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Keno Kozie Associates Creating 36 Jobs in the Columbus Region

Columbus – Keno Kozie Associates, a provider of information technology design, service and support to leading law firms and legal departments, announced it is opening a new location in the Columbus Region and hiring 36 new employees.

“Our new Columbus Region location will extend Keno Kozie’s national footprint of delivering superior solutions designed to support the legal technology community,” said Martin Catania, partner, Keno Kozie Associates. “Our focus has and will continue to be serving clients in the most creative and cost-efficient ways possible. As our clients have grown and adopted a real-time, agile approach to technology, it made sense for us to open an additional location to accommodate strong, more efficient client service and improve geographic redundancy.”

The Chicago-based company will open a to-be-determined location in the Columbus Region to accommodate expanding domestic and international service offerings. Hiring for the 36 management, customer service, technology and support analyst positions will begin in May.

“The Columbus Region values a strong work ethic, customer service and community, and those values fit well with the culture at Keno Kozie,” said David Pardun, chief operations officer, Keno Kozie Associates. “We are eager to recruit top local talent and as we continue to evolve and grow our client base across the U.S., expanding in the Columbus Region is an excellent strategic and geographical fit to recruit best-in-class talent and continue to provide excellent service in the technology field.”

The Columbus Region is one of the country’s top metro areas in terms of IT talent and growth of IT labor force. KLG Advisors ranked Columbus the top metro for IT staffing potential based on the concentration of IT talent, growth of IT labor force and university and college output.

About Keno Kozie Associates

Keno Kozie Associates, Ltd. (kenokozie.com) has been providing information technology design, service, and support to leading law firms and legal departments since 1989. Hundreds of firms have chosen Keno Kozie to provide IT consulting, system and advanced application integration, 24/7/365 Help Desk support, training, managed services, and security and risk management services. The company was recognized in the Best of LegalTimes Readers Rankings survey as a Best IT Outsourcing Provider from 2013 to 2016 and in The National Law Journal’s Best of Chicago Readers Rankings survey in the same category from 2012 to 2015. The company maintains partnerships with many leading software and hardware vendors to provide clients with optimal value and support.

About Columbus 2020

As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to better understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.

BBB Warns of Two Companies to Avoid This Spring

April 25, 2017 – Columbus – Spring has sprung, and along with the warmer weather comes home improvement season. BBB is encouraging homeowners to do their homework ahead of time when looking to hire a contractor to tackle their home improvement projects to avoid situations like these:

Owners of Westerville Heating & Cooling LLC, Douglas and Melissa Martin, have been indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on charges including theft, identity fraud, and misuse of credit cards. BBB’s investigation recently revealed that according to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, customers would pay their bills with a credit card, then later the Martins would use the credit cards without authorization. The case was set to be heard in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on April 12, 2017.

According to the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board Douglas Martin’s HVAC and Refrigeration licenses are “Active in Renewal”.

Consumers who hired Life Time Construction were asked to pay thousands upfront for remodeling projects. A woman from Columbus, Ohio said she was asked to pay $12,400 for kitchen cabinets from Home Depot, but when she called Home Depot, she learned they had never been ordered. A man from Ashland, Kentucky was asked to pay $4,000 upfront, but Mark Holbrook, the owner of Life Time, has never returned to start the bathroom remodel. Life Time Construction has an F rating with BBB.

Mr. Holbrook was sued by the Ohio Attorney General in 2011 when he was doing business as Fastrack Construction for violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, specifically accepting down payments from two consumers for various home improvement projects and failing to deliver the goods and services paid for, and failing to refund the down payments.

“Spring is prime time for home improvement projects, and BBB always advises consumers to do their research before hiring a contractor,” said Kip Morse, President/CEO of BBB serving Central Ohio. “It pains me to see social media posts of problems homeowners have and then I have to share that they could have seen it coming had they just checked with us first. We have created a variety of resources for consumers to easily find trustworthy businesses in our community, including our dedicated home improvement microsite, bbbhomehelp.com.”

