Ohio has a long and diverse business history, and its many miles of shoreline, numerous ports, abundant water supplies, and more recently, inexpensive energy sources, make it one of the most enduring states in the nation for manufacturing. Jefferson County alone is home to many manufacturing businesses, ranging from small, independently owned facilities to large corporations with a multitude of products being produced and shipped across the country and around the world each year.

The theme for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s 109th Annual Awards Dinner & Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th is “A Salute To Manufacturing” and will give a much-deserved nod to the local manufacturers who live and work here. The featured speaker will be Mr. Rob Brundrett, Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA).

Mr. Brundrett coordinates OMA’s day-to- day lobbying efforts at the statehouse and before the executive branch. He works extensively with manufacturing leaders on a variety of issues, including workers’ compensation, environment, healthcare, workforce, and taxes. He also manages important legal and ethics compliance functions for OMA. Prior to being named Director of Public Policy Services, Mr. Brundrett worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Auditor of State, Dave Yost.

The 2017 Gold level sponsors include Apollo Pro Cleaning & Restoration , WTOV9 , Franciscan University of Steubenville , Grae-Con Construction , Muxie Distributing Company , Eastern Gateway Community College , Trinity Health System and The Ridgefield Group.

Silver sponsors for 2017 are Colonial Heights/UMH Properties , Ambulance Service, Inc ., Checker Transportation and Jefferson Security Services. The annual dinner meeting is held each year to bring local business people together to celebrate the year’s successes, honor volunteers, and present awards in five categories (please see section below).

Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, the presentation, and an after-dinner drink and dessert bar. Tables of eight may be reserved.  St. Florian Hall in Wintersville is the location for this year’s meeting with cocktails beginning at 6 and dinner and presentations at 7. Nomination submissions and ticket purchases may be processed through the Chamber website. For more information, please call the Chamber offices at 740-282-6226.