Whirlpool, the kitchen and laundry appliance manufacturer, had big plans last year for it’s Greenville facility, and, as of today, those plans are nearly complete.
In partnership with One Energy Enterprises, Whirlpool has decided to lessen their power grid use and turn the windy areas of Ohio to their advantage.
Following successful turbine construction projects in Findlay and Marion, the corporation has now turned its attention to their Greenville facility, constructing three turbines, which, in total, will amass enough electricity to power nine-hundred homes.
The switch will undoubtedly be beneficial to the company as they’ll own the rights to the energy they use, which will dramatically cut spending on the facility’s electric bill. What’s more, the energy they use will be renewable and virtually limitless. The average lifespan of a modern wind turbine is 20-25 years, so this is quite a long term investment for the fortune 500 company to make.
One can only imagine what kind of profit margin that would create for the manufacturing and testing costs for Whirlpool’s vast supply of appliances. The environmental benefits will also be a large factor in cutting down air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions in the location, which should benefit the surrounding spaces with cleaner air.
Additionally, the switch may help the Greenville community to get their electricity at a cheaper rate. With such a large, nine-hundred home, decrease for demand of fossil fuel-based electricity, the costs should theoretically go down for other users within the community.
Reception for more wind turbines in the area has been mixed over the years as a good number of community members have criticized wind turbine installation for reasons pointing to their size and the whistling noises that they can make.
However, the smaller sized three turbines along with the location of the turbines in relation to housing should offset the noise issue. The size of the turbines are definitely gargantuan in relation to onlookers, but the decision to go with three, smaller and well-placed turbines should help the area adjust to their presence.
With such a large-scale investment presenting such a large benefit for Whirlpool, it raises the question of why other manufacturing and automation companies haven’t invested in wind energy as well, especially when the rural, flat landscapes of Ohio have so much of it to offer.
Whirlpool can perhaps afford to go out on a limb like this because of their past successes as a company and the foreseeable longevity of the demand for their products, but for newer organizations who use less power, switching to wind energy may come off as a risky decision with a high, up-front cost.
However, the savings for Whirlpool will no doubt be vast for the next 2 decades as testing and building their appliances definitely requires a lot of energy, and they’ll have that energy at a profit. Additionally, at least some environmental benefits will be distributed to the local community.
This experimental way of cutting costs is not something that has often been adopted by other large, US corporations and you could say that Whirlpool is one of the first to truly pursue the option to this magnitude. We’ll have to see if other businesses adopt this strategy further down the line.
Until then, when you’re watching your washing machine spin, you can think of how that machine could have been partially created by the wind, itself.
It’s no secret that manufacturing jobs are a staple of the Midwestern lifestyle. Ohio, itself, is notable across the country for its manufacturing and automation production companies, and that’s truly a title for Ohioans to be proud of.
From aviation, to utility vehicles, to individual mechanical parts, manufacturing companies established in Ohio have a long history of often setting the pace as far as industry leading manufacturing in the US. We often standardize processes that are even adapted worldwide.
Sankyo Automation, located in Sidney, Ohio, is a business that allows companies to produce at the efficient rate necessary to keep up with the competition. Primarily a producer and distributor of high-precision machines that are used to develop other machines, Sankyo Automation was established in 1987 as a child company of Sankyo Seisakusho Co. in Japan.
Sankyo primarily specializes in the research and development of automating the manufacturing process. This means that the company manufactures and distributes variants of automation tools such as 4th and 5th axis rotary indexers, pick and place machines, servo roll feeds, torque limiters, coil feeders, cnc rotary tables, precision link conveyors, and many more devices and accessories out of their 30,000 square foot facility.
In short, many of these parts, such as rotary indexers, can aid in cutting and drilling hard, metal materials to exact specifications, while Sankyo’s line of pick and place machines can quickly grab small parts and place them onto a board in order to mass produce circuit boards that can function as the brain for any device one can think up. What would originally be a task requiring patience and an incredibly steady hand can now be achieved in seconds thanks to this technology.
Likewise, technology such as Sankyo’s Sandex torque limiters can insure that the highest rotation rates are possible without a high risk to the life of the parts being used, in addition to ensuring that the slowing down of quickly rotating parts happens as smoothly as possible.
