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WAEDC Board & Members

It takes a strong local partnership to guarantee your company success.

It’s an exciting time when a community has achieved a major accomplishment and received national attention in doing it. That is exactly what’s happening in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

After more than a decade of planning and steadfast investment to create a world-class industrial park, the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council has completed its mission. The West Central Ohio Industrial Center (WCOIC) at the intersection of Interstate 75 and US 33 is now one of the largest rail-served, shovel-ready industrial parks in the country.

Since the Job Ready Site grant was awarded in 2007, the State of Ohio and City of Wapakoneta have invested more than $7 million in developing, testing, and analyzing the site. The process is now complete and WCOIC is ready for development. Being ready saves your company both time and money.

Our local economic development council (WAEDC) serves both companies and site consultants as the single point of entry to the West Central Ohio Industrial Center.


Gregory Myers
Executive Director

Gregory Myers has served as the Executive Director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) since 2005. His major project since arriving at WAEDC has been the development of the 760-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center – now one of Ohio’s first certified manufacturing sites in November 2010.

Myers is an active member of the Ohio Economic Development Association and currently serves as a board member for the Ohio Sales Partnership, the state’s economic development sales team.

Prior to accepting the position with WAEDC, Myers spent eight years as the first executive director of the SW Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce. Before establishing the Chamber he worked for 18 years as a regional sales representative for a Midwestern distributor of industrial and construction supplies. He also served eight years as the mayor of Cridersville, Ohio and eleven years as a member of the Board of Education for the Wapakoneta City School District.

He serves on the board of directors for the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Auglaize County Public Libraries System, Auglaize & Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce. Myers lives in Cridersville, Ohio where he is actively involved in the local historical society and serves as the volunteer museum director.

Jessica Muhlenkamp
Assistant Director

Jessica Muhlenkamp has worked as Assistant Director at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council since March 2014. She received her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. From 2009-2011 she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Wilmington, OH before returning to Columbus. While living in Columbus, she worked customer service and fraud prevention services for large retailers. Jessica returned to West Central Ohio in 2014 and resides in Celina.

WAEDC Board Members

Michael Burton

Michael A. Burton is a partner with Jauert & Burton LLP and has practiced in Auglaize, Shelby, Allen, and Mercer Counties since 1995. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse in Columbus for five years. Mike’s practice focuses on administration of estates; medicaid and elder law planning; commercial, probate, and domestic litigation; and municipal law. Mike also devotes significant time to real estate, tax and debt resolution matters. Mike graduated from Ohio University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1995. Mike is a member of the Ohio and Auglaize County Bar Associations. Mike serves on the board of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and served as vice president of WAEDC 2005-2010.

Andrew Farley

Andrew Farley is a City Executive, Vice President for Business Banking at Fifth Third Bank. With his position at Fifth Third, Andy makes contact with companies throughout West Central Ohio, helping new businesses as they move into the area. Andy attended Wright State University and graduated from Excelsior University with a degree in management and marketing. He is a longtime resident of the neighboring Lima/Shawnee area and began his banking career at Fifth Third Bank's Wapakoneta office in 1991.

Chad Doll

Chad Doll is a high school social studies teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, and quiz bowl coach at St. Marys Memorial High School.  Chad earned his BA in Political Science and BS in Social Studies Education at Miami University and a Master's Degree in Education at Bluffton University. Chad is Chair of the Communications & Rules Committee and also serves on the Lands, Buildings & Building Code Committee and the Finance Committee.  Chad and his wife Kristin have three children, John, Lauren and Nathan.  Following spending time with his family, Mr. Doll's other favorite interests include reading, following sports, and trivia.

Ron Gasior

Ron Gasior is the Plant Manager at Ametek Westchester Plastics, the nation's leading independent toll compounder of engineering resins, alloys, reactive modifiers, and other thermoplastic materials. He has a BSME and MBA with extensive experience in manufacturing and operational responsibilities, including P&L, strategic planning and finance management. Ron has experience working with Fortune 200 firms as well as privately held businesses in the telecommunications, chemicals, and plastics industries. His strengths include assessing organizational effectiveness, analyzing systems and processes, identifying and implementing cost reduction and containment projects and developing effective safety, health and environmental management systems. Ron moved to Wapakoneta from Princeton, MA in 2005.

