The Medina County Economic Development Corp. named its 2018 Business Award winners Thursday night at the Blair Center in Westfield Center. Front row left: Jon Park, Westfield Bank; Ron Paydo, Huntington National Bank; Betsy Mack Nespeca, Mack Industries; Christopher Berry, Three D Metals Inc.; Ted Messmer, Carlisle Brake & Friction Inc.; and Bethany Dentler, Economic Development Corp. Back row left: Henry Lee, Mack Industries; Denise Berry, Three D Metals; Bob Peterson, Carlisle Brake; and Lynn Caster, Carlisle Brake.
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WESTFIELD CENTER — Business savvy Medina County professionals, the heads of companies across the county, came together at the Blair Center on Thursday for the 15th annual Medina County Economic Development Corp.’s 2018 Business Awards.
The organization gave four major awards to businesses in Medina County, including business growth, outstanding community advocate, capital investment and entrepreneur of the year.
Westfield Bank sponsored the event.
Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Economic Development Corp., said the businesses honored helped make Medina County one of the strongest economies in the region.
“We are able to celebrate these accomplishments because of our amazing businesses and community leaders,” she said.
She said the organization has been involved in projects bringing $211 million in capital investment and nearly 500 new jobs to Medina County thus far in 2018.
During the dinner event, Dave Mueller, president of the MCEDC board, surprised Dentler with a plaque commemorating her 10-year anniversary with the organization.
It came with a crown and sash that read, “Ms. Medina County.”
Here is a look at this year’s winners:
This award honors a Medina County company that has shown sustained growth in revenue and employment for at least five years.
- Winner: Three D Metals, Inc., headquartered in Liverpool Township, is a metal slitting and distribution operation that serves global customers with four North American locations. They have continued to grow through acquisitions and expansion of product lines. Neighbors recognize the company in the Liverpool Industrial Park by its wind turbine. It was founded in 1972 with four employees and now has grown to 200 people who provide metal products to clients all over the world.
- Comment: “I’m honored by this prestigious award,” Three D Metals President Christopher Berry said. “It’s a family business started by my mother- and father-in-law. There are about 200 other people that should be standing behind me here that have made this happen.”
- Other nominees: Ambruster Moving and Storage; Blair Rubber Co.; Columbia Chamical; Discount Drug Mart; HHL Group, LLC; Lewis Land Professionals; MC Real Estate Group; Mellion North Orthodontics; Nagy’s Collision; Pleasant Valley Corp.; Sandridge Food Corp.; Things to Move, Inc.; Westfield Bank.
Outstanding community advocate
This award recognizes a company or individual whose volunteer civic activities enhance the economic development of Medina County’s communities.
- Winner: Ron Paydo, community bank president with Huntington National Bank. Paydo and his wife have fostered 90 children over the years. He has worked with Boy Scouts and coached youth sports. He’s a founding member and longtime chair of the Medina County Port Authority, served on many boards in Medina County and was a founding member of the Blue Coats and Downtown Wadsworth.
- Comment: “I’ve been blessed in the last 31 years,” he said. “I’ve got to work with some awesome people. They’ve become true friends.”
- Other nominees: Amy Demlow, Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnston; Grant Raymond, Dunlop & Johnston; Steve Chrisman, Medina County Career Center; Patrick O’Neill, O’Neill Insurance Co.
This award honors a Medina County business with a significant capital investment in 2017 that has provided a sustainable increase in revenue and/or employment or has enhanced the community’s appeal by expanding, building, or renovating a structure in Medina County.
- Winner: Carlisle Brake & Friction, Inc. It has added 150,000 square feet of production space to its Medina manufacturing facility. Its goal was to add 70 new jobs over the next three years. It’s now over 100. The leading provider of high-performance brake, clutch and transmission applications is now celebrating its 100th year in business. After a $45 million investment, the expanded plant was constructed and now people come from all over the world to see the flagship manufacturing operation.
- Comment: “Two years ago, we had a very difficult decision to make,” Carlisle president Ted Messmer said. “We had to make some bold moves. The city and Medina County played a big part in us building this plant.”
- Other nominees: Ameri-Cal Corp.; Comfort Suites; Echelon Senior Living Group; National Design Mart; Village of St. Edwards.
Entrepreneur of the year
This award honors a Medina County-owned business demonstrating substantial innovation in a product, production methods, market development, rapid growth or potential for significant growth.
- Winner: Mack Industries. It’s an 86-year-old company that makes a broad range of concrete products. It’s now in its third generation of family ownership. Betsy Mack Nespeca led the Brunswick company through some very challenging years during the Great Recession, and now it is more competitive than ever. Mack Industries has invested millions in plant and product improvements at its multiple locations in Ohio and four other states.
- Comment: “We are continuing to reinvent ourselves,” Mack president Betsy Mack Nespeca said. “The family business started in 1932. We have eight sites in multiple states. Our roots are in Medina County.”
- Other nominees: All Construction Services; Bezlio/Saberlogic; Pavletich Manufacturing LLC; West Branch Malts LLC.