Likewise, their precision link conveyors serve to keep parts moving as they rotate around a central belt in order to move each component to its proper location in which it will be worked on by other automated devices for quickly assembling components in quick succession.
Sankyo Automation truly specializes in the science of efficiency and is continuing to create tighter specifications for their future products as their customers also further improve their own production methods.
Sankyo, likewise, must meet their product specifications to evolving industry standards, which creates a kind of cooperative effort to improve production processes on multiple levels.
Sankyo provides an important service that fills the ever growing demand for production efficiency in the midwest. They also ship to locations across the country as well as Europe, Central America, and South America.
Manufacturing companies such as Sankyo Automation are continuing to push the boundaries of what is mechanically possible in today's world, and it’s quite a thrilling ride to see how far automation has come in Ohio, and how many brilliant minds have joined its ranks.
However, there’s still a long way to go as well. But Ohio, as a landscape for manufacturing, is continuing to look very promising.
Tipp City has many wonderful stores, restaurants, and exhibitions on it’s main street. However, if you were to drive through Tipp City on a given afternoon, you may notice one storefront that stands out, not just because of its varied and colorful window decorations, but because of its playful nature and inviting, childlike personality.
Playtime has come to Tipp City with the grand opening of the city’s new, main street store, Topsy Turvy Toys. Originally founded in New Bremen, Ohio in July of 2007, Topsy Turvy Toys has been a popular spot for many adults and children, alike, fulfilling a demand for not just entertainment, but also the hands-on, educational activities that make play time something that children and adults can enjoy together.
Now, as of July 1st of 2018, Miami County residents have the chance to see what all the fanfare is about. In my personal time spent at the Tipp City store location, it seems the area’s residents are slowly growing very fond of the spot as wanderers come seek the store out from the street or from word of mouth only to be greeted by a rich, artful, and welcoming environment, as well as, equally welcoming employees.
Whether you’re there to browse, shop, or you have a very specific toy in mind, Topsy Turvy Toy’s does a very good job of helping clients find exactly what they need. If you need a suggestion on the most popular children's toys, I highly recommend going to them.
Although, sometimes the real answers to these purchasing questions can’t be measured by words alone. When it comes to fun, an actual experience often speaks volumes over a description. That’s why Topsy Turvy has a very pro-hands-on policy within their store which allows children and adults to play with the toys to their heart’s content before they decide what to ultimately bring home.
The store is very spacious with a large, storefront window that lets in a good amount of natural light. As soon as they walk in, children just seem to light up and often will know immediately to touch and begin playing with the toys and board games, an act which is very much encouraged by the store’s philosophy of bringing playtime to the community.
Topsy Turvy’s owner, Cathi Hall, is the embodiment of what her store represents, good and honest fun. When asked what her motivations were for initially starting her business, Cathi expressed that “Topsy Turvy Toys was created to fill a void in a community. We provide quality toys and games, but first and foremost, we provide opportunities to play.”
I think that statement sums up everything that truly needs to be said about Topsy Turvy Toys and the need for opportunities to play in many other areas and communities.
Children need play in order to learn, socialize, and have fun. It’s a factor we sometimes forget about for adults, as well, as we press on through our daily lives with a certain level of seriousness and maturity.
Whatever that play time looks like for the individual, interactive fun is a serious factor in the happiness and connectivity of many communities. Without opportunities to play and interact with the world around us in enjoyable ways, things can get quite boring.
So, that’s just what Cathi set out to fix with her store, and the positive community reception in both locations has spoken for itself with a resounding “yes”. When asked why she chose to expand her store, Cathi professed that she moved to Tipp City in order to bring her “Play Matters” philosophy to as many communities as possible.
I think it's safe to say that many can align with the nobility of that cause. I mean, who couldn’t stand to loosen up a bit and just take a moment to play with some amazing toys? Heck, that moment of play could even change someone’s life.
You can go see Topsy Turvy Toys for yourself at its new location at 31 East Main Street in Tipp City, Ohio.
It’s no secret that obtaining a mortgage loan can be a daunting experience. Buying a home is often one of the biggest purchases we’ll ever make, the process often requires a look at our credit scores, and requires participation in a system that can be difficult to navigate without guidance. That experience can be amplified for first time home-buyers.
