Valued Chamber Partners
The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce offers several options when it comes to membership opportunities. In an effort to enhance your membership, we have created a tiered membership option. These membership levels include: Tiers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 Circle of Influence, and Board of Advisor.
Members of these select leadership groups share a common interest in influencing the direction and quality of Lima’s growth. These memberships expand our leadership base and provide valuable input.
Circle of Influence Member Profiles
AEP Ohio is focused on providing reliable affordable energy to our customers in a safe, effective manner. We also are committed to environmental protection and improvement consistent with providing electricity at a competitive price. AEP Ohio’s mission is to bring comfort to our customers, support business and commerce, and build strong communities. In Ohio, we provide power to more than 920 communities located in 61 of the state’s 88 counties. For more information about AEP Ohio, visit our website at aepohio.com.
Apollo Career Center
Apollo Career Center is a progressive high school and adult career technical training facility in Lima, Ohio that serves over 4,000 adults and 700 high school students on campus annually. Apollo offers 12 full-time adult programs, over 60 part-time adult career enhancement programs and hundreds of online courses that educate, train or re-train individuals to gain employment, increase skills and enrich lives. Apollo also provides customized trainings to area business and industry with the ability to conduct relevant training inside the classroom and outside Apollo walls based upon a company’s unique needs. Our skilled instructors will create individualized training programs in the areas of manufacturing, public safety, truck driving, office skills, among others. Apollo also has 22 career technical high school programs.
Apollo has been providing career technical and adult education training in this region since 1976. As a key training provider at the adult and high school levels, Apollo has been very involved in many of the initiatives that promote and support a skilled workforce for Lima/Allen County.
AT&T is investing in our Ohio communications networks, our people and local communities—all of which contribute to the state’s economy and quality of life. AT&T has invested more than $1.6 billion in Ohio between 2011 and 2013 and recently announced plans to invest billions under Project VIP to expand our wireless and wireline broadband networks across the country. This investment will support future Internet Protocol (IP) data growth, new services and local businesses. These investments encourage research, innovation and economic growth throughout Ohio as investments in broadband and wireless technologies are having a dramatic effect on jobs and the economy. Additionally, from 2009 through 2013, AT&T and its employees contributed more than $10.1 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs in Ohio.
Bluffton University is a residential, liberal arts campus in northwest Ohio with more than 85 undergraduate majors, minors and programs; adult degree-completion programs in organizational management and social work; and master’s degree programs in organizational management and business administration, including MBA programs with concentrations in leadership, health care management, accounting and financial management, leading nonprofits, conflict transformation, sustainable organizations, production and operations management, sport management and intercultural leadership, plus a self-designed concentration. Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton has an enrollment of about 1,100 students, along with 14 NCAA Division III athletics teams. Its 115-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service, which are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocation.
We know one of the keys to your business success is the strength and reliability of your communications network. CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the DIRECTV brand. CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit . A long-time supporter of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, CenturyLink values our partnership with the Chamber. We believe in investing in the communities we serve.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA is one of the top financial institutions in the United States and internationally. Our local Business Banking team alone consists of 20 people in the Lima/Allen County Market who are committed to our business customers and are driven to deliver the best financial solutions. Chase has six banking centers in the Lima/Allen County area, and is the area’s leading market shareholder with nearly $500,000,000 in deposits. We continue to have a strong commitment to the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and the customers we serve. Chase looks forward to partnering again with the Chamber in 2018.
Childers Media Group
Childers Media Group is a local radio and multi- media company that operates five radio stations and websites including “New Country” 92.1 The Frog, Classic Rock 104.9 “The Eagle”, Sports Radio 93.1 The Fan, Fun 107.1 and News/Talk 940 WCIT. The mission of Childers Media Group is to provide listeners and consumers with great content on both Music and Talk formats. Childers Media Group is incredibly engaged with our community, and we are proud to host and showcase the Annual St. Jude Benefit Concert each Spring at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center. Childers Media group broadcasts over 150 high school and local college sporting events annually, as well as serving over 2,500 families at Thanksgiving with groceries.
