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The Ross Group companies host first-ever Holiday Open House, sponsor Lorain County foster children for the holidays


The Ross Group of companies, which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., hosted their first-ever Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

The family friendly event, aimed at bringing Ross associates, their families and neighbors together for a jolly good time. The night featured holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies for all, a Dear Santa letter writing station and more.

Attendees were also able to snap photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photographs were taken in front of a Christmas tree surrounded by presents donated by Ross associates to kids of all ages in Lorain County Children Services programs. This marks the 12th year the companies have participated in this program. Associates from all three companies sponsor a child and the purchases and wraps items on their wish list.


“The Ross Group of companies participate in the Lorain County Children Services’ Caring Tree program because we understand that being stewards in the community is very important,” said Justis Clifford, Senior Corporate Communications Specialist for Ross Environmental Services, Inc. “One of our sayings is ‘What We Do Matters’ and that applies for what we do in our business, the community and the planet. During the holiday season, our associates look forward to shopping for the children to help make their holidays a little brighter. It’s an honor and privilege for us to give back.”

Ross Companies Collect Household Hazardous Waste as Community Service to Eaton Township Residents


Participants in the event included Eaton Township, Reed’s Salvage Corp. and the Ross Group of companies which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.

Household hazardous materials were collected by the Ross companies free of charge to township residents and associates of the Ross Group of companies. Materials available for collection included paint, motor oil, household chemicals, discarded cleaning products and more. These household items are reflective of the types of materials that the Ross companies safely manage for customers on a daily basis.

Over the last 28 collections, the Ross companies have collected and disposed of 128,770 gallons of household hazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner.

“We feel truly honored to have this opportunity to meet with residents face-to-face to help them dispose of their hazardous waste items through Dumpster Days,” said Justis Clifford, Senior Communications Specialist for Ross Environmental Services, Inc. “This is a service the Ross companies are proud to provide the community, but at the same time, we believe we are getting back just as much. We look forward to participating in Dumpster Days for many years to come.”

Ross Foundation Inc. Announces 2017 Ross/Cromling Scholarship Recipient!

Bestor, Julia (17' Ross-Cromling Scholarship Recipient)

The Ross Group of companies congratulates Julia Bestor, 2017 recipient of the Ross/Cromling Scholarship.

Julia is the daughter of Ross Transportation Services, Inc. Truck Driver Don Bestor and his wife, Sally, who works as a Patient Care Coordinator at Avon Eye Design.

The Ross/Cromling Scholarship is awarded annually by way of the Ross Foundation, Inc. The scholarship fund was created by associates of the Ross Group of companies, which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., in honor of ownership to provide college funding to children, step-children and grandchildren of associates of the Ross Group of companies. Funds for these scholarships are generated through associate fundraising and donations.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee that includes five people representing community groups including: the Eaton Township Trustees, the Grafton/Midview Public Library, the Midview Local School District, a local financial institution and the Lorain County Community College.

This year’s recipient, Julia Bestor, is a 2014 graduate of Water’s Edge Academy. She is currently enrolled at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is working towards a degree in Biology. Julia is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society and has made the Dean’s List at Mount Vernon Nazarene University from 2014 to 2017 with a 3.987 GPA. She has also been an active student assistant in her university’s Biology and Chemistry departments.

Congratulations to Julia and best of luck  in your studies. For more information about the Ross Foundation, visit

Ross Associates Announce 2017 Lorain County Fair 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest Winners!

2017 LC Fair Trash Barrel Painting Contest Winners

Local 4-H groups proved that a trash barrel is a terrible thing to waste as winners of the 2017 Lorain County Fair 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest were recently announced.

This year’s event brought together a variety of 4-H groups in the 5-8 year old, 9-12 year old and 13-18 year old age categories. Club members worked to beautify worn 55-gallon trash containers, putting their own spin on this year’s 4H: Club, Community & Country contest theme.

