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Consultant shares insights on downtown

News Date: 
12/05/2014

As one of the nation’s leading experts in corporate location strategy and property selection, Don Schjeldahl has visited thousands of towns like Wapakoneta, looking for communities that would be the right fit for companies that are considering opening up a new facility.

Council holds annual luncheon

News Date: 
12/05/2014

The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Annual Meeting held Friday afternoon featured a guest speaker who has more than 30 years experience in corporate consulting.
Don Schjeldahl, founder of the Don Schjeldahl Group, spoke to WAEDC members and local community leaders about his experience in corporate location strategy and property selection, and how a town like Wapakoneta can best prepare itself for industries looking to expand into other regions.

Unemployment Rates down in area counties again

News Date: 
10/21/2014

LIMA — Unemployment has decreased once again, with September data showing Allen County and other surrounding counties lowered their number of jobless residents, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Unemployment is down 0.1 percentage point in September compared with August in Allen County. Lima’s rate is in line with the county, as its unemployment rate also decreased by 0.1 percentage point. This change took the city from 5.9 percent unemployed in August to 5.8 percent unemployed in September.

Ohio Manufacturing 'roaring back' but skilled workers still needed

News Date: 
10/02/2014

Ohio’s manufacturing sector produced nearly $100 billion worth of goods last year, accounting for almost 5 percent of U.S. manufacturing output, ranking the state fourth in the nation after California, Texas and Illinois.

To fuel further growth, Ohio must develop a new workforce capable of operating modern production equipment that increasingly relies on sensors, software and other advanced technology, state and local manufacturing officials said.

County Solid Waste Coordinator Retires

News Date: 
09/10/2014

Auglaize County Solid Waste District Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer announced he will retire at the end of the year, saying it is “just the right time.”

“I talked to people who had retired and asked them how they decided when to retire, and they said ‘you’ll just know when the time comes,’ so I think that time is here for me,” Reichelderfer said. “It’s time to try something different and let someone else take over.”

BBQ Coming to Shell

News Date: 
09/05/2014

The Shell gas station on Bellefontaine Street is trading in its car wash for a barbecue joint as it undergoes a remodel that is set for completion by the end of October.

Shell owner Bryan Hutchison said the remodel, which will expand the building 25 feet toward the road and eliminate the car wash, will make room for Hickory Pit BBQ, a restaurant and catering service Hutchison first opened at the Marathon gas station in Delphos.

Unemployment rates up, still beat state average

News Date: 
07/22/2014

LIMA - Sometimes hidden behind a little bit of bad news is quite a bit of good news.

Take June’s unemployment rates in the region as an example. Unemployment rates went up in all nine counties in the region, which looks like bad news.

A deeper dive into statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services show more people working than they had in years. That’s accompanied by more people attempting to enter the workforce.

 

Unemployment Rates Up, Still Beat State Average

News Date: 
07/22/2014

LIMA - Sometimes hidden behind a little bit of bad news is quite a bit of good news.

Take June’s unemployment rates in the region as an example. Unemployment rates went up in all nine counties in the region, which looks like bad news.

A deeper dive into statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services show more people working than they had in years. That’s accompanied by more people attempting to enter the workforce.

Alliance Eyes Link to Business, Education

News Date: 
05/30/2014

The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council hosted a meeting Thursday to promote the Auglaize/Mercer Business-Education (AMBE) Alliance, a new organization created to develop workforce connections between local companies and school districts.

The meeting took place at Marley’s Downtown and featured speakers with close ties to the organization.

Safe-Grain Helps Feed World From New Location

News Date: 
05/21/2014

The need for more space and the desire for easier highway access led Safe-Grain Inc. to make the move from Waynesfield to Wapakoneta earlier this year.

Safe-Grain, which manufactures aeration, temperature detection and dust control systems to the grain and feed industry, was founded in 1954 by Fred Yoder of Dayton. In 1975, Yoder established a service and manufacturing branch in Waynesfield.