BBB offers the following general advice for consumers:

  • Always check with BBB before doing business with any company to ensure they are reputable.
  • Verify if the contractor is properly licensed, bonded and has met insurance requirements in compliance with state regulations.
  • Obtain at least three written estimates or bids for the work you are planning.
  • Never sign a blank or partially completed contract.
  • Never pay for the entire job in advance or pay cash to a salesperson or contractor. Typically, a down payment of 30 to 50 percent of the total contract price is made before the work is started with remaining payments to be made after completion of each phase of work; final payment should not be made until work is completed and you have inspected the work.
  • Pay with a credit card. That way, you can dispute the charges under the Fair Credit Billing Act should the contractor fail to complete the job. Disputes must be filed within 60 days after the first bill containing the disputed charge.

For more information on finding businesses you can trust, use BBB’s Home Help resource, and check us out on Facebook. Twitter and at bbb.org.

About BBB

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free atbbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central Ohio, which was founded in 1921 and serves 21 counties in Central Ohio.

Ohioans get Help with Home Repairs

Twenty-two local organizations received grants to help low-income Ohioans complete home repairs and provide homebuyer counseling. The Ohio Development Services Agency granted approximately $4.57 million to support health and safety home repairs, improve handicapped accessibility and provide down payment assistance and homebuyer counseling.

Local organizations use the Housing Assistance Grant Program to help Ohioans at or below 50 percent of the area median income with emergency home repairs and Ohioans at or below 65 percent of the area median income with down payment assistance or homebuyer counseling. The program is funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.

Local agencies receiving grants are:

Grantee; Grant Amount; Counties Served: Community Action Commission of Fayette County; $137,900; Fayette, Greene, Highland, Clinton, Madison and Ross

Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison, and Union Counties: $300,000; Champaign, Delaware, Logan, Madison, Shelby and Union

Economic and Community Development Institute: $240,000; Franklin

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging: $640,000; Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot

Rebuilding Together Central Ohio: $200,000; Franklin

Ohio Pack LLC Announces New $25.4 Million Manufacturing Facility in Columbus Region, Creating 66 Jobs

Columbus – Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.

The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw materials used in flexible packaging manufacturing. Ohio Pack will invest $13 million toward building costs and nearly $12.4 million toward machinery and equipment. Hiring for the manufacturing positions will begin in 2018.

“The Columbus Region’s proximity to existing food and beverage manufacturing facilities, the availability of real estate suitable to our needs and the support of state and local partners all contributed to our decision to open a facility in Heath,” said Mark Kasberg, director, Ohio Pack.

“Ohio Pack’s decision to locate at the Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace Center in Heath brings another rail-served manufacturer to our community,” said Mark D. Johns, Mayor of Heath. “Licking County’s large pool of manufacturing workers is well-prepared to bring their skills to the new positions offered by Ohio Pack.”

The Columbus Region is home to 170 food and beverage manufacturing facilities that generate $17.7 billion in economic output annually. With more than 85,000 manufacturing workers and more than 100 manufacturing-related education and training programs, the Region offers manufacturers a talented, and growing, workforce.

About GROW Licking County CIC

Founded in 2012 as a public-private non-profit partnership, GROW Licking County is managed by a 15-member board of directors whose mission is to provide responsive and individualized economic development support that enables business to expand or relocate in Licking County, Ohio. Since its inception, GROW Licking County CIC has enabled the development of over 3,800 new jobs, the retention of 1,700 existing jobs, and private investment of close to $620 million in Licking County. For more information, please visit our website: www.growlickingcounty.org.

Homeside Financial Expanding in Columbus Region, Adding 150 New Jobs

Columbus – Homeside Financial, one of the nation’s fastest growing mortgage lenders, has announced an expansion of its operations in the Columbus Region, which will result in 150 new jobs and an additional investment of $400,000. They are currently recruiting for front-end and inside sales, origination and servicing positions.

Since opening in late 2013, Homeside has grown to more than 400 employees across more than 34 regional locations. As a modern mortgage company, they are disrupting traditional industry standards by providing customers with state-of-the-art technology and a personal, dedicated experience.

