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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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!

RTS Reaches 4 Million Safe Driving Miles

Ros Transportation ServicesIn the United States, there are approximately four million miles of roads.  Recently, Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) achieved the milestone of safely traveling on the equivalent of every road in the United States!

“Safety and professionalism have always been the hallmark of RTS. Our drivers, technicians and office staff exemplify these traits every day. I am unbelievably proud of our associates and what they do. RTS has the best there are. My thanks to them all.”  Bill Cromling III, President of RTS

RTS reached four million safe driving miles as a fleet by averaging 2,740 miles per day over the last four years.  This is the equivalent of driving from Cleveland, Ohio to the tip of Florida and back seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for four years.  These represent the consecutive miles driven without an RTS driver being at fault in any crashes.

“My appreciation goes out to each and every one of our drivers.  They are the men and women behind the wheel for up to 11 hours a day dealing with orange barrels, weather, traffic and other motorists.  They work irregular times with a fluid schedule.  They are responsible for dealing with all of the challenges a regular driver faces on a daily basis in addition to a 53 foot long trailer loaded with hazardous waste.  They manage all of these challenges and then must represent the Ross Group wherever they go.  These 14 individuals always do it in a professional and respectable manner.  So, thank you and congratulations to:

Duane Asmus
Rachel Atwell
Ron Berkel
Don Bestor
Lew Eaton
Rick Gregg
Jim Hall
Larry Haws
Jacob MacKeigan
Jon Nagy
Dave Parsons
Steve Smith
Dave Teleha
Jerry White

Next time you see a driver, please congratulate them for helping us to continue to be the safest transportation company in our industry,” Chris Fada, RTS General Manager.

Safety is, and always will be, the number one priority at the Ross Group of companies.

Ross Foundation, Inc. donates $21,500

The Grafton Splash Station opened in July of 2014 and provides free summer time fun for the entire Grafton Midview community to enjoy.

The Splash Station was built by the Village of Grafton in North Park, located off of Novak Road and Elm Street. They have made a long-term commitment to maintaining and running the Splash Station. Fundraising support for the project has been spearheaded by the Grafton-Midview Kiwanis, who are committed to continued support in the future.

Now, the Kiwanis and Village of Grafton are getting some help from a local foundation that is encouraging other businesses and organizations to support the project.

The Ross Foundation, Inc. is donating $21,500 to sponsor the construction of a Water Sluice Flow Lab Toy in the Splash Station. The Flow Lab Toy is designed for use by young children and encourages interactive play through a series of knobs and buttons which children push or turn to make water squirt out of the toy.

On Tuesday, November 18, the Ross Foundation, Inc. presented a check for $21,500 to the Village of Grafton. The check was for a grant to the Village and the Grafton-Midview Kiwanis for the purchase of an additional water feature for the Grafton Splash Station.

Jon Cromling, member of the Board of Directors of the Ross Foundation, presented the grant and said, ” The Splash Station is a wonderful asset to the community. Today, more than ever, we need to provide outdoors activities for our children that will enable them to lead healthy and active lives. This is an investment in family wellness as the park will provide for countless hours of fun, healthy outdoor activity for children.”

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Pictured here are (left to right): Gregg Miller of the Kiwanis, Jon Cromling, Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan and members of the Grafton-Midview Kiwanis who attended the Village Council meeting.

The Water Sluice Flow Lab Toy will be added to the Splash Station in the Spring of 2015.

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in contributing toward the purchase of additional water toys can contact Grafton Village Administrator Alyson Moritz at 440-926-2401 or Gregg Miller of the Grafton-Midview Kiwanis at (440) 926-0302.

For more information about the Ross Foundation please visit: Ross Foundation