Otterbein’s Impressive STEAM Center: Innovation Inside and Out

Otterbein’s Impressive STEAM Center: Innovation Inside and Out

WRITTEN BY Jill Jones for publication on the OH!Manufacturing blog What used to be a huge yet humdrum warehouse purchased by Otterbein University in 2006 and used by them over the years as a storage facility is now in the middle of an impressive transformation. The 61,000-square-foot building at 60 Collegeview Drive in Westerville, Ohio, is currently being transformed into Otterbein’s stunning, high-tech STEAM Innovation Center — a building that some, when viewing it at night, have likened to a UFO. It’s not otherworldly, but what is housed within is definitely the first of its kind in the country. Beyond the expansive front wall of creatively intermingling clear and textured windows, an entrepreneurial ecosystem designed to create a collaborative environment for manufacturing start-ups and innovators, and students and educators, is springing to life. The STEAM Center’s purpose is just as impressive as its outward appearance. It’s meant to wed education with business and industry by offering lab space and services for small...
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Vadxx Energy Establishes Waste Plastic to EcoFuel™ Facility in Akron

Vadxx Energy Establishes Waste Plastic to EcoFuel™ Facility in Akron

WRITTEN BY Jill Jones for publication on the PolymerOhio blog As stated by JobsOhio: “Ohio’s polymer industry is supported by a world-class supply chain of academic and technical institutions, designers and material suppliers, mold builders, resin suppliers and compounders, plastic and polymer processors, industry associations and economic development groups.” And now it is also home to the nation’s first continuous waste plastic to EcoFuel™ recycling technology, developed by Vadxx Energy LLC in Akron, Ohio. This disruptive technology can recycle even those plastics not typically accepted by other recycling facilities, such as #6 polystyrene, including food containers, and #7 plastics, including lids and 3 and 5 gallon jugs. We’re not talking about just another recycling facility here. Vadxx’s continuous flow processing technology has the ability to keep 40,000,000 pounds of waste plastic from settling in our landfills and bodies of water each year by converting all of it to 4,000,000 gallons of what Vadxx calls EcoFuel™. These are crude oil and fuels, synthetic gas...
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The best character I ever created

The best character I ever created

I am a firm believer in strong character development. Looking back over my work, I realize now that the best character I ever created was one that came to me in the middle of the night two long decades ago. The moment I set his name down on paper, I knew I had something truly special and there was no way that anyone would ever be able to duplicate him. Almost immediately I realized that he had been a part of me all along, and was in fact a combination of the best parts of me and the best parts of those around me. I began to pour my heart into turning him into a character that others wouldn't soon forget. Over the years I've continued to work on his development. Instilling in him the traits I wanted him to have--traits that I knew would make people fall in love with him--has been a sometimes miraculous and sometimes tedious task. I...
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