July 30, 2014

Medina
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Business Beat: All aboard at outlet mall

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By CATERINA GUINTA Staff Intern After months of walking up ramps and around caution tape, Lodi Station Outlets is near completion. “It changes by the hour,” said Yehuda Metanel, president of Gilad Development Inc., which owns the outlet mall on Avon Lake Road in Harrisville Township. The grand opening is in less than two weeks Read More…

Business Beat: Expansions keep jobs, companies in Medina

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Editor’s note: Staff Writer Maria Kacik is taking a three-month leave of absence to volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Tanzania. She will be teaching English to college-age students. Two local businesses looking to expand decided to keep their operations in Medina County. Friction Products Co. — a manufacturer of brake Read More…

Business Beat: Businesses ill over proposal

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Business leaders gathered at Rustic Hills Country Club in Montville Township July 30 to talk about the November election, but nobody mentioned Barack Obama or John McCain. Instead, they discussed the Ohio Healthy Families Act that likely will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Those at the meeting said the Read More…

Business Beat: Cost of farming in county skyrockets

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Frank Ehrman said farmers used to gather in large groups on the fairgrounds during the week of the Medina County Fair, talking about the year’s crop and other aspects of farm life. But every year, he said, he watches the number of farmers at the fair dwindle. “My main word Read More…

Business Beat: New houses to tee up at country club

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer The Medina County Building Department reports a 69 percent drop in new home construction between May 2004 and May of this year. But the new housing market in the county still has a pulse. Granite Golf, for instance, announced last month it will begin a project to add 48 cluster Read More…

Business Beat: Time for new goals as old ones are met

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer Six years ago, the Medina County Economic Development Corp. set a list of goals for business and Medina County. Now that each of the goals is either completed or nearing completion, it’s time for the MCEDC to see what’s next by revisiting its strategic plan. Jim Doutt, executive director of Read More…

Business Beat: Scooter sales soar as gas rises

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer With gas prices soaring this summer, brothers Brett and Rob Campbell say their job is to make sure people don’t go bankrupt. Last year, the Campbells bought Cleveland Vespa at 24771 Miles Road in Warrensville Heights, a five-year-old business and the largest Vespa dealership in Ohio. The brothers sell motorized Read More…

Business Beat: Focus turns to area

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer He’s worked with the stars of Hollywood, but now he’s going to be working with the gems of Medina County. In April, Armstrong Cable appointed David Jones of Medina as its new programming coordinator for the Medina office. In his new role, Jones will create original programming for Armstrong in Read More…

Business beat: Skills match post

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By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer The Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO, Michelle Masica, threw a party recently and visited nine stores throughout Wadsworth to buy supplies. In running those errands, she said she found herself in large chains; small, locally owned businesses; brand new box stores; historic buildings and everything in between. It’s Read More…

Business Beat: Taking sting out of filling gas tank

By MARIA KACIK Staff Writer At the beginning of this month, gas prices throughout the county were held under $3.50 a gallon. As the weeks went on, they crept up to near $4 a gallon. Now, area businesses are helping to lessen the sting consumers are feeling from high gas prices. Businesses are running special Read More…