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RTS- 10 Years, ZERO LTAs!


RTS All Blue with RCongratulations to Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) on reaching ten years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents (LTA)!  RTS kept on truckin’ right through its goal on March 14, 2017!

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This is the FIRST TIME RTS has reached this milestone since it began tracking LTAs.
This means RTS safely traveled, on average, 2,740 miles per day over the past year maneuvering through many types of weather, road conditions and dealing with other drivers. 

 This is all thanks to RTS’ world-class drivers, support staff of mechanics and all of its exceptional administrative professionals. 

 “It takes a lot to get from point A to point B safely and it all starts with a safe environment and maintaining safe equipment.  So, I would like to congratulate and thank not only the RTS Drivers who are on the front lines but also the mechanics that keep the equipment in order, the administrators that take care of the people and the jobs, and of course, everyone from each of the other two companies! This achievement is everyone’s!

– Bill Cromling III, President of RTS 

“It has become an annual event at RTS.  Every spring we announce our ZERO LTA streak.  The decision RTS employees make to operate safely is the most important one they make every day they come to work.  The support RTS gets from EHS is second to none.  I am proud to be a part of a group that not only believes in the work that they do, but believes in doing it safely.  My thanks and congratulations go out to the 27 other RTS associates.”

– Chris Fada, RTS General Manager

Congratulations to everyone who keeps safety on their mind in everything they do!



Sixth Annual Schaefer Award Recipient Announced

Schaefer-award-2017Neil Gorman (center) was the recipient of the Phillip T. Schaefer Vision Award at the Ross companies’ annual service awards event. Celebrating with Neil were (left to right): Bill Cromling, III, one of the owners of the Ross Group of companies; Neil’s wife Amy; Dr. Michael Schaefer, son of Phillip T. Schaefer; and Jim Larson, President and C.E.O. of Ross Environmental Services, Inc.

Neil Gorman Named Recipient
Of the Phillip T. Schaefer Vision Award

Neil Gorman, of Ross Incineration Services, Inc. (RIS), was recently named the sixth recipient of the Phillip T. Schaefer Vision Award by the Ross Group of companies. The Ross Group includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.

Gorman was presented the award at the Ross companies’ Annual Service Awards event held on Saturday March 4, 2017. He is the General Manager of Ross Incineration and has been with the company for almost 19 years. Gorman joined the company in the Operations Support Department and later served as Incineration Manager, before being named General Manager.

“Neil is a loyal, steadfast and reassuring force with associates. From the first day to the present, he has treated people with respect and done everything ever asked of him and more,” said Bill Cromling III, one of the owners of the Ross Group of companies, in presenting the award to Gorman.

The Vision Award is presented annually to an associate of the Ross companies who exemplifies a commitment to the companies’ values. They include: operating safely; respecting our associates; serving our customers well; complying with laws and regulations; protecting the environment; giving back to the community and using all resources wisely.

Gorman resides in Fairview Park with his wife, Amy and two sons. He is involved in his church, plays bagpipes with a local group and coaches his kid’s sports teams. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University and, after completing his degree, was hired to work at RIS by Phillip T. Schaefer, for whom the award is named.

The Vision Award was created by the Ross companies to honor the memory of Phillip T. Schaefer, who was the Vice President of Operations for Ross Incineration Services, Inc. during a critical time in the history of the company.

Phil was active in a number of community organizations and was a living example of the Ross companies’ values in action. Phil was an active and tireless volunteer, athlete, environmentalist and sportsman. He demonstrated his commitment to his coworkers, to health and wellness, with the use of supplements like Kratom liquid extract, and to the community and to the environment on a daily basis. Phil passed away in 2011 following a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.


2016 Ross/Cromling Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to the Recipient of the 2016 Ross/Cromling Scholarship:
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We are very happy to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Ross/Cromling Scholarship is Nathan Parsons.  Nate is the son of Ross Transportation Services, Inc. driver David Parsons.  A 2014 graduate of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Nate is a student at Lorain County Community College where he is majoring in Police Science.  He is currently working to obtain his Associate’s Degree in Police Science and then will attend a Police Academy. In addition to attending LCCC, he works part time in security at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

In his scholarship application, Nate said he has chosen to enter the law enforcement field because he wants to help others and give back to his community. While he is working to put himself through school, Nate has also volunteered at a nursing home and at Special Olympics events.

The Ross/Cromling Scholarship Fund was established by the associates of the Ross companies in 1991 to honor the owners of the companies and is administered by the Ross Foundation, Inc. A committee of associates developed the scholarship program and all of the money is raised through fundraisers and donations.

