Business in brief

Two Norwalk men open business MILAN - Two Norwalk men are opening a new business Saturday at the former Wilcart RV on U.S. 250. Bruce Kirk and Bill Braker plan to open B&B RV Service and Truck Accessories.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

Two Norwalk men open business

MILAN - Two Norwalk men are opening a new business Saturday at the former Wilcart RV on U.S. 250.

Bruce Kirk and Bill Braker plan to open B&B RV Service and Truck Accessories.

Kirk, 51, is the former sales consultant at Roeder's Harley-Davidson. Braker, 54, spent the last 26 years as an RV technician at Wilcart.

"I'm basically service. I'm a certified technician," Braker said.

Kirk, also a certified technician, will deal more with the sales operation.

"Bill and I have known each other for 40 years," Kirk said. "It was something I enjoyed doing before and a good change of pace."

Kirk worked at Wilcart before spending the last 11 years at Roeder's.

"We have a good customer base," Braker said. "A lot of them said they will come back to us."

Along with the local customers, the two said the shop's location on Milan Avenue brings in a lot of vacationers heading to Cedar Point and Lake Erie.

"Our customers are the boss," Braker said. "We are there to serve them."

The shop is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day during the summer. Winter hours will begin in September.

RR Donnelley lauds longtime employees

WILLARD - Three longtime RR Donnelley employees are marking anniversaries.

Rickey L. Adams celebrated 35 years of service on June 5. He was hired in 1972 as a press takeaway, and has been a count clerk, material handler, rolltender, assistant pressman and currently is a press tech III. Adams lives in Willard with his wife, Sarah. They have four children, Luke Clayton, Sunny Renee, Scott David and Andrew Leonard.

Linda L. Moran celebrated 40 years of service Tuesday. She was hired in 1967 as a secretary in the customer service department. She was promoted to secretary II in 1977 and moved to the managers' area in 1992. She was promoted to executive administrator to the vice president of manufacturing in 2000, the position she currently holds. Moran lives in Willard with her husband, Bill. They have two children: Ryan, in Columbus, and Renee Murphy, in Toledo.

Roger D. Ousley will celebrate 35 years of service on June 26. He was hired in 1972 as a press takeaway in the pressroom. He worked his way through the pressroom to a 2/C pressman, was promoted to TQM coordinator, then HR professional, and is currently a manufacturing supervisor in the bindery. Ousley lives in Willard with his wife Maggie. His children are Candace and Adam.

Georgian Manor Inn named 4 Diamond

The Georgian Manor Inn in Norwalk has been named a AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for refined cuisine, incomparable service and opulent atmosphere.

The bed-and-breakfast is considered among the "fine gems" of the hospitality industry, according to AAA.

Lisa Molnar new at Catawba bank

BELLEVUE - Lisa Molnar is the new branch manager and banking center officer of the First National Bank Catawba office.

Company president and CEO Dean Miller made the announcement.

Molnar graduated from Oak Harbor High School, has completed courses at Terra Community College and is a graduate of the Leadership Ottawa County Class of 2006. Additionally, she is active in many service organizations in Ottawa County including Kiwanis Club and 4-H.

Her responsibility will be for the overall management of the Catawba office as well as business development in the Ottawa County region. A lifelong Ottawa County resident, she currently resides in Port Clinton.

First National Bank is an independent community bank located in Bellevue, Catawba, Port Clinton, Put-In-Bay, Sandusky and Perkins Township.

Norwalk drivers place at rodeo

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -  Ferrellgas bobtail truck drivers from across this region have been preparing for the second annual company-wide Ferrellgas Bobtail Road-eo.

Driver Chris Chase maneuvered his way through a simulated delivery route, and to third place in the Great Lakes Division Bobtail Road-eo. Fellow driver Larry Watts earned a fourth-place finish.

Chase and Watts are both part of the Norwalk service center.

Bobtail trucks are customized, 2,400- 5,000-gallon propane delivery vehicles, where the back of the "bobtail" is much shorter than other tanker trucks used to transport gasoline or diesel.

The national championship event at the company's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., will be held Aug. 22 where five regional winners will compete for the national title. The champion receives a new bobtail, a trophy, and a cash prize.

The public can enter an online sweepstakes atwww.ferrellgas.com for a chance to win a free tank of propane if the driver from their hometown brings home the championship.

More information about the company can be found online atwww.ferrellgas.com.

Youth Job Store gets makeover

The Huron County Youth Job Store is undergoing an extreme makeover to attract more youth to use the center. Businesses and community residents are invited to help renovate the interior, located next to the Job Store at the Department of Job & Family Services.

A resource for helping young (14 to 18) and older (19 to 21 years) youth determine what jobs are in demand, how much those jobs pay and how to prepare for the workforce, the Youth Job Store is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Last year, 416 youngsters came into the Job Store. With the makeover, the center hopes to serve an even greater number.

"We're here to help the youth in our community find jobs," said Marla White, workforce development coordinator and member of the youth network team. "It takes a continuous effort to make them aware of us and how we can help them."

The youth network is comprised of Jobs First for Teens, The Success for Youth program, Workforce Development personnel and Youth Job Store.

Success for Youth is a program for at risk 14 to 21 year olds to prepare them for successful employment. The program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act, (WIA) which is administered by EHOVE Ghrist Adult Career Center in Erie and Huron counties. Jobs First for Teens is an in-school career-development program. The Youth Job Store is administered by Terra Community College.

Garage sale benefits Relay for Life effort

FTMC's Relay for Life team, Elvis's Angels, was looking for a way to raise money for Norwalk's Relay for Life that would involve employees at the Medical Center. So, when team members put in a call to employees to donate their gently used items, employees responded.

Now the team is planning a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3 S. Pleasant St., Norwalk. The sale will offer a variety of items from clothes to toys to furniture. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.