Upcoming Chamber Events
- HR Workshop: Employee Retention 11/13/2019
- Chamber After Hours: Honda Heritage Center 11/14/2019
- Pursuit of Excellence Business Success Series: Employment Law & HR Basics 11/26/2019
Business of the Month Spotlight
Green Hills Retirement Community
Green Hills Retirement Community (Green Hills) started out as a dream and was made possible with a simple bake sale 49 years ago.
Ira Thut and Walter Lautenback of West Liberty, along with a group of villagers, wanted to build a "Senior Citizen Village." The group dreamed of a place where their elders could live with dignity and security. They formed committees, had meetings and started fundraising to tackle the $1.5 million price tag.
In 1971, the group decided to start a bake sale to kick-off their fundraising efforts. Their bake sale ended up landing the group with $2,322, which today equates to $10,505.
Later, the group received a $1 Million grant from the Mary Ellen Morris Fund for the bulk of the project. Seven churches voiced their support and saw the value in building this "Senior Citizen Village." With the help of the congregations at Grace Chapel, Bethel Church, South Union Mennonite, Oak Grove Mennonite, Mt. Carmel Friends and the United Church of Christ in West Liberty, the remaining $500,000 was raised to build Green Hills.
Since then, Green Hills has strived to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of their elders. It is their mission to offer a secure environment, a sense of dignity and help to retain their lifestyle. Green Hills has added to their facility with the help of the Farmers Home Administration and installed apartments as well as child care, making Green Hills the first in the state of Ohio to offer childcare in the nursing center. Green Hills is also the second in the nation to offer a specific memory care unit.
Today, Green Hills offers Independent Living Homes, Affordable Housing Apartments, Assisted Living, Health Care, Short Term Rehab, an Adult Day program, child care, memory care, an aquatic fitness center and recently acquired Universal Home Health and Hospice.
Green Hills has been a loyal Logan County Chamber Member for 42 years and was awarded the Integrity in Business Award from the Chamber in 2017. Please join us in congratulating Green Hills Retirement Community for being selected as the October Business of the Month.
2019 Stars In Business Award Winners
Margaret Piatt - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
Margaret Piatt began her career at Piatt Castles as a child living in the back of Mac-A-Cheek Castle, where she gave her first tour at age five to her uncle Cricket. She has continued to be an active part of the Castles through her work developing exhibits, programs, and events for both local residents and visitors. Her efforts at Piatt Castles attract visitors from all across the U.S.
RTC Services - Nonprofit of the Year
RTC began in the 1960s when a group of parents of children with disabilities banded together to form a school for their children. Today, RTC Services is a nonprofit organization that operates several day programs, individualized employment services, and public transportation for Logan County. Their mission is to provide services that promote employment, community connections, and independence in life.
Colton Lowry - Young Professional of the Year
Colton Lowry joined Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor in 2013 after graduating from Miami University with a degree in finance. Aside from being a financial advisor, Colton is also the current president of the Rotary Club of Bellefontaine, a member of the Green Hills Community board of directors, and a United Way board member. He was born and raised in West Liberty and is a 2009 graduate of West Liberty-Salem.
Homegrown Yoga - Emerging Business Award Winner
Homegrown Yoga was started in 2018 based on the values of integrity and passion, a love of yoga, interest in quality teaching, and the belief that yoga can be accessible to everyone. Founder Addy Passaro took her first yoga class in 2011 and began an avid practice of yoga in 2016. The studio on North Main Street offers 29 classes a week in variety of styles of yoga.
Majestic Plastics - Small Business of the Year
With a combined 15 years of experience in injection molding and manufacturing, Sean & Bobbi Ammons began in December 2000 with a single machine and one sub-contracted job. Today, they own 23 molding machines operated by 60 team members producing over 10 million parts a month for the automotive industry worldwide. They compete with some of the largest companies in the world and have won numerous awards for impeccable quality, delivery, and customer service.
Ron & Kathy Troyer - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Ron and Kathy Troyer took their love for home-brewing craft beer and their passion for the process to the next level by opening Roundhouse Depot Brewing Co. in 2018. In its short time, Roundhouse has quickly become a destination for craft beer lovers from across Ohio. Ron & Kathy brew all beer, cider, and wine on site at their West Chillicothe Avenue location, with 10 beers and 2 ciders on tap at all times.
Hill & Hamilton - Integrity in Business Award Winner
Founded in 1920 by Glenn Hill & Fred Hamilton with a desire to provide Logan County residents and businesses a better insurance experience, Hill & Hamilton Insurance began its storied tradition. Current owner Tom Simon joined the agency in 1981 and in 2006, Tom’s son Matt joined the company. Today, Hill & Hamilton is the largest insurance agency headquartered in Logan County.
Alan Hale - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner (posthumous honor)
Having served in various professional capacities as well as with a number of service groups and organizations, Alan Hale’s legacy in Bellefontaine and the surrounding community is indisputable. Alan graduated from Dartmouth College in 1961 and shortly thereafter began work for the Peace Corps Training Camp in Puerto Rico. Alan’s work took him to Minnesota, Hawaii, New York, and finally back to Bellefontaine in the mid-1980s. Alan worked with the Logan County Prosecutor’s office and later worked as Director of the Logan County Solid Waste District. Alan returned to the Peace Corps as a volunteer in 2017 and served in the Philippines until his untimely death in July 2019.