An Open Letter from Lorain County Community Leaders to Gov.

Ted Strickland
August 31, 2010 Ted Strickland Governor of Ohio Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215 VIA FACSIMILE: (614) 466-9354 Dear Governor Strickland, As community leaders fully committed to helping Lorain County grow and prosper during a difficult economy, we are troubled by your recent campaign commercial criticizing Invacare, one of Lorain County’s top employers and an invaluable economic partner in our region. For more than three decades, Invacare, located in Elyria, has had a massive positive economic impact on our community and has proven to be an invaluable asset for Lorain County. Invacare has approximately 1,300 employees in Ohio, is a major taxpayer to our local governments and schools, and practices a generous philanthropic credo. In short, Invacare’s importance to our county and region cannot be overstated. For a sitting governor to express such politically-centered criticisms of a business that is an important and beneficial piece of Lorain County’s economy is disappointing. Moreover, we are concerned with the signal these actions send to other businesses in Lorain County and businesses considering locating here. Any responsible business owner or chief executive would have deep reservations about investing in a community where even large, long-established and successful employers are not immune from being criticized by the state’s most powerful public official for political purposes. In light of this, we ask that you stop airing your ad on Invacare. Moving forward, we hope that you will focus on the many tasks necessary to help Lorain County and its businesses grow and prosper, and work with us to strengthen our economy, our businesses and our communities. Respectfully, Dennis J. Baughman Bayside Consultants Kevin Beckett President and CEO RW Beckett Corporation Robert J. Berner Executive Director Lorain County Rural Wastewater District Dan Bucci, Councilman City of Avon Lake Connie Carr Attorney James T. Elios Elios Financial Group, Inc. Mark A. Fenderbosch Retired, Production Superintendent Cleveland Casting Plant Ford Motor Co Jennifer Fenderbosch Councilwoman City of Avon Lake Janet A. Gosche JurInnov Ltd. Ron Guenther Chemtron Corporation Michael Hritz, MD Physician Michael J. Konci Corporate Accounts Management Company David LaFleur Art Director American Greetings Ed Langhenry, Jr. Sr. Vice President of Sales Watteredge, Inc Joseph P. Langhenry President & CEO Watteredge, Inc
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Carol Murphy Realtor Martin O'Donnell Council-at-Large City of Avon Lake Timothy M. Opsitnick JurInnov Ltd. Thomasina B. Patton Commerce Benefits Group Clinton S. Pelfrey Councilman City of Avon Joe Prendergast Medical Representative S.C. Reynolds Architect

Dean Scerbin Project Manager Ranger Electric, Inc Terry Scheurman President Applied Specialties Inc John Shondel Retired, Chairman, Miami Valley Pension LTC, AUS, Retired Thomas Stefanik Attorney Dan Urban Councilman City of Avon

Stephanie Uptmor Imagine It Photography Kevin Ward President Spartan Group Inc. Jennifer Scott-Wasilk, CHMM Sandstone EHS Services, LLC Curtis Weems Founder and President The Weems Group Wendy LaForce Zambo Realtor David A. Zupan President Visium Resources, Inc.

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