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.

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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!

Fifth Annual Phillip T. Schaefer Vision Award Given


Art Hargate, of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. (RES), was recently named the fifth recipient of the Philip 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.

Hargate was presented the award at the Ross companies’ Annual Service Awards event held on Saturday February 20, 2016. Art has been with the companies for more than 28 years in a variety of positions. He served as the Executive Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Business Development prior to assuming his current role of President and CEO of Ross Environmental Services in March, 2007.

“From the very first day, a handshake, a trusting relationship and an open door policy has been his mantra here,” said Bill Cromling III, President of Ross Transportation Services and one of the owners of the Ross Group of companies, in presenting the award to Hargate.

The Vision Award is presented annually to an associate of the Ross companies who exemplifies a commitment to the companies, the community and the environment.

In addition to his 28 year commitment to the companies, Hargate was chosen for the award in recognition of his communication, personal development and leadership skills that have helped to mold countless associates at the companies, in addition to his embodiment of the Ross Group values. He has served on the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Environmental Council and volunteered many years on the Board of Lorain County Goodwill Industries.

The Vision Award was created by the Ross companies to honor the memory of Philip T. Schaefer, who was the Vice President of Operations for Ross Incineration Services, Inc.

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.

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

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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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Ross Environmental Certified ISO 9001:2008

On Tuesday, June 23, Ross Environmental Services, Inc. (RES) completed a successful external audit for certification as an ISO 9001:2008 facility.

Dubbed the RES We AMAZE Quality Service System, this International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 Quality System is about enhancing what we do, who we are and how we succeed.  Our RES system focuses on four areas:

  • Customers
  • Clients
  • Corporate Separateness
  • Continual Improvement

The We AMAZE Quality Service System is designed to make sure that RES is doing all of the things it needs to do for its customers, clients, corporate separateness and continual improvement by implementing the We AMAZE quality policy statement.

Chad Colman, Corporate Risk and Loss Supervisor at RES and project manager for ISO 9001 certification, had this to say about the recent audit:

“This standard is a reflection of how well we do what we do here at RES.  The third party auditors are really auditing the practices we have that make our customers and clients happy.  This really is a reflection of the associates. In fact, our auditors took the time to comment on how impressed they were with our operations and the dedication, knowledge and engagement of all of our associates.  So, thank you for being AMAZE(ing)!”

Ross Environmental Owners Purchase A&D Environmental Services, Inc.

The owners of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. and its affiliate companies, announced today the acquisition of A&D Environmental Services, Inc., an environmental and industrial service company headquartered in High Point, NC.

The owners, the Cromling Family – Maureen Ross Cromling, her husband William Cromling II, and their sons, William Cromling III, and Jon Cromling, purchased A&D Environmental Services through a newly formed company, the JBC Group. The family also owns the Ross Group of companies, including Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., as well as ReTech Plastics, LLC and ReTech Steel LLC, which are all members of The RossWay GroupSM.

A&D Environmental Services, is a leader in the environmental and industrial service industry providing a full range of industrial, remediation, waste management, transportation and emergency response services from eight locations throughout the Southeast and Colorado. The knowledgeable and experienced A&D management team will continue to operate the company under the A&D Environmental Services name.

“With this acquisition, we are making significant progress towards accomplishing our goals for continued growth and diversification. This new partnership will enable our customers to continue to receive the high quality service that they have come to expect from us in the past 65 years with the addition of new, more comprehensive services,” said William E. Cromling III on behalf of the family ownership.

Paul Taveira, Chief Executive Officer of A&D Environmental said that the acquisition will benefit A&D associates and customers in several ways. “This acquisition expands the expertise, infrastructure, and services available to customers of both companies as the businesses are very complementary in terms of their geography and service offerings,” he said.

To learn more about The RossWay GroupSM click here.  To learn more about A&D Environmental Services, visit their website at www.adenviro.com.