Thank you to our 2018 Chamber Golf Outing Coordinator Team – The Three Amigos!

As we begin to kick-off the 2019 Chamber Golf Outing Campaign, I would like to thank our team from 2018. Thank you for giving freely of your time for the good of the Chamber, and, for all the hard work and effort put into the outing making it such a success! With record-setting sponsorships, teams, and overall support, a sombrero “hats off to you”!

A very special thank you to Andy Bower, Edward Jones Investments, for chairing the outing year after year. His dedication and enthusiasm have grown the Chamber Outing to be the fun day we all enjoy and love. Andy has had the opportunity to advance in leadership with Edward Jones Corporation and has passed the proverbial sombrero to his comrades for the 2019 season. Congratulations Andy!

Now, it is with great pleasure, I bring you our 2019 Chamber Golf Outing Coordinators Brandon Hayes, First Knox National Bank, and, Brad Ebersole, Consolidated Cooperative. The course has been selected, sponsorships have begun to come in, and teams have begun to form. These gentlemen really do work so very hard. Thank you over and over again to them both! E-mail them by clicking on their names below and see how you can get into the swing of it! this 2019 Chamber Outing.

Brandon Hayes, First Knox National Bank
Brad Ebersole, Consolidated Cooperative

Thank you to all who have already sponsored the outing, and to all who intend to participate and volunteer throughout the day. We could not do what we do without you!

2019 Morrow County Chamber of Commerce
24th Annual Golf Outing
Friday, June 21, 2019
Kings Mill Golf Course (2500 Berringer Road, Waldo, Ohio, 43356)
We hope to see you on the greens!



Thank you Van’s Tire Pros & Auto Service!

The first Chamber Business After Hours of the year is in the books. What a fun evening it was. Thank you to Rebecca and Cody for opening the beautiful facility to our members with plenty of food, networking, and laughter.

Congratulations to all drawing winners of the evening. Van’s generously gave away a full set of tires and four (4) free oil changes. The winning entries received their call from Van’s the next morning and were thrilled to be selected. Membership definitely has its benefits!

Chamber Member Van’s Tire Pro’s and Auto Service is a full-service auto shop with a history of great customer service. They are located in Iberia and proudly serve all of Morrow County with great prices, coupons, and regular specials. Securing your appointment by phone or online is easy. They know you’re busy. They’re here for you.

Van’s Tire Pros & Auto Service
3594 State Route 309, Iberia, Ohio 43325
(419) 468-1777


The Morrow County Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Breakfast is here!

This year, let’s really begin to connect. Connect with each other, connect with our community, and connect with ourselves as growing professionals.
Let’s begin to escape the things that confine us and keep us from achieving, even if it’s ourselves.
Join us as we bring you guest entertainer and speaker Michael Griffin, Escape Artist. Featured on America’s Got Talent and Master of Illusions, Michael inspires you to escape all that confines you.
This breakfast will take the place of our regularly scheduled Chamber Noon Luncheon for the month of January. Bring the office. Bring a guest. You’ll be glad you did.

Morrow County Chamber of Commerce
January 15, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Heartland Retreat and Conference Center
3201 County Road 225, Marengo
$20.00 per person
Breakfast included
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New Anatomy & Physiology Lab Invests in State-of-the Art Training for
Future Health Care Workers

(Marion, OHIO) – OhioHealth is donating $100,000 to support the training of future health care workers at Marion Technical College (MTC) in a new, state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology lab.

“OhioHealth is proud to support Marion Technical College (MTC) to upgrade the college’s Skills Lab, offering a more comprehensive experience to students there, including the addition of cadavers for the students to study,” says Christopher Truax, Chief Operating Officer of OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “We are investing in future employees and want them to be prepared to provide the best care to our patients.”

MTC’s new 1,400 square foot classroom will provide a modern lab with hands-on learning for health care students taking anatomy and physiology.

“This will enhance students learning and help them be even better prepared for providing patient care,” said Ryan McCall, President of MTC. “We value OhioHealth’s partnership as we work together to meet the needs of today’s workforce.”

Thanks to this generous donation, construction is starting now on the new lab in Bryson Hall. This new lab will benefit all students who take anatomy and physiology, including MTC’s nursing students and medical assistants. MTC sonography students will be able to see how the organs lie within the body. Students studying physical therapy and occupational therapy assisting will be able to see the muscles as they learn about their function and relationship to other body structures.

