A tragedy that hits close to home for Step2 was the Chardon High School shooting that occurred one year ago. Although precious lives were lost, the community of Chardon has held strong during this difficult year. Yesterday, Wednesday February 27, 2013, the students of Chardon walked to Chardon Square in memory of the fallen classmates. This act of kindness shows the compassion and dedication of these young people when it comes to honoring students whose lives were cut short.
In addition to the walk yesterday, this Saturday there will be a fundraiser in honor of Danny Parmertor, one of the students that was killed. The money will go toward scholarships for students at Chardon High School and the Auburn Career Center who are interested in pursuing an education in the computer-related field.
The first winner of this scholarship will be awarded in May 2013. This would have been the year that Parmertor graduated. These acts of kindness prove the love this community has for one another. As the German and French philosopher, Albert Schweitzer once said, “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
*Thoughtful Thursdays will be a new segment on the Step2 blog to honor people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others. Any act of kindness is inspirational and generous. This is a day at Step2, we would like to say thanks to the compassionate people of the world.
Our children teach us just as much as we teach them. American author, Joyce Maynard once stated, “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others” – said the ancient Roman Philosopher, Cicero. At Step2, we are very grateful for our wonderful staff, loyal customers, and wonderful home in Streetsboro, Ohio. During the holidays, we like to give thanks to those we admire and show our appreciation throughout our headquarters.
Not only is Step2 sending words of encouragement to our brave soldiers but in order to get into the holiday spirit, we have put up two Thanksgiving trees. Our staff is able to write on orange pieces of paper, located near the trees and tell what they are grateful for then hang it on the tree. Here are some of the things we are grateful for:
What are you thankful for?
Here at Step2, we wish you a wonderful holiday season, may it be full of joy!
It seems like every day we read another article about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and the challenges we, as a country, have in reversing it. Earlier this year Step2 partnered with the ‘nPlay Foundation to help join the fight. ‘nPlay is a non-profit made up of 40 professional athletes from 17 sports.
‘Nplay’s mission is to provide every child the opportunity to play and be active on a daily basis. They have combined forces with schools to put their mission statement into action. This summer, Step2 donated toys focused on active play to an elementary school in Mounds Bayou, Mississippi through their partnership with the ‘nplay Foundation.
Step2 invites you to join us in the support of this Foundation and its call to end childhood obesity. You can easily show your support by casting a vote for ‘nplay in the annual Chase Community Giving Program. Through this program, Chase Bank will award $5,000,000 to charities receiving the most votes between now and September 19th, 2012. Voting is easy.
Click Here to be taken the Facebook Voting. Type nplay into the search charities box and cast your vote. This is a simple way to make a difference without leaving your chair.
Step2 is dedicated to the beloved state of Ohio. Step2 prides itself on helping out the community and showing local support. As of late August, Step2 has been approved to create 200 new jobs in Ohio! This is great news for the state of Ohio and Step2, as we continue to grow and succeed. We are proud and honored by the approval of our expansion.
Check out the official press release about our expansion details below:
THE STEP2® COMPANY RECEIVES
STATE APPROVAL ON EXPANSION, CREATING 200 NEW JOBS
Company’s growth to generate additional $5.3M in annual payroll
STREETSBORO, OHIO – Aug. 28, 2012 – Gov. John R. Kasich and Ohio’s Tax Credit Authority (TCA) approved $259 million for 17 projects to invest in the state’s communities on Aug. 27. A portion of those funds is earmarked for The Step2® Company, LLC, the largest U.S. toy manufacturer.
“We are pleased and grateful that Governor Kasich and the State of Ohio are supporting the Step2 Company’s long term commitment to grow our manufacturing business in Ohio,” said Jack Vresics, president and CEO, Step2. “Recent successful new products in the children’s toy category and home and garden category – as well as new product development initiatives yet to hit the market – are driving the employment growth in our two Ohio manufacturing sites.”
The employees in the company’s Ohio facilities, located in Streetsboro and Perrysville, are enabling Step2’s growth in both the North American and global marketplaces. The Streetsboro Global Headquarters houses the sales, marketing, product development, engineering, customer services, and administrative resources required to successfully drive the business worldwide.
The Step2 projects approved by the TCA are as follows:
The Step2 Company, LLC, Village of Perrysville (Ashland Co.) expects to create 75 full-time positions, generating $2 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $7.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Perrysville (Ashland Co.). The Step2 Company manufactures and distributes children’s rotational molded toys, infant products, and some home and garden plastic products. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.
The Step2 Company, LLC, City of Streetsboro (Portage Co.) expects to create 125 full-time positions, generating $3.3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $19.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Streetsboro (Portage Co.). The Step2 Company manufactures and distributes children’s rotational-molded toys, infant products, and some home and garden plastic products. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.
About The Step2® Company:
The Step2® Company includes the brands Step2® and Infantino® which foster learning and development through creative play in children from birth to school-age years. Based in Streetsboro, Ohio, Step2® is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys, and the world’s largest rotational molder of children’s and home products, including children’s play kitchens, playhouses, outdoor toys and ride on toys, as well as home products such as mailboxes, gardening aids and trash cans. Learn more at www.Step2.com.