Business

When leaders do the right thing they expect the company to hold up its end

At times, work in the coal mine was difficult and emotional. One such set of events occurred when I was a track construction foreman. One crew member, Earnest, was on disability with a work-related accident. He had broken his neck from hitting his head on the mine top while driving a large ...

Davis picked as 2nd VP of CCAO board

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) announces that Monroe County Commissioner Carl Davis has been selected to serve as 2nd vice president of the 2018 CCAO Board of Directors. “Advancing effective county government is part of CCAO’s mission, and I’m honored to continue ...

Leaders need to listen to employees in times of change

In 1985, I took a job as the training manager at BorgWarner Chemicals’ Woodmar plant south of Parkersburg. This work experience was one of my most exciting and valuable. I was immediately impressed with the plant’s culture. Every meeting began with the topic of safety, quite a change from ...

Iddings Trucking to close

After filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, it seems a longtime trucking company will be closing its doors for good this week. Iddings Trucking, located at 741 Blue Knob Road, received a motion to convert to chapter 7 after it was thought the company might be able to pull through. ...

McClung promoted to chief editor of Woodcraft Magazine

From local reports PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft Magazine has promoted Chad McClung from managing editor to chief editor, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Tim Snyder, who decided to spend more time at home in Connecticut with his family but will continue with the magazine as a senior editor and ...

Leaders must maintain an awareness of their own emotional mental state

As a supervisor in a coal mine, some of my most stressful days were those with major equipment breakdowns. These difficult days were magnified on day shift when most managers worked. When key equipment broke down, I had frequent phone calls from the mine foreman who was in the foremen’s ...

Ambiguity creates confusion, erodes trust in the workplace

The management culture of the first mine where I worked was to support and treat supervisors fairly. The supervisory support by the leaders of the second mine was more spotty. Let me describe one incident in particular. The shift foreman, my boss, told me in no uncertain terms that I would be ...

IHOP construction almost done

Construction on the Marietta IHOP is just about wrapped as the project superintendent said he will be ready to turn the project over to the owner early next week. Superintendent Danny Nickel, with RSI General Contractors out of Sunbury, said Tuesday that all that is left to do is to add ...

Local design studio owner attends leadership conference in California

From local reports Pamela Holschuh, owner of Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, recently attended the national leadership conference for the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) in San Diego, California. This new event brought together designers from all market sectors, firm sizes, and ...

Teamwork is well worth the effort

As a coal mine supervisor, I saw and treated a number of accidents. In the event of an accident with injury to one or more miners, all animosity was put aside. Never have I seen such teamwork come together so quickly. One day as my roof bolters, Tom and Ray, were installing permanent ...

Times launches new online job board

Local businesses and job-seekers have always trusted The Marietta Times to help them find the perfect match to meet their goals. With jobs.mariettatimes.com and the newspaper’s new partnership with RealMatch that search can be more effective than ever. “TheJobNetwork available through ...

Comfort Keepers collaborates with Stanford U. on new study

As America’s population ages and the number of those with severe health issues increases, a new study has found that family caregivers run the risk of social isolation and depression when they take on the job of caring for a severely ill loved one without help. The Stanford Center on ...

Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics, LLC, celebrates opening new facility in Nov.

From local reports BELPRE — Miller Prosthetics and Orthotics, LLC, 2354 Richmiller Lane, Belpre, celebrated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon cutting presented by Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 2. Owned by Nancy and Mark Miller, the company has a second location at 2601 ...

Leaders need to be considerate, creative when solving conflicts

While a production foreman in an underground coal mine, I had to mediate a conflict between two crew members. I had two roof bolting machines on my section. The scoop car man, who supplied the bolting machines, and the roof bolter operators were aggravated with each other because the scoop car ...

Washington County earns clean report in state audit

A recent financial audit of Washington County by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report. The Washington County Auditor’s Office’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award. Washington County Auditor Bill McFarland credited the obtaining ...

Woodcraft Supply employees earn national awards

PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft Supply employees recently earned two national awards for effective use of technology to forecast product demand and to offer content to Woodcraft.com users. Jason Guthrie, director of purchasing, received the Avercast Crystal Ball Award at the Avercast 2017 Customer ...

Sometimes followers need to step up and say what they think

A number of memorable strikes occurred in my mining career. One resulted from a miner not receiving a half hour overtime to which he felt entitled. This strike lasted seven days. I administered an informal survey of the sentiments of my fellow shift mates. I found out that most of them wanted ...

Gran Ranchero offers Mexican cuisine

The scheduled grand opening of the Gran Ranchero restaurant Tuesday was postponed, but that didn't deter the dining public. The restaurant, which has been open for business since Nov. 11, by 6 p.m. was rapidly filling up. The Mexican food restaurant, with 10,000 square feet of floor area, ...

Examining work processes can pay off

I have owned a number of dogs in my life. My favorite was my first, one with a rich, black, wavy coat sporting a streak of white on his chest. At night when I looked out the bathroom window, I saw his shape curled in the moonlight. Every morning, he was at the back door to greet me as I began ...