Business in Brief

Safety council picks Durable Corp. as member of month The Huron County Safety Council "Member of the Month" honor for February has been awarded to the Durable Corp., 75 N. Pleasant St. in Norwalk.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Safety council picks Durable Corp. as member of month

The Huron County Safety Council "Member of the Month" honor for February has been awarded to the Durable Corp., 75 N. Pleasant St. in Norwalk.

Durable was founded in 1923 and moved to Norwalk in 1941. The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce owned several parcels of land and built the original building.

Since then Durable has purchased that property and continues to operate there today.

President Tom Secor said the company's main product line, consisting of loading dock bumpers and wheel chocks, has been very stable. The main customers are in the material handling industries with distribution primarily east of the Mississippi due to transportation costs. Durable is one of the few companies left in the United States to manufacture loading dock bumpers domestically. With the primary raw material being used bias-ply tires and the United States becoming predominately a steel belted tire market, Durable has had to look overseas to source its raw material.

They currently source raw material from China and India and are negotiating with a potential supplier from Turkey. Durable also has a full line of matting products including entrance, anti-fatigue and specialty mats. In recent years the anti-fatigue mats have experienced steady growth primarily due to the increased focus on ergonomics that has been generated by a greater awareness to safety issues.

Secor is an active member of the Norwalk Rotary, continuing support of the Safety Council and the Norwalk Chamber. He also is on the board of directors for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and has served as the chair of the Small Business Advisory Council.

He is a member of the Tire Industry Association and is on the Board of TRRAC (Tire & Rubber Recycling Advisory Council).

Geotrac Foundation announced grants

The Geotrac Charitable Foundation awarded several grants to area charities, the Norwalk Catholic School and the South Central Local Schools.

Brad Mason, chairman of the board of trustees, made the announcement at the board's recent meeting.

The foundation has funded a $6,500 grant request from the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. to send eight local delegates to a conference on international business in Indianapolis in June.

Answering the Call Together (ACT) is a Norwalk faith-based charity that among other activities refurbishes used medical equipment and then ships that equipment to hospitals and health clinics in the developing world. The Geotrac Foundation is assisting ACT in its mission with a $10,000 operating grant.

The Foundation is particularly keen on expanding area students' world view. Two education projects were funded. First, the Geotrac Foundation will be funding the $40,000 necessary to offer Spanish language instruction to all Norwalk Catholic School elementary students next year.

Next, the South Central Local Schools and the Geotrac Foundation are joining together to offer students in that school system access to the World Book online service through a $1,640 grant.

Finally, the Norwalk City Schools Endowment Fund "Elegant Evening for the Arts" will be partially funded again this year with a $1,000 grant.

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: The Geotrac Charitable Foundation, 257 Benedict Ave., Bldg. D, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

Clouse recognized for dealership success

BELLEUVE — Sharon A. Clouse, of rural Bellevue, has been recognized for her outstanding achievement in producing timely, thorough, and accurate financial reports, crucial to her dealership's success.

Clause is controller for Elyria Hyundai. Clause has been an automotive controller for 25 years.

Hammond named driver of month

Maverick Transportation announced driver Lee Hammond of Norwalk as their Driver of the Month for October 2006. Hammond has been a Maverick driver for 10 years and has spent 12 years as a professional truck driver.

"Lee takes pride in both her work and making sure it gets done safely," Fleet Manager Rhonda Brignac said. "She's always willing to go the extra mile."

The 10th recipient of 12 drivers of the month for 2006, Hammond has proven herself a leader in the company's fleet. She has been awarded 10 safety awards, including a Million Mile Safe Driving Award. In regard to her career at Maverick, Hammond says, "The thing I enjoy the most is the people I get to work with."

As Driver of the Month, Hammond will also represent Maverick drivers on the Driver Advisory Council.

Miller Bros. SuperValu honored

NEW LONDON — Miller Bros. SuperValu recently gave the New London Elementary School a 45,000 Campbell's label certificate for the 2006 Campbell's Labels for Education contest.

The store was awarded first place in the region by Campbell's for its efforts to collect labels for the school and is now in contention for a regional award.

Miller Bros. has participated in the Campbell's Labels for Education contest for more than 20 years and won many awards at the district and national level.

Students Kourtney Teague, Alex Fannin and Brittany VonKamp collected the most labels in the elementary school and won savings bonds for their efforts.

New London groups plan events

NEW LONDON — Several New London organizations are planning events.

The New London Rotary Club will hold its annual Rural/Urban Day lunch and program at noon Monday in the basement of the New London United Methodist Church. There is no charge for this event.

The village's Community Improvement Corp. will meet at noon Feb. 20 at Theresa's Parlor (corner of South and East Main streets). Lunch costs $5 and the speaker will be Ben Kenny.

Meanwhile, in addition to offering tickets for the raffle for a Ben Steele lithograph, the New London Community Club is now selling warm and cozy throws featuring 14 historical village landmarks such as the library, the Civil War Monument, the N.Y. Central Station and the old high school.

The 48-inch by 68-inch throws are available in hunter green, cranberry and country blue and sell for $50 each. They are on display and can be purchased at Crickets, Sutton Bank, Gilbert Hardware and National City Bank.

Proceeds from all of the latest community club fundraisers are earmarked for downtown beautification, and club members are working on plans for this year's projects. The club is open to all interested persons, and more information is available by stopping in at Cricket's or calling (419) 929-2503.

To place an item in "Business in Brief," send the information to staff writer Nicholas White in care of the Norwalk Reflector, 61 E. Monroe St., Norwalk, Ohio 44857, call him at (419) 668-3771, ext. 243 or email white@goreflector.com.

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