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50¢ daily www.delphosherald.com The Spencerville Fire Ladies will hold a Mother’s Day Pancake, Sausage and Egg Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on May 11 at the Spencerville Fire Department. Adult meals are $6; children 6-12 are $3; and 5 and under eat for free. There will be a craft table for the kids to make items for the mom, grandmother, etc. Proceeds benefit the Spencerville Fire Ladies.
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Westrich Furniture expansion adding jobs
BY STEPHANIE GROVES firstname.lastname@example.org DELPHOS — Westrich Home Furnishings is expanding its storeroom capacity by 14,500 square feet, which has created economic growth in the form of job creation. Owner Jack Westrich said with the new addition, the company will have more than 150,000 square feet of space, which will be utilized for merchandise storage. Future endeavors may include expanding the showrooms. Construction of the two-story warehouse has progressed quickly. Last week, crews placed metal siding on the north side of the building and this week, they have been finishing the concrete floors. “We should be in it [the warehouse] the latter part of the month,” Westrich said. Since beginning construction of the warehouse this past winter, the company has hired three new staff members. Westrich said that there is a potential to hire two more employees this fall. “We are definitely creating jobs,” Westrich stated. “The expansion has helped create the largest staff in the 76-year history of the store.” After attending a recent North Carolina furniture show, Westrich has found a couple of new lines to carry and plans on announcing the specifics this summer. The company is purchasing stock in volume, which in turn decreases the freight costs, adds buying power and results in customer savings. The shipments will arrive in June. “We want to be aggressive and continue to grow,” Westrich said. “We are excited to get it done, to better accommodate the Heath Troyer, construction worker from Alexander & Bebout, Inc., works on magging customer.” the edges of the concrete flooring of the new warehouse. The process smooths out and The company maintains a customer base that stretches over a covers the stones in the concrete after power troweling. See related photo on page 10. 50-mile radius. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Musketeer, Leipsic PHAALS games Saturday
The Playing Hardball Against ALS Fort Jennings vs. the Leipsic baseball game at the Leipsic ballpark has been rescheduled for this Saturday. The game starts at noon and PHAALS event will begin at 11 a.m. The presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. PHAALS is now a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) Corp named The PHAALS Foundation. You can learn more about the programs that they will be providing for all the families they support by visiting their web site at www.phaals.org. There will be gift basket raffles, in-game raffle drawings, T-shirt and merchandise sales, along with a Hall of Fame presentation to the VonLehmden and Mangas families. There will also be a dedication of a flag pole and batting cage in Orson Mangas’s behalf. For more details, email Jeff Swick at jeff@phaals. org or Jason Grothause at email@example.com
Van Wert County economic development looking up
BY ED GEBERT Times Bulletin Editor
Delphos Youth Soccer sign-ups Delphos Youth Soccer sign-ups for the fall season will be held at the Delphos McDonald’s from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m, Sunday and from 9 a.m. to noon May 11. New for this year, players age 4 up to junior high are eligible to participate. Sign-ups for Junior High, British Soccer camp and the Delphos St. John’s soccer camp will also take place as this time. For more information, please visit www. delphosohsoccer.com
VAN WERT - Cindy Leis has spent almost four months as Van Wert County’s economic development director, and in that short amount of time she has been able to see a lot of good news. “The best news is that our companies are hiring,” she stated. “They may not be hiring as many people as we want, and maybe they’re not all the high-tech jobs we’re looking for, but Braun Industries had 20 job openings and most of those were high-tech engineering positions. Or you look at Elmco Engineering or Alliance Automation — these are pretty high-tech engineering positions. They may not be the big numbers like 50 jobs, they are more like 10. However, those 10 are pretty high-paying jobs.” Leis put together an overview of her first three months on the job and found plenty of good news, but also some Work continues on a bridge connecting the railhead on the north side of Van Wert with Van Wert County’s challenges for the area over the next few months. While Supersite. (Submitted photo) Eaton Corporation added 117 Leis said that part is key in Van Wert,” she shared. is also part of the local good jobs between July 2012 and to be happy about. According to Leis, she in her job is to keep a good “We want them to join that news. Leis reported that March 2013, Federal Mogul has shed 110. Still, overall was taken aback by the num- workforce for potential work pool because when new work on the railroad spur a sampling of firms in Van ber of high-tech positions employers and that includes companies come to Van Wert is progressing well. The rail Wert County shows 151 that are being added locally. keeping Van Wert County’s they want to know what the line will run as far as Marsh additional jobs, including 59 “What surprised me the most best and brightest here, or at work force pool looks like. Rd. at this point and will more at Toledo Molding & is how many employment least bring them back after So to increase that number, connect to the site when an Die, 42 at Braun Industries opportunities there are in college or training programs we’re going to have to get end user is identified. There individuals back to Van Wert is also another 100-acre and 28 additional at Cooper Van Wert and the level of are completed. “It’s going to be telling after they’ve left the county industrial site that can be Farms. Add to that a sink- advanced technology, and ing unemployment rate since the advanced thinking of the the young individuals about for school or other training.” served by rail. The Van Wert Super Site what opportunities there are January, and there is plenty local companies.” See ECO, page 10
Partly cloudy today. Highs in the upper 70s. Lows in the upper 50s. Partly cloudy Friday with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. See page 2.
CWU to host ‘May Friendship Day’
Information submitted Church Women United will host “May Friendship Day” at 1 p.m. on May 10 at Trinity United Methodist Church. The date has been changed due to a conflict of scheduling. This year’s theme is “Swinging Wide the Doors of Hospitality.” All are welcome.
Advocates consider Medicaid issue for ballot
By ANN SANNER The Associated Press COLUMBUS — Supporters of extending health coverage to more low-income Ohioans are exploring whether an expansion of Medicaid could be put to a statewide vote. The Center for Community Solutions has hired legal counsel for guidance on bringing a possible ballot issue to voters, said John Begala, executive director of the Cleveland-based policy organization. The organization also is contacting other groups to gauge their interest should signatures need to be gathered for an initiative. “It’s definitely doable — more likely in 2014 than 2013,” Begala said in an interview Wednesday. Republican Gov. John Kasich proposed the Medicaid expansion in his state budget plan, but GOP leaders in the Ohio House dropped it from the spending blueprint last month before sending it to the Senate. The Medicaid proposal hit another roadblock last week. Senate President Keith Faber announced his chamber’s version of the budget won’t include Medicaid expansion, but he said Medicaid “reform” is not dead. Meanwhile, Democrats in the Ohio Senate have introduced a bill that mirrors Kasich’s proposal, seeking to bring the idea to a stand-alone vote. See BALLOT, page 10
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