Construction and Building, Education and Schools, Free News Articles

Spencerville Local Schools expects to save more than $51,000 annually through project with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Spencerville Local Schools is partnering with Energy Optimizers, USA, to upgrade its lighting systems to LEDs, a move that is expected to save the district more than $51,000 annually.

Energy Optimizers, USA, is upgrading the interior and exterior lighting systems in both the district's K-12 and administrative buildings to the more highly efficient LEDs. The lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy than the systems being replaced. LEDs can last up to 20 years, which translates into a measurable reduction in maintenance and equipment costs.

LED lighting also offers a quality of light that is very close to natural sunlight, which creates a more comfortable environment for reading. And because it does not have the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, it is an ideal lighting system for special needs classrooms.

"This is great news for our students and our community," said Spencerville Superintendent Dennis Fuge. "We are going to significantly cut our energy costs and improve our learning environments essentially overnight, and we are going to do it all without cost to our local taxpayers."

The majority of the work will be funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project are met or exceeded.

"Projects like these are a very simple and effective means for school districts to save taxpayer dollars, conserve natural resources and provide students with insight into in-demand careers in the STEM fields," said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "These are tangible investments in the future that will pay returns to the entire community."

According to Smith, the energy saved will be equivalent to removing 78 cars off the road or preserving 119 acres of trees.

Students will also benefit from the creation of a "Green Team." The partnership also includes developing a district-wide Energy Education & Awareness Program that will involve students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district - such as recycling, creating a district-wide energy management program and integrating educational materials into the classrooms that will assist the teachers in educating the students on energy and the environment - while being aligned with the state testing standards.

The district Green Team will also include scholarships for participating students.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs.

The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Education and Schools, Free News Articles, Green Business, HVAC Heating and Cooling

South Central Local Schools saves more than $104,000 in utility costs through partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- South Central Local Schools' bid to reduce costs by improving energy efficiency has saved the district more than $104,000 in utility costs over a three-year period, Energy Optimizers, USA, has found.

In May of 2013, the district partnered with Energy Optimizers, USA, to retrofit its lighting systems with lower wattage fluorescents and to make energy efficient upgrades to the district's kitchens.

Prior to the project, the district spent approximately $127,000 annually on energy expenses. Three years after the project's completion, annual utility costs are coming in at $101,450 and electrical consumption is down 31.3 percent. The savings are normalized for weather.

"We have accomplished exactly what we set out to do-improve our learning environments while lowering our operational costs," said South Central Local Treasurer Chris Warrick. "Thanks to our partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, we are able to make a better investment by redirecting our dollars from our utilities to our classrooms."

The majority of the work was funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make its cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project were met or exceeded. The energy savings were guaranteed by Energy Optimizers, USA, for three years.

"Every project is an opportunity for our team to find simple but effective solutions that help our clients reduce their costs, improve the quality of lighting and comfort in their buildings, and save the environment," said Julie Birchfield, Energy Optimizers, USA, Customer Outreach Manager. "South Central Local's leadership seized an opportunity to invest in the future and it is paying excellent dividends. That's a return on an investment that was made at no additional cost to the community."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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The East End Enlightenment Expo – A New Event to Celebrate Akron’s East End

AKRON, Ohio -- 4Es Outreach today announced the East End Enlightenment Expo, a brand new event located in the Historic Goodyear Hall that will include Vendors, Presenters, and Readers from all walks of life. Come join us for a great time filled with music, learning, and joy!

The event will take place on September 15 and 16, 2017. Friday night is Preview Night with a special presentation by local musician and teacher, Chris Reynolds. Doors open at 4 p.m., and entry is $25 per person. Friday Night VIP access includes: Wine and Cheese reception, Swag Bags, Early access to Vendor Space and Labyrinth, Entry for Saturday, and much more.

Doors open on Saturday at 11 a.m. Entry is $5 per person and includes: Access to Vendor Space and Labyrinth, Ability to schedule one-on-one readings with our talented Psychic Mediums and Healers, Free lectures, and much more.

There is plenty of FREE PARKING and there will be a variety of food vendors.

"As a long-time resident of Goodyear Heights, I am excited about all of the changes that have been taking place on the East End and look forward to the opportunity to showcase it to the rest of Northeast Ohio," says Iris Matos, CEO of 4Es Outreach.

CFO Stephanie Allison adds "It is an honor to be involved in this groundbreaking institution of education and to assist all who are seeking guidance with their spiritual journey. I am excited to the see evolution of this event and its impact on the community."

