Sunday, June 22, 2003

Tristate business notebook

Temp service opens Norwood office

Jason Rinsky has opened an Ultimate Staffing Services franchise in Norwood. He contracted in April with the California-based company for exclusive rights to develop the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky market.

"The mission, vision and values at Ultimate Staffing . . . ideally align with my own view on business," said Rinsky, who has 12 years' experience in management, recruiting and hiring.

Initially, the company will place temporary staff on short- and long-term assignments with small-to-medium sized companies.

Ultimate Staffing was founded in 1994 and specializes in clerical, administrative, call center, logistics and light industrial staffing. In 1999 it was named by Inc. magazine as the fastest-growing privately held company in America.

The new office, which opened June 2, is at 3930 Edwards Road. Information: 731-5705.

All kinds of signs offered in Anderson

A new sign business in Anderson Township will offer everything from boat lettering to banners.

Distinctive Signs, at 7753 Five Mile Road in the Five Mile Center, fulfills an entrepreneurial dream for owners Pete Thomas and Sam Tilford. The two bring their experience in high-tech manufacturing to the business, which will use digital technology to produce many of its products.

"Distinctive Signs offers a wide variety of signs such as banners, electrical signs, window and vehicle lettering, boat lettering, construction site signs," said Tilford.

The business celebrates its grand opening 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Beginning Thursday, hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturdays by appointment.

Information: 624-8200.

Locksmith moves to Fairfield Township

A local locksmith has moved from Greenhills to Fairfield Township, but will continue to provide its mobile services to clients throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Gary's Locks, LLC is now at 4143 Hickory View Drive.

The family-owned business provides round-the-clock service for building, vehicle and safe entry.

"Our new location will allow us to expand more north toward Middletown and the Maineville/Landen area," said Gary Griffith, who operates the business with his wife Charlotte.

Information: 892-LOCK, 892-KEYS or Web site.

Excellence awards go to 4 area groups

Four area organizations have received the Ohio Award for Excellence, the state's top honor recognizing the positive impact of quality processes within non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Earning the Governor's Award for Excellence - given only to those who exhibit "world class" processes and serve as role models for others - is University of Cincinnati's Administrative and Business Services Division.

Three Tristate organizations ranked among the "Commitment to Excellence" winners. They are Middletown-based Abilities First, Cincinnati's Fifth Third Bank and Skilled Care Pharmacy, based in Mason.

The Ohio Award for Excellence is a not-for-profit organization with 80 council members who represent business, education, health care, government and not-for-profit sectors. It maintains a board of 150 examiners who evaluate applications, provide feedback to applicants and make award recommendations to the board of trustees.

It is patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Criteria cover areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, information and analysis, workforce development, process management and results achieved. Award recipients will be recognized in September in Columbus.

Information: (330) 672-2102 or Web site.

Moving? Boxes delivered to you

A new franchise delivers moving boxes right to your door.

Ronald Baker is the owner of Discount Boxes of Cincinnati, located in Anderson Township. The business is aimed at residents who want to pack their own household items for a move or for storage, and at businesses who need a steady supply of boxes.

"With just a phone call, we can deliver moving boxes and packing supplies at the most competitive prices. Delivery is free," said Baker. "We will also help you estimate your needs."

The home-based company maintains office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, but deliveries are made at a time that's convenient for the customer.

The corporate headquarters of Discount Boxes, Inc. is Marlton, N.J.

Information: 231-0600.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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