Citizens National Bank
Citizens National Bank is a community bank focused on small business. With eight locations, we service a 10 county area and are an approved administrator of SBA loan programs. We’re committed to providing technologically advanced banking with a local touch. “The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce provides great programming. Through sponsorships we’ve been able to provide hundreds of people with information about our products and prove our commitment to supporting Lima area businesses.”
Cowan Realtors consists of experts whose only job is to help you sell your home or buy the one that you want your family to call home. Our experience and knowledge of our industry coupled with a high level of professional service and repeat business with clients and corporate contacts, has positioned us as the top Real Estate Company in Lima and surrounding area for over 20 years. We believe it is our duty to give back to our community. We stay involved in business associations and charities in order to help our community stay a vibrant place to do business. Knowledge is our commodity, service is our expectation.
Since the 1930s, AM 1150 WIMA has been bringing Limaland the most local, up to date news, sports, and information of any broadcast media in the area. Since that time, T102, Mix 103.3, 93.9 Kiss FM, and 107.5 ZRX Lima’s Rock Station have been added to our family of stations to provide world class entertainment to the town we’re so proud to call home. We work hard to give voice to the important works being accomplished by the business community and the Lima/Allen Chamber of Commerce, and look forward to strengthening the relationships we’ve attained with our neighbor businesses
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.
Dominion practices environmental stewardship and contributes more than $20 million annually to the environment, education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Dominion’s strategy is to be a leading provider of electricity, natural gas and related services to customers in the energy-intensive Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S., a potential market of 50 million homes and businesses where 40 percent of the nation’s energy is consumed
Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bank and its 4 Allen County locations have a history of helping Lima area businesses since 1936 as we began as First Federal Bank of Lima. That commitment continues today and is demonstrated by our strong partnership with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. At Fifth Third Bank, we believe in strengthening communities by creating opportunities for our neighbors and business partners. The Chamber provides those opportunities through education and networking events, member benefits, and economic development advocacy. Fifth Third Bank looks forward to partnering with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce again in 2018.
First Federal Bank
First Federal Bank offers community banking, trust and wealth management services to over 68,000 households in three States, employs 572 trusted advisors and has 33 offices, including four offices in Allen County. Focused on local decision-making and a Customer First service culture, First Federal offers all the convenience of a large bank, with the personalized service of a small bank. First Federal Bank is excited to partner with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
HCF Management, Inc.
HCF Management, Inc.
Just as Lima Manor, Roselawn Manor, Shawnee Manor, Wapakoneta Manor, Burton’s Ridge Assisted Living and Heritage Health Care take care of the health and transitional care needs of our community, the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce enriches the Lima area’s business community. The Lima Chamber’s dedication, teamwork and commitment to excellence continues to be a strength of this community. Lima Manor, Roselawn Manor, Shawnee Manor, Wapakoneta Manor, Burton’s Ridge Assisted Living and Heritage Health Care are honored to be affiliated with this superb group.
Holiday Inn & Suites is Lima’s newest premier full service hotel featuring Kem’s Restaurant and Lounge. The hotel was opened in 2009. The Holiday Inn & Suites offers ultra modern guest rooms with amenities including an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room. There is a 24-hour business center with complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. In addition, the hotel has meeting and banquet space that can accommodate from 5 to 120 people with full catering services. The Holiday Inn & Suites is proud to be a Lima-Allen County Chamber member and look forward to a successful 2018 partnership.
Husky Lima Refinery
Since 1886, the Husky Lima Refinery has served as a cornerstone of the Allen County economy, based on the strength and dedication of our employees. We are proud of our association with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and consider it to be a valued partner in that long history of success.
Since assuming ownership in mid-2007, Husky Energy has completed major upgrades to the refinery, resulting in more efficient operation, increased crude oil capacity and improved safety and environmental performance. This work will ensure that the Lima Refinery continues to be a significant employer and proud supporter of local businesses for many years to come.
INEOS Lima Chemicals
INEOS (www.ineos.com) is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, and oil products. It comprises 18 businesses each with a major chemical company heritage. Its production network spans 67 sites in 16 countries throughout the world. The Lima facility has been operational since 1955 and employs about 200 including contractors. The plant is a major producer of Nitrile based products, including Acrylonitrile, Acetonitrile, and HCN that are used in everyday products such as fibers, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. A Culture of Prevention along with excellence in safety, health and environmental performance is our top priority.