To learn how to purchase tickets or become a vendor, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/4esoutreach.

About 4Es Outreach:

4Es Outreach is an Akron, Ohio-based Non-Profit Organization, whose mission is to provide opportunities for education and outreach to help people along their spiritual path, whatever form it may take. 4Es Outreach was launched in June 2017 by Iris Matos and Stephanie Allison to help facilitate more connections between people, and celebrate all we have in common. To learn more visit https://www.facebook.com/4esoutreach, or call us at 330-475-6277.

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Iris Matos
4Es Outreach
Tel. 330-475-6277
Email: 4esoutreach@gmail.com

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Business, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Product Launches

Hedstrom Fitness Launches the Next Generation in Balance Training – Introducing the BOSU NexGen Balance Trainer

ASHLAND, Ohio -- Hedstrom Fitness is thrilled to announce their newest addition to the BOSU(R) line of products, the BOSU(R) NexGen(TM) Balance Trainer.

The original BOSU(R) was the pioneer in bringing Balance Training to the forefront of functional training and the smart textured surface of the new BOSU(R) NexGen(TM) will enhance and change the way it's used dramatically. The BOSU(R) NexGen(TM) Balance Trainer features a textured dome surface that includes four "quadrants," two textured "channels" and the "logo impression on the dome.

The textured markings allow for precise body positioning and cueing for cardio, agility, strength, core, balance and mobility exercises and drills. The texture also allows for enhanced grip with either hands or feet on the dome.

"The BOSU has become a staple in most gyms, studios and facilities over the past 15 years. We are so excited to now bring trainers and pros a new and truly innovative version of this evergreen product," said Nate Logan, Director of Business Development for Hedstrom Fitness.

The BOSU(R) NexGen(TM) Balance Trainer keeps all the integrity of the original product, as the design structure remains the same. The difference is the textured dome.

"This design change is arguably the biggest innovation for BOSU since the product was invented. It allows for more precise placement of hands and feet, which improves exercise technique and form and, ultimately, results," said Candice Brooks, Hedstrom Fitness and BOSU(R) Programming & Master Trainer Team Director.

The BOSU(R) NexGen Balance Trainer and all BOSU(R) products are available at https://www.bosu.com/.

About Hedstrom Fitness:
Hedstrom Fitness is a division of Ball, Bounce and Sport, Inc., one of the nation's premier manufacturers, distributors and marketers of play and sports balls with more than 400 employees and distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Ashland, Ohio, Hedstrom Fitness is the licensee of BOSU(R) Fitness, LLC and Manufacturer and Distributor of BOSU(R) Products.

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Springfield Local Schools to save more than $82,000 annually through partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Springfield Local School District is poised to launch an energy efficiency project with Energy Optimizers, USA that will save the district more than $82,000 in utility and operational costs annually.

Starting in August 2017, work will begin to upgrade the district's interior and exterior lighting, boilers and boiler controls, and kitchen equipment with more energy efficient systems. This energy efficiency project will include work at Springfield High School, Schrop Intermediate, and Spring Hill and Young Elementary Schools. LED lighting retrofits will be installed in the stadium restrooms.

In addition, Energy Optimizers, USA will provide a three-year energy management and monitoring service agreement to ensure that systems are running as efficiently as possible. This project is expected to yield a savings of more than $82,000 annually, which will enable the district to pay off the $775,000 project in just over 13 years.

"We are building for the future by making smarter use of our energy and our operational dollars," said Springfield Local Superintendent Chuck Sincere. "We will reduce our energy use and cut our utility bills, all without cost to our local taxpayers. The money we save will go right back into serving our students. That's a win for our community all the way around."

The project will be funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project are met or exceeded. The energy savings will be guaranteed by Energy Optimizers, USA, and the district and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will receive an annual report verifying the savings.

"Springfield Local is taking the lead in securing a better future for students by conserving resources and funding to meet the needs of the 21st century classroom," said Greg Smith, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA. "Students and staff will benefit from better quality lighting and improved balance in temperatures throughout their buildings.

The partnership includes developing a district-wide Energy Education & Awareness Program, or "green teams," that will include the participation of students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district-such as recycling, creating a district -- wide energy management program and integrating educational materials into the classrooms that will assist the teachers in educating the students on energy and the environment -- while being aligned with the state testing standards.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places to Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Long Term Care

Energy Optimizers, USA, secures PACE funding for new long-term care facility

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- When it opens in late 2017, the Livingston Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Washington Township will be the first project in Ohio to install solar energy using PACE funding, an investment made possible with coordination from Energy Optimizers, USA.

PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, funding enables property owners to pay for energy efficiency improvements to their properties and renewable energy installations by borrowing money through government loans or bonds. Funds can be used for new development or existing facilities.

"The PACE funding is notable because it has enabled owner Premier Healthcare Management to invest in more energy conservation measures than they might otherwise have, which will hold down immediate costs while delivering a tremendous payback over the long term," said Greg Smith, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA. "The company can expect about 30 years of operation from solar panels that will be paid off in just 10 years. That's an incredibly cost-effective investment."

The $20 million long-term care facility, currently well into construction, will replace an outdated building on a land-locked site in Dayton. Both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy will be part of a $3.1 million package of PACE-funded energy efficiency features. The 150-kW solar installation will run up to 20 percent of the facility's electrical load, and the solar thermal will dramatically slash the costs associated with traditional hot water heaters. Both technologies are currently being installed at the site.

Other energy-efficient features include LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC systems, and thicker walls for more insulation. All of the components will work together to conserve energy and keep utility costs in check for the 100,000 square foot facility.

Energy Optimizers, USA, worked with Premier Healthcare Management to identify potential energy management solutions and apply for the PACE funding. The company will also assess and validate all energy savings associated with the project.

Financing for the Livingston project will be provided through the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority and the Dayton Regional Energy Special Improvement District, Inc.

"We saw this as an excellent opportunity to contribute to a project that promises to anchor growth in the area while conserving resources and operating with greater efficiency," said Jerry Brunswick, president of the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority. "We hope it will spark more interest in both economic development and energy conservation in the area."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Free News Articles, General Editorial

Christmas in July Contest Promises a new Nissan in a Winner’s Driveway

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at two Ohio Nissan dealerships. Airport Nissan in Cleveland and Nissan of Streetsboro are inviting people to come and take a chance at winning a three-year lease on a new 2017 Nissan Sentra. Their "Christmas-In-July Lease Giveaway" is running through Monday, July 17 when the grand prize winner will be drawn from entries accumulated at both dealerships.

"All you need to do is come in and take a test drive of any new or pre-owned vehicle at either of our stores," said Pat Hannahs, Executive General Manager.

"Cool off in a cool car, fill out an official entry form and you might just be driving a new Nissan for the next three years. How easy is that?"

To be eligible, entrants must be licensed drivers, 18 years of age or older and be able to register and insure the vehicle in their name.

A test drive is required; however, no purchase is necessary to enter the contest and a purchase will not improve your chances of winning.

Complete rules are available at the dealerships and respective websites: Airport Nissan, 13930 Brookpark Road, Cleveland - http://www.AirportNissanCLE.com/ and Nissan of Streetsboro, 885 Classic Drive - http://www.NissanofStreetsboro.com/.

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Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches

Introducing Luma Wealth Advisors – Understanding Women’s Wealth Needs

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Is there a benefit to having a financial advisor focused on women? For many women, the answer is probably "yes" and the recently launched Luma Wealth Advisors is ready to meet their planning needs.

Luma Wealth Advisors was established to provide women with personalized wealth planning, experienced investment management, and a supportive, enriching community where they can learn and connect with other women facing the same issues as they are.

Research has found that many affluent women are dissatisfied with the financial services industry and have had poor advisory experiences. A 2011 study, titled "Women of Wealth: Why Does the Financial Services Industry Still Not Hear Them?" was co-authored by Heather Ettinger, founder of Luma Wealth Advisors. Published by The Family Wealth Advisors Council, the study showed that many women feel they are not being heard or respected, and their needs are generalized as homogeneous "women's issues."

Luma Wealth Advisors uses a team approach focused on getting to know each client, including their professional goals, financial concerns, and dreams for the future.

"We understand that there are different types of women with different needs, and that every woman is unique," says Heather Ettinger. "Since there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we tailor wealth planning to each client. And with a deep understanding of their personal situation, we build, implement and monitor their personalized investment strategy."

According to Ken Coleman, a leader of Luma Wealth, "Those experiencing a life transition are especially likely to benefit from having the support of an advisor focused on women." Over the course of time, many women change careers, find themselves sandwiched between aging parents and growing children, get divorced or lose their spouse. "We help women plan for the expected and prepare for the unexpected."

Providing community is another important aspect of what Luma Wealth Advisors offers to its clients, with a host of educational programs on topics including investing, raising financially responsible children, and building a sustainable advisory board for business owners.

"We offer a variety of social and informational events for clients to have fun, learn, make connections and celebrate women," says Emily A. Drake, CFP(R) and Luma Wealth advisor. "And we are deeply committed to helping empower women."

