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OHIO WESLEYAN JOINS ‘OHIO BUSINESS COMPETES’ COALITION

Nonpartisan Organization Supports Nondiscrimination Policies to Protect LGBTQ Community

Ohio Wesleyan University has joined “Ohio Business Competes,” a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to “achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level in order to attract the best talent, to increase business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, and to grow Ohio’s economy.”

According to the coalition: “There are 21 states where consumers and employees are protected from being denied jobs, housing, and services based upon perceived sexual orientation/gender identity — Ohio is not one of these states. Discriminatory laws can drive away the top talent Ohio needs to fill 21st century jobs.”

Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones said the coalition’s effort to promote equality is a perfect fit with the university’s long-standing policy of non-discrimination and acceptance.

“I am proud that Ohio Wesleyan is among the first colleges and universities in the state to join the ‘Ohio Business Competes’ coalition,” said Jones, Ph.D. “Ohio Wesleyan supports the dignity and value of all people. No one should be discriminated against because of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or any other identity. Ohio’s LGBTQ community deserves equal protection under the law.”

To date, more than 200 businesses have joined “Ohio Business Competes,” the coalition states, including “some of the state’s largest employers, such as Procter & Gamble Company, OhioHealth, American Electric Power, KeyBank and General Electric.”

To learn more about the coalition, including its economic-impact data, visit http://ohiobusinesscompetes.org.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

AkzoNobel Invests in Enhanced Color Capabilities at Columbus, OH Site

AkzoNobel, a leading manufacturer of coil coatings for the metal construction industry, announces the completion of a new, dedicated color mixing cell for its TRINAR® coatings at the Columbus, OH production facility. Designed to provide the highest level of quality and service to coil coating customers, the cell is equipped with a new state-of-the-art Automatic Dosing Unit (ADU) and incorporates the most advanced quality inspection techniques. These enhanced capabilities will enable high color precision and faster paint production.

“AkzoNobel invested nearly $2 million in this project to increase capacity and enable greater flexibility in meeting customer demands,” said Julian Cass, business director for AkzoNobel’s North America Metal Coatings business. “The new cell reflects our deep commitment to the metal construction industry and to delivering the highest level of service, quality and satisfaction to our customers.”

Victoria Kale, marketing manager for North America Metal Coatings added, “Our coil coating customers continually seek ways to differentiate themselves in the market, and they often use color to accomplish this. This investment enables us to more rapidly produce a wide range of color options with the greatest color accuracy.”

The inauguration of the new cell coincides with the 30th anniversary of AkzoNobel’s TRINAR coating. The first batch of TRINAR was produced in Columbus in 1987. Since its introduction, TRINAR has continued to provide essential protection, finish and color to buildings across North America.

TRINAR is a high-performance fluoropolymer top coat containing a minimum of 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin. The unique resin combines with other proprietary resins and high-quality ceramic and select inorganic pigments to create a tough, durable and weather-resistant finish. Although tough, the TRINAR finish is also flexible, enabling architectural expression, making it an ideal choice for metal roofing, ACM panels, wall panels, siding, canopies and facia. TRINAR is frequently specified for use in architectural, commercial, institutional or high-end residential and agricultural installations.

More information about TRINAR and other AkzoNobel metal coating products is available at www.akzonobel.com/ccna.

AkzoNobel Metal Coatings manufactures high-performance coatings to meet the needs of the metal construction industry. Our products include TRINAR, a 70 percent PVDF coating, and CERAM-A-STAR 1050, the benchmark of SMP paint systems. Both products are available in our Cool Chemistry formulations, which help make projects more energy efficient and sustainable. AkzoNobel coatings are widely specified for their excellent performance and durability, as well as their color and gloss retention.

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more livable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

Quality Box & Pack Joins the U-Haul Dealer Network

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2017) — U-Haul Company of Massachusetts and Ohio, Inc. is pleased to announce that Quality Box & Pack has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Columbus community.

Quality Box & Pack at 1454 Bethel Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

U-Haul Truck Share 24/7℠ is now available at all U-Haul locations, enabling customers to access trucks and vans every hour of every day through the self-pick-up and self-return options on their uhaul.com account. An internet-connected mobile device with camera and GPS features is needed to take advantage of self-service.

