STEUBENVILLE - Barium & Chemicals Inc. of Steubenville received the outstanding business award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges during a special dinner on May 28.
The honor was part of the 21st-Annual Ohio Association of Community College Excellence Awards presentation.
A new award category last year, the outstanding business award honors businesses that have had a major positive impact on community colleges in Ohio. Nominated by Eastern Gateway Community College, Barium & Chemicals has worked with the college to better the company's production and improve its work force. The family owned Barium & Chemicals maintains ties with Eastern Gateway dating back to the mid-1970s when it was Jefferson Technical College.
Linda Naylor Yanok, company vice president, graduated from the college in 1978 with her second degree in medical technology. Debbie Naylor Venci, company president, also attended classes at the college as well as their parents, Douglas and Eleanor Naylor. Douglas and Eleanor established the Naylor Scholarship at the college in 1981.
Barium & Chemicals was incorporated in Ohio in 1937 by Eleanor's parents, Albert and Anna Pavlik. Originally located in Willoughby, Barium moved to Steubenville in 1960. The company's product line has expanded to include more than 80 high-quality inorganic specialty chemical compounds that are used by the electronic, plastic, automotive, rubber, ordnance, pyrotechnic and specialty chemical industries. Barium & Chemicals' growth and success is attributed, not only to the high standards of quality incorporated in the manufacturing and sales to buyer specifications, but also to the personal attention and diligence in handling the customer's needs and requirements, officials said. Barium & Chemicals concentrates on production of a complete line of technical and purified grades of barium, strontium, calcium, potassium, antimony and lead compounds, as well as some specialty metallurgical chemicals. As a leading international supplier of these compounds, Barium & Chemicals is one of the few remaining independent family owned chemical manufacturers that has survived more than 70 years in business.
Barium & Chemicals has achieved gold status with many of its suppliers and recently won the Carestream 2014 Diversity Supplier of the Year Award. Barium's quest to become ISO 9001:2008 certified was achieved through a training partnership with Eastern Gateway.
Throughout its growth, Barium & Chemicals used Eastern Gateway's work force development programs to train and advance its employees. The partnership started with literacy training, operating systems, ISO, ISO auditor training and LEAN Training. More than 50 employees have taken the non-credit training. "The college always responds quickly and favorably as trends come into the market," said Yanok. "The college is always willing to work with companies to meet their requests. That is why the college does so well."
The college's flexibility in providing customized training and trainers on the company's schedule adds to the value a company receives for its training dollars, she said. Training has been offered on site at Barium's facility as well as the Pugliese Training Center at the college's main campus.
"Our vision is to encourage our employees and others we know to use the college to get an excellent education. We have youth working in the summer and are always encouraging them to attend the community college," Yanok said. "I tell area high school students to do their first two years at the community college to realize what positive outcomes they can have and discover what they want to do. My dad was a great believer in education and fostered that throughout the county starting scholarships not only at Eastern Gateway but at Steubenville City Schools, Catholic Central High School and the Ohio Valley School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh."
After graduation, Yanok helped found Eastern Gateway's Alumni Association and served as president for four years. She now serves on the Eastern Gateway Community College Foundation. Yanok is also a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Following in her father's footsteps Yanok also has established a scholarship through the Foundation for Eastern Gateway Community College.
The OACC is a voluntary association of Ohio's 23 community colleges. The association was founded in 1993 as a single forum for advocacy, communication, recognition, trustee education and trustee-president cooperation.