CANTON, OH (April 13, 2011) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2011 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton. This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include Buxton Roofing, Inc., Hospitalists Management Group, Leo Dick & Sons, Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc., Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. and Vasco Asphalt. All six Business Excellence Award winners will be honored with a Business Excellence Award and one will also receive the Business of the Year Award. The Business of the Year recipient will be announced during the awards dinner on Tuesday, May 3. The Business Excellence Award committee also selected Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs for a Committee’s Choice Award.
About the 2011 Business Excellence Award Winners
Buxton Roofing, Inc. is a locally owned and operated company located in Canton. They provide professional roofing services to commercial, industrial and residential customers across Northeast Ohio. With over 30 years in business, they have the experience and expertise develop a roofing programs for any budget or need. The company has three divisions: Commercial Roofing, Residential/Shingle Division and Repair/Maintenance Division. Buxton Roofing has grown from a single five-man crew to more than 35 employees, and they expect a 50 percent growth in sales and employment in 2011 despite the current economic climate. The company’s core mission is to concentrate on maintenance repair and replacement work through property managers, shopping centers, hospitals, industrial facilities that have significant roof inventories. The company has also developed an in house call center to pursue new customers and they are currently hiring five additional sales professionals for their Residential/Shingle division in order to grow into the Akron, Medina, Stow, Hudson regions of Northeast Ohio. They have invested in their Canton facility, adding a complete sheet metal shop that brought new jobs to the community. They are the only contractor in our region with the capability to produce commercial apron gutter for customers, eliminating leaks that come from typical 10 foot joints in shop fabricated gutters. The company utilizes satellite technology for roof measurement in commercial and residential projects, ensuring efficient and accurate project estimating. The largest recent expansion is the development of the Roof Asset Management program (R.A.M.), a custom web application that allows customers to see digitally all of their facility’s roofing information – from property overviews and compositions to pictures, proposals and warranties. The company believes in responsible corporate citizenry, having donated $16,000 in roofing to GlenOak High School’s new sports stadium concession and restroom building. Other donations include Perry Township Parks, repairs to area churches, including First Christian Church. The company is a member of Versico’s Excalibur Group and has been awarded Versico’s prestigious Gold Metal Quality Award for 2008 and 2009, an honor only a few Ohio contractors are bestowed. They are a member of CertainTeed’s Professional Roofer Advisory Council and were among the Top 10 in the nation for CertainTeed Shingle roof installations and the number one installer in Ohio in 2008 and 2009.
Hospitalists Management Group (HMG) was founded in 1999 by Stephen Houff, M.D. Houff was at the forefront of the hospitalist program movement when, as a solo inpatient practitioner in 1993, he implemented a single-site hospitalist program at The Ohio State University Hospitals East. His experience and program development at OSU led him to create HMG, a nationwide turnkey provider of hospitalist services, and he chose to base the company in Canton, Ohio. Hospitalists are physicians that work within hospitals and long‐term, acute‐care facilities. These physicians do not keep office hours – they focus only on the cases at hand and refer discharged patients back to their local primary care physicians. Hospitalists free local physicians to focus on their outpatient care rather than emergencies. HMG physicians have a track record for improving quality, introducing new processes that make facilities more efficient and enhancing patient satisfaction results. HMG has grown dramatically over the last decade, and significantly in 2010. Today, the company has a presence in 18 states in 60 medical facilities, which encompasses 600 employees. HMG team members care for more than 500,000 patients a year. The company is known for its focus on education and innovation. Physicians who join HMG receive extensive web‐based training before coming to Canton for a two‐day, intensive orientation program. They also are required to complete ongoing training while employed by HMG. HMG had a milestone year in 2010. First, it grew the number of hospital clients from 48 to 60 in one year. 2011 is shaping up to be another year of tremendous growth. In Canton, its employee base grew 20 percent from 40 employees to 51 in 2011. The company continues to add hospitals around the country because it delivers on its key value propositions. The efficiencies HMG brings to hospitals helps primary care physicians expand their office‐based practices so they can see more patients. This approach helps everyone – from the patient to the doctor to the local hospital. Communities benefit when people have strong health care systems in place.