Normal business hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 614-300-1400 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Columbus-OH-43220/008422/ today.

Quality Box & Pack partners Priti and Nimish Adhvaryu are proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Franklin County.

U-Haul and Quality Box & Pack are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.

Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.

Quality Box & Pack is a great place to become U-Haul Famous®. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.

Kroger Announces Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan

“Moonshot” Initiative Aims to End Hunger in Communities and Eliminate Waste in the Company by 2025

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) recently announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

“No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.

“More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense,” Mr. McMullen said. “As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to doing something about it.”

Kroger’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan includes the bold commitments outlined below, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit.

Kroger is also crowdsourcing for solutions, asking communities, partners and other stakeholders to help provide ideas, feedback and best practices as the effort evolves.

“We don’t – and we won’t – have all the answers,” said Dan De La Rosa, President of Kroger’s Columbus Division.

“While we are clear about our vision, we are flexible about how to get there. We are working closely with both Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our longstanding partners, to develop transparent metrics to track our progress. And we are inviting everyone who is passionate about feeding people and protecting the planet to join us in our mission to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025,” De La Rosa added.

“Hunger exists in every county and affects every demographic group in this country,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “If we are to succeed in creating a hunger-free America, it will take the combined efforts of a variety of groups – policymakers, nonprofits, individuals and corporations – working together with the 200 network member food banks. Kroger is stepping up to the challenge and we look forward to working with them on their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan.”

“The production and consumption of food has the largest environmental footprint of any human activity. By wasting less food, we can reduce the environmental impact of food production while also conserving biodiversity and wildlife habitat,” said Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, WWF.

“Kroger’s zero waste commitment sets a new standard for food waste reduction goals and will have a ripple effect across their supply chain and industry.”

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste: A Plan to End Hunger In Kroger Communities and Eliminate Waste In The Kroger Co.

• Establish a $10 million innovation fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the paradoxical relationship between the two.

• Accelerate food donations to provide three billion meals by 2025 to feed people facing hunger in the places Kroger calls home. In partnership with its customers, associates and other partners, Kroger has donated one billion meals via combined food and funds donations since 2013.

• Donate not just more food, more balanced meals via Kroger’s industry-leading fresh food donations program. Kroger has been feeding people facing hunger since the company’s inception in 1883, and as a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Kroger has longstanding partners with food banks across the country.

Today, Kroger store associates are empowered to identify meat, produce, dairy and bakery items for donation that remain safe, fresh and nutritious. Last year, Kroger donated the equivalent of 46 million fresh meals to local food banks in addition to dry goods and shelf-stable groceries.

• Advocate for public policy solutions to address hunger and to shorten the line at food banks, lobbying for continued funding of federal hunger relief programs, and for public policies that help communities prevent and divert waste from landfills, including recycling, composting and sustainability programs that can be scaled for maximum impact.

• Achieve all Zero Waste 2020 goals outlined in the annual Kroger sustainability report.

• Eliminate food waste by 2025 through prevention, donation and diversion efforts in all stores and across Kroger. Develop transparent reporting on food loss and waste.

Kroger Landlord Will Not Renew University City Store

Lease Kroger will close location on Monday, October 16

Columbus, Ohio (September 14, 2017) — The Kroger Co. today announced the landlord for its University City store is redeveloping the site and has chosen not to extend the company’s lease. Kroger will cease store operations at its University City store, located at 2913 Olentangy River Road, at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017.

“It has been an honor to serve the University community for the past 56 years,” said Bill Green, vice president of operations for Kroger’s Columbus Division.

“We look forward to providing continued service to our customers at our other campus-area Kroger locations.”

The University City’s fuel center will close at the same time as the store on October 16.

Kroger encourages customers to redeem their Kroger fuel points at any Kroger fuel center, with the nearest location at 1375 Chambers Road.

Green indicated that Kroger will offer all 63 University City store associates the opportunity to transfer to another of the company’s Columbus Division locations.

For more information about other Kroger locations and employment opportunities, visit www.kroger.com.

