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AutoSweet Expanding in the Columbus Region, Creating 35 New Jobs

Columbus – devVenture, LLC doing business as AutoSweet, an automotive inventory marketing company serving franchise and independent car dealers across all 50 states, announced it is expanding in Columbus and creating 35 new jobs. The company, which currently employs 21 employees in Columbus, will move to an 8,000-square foot facility at 2260 W. Henderson Road and will invest $229,000 in server room upgrades and other IT equipment. Hiring for a new software developer, web developer, marketing, sales and support staff positions will begin this summer.

AutoSweet is a marketing platform specifically developed for the automotive industry. Its growing “sweet” of easy-to-use inventory marketing tools helps dealers maximize their profits. The company is moving to the new, larger facility to accommodate growth in its existing product sales force.

“AutoSweet is thrilled to grow in the Columbus Region,” said Chris Lentz, president and founder of AutoSweet. “Columbus offers us a great community that mirrors our values of being social, caring and easy to work with. We value the Columbus Region’s high quality of life and access to a large pool of trainable talent from The Ohio State University and Columbus State.”

“The City of Columbus is pleased that AutoSweet will continue to expand here,” said Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus. “The company is one of many market-leading Columbus Region IT and software development companies that serve niche industries across the country.”

About AutoSweet

AutoSweet™ is a complete inventory marketing solution. AutoSweet has bundled everything needed to properly market new or pre-owned inventory for franchise and independent car dealers nationwide in one easy-to-use “sweet” of software. Dealers use AutoSweet to accelerate sales by gathering leads, driving website traffic, growing their customer base with email marketing, building their reputation on social media networks, competitively pricing their inventory and publishing classifieds to national and local automotive selling platforms. Learn more at www.AutoSweet.com.

About City of Columbus, Ohio

The City of Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of approximately 850,106 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the region. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its historic neighborhoods, booming downtown arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at columbus.gov/development/Economic-Development/.

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.

Granville Milling Celebrates 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days

Granville – Granville Milling, a Purina® Certified Expert Dealer, is announcing their 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days, a customer appreciation event. Stop by Granville Milling located at 400 S. Main St, Granville, OH 43023 on Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27th during regular business hours for specials throughout the store and more! Bring the whole family to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Customers will also have the opportunity to enter in the national 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days Sweepstakes for their chance to win a 2017 Polaris® Ranger Utility Vehicle, a Trip-for-Two to the Purina® Animal Nutrition Center, or Orion® 65 Cooler.* See store for official rules.

“We are proud to serve the residents of our community and thank them for their continued loyalty,” John Reed of Granville Milling. “We invite everyone to come celebrate our 2017 Purina® Check-R-Board® Days with us!”

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the U.S.A. & D.C., the age of majority. Enter in-store. Maximum of one entry per person. See Official Rules in store at participating retailers. To find a local retailer visit www.purinamills.com. Sweepstakes starts 1/1/17 & ends 12/31/17. All entries must be postmarked by 12/31/17. Sweepstakes void where prohibited. Sponsor: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.

COLUMBUS WORTHINGTON AIR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH NEST

May 15, 2017: Columbus, OH- Columbus Worthington Air, an air conditioning and heating company based in Columbus, OH, has partnered with Nest Labs, Inc. to include the Nest Learning Thermostat as a standard component of most of its middle and upper tier residential HVAC system installations. Columbus Worthington Air will also offer professional installation of Nest Thermostats as an optional upgrade when performing service and preventative maintenance in previously installed systems.

Columbus Worthington Air is a network provider for American Residential Services (ARS), a Memphis, Tenn. based, privately-held national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services.

“We are delighted to be recognized as a Nest Pro Elite partner across our network of more than 70 service centers. As a national leader in the residential HVAC and plumbing industry, ARS service centers can now leverage this exciting technology enabling homes to be smarter and more energy-efficient,” says Luis Orbegoso, President and COO of ARS.

“The benefits that a smart and connected home offers are very compelling. This partnership will allow us to offer even more value to our customers with Nest’s cutting-edge, yet approachable technology,” added Clint Schreck, General Manager of Columbus Worthington Air.

“While Nest products are designed so that homeowners can choose to install themselves, Nest wants to make it easy for those who’d prefer to take advantage of the benefits of a pro installation,” says Gene LaNois, Head of Professional Channel, Nest. “ARS shares our passion for enabling the thoughtful home, and we’re excited that they will be incorporating the Nest Thermostat into their installation offerings.”

The Nest Thermostat learns the temperatures a homeowner prefers and then programs itself. Independent studies have shown that the Nest Thermostat saves homeowners on average 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling costs. Nest’s algorithms allow customers to monitor their energy history daily, in addition to receiving an easy-to-understand monthly report. The Nest Thermostat will also alert homeowners in the event it detects certain problems with the home’s HVAC system.

The Nest Thermostat and other Nest products are now available at all ARS Network branches that provide HVAC services and installations.

