Sept. 14--KENTON -- Heritage Cooperative will add a major expansion to its branch in Kenton that will benefit the local economy and increase services to the organization's customers, the company said recently.
This fall Heritage will break ground on an $8 million project, which includes building a state-of-the-art fuel station, located at Bales Road and state Route 31, and construction of several storage tanks and a load-out building for the agronomy division that will provide increased services to Heritage Cooperative's local customers. Construction of the new fuel station will be complete in the spring.
"Making this investment in Kenton provides an important growth opportunity for our organization and greatly expands the services we can offer to Heritage customers," said Eric Parthemore, Heritage CEO. "Contributing to the communities where we operate is a core part of our values, and our ongoing partnership with the Kenton community is critical to our continued success."
The new fueling station will offer compressed natural gas (CNG), along with E-85 ethanol, unleaded gas and diesel. Precision Strip trucking company looks to take part in the project, taking full advantage of their trucks capabilities. By next fall, 15 of Precision Strip's 45 trucks will run off of 50 percent compressed natural gas and 50 percent diesel. All trucks will be converted in the next three years.
Heritage Cooperative is an agriculture producer cooperative that provides agricultural products and services for 20 counties in central Ohio for more than 90 years. Updates on the expansion project will be available on the Heritage website at www.heritagecooperative.com/kentonexpansion.
Social Security planning seminars set
LIMA -- Free, one-hour seminars concerning smart Social Security planning will be held Oct. 17 and Oct. 22 at the new Lima Holiday Inn & Suites.
The seminar is designed for baby boomers, persons who have recently retired or who are approaching retirement age, according to John Eikenberry of Eikenberry Retirement Planning, one of the presenters of the seminar.
"We are holding this free educational seminar because so many retirees and those nearing retirement age do not understand how their Social Security benefits really work," Eikenberry said, "And, most baby boomers do not understand the options available to them."
Presenters Eikenberry and Nick Boeckman are trained in up-to-date Social Security planning techniques and tools and are licensed members of PlanMyBenefit.com, an educational program dedicated to providing it's members with the latest Social Security planning tools.
The seminar is free to attend and nothing will be sold. The seminars will be held at the new Lima Holiday Inn & Suites, 803 S. Leonard Ave. Because there is limited seating, Eikenberry suggests that persons interested in attending or would like additional information should call 800-548-6511.
Economic center presents entrepreneur workshop
ADA -- The Community Economic Development Center at Ohio Northern University opens its 2013-14 entrepreneurship workshop series in the Dicke Forum Sept. 26. The workshop will be preceded by a networking event at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will follow the networking event and conclude at 7 p.m.
The topic of the workshop will be "Marketing your product, success and failures. Making the Milestone system work" with Dennis D. Stripe. This event is free and open to the public.
Stripe, who graduated from ONU in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, is president of OrthoHelix Surgical Designs, a division of Tornier, a global medical device company. OrthoHelix was acquired by Tornier in October 2012. Prior to the acquisition, Stripe was named CEO of OrthoHelix in July 2008, and he served on the board of directors. Stripe has more than 30 years of medical device experience, with 23 years in the orthopedic sector, in various senior management positions.
Sales workshop set
LIMA -- The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Northwest Ohio, West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium and Rhodes State College are sponsoring a free session on "Rising Above the Competition -- A Unique Sales Approach."
The event will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at 120 Keese Hall, Rhodes State College. It will be conducted by Roger Bostdorff, B2B Sales Boost. RSVP by Sept. 23 to reserve your seat by emailing email@example.com.
During this session, participants will receive information on maintaining sales in good times and lean times. Bostdorff has over 30 years experience as an executive with IBM. He then became president and chief operating officer of a small Internet security firm.
This session is geared for business owners and chief executives and teaches how to invest time with prospective customers, differentiate a business while qualifying prospective customers and quantify why a customer should make a decision.