About Kroger’s Columbus Division: Since 1907, Kroger’s Columbus Division has been serving customers throughout central Ohio. Today, more than 21,000 associates assist customers in 121 supermarkets, 120 pharmacies and 90 fuel centers throughout central and northwest Ohio, as well as southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region.

The Columbus Division is home to Kroger’s Great Lakes Distribution Center, The Kroger Bakery, Tamarack Dairy and Kroger Pharmacy’s regional fulfillment center.

Focusing its charitable efforts on hunger relief, supporting our nation’s military, breast cancer awareness and local school and education programs, the division donated $4 million in 2016 to more than 4500 local non-profits through the division’s Kroger Community Rewards program. Since 2010, the division has donated more than $2 million to Feeding America food banks throughout the region. Committed to environmental sustainability, currently all division stores participate in organics recycling and 20 stores have earned Energy Star certification through the EPA for reducing energy consumption.

Satisfaction with Home Insurance Faces Critical Test as Hurricane Losses Mount, J.D. Power Finds

Historical Decline of Catastrophic Losses, Stable Rates Now Threatened by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

COSTA MESA, Calif.: 18 Sept. 2017 — U.S. homeowners and renters insurance customer satisfaction has reached an all-time high following a multi-year run of declining catastrophic losses and relatively stable pricing, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Home Insurance Study,SM released today. The ability of insurers to maintain these high levels of customer satisfaction will be tested in the coming months amid the historic property losses and profit strains created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Although property insurers have made great strides in overall customer satisfaction over the past several years, the areas where they consistently see the lowest satisfaction scores are price and direct customer service,” said Greg Hoeg, Vice President of U.S. Insurance Operations at J.D. Power. “Those two areas in particular will be under enormous stress as insurers address losses from the recent hurricanes.”

These challenges are amplified by the threat of disruption from a new crop of emerging “insurtech” innovators coming to market with lower premiums and state-of-the-art self-service web and mobile customer service technologies. However, traditional service providers are fighting back by partnering with smart home assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home. When used, these products increase customer engagement and lead to higher satisfaction by increasing awareness of best practices insurers execute but have low awareness due to limited interactions throughout the year.

“The risk to customer satisfaction in the wake of catastrophic events transcends those directly affected and expands to other insureds whose satisfaction with service is also affected by the image of their carrier,” said Robert Lajdziak, Business Consultant for the North American Insurance Practice at J.D. Power. “Further, if carriers need to raise rates they need to execute on several best practices that mitigate the potential negative effect associated with premium increases. Examples include ensuring customers understand their policy, explaining what the policy covers and discussing premium change options.”

Following are some key findings of the study:

Record-high customer satisfaction among homeowners and renters: Overall customer satisfaction scores have reached an all-time high of 808 (on a 1,000-point scale) among homeowners and 834 among renters, driven by improvements in policy offerings.

Price and direct customer service interactions remain problem spots: Despite overall rising customer satisfaction scores, the two lowest-performing factors in the customer experience are price and direct interactions with insurance companies via call center, website or assisted online channels. However, multichannel interactions that include direct and live channels throughout the year produce the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Many don’t completely understand policies and coverage: Overall satisfaction amonghome insurance customers who understand their policy and the details of what it covers is 92 points higher than among those who say they do not fully understand their coverage. Despite this huge effect on satisfaction, just 48% of customers say they completely understand their policy.

Insurtech innovators pose growing threat: Start-up insurance industry innovators have raised more than $7.1 billion globally since 2012 in an attempt to carve out a slice of the home insurance marketplace by offering lower premiums and technologically advanced self-service interactions. While overall awareness of these innovators is still low at just 5% of all property customers, awareness among Millennial[1] customers is more than double that rate (11%). Among Millennials who are aware of these start-up businesses, 29% say they “definitely will” or “probably will” purchase from one in the future.

Study Rankings

Amica Mutual ranks highest in the homeowners insurance segment for a 16th consecutive year, with a score of 866. Shelter and COUNTRY Financial rank second and third with scores of 850 and 839, respectively.

Erie Insurance ranks highest in the renters insurance segment with a score of 862. American Family ranks second with a score of 844. State Farm ranks third with a score of 833.

