TimkenSteel Commissions World’s Largest Jumbo Boom Vertical Caster – On April 17, 2015, TimkenSteel, a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, held an open house ceremony at the Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton to celebrate the commissioning of its jumbo bloom vertical caster, the largest of its kind in the world. “TimkenSteel’s new jumbo bloom vertical caster improves both our efficiency and capacity to serve demand for large bars and seamless mechanical tubing,” said Tom Moline, executive vice president of manufacturing. “The product quality that we’re achieving with the caster is meeting our highest expectations.” The $200 million caster makes sections of special bar quality (SBQ) steel that measure up to 18 inches x 24 inches, referred to as “jumbo blooms,” which are later rolled into bars and tubes. The first heat from the caster, produced on Oct. 21, 2014, was sold to a customer—a testament not only to the strength of the new technology, but the skill and expertise of the team operating it. The caster has now produced more than 45,000 tons of steel blooms in over 300 heats. It serves several markets, including industrial, energy, bearing, military and heavy machinery. “The people who constructed this caster and who operate it today have made this plant the most technologically advanced steel-making operation in North America,” Moline said at today’s ceremony. “TimkenSteel is known for ultra-clean steel that’s used in the world’s most demanding applications. We’re also known for continuously improving our efficiency. Those involved with this project raised the bar once again on both those counts.” About 200 people attended the commissioning ceremony, including Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Bob Gibbs and Rep. Jim Renacci. To learn more about the vertical caster, click on this TimkenSteel press release.

Emergency Medicine Physicians and Equity Firm Form Company – Emergency Medicine Physicians (“EMP”), located in Jackson Township, one of the nation’s largest emergency medicine providers, and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (“WCAS”), a leading healthcare investment firm, announced on April 13 the establishment of US Acute Care Solutions (“USACS”). USACS will be majority-owned by physicians and is focused on building a national leader in emergency medicine and hospitalist services. EMP’s Medical Group and practice management operations will become the foundation for USACS. “The creation of US Acute Care Solutions puts physician ownership front and center in a unique partnership with strong operational capabilities and an experienced capital partner in WCAS,” said Dominic Bagnoli, MD, chief executive officer, EMP and USACS. “This new company provides us with a great opportunity to grow our practice and strengthen our values of high quality patient care and physician ownership.” Founded in 1992, EMP is one of the largest physician-owned emergency medicine practices in the country, with more than 800 doctors and 300 advanced practice providers. EMP provides high quality emergency care to over 2.7 million patients each year at 64 hospitals in 15 states, and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Its innovative PhysicianFirst emergency room management system demonstrably shortens “door to doctor” times, reduces “left without being seen” rates and improves patient satisfaction. EMP also supports its clinicians with meaningful continuing education and training, like its Patient Satisfaction Academy, and develops its next generation of physician leaders with its Scholars program. To learn more about this unique partnership, click on EMP’s press release.

Akron Canton Airport to Start Next Round of Construction – Akron Canton Airport (CAK) unveiled plans on Tuesday morning, April 14, for construction of a new entrance and loop road, along with redesigned parking lots, and an expansion of the ticket wing in the terminal. Both projects are part of the 10-year CAK 2018 project. The upgrades will make flying from Akron-Canton “even more relaxing and enjoyable, while also making the airport a more sustainable facility,” said Rick McQueen, president and Chief Executive Officer. Cost for the road and parking lot project is estimated at $11.6 million, while the ticket wing and terminal work is expected to cost $2.7 million. The parking lot redesign calls for additional short-term parking spaces, as well as a section with 250 premium covered spaces. The car rental lot will be expanded also to provide easier access for customers. Both projects are financed through the Federal Aviation Administration airport improvement program, passenger facility charges and airport operating revenue. Work will begin this month. To read more about the next round of construction, click on CAK’s press release.

Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center Receive National Outstanding Achievement Awards – The Aultman Cancer Center and the Mercy Cancer Center were recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Aultman and Mercy are two out of a select group of only 75 U.S. health programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. To read more about these awards, click on Aultman’s and Mercy’s press releases.

Stark State College Automotive Department Awarded Elite Toyota Certification – Stark State College’s automotive department recently earned the distinction of being named a certified Toyota technician training center, the culmination of a two-year certification process. Stark State’s Toyota T-TEN (Technician Training and Education Network) regional program develops students into highly skilled Toyota and Lexus technicians through hands-on curriculum performed on a fleet of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the College’s state-of-the-art automotive facility. With Toyota’s support, instructors Bryan Deitrick, John Phillips and the entire automotive department rewrote the entire two-year curriculum, including writing complete courses, putting more than 100 faults in cars for labs, planning and implementing recruitment strategies, finding housing for students attending the program from outside the area, and much more. “As a new fully certified T-TEN program, Stark State has earned the right to provide factory-level certification credentials to its T-TEN students, providing our dealers with a pipeline of talent for their service operations,” said Dave Zellers, vice president, service and parts support/product division, Toyota Motor Sales, USA. “Stark State College should be proud of the leadership demonstrated in partnering with industry in this way, as well as successfully achieving T-TEN certification.” To learn more about the certification process, click on this Stark State college press release.

4-Year Degrees in Stark County Still Rising – At 92%, more former Stark County high school students graduated in 2014 from four-year public and private colleges than in previous years. This reflects a 7% increase over 2012 college graduation data. Stark students most frequently graduated from Kent State University, University of Akron, and The Ohio State University. Top private choices for Stark students were Malone University, University of Mount Union, and Walsh University. To learn more about education in Stark County, click on the Stark Education Partnership website.

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