“This will provide hands-on experience to take learning out of the textbook and into real life,” Truax added. “Students will be able to see the variations in individual body structures and witness the effects of disease.”

In addition to financial support, OhioHealth will provide clinical guidance and in-kind support. OhioHealth will be able to use the MTC lab for physician and staff training as well.

MTC and OhioHealth have a long-standing partnership. MTC values the clinicals and practicum learning experiences for our health care students. OhioHealth hired more than 200 graduates between 2011 and 2015.

Recently, OhioHealth and MTC partnered with Marion City Schools to create a healthcare track for high school students who can complete college-level courses. Harding High School students who follow the program will be able to leave high school with a medical assisting certificate and be able to apply for jobs at OhioHealth, meeting a local workforce need.

About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 12 years in a row, 2007-2018.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital.

For more information, please visit our website at

About MTC
Since opening its doors 47 years ago, nearly 50,000 local residents have walked through the doors at MTC to learn new skills, earn new certifications and degrees, and open up new career and educational opportunities. For more, go to or call (740) 389-4636.


MTC Helps 2,389 Students Get To Next

August 29, 2018 – Marion, Ohio – Thousands of students from Marion and around Ohio started Fall Semester classes at Marion Technical College (MTC). As of today, 2,389 students are enrolled, including 828 high school students attending through the College Credit Plus program, where students take college courses at no cost to them or their families.

“It’s exciting to see these driven students taking steps to get to their next goal,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, President of MTC. “Their goal will help them change their lives and their family trees.”

The MTC students are taking 19,335 credit hours this semester, which is a 4% increase over fall of 2017. The College Credit Plus students are enrolled for 4,854 credit hours this semester, which translates into $873,720 in free tuition, in addition to free books and waived fees. Last year, high school students from 26 partner schools saved $1.7 million in tuition.

The start of classes was very busy, especially as students adjusted to new traffic patterns on the Marion Campus. The main entrance now has a roundabout. The construction includes expanded visitor and handicapped parking, a new dedicated drop-off in front of Bryson Hall, and improved student walkways to the parking lots. Several projects are still underway. A new parking lot is being built behind the Library Classroom Building. A walkway and bike path connecting campus to a local neighborhood and shopping center is also being constructed.

MTC is focused on helping students succeed. “Our goal is to be a student-ready college,” said Dr. Richard Prystowsky, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services. MTC offers a variety of support to students.

Two new AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches are reaching out to students to connect them to local resources to help with their non-academic needs, such as challenges with transportation or childcare. Chelsea Adams is an experienced AmeriCorps volunteer who recently moved to Marion. She has a bachelor of fine arts from Bowling Green State University. Rod Keller is a Marion native with a master of public administration degree from Norwich University. This former MTC student retired from his first career in the business world and is now working on his doctorate in education. This is the third year of the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches on the MTC campus.

MTC also hired its first full-time Director of Student Disability Services. Jenifer Montag starts this week to help students with disabilities find the help they need. A group of staff members called Sherpas also offers encouragement and connection to services. In addition, MTC offers free tutoring to students.

While Fall Semester has started, MTC offers shorter 8-week classes which start Oct. 22. MTC is also recruiting students for one-night-a-week business management classes. The next section starts in January 2019. MTC also offers free classes through the Aspire program to help students gain a high school equivalency or brush up on skills for a career.

More than 90% of MTC students receive financial aid. A Pell grant covers the entire cost of tuition at MTC. The average age of our student is 27 years old. About 60% of MTC students work while they are in college. A total of 97% are working after graduation. Of our graduates, 97% recommend MTC.

MTC offers more than 60 different certificates and degrees. About 100 classes are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Ohio. Flexible options include online and evening classes. With tuition at just $180 a credit hour, students can save more than $10,000 a year compared with a main campus of an Ohio public university.

More than 2,500 students attend MTC. Since opening its doors 47 years ago, nearly 40,000 local residents have walked through the doors to learn new skills, earn new certifications and degrees, and open up new career and educational opportunities.

For more, go to or call (740) 389-4636.


