It's creating a service center on property at the interchange of Faircrest Street and Interstate 77.
CANTON A $20 million construction project is underway off Faircrest Street SW at the Interstate 77 interchange.
AEP Ohio is building a service center and a mobile transformer storage building at the 41-acre site on the northwest corner of the interchange. Site work started in late July.
The service center will be 70,000 square feet and have offices, storage areas, vehicle parking and a fleet repair shop. A 24,800-square-foot mobile transformer storage building also is part of the project. The buildings will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
There also will be an on-site fueling station, space for parking equipment and area for storing materials.
The site will accommodate 60 employees with the AEP Ohio transmission line, station, construction and protection and control divisions. Some of those employees are currently at service centers in the Canton area.
AEP Ohio acquired the property in 2018, then combined parcels into a single 41-acre lot.
In a separate action, AEP Ohio is in the process of moving billing operations from Canton to a third-party vendor in Indianapolis. The change affects 16 employees, a company spokesman said.
AEP Ohio has been printing bills and mailing them from the offices at 301 Cleveland Ave. SW. In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the company said the U.S. Postal Service's consolidation of operations in Cleveland delayed the mailing of bills printed in Canton.
According to AEP Ohio, having the bills printed in Indianapolis will reduce costs, save customers money and get the bills in the mail a day earlier.
The company said employees were notified in February about the pending change. Affected employees have been advised of other jobs with the company, and have discussed severance, as well as educational and training options, a spokesman said. All affected employees will receive severance.
AEP Ohio has about 315 employees in Stark County, with 154 working in the office building on Cleveland Avenue SW.
Chamber seeks honorees
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for the area's unsung heroes.
Nominations are open for the Chamber's annual Community Salute Awards, which honor individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations for their contributions to the community.
Nominations for the awards are due by Sept. 3 and can be made online through the Chamber's website, https://www.cantonchamber.org/community-salute-2019#community-salute.
The awards dinner will been Oct. 30 in the Conference Center at Kent State University Stark campus. For more information, visit the chamber's website.
New treasurer named at Diebold Nixdorf
Zeeshan Naqvi has joined Diebold Nixdorf as vice president and treasurer and will report to Jeffrey Rutherford, the company's senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Naqvi will lead and manage Diebold Nixdorf's global treasury, risk management and customer financing operations. The company said Naqvi's background is in capital structure planning, debt management, global cash and liquidity management and building relationships with banks, debt investors and rating agencies.
Before joining Diebold Nixdorf, Naqvi led the global treasury team at Moody's Corp. He also has held different leadership roles at GE Capital in the United States and United Kingdom.
Rutherford said he believes Naqvi's experience will help the DN Now plan aimed at reducing costs and streamlining operations.
Award winning ad
An Innis Maggiore 30-second commercial for Smith's Dairy received a Telly Award.
The commercial, titled "Tradition You Can Taste," was listed as one of two bronze winners in the Regional TV category. The commercial highlights the traditional family-minded values of Smith's, which is based in Orrville.
Innis Maggiore has handled branding work and advertising for Smith's since 2016. The agency worked with Przyborski Productions, based in Pittsburgh, to produce the commercial.
The Telly Awards have been presented since 1979. The competition received more than 12,000 entries from around the world. The Telly Awards Judging Council includes more than 200 industry experts from advertising agencies, production companies and television networks.
Baby Swiss a winner
Guggisberg Cheese's Baby Swiss received a first place earlier this month in the 2019 American Cheese Society contest in Richmond, Va.
The Millersburg company received first place for American made, international style Swiss or Baby Swiss made from cow's milk. More than 1,700 cheeses were entered in a wide variety of categories.
The American Cheese Society supports and promotes artisan, farmstead and specialty cheeses, while encouraging the highest standards for cheese-making.
Get your rebar here
Akron Rebar Co. products now can be found at Hartville Hardware.
The two businesses are have teamed together as Akron Rebar launches a retail program for its products. The programs developed by Akron Rebar include full merchandising setups and customized displays. The rebar — with the brand name Arc-Bar — and other concrete reinforcement accessories are part of the displays.
Hartville Hardware has a reputation as a one-stop-shop for building materials, said Jack Widma, director of sales and marketing for Akron Rebar. "Because of our turnkey solution and Hartville Hardware’s strong legacy and customer loyalty, the partnership was a natural kick-off to our retail program," Widmer said.
Timken Co. dividend
For the 389th consecutive quarter, Timken Co. shareholders will receive a dividend.
A quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share will be paid on Sept. 4 to shareholders of record on Aug. 21.
Timken has paid shareholders a dividend in every quarter since the company began trading shares on the New York Stock Exchange in 1922. The company carries the longest running dividend record among companies listed on the NYSE.
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