Dec 21

Wadsworth First Friday

Posted on December 21, 2017 at 10:31 AM by Danielle Rich

NEW IN 2018: WADSWORTH FIRST FRIDAY!
Hosted by Main Street Wadsworth

First Fridays

Main Street Wadsworth will be hosting First Fridays in the Downtown starting in January! Mark your calendar- the first one will be Friday January 5th!

Main Street Wadsworth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of Downtown Wadsworth. That cute little bear- that's Grizz, the new Main Street Wadsworth mascot! First Friday is a once-a-month themed event in Downtown Wadsworth, held the first Friday of each month, 12 months per year, from 5:00-9:00 pm, focused on fun, food, live music, and art. The purpose of First Friday is to increase foot traffic to downtown businesses and organizations, who will offer a variety of fun activities and events.

THE 2018 SCHEDULE: (details subject to change)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Hot Cocoa Crawl
Grab a Hot Cocoa Crawl passport at Wadsworth Brewing Company and visit downtown hot cocoa stops. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win gift cards. “Check in” on Facebook @MainStreetWadsworth between 5 and 9 p.m. with a photo of you and your hot cocoa with hashtags #mainstreetwadsworth and #wadsworthfirstfriday for a chance to win gift cards.

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Soup-er Bowl
Sample a variety of soups at participating businesses and choose the best for an opportunity to win prizes. Cozy outdoor fire pits and S’mores. Punxsutawney Phil might even show up to take photos for Groundhog Day. Cuddle or adopt a furry friend at the Puppy Bowl pop-up pet rescue.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Downtown Mini Golf
18 downtown Wadsworth businesses and organizations will have fun and challenging putt-putt greens set up inside of their buildings. Pick up and drop off putters, scorecards, and golf balls at the Wadsworth Brewing Company. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories.

Friday, April 6, 2018 - Once Upon a Time
Your favorite books, movies, and plays come to life downtown. Kids can wear their princess or superhero costumes for a chance to win prizes. Get photos taken with characters. Favorite ideas are fairytales, superheroes, classic literature, Broadway, Alice in Wonderland, and Harry Potter.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - AstronautFest: May the Fourth Be With You
With three astronauts connected to Wadsworth, space is a part of our city’s history. NASA Glenn exhibits. Dippin’ Dots. Storm Troopers. Wadsworth Brewing Company will serve their Milky Way Stout. We might even call the International Space Station. No, really. You can also pre-register your kids for the Higher Orbits STEM Camp, taking place in Wadsworth in June.

Friday, June 1, 2018 - Wine, Cheese & Jazz Stroll

Wine samples. Cheese samples. Jazz music. What more could you want? Meet your local wineries and cheese makers. Stroll downtown and kick off the summer with this fun event.

Friday, July 6, 2018 - Wadsworth Art Walk
A juried art show and event in collaboration with the Medina County Art League. The streets of downtown Wadsworth will be lined with local art vendors and exhibitions.

Friday, August 3, 2018 - Hot Air Balloons and American Legion Pig Roast
The kick-off to Wadsworth’s Balloon Festival weekend. Enjoy a tethered balloon ride in the heart of downtown Wadsworth. Get up close to a balloon glow and baskets. Enjoy barbecue at downtown restaurants and vendors, including The American Legion’s famous Pig Roast.

Friday, September 7, 2018 - PiratePalooza
Pirate takeover of downtown Wadsworth. Inflatable pirate ship for kids. Meet some talking parrots. Pirate-themed food and drink. Photo booth. Scavenger hunt for lost pirate booty.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - Wadsworth Oktoberfest
The Fourth Annual Wadsworth Oktoberfest. Live polka band. German-themed food and craft beer. Traditional German dancing. Kid Zone and photo booth. And lots of lederhosen.

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Wadsworth Chocolate Walk
This Main Street sensation is coming to Wadsworth starting in 2018. A limited number of tickets will be sold for this event. A Chocolate Walk ticket gets you a swag bag and wristband when you arrive downtown. Walk around to 20 businesses on the Chocolate Walk Map that are self-appointed “chocolate stops” to receive a unique chocolate treat at each stop.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - A Victorian Christmas: Win the Window!

