Posted Mar 13, 2018 at 6:02 AM
CANTON Work remodeling Davies Drugs has earned an award for the pharmacy, along with recognition for Canton Sign Co.
The National Community Pharmacists Association presented its NICE Award for best exterior sign to Davies Drugs. NICE stands for NCPA Innovation Center Excellence, and Davies won the award in the first year of the competition.
The association recognized Davies for work done to remodel the store at 2915 Tuscarawas St. W, including installing new signs crafted by Canton Sign.
The effort started years ago when the pharmacy remodeled its interior. Steve Fettman, whose family has owned the business for 55 years, decided to make changes on the exterior to match the work done inside. After adding a stone finish and painting the building, Fettman hired Canton Sign to work on something for the outside.
Gone is a blue and white box sign that once ran across the building’s roof. It has been replaced by letters that are reverse lit using an LED system. Also installed are neon signs — a mortar and pestle and a “mad scientist” — at two peaks on the Tuscarawas Street W side of the building, and another “mad scientist” on the Wertz Avenue NW side of the building.
Matthew Franta, whose family owns Canton Sign, said the new design is a mix of old and new styles. “I think it blends pretty well together,” he said.
Fettman said his business has relied on Canton Sign for many years. The company has made several of the neon “mad scientist” signs that are displayed inside and outside of Davies’ stores in Canton and North Canton. The pharmacy has been using the character since the 1960s after it showed up in an advertisement Davies Drugs placed with a local high school’s yearbook. Steve Fettman said his father, David A. Fettman, saw the ad and the “mad scientist” stayed.
Milestone for Schroer Group
It has been 45 years since Sue and Gerald F. Schroer purchased the 50-bed nursing home that led to development of Schroer Group.
Today the company is parent to four family-owned businesses: Altercare Integrated Health Services, Absolute Health Services, Avalon Foodservice and Leverage Purchasing Group. Altercare nursing home facilities are found throughout the area, with six facilities in Stark County. Absolute Healthcare is based in North Canton, and Avalon Foodservice is based in Canal Fulton.
“Our story really is the American Dream,” Jerry Schroer Jr., chief executive officer of Schroer Group, said in a news release. “Our mom and dad’s commitment, foresight and focus on quality care and service paved the way to where we are today. And none of it would be possible without the hardworking people who helped us get here. Everyone in the Schroer Group family is proud of reaching this milestone.”
The company plans to celebrate through the year, remembering its beginnings and embracing accomplishments, while looking forward to a bright future, the release said.
Timken Foundation names new leader
Mark Scheffler has been named executive director of the Timken Foundation of Canton, succeeding Jim Gresh who will retire this spring
Ward J. “Jack” Timken, the foundation board’s chairman, said it is happy to have Scheffler “lead our efforts to collaborate with our community partners and carry on the Foundation’s mission around the world.”
A Stark County resident, Scheffler joins the foundation after 12 years leading Leadership Akron. He has served as board president of the Akron Roundtable and on the United Way of Summit County board. Timken noted Scheffler’s career in community service. “Through both his professional experience and his board service, he’s demonstrated a commitment to a set of core values that we share,” Timken said in a statement announcing Scheffler’s appointment.
The Timken Foundation of Canton is a private, nonprofit, family foundation, founded in 1934 by Henry H. Timken Sr. and his sisters Amelia Bridges and Cora Burnett. Through the years, the foundation has disbursed more than $390 million in grants, primarily in the communities where The Timken Co. and TimkenSteel Corp. operate.
Diebold Nixdorf exec joins Kony board
Alan Kerr, senior vice president of software at Diebold Nixdorf, has been appointed to the board of Kony Inc., a Texas company that develops cloud-based digital and enterprise mobility products.
Last year, Diebold Nixdorf invested with Kony as part of an effort to develop mobile apps that would be marketed as DN Mobile. The investment gave Diebold Nixdorf a spot on Kony’s board. The seat had been filled by Andy Mattes, former president and chief executive officer at Diebold Nixdorf. Kerr is replacing Mattes.
In his role at Diebold Nixdorf, Kerr is responsible for strategy and execution of the company’s software development for digital banking and connected commerce. He has more than 25 years experience in the information technology and software industry.
Kerr said in a news release in today’s digital world organizations are adapting and changing to meet expectations of customers, partners and employees. “This digital mandate creates an enormous opportunity for both Kony and Diebold Nixdorf,” Kerr said in the release. “I’m excited to join the Kony board and look forward to asserting our joint leadership.”
Urban League receives grant
The Greater Stark County Urban League received a $10,000 community impact award for its state tested nursing assistant program from Dominion Energy Ohio.
The award is part of $115,000 in grants Dominion Energy presented to 12 community organizations in the 23rd annual Community Impact Awards competition. The utility company and Cleveland Magazine co-sponsor the awards.
The Canton Urban League program helped 32 low-and-moderate income single parents participate through the agency’s financial literacy and job readiness programs with a state-approved nursing course and clinical experience. Participants then interviewed for jobs at area nursing homes.
A panel of community judges selected winners from entries by more than 70 entries non-profit organizations. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation funds the Community Impact grants.
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