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OF WEST CENTRAL OHIO
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Set in the heart of West Central
Ohio’s rich agricultural lands, Van
Wert is in a prime geographic loca-
tion. Sixty-five percent of the
United States and Canadian popu-
lation resides within a 600 mile
radius of Van Wert. Van Wert
is located halfway between Lima,
Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana
along US Hwy 30 (a four-lane,
Van Wert is at the center of
several major highways that con-
nect you with many metropoli-
tan areas in the region. Included
are three US highways – 30, 127,
and 224 – and two state routes
– 116 and 118. Interstates I-69
and I-75 are both accessible via
US Hwy 30 (a four-lane, divid-
ed highway) and can be reached
within 30 minutes. Metropolitan
markets such as Chicago, Detroit,
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus
and Indianapolis are within easy
Van Wert rail service is provided
by Conrail, and several trucking
lines and freight terminals service
the area. The Van Wert County
Airport is equipped with a 4,000 ft.
runway, which features pilot con-
trolled lighting and a GPS approach
system. The airport offers flight
instruction, aircraft rental and main-
tenance. Commercial airline flights
are available at the Fort Wayne International
Airport, located just 30 miles away, or the
Dayton International Airport, about an hour
away. The Port of Toledo is located about 100
miles north of Van Wert giving you access to
international shipping routes.For a detailed
map of the area, please call the Chamber at
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Located on the northwest edge of
Van Wert, Ohio, Vision Industrial Park
offers four-lane highway access to both
I-75 (35 miles east) and I-69 via I-469
(35 miles west). Vision Industrial Park
is an enterprise zone owned by the City
of Van Wert and currently has over 100
acres available for development. The
park was developed as a place where
growing busi-nesses could locate and
ex-pand without disturbing much of
the rich, fertile farmland in the area.
Vision Industrial Park is current-
ly home to seven industries includ-
ing Braun Am-bulance, KAM Man-
ufacturing, Life Star Rescue, Na-tional
Door & Trim and Elmco Engineering.
Today it is a thriv-ing part of the
industrial base for the area. For more
information on this or other industrial
properties available, visit the economic
development website at
Van Wert County is home to
hundreds of local business-es who
consistently rank it as an excel-
lent location to do business in the
annual Economic Development
retention and expansion survey. A
strong, diversified manufacturing
base has been developed with our
largest em-ployer being the inter-
national Eaton Corporation. Van
Wert is also home to the headquar-
ters of Central Mutual Insurance
Com-pany, currently involved in an
The area is served by a strong
and healthy financial community
of banks, a savings and loan and
The area has many eco-nomic
development tools available to help
the business commu-nity grow. The
county and city have established
Enterprise Zones, making tax abate-
ments available to growth-oriented
businesses, both new and existing.
The Economic Development Office
runs the local Revolving Loan and
Microenterprise Funds that make
low-interest loans available to busi-
nesses that are creating jobs in the
area. A single economic develop-
ment office operates for both the
city and the county in conjunction
with the Ohio State University
The manufacturing base in Van
Wert ranges from very large cor-
porations (Eaton Corp. employs
over 1,300) to smaller, locally
owned companies (National Door
& Trim employs around 80). The
variety of products made by our
outstanding workforce include
handbags, ambulances, automo-
tive parts, hoses and fittings, pro-
cessed turkey products, plastic
products, tool boxes, fiber drums,
FFA & 4H jackets, wooden doors
and trim, sealing systems and
The business community
is served by several commu-
nity development organizations
including the Van Wert Area
Chamber of Commerce, Van Wert
County Economic Development
Office, Community Improvement
Corporation, Main Street Van Wert
and the Van Wert Convention &
Visitors Bureau. More specific
information on economic develop-
ment opportunities, demograph-
ics, industrial or workforce infor-
mation may be gained by calling
the Chamber (419/238-4390) or
ED Offices (419/238-2999).
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Van Wert’s variety of shop-ping and dining options continues to
expand with new commercial growth in the area. In the city three
main shopping areas have developed over the years: Downtown,
Southside District, and Towne Center. Several of the surrounding
communities also have dining and shopping options to consider.
