COVID grants, Mechanics Bank promotions, patent


Local businesses encouraged to apply for COVID relief grants

COLUMBUS – Applications are open for businesses and local sites in the form of grant programs to help Ohio industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives were implemented by Senate Bills 108 and 109, legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly. State Representative Marilyn John (R-Richland County) supported both bills and co-sponsored SB 108.

The Ohio Restaurant, Entertainment and Accommodation Grant Relief Programs offer grants of $ 10,000, $ 20,000, or $ 30,000 based on the percentage of lost income over income 2019 versus 2020 revenues. The new Small Business Grants program offers grants of $ 10,000 to new small businesses in Ohio established as of January 1, 2020.

Each program will require applicants to have an OH | ID, and companies considering applying can get an OH | ID now, if they don’t already have one. Register on OH | ID ( by creating an account with a username and password. Click Create OH | ID Account to create an OH | ID account.

All four programs will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation are available at For any questions, please email [email protected]

Mechanical bank announces promotions

MANSFIELD – Mechanics Bank has promoted three employees to senior vice president.

David Baumann joined Mechanics in 2010 as Director of Human Resources and now serves as Director of Sales and Service, Human Resources and Facilities for the branch. Dave holds a BA from Franklin University and an MBA from Ashland University. Additionally, Dave is a graduate of the Ohio Bankers League Bank Management School and is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Philippe mcclenathan

Philip McClenathan joined Mechanics in 2000, holding a number of positions over the past 21 years, many of which have focused in the consumer and commercial loan departments. Phil now holds the position of Senior Credit Officer and Commercial Lending Officer. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He is a graduate of the Ohio Bankers League (OBL) School of Banking, OBL Bank Leadership Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking (GSB), and Financial Management School of the GSB.

Gregory Muméa

Gregory Mumea joined Mechanics in 2005 as Head of Residential Mortgages and now serves as Director of Residential Mortgages and Consumer Lending. Mumea holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.

Local businesses get patent, federal contract

WASHINGTON, DC – Therm-O-Disc of Mansfield has been awarded a patent developed by six co-inventors for a “pressure sensor assembly and method of manufacturing a pressure sensor assembly.”

A pressure sensor is a device that converts pressure into a pneumatic or electrical signal for remote control and transmission. In a conventional pressure sensor, the pressure sensitive component and the control circuit are designed to be separated from each other, so that the overall size or volume occupied by the device is too large and the reliability is bad.

Additionally, Mansfield’s Gorman-Rupp company won a $ 204,666 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, Columbus, for equipment and abrasives.

AEP Ohio Offers Money Saving Tips

GAHANNA – When the temperature rises, so do the electricity bills. AEP Ohio, an American electricity company, has a few tips for keeping an energy efficient home during the summer months:

  • Turn off lights, fans, and electronics when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with Energy Star LEDs.
  • Unplug devices, such as phone chargers, when not in use. They still consume energy, even when they are turned off. Note: Unplugging your DVR / Cable may interrupt your favorite TV shows recordings and cause a complete system restart.
  • Use smart power strips for electronic devices like computers and televisions. They can detect when a device is turned off or not in use and automatically cut off the power.
  • Close the blinds to prevent the sun from increasing the indoor temperature.
  • Consider keeping the thermostat at 78 degrees while circulating cool air with box and ceiling fans.
  • Caulk, caulk and insulate windows and doors wherever air leaks are found.
  • Replace the air conditioner filters. Clean filters can reduce the energy consumption of the air conditioner by up to 15%.

AEP Ohio also offers a program to help spread heating and cooling costs throughout the year so residential customers can avoid seasonal bill increases. AEP Ohio customers can enroll in the Average Monthly Payment Plan (AMP) by calling the company’s 24-hour Customer Operations Center at 800-672-2231 or by logging into their account and putting update their billing preferences.


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