New car sales rise in '12
According to figures recently released by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, sales of new cars and trucks in the group's 21-county region rose about 3.2 percent in 2012 from 2011 to 208,099 vehicles.
Sales in the group's region also were considerably higher than the 2009 low of 151,798. Leading the sales was Ford, followed by Chevrolet, Honda, Toyota and Kia.
Meanwhile, national overall vehicle sales in 2012 reached 14.4 million, a five-year high and the third straight year of an approximately 10 percent annual increase. The National Automobile Dealers Association expects sales for 2013 to reach 15.4 million, up 7 percent.
Edward Jones ranks high
Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 8 on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013 for its 14th appearance on the prestigious list, according to local financial advisers Brady Krebs and Laura Radcliff.
Edward Jones' rankings also include top 10 finishes for 10 years and consecutive No. 1 ratings in 2002 and 2003.
Currently, Edward Jones has 4,630 positions available throughout the country, mostly financial advisers and branch office administrators.
Alzheimer's training set
The local Home Instead Senior Care office will help Portage County families manage the challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Free training for families caring for these older adults is available through a workshop scheduled for Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at Independence Village at 505 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora.
"Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution," said Therese Kovatch, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. "The training we're offering to families is the same as for our professional care givers."
For more information about the workshop, call Home Instead Senior Care at 330-995-1522 or 330-297-1700. Additional resources can be found at www.HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.
Operations under way at
big Brimfield Twp. facility
Operations at the Newell Rubbermaid distribution center on the western border of Brimfield has begun, according to Rubbermaid spokeswoman Hannah Van Malssen.
In preparation for the facility's opening, Rubbermaid trained employees on the equipment, which is a combination of existing machinery from the previous facility and new equipment specific to the expanded storage and distribution capabilities at Brimfield's new center, Van Malssen said.
The 807,000-square-foot facility employs about 175 people, which includes workers who transferred from the Wooster distribution center, which closes in March.
Van Malssen would not comment about how many jobs transferred from Wooster to Brimfield, but said that Rubbermaid accommodated any employee who wanted a position at the new building.
The $25 million warehouse off Mogadore Road near Interstate 76 in the Commerce Industrial Park is the largest facility under one roof in Portage County.
-- Rachael Hagenbaugh,
Chamber activities ahead
Aurora Chamber of Commerce's "State of the Chamber" luncheon will be today (Jan. 23) at 11:30 a.m. at Doogan's.
The Chamber's scholarship committee will meet Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. and the economic development committee will meet at noon.
City officials will discuss the "State of the City" at a Chamber luncheon Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at sa site to be determined.
Portage County Development Board will have an industrial roundtable Feb. 23 at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna.