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4/26/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Superior Drainage/Superior Speedie Portable Toilet Services opening in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Superior Drainage/Superior Speedie Portable Toilet Services officials announced the company plans to open a third location in Springfield.

The company announced a new building at 900 Killian Road in Springfield was purchased recently, is being refurbished and is expected to open in late fall or early winter.

Owned by President Jeff Grubbs and Vice President Pat Flynn, the 18-year-old company offers both plumbing and drain service to residential and commercial customers in the Greater Akron area, according to company officials. The company also has a location at 1175 George Washington Blvd. in South Akron and at 5300 Hilltop Drive N.W. in Strasburg.

According to company officials, Superior Drainage/Superior Speedie Portable Toilet Services offers installation of hot water tanks, sinks, faucets and grease traps. Also, a variety of portable toilets, executive shower and hand-wash station trailers, as well as freshwater stations and holding tanks can be rented for various periods of time, according to company sales representative Scott Savage.

Savage said the portable toilet rental side of the business extends to 15 area counties, and they can be used at construction sites, disaster relief stations and more. The executive restroom trailers are rented to local customers, as well as others in all parts of the country and can be rented for use at fundraisers, weddings, graduations and golf tournaments, according to company officials. They also can be used at homes and businesses when there are problems with the in-house system.

For more information about the company, call 330-733-9000 or visit www.superiorportables.com.

Akron launching programs to match emerging leaders with nonprofit service

AKRON — A new program will prepare young professionals in Akron for service on nonprofit boards, engaging a new generation of leaders in their community.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence will develop the program, built on a successful model in Cleveland, with $400,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. BVU will train young professionals for nonprofit board positions and volunteer consulting, matching their skills and interests with local organizations.

The 2009 Knight-funded Soul of the Community study found that while young people are moving to Akron for jobs, several years later they indicate they don’t feel attached to the area, which decreases their willingness to stay. The program aims to more deeply engage young professionals and increase the probability of retention as they become involved in the community.

Young professionals will be matched to nonprofit board and committee opportunities through Linking New Leaders, a speed-dating-like program, and also will be volunteer consultants to help nonprofits with operations and management, including finance, marketing, human resources, technology and legal support.

BVU plans to collaborate with Akron’s established young professionals networks to initiate this project. Akron-area business professionals will be trained about the roles and responsibilities of board members, best practices and trends in the nonprofit sector through customized Role of the Board seminars in Summit County. Future plans also include using technology to match volunteers.

— By Stephanie Kist

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