Ancra International to create 25 jobs in Springfield

Thursday, October 28, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce welcomed Ancra International to the Springfield business community with a press conference held at Commerce Pointe.

Ancra produces a full range of cargo handling systems and equipment for the loading, handling and restraint of airborne cargo, as well as an array of fittings, straps, nets and specialty restraints. The company will be providing TAC Enterprises with materials for their cargo net production operation.

Ancra expects to intially employee 20-25 workers at its facility on Progress Drive.

Chamber President and CEO Mike McDorman had this to say about the news:

“One of the wonderful success stories that has been a part of our community for 50 years is TAC Enterprises. News on Thursday that a company was moving work from Kansas to Springfield and will initially employ 20 to 25 people further demonstrates what a valuable asset TAC is to the business community.

Ancra International’s move here is to be closer to TAC, a partner in the manufacture and repair of cargo control systems for the Air Force. Some of you may know TAC under previous names, first as Town and Country School, the first educational school in the world for the mentally disabled. A part of the school was the Adult Vocational Training Program, later called the Shelter Workshop.

It’s also been known as TAC I and TAC II. TAC I on Old Selma Road is now TAC Enterprises and TAC II on Leffel Lane changed its name to Quest. Quest employs 208 and TAC Enterprises 319. It is one of the top 25 employers in Clark County. TAC Enterprises major customer is the U.S. Air Force. TAC has been repairing all of the USAF’s cargo nets since 1982, and in 2005 secured an AbilityOne contract to manufacture new nets for the Air Force. That’s what makes the announcement than Ancra International was moving here so important.

Instead of sending cargo control work from Kansas to Springfield, they’ll be sending it across the street. This will be cost effective and should solidify the contract with the USAF for the future. TAC and Quest also service such local companies as Kinedyne, Trutec, Rittal, ITT, Sweet, YSI and others. TAC and Quest are examples of how people with disabilities can be productive citizens and an important part of the business community in Greater Springfield.”

Read local news stories here:

>> WHIO Radio article

>> Springfield News-Sun article

>> Dayton Business Journal


“The Children’s Place” has grand opening in Upper Valley Mall

The Upper Valley Mall and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Children’s Place on September 24. The Children’s Place is located directly across from Old Navy in the mall. The retailer occupies a 5,000 square-foot space and specializes in children’s merchandise, ranging in sizes from newborn to 14-years-old for both boys and girls.

Upper Valley Mall Manager Brenda LaBonte was quoted in the Springfield News-Sun as saying, “Everybody has been very excited about this opening. Springfield is very family-oriented, so this is a good location for a store that offers very fashionable children’s clothing at a very good price.”

According to the News-Sun, The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. designs, contracts to manufacture and sells merchandise under the proprietary “The Children’s Place” brand name. As of July 31, the Company owned and operated 977 stores and an online store at

The opening of this store created 10 jobs, both part-time and full-time, and according to the store’s manager, they will be looking for even more help during their busy holiday season.

Safety Council – May 19 – Safety for Non-Industrial Workplace

Here is an announcement about an upcoming event for the Springfield • Clark County Safety Council:


Offices Have Issues Too!

Speaker: Charlie Hughart, Alternative Solutions Engineering, LLC


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

8:00 AM – 12 Noon – Continental Breakfast included

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Springfield

$35 PER ATTENDEE – Attendance Limited

Must prepay or pay at the door

Topics Include

  • Evaluating Your Workplace
  • HAZCOM for Office Environments
  • Sorting Out the Bloodborne Pathogens Maze
  • Worker’s Compensation in the Non-Industrial Workplace
  • Managing Workers on the Road
  • Electrical Issues in the Office
  • Snow, Ice, and Wet Floors Make for Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • What Do You Do When The Unthinkable Happens?
  • Death and Destruction in the Break Room

This seminar is aimed at the “non-industrial” workplace, such as restaurants, medical/dental facilities, sales/retail establishments, and general business offices.

While the hazards seem more incidental, they still exist and still require abatement.

So plan on spending a half-day with us exploring the safety issues faced within the everyday office.

Make your reservation today:



3. Call Val Kelly at 521-1939.

Reservations must be received or cancelled by 2PM the day prior to the meeting.

Chamber offers electric discounts to members (up to 8%)

Electric aggregation program

The PUCO has asked electric providers to come up with innovative ways to create a competitive (open) marketplace and too demonstrate that they are taking steps in that direction.  One such step that FirstEnergy has taken is to develop an electric aggregation program, the FirstEnergy Electric Savings Program.  By working with larger organizations like the Greater Springfield Chamber, it is offering discounts on their electricity (generation) to consumers – both commercial and residential.  But – it is only through organizations like the Greater Springfield Chamber that this discount can be obtained. 