The U.S. Home Insurance Study examines overall customer satisfaction with two distinct personal insurance product lines: homeowners and renters. Satisfaction in the homeowners and renters insurance segments is measured by examining five factors: interaction; policy offerings; price; billing process and policy information; and claims. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

The study is based on responses from 15,909 online interviews conducted in June-July 2017.

For more information about the 2017 U.S. Home Insurance Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/jd-power-us-household-insurance-study.

North American Airports Effectively Navigating Construction, Capacity Challenges, J.D. Power Finds

Orlando, John Wayne Orange County and Sacramento Rank Highest in Respective Segments

COSTA MESA, Calif.: 21 Sept. 2017 — Overall passenger satisfaction with North American airports has reached an all-time high, as airports of every size have found creative ways to address the challenges of constant construction projects and increased passenger capacity demand. That’s the finding of the J.D. Power 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study,SM released today.

“Capacity has become a huge challenge for North American airports, with many reporting 100% of available parking spots being filled and large airports, such as Orlando International, setting passenger volume records each month for more than three years straight,” said Michael Taylor, Travel Practice Lead at J.D. Power. “Despite these difficulties, airports are responding with new technology and old-fashioned personal skills to win over harried travelers. These range from smartphone apps that tell travelers where to find a parking spot to therapy dogs—and in one case, a therapy pig—mingling with travelers to relieve stress and improve the overall airport experience.”

Following are some of the key findings of the study:

Overall satisfaction reaches all-time high: Overall customer satisfaction scores have reached an all-time high of 749 (on a 1,000-point scale), which is up 18 points from last year’s all-time high. Improvement is driven primarily by a 25-point increase in satisfaction with security check, thanks largely to fewer TSA staffing issues this year, and gains in two factors: check-in/baggage check (+19 points) and food, beverage, and retail (+15 points). Self-service bag-check kiosks and other bag-tagging technologies have played a significant role in improving the baggage check process.

Tech investment helps overcome logistical hurdles: With nearly every airport in the country dealing with challenges of high passenger capacity and ongoing construction projects to address increased demand, technology is helping to directly address these issues. For example, Sacramento International Airport has developed a smartphone app that tells travelers where they can find a parking spot, and virtually every airport in the country has invested heavily in improving phone-charging stations and internet access in their terminals.

Dogs, horses and pigs! Oh, my!: Many airports have also found success in improving customer satisfaction through creative use of high-touch traveler outreach initiatives. Phoenix Sky Harbor, for example, deploys a team of therapy dogs for passengers to pet while they wait to board; San Francisco International features a pet therapy pig that roams the terminal looking for pets and selfies; and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport has more than 30 stress-relieving ponies on staff with which travelers can interact.

Big city construction projects remain obstacle to satisfaction: Despite the most creative efforts to address traveler frustration, major city airports that are in the thick of massive construction efforts—notably Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare—are still fighting the headwinds of traveler disruption and access challenges that are handicapping their overall satisfaction scores.

“The trifecta of a steadily improving economy, record passenger volume and billion-dollar renovation projects unfolding in airports across the country has created a challenging environment for customer satisfaction,” Taylor added. “The fact that many airports are overcoming those challenges is incredibly instructive for the industry as it remodels and improves airport infrastructure.”

Airport Satisfaction Rankings

Orlando International Airport ranks highest in satisfaction among mega airports, with a score of 778. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (767) ranks second, and McCarran International Airport (765) ranks third.

John Wayne Airport (in Orange County, Calif.) ranks highest among large airports, with a score of 796. Tampa International Airport (795) ranks second, and Dallas Love Field (790) ranks third.

Sacramento International Airport ranks highest among medium airports, with a score of 810. Indianapolis International Airport (807) ranks second, and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (806) ranks third.

The 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study measures overall traveler satisfaction with mega, large, and medium North American airports by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; food, beverage and retail.

Now in its 12th year, the study is based on responses from 34,695 North American travelers who traveled through at least one domestic airport with both departure and arrival experiences (including connecting airports) during the past three months. Travelers evaluated either a departing or arriving airport from their round-trip experience. The study was fielded from January through August 2017.