However, Desteni Mason, of Mason Knows Mortgages, has stood out as one of the primary advocates for getting people to make informed financial decisions across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida when buying a home.
Desteni co-founded the business, KTL Performance Mortgage, way back in 2003 after Desteni made the conscious decision to provide a service that could help people “be better and do more than they ever thought they could do”, ever striving to motivate underserved clients to overcome their financial situations and acquire a home that's just right for them.
Mason Knows Mortgages is a lender that provides homebuying knowledge and rates for nearly any subject pertaining to mortgage loans. This includes services such as VA mortgage options, refinancing, debt consolidation, purchasing investment properties, first time home-buyers, and much more.
Since its 2003 establishment, Mason Knows Mortgages has garnered praise as being one of the leading USDA mortgage lenders across both Ohio and Indiana. The group of lenders is also very active in areas of Kentucky and Florida.
“What was the key to Desteni’s success?” you might ask. From day to day, Desteni had established her business with the goal of helping people who may get turned away from other mortgage lenders.
Instead, Desteni built trust and confidence with her customers, offering middle to low income clients the opportunity to make effective home-buying decisions while providing sound financial advice with an emphasis on manifesting success through knowledge and the confidence that comes with being informed.
Desteni, herself, came from a low-income background, but her interest in finance resulted in her overcoming her situation. Through her continued diligence, self-education, and a mindset of positivity, Desteni has achieved financial success by not just being financially-intelligent, but by openly sharing her wisdom with others. She shares this wisdom in person and through several outlets such as social media and her personal website.
Desteni’s continued success within her business has been highly predicated on her continued commitment to assisting a broad range of clients. She also reaches out to people online through explanation videos and announcements about changes in mortgage policies. Her commitment to giving out advice and keeping a strong relationship with her clients has been Desteni’s most beneficial business strategy, apart from her intensive study of mortgage law.
The success of Mason Knows Mortgages is a healthy reminder that we get out of our work what we give, especially if that work corresponds to a self-owned business where the personality of that business primarily relies on our actions.
It’s always best to open up to our clients and put ourselves and our knowledge out there so as to disintegrate any mis-trust that may come when establishing a new business relationship. Consider forming solutions that work to serve the client’s interests first. This will build credibility with your business and customer loyalty further down the line.
Success can come from many directions, but the above seems to work very well for Desteni Mason and Mason Knows Mortgages.
After much back and forth, it seems like the snowy days are finally dwindling for us here in the midwest, and that means that summer will soon follow, bringing with it a cacophony of live musical talents of all genres and flavors.
Whether you’re into varying degrees of rock n’ roll, folk music, or that oh-so-popular country twang, local venues have you covered this Summer with some serious talent and big name artists.
Here’s what you should know about music coming to the region this Summer season.
Without a doubt, the biggest lineup of popular acts will be found in Huber Heights at the Rose Music Center. Artists such as the Gin Blossoms, 3 Doors Down, Kenny G, Ted Nugent, The Offspring, Alice Cooper, and many more will be making tour stops in Huber Heights to jam out for the masses. Comedian and actor, Steve Martin, will even be at the Rose on May 26th to do a comedy event.
Owned by the city of Huber Heights and managed by Music and Event Management Inc., based out of Cincinnati, The Rose Music Center is a massive outdoor amphitheater that seats a whopping 4,200 people. Located just off of I-70, near Huber Heights, the structure was recently completed 3 years ago in 2015 and is now on a strong upswing, driven by the popular talent that the venue is attracting.
But the Rose isn’t the only venue that is hosting popular performers. The Fraze Pavilion, located in Kettering, will be hosting a strong variety of acts this summer such as O.A.R., Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind and Fire, Reba McEntire, Orleans, and even a comedy set from comedian, Jim Gaffigan.
Built in 1991, the Fraze will be celebrating their 17th season of “Summer’s Best Music Under the Stars” this year. With just a hundred more seats than the Rose, the Fraze showcases a lot more than just popular artists, as they also welcome a variety of more culture-focused, less pop-based performances such as The Motown Sounds of TOUCH and, jazz group, Dave Koz and Friends. The Fraze has a lot going for it this season, so be sure to inquire further.
