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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 http://bit.ly/RossFoundationInc.

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.

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 www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/sharp.html.

RTS- 10 Years, ZERO LTAs!

TEN Years, ZERO LTA! 

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, 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