For more specific address and contact information, please re-fer to
the Buyer’s Guide in the back of the book.
Home to three large commercial plazas, and adjacent to the new
school and performing arts complex, there is no denying that the
largest center of commercial activity is in the Southside district.
Three grocery stores, two national depart-ment stores (including
Sears), two automobile dealerships, a large hardware store, several
banking institutions and many specialty shops have based their
operations out of this area. The Hospital and its medical profes-
sional offic-es as well as the County Fairgrounds also border this
Just to the south of town DeShia Country Store and Laurie’s
Nature Scapes offer a wide variety of gifts and nursery supplies.
There are many dining options available to tempt your palate
in this area. For a family style meal consider Bob Evans or the
locally owned I Don’t Care Grille. Willow Bend Country Club
offers delicious gourmet meals to its members as well having a
9-hole golf course. Many national chain fast-food restaurants also
have locations here including McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King,
Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut and more. There are also two Chinese
food restaurants and a delicious ice cream stand
in the area.
Opening in November, 2005 on the north
side of town, the Van Wert Towne Center is
the newest commercial development in the
area. Towne Center is home to Super Walmart,
Petland, Maurices, and more. The develop-
ment will soon be home to a new bank branch
and fast food restaurant. Also on the slate for
development are a motel, a movie theater, and
other retail establishments.
Several dining options have opened already
in Towne Center with several more in line for
future development. The Hong Kong Buffet
offers a delicious Chinese buffet for a reason-
able price. McDonald’s operates a 24 hour
location at the edge of the property and a sub
shop has also opened.
While the city serves as the main hub of com-
mercial activity for the county, the surrounding
villages have a lot to offer their residents and
visitors. Convoy is home to the Hall Lumber
Company a Do It Best affiliated store that is
popular with locals. Other shopping options in
the surrounding areas range from Celebrations
party supplies in Delphos to many retail and
service businesses. Several villages also have
restaurants and taverns that offer delicious, rea-
sonably priced meals.
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Van Wert County
Van Wert County Hospital is a 99-bed acute-
care facility serving county residents and the sur-
rounding communities. The hospital is nationally
recognized for excellence in healthcare and is
fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the
Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. In
2002 they achieved the honor of being named one
of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation in the small
com-munity category by Solucient, an Evanston,
Illinois-based health care information company.
Van Wert Health Center
In addition to the main hospital campus, the
Van Wert County Hospital owns and operates
the Van Wert Health Center on Fox Road. The
outpatient center features an Ambulatory Surgery
Center, Laboratory and Radiology Services,
Physical Therapy and the Gaylord E. Leslie
Wellness Center for Healthy Living.
Community Health Professionals, Inc. offers a
variety of home health care services, developed
to meet the individual needs of each person.
Working with doctors, hospital staff and family
members, they provide a total care plan to meet
specific needs. On staff are experienced nurses,
therapists, social workers, hospice specialists and
home health aides.
As a community-based, nonprofit organization
Community Health Professionals is dedicated to
meeting the needs of the communities it serves.
Beyond its core services of home health, hospice
and private duty services, Community Health
Professionals and its affiliates offer many more
auxiliary services including: Adult Day Health
Care (providing activities and socialization for
aging and disabled individuals and respite for
family caregivers) and The Angel Foundation
(facilitates the final wishes of terminally-ill adults
Senior Health Care
The health needs of seniors are well taken care
of in Van Wert. A variety of full-care senior nurs-
ing home facilities operate in the area including
Vancrest, Van Wert Manor, Hearth & Home and
Convoy Care Center. Each facility offers skilled
health care for the elderly in attractive, caring set-
Whether you need a general practitioner, spe-
cialist, pediatrician, family dentist or optometrist
you will find it in Van Wert. Many medical
professional offices offer their services to the
community. Several offices have recently built
new facilities to keep up with the growth in their
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Eliminate the Empty Nest Blues
While some empty nesters
bid farewell to their children
and return home giddy with
plans for that hobby room that
has been desired, a fair share
feel as empty as their now-
It is possible to banish the
blues that come from saying
goodbye to grown children
who are going off to college,
getting married or leaving for
military duty. Here are some
ways to put a smile on your
* Look ahead. Don’t spend
days looking at old photo al-
bums reliving the past. Yes
your baby boy grew quickly;
now he’s a 6-foot-tall certified
public accountant. Plan for your future with your spouse. Make a list of all the things
you’ve wanted to accomplish that were always shelved due to familial responsibilities.