For more information about the North America Airport Satisfaction Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/north-america-airport-satisfaction-study.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments and private equity firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

New study reveals Ohio 3rd highest discretionary income in United States

Columbus #1 city in Ohio and #7 nationwide, benefits from low housing expenses

San Francisco, CA — September 14, 2017 — Trove Technologies, Inc. has released the first annual Trove Discretionary Income Study showing that the state of Ohio ranks #3 among all states for discretionary income, while the city of Columbus ranks #7 among major cities nationwide and #1 in Ohio. The Trove Discretionary Income Study is the first of its kind to incorporate data that reflect regional differences in salaries, cost of living, and taxes to most accurately reveal the take home pay of American workers across 778 occupations. While there are many “cost-of-living” calculators that highlight general income differences across cities, there are no others that take into account the effect of taxes on the cost of living or identify the significant differences by occupation.

“Columbus ranks in the top echelon of cities when it comes to enabling workers to keep more of what they earn,“ said Michael Pao, co-founder of Trove Technologies, Inc. “Our research finds that housing substantially more affordable in Columbus than the rest of the country, with expenses coming in at 39% lower than the national average.”

Some of the major findings for Columbus – and Ohio generally – include the following:

Columbus ranks #7 among major cities nationwide (and #1 in Ohio) for discretionary income across all occupations.

Salaries in Columbus are only 2.5% higher than the national average, but housing expenses are 39.0% lower.

Columbus also ranks #4 among major cities nationally for occupations with salaries in the bottom quintile (lower-paying jobs), but only #15 for occupations with salaries in the top quintile (higher-paying jobs). This is due to only slightly higher than average salaries for higher-paying jobs (+3.1% vs. the national average).

Columbus ranks highly among major cities for these professions: Protective Service (rank #1), Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance (#2), Farming, Fishing, and Forestry (#3), and Education, Training, and Library (#2).

Ohio ranks #3 out of all states for discretionary income.

Salaries across all occupations in Ohio are 3.0% lower than the national average, while housing expenses are 39.3% lower.

Ohio placed three major cities in the top 10 nationally. The top states and cities across the US for discretionary income are:

States: Michigan; Texas; Ohio; Tennessee; Indiana; North Dakota; Washington; Minnesota; Missouri; Nevada

US Major Cities: Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; Dallas, TX; Nashville, TN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Seattle, WA

Methodology

The data underlying this analysis is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Tax Foundation, and The Council For Community and Economic Research. Using a proprietary algorithm, Trove developed the tool and map. The full methodology is outlined here.

What is Trove Technologies?

Trove is a technology company that helps customers pack, move and store personal and household items, as well as maximize excess inventory of small, locally based moving companies. Trove provides best-in-class service including packing, inventory, moving and storage, as well as a web-based catalog of a customer’s items.

CIFT announces initiative for 3-D printed medical devices

TOLEDO, Ohio – CIFT, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) affiliate for northwest Ohio, announces a collaboration with FibreTuff Medical Biopolymers, LLC (Toledo, Ohio), Whiteside Orthotic and Prosthetic Group, Inc. (Youngstown, Ohio), JuggerBot3D LLC (Youngstown), Valtronic (Solon, Ohio), Mercy Health (Toledo) and Ohio Development Services Agency to advance the design and production of medical devices using innovative, FDA-compliant ingredients and additive manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing) technologies.

“The interest in 3-D printing continues to grow rapidly,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “We are excited to take part in this opportunity to assist Ohio manufacturers at enhancing a component of the healthcare industry in northwest Ohio, and eventually throughout the state.”

The statewide project will be executed in three phases by:

1) qualifying three different biomaterial formulas for the 3-D printing process,

2) designing and 3-D printing medical devices using three biomaterials, and,

3) developing conceptual prototypes for “smart” devices using 3-D printed designs.

The patented and patent pending cellulose compositions, developed and produced by FibreTuff in phase one of the project, will utilize natural ingredients that promote sustainable materials.

Design and testing of the medical devices will be led by Whiteside Orthotics and Prosthetics Group in phase two. Production of devices will be performed by JuggerBot3D and Valtronic.

In phase three, Valtronic will provide expertise and production capabilities due to their background in complex electronic devices used in the medical industry. Additionally, support will be provided by Dr. Eric MacDonald of Youngstown State University (in collaboration with Whiteside Orthotics and Prosthetics Group) for design of “smart devices.”