The children, step-children and grandchildren of associates of the Ross group of companies (Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.) are eligible to receive a scholarship. (Associates must have been employed with one of the companies full-time for at least one year.) A committee of five community representatives selects the scholarship winners. None of the committee members are directly affiliated with the companies.  The selection is based on financial need, scholarship, recommendations, test scores, community involvement, class ranking and extra-curricular activities.

Congratulations Nate and best wishes as you continue your education!


2016 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest Winners

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Ross Environmental Services, Inc. (RES) recently announced the winners of the 2016 Lorain County Fair 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest.

Three winning trash barrels were selected and the club members who created them will be awarded a prize of $100. The awards were given for first place in three age categories: 5-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds and 13-18 year olds. The theme of the barrel painting contest this year was The 4-H Pledge:  “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

Maggie Kelch, Community Relations Manager for Ross Environmental, explained that this theme was chosen because it is at the heart of the 4-H program. “We used the 4-H Pledge as the theme this year to reinforce what the 4-H program is all about: youth making a difference in the community and the world,” she said.

According to the National 4-H History Preservation Society, the theme was originally penned at the National 4-H Camp in 1927. At that time, it ended with the phrase “for my club, my community and my country.” Then, in 1973, the words “and my world” were added to the ending,  resulting in the Pledge that is still used today.

This year, 12 4-H clubs entered 30 trash barrels in the competition. This year’s winners were:

  • 5-8 year olds – Elyria Family of 4H’ers with advisor Barb Messaros
  • 9-12 year olds – Penfield Partners with advisor Dawn Handrosh
  • 13-18 year olds – Brownhelm Perfection & BB with advisor Andrea Harris

Winning trash barrels were selected for their neatness, creativity and conformance to the theme by associates of the Ross companies. Once again this year,  judges were associates of the Ross Group of companies.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the participating clubs for helping to make the Lorain County Fairgrounds a brighter place!

Ross Foundation, Inc. Awards Scholarship

Scott Thompson

Lorain County JVS student, Scott Thompson, was recently awarded the Ross Transportation Services, Inc. JVS Transportation Academy Scholarship. Thompson, from Midview, completed the two-year Industrial Equipment Mechanics Program (IEM) at the JVS. He will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima where he will further his education in agricultural equipment technology.

Thompson was a member of the JVS Future Farmers of America and the Midview High School Marching Band. In addition, he is a member of the Boy Scouts and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Ross Foundation, Inc. provides this scholarship annually to a graduating senior from one of the four JVS Transportation Academy programs: Commercial Truck Technology, Industrial Equipment Technology, Auto Technology, and Collision Repair.

The scholarship was created by the Ross Foundation to recognize the importance of technical training to the transportation industry and to encourage students to pursue further education in the field.

“At Ross Transportation Services, we have found that there is a need for qualified technicians in the transportation industry. By creating the scholarship, we hope to encourage students from the JVS to continue their education and help fill this need,” said Bill Cromling, III, President of Ross Transportation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ross Foundation.

“We’re very appreciative of the support Ross Transportation gives our students,” stated IEM instructor Greg Hendricks. “Scott is one of the top students in the Transportation Academy and he will take full advantage of the opportunities this scholarship will provide him; he will do an outstanding job at Northwestern.”

Jim Larson Named CEO of Ross Environmental Services, Inc.

The Board of Directors of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. and its parent, Ross Service Corporations, announced today that Jim Larson will be the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross Environmental. Larson will replace Art Hargate as President and CEO when Hargate retires at the end of November this year.

Maureen Cromling, Chairman of the Board, said this transition has been in the making for two years. “We were extremely fortunate to have an outstanding internal candidate that is without question the best person to build upon the strong foundation that Art established over the past nine years as our CEO.”

Hargate has dedicated himself to the organization for more than 27 years. Under his guidance, the Ross Group of companies grew dramatically and routinely achieved their strategic and annual operating plan targets.  Hargate drove leadership principles into every corner of the organization and carefully aligned the companies’ associates to deliver outstanding results.  His mantra, “We are incredible, we make the incredible seem routine: what we do matters!” will inspire the associates at the Ross Group of companies well into the future.

Larson has been with the organization for 25 years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He has served as Research and Development Manager, Incineration Manager, Vice President of Operations, President of Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Ross Environmental.  As CEO, Larson’s primary focus will be on continual process improvement, customer satisfaction and market presence and penetration.

