Kelly Sposito: The caretaker of Harbor Perk

by STEFANIE WESSELL

ASHTABULA – When Harbor Perk owner Kelly Sposito hires a new employee, she tells her new worker that the Harbor Perk has three things: really great coffee, a great environment and great people.

King Luminaire: Growth without sacrificing safety

by LAUREN SIPPLE

JEFFERSON – With King Luminaire’s recent completion of a 53,000-square-foot addition to the facility at a capital cost of approximately $3.5 million, plus an unparalleled safety record of 3,000+ days without a loss-time accident, it’s easy to see how King Luminaire in Jefferson has been nominated for a Best of the County award in Manufacturing Business Growth and Innovation.

Everlast Roofing, Inc.: Eyeing Orwell plant expansion

by DORIS COOK

ORWELL - Everlast Roofing, Inc., relocated its northeast Ohio manufacturing facility from Painesville in Lake County to southern Ashtabula County in Orwell with expectations to expand. Corporate headquarters with the initial manufacturing plant are located in Lebanon, Pa. Manufacturers of high-quality metal building components since 1996 for residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture buildings, the company was started by President/CEO Craig Covell.

Erie Bank: Innovation in service through empowering people

by GABRIEL McVEY

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - The Erie Bank branch on State Road in Ashtabula Township doesn’t offer products or services any different than any other bank in Ashtabula County – as Dave Bogardus, vice president of commercial lending there, will tell you – but it does offer a different philosophy when it comes to how those services are delivered.

Infinity Resources: Building a workforce

by STEFANIE WESSELL

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – Infinity Resources, Inc. is known for its staffing services, but now the company has enlarged its focus to not only helping companies hire employees, but also to helping those employees prepare themselves for the workforce.

Ashtabula County Port Authority: Working to increase the county’s economic growth

by DORIS COOK

JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County Port Authority (ACPA) has increased its leverage to bring economic growth along with jobs to the county since its formation more than a few decades ago. In 2006 to 2009, the ACPA Board bought the abandoned First Energy, Inc., Plant C in Ashtabula Township, acquiring the water intake system used by about six industrial plants along Lake Road and vital to keeping over 1,500 jobs intact.