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


SelectTech dedicates $4M adv. mfg. facility at Springfield Airport

SelectTech Services Corporation, a regional defense contractor, has just opened a facility at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The company is expected to hire 15 people in the first year, but has already created 17 jobs at the facility. 50 are expected at the end of year two, and 100 are expected by the end of year three.   Their building at the airport is a 17,000-square-foot hangar, which has been remodeled. Total cost of renovations and equipment total $4 million.

The dedication for the opening of this new facility was held on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Here is a video from the dedication:

About SelectTech Services Corporation
SelectTech Geospatial (SG) is home to the Dayton Regions’ Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) that is located at the Springfield Beckley Municipal/Air National Guard airport in Springfield, OH.

The current facility is a renovated 17,000 sq ft hangar on the flight line capable of high tech engineering & design, software development, prototyping, manufacturing & production, product validation & test (including extensive flight testing), with associated support across our extensive communication product lines.

Our facility design and equipment specifications are not only based on the needs of the core workload to be done by SGAMF – we continue to work with our partners in the region in order to effectively incorporate partner needs and gaps so that we may effectively leverage existing capabilities and infrastructure already in place in the region.

SGAMF prides itself on an end-to-end capability. So, from initial concept within our virtual collaboration lab, to full scale manufacturing and test, SGAMF will be able to cost effectively meet your needs within your schedule.

Our highly qualified staff looks forward to working with you, our customers and partners, to deliver high quality solutions that exceed your every expectation!

>> SelectTech website

>> Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport info

AAU national qualifier track & field meet coming to Springfield

The AAU national qualifier kickoff event was held at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Wittenberg University will be hosting a 2010 Amateur Athletic Union National Qualifier youth track and field meet on July 9-11 at the Earl F. Morris Track.

Mayor Copeland was on hand to speak about this fantastic event ion Springfield. See video:

Event volunteers are needed for this premier youth sporting event that will bring more than 1000 athletes and their families to our community. Volunteer opportunities range from registration and check-in, to throwing and jumping events.

To volunteer, please contact Andrea King at:

About AAU
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever,” is shared by over 500,000 participants and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 56 distinct Districts. These Districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 30,000 age division events.

>> Springfield News-Sun article

>> AAU Web site

Value Builder Workshop with Don Gray – recap

NET Incubator and the Dayton Development Coalition held a special “Value Builder Workshop” with guest speaker Don Gray, President of Sales Engineering Group. The workshop was endorsed by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and was held at Commerce Pointe in Downtown Springfield on April 6.

In his talk, Gray asked the over 25 business leaders, “Why is your value message important?” “In today’s competitive marketplace, the way you present your company’s value message is the single most important marketing tool you can possess,” Gray said.

He focused on 6 key things to building a business’ value message:

  1. Know the target market or markets that are best suited for what you offer.
  2. Profile an ideal customer as a benchmark to target and measure your sales and marketing activity.
  3. Know the results you can produce for your customers through your solutions and/or services
  4. Identify the key titles that you will sell to and the results they are responsible to produce.
  5. Determine how you can impact that person’s results they are responsible to produce.
  6. Build a product map that shows the results that it produces for the customer.

In the following video, Gray discusses a customer’s perception of value and how customers see businesses as a provider of value today. Watch video below:

For more information on the Chamber’s upcoming events, including  the “Small Business Borrowing Workshop”  on April 13, call Amanda  at (937) 521-1943 or e-mail her at for more information.

About Don Gray
Don has enjoyed a 30-year career in sales, marketing, international management, and sales development. Over his career he has developed an extensive background in systems software, database and business application technologies, and data warehousing solutions. Don has held positions in sales, management, marketing, international management, and strategic planning. Additionally, Don has been responsible for sales education development and deployment activities, and has extensive experience in facilitating both sales skills and business solution workshop sessions worldwide.

Don started Sales Engineering Group in 2001 to help businesses better define their value message and to improve the delivery of the value message through their selling organization. He works with his clients to focus on implementing and ope rationalizing new value messaging, marketing approaches, and selling techniques to retain customers and grow their business. His clients include NCR, Qualcomm, Mellon Bank, Invensys, Intel, Turner Construction, Hartzell Propeller, and Trimble Navigation.

About Sales Engineering Group
Sales Engineering Group drives increased revenues, supports higher margins, and improves the acquisition and retention of customers by:

  • Identifying and exposing the value inherent in your products and services
  • Positioning and selling your value to prospective and existing customers
  • Aligning delivery with your value proposition
  • Reinforcing the value delivered for long term profitable customer retention

>> NET Incubator Web site

>> Sales Engineering Group Web site

>> Dayton Development Coalition

The Chamber (Part 1): 11 staff, 200+ yrs experience

Chamber Staff

I’ve had the need to communicate information about the Chamber, and I’m going to do that in a multi-part series.  The first entry focuses on the Chamber staff and provides some additional information about them.

Over 200 years of experience

What I found most surprising after doing the research and talking to our staff, was that our staff has a tremendous amount of experience.  There are no “neophytes” here; the amount of relevant experience ranges from 13 to 39.  You can find pictures of the entire gang here –  Also, you can call the main telephone number at 937.325.7621 or send a fax to 937.325.8765, and you will be connected with the appropriate staff person.