Enjoy a beautifully-lit and authentic Victorian historical downtown. Chestnuts. Carolers. Shopping. Dining. Admire the wonderfully decorated storefront windows and purchase raffle tickets for your favorites. A winner will be drawn for each window, winning its contents!

FirstFriday
Dec 14

Imperial Machine & Tool Company to Operate Facility in Wadsworth

Posted on December 14, 2017 at 10:09 AM by Danielle Rich

Company to renovate and redevelop vacated facility, create 30 new jobs

CLEVELAND, December 14, 2017 – Imperial Machine & Tool Company has announced plans to renovate and redevelop a recently vacated Wadsworth manufacturing facility for its production of fluid ends, components used in hydraulic pump operations. The company, under new ownership, plans to bring 30 new jobs to the area over the next three years.

“We are excited to move forward with plans to re-establish the manufacturing operations in Wadsworth,” said David Stuller, chief financial officer of Imperial Machine & Tool Company and parent company Ariel Corporation. “The availability of a well-trained manufacturing workforce, and support from the state and local community were key factors in our location decision.”

The collaborative efforts of the City of Wadsworth, Medina County Economic Development Corporation, JobsOhio and Team NEO brought this support to light, as these partners encouraged Imperial Machine & Tool Company leaders to locate their new operations in Northeast Ohio. The vacated facility chosen by Imperial not only fulfills the company’s manufacturing needs but also is conveniently located near the management and resources of its sister facilities in Akron and Mount Vernon.

“Imperial Machine & Tool Company is held in high regard across the industries it serves. We are delighted that its leadership has decided to re-establish operations in Wadsworth,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “Our robust manufacturing network, from our workforce pool to our supply chain and logistics channels, will support Imperial at every turn. We look forward to working with the city of Wadsworth, Medina County Economic Development Corporation and JobsOhio to support their growth and success.”

Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh lauded Imperial Machine & Tool Company for choosing the city for this expansion project. “It is gratifying to have such a solid company join our growing manufacturing base and put a vacant facility back into production,” she said.

Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, credits the collaborative efforts of the economic development team that worked with Imperial Machine & Tool Company. “With support from the state and the region, we were able to close this deal quickly and efficiently,” she said. “Medina County is thrilled to support Imperial’s job creation plans.”

About Imperial Machine & Tool Company

Imperial Machine & Tool Company primarily produces fluid ends for hydraulics that are used in a variety of pressure pumping products for the global Oil & Gas industry.  Its sister company is Ariel Corporation.

About Medina County Economic Development Corporation

The Medina County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is a public/private nonprofit organization that has been serving the interests of the commercial and industrial sectors of the county since 1986. With membership composed of a wide variety of companies, governmental entities and educational institutions, MCEDC’s members are stakeholders taking a proactive stance to positively impact the economic vitality of the county and the region. MCEDC is an important, one-of-a-kind resource for information and action that can have a positive effect on your company’s bottom line.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region. For more information, visit www.clevelandplus.com.

Nov 09

Come Home For The Holidays

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 10:42 AM by Danielle Rich

COME HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Come Home for the Holidays

A Reward Program for Shopping Local This Holiday Season
The “Come Home for the Holidays” program, hosted by the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, serves as a reminder and reward to the Wadsworth community for shopping local. Shoppers are asked to shop at local businesses in the Wadsworth zip code, 44281, from November 1st - 30th, and save their receipts. During the week of November 27th - December 1st, bring your receipts to the Wadsworth Public Library and receive one raffle ticket in exchange for one receipt.

On Saturday, December 2nd, at Central Intermediate School, you will have the opportunity to use your raffle tickets to win prizes of your choice. The “Come Home for the Holidays” shop local program originated in 2010 by the Wadsworth Independent Business Association and continues today through the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce. Shop often in Wadsworth for more tickets and chances to win!