Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Rich Mills and Kelly Bollin of Huhtamaki. They are moving into part of the old Ford plant in Batavia. Over $20 million is being spent to re-purpose the building. 

Huhtamaki is a manufacturer of consumer specialty packaging with a head office located in Espoo, Finland. They were established as a candy factory in 1920 and then expanded into food packaging in the 1930s. Their packaging division separated in the 1960s and became a leader in Europe. Today they manufacture smooth and rough molded fiber products, release films, flexible packaging, foodservice paper cups and other products based on paper forming technology.  

Their website states, “Huhtamaki is a specialty packaging organization that provides many of the world’s most recognizable consumer goods packaging and foodservice containers, as well as the retail line of Chinet® premium disposable tableware.”

Their values include:
-Treating their world with respect
-Knowing their business
-Getting things done for customers and employees

At a recent job fair with Workforce One, Huhtamaki had over 1000 applications. They hope to add about 300 jobs in Clermont County.

Next week we will hear from Kurt Kiessling, who is the Senior Counsel for American Modern  Insurance Group. He will share about insurance underwriting, casualty occurrences around the world and global insurance issues.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Lauren Smally of PUCO, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

What is electric choice? It is the deregulation of the generation portion of an electric bill which began in 2001. Customer can shop for the generation portion, but all of your other needs are still serviced by Duke. As of 2012, 40% of all eligible residents in Ohio have switched their electric supplier.

You can check your bill to find your “price to compare” and then shop rates amongst over 20 suppliers. There is an apples to apples comparison chart on the PUCO website which gives us a list of certified suppliers. For a supplier to be certified means the PUCO has examined the supplier’s financial statements and managerial records and if anything goes wrong, the PUCO can take action against the supplier.

If you decide to shop, you should…
1.    Compare offers
2.    Contact suppliers
3.    Read the contract
4.    Receive confirmation

Questions to ask include…
1.    Are you a certified supplier?
2.    Is the price fixed or variable?
3.    If it is a variable price, how does it change?
4.    What happens when my contract expires?
5.    Do you charge any cancellation fees?
6.    Can I stay on budget billing with my electric company?
7.    Do you offer budget billing for your part of the bill?
8.    Will I receive one or two bills a month?
9.    What sources are used to produce the electricity?
10.Is there a customer incentive for signing up?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Erin Rosiello of the Bureau of Workers Compensation. She is the representative for Southwest Ohio. Ohio is one of four states which is monopolistic which means a company purchases a policy through the state and hires a company to negotiate premiums. The state is working on getting base rates down and limit fluctuation in the premiums. Destination Excellence programs are being developed to help small businesses.  Discounts are available to companies who attend monthly safety meetings.

Next week we will hear from Lauren Smally of  PUCO

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Sharon Woodrow who spoke to us about the GreaterCincinnati Harmony Festival which is a music camp for young people, ages 13-18, held at Miami University. This event is sponsored by local Barber Shop Harmony groups. Their belief is that young people who are involved in music can achieve more in life.

Their website states...
Many music educators are aware that Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society exist - but they are not aware of their strong educational focus. Educators of vocal music at all levels, from elementary to collegiate, can benefit from clinics, school visits and educational techniques offered by these organizations through their Young Women In Harmony and Youth In Harmony programs. Both Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society have cultivated long and healthy working relationships with MENC. In 1971, MENC approved the inclusion of a barbershop quartet category in school music contests and endorsed these organizations' involvement in school music programs. In 1991, these organizations reaffirmed their commitment to mutual efforts in music education.”

Next week we will hear from Greg Simpson of the Clermont Fair Board