Canton Chamber honors six companies with business awards

April 1, 2019

Canton Rep. Canton Chamber names award winners

Six area companies are recipients of the Business Excellence Awards presented annually by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The 2019 winners are:

 

    • Agile Networks, Canton;

 

    • Coastal Pet Products, Alliance;

 

    • Eckinger Construction Co., Canton;

 

    • GBS Corp., Jackson Township;

 

    • Robertson Heating Supply Co.; Alliance;

 

    • M. Conley Co., Canton.

 

The Canton Chamber presents the awards to companies that have distinguished themselves with longevity, growth, innovation, and community involvement.

“We are pleased to honor these outstanding area businesses. They are working every day to create jobs and lead in innovation in their sectors, all while making time to give back to our community,” Dennis P. Saunier, Canton Chamber president and chief executive officer, said in a press release.

The winners will be saluted during the Business Excellence awards dinner on May 7 in the Conference Center at Kent State University Stark Campus. Tickets are $65.

The eighth annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the chamber, will be given to a local high school student during the dinner.

Marc’s update

Most of the hill is gone. A retaining wall is in place. Now crews are building the outer walls for a new Marc’s store on Cleveland Avenue NW. For an update on the news Marc’s, go here.

Oil industry group honors Perry teacher

Craig Whitaker, a physical geology teacher at Perry High School, received the 2019 Pipeline Award from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP).

Whitaker, who also is an adjunct professor at Stark State College and Eastern Gateway Community College, is the sixth winner of the annual OOGEEP award. The organization recognizes someone who has made a positive educational impact to Ohio.

After attending an OOGEEP STEM program in 2014, and upon the Ohio Department of Education’s designation of geology as an “Advanced” list science, Whitaker suggested that OOGEEP work on a new curriculum and teacher workshop dedicated to geology. With his assistance, a pilot program was launched in 2016.

OOGEEP is a non-profit, statewide education and public outreach program that started in 1998.

Crescenze honored

Family owned Crescenze Heating & Cooling received the President’s Award as a certified factory authorized dealers for Carrier Corp.

The award is presented to Carrier dealers that show leadership, management, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth and operational excellence. Carrier hopes to encourage dealers that have exceeded the company’s expectations and standards.

Ray Crescenze and his sons, Scott and Mike, launched the business in 2002. They have been Carrier dealers for 15 years. The company serves all of Stark County and parts of neighboring counties.

Firm offers program

Local consulting firm Arrants McSwain has added an equine assisted leadership program.

Arrants McSwain, led by chief consultant Celia King, has partnered with Pegasus Farm and the Military Family Center in Louisville to offer the equine training. The center offers equine assisted programming, along with counseling services and physical and occupational therapy. Proceeds from the partnership will benefit the Military Family Center.

By Edd Pritchard

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