Lima Memorial Health System
Lima Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization servicing a 10-county area of west central Ohio and includes more than 1,500 employees and 25 facilities. Founded in 1899 as Lima City Hospital, LMHS offers heart and vascular, cancer, women’s health, children’s and home health services, in addition to an extended network of primary care, pediatric and specialist physicians in the Lima Memorial Physician group. LMHS, an affiliate of ProMedica, is the third largest employer in Lima and expands its community of care by supporting health education and other community-minded initiatives throughout the region.
The Lima News and LimaOhio.com
The Lima News is a daily newspaper which has served Lima and West Central Ohio for over 125 years. The Lima News is owned by Civitas Media. The Lima News/LimaOhio.com reaches over 30,000 households and over 85,000 readers/unique visitors every day, and reach over 45% of all Allen County residents.
The Lima News also publishes the Marketplace, which is a weekly publication that is delivered to non-subscriber households. We also publish two monthly publications . . . the RealEstate Marketplace and Generations Magazine. The Lima News produces three glossy magazines . . . Salt, which publishes six times per year, the Wedding Planner and the West Central Ohio Medical Directory. The Lima News annually produces five Special Events including Lima Bride, the Real Wheels Classic Car Show, the Senior Living Expo, Ladies Night Out, and the Taste of Home Cooking Show and Expo. We also sponsor several “youth” recognition events including the Regional Spelling Bee, the Leaders of Tomorrow Program, and the Scholar Athlete of the Year Banquet. The Lima News also produces the area’s most visited website, LimaOhio.com, in addition to several specialty websites such as LimaOhioCars.com and LimaScores.co, the home for all high school sports information.
PPG Coatings Services – MetoKote Corporation
PPG Coatings Services – MetoKote Corporation is the world’s industry leader in the outsourced industrial services space as the largest global provider of coating application services and surface preparation. Specializing in electrocoat (e-coat), powder coat and liquid paint, MetoKote has served various industries for over 47 years. We currently employ nearly 2000 employees globally, servicing over 800 customers in 30 strategically located service centers located throughout North America and Europe. Unlike other coating facilities, PPG Coatings Services – MetoKote offers their own in-house equipment division that designs, builds and installs the coating equipment used in their operations enabling the most efficient production systems available.
MetoKote is proud to be a part of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Their commitment to the growth and success of the Lima community is evident in many of the leadership programs and business-building initiatives that they provide to the area
Ohio Northern University
Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University that distinctively combines nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Established in 1871, ONU has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 70 programs of study.
The Ohio State University at Lima:
The Ohio State University at Lima develops leaders and provides access to the resources and strength of the state’s top university. Ohio State Lima students earn their degrees from the No. 1 public university in the state, leveraging a Big 10 quality education, with the affordability of a regional campus. Offering 11 bachelor’s degree programs, four degree completion programs and access to the 200+ Ohio State majors taught by faculty who are leaders within their fields, our students find a unique campus spirit with a truly personalized academic experience.
PERRY proTECH is one of the largest privately held office technology dealers in the country. We utilize advanced technologies to help our clients manage the flow of information through networks, documents and office solutions so each client can focus on what they do best, running their business. PERRY proTECH is more than just a business partner, we are an employee owned, community driven organization dedicated to the success of those we serve.
Procter & Gamble
Companies like P&G are a force in the world. Our market capitalization is greater than the GDP of many countries and we serve consumers in more than 180 countries. With this stature comes both responsibility and opportunity. Our responsibility is to be an ethical corporate citizen – but our opportunity is something far greater, and it is embodied in our Purpose.
Our Purpose works to unify us in a common cause and growth strategy. It is powerful because it promotes a simple idea to improve more consumers’ lives in more parts of the world… more completely. While this statement defines our commercial opportunity, our culture reflects the broader opportunity of improving lives through and beyond our branded products and services.