The annual contest, sponsored by the Ross Group of companies, Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., has been an esteemed affair of the Lorain County Fair for over 15 years. The contest gives 4-H club members an opportunity to showcase their creative and environmentally-conscious sides while offering them a chance to earn first place ribbons and $100 cash prizes toward their individual youth group.

All entries were judged by associates of the Ross Group of companies for their neatness, creativity and conformance to the overall theme.

This year’s first place winners were as follows: Belden B & G’s in the 5-8 year old category, Wildcat Wanderers in the 9-12 year old category and Brownhelm Perfection & B.B.’s in the 13-18 year old category.

The winning trash barrels will be on display in the Junior Fair Barn for the duration of the Lorain County Fair.

The remaining submissions can still be spotted by fairgoers throughout the Lorain County Fairgrounds when the 172nd Annual Lorain County Fair comes to town August 21-27, 2017.

Congratulations and a job well done to all this year’s winners and participants!

What We Do Matters® Fund helps Ross Associates Do What Matters in the Community!

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As a community-focused business, the Ross Group of companies is delighted to see our associates making a difference both in and out of the workplace through our What We Do Matters (WWDM) Fund!

Ross Environmental Services Senior Communications Specialist Justis Clifford and Ross Incineration Services Welder/Pipefitter Dennis “Denny” Rourke are just a couple associates who recently made a contribution to their communities.  By submitting applications to our WWDM Fund they were able to support two organizations near and dear to their hearts – the Friendship Animal Protective League (FAPL) of Lorain County and Amherst Girls Softball Association.

As a member of the FAPL’s Board of Directors, Justis received a donation from the WWDM Fund to sponsor a table for the private, nonprofit humane society’s Wags to Riches Casino Night. The affair is the organization’s largest with a fundraising goal of $60,000 and proceeds helping to continue the shelter’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for companion animals throughout Lorain County.

Denny also gained a WWDM donation to support the Amherst Girls Softball Association and its annual Night at the Races event. This marks the second time Denny has submitted an application, over the last two years, to the WWDM Fund to support the softball association and his daughter, Britnee, who plays for a softball team within the group.

Since the fund was put into effect two years ago, 28 associates from the Ross Group of companies have received donations to support local organizations in which they or their family members are involved with.

Ross Incineration Services receives SHARP Certification!

RIS Sharp Certified

Ross Incineration Services, Inc. is SHARP certified thanks to the hard work and dedication of our associates!

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), by way of its Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), recognizes small businesses that possess an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Companies like Ross Incineration Services, Inc. who receive SHARP certification are singled out as an elite group of businesses who serve as a model of workplace safety and health that people maintain with supplements and an oxygen support system that help them improve.

In a highly regulated industry where safety is of the upmost importance, Ross Incineration Services General Manager Neil Gorman said achieving SHARP status shows how committed the team is to not only doing a good job, but doing it safely.

“The RIS team involved with getting us SHARP certified have been working tirelessly in their preparation, conducting successful inspections and getting final approval,” said Gorman. “This was not an easy task, by any means, but it just goes to show the drive our people have to obtain something once they get their minds set. Never once was it said, that we couldn’t do it. Thank you team for all of your hard work and dedication in working to continually improve our safety systems and culture.”

Jim Larson, President and CEO of Ross Environmental Services and President of Ross Incineration Services, is thrilled that the team at Ross Incineration made it their mission to become a SHARP certified company.

“This certification was sought after and further strengthen our overall safety with the addition of our Process Safety Management program,” Larson said. “Led by our Environmental Health and Safety department, everyone at RIS worked their butts off to make sure that our safety programs were world-class and this is proof of it right here. I am immensely proud of our people for all of the hard-work, dedication, and focus on continually improving the overall safety of the plant. The entire RIS team has a lot to be proud of today and I for one just want to say thank you and congratulations to everyone.”

For more information about the SHARP program, visit