“The Board members know for certain that no one is better equipped to lead us into the future. We have the utmost confidence in Jim’s leadership abilities and his dedication to building on the values that have served us so well for over six decades: operating safely; respecting our people; servicing our customers well; protecting the environment; complying with all law and regulation; giving back to the community and using resources wisely,” Cromling added.

Jim Larson
Jim Larson
Art Hargate
Art Hargate



RTS & RIS Celebrate Safety Milestones

On March 14, 2016, Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) reached nine years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents!
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This is the FIRST TIME they have reached this goal since they began tracking this metric. This means RTS traveled, on average, 2,740 miles per day over the past year maneuvering through many types of weather, road conditions and dealing with all types of drivers.  This is all thanks to its world-class drivers, support staff of mechanics and its exceptional administrative professionals.
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“I would like to congratulate and thank all the RTS associates for this accomplishment. They all have very important jobs and they choose to them safely. That takes constant focus  and is extremely challenging given the work that they do. Whether servicing a truck, driving in poor weather, applying for permits. Of course the support that we receive from EHS is extremely important as well. Many thanks to all of you!”

– Bill Cromling III, President of Ross Transportation Services, Inc.

Congratulations to everyone who keeps safety on their mind in everything they do!


RIS All Blue with RAs of Monday, March 28, 2016, Ross Incineration Services, Inc. (RIS) is pleased to announce it has surpassed two years without a single Lost Time Accident (LTA).  This is over 17,500 hours of operation without a lost time accident and it is a testament to the integrity and acceptance of a safety first culture at RIS.

In an industry that hinges on the success of its safety, RIS has demonstrated that they are able and willing to make safety their #1 priority.  Through interactive training, a personal commitment to safety, supervision, reporting and analysis, preventative maintenance, procedural refinement and the support of every associate in all three companies, the associates of RIS have accomplished something that is no small aSafety Awards Groupchievement.  Continued focus on their business practices, Project Management Methodology, Systems Maintenance Mindset and Continual Improvement Culture continue to lead RIS to a safe, productive and compliant future.



From Jim Larson, COO of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. and President of Ross Incineration Services, Inc.

“This is a VERY big deal! Two years without a LTA means that all the hard work put forth to train our people and continually upgrade and improve our procedures and facility is resulting in the achievement of our single, most important objective, a safe workplace.  I am extremely thankful and proud of everyone who has worked so hard to make safety their number one priority now and forever.”

Congratulations to everyone!

Eaton Township Dumpster Days- 2015

On October 10, 3,340 gallons of household hazardous waste were collected from Eaton Township residents by the Ross Group of companies at the township 27th Dumpster Days event. In fact, 104 households, representing 188 people, participated in the household hazardous waste collection event.

Participants in the event included Eaton Township and several local companies: Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc., Ross Transportation Services, Inc., and Reed’s Salvage Corp. Household hazardous materials were collected by the Ross companies free of charge to the township residents, and included paint, motor oil, household chemicals and discarded cleaning products.

This year’s collection event in October marked the 27th time that the Ross companies have collected household hazardous waste materials as a free community service for Eaton Township residents. Over the past 26 years, they have collected more than 122,870 gallons of household hazardous waste which was disposed of or recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

“Eaton Township Dumpster Days provides an opportunity for township residents to dispose of a variety of waste materials. By collecting household hazardous waste, the Ross companies are providing a valuable community service and helping to protect the environment,” said Maggie Kelch, Director of Corporate Communications for Ross Environmental Services.

Julia Bestor Receives 2015 Ross/Cromling Scholarship

Julia Bestor 2015

Elyria, OH – The Ross Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that  Julia Bestor, daughter of Donald Bestor, a truck driver for Ross Transportation Services, Inc.,  was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Ross/Cromling Scholarship.

Julia is in her second year at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she is majoring in biology. She plans to continue her education to become an optometrist.  Julia is in the Honors Program at Mount Vernon and was named to the Dean’s List during her freshman year.

Julia, who resides in Elyria, has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Mount Vernon. Home schooled while in high school, she was an outstanding volleyball player and was on the OCSAA state championship volleyball teams in 2011 and 2013. In addition, she was a volunteer volleyball coach with Junior Olympics and other youth programs. In the summers she works at an eye clinic to continue to gain experience in her chosen career field.

The Ross/Cromling Scholarship is awarded annually by the Ross Foundation, Inc. The scholarship fund was created by associates of the Ross companies to provide college funding to children and grandchildren of associates of the Ross companies (Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.) Funds for the scholarships are generated through associate fundraisers 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, the local First Merit Bank branch and Lorain County Community College.

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