The Press Newspaper
Five Oregon businesses were honored at the 17th Annual Prism Award ceremony
Wednesday night at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.
The General Excellence Award went to Sunoco Toledo Refinery, the Pioneer Award to A.A. Boos, the Horizon Award to Eagle’s Nest Sweet Retreat, the Community Improvement Award to the James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center, and the Best Practice Award to Bay Park Community Hospital — all Oregon businesses.
Sunoco, a manufacturer and marketer of petroleum and petrochemical products with 500 employees and 400 independent contractors on the site daily, has been in businesses since 1986. Sunoco is one of the largest independent refiner-marketers in the nation.
“Sunoco has been a part of this community for well over 100 years,” marketing director Olivia Summons said. “Despite all the activity that’s going on right now in East Toledo, we aim to stay here and keep these jobs in East Toledo.”
The General Excellence Award is given to either large or small businesses based on how the company excels in certain criteria.
The company has a capacity to produce 675,000 barrels per day, 6,000 miles of crude oil and refined product pipelines and 40 terminals. The Oregon refinery has just completed a $450 million project that improves efficiency and decrease emissions. Sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced 90 percent and nitrous oxides 80 percent.
According to the Regional Growth Partnership, the refinery contributed in 2008 $7.8 billion to the region’s economy with a payroll of about $95 million.
Sunoco also initiated a community advisory panel consisting of school administrators, business representatives, block watch organizations and hospital administrators to improve communication between the company and the community.
“Commitment to customer service and delivering a quality product has been the Boos hallmark. “Safety is another area in which Boos excels,” states the Prism Award business narrative.
For example, when Sunoco had a crisis on Christmas Eve and needed a contractor to perform an emergency excavation, Boos employees worked until 10 p.m. to serve one of its largest clients.
The Pioneer Award is presented to a business that excels, has been a pioneer in its field for at least 25 years and has made significant contributions to the community.
The company was recently honored by the National Chapter of the Associated General Contractors for being one of three companies in its category to have a safety and health approach that is innovative and on a world-class level.
Representing A.A. Boos, Scott Hayes honored the event’s host and the region it represents.
“This is a very unique region that this chamber represents. Proud to be a part of it. Its unique in a lot of different and special ways,” Hayes said, mentioning that the eastern Maumee Bay region is highly industrial and is known for its “great transportation modes.”
“The people here are really special and that’s what really drives A.A. Boos and we share this with them and we share this with you,” Hayes continued.
Located at the corner of Stadium and Seaman roads across from Clay High School, the eatery offers cappuccinos, lattes, pizza, ice cream, and more. Founded in 2006, its number of employees changes seasonally.
Diane Huss Masserant realized her dream in 2006 when she opened Eagle’s Nest Sweet Retreat as a gathering place for Clay students and as a place to provide them with their first job.
She built Eagle’s Nest on the same site of the long-gone Mary’s Confectionery, which served Clay students like her sodas and such in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Masserant’s eatery features a fireplace, Wi-Fi, a veranda, patios, and walk-up and drive-through windows.
“Diane also is dedicated to teaching teens good work ethics, and leads by example,” the narrative states.
She not only manages the restaurant, she works as an office manager in a dental office and with her husband, a BP employee, and her two sons and she helps run a working farm in Genoa.
“To the doubters, to the people that when I was building my dream, I woke up one day and there was negativity left and right and Diane is coming up the middle,” Masserant said.
“To the believers, to the people who own their own businesses and have their skin in them, you all should congratulate yourselves. In a room of technology and medicine and everything else, you all deserve a round of applause,” Masserant continued.
The Community Improvement Award is for community-based, nonprofit organizations primarily run by volunteers or with an emphasis on volunteerism.
The center provides a myriad of activities and services for those over 60 years of age. They include: medical screenings and flu shots, exercise, fitness and line dancing classes, educational speakers, recreation and socialization and special events and gatherings. The center also operates a daily 14-passenger bus to help seniors attend medical appointments, shop and run errands. The Lucas County Senior Nutrition Program also provides hot lunches on a regular basis.
“This is the first time we’ve been nominated for anything like this,” said Paula Benton. “The center exists to help enrich the lives of our senior citizens and can’t do that without the help of volunteers. We do exist from grants from the Area Office on Aging, which comes from a levy which you all vote for. The City of Oregon helps fund us, but most of all we operate from lots of fundraisers.”
The Peripheral Nerve Block is a new approach for reducing postoperative pain. The pain block is administered through a single shot given by the anesthesiologist prior to surgery to those undergoing orthopedic joint replacements, shoulder surgeries, wrist fractures and complicated arthroscopic repairs, A catheter is placed in the area of the femoral nerve which infuses the area with a numbing medication.
This procedure has resulted in significant improvement in pain control, reduced nausea and dizziness from schedule-four narcotic use as well as eliminating the peaks and valleys of inconsistent pain relief. Hence, patients recover and rehab faster, often returning home a full day earlier than with conventional pain relief procedures.
Bay Park received national recognition for the procedure when it received the Operating Room Excellence Award for Pain Control from Outpatient Surgery Magazine in 2009.
Jennie Fry, representing the hospital, said, “Our patients have benefited much from this program we’ve started, and it’s growing,” encouraging those in attendance to spread the word about the procedure.