ABOUT AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES: Based in Memphis, Tenn., privately-owned ARS operates a network of more than 70 locally-managed service centers in 23 states, with approximately 6,500 employees. The ARS network features industry-leading brands including, A.J. Perri, Aksarben ARS, Allgood, Andy’s Statewide, ARS, Aspen Air Conditioning, Atlas Trillo, Beutler, Blue Dot, Brothers, Columbus Worthington Air, Comfort Heating & Air, Conway Services, Efficient Attic Systems (EAS), Florida Home Air Conditioning, Green Star Home Services, McCarthy Services, Rescue Rooter/ Proserv, Rescue Rooter, RighTime Home Services, RS Andrews, The Irish Plumber, Unique Services, “Will” Fix It, and Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing. United by Exceptional Service®, the ARS / Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers by providing heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation services. Each location has a knowledgeable team of trained specialists, who have undergone rigorous drug testing and criminal background checks. Providing exceptional service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right – the first time, with all work fully guaranteed.

Semiconductor Company SK Infrared Creating 19 New Jobs in Columbus

Columbus – SK Infrared, a semiconductor company that designs, develops and tests state-of-the-art infrared detectors for government and commercial applications, announced its plans to bring 19 new jobs to Columbus. The company will be located at Rev1 Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund that provides entrepreneurs with services, space and funding. Hiring for engineers and technicians is expected to begin in late summer 2017.

“Locating in Columbus allows us to better position our company for success,” said Earl Fuller, CEO of SK Infrared. “The growing economy, partnerships with local institutions and access to startup resources all played a role in our decision.”

SK Infrared develops high performance detectors and sensors for use across a variety of commercial, military and medical operations.

In the Columbus Region, science and technology establishments employ over 36,000 people. These companies benefit from access to labor talent, world-leading research capabilities, a collaborative tech community and competitive real estate costs.

About SK Infrared

SK Infrared is a fabless compound semiconductor company that leverages innovations in single and multicolor infrared detection technology to design and develop custom devices for military and commercial applications. The company has been involved with groundbreaking developments of early detection of skin cancer with Advanced Longwave infrared-imaging and Analysis System, as well as the development of proprietary software for image-registration and data analysis. Learn more at skinfrared.com.

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business receives President’s Award for global trade, exporting initiatives

President’s “E” Award recognizes efforts to increase U.S. exports

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business has been named a recipient of the prestigious President’s “E” Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce for its efforts to explore and expand global trade and exports in Ohio.

Ohio State, via Fisher, was one of just three universities represented among the 32 winners at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 22. United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented the awards at the Department of Commerce Headquarters, located in the Herbert C. Hoover Building.

The award recognizes the creation and efforts of Fisher’s Global Trade Network, a collaboration among state and federal agencies, university partners, economic development entities, and small- to medium-sized businesses in Ohio that are focused on expanding their global footprint. The network was made possible, in part, by Fisher’s decades-long partnership with the Title VI federally funded Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

“The entire Fisher College of Business community and our many partners within the Global Trade Network are honored to receive the President’s ‘E’ Award,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “As part of a modern land-grant institution, Fisher strives to address our society’s most compelling needs, build Ohio’s future, and connect the state, its business, our partners and students with valuable opportunities – including those beyond the nation’s borders. The Global Trade Network demonstrates our continued commitment to this foundational tenet and our dedication to building leaders who are globally aware.”

A key component of Fisher’s Global Trade Network is the Global Trade Consulting Group, composed of students who have successfully completed the Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) and an export-focused internship. The OEIP began as a collaboration between Fisher, the Ohio Development Services Agency, other Ohio universities and small- to medium-sized businesses across the state that has increased Ohio’s expected export sales by an estimated $25.5 million.

Students in the Global Trade Consulting Group engage with real clients to provide higher-level, strategic global trade consultation. The group worked with the City of Dublin (Ohio) Economic Development Team on a strategy to increase global opportunities for companies considering expanding or enhancing their export capabilities. Davenport Aviation, located in central Ohio and the only other “E” Award winner from the state, also plans to host another OEIP intern this summer.

Additionally, the Global Trade Network has partnered with Columbus 2020 and Ohio’s Small Business Development Centers on a number of programs, including the Global Trade Speaker Series and a Global Summit that explored international expansion in the Americas. This past year, the speaker series connected students, faculty, staff and business partners with trade leaders including the Ambassador of Japan and the Consul General of Korea.

“The futures of so many businesses lie in global trade and export, and Fisher’s Global Trade Network is building bridges to connect our students, faculty, business partners and export professionals across the U.S. in this strategic frontier,” said Joyce Steffan, director of Fisher’s Office of Global Business. “We’re proud to be recognized among select organizations that are advancing U.S. exports.”

The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Fewer than five universities have received the award in the last five years. The other two 2017 university recipients are University of Colorado Boulder and Western New England University.

“The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Fisher College of Business’ work to train and develop the next generation of international business leaders while providing valuable support to Ohio companies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated in the initial award letter to the college. “Fisher College of Business’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

About The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business

The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business provides tomorrow’s business leaders with the foundation needed to succeed in business today. Led by world-class faculty, Fisher students experience an academically rigorous learning environment that fosters the development of an entrepreneurial spirit, global awareness and principled leadership skills. Organizations from around the globe thrive under the leadership of Fisher alumni, who are positively impacting their communities and the world.

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