Mercy Health is serving as the regional healthcare partner to prototype 3-D printed medical devices for the benefit of future patients. Results of this project will assist Ohio manufacturing companies to advance such technology to the healthcare industry, allowing devices to be created with incredible accuracy, in shorter time, enhancing the overall recovery plan for a patient.

For more information, contact John Harkness, manufacturing engineer, CIFT, at 419-535-6000, ext. 107.

About the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

CIFT is a developer and provider of technical innovations and solutions for the food processing, agribusiness and agricultural sectors of the economy in our region, our state and beyond. These innovations and solutions are developed in order to enhance the economic performance of the food processing and agricultural sector. CIFT is an affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, designed to help small to mid-sized manufacturers in Ohio become leaders in their industry.

About the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

The Ohio MEP program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute for Science and Technology, Ohio Development Services Agency and local partners including CIFT. Ohio MEP is driving productivity, innovation and global competitiveness for Ohio manufacturers with a focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

New Ownership and Management for Clean Water Ltd.

Clean Water Environmental, an affiliate of Hunting Dog Capital LLC, has acquired substantially all the assets and operations of Clean Water Ltd.

COLUMBUS, OH, September 19, 2017: Effective September 18, 2017, Clean Water Ltd. exited receivership with substantially all assets and operations transferred to Clean Water Environmental, an affiliate of Hunting Dog Capital LLC. Clean Water Environmental emerges from Clean Water Ltd.’s receivership where the company has had the time and resources to restructure and reinvigorate its operations. As part of its restructuring initiative, new management has been put in place and operational procedures have been audited, assessed and enhanced for adherence to compliance regulations.

Clean Water Environmental provides services that are important to the cradle-to-grave management system for hazardous wastes, which prevents dangerous releases and avoids costly cleanups. Clean Water Environmental’s broad service offering positions it as a true partner to help customers focus on their business, while providing peace of mind that their environmental needs are handled professionally.

“Clean Water has been a regional supplier in the environmental services business for over 25 years, bringing a high level of expertise to our customers and industry partners,” said John Staton, Chief Executive Officer of Clean Water Environmental. “We are confident that with new ownership, experienced leadership and a renewed commitment to the communities in which we operate that our customers will remain loyal and grow with us. We plan to invest in our communities with new jobs and local support programs, so that Clean Water Environmental can improve our customers’ operations, our employees’ welfare and the overall environment.”

“We are excited to officially take ownership under the Hunting Dog Capital umbrella so we can focus on rebuilding customer relationships, restoring confidence with our partners and expanding the business,” said Chris Allick, Managing Member and Co-Founder at Hunting Dog Capital. “The potential for Clean Water Environmental to continue to service current customers as well as grow the service offerings is founded in the leadership of John Staton and the many employees that have been with the company for several years. This is exactly the type of company in which we strive to be aligned – one with leadership, expertise, loyalty, and commitment to the local communities.”

About Clean Water Environmental

Clean Water Environmental provides comprehensive hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment and disposal services at its facilities in central Ohio. Services include: Transportation, Treatment, Recycling, and Used Oil Recovery. Clean Water Environmental operates in compliance with the strict Waste Analysis and Acceptance Plan that details operational procedures for collection, receipt and processing of materials. At the heart of this process is Clean Water Environmental’s on-site analytical laboratory that assures compliance for both internal processes and to assist in making sure customer waste streams meet all regulatory requirements. For more information, please contact John Staton at 570.295.1438, Jstaton@cleanwaterenv.com.

About Hunting Dog Capital

Hunting Dog Capital (HDC) is a San Francisco-based investment manager that specializes in providing flexible financing, primarily in the form of senior-secured term loans, to lower middle-market U.S. companies. Hunting Dog Capital’s principals have worked together since 2002 and have extensive transaction experience that includes private debt, investment banking and corporate finance. HDC targets investment opportunities with businesses that generate between $5 million and $50 million of annual revenue. Business owners use HDC capital to facilitate acquisitions, refinance existing debt or for general corporate purposes to enable growth. For more information, please visit www.hdcap.com.

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