January 2015 Archive

Ohio creamery gets OK on label

POMEROY, Ohio — Snowville Creamery, which produces minimum-heat pasteurized, non-homogenized milk and dairy products sourced from local grass-grazed cows, has received approval by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to label its products as coming from pastured cows fed only non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) feeds and forage. 

Snowville is the only non-organic dairy in the country approved to label its products in this manner.

“Our customers have told us they prefer food void of genetically modified organisms,” said Warren Taylor, one of the founders and owners of Snowville Creamery. “The ODA has approved our packaging and claims that our dairy products are from cows fed only non-GMO feeds and forage.”

For information about Snowville’s non-GMO testing and verification, visit www.snowvillecreamery.com.

From Farm and Dairy.com  |  January 22, 2015

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Spotlight on Hocking County CIC

Larry Kienzle, president of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation, reviews information pertaining to the organization with Executive Director Joy Davis. Davis has completed her first year in office and is looking forward to helping move Logan into the future with new manufacturing companies, restaurants and hotels. PHOTO FROM Logan Daily News

Larry Kienzle, president of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation, reviews information pertaining to the organization with Executive Director Joy Davis. Davis has completed her first year in office and is looking forward to helping move Logan into the future with new manufacturing companies, restaurants and hotels. PHOTO FROM Logan Daily News

Joy Davis was hired as the new executive director of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation in January 2014. She replaced Bill Rinehart, who served in that capacity as well as the executive director of the…

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Read about Fanatics’ (Frazeysburg, OH) connection to OSU Championship

Online sales of Ohio State merchandise through the roof.

Buckeyes fans are so eager to buy national-championship merchandise that they have sent online sales through the roof.

A major supplier of such merchandise, Fanatics.com, reports that it sold more Ohio State items in the first two days after the game than in the first week after Florida State won the national championship last year and in the first week after Alabama won two years ago.

The online retailer has sold 250 different items, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps. It had orders from fans in all 50 states within 12 hours after the victory over Oregon.

Top-selling states for OSU gear include Ohio, Florida, Texas, California and Georgia, the company said in a statement.

After all the major cities in Ohio, top markets for OSU championship merchandise are Atlanta; Chicago; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Tampa, Fla.


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Winter, what winter?

Area produce farm keeps on trucking through the cold

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Photo Credits: Dennis E. Powell, The Athens NEWS. Photo Caption: Each day, employees roll back the huge tarps that cover and protect the delicate plants. The arches over the rows hold the tarps well above the veggies. Here the job is undertaken by Keely Hultz and Natalie Horvath.

While the rest of us are wondering how we can keep from freezing during this week’s cold spell, at Green Edge Gardens in Amesville they’re harvesting fresh greens and other tasty edibles, as they do all winter.

For a decade Kip and Becky Rondy have run the farm, nestled in a picturesque valley, and for most of that time they’ve employed an innovative distribution model in which many of their vegetables are sold via…

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Picking Season

Behind the scenes at Fanatics.com’s sports memorabilia warehouse during the holiday rush

ohio-distribution-centerYou there, with the cursor. I see you’ve just moved an officially licensed NFL jersey into your digital shopping cart. You’re doing this on the NFL’s website or on your favorite team’s website. Or — let me reboot my NSA software — maybe that’s an NHL jersey from Shop.NHL.com. Or a baseball jersey from Shop.MLB.com. Details (free shipping on orders over $50, etc.) may vary. But these New Economy wormholes all lead to the same company, Fanatics. And 60 percent of Fanatics’ orders lead, in turn, to a warehouse in Frazeysburg, Ohio, in the frozen farm country east of Columbus. The warehouse is a cavernous, gray-blue building that measures about 550,000 square feet. It boasts 13 miles of conveyor belts that trundle between the four “picking” floors, across which workers scurry to…

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New year to bring life to vacant Merillat plant

JACKSON— Some very exciting news was announced in Tuesday night’s, end of year, Jackson City Council meeting, when Mayor Randy Heath put out a release that the Merillat plant will soon have new life breathed into it.

Heath announced that Sherwood 23 Holdings, LLC., had purchased the site to be operated by Taylor Lumber Worldwide, Inc., which has been in operation in various forms of the lumber industry for 125 years. They are based in Scioto County, but they ship lumber internationally.

Taylor Lumber makes a lot of good wood. The company produces hardwood lumber and flooring for the construction industry. While it is known the use of the Merillat site will be lumber related, the exact use and future plans for the site have not been released at this time.

They are hoping to employ between 25 and 75 employees initially at the Jackson site, depending on…

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AEP Ohio awards CIC $10,000 grant

LOGAN — Joy Davis, CEcD, Executive Director of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), was one of 12 Appalachian Ohio economic development professionals to receive a $10,000 grant from AEP Ohio for completing the Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA).

The multi-phase professional development program was created to build a better understanding of the site selection process companies use to locate new plants and operations. Davis attended a workshop, completed a gap analysis about local available sites and hosted a mock site visit by InSite Consulting, the site selectors who conducted CEDA.

“Seeing our community through the eyes of someone else provided a better understanding of what we need to do to be more attractive to businesses. We learned the City of Logan has abundant availability of water and waste-water services. However, we also identified a great need for buildings,” said Davis.

“AEP is proud to be…

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Molinaro Shapes Rural Agenda

In late March, a small group of national and international rural policy leaders met in Washington to discuss what is working best in America to build rural economies.  The participants represented agencies charged with rural development including some from beyond U.S. borders.  Of the 15 participants, only John Molinaro, president and CEO of APEG, currently works in a rural region.

Molinaro has earned a seat at the table with his deep understanding of rural issues.  The meeting was to address the aging workforce which will hit rural economies hard over the next years.

“Our UpSkill Your Workforce training program addresses one of the thorniest problems in rural development.  Most rural areas have more people retiring over the next 15 years than graduating from high school so we cannot meet all our workforce needs by training new workers,” Molinaro said.  “UpSkill helps employers fill critical positions by increasing the skills of current  employees. …

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