Average savings $400 for biz per year (and $100 per residence per year)

Each Chamber business that signs up will save up to 8% of its electric bill.  If a business is a particularly large user, a FirstEnergy representative will work out with them an individual plan, which may mean even more savings.  It is expected that the average annual savings will be about $400 per year.   Another great benefit is that the employees of the Chamber business can also sign up and receive a discount, which averages about $100 per year in savings per household.

How to sign up

Log on to: or enroll by phone at 1-888-254-4769.  If registering online, you need to have the following information to enter:

  • Your name, your company, your title, phone, and e-mail address
  • The 20-digit customer service number on page 3 of your electric bill
  • Your 10-digit meter number
  • Your service location (address)
  • Your current utility name

Drawing – free electric for 1 year (up to $2,500) – sign up by March 31

Members of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will automatically be entered to win free electric generation from FirstEnergy Solutions for a year when you enroll! A $2,500 value! (You may choose not to sign up for our generation savings offer, but still enter the drawing by following the non-enrollment contest instructions.)

*Provide your name, full address and telephone number in a letter stating “Please enter me in the FirstEnergy Solutions Free Generation Drawing” and mail to: FirstEnergy Solutions, Greater Springfield Chamber Free Generation Contest. 314 White Pond Dr., Bldg. B-3, Akron, OH 44320. All entries must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 31, 2010.

>> How to sign up

>> Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Web site

Opportunity for Veteran-owned Businesses

DuPont Seeks Veteran-Owned Businesses

DuPont, one of the world’s most innovative chemicals, materials and energy companies, is seeking veteran-owned businesses to provide numerous construction services for the company’s new 200,000 square foot, multi-story office building construction project in Wilmington, Delaware. There will be two waves of bid packages that will be issued for bidding. The first wave will be issued around 03/29/10 and the second wave of bid packages will be issued for bidding around 04/26/10.

About DuPont
DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

In 1802, DuPont was primarily an explosives company. One hundred years ago, our focus turned to chemicals, materials and energy. Today, we deliver science-based solutions that make real differences in people’s lives around the world in areas such as food and nutrition, health care, apparel, safety and security, construction, electronics and transportation. Look closely at the things around your home and workplace, and chances are, you’ll find dozens of items made with DuPont materials.

>> Learn more

>> DuPont Web site

Chamber annual meeting focuses on biz + economy

Dr. Ned Hill speaking at the annual meeting. His 10 main points are below the video.

This video is from our Greater Springfield Chamber Annual Meeting, held on February 25, 2010 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. More than 550 people were in attendance, as well as 35 exhibitors for our Business Expo, which preceded the program.

Our keynote speaker was Ned Hill, the Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

Hill’s 30-minute talk included discussion on the 10 things to help Springfield “Live [their] dream” when practicing the fundamentals of economic development:

1. Don’t be a victim
2. Economic development is about products; Not jobs
3. Productivity growth is the basis of sustained higher income
4. Economic development is practiced through the income statement of the business
5. Economic development is generative; Not redistributive
6. Build economies from areas of strength, while intentionally addressing areas of weakness
7. The economy is regional; the world is competitive
8. Convert economic development time into political time
9. Avoid fads and silver bullet thinking; Celebrate differences and differentiators
10. Economic development investment requires a long term strategy

He encouraged us to “do the hard stuff, fix the basics and change the value proposition.” We hope that our members really took away a sense of what’s important when it comes to the role of  leadership in economic development. Can’t wait for next year’s meeting.

Thanks to Tim Bucey for the video.

>>College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

>> Watch more videos on our YouTube channel

Introducing two new hires at the Chamber

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the addition of two new employees to our team: Amanda Horine and Nicole Wroten.

Nicole Wroten is our new Marketing & Communications Specialist. She moved to Ohio this past fall from New Orleans, where she was the Web Editor at Renaissance Publishing, publishers of New Orleans Magazine. Nicole is a proud 2007 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans—a member of the second class to graduate following Hurricane Katrina. After falling in love with journalism in college and becoming an editor at Loyola’s award-winning student newspaper, The Maroon, Nicole interned with and contributed to several publications, including New Orleans Home & Lifestyles, OK! Magazine, and Elle Magazine’s With her extensive social media and Web experience, Nicole hopes to further enhance the Chamber’s social media strategy and assist in building a brand-new Web site in the near future.

Feel free to contact Nicole at or (937) 521-1945.

>>Nicole’s LinkedIn profile

Marketing & Information Systems Specialist Amanda Horine is another of the Greater Springfield Chamber’s newest members. Originating from Greenville, Ohio (yes, the home of the Maid Rite and the Great Darke County Fair) she has found herself an admirable career with us here at the Chamber. A graduate of the School of Advertising Art in 2005, a bronze ADDY award winner and a past designer at several intriguing places, she brings with her many diverse skill sets to help us further our innovative dreams. This “social bee” looks forward to meeting our members and representing her newest element, Greater Springfield.

Feel free to contact Amanda at or (937) 521-1943.

>>Amanda’s LinkedIn profile