Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-23
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Revival at Good Shepherd — Page 2 Biddy wrestlers give it their all — Pac Amherst News-Time Wednesday, February 23, 2000 Amherst, Ohio a Nordson struggles with layoff probabilities by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Nordson's Action 2000 global optimizing program has already had far reaching effects. Nordson's plant in .Sweden will close next month and Nordson California has already been shut down. While Nordson head Ed Campbell will not say the Elyria facility is going to close, he did say last week that the handwriting is on the wall for the Elyria facility. "I'm not satisfied with the (current) performance of the corporation," Campbell said. "We failed to hit the targets we have set for ourselves in 1999." Campbell went on to say that the Elyria plant is primarily an extension of the Amherst facility, and after the adhesives division moves to Georgia, there will be adequate Company hires TRW executive by STEVE BARRY News-Times reporter Nordson Corporation has announced the addition of Peter S. Hellman to its executive staff. Hellman will fill the newly created position of executive vice president, chief financial and administrative officer and will serve as the company's number two man under CEO Ed Campbell Before coming to Nordson, Hellman was with TRW and served as president and chief operating officer. Hellman has spent 20 years in senior man agement and financial management positions. "I have many of the administrative responsibilities for Nordson on a global basis, including the Amherst facilities. A very important facet of my responsibilities would be corporate development," he said. "At the same time (we are) focused on competitive cost structure and operations, we are also addressing ways to enhance the company's growth," said Hellman. "Nordson has an excellent market position and a long history of innovation and customer focus. I am pleased to join Ed and the Nordson team as they capture the company's full potential in terms of growth and shareholder value," Hellman added. Hellman also serves as chairman and trustee for Cleveland Today, a group whose mission is to convince corporations and individuals outside of Northeastern Ohio the benefits of investing in Northern Ohio. Hellman is a trustee of Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Cha- CONTINUED on page 3 Peter Hellman room is Amherst to house all of the operations currently performed at both plants. The transfer of the adhesives division to Atlanta will cost some 120 local jobs. The Sweden operations are being brought to Amherst, but even with the influx of the additional work, no jobs are going to be saved. Campbell did say that some of the people at Amherst would have the opportunity to follow their jobs to Atlanta. There are no plans to recall anyone axed through Action 2000 streamlining. While no one is happy about the loss of 120 jobs, for the moment at least, Amherst is still a key part of Nordson's overall game plan for the corporation, according to Campbell. "Amherst is the headquarters for four of our 11 businesses. Our objectives for all of those businesses is to grow, prosper and to be success- CONTINUED on page 3 'S» Royal presence Members of the winter homecoming court included freshman attendant Kristin Massimino, sophomore attendant Margaret OeFilippo, junior attendant Jessica Kil- dow, senior queen candidates Ashleigh Long, Brooke Sterling, Katie Stitak and Jenny Gonzalez. The king and queen crowned during the recent homecoming game are Katie Stitak and Jason Voss. Two MLS athletes go state Two Marion L. High School student athletes will be representing the school, their teammates, classmates and community in state competitions in the coming weeks. Chris Coffin, a star swimmer on the Comet boys swim squad, will be a competitor in the state swim meet in Canton this weekend. Coffin qualified to compete in the 100 and 200 freestyles. He'll approach the 200 freestyle on Friday and the 100 freestyle on Saturday. MLS wrestler Jake Percival is no stranger to the pressure of the state tourney which will take place March 3-4 in Columbus. He's been there before and he'll be back this year in the 140 pound weight class. Percival is ranked number one in the Southwest Conference and is undefeated and has been given national recognition. Home construction stalls but expected to pick up this year by STEVE BARRY Christina Wade, Jo Toth, Donna Jean PhHHpe and BM Fitch from manager Loma Balmart and owner LoWa Mock at the grand opening the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce flank Jamie's general ceremonies for the new building at Jamie's Flea Market. Tears wash away arson memory by STEVE BARRY News-Time* reporter The longer Loma Balmart read her prepared statement, the mote misty eyed she became. Balmart is the general manager of Jamie's Flea Market and is also the granddaugh- ter of its founder. Batmen's joy bubbled up in the form of teen at they cut the ribbon last Wednesday, ie-opned a newly- constructed building that last year had been destroyed by arson. "I know they are both smiling down on ut right now, and are very proud of what we have accomplished, so that we may continue to serve the people of Loom County their needs/ said Balsuart, fprriM^g of her grandparents. For Balmart, who had been up since about 1 sun. before the grand opening at 9:30 ajn., the festivities ended a six-month headache. Last summer the center building was the victim of arson and both the building sad main office were lost to the flames, started by two young juvenile girts. They moved the main office in a crimped "fish bowl" space in the cast building. Nearly all of the venders in the burned building lost everything in their inventories. After the ribbon cutting, pieces of the ribbon were given to each of the vendors present Many well-wishers and members of the media were on band. Jo Toth, Donna Jean Phillip*. Bill Filch and lUEDon page I CONTWii News-Times reporter Amherst's new home construction has once again come close to the 100 mark, for homes built in 1999. New home construction was on the rise from 1993 through early 1996, when flooding became such a problem that a moratorium was placed on building new homes in mid-1996 through late 1998. Amherst's sewer systems were originally built to service about half the present number being serviced. The flooding became a problem soon after the first subdivisions sprang up in AmhersL Ecologists speculate that the new developments destroyed the natural runoff recovery system, unleashing their storm water discharge, into the sewer systems that would have naturally been absorbed into the ground. One solution to reduce flooding was mandating developers to put in retention or detention ponds in their developments. The ponds detain rainwaters long enough to allow the runoff to course through she storm sewer system at a manageable rate. In addition to detention ponds, new ordinances mandatrd that all downspouts connected to either the or sanitary sewer be ud that they dis charge water onto the home owner's property instead of directly into the sewer systems. These efforts have greatly reduced much of the flooding problem. The number of effected homes has dropped from a high of about 400 homes effected by flooding to about 100 homes. "But don't forget we haven't had a 'gully washer' lately to test the system," said mayor John Higgins. According to Mike Bramhall, who does engineering work for both Amherst and Avon, every new development increases the amount of runoff, and it will be simply a matter of time until even detention ponds won't be able to stop enough runoff to prevent sewer flooding. Studies are still being conducted to discover what impact subdivisions are having on runoff water. Changes are needed, but until the impact studies are complete and analyzed, no one is sure exactly how extensive those changes will need to be. Meanwhile, there is the potential for 1S2 new homes to go up this year, according to building secretary Kaye Browning. Utilities superin- tendent Don Woodings informed the News-Times that there are 700 available building sues inside die Amherst corporation limits. How much constructing hosnes on assse sites will effect water runoff is set CONTINUED on page 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-02-23|
|Date of Original||23-FEB-2000|
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