Leo Dick & Sons got its start in the fall of 1922 when Leo A. Dick, an out of work machinist, decided to start a new food business. With the help of a friend and a recipe for preparing horseradish, he assembled the machinery to manufacture and bottle the fresh grated condiment. He sold his jars, from his overcoat, door to door, until a truck was needed to make deliveries. With the help of his two sons, Paul A. Dick and Bernard H. Dick, the family added products and grew their business, working out of several garages behind their home near downtown Canton. Today the company buys and takes title to over 7,000 specialty and natural food products, representing over 300 major manufacturers. Leo Dick & Sons warehouses, delivers, markets, and merchandises these products to supermarkets, specialty stores, farm markets, and boutiques all over the country, with a primary focus on Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, and Northern Kentucky. While their signature products, Dick’s Pure Horseradish, Dick’s Red Beet Horseradish, Dick’s Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Dick’s Horseradish Mustard, Dick’s Seafood Sauce and Dick’s Tartar Sauce, are nearest their hearts, these products comprise less than one and a half percent of overall food sales. The company has grown from five employees in 1975 to 45 employees today. While consolidation inside the food industry has limited growth for many distributors of food products, the company has expanded their territory and developed new customers, focusing on major metro and cosmopolitan cities such as Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Cleveland. While 80 percent of the company’s revenues are derived from sources outside of Stark County, Leo Dick & Sons operates here because of a strong sense of dedication to their community. During their 89 year history, the company has invested heavily in capital improvements locally, investing in their main office and 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse facility on Cherry Avenue and 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse on McKinley Avenue, leasing space in a third location as needed. A new company, LA Dick Imports, LLC was established to import and distribute wines from Europe. Today, the company imports over 19 exclusive Italian wines varietals from Northern and Central Italy. The food company has focused on actively searching out the newest and most innovative food and non-food products from all over the world, addressing current and future trends in culinary cuisines, special dietary needs, and seasonal needs of today’s discriminating consumer.
The history of the Morgan Engineering Company begins well over 150 years ago with a man born an ocean away in Wales, and continues to this day thanks to a man born right in the company’s backyard in Alliance, Ohio. In 2010, Company President Mark Fedor bought the company outright, returning the plant to local ownership. Fedor is an Alliance native who attended Alliance High School and went to college at The University of Akron. He first came to Morgan Engineering in 1997 in the role of sales/project engineer. He returned in 2005 as president with a vision for growth. Morgan Engineering is well known throughout the world as the leading designer of overhead electric traveling cranes, a holder of thousands of patents and designs, and manufacturer of more than 22,000 cranes. In addition to custom overhead cranes for aluminum companies, steel mills, electric power plants, refuse facilities, container handling and general industry, Morgan manufactures equipment such as transfer cars, ladles, scrap buckets, presses, manipulators and most large fabrications. Morgan Engineering maintains 520,000 square feet of manufacturing space under roof on 60 acres in Stark County. Since taking the helm, Fedor has grown employees from 24 to 106 and the plant currently runs three shifts. Morgan Engineering has invested in upgraded machine tool technology that enhances manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness. For example, the company made a $1 million controls upgrade to its Ingersoll‐Rand planer mill, making it the largest planer mill east of the Mississippi. The company has introduced new automation techniques that manage the man‐to‐machine interface of overhead cranes. Company engineers are applying 3‐D vision systems to overhead cranes – a first in the industry. The company acquired Blau‐Knox/Heppenstall, a company that creates below‐the‐hook equipment that works with overhead cranes, and moved it from New York to Ohio. This acquisition brought new manufacturing to Stark County, added five employees to Morgan and gave the company a new product line to sell. In 2010, the company experienced a record sales year. The most significant way that Morgan Engineering demonstrates its commitment to the community is by using subcontractors located in Stark County. In 2010 alone, the company invested nearly $20 million – new dollars from sales to foreign customers – on subcontracted services from companies in Alliance, North Canton, Massillon and Canton.
Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. was founded in February 1997 by Paul and Michelle Siegfried. After Paul had worked for McDonald’s Corporation for 25 years, he and his wife bought two McDonald’s franchises in Avon and Avon Lake, Ohio. In March 2007, they sold their first two restaurants and purchased 10 restaurants from Cicchini Enterprises. Later in the same year, the couple purchased two more. The Siegfrieds take a partnership approach to running their business with Paul focusing on the operations of the restaurants and Michelle responsible for office and administrative departments. In the restaurants, a hierarchy of supervisors, restaurant managers and shift mangers are crucial to the success of each McDonald’s, and indeed the organization as a whole. Kathryn Siegfried serves as vice president of operations. Siegfried Enterprises has increased sales in their 12 restaurants by over 25% since 2007 and employs approximately 450 people. In 2010, the organization continued the expansion of its drive-thru’s by installing multiple order points with tandem order taking points at the McDonald’s on Mahoning Rd., and double lane drive thru’s at the Harmont Ave., Cleveland Ave., and Portage/Sunset Strip locations. In 2010, Siegfried Enterprises undertook a $3.5 million investment project including a rebuild at Harmont Ave., opening the new location on Oct. 25, 2010. In addition, they underwent a massive remodel project at the Portage/Sunset Strip location and the Cleveland Ave. location, giving each store a whole new dining room and exterior. Both remodeled locations reopened completely in December 2010.
Vasco Asphalt is a leader in commercial excavating and asphalt paving in Stark County, serving as a full service construction company that can handle all excavating, paving and seal coating needs. No paving job is too big or small; Vasco will pave anything from large commercial parking lots to pot-hole patching. The company was founded in the 1960s with just three employees. Today the company has 55 employees and averages $14 million in annual sales. In 2000, Michael Vinton became the sole owner of the company. Vasco purchased 6.5 acres in the Massillon Development Foundation commercial park, building corporate offices on the land in 2002. Major capital improvements and upgrades include new state of the art equipment and support trucks. Under Vinton’s leadership and thanks to his love of tennis and other sports, Vasco has a nationally-recognized sports construction company, a leader in Turf Field, Tennis Court, and Track construction, Basketball Courts, Walking Paths, Grass Fields, and Baseball Fields. In fact, the company has built many outstanding facilities locally, including Fawcett Stadium turf project, Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium indoor and outdoor turf projects, Don Scott track and North Canton Hoover track project. Other large scale projects include The Woody Hayes Practice Facility and the French Field House at The Ohio State University, Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan and Schenly Oval Sportsplex in the City of Pittsburgh. In 2006, Vasco launched a new company division, FlexStar Track and Tennis Court Surfacing, in a concerted effort to grow their sports construction and surfacing business into greater Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. In 2008, Vasco purchased Nidy Sports Construction in Sanford, Fla., to generate growth in Florida and surrounding southern states. Vasco is a member of the American Sports Builders Association. They have made numerous achievements in recent years, and 2010 was the strongest financial year in their history.
About the 2011 Committee’s Choice Award Winner
Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery and Signs is a family business, established in 1998 by Mike and Bonnie Fall. The company began with a focus on engraving work, vinyl letters, trophies, banners and nametags. In 2009 disaster struck – a fire destroyed the business and the family’s home. They lost everything. After two months of displacement and uncertainty, the company started putting the pieces back together one step at a time. They secured a new storefront and new machinery and have come out of the disaster stronger than ever. In their 12-year history, they have grown from $40,000 in sales to more than $280,000 in sales and have added numerous staff members. Still in the heart of downtown Massillon, Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs is a “one stop logo shop” located at 32 Lincoln Way East, just three doors down from the original location. Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery & Signs is focused on adding new products and product lines, and they have an ever-expanding variety of products for business, school, home, office or non-profit. They create artwork, logo designs, vinyl graphics, signs, promotional items, menus, business cards and more. They also provide custom work for awards, including plaques, trophies, ribbons and medals. They provide discounted services to schools in every corner of Stark County, supporting bands, sports teams and other educational organizations.
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. Honorees of this year’s Business Excellence Awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tuesday, May 3, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton. Tickets are $48. Visit CantonChamber.org or contact Rosie Kurtz at (330) 458-2085 to register. Registrations must be made by April 28. The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors: Bruner-Cox LLP, Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law, KeyBank, The Repository and Stark State College.