Investor Spotlight Article- Premier Bank

The Premier Bank story is about the people who make the bank what it is. Customers, employees and the communities Premier Bank serves, drives them to be the best they can be! It’s from the customers that they find their purpose, energy and inspiration. That’s what it means to be Powered by People.

“Powered by People” is more than a tagline for Premier Bank; it’s their philosophy and shapes the way they do business. Decisions are made by employees who are local to the area, know the people and understand the market – all of which result in smarter problem solving and more customized banking solutions. Their employees believe in a hands-on, face-to-face approach to customer service, and feel individual ownership over the wellbeing of those they serve. The bank prioritizes personal interaction for those who prefer it, but is driven to move technology forward to improve efficiencies and customer experiences.

“Our commitment to providing excellence in service extends beyond banking. What really makes Premier Bank different is that we are known for our strong customer relationships and our support of the communities we serve,” explained Jim Williams, Market President for Premier Bank. “It’s because we see ourselves as more than just a bank. Our employees truly care for our customers, and consider them friends and neighbors.”

Premier Bank is a full-service community bank that offers traditional banking services, including residential, commercial, and consumer loans, as well as a broad range of deposit account services for retail and commercial customers. The Bank operates retail branches, loan offices and wealth offices in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“It is our vision to be the partner of choice in every community we serve. Whether someone is looking to finance a home, open a checking account, start the business they’ve always dreamed of or connect others to our resources, we want to provide the best in community banking,” said Vince Liuzzi, EVP and Chief Banking Officer, Community Banking Group Head for Premier Bank. “We appreciate the uniqueness that every client brings, even the challenges. Providing personalized service is one of our top priorities as a community bank.”

If you are looking for a fulfilling career in financial services, Premier Bank provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. Visit YourPremierBank.com/Careers for more information.

Investor Spotlight Article- APT Manufacturing, Hicksville, Ohio

APT Manufacturing Solutions has been providing high-tech solutions to manufacturing problems for over 25 years. Founded initially in a 2500 square foot facility as machining and machine building, APT is now manufacturing in a 75,000 square foot facility with state-of-the art equipment, technology, and people. The company’s operations are ISO 9001:2015 certified, as well as RIA Safety Certified for Robotic Integration. APT Manufacturing is an authorized FANUC robotic integrator and certified at the highest level (IV).

Specialties include:

  • Precision Machining | CNC production | low volume toolroom work
  • Fabrication | laser cutting | bending | MIG and TIG welding of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum | powder coating
  • Machine Building | robotic and non-robotic equipment | assembly machinery | packaging and end-of-line solutions | machine tending
  • Industrial Training Systems | trainers and curriculum built for vocational schools, community colleges, and universities | partnered with FANUC America, Rockwell Automation, and Miller Welding | sold in a reseller network throughout the USA
  • Swivellink® Intelligently Designed Solutions | industrial mounting systems for cameras, lights, sensors | machine guarding systems | robot pedestals and accessories | www.swivellink.com

One of the largest competitive advantages for APT is the ability to control so much of the manufacturing operation under one roof. For example, parts that need machined and welded, or laser cut and machined, all manufactured in-house. When designing and building equipment, the company has robust teams with high-technical experience in: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software programming, panel building, machining, welding, assembly, installation, and service. It’s very unique to find a partner who can help you solve complex manufacturing problems without sourcing a piece of the project.

Above all else, APT Manufacturing Solutions is committed to employee development and training in the manufacturing space. This begins with the idea that it cannot continue to grow without constantly producing talented engineers, programmers, machinists, and fabricators. It supports this mission by a one-of-a-kind high school training program, where 10 high school students are selected to spend the afternoons at APT learning each segment of manufacturing (year one) and a deeper dive into their career target (year two). APT furthers this development post-graduation with 6 registered apprenticeship programs that funnel a handful of new employees through the pipeline each year. This passion for education has given way to APT Manufacturing Solutions commitment to building training systems and curriculum that teaches Industry 4.0 and IIoT manufacturing in vocational schools, trade schools, and universities throughout the United States.

APT Manufacturing is always looking for the right people to join the team — Apply at www.aptmfg.com/careers.

Investor Spotlight Article – Keller Logistics Group, Defiance, Ohio

The business climate continues to shift towards the convenience of shopping online and same-day delivery services. We are seeing the supply chain and logistics industry respond to this demand by embracing innovative business plans and strengthening infrastructure. One of our local businesses in Defiance, Ohio that continues to strive for greatness in the logistics market is third-party logistics provider (3PL), Keller Logistics Group.

The business began in the 60’s, when Thomas E. Keller bought his first truck and trailer. By 1978, Tom, incorporated his business and Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc. was born. The company has grown significantly over the past 43 years to include the corporate operations company, Keller Logistics Group, and affiliates- Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing, and Keller Freight Solutions. Keller Trucking now operates 250 tractors and 700 trailers. Keller Warehousing & Co-Packing consists of over 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space throughout the country and two co-packing facilities. Keller Freight Solutions works with over 3,000 carrier partners.

Keller Logistics Group is locally family owned and operated by Thomas E. Keller’s nephews, CEO Bryan Keller, and his brother Aaron Keller, Chief Sales Officer. The Keller family values the relationships built with business partners as well as retaining a quality workforce. Keller Logistics Group and affiliates currently consists of 633 full time, part time, and temporary employees and continues to grow. To learn more about current available job opportunities, click here: https://kellerlogistics.com/careers/

The ability to adapt and create innovative strategies in the logistics sector has paid off for the Keller Logistics Group. The company has been named one of the Top 20 Fleets to Drive for in North America and Canada by The Truckload Carriers Association for the past four years. Other notable accomplishments include:

  • Named Top 3PL (third-party logistics provider) and Cold Storage Provider by Food Logistics Magazine 2016-2020
  • Named as an EPA SmartWay Transport Partner High Performer from 2017-2020
  • Named a Top Company for Women to Work For in the Transportation Industry by Women in Transportation’s magazine, Redefining in the Road in 2019.
  • Named one of Inc. magazine’s top 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2019

A passion for helping others and giving back to the community through their philanthropic efforts is also a core focus of the company. Three cents per mile driven by their Autism Awareness wrapped truck is allocated to Autism related initiatives. The Keller family and employees are also proud of Operation K.A.V.I.C. (Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis). The company has raised $336,118 since 2015 to help local veterans with gaps in their benefits. With decades of expertise in the supply chain management field, Keller Logistics Group has proven to be an asset to the local community and continues to be a leader in the logistics industry. The company will continue its aggressive growth plan for all of its business units which will provide significant opportunities for the residents of NW Ohio.

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