Mike McDorman, President

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Mike is a Springfield, Ohio native.  After obtaining his marketing degree in 1989, he went on to work for the $2.6 billion utility giant OhioEdison, where he reached the level of Area Manager, when he left to head up the Greater Springfield Chamber in 2006.  Mike is extremely active in the community and serves on the boards of United Way, Junior Achievement, and the Nehemiah Foundation as well as being involved in countless community groups and task forces as well as service organizations like Rotary.  Since taking over the helm of the Chamber, membership has grown to its strongest level, the Chamber has received awards for member retention, communication, economic development marketing, and economic development projects.

Kathy McPommell, VP of Operations


VP of Operations Kathy McPommell has over 30 years with the Chamber and oversees the Chamber’s day-to-day activities.  Before joining the organization in 1977, she also worked for Stevenson’s Heating & Air Conditioning and Antioch University.  Kathy is a Springfield, Ohio native.  She is involved in all facets of the Chamber’s work, including Chamber, CVB and CIC projects, as well as supervising the staff.

Chris Schutte, Director of Marketing

Email, LinkedIn, Twitter, Internet

Chris is the current Director of Marketing at the Greater Springfield Chamber and Visitors and Conventions Bureau.  He’s also on the Board of Directors for Leadership Clark County and the Westcott House Foundation as well as President for Eyes Wide Open Worldwide.  Chris joined the Chamber in 2007 after owning and running a successful business in Springfield as well as an upscale men’s shop on Hilton Head Island.  Chris also has almost ten years experience as marketing and retail development director for a limited partnership in Hilton Head that dealt in hotel/motel properties, golf courses, retail stores, art galleries and more.

Amy Donahoe, Director of Hiring & Employer Services

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Amy first became involved with the Chamber in 2006 when she joined the Chamber Ambassador Team, and served as Co-Chair in 2007. It was during this 2007 term that she earned the honor of Ambassador of the Year, as voted by her peers. Prior to working for the Chamber, Amy was employed by OIC of Clark County from 2001 – 2008. While at OIC, Amy serviced the Clark County businesses and community in her role as the Local Hiring Coordinator. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she received her Bachelor degree in Communications and Human Resource Management. Amy is in her 8th year of service on the Springfield Human Resource Management Association advisory board, including holding the position of President of the board in 2004. She also graduated from Leadership Clark County in 2003, and joined the Leadership Clark County Board in January of 2007.

Mindy Tillman, Director of Technology Services

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Mindy is a Springfield native who prior to joining the Chamber in 2000 worked as office manager for DocuSource/Xerox, marketing and environmental for Emro Marketing, the North American headquarters of Speedway SuperAmerica.  Although her title reveals her expertise in hard- and software as well as network issues, Mindy also uses her marketing background to assist with many of the Chamber’s graphic design, electronic marketing, and public relations needs.

Chad Yancey, Finance Director

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Chad is originally from Anderson, Indiana, and after he graduated from Anderson University, he went to work for Kone Materials Handling first as a Cost Accountant, then as a supervisor.  After four years there, he accepted a position as a Controller for a 21-physician mutiple specialty practice (Springfield Medical and Surgery Center).  From there, he worked for Clark, Shaefer, Hackett Certified Public Accountants and then later for Aetna Building Maintenance as VP of Finance and Administration.  In 1999, he founded his own private practice so that he could spend more time with his family.  In 2005, he accepted the Chamber as a client and became its functional Finance Director.

Tim Bucey, Communications Specialist

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Tim grew up in western Pennsylvania, in the community of Paris, about 30 miles from Pittsburgh.  He attended Marshall University and was the sports editor of the paper there, turning the reins over to the person who was killed in the fateful 1970 crash.  He served for a short time on the staff of the Weirton Times (West Virginia) and the Pittsburgh Press (intern) before starting his 36-year tenure with the Springfield News-Sun, where he was a sports and business/feature writer as well as sports editor.

Pam Johnson, Executive Assistant & Receptionist

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Pam hails from Enon, Ohio, and has a very diverse professional background.  After an 14 years with a Houston-based steel company at its Houston and Atlanta locations in sales, Pam ran sales and training for a variety of health clubs for over ten years.  She then joined Community Mercy Health Partners and served in a variety of administrative capacities with hospital executive management.  She is the newest member of the Chamber team, joining this year.

Val Kelly, Member Benefits/Publications Assistant

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Val is a native of Springfield, OH and she has worked for the Chamber for 18 years, joining in 1992.  She started her career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and then worked for Commonwealth Life Insurance for 25 years performing a variety of administrative functions.  She also obtained licenses in both real estate and insurance.  Val staffs the Minority Business Committee and Safety Council and serves in a variety of other Chamber capacities.

Ellen Weaver, Accounting Assistant

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Ellen hails from Dayton, Ohio and has performed accounting functions for a variety of companies prior to coming to the Chamber in 2003, including the Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, Waterfield Mortgage (Ft. Wayne, IN), Shambaugh & Son Construction, R&M Materials Handling (6 years), Woolpert (Dayton, OH) as well as company by the name of Dox.  She also had a brief stint with BF Goodrich in Akron as a Raw Materials Specialist.

David Zak, VP of Economic Development

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