I am very excited to announce that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony THIS Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:30 PM at the Morrow County Sweet Corn Festival – Downtown Mt. Gilead, Ohio! The festival will kick off with a ribbon- cutting ceremony that will honor Morrow County Recycling/Keep Morrow County Beautiful for receiving a national competitive grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Company that awarded the County 35 public recycling bins.

I understand that this is a short notice, however I am hopeful that you or a representative will be able to join me!

Here is a link to the press release that was posted on the Morrow County Sentinel Website announcing the ceremony and introduction to the expansion of recycling services throughout the festival.

Thanks for your continuous support!
Lindsey Grimm

Lindsey Grimm
Morrow County Recycling Program Director

80 North Walnut Street
Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338

Thank you for recycling!

Three high school students received associate’s degrees

(Marion) More than 800 area high school students earned 10,000 credit hours at Marion Technical College this past year through the College Credit Plus program at no cost to the students or their parents. This saved them more than $1.7 million in tuition. In addition, three high school students graduated with their associate’s degrees before they graduated from high school.

Jennafer Kibler of Marion received her Associate of Applied Science in Human and Social Services at age 18. She’s been taking classes at Marion Technical College for four years through the College Credit Plus program.

“MTC was a great school. I loved everything about it there. The faculty were great,” Kibler stated.

Kibler, a homeschooled student, saw her sister, Bethany, earn college credit at MTC before graduating from high school and followed in her footsteps.

“We saved $20,000-$40,000!” exclaimed Jennafer’s mother, Lora Kibler of Crawford County. “A relative went to a private Ohio college for a year and ended with $20,000 in debt. I think this is a great program.”

Kibler remarked that both of her daughters felt at home at MTC. “We loved the teachers. The advisors made sure the credits transferred to other colleges.”

Bethany Kibler transferred and completed her bachelor’s degree. Jennafer plans to do so as well.

“I’m so proud. She’s worked hard. She’s very independent, very hands-on, and very organized,” Lora Kibler shared.

The College Credit Plus program at MTC has been a strong one, serving students across the region.

“With so many parents and students concerned about the cost of college, free college credit, a certificate, or an associate degree make it affordable,” said Ryan McCall, President of MTC. “In addition, teens who can do college level work are more likely to graduate from college. They already have the skills they need to succeed.”

Thousands of area high school students have come to MTC through the College Credit Plus program and saved millions in tuition, books, and fees. Here are some of the top local participants:

High School Students Credits Tuition saved
Pleasant 151 1,976 $335,920
Highland 94 1,180 $200,600
Harding 133 968 $164,560
Upper Sandusky 70 802 $136,340
North Union 79 787 $133,790
River Valley 58 540 $91,800
Northmor 37 445 $75,650
Mt. Gilead 53 436 $74,120
Cardington 41 430 $73,100
Riverdale 52 349 $59,330
Elgin 54 338 $57,460
Ridgedale 31 290 $49,300
Wynford 21 253 $43,010
Bucyrus 32 186 $31,620
Delaware Hayes 17 181 $30,770
Tri-Rivers 20 148 $25,160

“Marion should be so proud of the students who are working hard to get ahead from a young age,” said Tiffany Wade, Director of the College Credit Plus Program. “These students get a head start on life, their goals, and their careers without being burdened by student loans.”

MTC faculty teach college courses in area high schools, on the Marion Campus and online. Those interested in learning more about the program can call 740-389-4636, email or visit

Since opening its doors 47 years ago, nearly 50,000 local residents have walked through the doors to learn new skills, earn new certifications and degrees, and open up new career and educational opportunities. For more, go to or call (740) 389-4636.

Attached photo: Professor Sam Wolfe poses with Jennafer Kibler at graduation in May at the Marion Palace Theatre.

This message and any response to it may constitute a public record, and therefore may be available upon request in accordance with Ohio public records law. (ORC 149.43)

Morrow County welcomed the newest business to the community on Wednesday,  May 2nd, as they celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 20,000 square foot headquarters for Wellness Supply Group.

Wellness Supply Group (WSG) was founded in 2010 with one goal: to provide life-improving exercise therapy to those navigating the physical challenges of illness, injury and aging.

The link between exercise and quality of life is well established and we are proud of our role in helping individuals “feel different” by offering a range of options which help them to regain both daily living activities and improvements in strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Says Tim Duffey, CEO of WSG.

