Wal-mart touted

for commitment

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities recently recognized 18 Wal-mart stores, including the one at the Marketplace at Four Corners in Bainbridge Township as Committed to Opportunity Award recipients.

The stores earned the honor for their commitment and leadership in integrating individuals with disabilities into Ohio's workforce. The awards recognize companies that have had four consecutive years of successful hires of OOD consumers.

"Wal-mart is the largest retailer in the world and has taken it upon itself to make sure that well-qualified and capable individuals who happen to have disabilities are integrated into their corporate culture," said OOD Director Kevin Miller.

"By embracing a culture of inclusion and diversity, individuals with disabilities lives are enhanced, the community benefits and Wal-mart's workforce is strengthened."

Wal-mart Market Manager Jeff Stone said, "In every one of our stores across the state, we make it a priority to serve our community the best we can and help people to live better.

"So it's very important to us as employers that we find opportunities for those with disabilities, because they are important members of our community with much to contribute."

For more information on the 2016 Opportunity Awards, visit www.ood.ohio.gov/Employers/Opportunity-Awards.

Trucks, SUVs sell

well; Chevy tops

Powered by strong sales of trucks and SUVs, total new vehicle sales rebounded nicely in November 2016, with Northern Ohio dealers selling almost 6 percent more vehicles than they did in November of 2015.

New vehicle dealers sold 18,692 last month compared to 17,661 in November of 2015, according to figures released by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association.

"November sales rebounded with a showing of strong truck sales coupled with cars virtually flat with 2015," said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. "With improved optimism regarding the U.S. economy, we are headed for a strong close of 2016."

Continuing a trend seen for the last 11 months, truck and SUV sales drove the market, with dealers selling 7,468 units last month compared to 6,359 units in November of 2015, an increase of 17.28 percent. New car sales were flat with last year, with dealers selling 11,234 vehicles in the month, 68 vehicles less than they did in November of 2015.

Through the end of November, franchised new vehicle dealers across Northern Ohio have sold 225,489 vehicles compared with 231,186 last year at this time, a decrease of 2.46 percent. Meanwhile, sales of trucks and SUVs are up 7.52 percent through the end of November.

Ford sold 2,831 new vehicles in the month, but gave up its spot as Northern Ohio's best-selling brand to Chevrolet, which sold 3,028 vehicles, an increase of almost 19 percent. Honda took home the bronze, selling 1,506 new vehicles compared to 1,395 for Toyota. Honda also rang up double digit growth when comparing November 2016 with November 2015.

Soft-Lite Windows

bought by Harvey

Harvey Building Products announced Dec. 19 it has acquired Soft-Lite Windows, which is located on Philipp Parkway in Streetsboro.

Both companies manufacture windows, but according to a Dec. 19 news release from Harvey Building Products, they cater to slightly different markets.

"Harvey has a deep footprint with thousands of contractor and builder customers in the northeast, while Soft-Lite distributes its products to several hundred window dealers across the U.S.," stated the release.

In addition to windows, Harvey also manufactures siding, roofing, decking and other building products.

"We are very excited about our purchase of Soft-Lite," said Jim Barreira, Harvey Building Products chief executive officer. "The company is well-run and financially strong, and we admire their products and reputation.

"It has been clear throughout the acquisition process that they value product quality and service as much as we do. And, perhaps most importantly, our business models complement on another, helping us to win in different market segments."

Soft-Lite Windows President Roy Anderson said being acquired by Harvey Building Products will help the Streetsboro company.