“Every day at Homeside, we ask ourselves how can we deliver on our promise of being a modern mortgage company” says Dan Snyder, co-founder and managing partner, Homeside Financial. “For us, being ‘modern’ means blending technology with a handshake—to make the way people finance a home better.”

As a result of this modern approach, the company has seen rapid growth and plans to continue expanding. They currently employ 116 employees at two Columbus locations and will eventually expand into one larger, centralized facility in a yet-to-be determined Columbus Region location. Subsequently, they will also invest $300,000 to train new employees and another $100,000 in technology.

“We are thrilled to more than double our presence in the Columbus Region” says Snyder. “Columbus is a prime location for expansion because of the booming market growth and superior talent.”

About Homeside Financial

Delivering home loans in over 20 states, Homeside Financial is a Top 100 lender nationally and projects to become a Top 20 lender within the next two years. With operation centers in both Columbia, MD and Columbus, OH, Homeside provides an unparalleled, modern mortgage experience to its consumers and a dynamic career path and culture for its people. Homeside was recognized as a Glassdoor “Best Place to Work” in 2017 and as National Mortgage Professional’s “Most Innovative Company” in 2016.

Hilco holds disposition sale for Andersons

Northbrook, IL – April 25, 2017 – Hilco Fixture Finders, LLC (www.hilcofixturefinders.com) announced today that it has begun the disposition sale process of all furniture, fixtures and equipment for The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) Retail Group. The Andersons announced in January 2017 that it was closing Retail Group, which includes four stores – one in Maumee, one in Toledo and two in Columbus – and one distribution center in Ohio.

FF & E sale details are posted on the Hilco Fixture Finders website at www.hilcofixturefinders.com and additional information will be available on site at each location as well. All FF&E will be available for sale starting in early-May and the sale will last through the end of June 2017.

The liquidation of all the FF & E is running in conjunction with the liquidation of all retail inventory in stores that is now underway. Hilco Fixture Finders was hired to manage the disposition of store fixtures sale process having been a well known vendor to The Andersons for several years, and offering a broad range of disposition expertise, an international network of buyers and sellers, a high caliber professional staff, and other unique service capabilities.

Scott Hoek, CEO of Hilco Fixture Finders said, “We’re planning to successfully manage this important project for The Andersons with the goal of delivering maximum value for all the FF & E assets. We will work hard to be good brand stewards, protecting and caring for this recognizable brand, understanding that the brand name will live well beyond this particular sale event.”

The sale will include a large assortment of FF&E – from commercial refrigeration and equipment to cantilever rack, pallet rack, shelving, garment racks, deli equipment, material handling equipment, and more. All FF&E from the retail stores and distribution center will be sold. The stores and distribution center comprise a total of over 800,000 square feet of space. Store locations are listed below.

About Hilco Fixture Finders: Hilco Fixture Finders (www.hilcofixturefinders.com) is the premier fixture and equipment liquidation company in the United States, serving as a one-stop shop for all fixture related needs in either closed, closing, or remodeling locations. Hilco Fixture Finders offers a full suite of FF&E related services that includes purchasing and selling of custom pulled used Lozier brand gondola shelving; store distribution center, and warehouse FF&E sales and/or clean-out services; warehouse services, including onsite fixture packing, shipping, refurbishing and storage for future client use; and, an extensive inventory of used fixtures such as gondola shelving, racking systems, material handling equipment, and other supermarket, restaurant, and retail store FF&E. Hilco Fixture Finders provides client’s fee for service, guaranteed return, and purchase and sale alternative transaction structures designed to maximize the return on the value of their assets. Hilco Fixture Finders is part of Northbrook, IL based Hilco Merchant Resources (www.hilcomerchantresources.com), one of the world’s leading retail disposition experts providing a wide range of analytical, advisory, asset monetization, and capital investment services to help define and execute a retailer’s strategic initiatives.

About The Andersons, Inc.: Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors. For more information, visit The Andersons online at www.andersonsinc.com.

