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Secretary Husted Recognizes Century-Old Businesses in June’s Ohio Business Profile Program

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June is Centennial Business Month

 

COLUMBUS –Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile Program will be featuring “Centennial Businesses” throughout the month of June.

“To stay in operation for over 100 years, these businesses have experienced a lot of change from the industrial revolution to the technological revolution and they have adapted to meet the needs of their customers,” Secretary Husted said.

 “These businesses are worth honoring for the important role they have played in their communities,” Secretary Husted added. “They’ve created jobs for generations of families and provided quality products and services for their customers to help everybody grow and prosper.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Hyde Park Lumber Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a family-owned and operated business specializing in high-quality building materials such as molding, trim and doors. The company was founded by Myers Cooper in 1902 who went on to serve as Governor of Ohio from 1929 to 1931.
  • Wilson Bohannan Lock Company (Marion, Ohio) manufactures state-of-the-art padlocks and locking devices for customers around the world. The company started in 1860 in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Ohio in 1926 for its more central location to customers and railroads used to ship the locks.
  • Apollo Theatre (Oberlin, Ohio) is the oldest movie theatre in Northeast Ohio that has been in operation continuously and now has two screens with digital projection to play mainstream movies as well as independent and classic films. Moviegoers have been frequenting the Apollo Theatre since 1913. 
  • Fifth Ave Floral Company (Columbus, Ohio) has provided fresh flowers, gifts and floral designs to customers since 1901. Though they are now located on Kenny Road in Columbus, Ohio, their name still honors their heritage and original location on 5th Avenue.
  • Bolin-DierkesFuneral Home (Zanesville, Ohio) has been serving families in the Zanesville area since 1907. The Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home is still family owned and operated and their mission is to lighten the load, and burden of grief for their customers.
  • Buckeye Shapeform (Columbus, Ohio) was founded in 1902 as Buckeye Stamping Company and primarily produced seamless tin containers and delivered to their customers by horse-drawn wagons. Now, Buckeye Shapeform specializes in aluminum products, some of which supply the U.S. military and fire stations.
  • Kuhlman Corporation (Maumee, Ohio) provides construction products including ready-mixed concrete, bricks and sewer materials to projects in Northern Ohio and Southern Michigan. The Kuhlman Corporation has been in business since the turn of the century in 1901.
  • Toledo Ticket Company (Toledo, Ohio) now serves all 50 states and more than 30 countries around the world with their wide variety of business solutions including access cards, parking passes and security credentials. The Toledo Ticket Company started in 1910. 
  • Ritter’s Office Outfitters (Mansfield, Ohio) was established in 1871 and provides businesses around Ohio with office supplies and furniture. Ritter’s Office Outfitters remains an active member in the Mansfield community and the local Chamber of Commerce.


In January 2016, Secretary Husted announced that 2015 was Ohio’s sixth consecutive year of record business growth and Ohio set an all-time one-month record in March 2016. Ohio has seen a 21.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses and a 24.4 percent drop in rejections from 2010 to 2015. This growth can largely be attributed to Secretary Husted’s efforts to provide better customer service to Ohio businesses by reducing the costs associated with registering a new business, ensuring faster processing time and launching online services at the Ohio Business Central.

In addition, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program in 2015. Ohio businesses now have easy access to free tools through Google when they apply to start a business online with the Secretary of State’s office and Ohio is now the least costly state in the region to start and maintain a new business. Learn more by reading Secretary Husted’s guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

Launched in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website, where Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

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Ohio Business Profile Feature Video

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