A Great Place to Work – Businesses of the Month
Thanks to these Minerva Chamber Sustaining Members!
We are a better community because of businesses like these.
ArtsinStark, the nonprofit county arts council, is 46 years old. It owns and operates the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton, which will be 50 years old in 2020. ArtsinStark’s SmArts Program supercharges learning by integrating arts and academics. It has invested $500,000 in 70 SmArts projects in schools for 30,000 kids across Stark County. For the last five years there has been a SmArts Program in the Minerva Local School District.
ArtsinStark also reinvents downtowns. For the last four years it has been working in six downtowns, and Minerva is one of them. Working with the 20/20 Vision Minerva Committee and the Village of Minerva, the county arts council helped open the Market Street Art Spot gallery, supported the Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival, and installed more than 40 pieces of temporary and permanent public art downtown.
ArtsinStark’s grants program reaches 200,000 people a year. In the last 10 years it has awarded $175,000 in small grants to nonprofits, artists, and schools in eastern Stark County. In Minerva that list includes: Minerva Schools, the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce, Minerva Band Boosters, Minerva Community Theatre, Marty Chapman, Minerva Farmer’s Market, Michelle Mulligan, Tim Matthews, and the Roxy Theatre.
Each spring ArtsinStark runs the annual Arts Campaign to raise dollars for all the arts in Stark County. Last May it raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to make goal for 11 years in a row. The Ohio Arts Council has recognized ArtsinStark with the Governor’s Award for the Arts. Every day ArtsinStark is working hard to find more ways to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities all across Stark County.
Colfor Manufacturing, an AAM company, produces forged and finished machined transmission shafts, hypoid drive pinions, propeller shafts, transmission gears and wheel spindles. The company, which has two locations in Ohio, specializes in precision cold and warm forging with full capability to finish machine and heat treat. Customers include automotive, agricultural, motorcycle and heavy truck makers.
Colfor Manufacturing’s Minerva Operations is a world-leading supplier of transmission components, drive-train components and assemblies. The facility produces highly engineered products using advanced processes for a wide variety of vehicles, including three-wheel motorcycles, hybrid and electric vehicle transmissions, off-highway vehicles, agricultural, dual-clutch transmissions and SUV transmissions.
The facility and its 280 associates are proud to have been recognized by customers and the community for both high quality products and community involvement. GM awarded Minerva its Supplier Excellence Award for the last two years in recognition of the facility’s commitment to quality, excellence and outstanding performance. Colfor supplies more than 50,000 transmission components to GM each week.
Colfor-Minerva Operations is a sponsor of the Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival, Minerva Chamber Rodeo, the Chamber’s annual dinner, Oktoberfest, and other Chamber events. Additionally, the plant holds activities throughout the year to donate to Minerva’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, donating $12,000 in 2016. During the past year, Colfor – Minerva also donated light bulbs to Minerva elementary and middle schools, Minerva Area Christian School, Minerva Public Library, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; awarded six scholarships to Minerva High School graduating seniors; and sponsored the MinervaStrong Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K. Each year, Colfor volunteers teach Minerva Elementary fifth graders in the Junior Achievement “Our Nation” program. Every November, Colfor employees hold a “Cash for Christmas” 50/50 drawing, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, and every Friday, employees wear RED to “Remember Everyone Deployed.”
Frontier Communications continues to invest and expand the availability of Ethernet service with symmetrical speeds of up to 10 Gigabyte across much of Ohio. This expanded service option is now available as a result of Frontier’s continued upgrading of its middle-mile network, as well as partnerships the company has established with local, regional and national telecommunications carriers.
“Frontier’s network now consists of more than 5,000 miles of fiber traversing nearly the entire state of Ohio,” said Tim Coolman, general manager of Frontier. “Since 2011, Frontier has installed and activated more than 850 Ethernet circuits in Ohio. These circuits serve various entities, including governments, schools, health-care facilities, retail establishments and commercial businesses of all sizes.”
This recent expansion enables the company to better serve its commercial customers by providing expanded connectivity at competitive prices.
Frontier Communications Corporation, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium and enterprise businesses. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
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