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!

ADDITIONALLY…

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

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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

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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.

Introducing The RossWay Group℠

Local family business owners, Maureen, William II, Jon and William Cromling III, are proud to introduce The RossWay GroupSM, a new brand name to identify their growing business enterprises.

The Cromlings are the owners of several well-known Lorain County companies, including the Ross Group of companies (Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.); and the ReTech Group of companies (ReTech Plastics and ReTech Steel, LLC); as well as the Ross Foundation, Inc.  They are also the owners of A&D Environmental Services, Inc. based in High Point, NC.

“Over the past few years, the family’s business enterprises have grown to include several groups of companies. As a result, we wanted to find a way to connect and describe these businesses for our associates, customers and community. We wanted to develop a unifying brand for all of our businesses, that reflects the values of the family ownership,” explained Maureen Cromling.

As a result, they selected the brand name of The RossWay GroupSM.

William Cromling, II said that careful consideration was given to the selection of the brand name.

“The Ross family name is well recognized in the community and in our marketplace. It has come to be associated with the values of integrity, innovation and commitment which have been passed through our family to our businesses, from our associates to our customers and from our businesses to our community. They have become the “Ross Way” of doing business,” he said.

Jon Cromling added, “The RossWay GroupSM is a brand name that not only recognizes how we do business today but also reflects how we will continue to conduct ourselves. These are values that wehave built in into our existing businesses and we want to instill into any new businesses that we may acquire or launch in the future.”

In addition to selecting a brand name to characterize the businesses, they also developed a short tag line, which talks about their commitment to family business ownership now and in the future: “Family Owned, Future FocusedSM.”

“We are very proud to be family business owners. Family business ownership is one of the backbones of our economy. As business owners, we have a unique responsibility to ensure that our businesses work now and in the future to serve our customers, provide a great place to work for our associates and make a difference in our community,” said William Cromling, III.

Both the brand name and the tag line are incorporated into a logo which will be utilized by all of the affiliated companies in the family’s enterprises.

“Going forward, you will see this logo, name and tag line in conjunction with the names of the companies in this enterprise and know that they share these common values and share a way of doing business that is at the core of our companies and family,” William Cromling, III added.

RTS Reaches 8 Years Zero LTAs

RTS TruckRoss Transportation Services, Inc. had a goal to reach eight years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents in the second quarter of its fiscal year in 2015.

On March 14, 2015, RTS reached this milestone. This is the FIRST TIME they have reached this goal since they began tracking this metric.

Chris Fada, General Manager of RTS, had this to say: “One of our values as a company is that nothing is more important than the safety of our people. This is an easy thing to say, but it takes commitment from an entire organization to really bring it to life.”

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