Steve Henderson

Steve is currently the Vice President of Planning & Development, Cristo Rey Dayton Project. Previous to this, he owned Dome Financial Services and worked in New York for two years. He was recently appointed to the position of Wapakoneta City Council President when the seat became vacant. Steve serves on the board of the Wapakoneta Rotary Club and is a past member of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve currently serves as Vice President on the WAEDC Board of Directors. Steve is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School and Ohio University.

Bob Hager

Bob’s nearly 34 years of entrepreneurial and professional management experience includes years working internally inside organizations as well as outside through sales development, speaking and consulting experiences.  He has been President of Miller’s Textile Services since 1998 leading the company thru successive years of increasing growth and expansion. Personally, Bob is an accomplished martial artist and enjoys spending time with his wife Lorrie and their four children.  Other pursuits include travel, college sporting events, fly fishing, snow skiing, and reading.

Keith Horner

Keith Horner is Superintendent of Wapakoneta City Schools. He received his teaching degree from The Ohio State University and graduate degrees from the University of Dayton. Keith serves on the Board of Directors for the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and the Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association. He is also involved in community service through Rotary and Sertoma Clubs. Keith is a lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio and has lived in Wapakoneta for 15 years.

Josh Hines

Josh Hines is the Director of the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber he was the General Manager of a local hotel for the past 11 years and had been a Chamber Board Member since 2004. Josh has also serves on the board of the Auglaize and Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau and Armstrong Air & Space Museum and is an active member of the Wapakoneta Rotary Club. Josh is originally from Celina, spent the last 5 years living in Marysville and recently purchased a home in Wapakoneta. He is married to his wife, Sara and has two young daughters, Emme and Lucy.

Mark Jarvis

Mark Jarvis is President and owner of The Building Company of Wapakoneta and of Mark R. Jarvis Management Company and the President and founding member of Health Professionals Management Company.  Since 2007, Mark has also worked as realtor for Yocum Realty, focusing on Commercial and Industrial Sales and Leasing.  Prior to earning his MBA from Tiffin University in 2002, Mark worked in education at the secondary and post secondary levels, including Vice President and Chairman of the University Cabinet at the University of Northwestern Ohio.  Mark is very active in the local community, serving on the Wapakoneta City Schools District Leadership Team, Home Savings Bank Board of Directors, Wapakoneta Area Job Ready Sites Community Improvement Corporation, and Allen County Visionaries Board of Trustees.  Mark has lived in Wapakoneta for twenty years.

Clay Kantner

Clay Kantner is the President of AIP Logistics, Inc., a local company that specializes in multi-mode logistics with a heavy dose of technology. Clay received his business degree from Ohio Northern University and has worked in this family owned company for many years. Clay sits on the board of the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce and is a Wapakoneta Rotary Club member. Clay is a life-long resident of Wapakoneta.

Tom Stinebaugh

Elected Mayor of Wapakoneta in 2015,  Tom Stinebaugh is employed as a realtor with Binkley Real Estate and is the owner of Stinebaugh Building and Remodeling.  He is co-owner of “Woody’s at the Lake” and a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Tom worked for the Wapakoneta Fire Department for 25 years.  He is a life-long resident of Wapakoneta.

Lonnie Pedersen

Lonnie Pedersen has a long history in the telecommunications field, and he currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at TSC, Wapakoneta's local telecommunications provider. Lonnie serves in many leadership roles around the community, including Board of Director positions for Com Net Inc., Minster Bank, Telcom Insurance Group and OSLECA, Ohio Small Local Exchange Carrier Association. Lonnie earned a degree in business administration from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. He moved to Wapakoneta in 1990 from Spencer, Iowa.

