Baker’s Collision Repair Obtains Air Quality Bond Funding

Baker’s Collision Repair receives bond financing to improve air quality

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) recently approved bond financing totaling $2.9 million for two northern Ohio companies to support their sustainable growth. They include Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists, which will receive bond financing of up to $100,000 and a small business grant of up to $20,000 through the Clean Air Resource Center (CRAC).

Baker’s is a third-generation, family-owned body shop located at 595 Fifth Ave. at Mansfield. The project will support the growth of the small business by including the replacement of a 26-year-old spray booth with the installation of a new booth, as well as a custom mix room and vestibule. Baker’s Collision Repair also plans to add two jobs and preserve 36 additional positions with support from the OAQDA.

This is Baker’s second project with the OAQDA, reinforcing their commitment to being an eco-friendly body shop. The new paint booth features an air filtration system with three-stage intake filters, a roof-integrated mechanical exhaust configuration, and fire suppression equipment. These new features will help minimize pollutants that can leach into the air during the auto repair process.

JAM Best One Fleet Service in Toledo has been approved for up to $2.8 million under the Air Quality Improvement Program (CAIP). The project involves merging and relocating two JAM sites in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan into vacant industrial property in Toledo. JAM plans to add 40 to 50 additional jobs, as well as maintaining 150 current positions.

Ohio Eye Associates offers free eye exams for K-12 students

Ohio Eye Associates, 466 S. Trimble Road in Mansfield, will conduct free eye exams for K-12 students from 3-7 p.m. July 6. No appointment is necessary.

There will also be discounted packages on glasses and second pairs as well as raffles.

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Lieutenant Governor Husted to Speak at Upcoming Local Manufacturing Forum

The Regional Manufacturing Coalition, representing Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox and Richland counties, will host a manufacturing forum on July 29 at the Gorman Rupp Training Center. Lt. Governor Jon Husted will lead a fireside chat about manufacturing in Ohio and our workforce.

The event begins with networking at 7:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 8 a.m.

Anyone with questions should email Jeff Miller at [email protected] or call 419-884-2164.

Phillips Tube Group hosts the 17th Annual Ralph Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament

Each year, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts members volunteer for the Ralph Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament, handing out goody bags and helping with door prizes at the dinner.

SHELBY — The 17th annual Ralph Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament was held June 16 at Shelby Crossing. The golf tournament provides support for youth in North Central Ohio, including the Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Council, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, and Junior Achievement.

Twenty-eight teams participated in the tournament. The winning team was the Fraternal Order of Eagles team. Joe Javurek captured a hole-in-one on the 12th hole.

This year, the event honoring the memory of Phillips Tube Group founder Ralph Phillips raised more than $25,000 to support youth programs in North Central Ohio.