Luma Wealth Advisors is a financial advisory firm operating as a division of Fairport Asset Management, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, please contact Kristen Lucas at kristen.lucas@lumawealth.com or call 866-995-6819.

Luma Wealth Advisors
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 400
Cleveland, OH 44115-1833
Web: http://lumawealth.com/

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Fear Free Veterinary Care Now Available for Tipp City Pets

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Tipp City Veterinary Hospital (TVCH) has become the first and only veterinary practice in Miami County to add Fear Free certification to their practice. The Fear Free(SM) training and certification program aids veterinarians and their staff in providing a safe and comfortable environment for pets that reduces fear and anxiety during visits. The veterinary practice enjoys the distinction of being one of the most highly certified Fear Free(SM) providers in the state of Ohio.

"It is common for pets to feel anxious when they are taken to a veterinarian," explains Dr. Ken Brunson, Associate Veterinarian at TCVH. "Having a way to reduce these negative feelings helps us serve our patients better. We are dedicated to serving our pets with care and compassion, so we wanted to do everything we could to make them feel safe."

Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. To become certified, Tipp City Veterinary Hospital staff completed an intensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They will also take continuing education to remain certified.

The staff members certified within the Tipp City veterinary practice are: Jenny Accuntius, Dr. Ken Brunson, Jessica Butts, Dr. Susan Dextradeur, Tara Fisher, Dr. Jacob Mathias, Rachael Morrison, Jamie Sissom, Ben Spinks, and Tanya Young.

"We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date on the latest certifications, technologies, and techniques to provide the best care for our patients," says Ben Spinks, Hospital Administrator at TCVH. "The Fear Free program has helped us improve our procedures and facility so we can make the pet-visit experience free of fear and anxiety-for both the pets and their owners. The benefits of this program were immediately noticeable - more relaxed visits for our patients and happier clients, so I am very excited about the prospects."

About Tipp City Veterinary Hospital:

AAHA-accredited Tipp City Veterinary Hospital has been providing veterinary care for over 35 years. Their state-of-the-art facility provides complete diagnostic services and wellness care for pets as well as lodging, grooming and training services.

To learn more, visit https://tippvet.com/.

Tipp City Veterinary Hospital
4900 S. County Rd. 25A
Tipp City, OH 45371

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Hedstrom Fitness Launches the Next Generation Surge – The Surge Storm

ASHLAND, Ohio -- Hedstrom Fitness is thrilled to announce the launch of their newest product in the Hydro-Inertia(R) Training line, the Surge(R) Storm.

Hedstrom Fitness has brought Hydro-Inertia(R) training to the forefront with the Surge(R) and Kamagon Ball(R) over the last three years, and is acting on market feedback and industry needs with the development of the Surge(R) Storm.

"We've learned a lot and received great feedback from pros and consumers alike regarding the products, and we felt the time was right to redesign the Surge to make it a bit more user-friendly, and launch the next generation," said Nate Logan, Director of Business Development for Hedstrom Fitness.

The sleek new design provides greater accessibility and comfort while allowing for multiple new exercises and uses. The Surge(R) Storm is 42-inches in length and can hold up to 65 lbs. of water. Two soft grip handles, one long centered handle and end cap grips allow for a wide range of motion.

"What makes this product unique is the sleek design with multiple grips for endless exercise options, plus Hydro-Inertia technology," said Candice Brooks, Hedstrom Fitness Programming & Master Trainer Team Director. Hydro-Inertia(R) is the utilization of water to create an unstable resistance that increases core strength and stability during exercise.

"The Surge Storm is an essential tool for integrated functional training, strength training and core training, and can be used by everyone from elite athletes to beginner fitness enthusiasts," says Brooks. "Utilizing water for both resistance and stabilization challenges means the Surge Storm is adaptable to anyone's fitness level."

The Surge(R) Storm is available at https://www.getthesurge.com/.

About Hedstrom Fitness:
Hedstrom Fitness is a division of Ball, Bounce and Sport, Inc., one of the nation's premier manufacturers, distributors and marketers of play and sports balls with more than 400 employees and distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Ashland, Ohio, Hedstrom Plastics, a sister division, currently manufactures the Kamagon(R) Ball and the Surge(R). Hedstrom Fitness is dedicated to delivering products that are unique and versatile, and fill a specific niche within the fitness industry.

For more information, visit http://www.hedstromfitness.com/.

Media Contact:
Liz Rowsey - Erowsey@hedstrom.com

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