STORE LOCATIONS:

MAUMEE STORE; 530 Illinois Avenue; Maumee, OH 43537; 419-891-2700

TOLEDO STORE; 4701 Talmadge Road; Toledo, OH 43623; 419-473-3232

COLUMBUS BRICE STORE; 5800 Alshire Road; Columbus, OH 43232; 614-864-8800

COLUMBUS SAWMILL STORE; 7000 Bent Tree Boulevard; Columbus, OH 43235; 614-766-9500

RETAIL DISTRIBUTION CENTER; 1380 Ford Street; Maumee, OH 43537.

Senator Applauds Consumer Protection Bureau Taking Action to Protect Ohio Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee – applauded recent action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against Ocwen Financial Corp. The CFPB alleges that Ocwen, one of the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage servicers, for years “engaged in significant and systemic misconduct at nearly every stage of the mortgage servicing process.” Ocwen has been the subject of several enforcement actions and more than 23,000 CFPB complaints, including 675 complaints from Ohioans.

Brown is Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, which has oversight jurisdictions over CFPB. Read more about the action CFPB is taking to protect Ohio homeowners from Ocwen’s abusive practices here.

“Time and again, big banks and mortgage servicers have taken advantage of millions of hardworking homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgages,” said Brown. “This action sends an important message that this kind of outrageous abuse of homeowners won’t be tolerated. This is yet another example of why working families need a strong and independent CFPB.”

Below is a breakdown by county of complaints filed by Ohioans against Ocwen Financial. A consumer complaint database can also be found here.

County: Number of Complaints

Cuyahoga: 117; Franklin: 60; Hamilton: 41; Montgomery: 36; Summit: 32; Lucas: 28; Butler: 20; Lorain: 20; Stark: 18; Lake: 13; Mahoning: 11; Delaware: 11; Clermont: 9; Licking: 9; Richland: 8; Erie: 7; Fulton: 7; Medina: 7; Allen: 6; Portage: 6; Pickaway: 6; Wayne: 5; Trumbull: 5; Morrow: 5; Greene: 5; Geauga: 5; Clark: 5; Hancock: 4; Ashtabula: 4; Warren: 4; Jefferson: 4; Lawrence: 3; Logan: 3; Champaign: 3; Ashland: 3; Perry: 3; Carroll: 3; Crawford: 2; Clinton: 2; Knox: 2; Columbiana: 2; Jackson: 2; Preble: 2; Washington: 2; Madison: 2; Union: 2; Seneca: 2; Miami: 2; Muskingum: 2; Adams: 2; Sandusky: 1; Ross: 1; Tuscarawas: 1; Auglaize: 1; Athens: 1; Henry: 1; Fairfield: 1; Ottawa: 1; Marion: 1; Highland: 1; Huron: 1; Defiance: 1; Harrison: 1; Darke: 1; Wood: 1; Van Wert: 1; Guernsey: 1; Scioto: 1.

Unidentified Ohio Counties*: 95

TOTAL: 675

*Note: zip codes with fewer than 20,000 residents are only partially identified in order to protect the privacy of those filing complaints.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que to open in Newark

Newark, OH, April 27, 2017 – With a successful restaurant already in Granville, Moe’s Original Bar B Que is set to open a new location in late May in downtown Newark, just off the square at 21 West Church Street. Moe’s original style of Alabama BBQ, Southern sides and fresh desserts will be the staple items along with seafood and tempeh options. Opening Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner at 11am, the fast casual restaurant also will offer large party takeout orders and full service catering.

“We thought with all of the revitalization downtown that Newark was a perfect spot for our second family-friendly restaurant,” said co-owner Kara Gallagher. “We even have a Mini Moe’s area complete with a shack, little picnic table, and flying pigs on the wall to keep the kids entertained while the parents can enjoy a cold beverage from our full premium bar.”

Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish and Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USA Today and The Daily Meal. Moe’s Original Bar B Que features award-winning pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served along with Catfish and a Shrimp sandwich. Additionally, a daily rotation of traditional sides and house-made desserts are prepared fresh from recipes passed down for generations. In over a decade Moe’s Original Bar B Que has grown from a junkyard pit to over 50 successful restaurants in 16 states.

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