But maybe you’re a die-hard country fan, trying to get your fix while catching some rays this summer. If so, then you’re in luck as the aforementioned two venues will both be hosting classic country artists, summer festivals will be hosting regional talents, and Fort Loramie will be hosting its annual Country Concert event on July 5th, 6th, and 7th.
Established in 1981, Country Concert has been a popular Summer get-away for both locals and out-of-towners, alike, throughout its 36 year run. This year will be no different with headliners such as Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Kane Brown, and Eric Church along with 20 other acts that country fans aren’t going to want to miss.
As for those who’d rather support and experience talents of the more local variety, I suggest contacting your local community arts centers, bars, bowling alleys, country clubs, high schools, and parks committees to see what future events they have organized.
A few other major music events and locales to check out this Summer are the Canal Music Festival on June 9th (Tipp City), BMI Indoor Speedway (Versailles), Springfest on July 7th (Yellow Springs), the Summer Concert Series in New Bremen, Dayton’s Celtic Music Festival on July 27-29, the PigMania State BBQ Championship and Music Festival on May 18 (Lima), and the Festival of Fire on June 29th in Bellefontaine.
With such a broad variety of acts and venues to choose from, many will be hard pressed to find at least one act that they don’t want to experience this summer. If you’re a live music fan, be sure to be proactive and catch some tunes while you’re working on that tan, because who doesn’t need a little more music in their life?
On March 30th, just in time for the Easter weekend, if you were in Troy, Ohio’s downtown square, you would have no doubt seen participants of the town’s annual Chocolate Walk. The Chocolate Walk is a community event put on by the local non-profit, Troy Main Street, featuring 23 local merchants coming together to create a cocoa-filled evening full of delicious stops.
Participants buy tickets leading up to the event and, once there, walk around to each location. At each venue, participants receive a chocolate-related item in exchange for a mark on their ticket, a three-fold win for the businesses, Troy Main Street, and event-goers.
However, there was one such stop that was especially notable, as it featured a locale that not only hosted one business, but rather two, working mutually to support one another in a way that we might not often consider, similar to the Chocolate Walk’s own cooperative efforts.
Selling her artfully crafted and scrumptious macarons, as well as giving out hearty chocolate muffins for the event, Auglaize County's own Michelle Adams, of Michelle's Macarons, found herself in Troy on that Friday evening to the excitement of many who were enjoying her work.
Michelle has been fully engaged in her macaron pastry business for about a year and a half and the venture has gained a lot of momentum. Michelle has thrived on both branching out to places like Bowling Green and the support of her local environment within New Bremen.
Michelle did not succeed unwittingly though. She spent 2 ½ years prior to her full-time commitment, honing her craft part-time and considering the best avenues to achieve success, and her choice to do so has seemingly payed off as her macarons speak for themselves.
To distribute her products, Michelle has used various outlets such as store fronts to sell alongside their daily inventory. She also attends farmer’s markets where customers can get a more intimate interaction with Michelle and her products.
But here at the Chocolate Walk, Michelle was taking part in a vending experience that was similar to a farmer’s market, but the same interaction was occuring in a full restaurant space, a space that Michelle did not actually own, but was instead renting.
Michelle was being hosted as a vendor in a restaurant officially known as Lunch @ 4 W. Main, a relatively innovative idea for a business, also known as a satellite kitchen or a pop-up lunch spot.
Essentially, the space is open on weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm, and features a rotating selection of local vendors to serve, as the name entails, lunch to the average working person. The location of Lunch @ 4 W. Main is optimal too, as it really allows lesser-known food-producers to shine on Troy’s main street, a location with a lot of demand for walking distance food sources and a quick meal.
Lunch has even sparked the interest of franchise catering companies such as Bob Evans to join in on the opportunity. The only notable requisite for being a vendor is that food must be pre-made before being brought to the location. Lunch also hosts catered events and other uses for the space during its non-business hours, and is a really elegant space that matches its unique ideas.
Lunch is quite adaptive to the atmosphere of Troy, but when asked about future expansion into new regions, co-founders Jessica and Karen expressed that they believe that the satellite kitchen idea could work in many spaces. However, the two are happy to stay local and provide for the immediate Troy community for the time being.