By providing affordable, innovative and high-quality exercise options for users facing life-limiting health or aging difficulties, our equipment delivers a “prescription of exercise” for increased independence over basic life functions through a graduated continuum of exercise therapy.

We are also passionate about providing quality customer service to our distributors. The principals of WSG have over 60 years combined experience in the medical, therapy, exercise and customer service fields which means we bring a substantial level of expertise to each and every customer interaction.

The 20,000 square foot facility is the newest development to occur in the Rock’s Edge Development. Rock’s Edge is a 200 acre mixed used development located at the interstate 71 and State Route 95 intersection. WSG will also house a distribution center, showroom, and wellness center offering an opportunity to use the equipment first hand and receive a great workout. Construction of the facility will take approximately twelve months to complete. The Wellness Facility will be located in 5,000 plus square feet of space and will be named Body Success. Body Success is planned to be a 24 hour access wellness center with staffing during peak daytime hours and during scheduled classes. Body Success will be offering Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Functional Training, Personal Training and additional classes, planned Physical therapy, Massage and Chiropractic care.

Commission Chair Burgess Castle, “Today is the latest example of companies wanting to invest and create jobs in Morrow County. We are excited to welcome the Wellness Supply Group and Mr. Duffey.”

WSG is planning to bring jobs to Morrow County. Mr. Duffey is working with the Morrow County Workforce Office to help market positions and identify ideal candidates. Resumes are being received at the Morrow County Jobs and Family Services office at

County Commissioner Tom Whiston welcomes the project as well. “The interstate 71 and State Route 95 interchange has seen and continues to see new investment. Companies like WSG know Morrow County understands the economic advantages to doing business in Morrow County.”

About MCDO

The Morrow County Development Office is a Morrow County department under the direct supervision of the County Commission focused on economic and community development. MCDO’s mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an enhancement of the standard of living by creating more and better jobs for the citizens of Morrow County and an increased and diversified tax base to provide needed community services. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business; attraction of diversified base industries, improvement of the overall business climate within Morrow County and the growth of entrepreneurial companies.
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Our second featured 2018 Chamber Golf Outing Ace Sponsor is Consolidated Cooperative.

An Ace Sponsor at the Chamber Golf Outing chooses to support the Chamber at the highest level a company or business can at the outing. Thank you Consolidated Cooperative, for your continued and consistent support of the Chamber and Morrow County as a whole.

Thank you to Brad Ebersole of Consolidated for chairing our event as one of our Outing Coordinators. Your generous gift of your time to help make our outing a success is felt and very appreciated!

From our Sponsor:

As we introduce new services, our name—“Consolidated Electric Cooperative”—no longer quite fits what we do. With our change to Consolidated Cooperative comes a new logo—more modern, more attractive, and more representative of the forward-thinking company you need us to be.

Your business is important to us in more ways than one.
Consolidated Cooperative is founded on the spirit of collaboration. We take a grassroots approach to working with the community, its leaders and local businesses. We believe that business start-up and expansion is at the very heart of what defines a community.
For businesses within our service area, we offer service at rates that we keep low. We also provide a number of other services to help promote the growth of businesses. We’re always focused on serving you and your business the best way we can, and we provide resources to help every step of the way.

Thank you for your Sponsorship Consolidated Cooperative!

We appreciate you!

Thank you Lubrication Specialties, Inc.!

Our first featured 2018 Chamber Golf Outing Ace Sponsor is Lubrication Specialties, Inc.

An Ace Sponsor at the Chamber Golf Outing is a pretty big deal! They choose to support the Chamber at the highest level a company or business can. Thank you to Lubrication Specialties, Inc., and Chris Gabrelcik, Owner of Lubrication Specialties, Inc., for your continued and consistent support of the Chamber and the county as a whole. Your support is felt and very appreciated!

About our Sponsor:  
Lubrication Specialties, Inc. uses its “Powered By Science” approach to solve specific problems within the industrial and automotive industries. Located in Mount Gilead, Ohio, LSI operates every function of business out of its 34,000 square foot facility including research, development, packaging, and marketing. Call the experts at Lubrication Specialties to see what “science” can do for you.

Click below to visit the LSI Website:

Thank you for your Sponsorship LSI! We appreciate you!