Doogan's now under

ownership of Walter

Doogan's of Aurora has a new owner. The sale took place in the spring.

Jeff Walter said he's hired an almost entirely new staff of 30, including Executive Chef Ron Zarembski Jr., who has worked hard to spice up the menu with more fresh food.

Zarembski said the menu now also features a section of panini sandwiches, which have proved quite popular.

Both agree the restaurant's best dish is New Orleans Pasta, a jambalaya over pasta.

Walter said he plans to try to give back to the community as much as possible. He's donated food to Aurora High's band program and hosted the AHS football team for dinner Sept. 8. Chicken parmigiana was served.

Doogan's hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. A banquet hall also is available for special events.

For more information, call Doogan's at 330-995-3331.

Pyrotek earns award

During the Celebrate Portage! awards Sept. 8 at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Pyrotek of Aurora was given the 2016 community economic development award.

Metaullics, a division of Pyrotek, was seeking a site for what became a 177,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. It utilized an incentive program to secure a site on Campus Drive in Aurora.

Pyrotek is investing more than $12 million to start up the new facility. The firm is bringing 81 existing jobs and creating 20 new ones.

Other nominees included the Sarchione auto dealerships' building expansion in Randolph, Phoenix Building restoration in Ravenna and Kent PaverBrick LLC.

Koudelka gets honor

at NASA-Glenn event

More than 100 NASA Glenn Research Center employees earned awards for their exemplary accomplishments in science, engineering, technology, leadership and administrative service, as well as their contributions to NASA's mission during the 2016 awards ceremony Aug. 31.

An outstanding leadership medal went to John Koudelka of Aurora for his outstanding performance in managing the execution of the aeronautics portfolio at Glenn.

Dr. Janet Kavandi, Glenn's director, presided over the ceremony. Retired Navy Capt. Michael Coats, former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center and NASA astronaut, was the keynote speaker.

"Nothing gives me more pride than recognizing the remarkable accomplishments of the amazing men and women working here," said Kavandi.

"I applaud your hard work and determination and look forward to seeing how your achievements will continue to contribute to the success of the Glenn Research Center."

Greenhouse will visit

NatureFresh Farms is bringing its Greenhouse Education Center to Aurora on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a program at the Heinen's store at Barrington Town Center.

The 38-foot long mobile micro-greenhouse gives consumers an inside look at how greenhouse growing works. It features bell peppers, tomatoes and English cucumbers.

The center educates the public on how to eat non-GMO vegetables grown close to home year round from a favorite grocery store.

Local residents who cannot visit the mobile greenhouse in Aurora can visit Hudson's Heinen's store on Sept. 21 or Twinsburg's store on Sept. 23, both from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Davey is 13th largest

owned by employees

The Davey Tree Expert Co. in Kent is the 13th largest employee-owned company in the U.S., according to data from the National Center for Employee Ownership.

The NCEO's 2016 Employee Ownership 100 list includes the nation's largest companies that are at least 50 percent owned by an employee stock ownership plan or other broad-based employee ownership plan.

Davey, which employs more than 8,600 people, has been employee-owned since 1979 when employees successfully bought the company from the family of its founder, John Davey.

"Employee ownership has been a driving force behind our past and present successes," said Karl Warnke, Davey's chairman and CEO.

"Encouraging and supporting employee ownership, and the culture it fosters, will remain a key to strong performances by the Davey Company in the future."

The 2016 list shows Davey's growth, as the company ranked No. 17 on the 2014 list of the largest employee-owned firms when it employed more than 7,800. In 2015, Davey ranked 15th on the list and employed more than 8,000.