BLANCHARD VALLEY HOSPITAL has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for the sixth time. This is the fourth year in a row the hospital has received the distinction.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. Among the factors measured are better survival rates, fewer complications and infections, shorter length of stay, higher patient satisfaction and lower admission rates.

“Being named a 100 Top Hospital for the sixth time is a result of system-wide teamwork,” said Scott Malaney, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System. “This recognition affirms efforts to ensure our patients receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.”


KEITH FENSTERMAKER of Findlay, a driver for UPS, was among 54 drivers in Ohio and 1,582 drivers worldwide to be inducted into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Ohio has 409 active Circle of Honor drivers. There are 4,250 total full-time UPS drivers in Ohio.


The Manufacturing Institute has recognized ANNE ROMAN, vice president of communications and public affairs at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for 2018.

Roman is among 130 women nationally who earned the honor this year from a field of hundreds of nominees. The STEP Ahead Awards program recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to senior executive leadership.


Reineke RV has purchased Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care, in Tiffin.

REINEKE RV OF TIFFIN and ECLIPSE AUTO CARE are at 1950 W. Market St. Jamie Chalfin, general manager, will oversee Reineke RV locations in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.

Reineke RV offers new and used folding trailers, expandable trailers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from Starcraft and Flagstaff. Parts, installation, maintenance and repair will be available at both Reineke RV locations. Eclipse Auto Care offers a variety of vehicle services and accessories.


CHRIS PECORA of Valfilm graduated with distinction from Certified Occupational Safety Specialist Training. The training is sponsored by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio. It addresses identification and mitigation of hazards and how to use the appropriate regulations to address them, mitigate the hazard and communicate it to affected personnel. In addition, students gain knowledge in the skills and techniques of safety and occupational health program management and leadership.


DANIEL TINCH has been named the new executive director of Bluffton Family Recreation. Tinch has six years of experience with YMCAs. Most recently, he served as membership director of the Findlay Family YMCA since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he was a member of the staff of YMCA of Darke County. Tinch is a 2010 Bluffton University recreation management graduate.


Fostoria’s MENNEL MILLING plant is featured in the February edition of “World Grain,” an international magazine for grain, flour and feed businesses. The article focuses on Mennel’s 132-year history, the family business, and its recent expansion into bakery mix, popcorn, warehousing and transportation.

In the past two years, Mennel Milling has branched out, purchasing Morral Specialty Grain, a popcorn processing facility; General Mills’ Martel, Ohio, bakery mix and packaging plant; and, as part of a joint venture with Plaza Belmont Group, Mennel purchased Renwood Mills, a flour milling and mix company in Newton, North Carolina.

In January 2016, company President Ford Mennel announced a $40-$50 million plan to revitalize the Fostoria plant. The plan is a 10-year project to integrate all aspects of the Fostoria business into one location and expand its grain storage capabilities. As part of the plan, the corporate office on Crocker Street was moved to the former Seneca Wire building on Vine Street, putting the corporate building closer to the plant and doubling the square footage of office space.


A Hancock County tree farm has been recognized for its 25th year of operation by the American Tree Farm System. The woodland farm, owned by CLARABELLE PRICE, is located on Township Road 32, Arlington.

The American Tree Farm System was founded in 1941 in response to concerns that America’s private woodlands were being harvested at an unsustainable rate. Through the organization and state programs, participating family forest landowners receive forest management assistance, educational programs and opportunities to see demonstrations of sustainable woodland management. After completing a forest management plan for their property and demonstrating commitment to its implementation, the woodland is inspected and certified as a tree farm.

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