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2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron General’s ACA panel discussion geared toward small businesses

BATH — Akron General Health System will present “The Affordable Care Act and Your Business or Agency” March 6 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center-West, 4125 Medina Road, in the Summit Room. A complimentary breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.

This free panel discussion is sponsored by CareSource®. Panel discussions will include the following topics: understand how the Affordable Care Act affects your business; employer responsibilities, incentives and penalties; the health implications of being uninsured; and how community agencies can stay objective.

“Small businesses are facing important regulatory and health care coverage changes brought on by sweeping health care reforms. This session will provide timely information that will be tremendously useful in navigating the uncertainty and making the right decisions,” said Carol Icsman, vice president, managed care for Akron General.

“Small-business owners are faced with a number of challenges under the current health care system in comparison to their counterparts. The good news is there are more options for accessing coverage as a result of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to providing new information on the impact of health care affordability to business owners, employees and the general public,” said Scott Streator, vice president, CareSource Health Insurance Marketplace.

Panelists will include Icsman; Streator; Elizabeth James, MPH, public health specialist, Summit County Public Health; and Edward Redder, counsel, Thompson Hine LLP. The moderator will be Dr. David Peter, CMO, emergency medicine physician for Akron General.

Register online at www.akrongeneral.org/ACAandYou by Feb. 25.


Ohio Hardwood Furniture adds showroom, expands product line

PENINSULA — Ohio Hardwood Furniture recently added a showroom at 1770-A Main St. to go along with its showroom at 1770-B Main St.

Located at the southeast corner of state Route 303 and Riverview Road, the two buildings are separated by a driveway, and parking is available. With 8,500 square feet of floor space, the company is able to show ranging designs of American-made solid hardwood furniture, according to company officials.

In addition, Ohio Hardwood Furniture has expanded its product line to include upholstered sofas, sectionals, chairs and loveseats from American manufacturers of upholstered furniture.

Staff members work individually with customers to determine how to best service their needs and arrive at a furniture solution that is right for the individual’s home.

Ohio Hardwood Furniture will have a grand opening Feb. 15-22 featuring upholstered furniture and TV stands. Later in the month, the business will showcase outdoor furniture at the Akron Home and Flower Show running Feb. 28 to March 2.


Second Pop Up Akron event planned

WEST AKRON — The second Pop Up Akron event will take place Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eye Opener restaurant, located at 1688 W. Market St.

The Pop Up is a dining experience that allows chefs to explore their creativity in ways that they cannot in their own restaurants and to use items and ingredients that are not as common, according to Jeffrey Winer, who started the Pop Up event and is helping to organize them.

In this Pop Up series, Eye Opener restaurant owners Liz and Steve Arn have invited guest chefs to deliver new and innovative cuisine during a dinner event that highlights the talents of local chefs and artisan food makers, according to organizers.

The restaurant will welcome Matthew Waddell, executive chef at Rosemont Country Club; Matt Trainor, chef at the Eye Opener; and Winer, chef at Jeffrey Winer Catering and former owner of The Orange Trük.

The chefs will prepare the following: deconstructed vegetarian ravioli (fresh pasta layered with delicately prepared winter vegetables), creme of asparagus soup (winter asparagus stock with crispy salmon skin), winter Brussels sprout salad (Brussels sprouts, roasted winter beets, chèvre and prosciutto), pan-seared halibut (mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe, vanilla burre blanc) and a sweet surprise.

Alcohol will be available for purchase or guests can bring their own alcohol. There is a corkage fee of $10 per bottle of wine, with a one-bottle limit per couple.

The cost is $65 per person (paid in advance), and reservations are required by Feb. 20 at noon by calling 330-671-0033.


Prospect Mold and Die Co. expands

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Prospect Mold and Die Co., a mold, tooling and custom machining company, recently completed a $2.5 million expansion of its operations that included the purchase and installation of an Engel 1650 four-color, injection molding machine and the creation of a new division located in 24,000 square feet of recently acquired manufacturing space.

“The additional space and purchase of the new molding machine will further enhance our customer support capability and solidify our commitment to provide best-in-class, multi-material tooling solutions, as well as expand our diversified portfolio by adding a Molding Technologies Division to our company,” said company President Brandon Wenzlik.

The new division is expected to add 10 new positions to Prospect’s current staff of 120 and will operate out of the newly leased space at 1509 Exeter Road in South Akron. Prospect’s headquarters and facilities are located at 1100 Main St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

According to Wenzlik, the expansion will benefit and support customers by enabling the company to handle all mold trials, including final commissioning in house, eliminating the need for back-and-forth shipments during trial phases. It also allows Prospect to offer multi-shot trial and short-run production solutions, which are important when customers experience periods of constrained capacity, according to company officials.

Founded in 1945, Prospect Mold services the automotive, aerospace and construction industries through the manufacturing of molds, dies, tooling and custom machined parts.


Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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