Rhodes State College
Rhodes State provides career education programs, non-credit workforce development, and consulting for business and industry. With over 4,000 students, the College’s core institutional values of integrity, caring, responsibility, respect, and quality guide its policies and practices. The College’s net added income generated by its operations and spending of students contributes a total of $24.5 million to the annual regional income. In addition, the accumulated credits achieved by former students over the past 30 years translate to $152.4 million in added regional income each year due to the higher earnings of students and increased output of businesses.
Students can choose from 75 majors and certificate programs in Allied Health, Arts & Sciences, Business and Public Service, Information Technology/Engineering Technology, and Nursing. With the recent addition of the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, students can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with seamless transferability to a university.
As we continue to educate the regional workforce, Rhodes State College is proud to partner with the Chamber as it strives to improve the area’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Rudolph Foods sells pork rinds to nearly 30 countries around the world. In addition to being a proud member of the Lima/Allen County Community for over 57 years, the company has six other facilities in the United States and three international ventures. With nearly 450 employees globally, Rudolph Foods maintains its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, while expanding into new areas of the snack food industry.
Since 1963, Sheakley has helped employers remain focused on increasing profitability by providing cost saving programs and administrative relief for voluntary and mandated employee programs including Ohio workers’ compensation, safety/loss prevention, payroll administration, 401(k)/retirement plan services, flexible benefits, unemployment cost control, and all-inclusive human resource outsourcing solutions.
Over the last twenty years, Sheakley has had the pleasure of partnering with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce for their Ohio workers’ compensation group rating program. The Chamber has been instrumental in the success of this program exemplifying the qualities of professionalism and a strong commitment to their members. We look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving US military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 163 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, No Frills, Bag ‘n Save, Econofoods, and Dan’s Supermarket.
Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications Inc., a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.
Spherion of Lima, Inc.
The Spherion-Schulte Group, founded by Bob & Grace Schulte, has been providing quality recruiting and staffing services to Western Ohio businesses since 1962. As a locally-owned and operated company their focus and personalized approach to staffing has earned them a reputation of excellence among their customers. Spherion takes the time to understand your business, hiring criteria, workforce goals and the traits that make a candidate an ideal match for your opportunities. Partnering together, you’ll tap into a robust network of talent that knows us and trusts us. Spherion of Lima, Inc. is one of the largest franchises in the Spherion Corporation. Their highly respected franchise has the experienced personnel to provide you with high quality temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire and office professional employees.
Founded in 1946, Spherion® Staffing Services, is a recognized leader in workforce solutions. Annually, Spherion connects more than 160,000 talented individuals to companies seeking their unique skills – from light industrial and manufacturing, to administrative and clerical staff on a flexible, temp-to-hire and direct hire basis. Put the resources of a national staffing leader with a local focus to work for you! To learn more, visit www.applyohio.com or find us on Facebook at Spherion Lima Ohio.
St. Rita’s Health Partners
St. Rita’s Health Partners knows that being the leading provider of health care means being concerned about more than what happens inside the walls of the Medical Center. Being a member of the Chamber provides us with the opportunity to work in partnership with many other businesses in our community. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate in projects that make our community a great place to work and live.
Superior Credit Union
Superior Credit Union, headquartered in Lima, Ohio, is a full-service member-owned financial cooperative that serves members in 17 Northwest Ohio counties. Superior CU currently has 13 office locations serving over 60,000 members, with assets of over $575 million. Superior was recently named the 7th Best-Performing Credit Union in the United States by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Superior was the only credit union in Ohio named to this list. The credit union also provides consumer and mortgage loans, real estate services, brokerage services, insurance services, checking and savings accounts, and small business services and loans.
Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships
The Ahl Family has been selling cars for over 50 year here in Lima with a goal to give you a deal on a vehicle and service thereafter that is so good it’ll knock your socks off! While selling new Buicks, GMC’s Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, RAM’s and Hyundai’s at great prices with a Lifetime Warranty, Tom Ahl is known for his used car selection with great prices right on the window! With 4 lots here in Lima, Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships often is #4 in the State of Ohio in used car sales!
Tuttle Services, Inc.
