Safety Council Hosts Chad Dunlap
Chad shared his story of personal encounters with suicide and loss - and the lessons he learned from his experiences - during an interactive discussion with attendees. He provided mental health statistics and outlined resources for those struggling with mental health issues, including 988, the national 24-hour suicide and crisis lifeline.
Logan County Safety Council meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month and are free to attend. More information on Safety Council is available here.
West Ohio Tool Co. is a small family run business doing big things in Logan County! Starting as a tool sharpening business, Kerry and Kim Buchenroth began "Buck's Sharpening" out of their garage in 1989. With expanding services and customers, the business eventually outgrew the garage, a remodeled chicken coop/storage building and a steel building that was built on their property. By 2000, the Buchenroths moved to a new building at the Indian Lake Industrial Park and became known as what it is today: West Ohio Tool Co.
In 2019, Kerry had some health challenges, so Kaci (Kim & Kerry's daughter) and her husband, Rea stepped in to manage the company. Kaci had more than two decades of hands on experience. Kerry stayed on as a trusted advisor but unfortunately passed in 2021. Kerry’s vision combined with he and Kim’s work ethic, problem solving, customer service and dedication that built West Ohio Tool Co. lives on more than 30 years after clearing the initial space in their garage. Today, they are not only family owned still, but also 100% woman owned since Kim and Kaci are the current owners. Recently, West Ohio Tool was recognized as the cover story of womLEAD magazine and have certifications pending for WBENC, WOSB (Women Owned on the federal level) and Small Business.
The Chamber hosted its monthly Legislative Impact Meeting on April 11th with a Logan County School Superintendents panel. Scott Mann from Riverside Local School District, John Scheu from Benjamin Logan Local School District, Rob Underwood from Indian Lake Schools, Rick Smith from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, and Brad Hall from Bellefontaine City Schools all shared about recent wins and challenges at their schools. They asked the community to continue holding the schools and students to a high standard. All students, regardless of economic status, behavior, or other obstacles are still just as capable of learning and being successful in the community.
Several highlights shared include:
Indian Lake upperclassmen are connecting with area employers for employment now and opportunities for the future. Ninety local businesses and organizations set up shop during the 7th Annual Logan County Career Expo held recently at Indian Lake High School. Students from several Logan and Hardin County schools visited booths set up in the ILHS Main Gym, the ILHS Auxiliary Gym, and the hallways nearby. All ILHS Juniors in the College and Career planning class attended the event. Representatives from the fields of agriculture, health care, retail, food service, finance, manufacturing, construction, law enforcement, and more were on hand. Educators encouraged students to talk with as many employers as possible. Some even participated in scheduled and on-the-spot interviews for positions that are available. ILHS Junior Ryan Culp plans to go to college out of high school, but he is already exploring where he might work once he earns a degree.
Junior Callie Burba came to the Expo with a similar plan to make connections at area healthcare facilities. “I’m looking for places that offer therapy and social work so I can help people with their mental health,” Burba said. During the Expo junior Logan Duncan filled out employment applications for a few local factories. He says he wants to work this summer and lay the groundwork for his Plan B. “I’m hoping to go to college for architecture for four years and go from there. But manufacturing and factory work is my backup plan and I’m getting started.”
Logan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ben Vollrath met with students before they entered the Expo.
He says there are still many more jobs available in our area than we have people to fill positions, so this is an exciting day for local employers as they also try to connect with future employees.
The annual Logan County Career Expo is a product of the Logan County Collaborative. It is coordinated by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center in partnership with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Job, and Family Services, local school administrators, and committee members from local businesses.
The Chamber hosted April’s First Thursday Coffee networking event at Gathering Grounds in Russells Point for the first time ever! Gathering Grounds joined the Chamber last year and was added to the First Thursday coffee shop rotation this year. They provided excellent coffee, tea, and breakfast items for our 30+ attendees at the event.
Our next First Thursday is scheduled for May 4 at Sweetie Pie’s Baked Goods & Coffee Shop in West Liberty starting at 8 a.m. We encourage anyone interested in getting to know other community and business members to join us. We recommend arriving about 10 minutes early to order your coffee and join the rest of the group on the second floor of the West Liberty Village offices in the West Liberty Opera House, which is just across the street from Sweetie Pie’s. There will be small group networking for 5-10 minutes, after which we’ll invite everyone into one large group to introduce themselves and give a 1-minute elevator pitch on their business or organization.
Thanks again to the Gathering Grounds team for hosting us on April 6 – we’re looking forward to coming back in a few months!
Elevate Chiropractic is located at 190 Reynolds Avenue in Bellefontaine. More information is available at www.elevatechirocare.com
Welcome back to Logan County, Dr. Jacob!
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