Zeiter Trucking grows

Zoe Greszler • Feb 5, 2019 at 4:00 AM

A local family business has seen what success in a family-owned business. Now gearing up for this third generation of being family owned and operated, Zeiter Trucking, has seen the business grow so much it realized it was time to expand.

The expansion project is one that co-owner Steve Zeiter said he hopes will serve not just the current ownership, but also his children who will step up as the next generation and future of the business. 

Zeiter Trucking, 2590 Ohio 18, has replaced its current maintenance facility with a brand new one — a project which supported other local businesses.

“This will be replacing our existing building that we built close to 40 years ago,” Zeiter said. “We doubled the size of the existing one with the new building. We’re just growing. We’ve been in business for about 60 years, so this is going to help us be more efficient. We’ve been running out of room at our old building. This one will be more economical as well since it will be energy efficient new LED lights and things. Ohio Edison brought in the three-phase lighting to our site.”

Also helping with energy efficiency will be the four 10-ton units on the roof that help to heat the building, installed by Hartland Mechanical. The local business did all of the heating/air conditioning in the new complex. 

Included among the many local businesses, Janotta & Herner served as the general contractor, while Wasiniak Construction did all the masonry work. Mark Haynes Construction, Croghan Colonial Bank and Hermes Parker Concrete were other area businesses involved in the project.

When asked why Zeiter Trucking went with local contractors, the owner said it just made sense since they knew the quality of the work they would be getting.

“We have a relationship with all these guys and have worked with them for several years,” Zeiter said. “They do quality work. They have the people, resources and equipment to do what we needed to do and do it right.”

Because Zeiter is confident in the quality of the work, he said he hopes it will continue to serve the future of the business well as his two children work to take it over.  

“We’re hoping this new facility will help with a much better work flow and quality-wise will take us into next generation — the next 30, 40 years at least.”

His parents, Richard and Carol Zeiter, started the business in the 1960s and then passed it on to Steve Zeiter and his two siblings. Today the business is run by him, his wife and brother, however Richard and Carol still come out to the business everyday. 

“It’s always been family run outfit,” Zeiter said. “My son and daughter will make the third generation. My son’s been working in the maintenance shop for four or five years. He’s 21 right now. My daughter’s got a couple more yers of college left and she’s majoring in business accounting.”

Zeiter Trucking specializes in hauling armour and other big rocks in its custom half-round rock tubs. It offers a diverse fleet of 30 tractors and 60 trailers to accommodate a variety of needs. The drivers haul scrap material across Ohio and into surrounding states.

Zeiter Trucking has an inventory of various material onsite, including limestone, river rock, black mulch, dirt, topsoil and sand, all available for pick-up in the work yard or delivery. Residential deliveries are available in Norwalk and surrounding areas.


Student and teacher awards

Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for nominations for the PEYA and PIAEE. The nominees should highlight environmental stewardship in a variety of areas, including: Environmental sustainability; a healthy school environment including projects that reduce food waste in school cafeterias; environmentally-friendly agriculture practices; reducing human contributions to ocean litter and how to prevent it; school gardens; recycling; or using STEM to teach environmental education.

The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement.

EPA will select up to two winners in each of its 10 regions – one regional winner for kindergarten through fifth grade, and one for sixth through 12th grade. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in Washington and have their project mentioned on the EPA website. Applications are due March 8. All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. The application and eligibility information are available at: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award. For more information, contact PEYA@epa.gov.

PIAEE awardees will receive an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs (and not for construction costs, general expenses, salaries, bonuses, or other administrative expenses).


Wind farm hearing rescheduled

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) suspended the procedural schedule in the pending Seneca Wind Farm case, including the local public hearing that was previously scheduled for Feb. 19 in Tiffin.

On Jan. 29, Seneca Wind, LLC and the OPSB staff filed a joint motion to suspend the procedural schedule to allow OPSB staff more time to complete its review of the application.

The OPSB will issue a new procedural schedule and set a new date for a local public hearing.

The proposed Seneca Wind Farm would be situated on about 56,900 acres of leased private land in Scipio, Reed, Venice, Eden and Bloom townships. The facility would consist of up to 85 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of up to 212 megawatts. Additional information regarding the proposed facility is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 18-0488-EL-BGN.


VanScoy awarded

SANDUSKY — Bob VanScoy with Russell Real Estate Services was awarded the seller representative specialist (SRS) designation, the premier seller agency designation in the country.

The SRS is conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) and is an official credential of the National Association of Realtors. VanScoy joins an elite group of real estate professionals from around the world who have earned the designation. All were required to successfully complete comprehensive coursework in seller representation, demonstrate significant seller representation experience and expertise, and subscribe to the Realtor code of ethics.

VanScoy is a local real estate professional with local expertise and has been an award winning top producer for many years. This certification and educational resources reinforces and re-invigorates what and how it gets done. The certification shows his dedication to clientele and professionalism across the country and around the world.


Project helps workforce development

In November, the Ohio Business Roundtable joined the National Business Roundtable and OBRT member companies AEP and Accenture, among others, to launch a new collaboration called the Workforce Partnership Initiative to tackle workforce development issues in the Ohio region.

The goal is for businesses to work closely with higher education, career technical programs, and ultimately high schools to better produce the workers needed in today’s economy and meet businesses’ future workforce needs. Following up on the successful launch of the Initiative, the group is planning its next steps to scale up programs that will help employers fill the thousands of unfilled job openings across our region. A video features AEP chairman, president and CEO Nick Akins describing the Workforce Policy Initiative in detail.


Tyson joins motorcycle group

DOVER — Ohio Motorcycle Group welcomed David Tyson as director of dealers operations to lead Adventure Harley-Davidson (Dover), Mad River Harley-Davidson (Sandusky), Rubber City Harley-Davidson (Cuyahoga Falls), Rock-N-Roll City Harley-Davidson (Cleveland) and Lake Erie Harley-Davidson (Avon).

Tyson brings extensive retail experience with 25-plus years at Walmart and Kohl’s, where exceeding customer expectations and developing leaders are his core values.

Being an avid rider since 1977, he “exemplifies the Harley-Davidson brand and culture with a true commitment to understanding the past, present and future.” Tyson said is “very excited” to join the group and begin working at the dealership level to help grow and improve its stores.

Tyson and his wife Sherry have been married for 35 years and have a son, daughter, three “grandbabies” and two dogs. He is an ex-artist, ex-basketball player and an avid donut lover.


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