BUSINESS UPDATES | Baird Brothers celebrates 60 years in business

Among today’s business updates: Sheetz; Mahoning Valley College Access Program; BRITE Energy Innovators; Washington, D.C. Fly-In; and The Builders Association.

CANFIELD — Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods is celebrating its 60th year in business. 

The family-owned and operated company was founded in 1960 by three brothers, Howard, Richard and Paul Baird. Three generations of family members currently work for the company, which employs more than 125 Valley residents.

“I was 16 years old, still in high school, when my brothers and I used my father’s handset sawmill to take a couple of local orders for rough lumber,” Paul Baird, co-owner, said in a news release. “And just like anything else, day by day, month by month, we grew into what we are today.”

Baird Brothers attributes its continued growth to having dedicated employees and customers, along with a forward-thinking business focus, including the installation of natural gas generators on the property to produce its own power, and adding wood-fired boilers to convert sawdust waste into heat in the early 2000s.

During the past two years, Baird Brothers has partnered with the This Old House organization, which features “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” television shows and the This Old House magazine. Baird Brothers supplied various products for four This Old House projects since 2018 and is working with the organization on two additional New England-based homes.

“We are thankful for the great customers, staff and opportunities we’ve had over the decades,” Paul Baird said. “You have to have quality people — you have to have good people — because you’re only as strong as the individuals you have around you.”

Sheetz to open new location

in Boardman on Thursday

BOARDMAN — Sheetz will officially open its new store at 134 Boardman-Poland Road on Thursday.

As part of the opening, Sheetz will be providing a $2,500 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, to provide food to those in need in the tri-county area through 160 hunger relief organizations and programs. Sheetz also will provide another $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics of Ohio.

MVCAP appoints 2 new

members to board of trustees

WARREN — The Mahoning Valley College Access Program announced the addition of Magistrate Jack Pico and James Ritter to its board of trustees. Their service began with unanimous board approval June 12, and both will serve a three-year term. 

Pico has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law after several years of working in the banking industry. He currently serves as magistrate of the Trumbull County Family Court, in which he adjudicates divorce, dissolution, custody, support, juvenile criminal, civil contempt and visitation cases.

Ritter has spent nearly 30 years in education, with 25 of those years being in higher education, serving students at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus. He earned his doctorate in educational administration at Kent State University, where he also earned an educational specialist degree in organizational development. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Youngstown State University. He served five years as an educational consultant at the Ohio Department of Education.

“We’re so glad to welcome these two outstanding individuals to our board,” Gerri Jenkins, MVCAP executive director, said in a news release. “They bring such great knowledge and experience — from a professional, personal and community standpoint — and we know they’ll both be wonderful assets to help further our mission.”

BRITE Energy partners

with TechGROWTH Ohio

WARREN — BRITE Energy Innovators has entered into a partnership with TechGROWTH Ohio that will enable it to expand its reach to support new energy entrepreneurs throughout the state.

Located at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, TechGROWTH connects early-stage companies in health care, advanced energy and environment, digital interactive media and other sectors with growth tools and sources of capital.

“This partnership provides critical geographic inroads for us,” BRITE CEO Rick Stockburger said in a news release. “We have a growing offering of services to provide startups to overcome commercialization obstacles, but we need a strong partner in that historically rich energy region to help us move forward. We have that in TechGROWTH.”

Regional chamber’s Fly-In

on Sept. 17 to be hybrid event

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber will host its third annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave.

This year’s Fly-In is a hybrid event. A maximum of 50 people will be seated in the ballroom, with no more than two people per table. Some meetings will be held in-person, and the rest will be virtual.

The Fly-In features a full day of activities to promote an exchange of ideas between federal officials and Mahoning Valley’s leaders. According to a news release, issues to be addressed include protecting and growing the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and developing Ohio’s second connected corridor for the economic growth of electric and autonomous mobility.

Cost is $100 per person. Register here by Sept. 9 to avoid late fees.

Builders Association

unveils redesigned website

VIENNA — The Builders Association has launched a redesign of its website that features a variety of resources for the commercial and industrial building trades, including information on apprenticeship programs, training and continuing education.

“We’re excited to launch our new site,” Kevin Reilly, executive vice president, said in a news release. “Our members and local contractors were top-of-mind when planning for the redesign, and the updated layout responds to the needs of the market in regard to both functionality and content.”

The new website improves the user interface and enhances user experience by reducing duplicate content and navigational elements, while the new Member Directory provides up-to-date information for users, according to the release.

The Builders Association represents more than 150 commercial and industrial construction companies throughout Northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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