Whether it’s an organized event, an unlikely food producer, or an innovative platform for fulfilling local demands, Friday evening’s success serves as a reminder that good business can be as much about creating innovative connections as it is about creating innovative products, a lesson we can all use a little more of going into the future.
The Ohio Association of Realtors reported that the first month of summer, May and going into April, showed the highest record of home sales in the state, better than last year’s numbers.
The association said that the state’s housing market has not done this well since May of 1998 when buyers were purchasing nearly 16,000 new and pre-owned homes and condos with an average selling price of around $176,000.
Despite the continually climbing prices of homes across the state buyers are still purchasing homes and competing for the limited supply of available homes and condos they have to offer. The realtors association reported that the sales number from May of last year was just over 3 percent higher but the activity is nearly 2 percent more the following month, and it was predicted that sales for this year in May and April surpassed 152,000 homes which is almost a 3 percent increase from last.
Realtors in communities across the state believe that there will be a rise in listing of homes and condos and that the upward selling trend in this market will continue to move forward.
Statistics show that the average house being sold within an 18 county radius was just shy of $163,000 in May and the average condo sold during the same time was nearly $140,000.
Based on numbers reported by the National Association of Realtors the number of homes old across the county in May as recovered from last year’s numbers, with an upward trend of almost 3 percent from the previous year. Although the report only shows numbers based on previously owned homes that were sold the percent in sales went up by 1.1 percent.
That being said, the national average in sales price for previously owned homes was just over $252,000, which is less than what Ohio’s average is at just under $163,000, which could explain why the state is doing better in the area of home and condo sales than the national average.
Reports also stated that homes that were purchased in May had been listed for sale less than a month which is said to be the least amount of time on the market since realtors began keeping track of their listings almost a decade ago.
Experts in this field say that many factors play into the rise in home sales in the state such as a healthier job market across the country, recent drop in mortgage rates making it easier for homebuyers to purchase a home they want without the address financial stress.
That being said, there are still not many homes categorized in the affordable range, and yet homes continue to fly off the market faster than they become available. This competition in more demand than available homes for sale has realtors seeing homes that are on the market getting several offers. This in turns causes the prices to rise even more and thereby creating even more competition.
A small town in Shelby County, Ohio is now the most technologically advanced recycling center in the state, and possibly the nation. This took place when they added solar modules earlier this summer. This type of advancement for a facility of any kind is often seen with big businesses, but this local recycling center is actually quite small.
Solar modules are by no means cheap and for a small facility to be able to afford the installation is almost unheard of. However, this quaint recycling center was able to purchase solar modules with grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency and equally matched funds from one of the state’s solid waste management districts. The fund totaled over $250,000.
Aside from the 161 solar modules, an eddy current separator was also purchased and was first to be installed. The solar panels were put in place in late May, while weather was still in their favor. These two pieces together turned this small recycling facility in Shelby County into one that is top of the line in the state and the country.
This system has the ability to produce 55,000 kilowatts of electricity each year, which will definitely save the facility a lot of money in the long run.
An environmental company assisted the north district waste management team in the grant-writing process to help make this purchase possible. They also helped oversee other local projects of a similar nature.
The manager of this environmental company said that this solar energy system has the ability to produce about half the electricity needs of the facility each year, but in summer it can produce more than the recycling center will need and put that “juice” into storage.
He explained that when more energy is produced than used the meters start to run backwards, thereby charging the facility less for usage.
The current separator is used to pull aluminum items from the rest of the recycled items which will allow for single-stream type recycling. This encourages residents recycle by allowing them to dump all of their recyclables into one container, instead of having to meticulously separate them. All the separation will be done at the facility.
Although this way of recycling is easier for residents, and their other customers, it is a bit more work on the part of the recycling facility. The new system is more than capable of the separation process, and the state is seeing an increase in volume of incoming recyclables since introducing single-stream recycling.
The operations director for the north district of Ohio waste management said he knew they were headed in this direction years ago. They began changing their solid waste plan gradually with the anticipation that all cities would eventually turn to single-stream recycling.
Upon the completion of installing all the necessary parts to this recycling facility, management, staff and the state’s waste management team held a grand reopening to celebrate. This shift in how their recycling facilities will operate is helping state move forward and into the future.
Two Coldwater High School alumni one a freshman and another a senior at Ohio State University spent their summer studying and working aboard with the OSU Extension, Darke County.
