Ohio City Wins Main Street Contest
Independent We Stand, an advocacy organization for independent retailers, has named Bridge Street Ashtabula in Ashtabula, OH as the $25,000 winner of its “America’s Main Streets” contest. A top ten finalist two years in a row, voters rallied this year to push Ashtabula—population 18,311—to the top of 303 entrants. More than 200,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide in the third annual contest.
With a lift bridge at the center of Bridge Street’s livelihood, the Ashtabula Lift Bridge Community Association (LBCA) formed in response to a planned closure of the bridge for repairs in 2008. To combat the negative economic impact of the bridge closure and to counter the recession, LBCA established traffic-generating events like fairs, festivals and open houses to draw patrons to Bridge Street businesses despite disruptive construction. The organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, also began promoting and developing the Historic Ashtabula Harbor as a major regional destination for tourism, recreation, and entertainment.
“Time and time again, we see America’s Main Streets not only surviving hardship but showing innovation and ingenuity in the way they do it,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “This port community reinvented itself in 2008 when faced with serious economic challenges. We look forward to awarding the grand prize to this motivated group and seeing how they further impact local independent businesses and the people who support them.” A celebratory event was held in the city July 28.
The presenting sponsor of this contest is Stihl, Inc., with supporting sponsors PPG, Do it Best, and the North American Retail Hardware Assn.
Golden Paintworks®, a division of Golden Artist Colors, Inc., has hired Jim Rogers as its new Director of Paintworks Branded Products. Rogers will lead the development, marketing, and sales of the Paintworks branded products, currently including Lifestyle Finishes™, Pro Finishes, and the new Theme Paint line. Rogers is well known throughout the industry, having spent 40 years developing Modern Masters, Inc., a leader in decorative coatings. As president there, he was responsible for overall performance in all areas of the business. Rogers resides in Valencia, CA with his wife and son, where they are active in their local youth hockey organization.
Custom Equipment LLC has hired Norman Waterman as its Northeast U.S. territory manager. Waterman is focusing on bringing the productivity, ease of use, and safety benefits of the company’s lightweight low-level scissor lifts to more rental centers and contractors in the area. Waterman has more than 20 years of construction sales experience, including five years with National Equipment Services.
Intertape Acquires Polyair
Intertape Polymer Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding equity value in Polyair Inter Pack Inc.
Polyair, a private company, is a significant industry player in the protective packaging business, with seven manufacturing facilities and a distribution center in North America. Its primary products consist of bubble cushioning, foam, mailers, and air pillow systems, which are complementary to IPG’s existing product offering.