Tuttle Services, Inc. is the parent company of Tuttle Construction, Inc. and Touchstone CPM, Inc. located in Lima, Ohio. Since its origin in 1928, Tuttle Construction, provides a wide range of construction services for the industrial, institutional, and commercial markets. Area clients Tuttle Construction has provided services to include: Husky Energy, Lima Ford Engine Plant, Honda of America, and PotashCorp. Tuttle Construction’s sister company, Touchstone CPM was formed in January 2003 to specifically fill the role for customers who need construction management services with a focus in Education and Healthcare projects. Since its inception, Touchstone CPM has partnered with numerous school districts throughout Ohio and healthcare facilities to manage the construction of building projects. Local Touchstone clients include: Lima Memorial Health System, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Apollo Career Center, Bath Local Schools, Elida Local Schools, Allen East Local School District, and Shawnee Local School District. Both organizations operate on a philosophy based on professional ethics and high standards which foster long-term business relationships. For more information, please visit: www.tuttlenet.com or www.touchstonecpm.com.
The Union Bank Company
The Union Bank Company is a locally owned and operated community bank, since 1904, and is proud to serve the Allen County Community. The Union Bank continually strives to meet the needs of individuals and businesses with competitive products and services. Whether you are a large company with multiple financial needs, a growing small business, or someone simply looking for a rewards checking account, we have the right products and services and the right people to assist you. The bank also offers investment products, treasury management services, private banking, online and mobile banking.
Celebrating over 112 years of community banking, The Union Bank Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ, UBOH news), and is headquartered in Columbus Grove, Ohio. The Union Bank Company serves Allen, Delaware, Hancock, Marion, Putnam, Sandusky, Van Wert and Wood counties with 15 convenient locations in Bowling Green, Columbus Grove, Delphos, Findlay, Gibsonburg, Kalida, Leipsic, Lewis Center, Lima, Marion, Ottawa and Pemberville. The Union Bank is looking forward to partnering with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce in 2018.
University of Northwestern Ohio
The University of Northwestern Ohio is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920. UNOH is located in Lima, Ohio, and the campus is situated on 200 acres. There are five colleges within the university: College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, and the Graduate College. UNOH is a co-ed campus and has taught students from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries, and currently has more than 4500 students enrolled from 40 states and 30 foreign countries. At UNOH there is no out-of-state tuition. UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, and Diploma programs. The University is known worldwide as a leader in the Automotive, Diesel, and High Performance industries, but also offers degree programs in Business, Health, Marketing, Information Technology, Robotics, and many other fields of study. The University of Northwestern Ohio also offers a variety of athletics including Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Tennis Golf, Bowling, and Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Baseball, Women’s Softball, and six Co-Ed Motorsports teams. For more information, visit www.unoh.edu
Wannemacher Total Logistics
Wannemacher Total Logistics has transformed from a trucking company into a company that provides many different logistical and packaging services to their customers. Wannemacher currently has over 1,500,000 square feet of warehouse space in Lima including climate controlled space, a spray drying facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio as well as a honey processing facility in Van Wert, Ohio. Wannemacher continues to grow and expand as they currently employ 145.
Wannemacher Total Logistics is proud of our association with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce and consider it to be a valued partner. For more information visit their website www.wanntl.com.
Your Hometown Lima Stations:
Your Hometown Lima Stations and Block Communications are proud of our unique position in the broadcast field. Lima, Ohio is the only television market in the country with all 4 major network affiliates under one ownership umbrella. The flagship station WLIO, which is our NBC affiliate celebrated 60 years serving the West Central Ohio viewing area in 2013. We are not only committed to bringing quality news, sports, and entertainment to our viewers but also creating an opportunity for our many advertising partners to grow their business. That philosophy along with the help of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is essential for a strong local economy.
2016 Tier Members
Citizens National Bank
First Federal Bank
Superior Credit Union
The Lima News
Trinity Highway Products
Fifth Third Bank
Holiday Inn & Suites/Kem’s Restaurant
Huntington National Bank
ServiceMaster ‘At Your Service’
The Union Bank Company
Buckeye Anesthesia Services
Tomorrows Technology Today
Board of Advisors:
To learn about more about the benefits available to these membership levels and how your business can become a member of one of our elite levels, contact Cindy Tenwalde at 419.222.6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.