Freshman, Rose, graduate high school just a year ago and is at OSU to study Agronomy, farm production and management. During her recent winter break instead of going home and enjoying a rest period of no school she jumped at the opportunity to study aboard in Nicaragua to learn about the county’s agriculture.
Rose, who tries to get involved in as many agriculture social groups at school as possible like the Agriculture Education Society and Weeds Team didn’t hesitate to travel to another country to learn about what she enjoyed.
She traveled to Nicaragua with the primary purpose of learning about the country’s coffee business. She said the best part of their trip was getting to stand so close and swim inside an extinct volcano.
This summer she interned locally. It less of an adventure than Nicaragua but she got some hands-on learning experience through the OSU Agricultural extension program, working at their various offices in Midwest Ohio like Mercer, Darke, and Auglaize counties, as well as a few others. Her summer internship was mostly focused on collecting information from different research projects for OSU educators.
Rose said she plans to use her experience and education at OSU to hopefully get herself a job as an agronomist in Ohio so she can stay local.
Another OSU extension participant was senior Logan, who is attending OSU to study a similar field as Rose – Agriscience Education; he is also a Colwater native and grew up on a farm.
During Logan’s summer study aboard semester he traveled to Honduras and was there for over two weeks to learn about the local culture and community development. He plans to take what he has learned with OSU to land himself a career in teaching others about agriculture.
Logan had said he was excited to get to participate in Darke County’s summer extension program though OSU because it will allow him to learn about his areas of interest which is agriculture and natural resources, as well as youth programs like 4-H and development, as well as matters in family and consumer sciences.
As part of his internship through OSU’s Darke County’s summer extension program he will be required to attend may local events through the county’s 4-H organization like their junior camp, fair board meeting, as well as many 4-H contests and working with the family and consumer sciences programs in the Darke County’s schools.
4-H is an agriculture based youth organization similar to Future Farmers of America clubs in public schools across the state and the country. It’s a great way for young people to get a head start on learning about the various aspects of agriculture like farming, growing plants and caring and raising quality livestock. This organization also teaches students the role of local farms and its importance.
Two Darke County residents have brought a new type of physical training to Midwest Ohio called F45 Training. F45 utilizes team work and helps people get the most out of their fitness experience.
If you’re not familiar with F45, it’s a type of training that is team based and utilizes functional movement, hence the ‘F’ in F45. This type of training is said to yield better results because the workouts are never repeated, which makes each session a new experience each time.
This type of training facility promotes itself as a place that builds great physiques and camaraderie, and even includes live music once a week.
F45 has quickly grown in popularity and their network of fitness gyms and studios are rapidly popping up in locations both nationally and internationally.
This Ohio duo hopes to open their facility this fall and wants to build their studio in a building that shares space with a local yoga studio in Greenville.
The Darke County team said that F45 training is ahead of the trend in terms of health and fitness in the US. They added, that because it is a team training type of workout, it encourages each member to help each other. This behavior prevents boredom and apathy, and promotes success and teamwork. Their training is broken up into days that focus more on cardio based workouts and other days that focus more on resistance training.
This unique form of physical fitness training is said to have started in Australia. It’s great for student athletes, non-athletes and adults of any age, all within the same workout environment.
The Darke County F45 team said their goal by opening this unique fitness studio is to help people get healthier and reach their fitness and personal goals. Their goal as trainers is to make the workout routines produce results for their clients.
F45 is a type of training, with roots in rehabilitative movements, that is often utilized by chiropractors to help patients retrain and heal after an injury.
Functional training utilizes movements that mimic what people do on a day-to-day basis whether that involves a lot of bending, walking, or lifting heavy items. The workouts are designed to mirror these types of daily activities. Each workout can be tailored to the individual for their specific needs, whether you’re a busy parent or training for a marathon. Workouts are designed to help participants achieve their personal goals in a realistic and achievable way. It also helps people perform their usual activities with greater ease and help avoid injuries in the first place.
For body building, F45 training uses weight activities to work the core muscles in the abdomen and lower back. Although there are many machines that work these areas, they’re not necessarily functional movements, in that they do not mimic regular movements done in their daily lives or sports. This type of training also focuses on balance in the body, building both strength and endurance.