CANTON, OHIO (April 28, 2010)Altercare of Ohio, Inc., one of five 2010 Business Excellence Award winners, took home top honors as Business of the Year at this year’s Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton, presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 27, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark. Altercare of Ohio, Inc. is a family-owned skilled nursing and rehabilitation company started by Sue and Gerald Schroer in 1973. The company operates 17 rehabilitation and nursing care facilities in Ohio and one in Michigan, with six located in Stark County. The company provides physical, occupational and speech therapy care, and post-acute medical services. In 2009, Absolute Health Services and Altercare of Ohio, Inc. entered into a lease agreement with Maple Street Commerce LLC to develop 57,000 square feet in the space previously known as the Hoover plant to accommodate Altercare’s recent growth. The new location on Maple Street integrates the companies’ management, financial, operational, information technology, supply, purchasing and distribution services. Other Business Excellence Award winners honored at the event included Grabowski & Company, Jülz by Alan Rodriguez, Kimble Transfer and Recycling and The Knoch Corporation. The Business Excellence Awards committee, chaired by Ronald Manse, managing partner of Bruner-Cox LLP, selected this year’s winners. Selections were made on the basis of business and employment growth, expansion of operations/efficiencies, consistent outstanding customer service, investments in capital improvements, innovation/expansion of product line(s), responsiveness to business and industry challenges and adversity and consistent community involvement. The 2010 Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton were sponsored by Bruner-Cox, LLP, Community One Credit Union Inc., Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, The Repository and Stark State College.