Now that you have the time, do these things.
* Set sparks ablaze. Too often couples put their own needs aside for the needs of
their children. This can take a toll on the relationship and intimacy. Now that the kids
have flown the coop, get to know your spouse again. Go on dates, be daring around the
house. Live like you did when you were newlyweds.
* Foster relationships with friends. Just because you’ve traded in carpools and soc-
cer practice for invitations to each other’s children’s weddings, that doesn’t mean you
have to lose touch with friends. Take the time to schedule “Empty Nest” parties, where
parents in similar situations can enjoy companionship.
* Go ahead and renovate the house. Don’t feel guilty about turning your son or
daughter’s former room into a space that caters to your interests. Or maybe you have
been waiting for him or her to move out so you can finally have your own room again!
Whatever the case, make your plans to change the house to meet your needs instead of
the whole family’s needs.
Despite being excited about the success of their
grown children, many parents experience empty
nest blues once the kids have moved out.
* Plan family reunions. If the thought of having all the kids under the same roof again makes
you smile, schedule plenty of family get-togethers so everyone can catch up in person. Whether
it’s cake and coffee or a big backyard barbecue, savor the moments with your family.
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The University of Findlay is a private university located in
the city of Findlay in Hancock County, Ohio, United States.
It was affiliated with the Churches of God, General Confer-
ence, and was founded in 1882 by the city of Findlay and the
Churches of God, General Conference. Findlay offers more
than 65 areas of undergraduate study. Some of its most popu-
lar majors include: business, education, equestrian studies,
pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, and
environmental safety and occupational health management.
Its equestrian studies program is nationally recognized. The
University also houses the Mazza Museum of International
Art from Picture Books, which contains the largest collection
of children’s book illustrations in the country.
The main campus sits on more than 72 acres (290,000 m2)
on North Main Street in Findlay, Ohio. The University also
operates a 52-acre (210,000 m2) facility (including 20 leased
acres) on the east side of Findlay, which houses the English
equestrian studies program; a 152-acre (0.62 km2) farm eight
miles (13 km) south of the main campus, which houses the
Western equestrian studies, and pre-veterinary medicine pro-
grams; the Environmental Resource Training Center sits on 5
acres (20,000 m2) northeast of town on State Route 12, and
provides hands-on training simulations for students in the
environmental, safety and occupational health management
major, as well as fire departments and HazMat teams from
across the country.
As more and more students from
our local area and across the state are
choosing to begin their Buckeye careers
in Lima, The Ohio State University at
Lima is working hard to expose them to
everything that northwestern Ohio can
offer. Not only do the major programs
offered on campus align with commu-
nity needs, such as Health Sciences
Management, Business and Nursing,
students are also encouraged to become
active community members.
“One third of Ohio State students
begin their college experience at a re-
gional campus where they can take ad-
vantage of lower tuition rates, close ties
with faculty members and the feel of
a small campus within the framework
of the larger university,” said John R.
Snyder, dean and director of Ohio State
Lima. “Students are often with us for
several years and it is important that
they build ties with each other and the
The Office of First Year Experience
has a Passport program that introduces
students to the social opportunities in
the region, whether it be a trip to a sym-
phony performance, a baseball game,
the county fairs or the blues festival. In
addition, a class that all first years take
requires volunteer work.
“The service learning component of
many of our classes ties what students
are doing in the classroom directly to
their real world experiences,” Snyder
said. “The opportunities to volunteer
broaden the university experience and
help community organizations and proj-
ects at the same time.”
The university also continues to ex-
pand the internship opportunities for
students and businesses. Linking stu-
dents to professional peers in the com-
munity increases the likelihood that
they will one day make northwest Ohio
More information about Ohio State
Lima is available at Lima.OSU.edu.
University of Findlay
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Master of Education
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Master of Science in Environmental,
Safety and Health Management
Master of Occupational Therapy
Master of Arts in Teaching English
to Speakers of Other Languages
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Nine graduate and professional degrees:
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E Your talents.
You are distinct from
every other person
in the world. Nothing
about you is ordinary.
Why should your
college be any different?
Defiance College embarked on its 2009-10 academic year with a new leader and in-
creased enrollment. Total enrollment for fall 2009 exceeded 1,070, the College’s highest
headcount since 1971, and a seven percent increase over 2008.
Mark C. Gordon was inaugurated as the College’s 18th president in October, and he has
already made significant strides in introducing a number of initiatives to create additional
opportunities for students with the goal of helping them be successful in the classroom, in
their numerous endeavors, and in life. Among the projects the College has begun to imple-
ment are Personal Success Plans for each entering student, a national advisory board pro-
gram to help guide students in their majors, an alumni-student network, expanded hands-on
experiential opportunities, and a student-run, nonprofit organization.
Defiance College’s spirit of service and social responsibility continues to grow. Now
in its eighth year, the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity has put its mission into
action. Through service-based research that requires rigorous academic work, Defiance
College students and faculty are making progress toward the McMaster School vision of
improving the human condition.
By utilizing knowledge within their academic fields, faculty and students research and
design projects to address a need. In the past eight years, partnerships have developed in
Cambodia and Belize, and a domestic project in New Orleans was added three years ago.
The Hench Autism Studies Program also continues to grow. The program is designed to
serve individuals and families facing challenges associated with autism with an emphasis
both on academic preparation and direct service. New to the program this year is the intro-
duction of a minor in Autism Studies. Open to students of all majors, the minor is designed
to educate students about the unique needs of persons with autism.
For the fourth consecutive year, Defiance College has been named to the President’s
Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to community ser-
Defiance College received word that its new nursing program has received authorization
from the Ohio Board of Regents and accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
Defiance offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program (1+2+1) in
partnership with Northwest State Community College. Students take their first and fourth
years at Defiance College and their second and third years at NSCC. In addition, Defiance
College is offering an RN to BSN completion program for individuals who have an associ-
ate degree or diploma in nursing.
Eligible military veterans of the post-9/11 era are able to attend Defiance College tuition-
free. The College is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, part of the post 9/11 Vet-
erans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more information visit the Defiance College
website at www.defiance.edu.
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The Ohio Manufacturing Extension
Partnership (MEP), MAGNET and
TechSolve have funding from the
United States Department of Labor’s
High Growth Job Training Initiative
for manufacturers in the Ohio
automotive/truck supply chain.
These special funds are available
through MAGNET, the Manufacturing
Advocacy & Growth Network.
Approved projects include:
� LEAN IMPLEMENTATION
� SIX SIGMA
� QUALITY MANAGEMENT
—ISO, AS9100, TS16949
—Root cause analysis and
MAGNET works in conjunction with
Lorain County Community College
and Columbus State Community
College on delivery of this program,
enabling participants to obtain
advanced placement credits toward
certificate and degree programs in
industrial engineering and quality
Working with MAGNET and one of
the colleges, companies in the auto
and truck supply chain can create
a workforce development plan to
quickly and efficiently improve
productivity and bottom line
This special Department of Labor
offer to pay half the cost of this
program expires in September, so
companies must act NOW to take
advantage of this training grant.
For further information on this
half-price training, call Cynthia Leis
at MAGNET at 419.339.0170 or
The U.S. Department of Labor
will pay up to half the cost of
consulting and training services
for Continuous Improvement
efforts in Lean and Six Sigma
THIS PROGRAM EXPIRES
YOU MUST ACT NOW!
Assistance Funds Available
for Ohio Manufacturers in the
Auto/Truck Supply Chain
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