Erica Preston

Erica Preston is the County Administrator for Auglaize County. Erica grew up in Wapakoneta and returned to the area after spending seven years in the Columbus, Ohio area where she practiced law at an international law firm. Erica graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2000 and obtained both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Ohio Northern University. Erica is on the board of directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Chad Scott

Chad Scott is the Safety Service Director for the City of Wapakoneta.  Chad graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2000.  Chad graduated from James A. Rhodes State College with two associates in civil engineering technology.  Chad serves as the recreation board president and vice president of the planning committee.

Kirk Azbell

Kirk Azbell is the Vice President of Sales and Procurement for the G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.  Prior to his employment with G.A. Wintzer in 1993, he was the Vice President of Rex Douglas Corporation inFt Lauderdale, FL.   Kirk studied business and logistics at Wright State and Ohio State and spent several years with PepsiCo, immediately following college, in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, and Detroit.  Kirk and his Wife, Gayle reside in Wapakoneta.

Deb Zwez

Deb Zwez is publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News and The Community Post in Minster. She grew up in Kenmore, NY, and after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton accepted a job at the Wapakoneta Daily News. She worked as the business and farm editor in the mid-1980s, and for a couple years as a reporter for the Daily Chief-Union in Upper Sandusky. Deb returned to Wapakoneta early in 1989 and has been a resident ever since. She spent six years as managing editor of the newspaper before changing directions to serve as executive director of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce. She returned to journalism in 2001, as publisher of the Community Post and in 2006 was also named publisher of The Evening Leader. In January 2012 she was named publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News. She serves on the board of directors for the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and the Wapakoneta Waves Swim Team and is a member of the Wapakoneta Rotary Club.



Alan Davis Insurance
Alan Davis
127 W. Auglaize St.
PO Box 2002
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

American Industrial Partners
Chuck Kantner
300 Industrial Dr.
PO Box 407
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Ametek/Westchester Plastics
Ron Gaisor
14097 Cemetery Rd.
PO Box 385
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Apollo Career Center
Keith Horner
3325 Apollo Drive
Lima, OH 45806

Area Energy & Electric
Lou Catlin
2001 Commerce Drive
Sidney, OH 45365 

Auglaize Family Dental
Kenneth Jackson
809 Redskin Trail
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home
Dick Eley
1102 Lincoln Ave.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Beem Construction
Roger Barlage
225 S. Mill St.
PO Box 208
Botkins, OH 45306

Best Western Wapakoneta Inn
Ali Khokhar
1008 Lunar Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Block Insurance Agency, Inc.
Roger Tuttle
102 N. Wood St.
PO Box 19
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

CH2M Hill
Gary Long
1103 Schrock Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43229

Choice One Engineering
Jeff Puthoff
440 East Hoewisher Road
Sidney, OH 45365

City of Wapakoneta
Tom Stinebaugh, Mayor
701 Parlette Court
PO Box 269
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

CJ's Pizza & Catering
Josh Schoolcraft
813 Defiance Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Com Net, Inc.
Diane Kahn
13888 County Road 25A
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

CTL Engineering
Kevin Reichert
102 Commerce Drive
PO Box 44
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Dad's Toy Shop
Rodney Metz
123-125 West Auglaize St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Dominion East Ohio Gas
Peggy Ehora
150 S. Jackson St.
Lima, OH 45801

Elfie Properties, LLC
David Schlenker
404 Hamilton St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Edward Jones
Chad Metzger
1103 Gardenia Drive, Suite 1
Wapakoneta, OH 45895 

Ferguson Construction Co. 
Thomas Snapp
400 Canal Street
P.O. Box 726
Sidney, OH 45365

Fifth Third Bank
Danyrae Scott
1311 Bellefontaine St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Finkelmeier Insurance Agency, Inc.
Thomas Finkelmeier, Jr.
811 Redskin Trail
PO Box 210
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

First National Bank
Bill Wente
406 N. Hamilton Rd.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Frost Roofing
J.J. Smithey
2 Broadway Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Garmann/Miller & Associates
Bruce Miller
38 S Lincoln Drive
Minster, OH 45865

GA Wintzer & Son Co.
Kirk Azbell
204 W. Auglaize St.
PO Box 406
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

General Aluminum Manufacturing
Russel Hall
13663 Short Road
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Grand Lake Health Systems
Kevin Harlan
200 St. Clair Street
St. Marys, OH 45885

