Welcome to Greenfield, Ohio:
Longtime Greenfield Treasurer
Marguerite Penn dies at age 99
Marguerite Penn, 99, who served as Greenfield Treasurer for more than 40 years, passed away Sept. 11, 2016. At the time of her retirement in 2008 at the age of 91, she was believed to be the oldest elected official in the State of Ohio.
City Manager Ron Coffey, who is Mrs. Penn's nephew, said she is fondly remembered by the staff members who worked with her. "Aunt Marg loved her job and loved Greenfield. Many people have shared memories with me about this wonderful lady who was so friendly and kind-hearted. Those who knew her often commented about her positive nature and how she never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Penn family."
MARGUERITE PENN OBITUARY
From the city manager
Greenfield has been somewhat giddy since the announcement in 2015 that Corvac Composites had chosen to establish a facility in our Greene Countrie Towne. Production began in spring of 2016, and Corvac celebrated its Grand Opening on June 16.
I had the privilege of attending the grand opening celebration of Corvac in Greenfield, renewing ties with the top management team, meeting some of the local workforce, and celebrating the occasion with elected officials and many others who work hard to bring jobs to the area.
I was surprised when Corvac CEO Jim Fitzell called me up front to help him with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Many others have done much more in showcasing our community and facilitating Corvac’s arrival. Our Greenfield Village Council members and staff were glad to do what we could -- and what a pleasant experience it was to see a host of local faces among the employees!
“So far, being in Ohio has been a wonderful thing for us,” Fitzell told the audience. “I’ve said it all along; we came here because of the people.” He thanked everyone present for their part in Corvac expanding to Greenfield and the company’s customers, the whole reason Corvac exists.
“We are delighted to be here,” he said.
Greenfield welcomes Corvac Composites as a partner in the revitalization of our community. Perhaps the best way that any entrepreneur can help a community is to run a successful business, employ local people, and participate in the life of that community. Corvac is on the right track!
It is a real blessing for Greenfield to be selected as the site of a new Corvac operation. This company has already established a remarkable record of producing quality products for the auto industry, and has promised to provide at least 175 jobs at the Greenfield facility. Corvac would have been welcome in any city in America! To Jim Fitzell and the administration of Corvac, I can only say thank you on behalf of our community. I know that local Operations Manager Sean Rusiecki and others have worked very hard preparing the site and ramping up production.
Likewise, Greenfield is grateful to our elected officials, the dedicated people at JobsOhio and APEG, and those working at the local, county, regional and state level to help bring jobs to our community.
Jobs play a key role in achieving the American Dream. Jobs put food on the table, money in the bank, and foster a sense of pride in the worker. Greenfield has always been a community of hard-working and proud people. Corvac’s decision to come to Greenfield gives these fine citizens a chance to grow and prosper with a progressive and successful company.
We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Corvac Composites and wish them all the best!
THANK YOU Y-GRADALE!
The beautiful flower boxes in downtown Greenfield are lovingly maintained by members of Y-Gradale, a Christian women's service organization that does a lot of good in the community, including helping with Greenfield’s Cleanup and Beautification Days, planting and watering of flowers and bushes in the downtown area. The ladies of Y-Gradale paused briefly on May 7, 2016 to have their picture taken. Y-Gradale continues to make a positive difference in Greenfield!
Greenfield and Corvac featured
in JobsOhio Annual Report
Recently the JobsOhio Annual Report came out for 2015, and one of the successes celebrated was the successful recruitment of Corvac Composites LLC to Greenfield to occupy the former RR Donnelley building. The heading for the story on page 53 is “Spirit of cooperation helps Corvac transform shuttered site.” The article talks about the collaborative approach taken by elected officials, JobsOhio and other organizations and agencies to help bring jobs to Greenfield. By the end of 2018, Corvac has pledged to create 175 jobs here, so that is definitely big news for Greenfield and the entire region! It's good to know that Greenfield is getting some positive mention around the state. The entire report is rather large but can be viewed or downloaded from the JobsOhio website: www.jobs-ohio.com or a direct link is posted HERE.
AN AERIAL VIEW OF GREENFIELD'S PADDLE ON PAINT CREEKFEST
Brian Carle posted some drone footage of the Paddle on Paint Creekfest that took place May 17, 2015 and the view is magnificent! The images can be viewed on youtube by clicking HERE.
Paddle on Paint Creekfest takes place on the third Sunday of May and is sponsored by Greening Greater Greenfield, also known as G3.
GREENFIELD RAIL LINE
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS NEARLY COMPLETE
The Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project commenced in June 2015 with the contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, working to improve the bridges, crossings, rail and signals along 29.5 miles of railroad from Greenfield to Midland.
The project comes with a price tag of about $4 million and is largely funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration, with supplemental grants from the state of Ohio, county and local support.
The EDA grant investment is for $2,625,788. Thus far, the project has created 94 jobs, retained 776 jobs, and leveraged more than $10 million in private investment.
"The Village of Greenfield is grateful to the EDA and the various state agencies who are supporting this project," said City Manager Ron Coffey. "In addition, the Highland County Commissioners, Highland County Engineer, Village of Leesburg, and several employers have contributed towards making this project a reality."
HDR Engineering is the project engineer, and Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract in March following a competitive bidding process.
The photos on this page show some of the construction activity. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2016.
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