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Swiss Wheel Wins United States Championship Cheese Title

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 19, 2015) – A national panel of expert judges today named a Swiss wheel as the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese.

11061204_842657762437999_8151162736279188828_nTeam Guggisberg Sugarcreek, of Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio, took top honors out of 1,892 entries from 28 states for their Swiss wheel. Out of a possible 100 points, the Swiss wheel scored 98.496 in the final round of judging, during which judges re-evaluated the top 16 cheeses at an evening charity gala to determine the overall champion.

First runner-up in the contest, with a score of 98.389, is a brick cheese made by John (Randy) Pitman of Mill Creek Cheese in Arena, Wisconsin. Second runner-up is a medium cheddar, made by the Kiel Production Team, in Land O Lakes, Kiel, Wisconsin which scored 98.337.

“Every medalist should be extremely proud of being recognized as the best…

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Bimbo Bakeries opens distribution center in South Point

Bimbo Bakeries, the parent company of Heiner’s Bakery in Huntington, has opened its new 40,000-square-feet distribution center. During an open house Saturday, Mike Stearns, a sales executive with Bimbo, said the new distribution center is a welcome expansion and will allow the bakeries in Huntington to run more smoothly.

During his speech, Stearns also made sure to highlight the importance of community regarding the success of Heiner’s and Bimbo.

“I want to thank each and every one of you,” Stearns said. “All of you here, your families, anyone who purchases Heiner’s bread, helped make this expansion happen. Without your support, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Stearns said he could not comment on the number of jobs created with the distribution expansion, but said during his speech that this new facility means great things for the future of Heiner’s and Bimbo in the Tri-State.

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Swiss company secures financing for $899 million gas-fired power plant in Carroll County

Swiss company Advanced Power AG announced Tuesday that it has arranged financing for an $899 million power plant near Carrollton.

The 700-megawatt plant, Carroll County Energy, will be powered by natural gas from eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale. It could produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes; Carroll County is home to about 29,000 residents.

Partners TIAA-CREF, Chubu Electric Power Co., Ullico and Prudential Capital Group are providing $411 million in equity commitments. BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and eight other commercial banks are providing $488 million in senior secured credit.

The plant is scheduled to begin operations in late 2017, said Advanced Power, a privately held company. An estimated 700 construction jobs and 20 to 30 permanent jobs would be created.

Bechtel is building the plant, EthosEnergy will operate the facility and Advance Power, which has offices in London and Boston, will remain as the…

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AcuSport Corp.: Automation that’s right on target

A goods-to-person picking solution moved AcuSport from conventional to automated DC processes. The result is lower fulfillment costs and better customer service.

AcuSport, a distributor of shooting sports products with headquarters in Bellefontaine, Ohio, has a vision to connect the nation’s independent retailers with the sport’s manufacturers to better serve the consumer. Its focus is on the success of its retail customers.

That vision has led the company to introduce several unique value-added services, like a system to share retail point-of-sale (POS) information across the supply chain and an auto-replenishment service to manage inventory for 1,000 of the industry’s independent retailers.

Innovations like those are just two of the ways AcuSport distinguishes itself from the pack. “Retailers can buy the same products at similar prices from multiple distributors,” says Mary Grim, vice president of operations. “Our goal is to be their first choice.”

The approach is working. Not…

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