expertise, trusted leadership, safety-driven products, values and cultures creates a leading player within the evolving specialty vehicle industry.
The terms of the merger were not disclosed.
Demers is a Quebec entrepreneurial success and the oldest continuous ambulance manufacturer in North America, with ambulances in service worldwide. For Demers, this merger helps the company realize its ambition of dramatically increasing its North American market share and competing on a global scale. The merger with Braun creates the second largest ambulance manufacturer in North America and provides greater scale to pursue innovation and international growth.
Braun is a family-owned company that has been manufacturing custom, high-quality ambulances since 1972. With an extensive dealer network, dedicated workforce, and established brand throughout the U.S., Braun delivers hundreds of ambulances each year.
For Braun, the merger provides an increased capacity to drive product enhancements, improve product value, and to better serve more customers across the U.S. network.
“We are very pleased with our progress in strengthening our presence and pursuing growth,” said Alain Brunelle, CEO of Demers Ambulances. “Partnering with Braun provides us the right opportunity to better serve and service our customers, strengthen our employee base, and enhance our capacity to operate and innovate in a competitive, global industry. Together, we look forward to growing the combined company and to meeting the industry’s needs with even better products and service excellence.”
“The timing is right to partner with Demers Ambulances, a company that shares our values, spirit of innovation, and commitment to quality and customers,” said Kim Braun, CEO of Braun. “As the family contemplated many growth plans for a successful future, joining another successful brand that creates value for our workforce and customers was top of mind. With this merger, our employees, customers, and dealers stand to benefit from over 100 years of combined experience.”
Braun said the merger would create a new product line at the local plant and approximately 20 new jobs, including management, welding, electrical, and production workers. The company will be taking applications for the new positions.
Moving forward, Kim Braun will maintain her current leadership positions of the Braun brands and related operations, based in Van Wert. Both companies will retain their own brands, identities, facilities, and employees. The combined company will be led by Alain Brunelle.
The merge was made possible by Clearspring Capital Partners, a Canadian private equity firm focused on growing mid-market companies, who led the transaction alongside Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global, long-term institutional investor.
To learn more about Demers Ambulances, visit www.demers-ambulances.com.
POSTED: 02/02/18 at 9:30 am. FILED UNDER: Top Story
Charter Communications is making some exciting changes for their Spectrum customers in Ohio.
On or after March 20, 2018, Spectrum will begin removing the reamining analog channels on their lineup and delivering only higher-quality digital signals to each television outlet in the home.
On or after March 20, 2018, Public, Educational, and Government Access Channels (PEG Channels) will be relocated into a "Public Affairs Neighborhood." The new locations of each of the PEG Channels may be found below.
PEG Channel Lineup Current Channel New Channel
Lima Government Access Lima 2 1021
Community Access Kenton 9 1021
Community Access Delphos 6 1021
Educational Access Van Wert 6 1022
* not all channels are or will be available in all areas
If you have any questions about these changes you can contact Spectrum at 1-800-892-4357.
County aggregation program participants: Do nothing to remain in electric program
VW independent/submitted information
Because of some confusion concerning Van Wert County’s Residential Electric Aggregation program, the Van Wert County Board of Commissioners has issued a news release on the program.
Those enrolled in the county electric aggregation program are reminded that, if they want to continue in the cost-saving program, it will happen automatically beginning this Thursday, March 1.
Residents do not have to agree to anything with the new provider, AEP Energy Inc., or the former provider, FirstEnergy Solutions.
“The program was put out to bid last year and AEP Energy Inc. had the best offer for the county’s residents,” said County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger.
The new agreement lasts through March 2021.
“We have been hearing from many residents who are getting letters and calls that are confusing to them,” he added. “We want to reiterate that residents who want to stay in the aggregation program do not need to do anything. The change will happen automatically.”
MEK CEO Javier Berastegui (second from right) and company employees pose at Miller Precision Manufacturing in Van Wert. photo submitted
Alain Brunnelle (left), CEO of Quebec, Canada-based Demers Ambulances, with Kim Braun, CEO of Braun Industries in Van Wert. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent
NEW Van Wert Business
Krista Somerton (left) and Stacy Adam of the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation welcomed Kevin Hague Towing LLC to Van Wert on Wednesday. Hague, who has a similar operation in Rockford, used an $84,000 Revolving Loan Fund loan, coupled with additional financing from Citizens National Bank, to purchase the former Mace Body Shop location at 315 N. Wall St. “We were pretty much handling all the calls up here, so we decided to move up here,” Hague said, noting that the decision luckily coincided with the Mace family’s desire to retire. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent