Business briefs

COMPANY GETS APPROVAL: Litco Manufacturing in Vienna, a division of Litco International, Inc., has received approval from the Association of American Railroads for the company’s dunnage and void-fill solution.

The association’s Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee OK’d Litco’s wood-reinforced corrugated void fillers, a lightweight filler to help pack cargo loads in trailers or overseas containers.

To receive the association’s approval, a company must have the association oversee and approve the testing, standards and requirements related to railcar loading and transit methodology for the product.

STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR AG-LINK: The deadline for farmers and agribusinesses to apply for the 2020 Ag-LINK program is Friday.

Through the program, farmers and agribusinesses may qualify for reduced interest loans for operating costs related to feed, seed, fertilizer, fuel and other expenses.

Through this application period, farm operators and agribusiness owners based in Ohio can receive an interest rate reduction on loans up to $150,000.

Those interested in Ag-LINK should contact their ag-lender to begin the online loan application process. More information on the Ag-LINK program can be found online at http://ohiotreasurer.gov/aglink.

People on the Move

RETAILER HONORED: Stephen Sprague, owner of Sprague’s Vacuums Plus in Warren, was recently inducted into the Vacuum Dealer Trade Association’s Hall of Fame.

He was honored at a ceremony during the association’s trade convention in February in Las Vegas.

Sprague was nominated by his peers in the industry, in part, because of the his businesses “Vacuums for Veterans” event that gave away 50 vacuum cleaners to U.S. military veterans last year.

The idea took off and a social media post went viral, resulting in Sprague’s giving away 120 vacuums.

He was the only vacuum dealer who received the award this year.

ONE HEALTH ADDS COUNSELOR: ONE Health Ohio in Youngstown has brought on behavioral health counselor John Kelly at the health care provider’s Newton Falls location, 175 E. Broad St.

Kelly, a graduate of Youngstown State University who has been in the field since 2015, will treat child, adolescent and adult patients.

LOCAL MEN ELITE DRIVERS: Christopher Bray of Brookfield and Thomas Lepo of Hubbard are among 56 UPS drivers from Ohio inducted into the Circle of Honor, an honorary group of UPS drivers who have achieved 25 years or more of accident-free driving.

The group contains 375 drivers from Ohio with more than 10,300 years of accident-free driving.

Bray works in Middleburg Heights and Lepo, the Mahoning Valley.

AKRON CHILDREN’S ADDS PHYSIATRIST: Dr. Adam Bartlett has joined the pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Prior to joining Akron Children’s, Bartlett was a pediatric physiatrist at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California.

Akron Children’s has locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.