HA Dorsten, Inc.
Sean Dorsten
146 N Main Street
Minster, OH 45365

Holiday Inn Express
Brad Will
1510 Saturn Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Home Savings Bank
Jim West
1 S. Blackhoof St.
PO Box 300
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Hume Supply, Inc.
Daven Stedke
1359 E. Hanthorn Rd.
Lima, OH 45804

Hutchison Shell
Bryan & Bethany Hutchison
1402 Bellefontaine Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Ingredia, Inc.
Kevin Rutter
625 Commerce Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

J.Maries Wood-Fired Kitchen & Drinks
John-William Davis
7 W Auglaize Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Jauert & Burton, LLP
Mike Burton
PO Box 1957
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

JM Green & Assoc.
Joe Green
PO Box 207
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Koenig Insurance Agency
Jeff Dorner
804 N. Dixie Hwy
PO Box 179
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

MB Industries
Mike Borges
310 Commerce Drive
Wapakoneta, OH  45895

Mark R. Jarvis Management Co.
Mark Jarvis
1103 Gardenia Dr. Suite 3
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Merrit Real Estate Professionals
Donnie Nichols
502 N. Dixie Highway
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Midwest Elastomers
Ron Clark
700 Industrial Dr.
PO Box 412
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Midwest Electric Cooperative
Matthew Berry
6029 County Road 33A
St. Marys, OH 45885

Midwest Metal Fabricators
Jason Neuman
712 Maple Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Miller's Textile Service, Inc.
Robert Hager
520 Commerce Dr.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Minster Bank
Rex Lippincott
607 N. Defiance St.
PO Box 2057
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Moulton Transportation, LTD
Van Wright
15727 Belaire Place
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Ohio Valley Integration Services
Lou Catlin
2001 Commerce Drive
Sidney, OH 45365 

Perfection Group
John Albrecht, Jr.
2649 Commerce Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241



Perry ProTech
Charlie Elerbrock
545 West Market Street
Lima, OH 45802

Peterson Construction
Don Bergfeld
18817 SR 501 N.
PO Box 2058
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

R.E. Becker Builders
Ron Becker
13999 Cemetary Road
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Regal Plumbing & Heating
Lou Catlin
2001 Commerce Drive
Sidney, OH 45365 

Rhodes State College
216 Public Service Bldg.
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

Rock Line Products
Al Behr
401 Industrial Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

SB Mechanical
Lance Buettner
777 South Copus Road
Lima, OH 45805

St. Rita's Health Partners
Brian Smith
730 W. Market Street
Lima, OH  45801

Schlenker Developments
Phillip Schlenker
404 Hamilton St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

State Bank
Andy Farley 
930 W Market Street
Lima, OH 45805

Stolly Insurance Group
Jon Wade
24 W. Auglaize St.
PO Box 388
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Stroh, Johnson & Co, LLP
John Johnson
1201 Defiance St.
PO Box 2020
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Superior Federal Credit Union
Kurt Neeper
202 Willipie St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Technical Resources Group
Kella Bodenmiller
305 E Pike Street
Jackson Center, OH 45334

Lonnie Pedersen
2 Willipie St.
PO Box 408
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

VTF Excavating
Kyle Vantilburg
4968 Celina Mendon Road 
Celina, OH 45822

Village of Cridersville
Lorali Myers, Mayor
PO Box 2081
Cridersville, OH 45806

Wapakoneta City Schools
Aaron Rex 
1102 Gardenia Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Wapakoneta Daily News
Deb Zwez
520 Industrial Drive
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Wapakoneta Industrial Developmnt Inc.
Philip Schlenker
404 Hamilton Road
Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

Wapakoneta Manor
Katie Brown
1010 Lincoln Highway
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Wells Brothers, Inc.
Andy Haag
105 Shue Road
Anna, OH 45302

Wieland Construction
Steve Opper
4162 English Oak Drive
Lansing, MI 48911

Wiesenmayer Law Office
15 Willipie St. Suite 300
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Kevin Creamer
1424 Rice Ave
Lima, OH 45808