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RIS Achieves Five Years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents!

On March 29th, Ross Incineration Services, Inc. surpassed five years without a Lost Time Accident (LTA)!

Reaching this LTA milestone displays the tremendous effort RIS associates put forth every day to mitigate the risk inherent to what we do.

To demonstrate this effort, the following activities have been completed since RIS’ last LTA in 2014:

  • 5,926 Work Requests submitted
  • 1,630 Near Misses reported
  • 438 Safety Committee Suggestions
  • 414 Management of Change reviews conducted
  • 51 Process Hazard Analysis Recommendations completed
  • Countless daily conversations and adjustments by those face-to-face with risk

“We all should take extreme pride in reaching this milestone,” said RIS General Manager Neil Gorman. “Great things happen when we follow procedure, effectively communicate, focus on training, conduct drills, get involved and engaged in our many robust safety programs, reinvest back into the plant and have a hard-working, action-oriented EHS department. Congratulations to all on this wonderful safety accomplishment.”

RTS Truck Driver Mark Hewitt competes in ATA National Truck Driving Championships!



RTS Truck Driver Mark Hewitt (left) and RTS President Bill Cromling III (right) at the ATA National Truck Driving Championships.

Join us in congratulating Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) Truck Driver Mark Hewitt on competing in the 2018 American Trucking Association (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships August 15th-18th!

Mark finished the ATA National Truck Driving Championships in 18th place, an amazing achievement considering that he went up against over 430 of the best-of-the-best professional drivers from every U.S. state, Canada and Mexico. He qualified for the national championships after taking home the first place trophy in the Sleeper Class during the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) Truck Driving Championships May 18th-19th.

RTS General Manager Chris Fada said he could not be any prouder of Mark’s dedication and commitment to safety, excellence and upholding the values of the Ross Group of companies.

“He represented himself, his family and the Ross family safely and professionally,” Fada said. “Mark took time out of his own schedule to study and practice leading up to the event. His dedication to the process speaks to his commitment.”

RTS President Bill Cromling III, who was able to attend the event, was also astounded with the level of proficiency displayed at the championships and called it an honor for Mark and RTS to be represented among the best in the business.

“The ATA puts on an incredible competition,” Bill said. “One of the things that was really cool to see was the comradery amongst the competitors. Mark did a great job at the NTDC (National Truck Driving Championships) and I look forward to seeing him there again next year.”

Ross Incineration Services, Inc. celebrates four years of safety success!

Over the last four years, Ross Incineration Services, Inc. associates processed over 628,000,000 pounds of waste while not only protecting themselves but also their co-workers, neighbors, community and environment!

In an industry that hinges on safety, RIS associates continue to demonstrate their commitment to working safely. It is because of this commitment that RIS has completed several capital projects and achieved multiple safety milestones such as:

  • Four years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents (LTAs)
  • Recertification of RIS’ SHARP status
  • New LED lighting installed
  • New Control Room & Associate Building
  • More than 1,100 Near Misses reported
  • Over 10,000 work orders completed
  • 293 MOCs written to improve safety at RIS
  • New Computerized Maintenance Management Software
  • Over 250 Safety Committee action items implemented
  • More than 500 EHS-related trainings completed

It is through the Ross Group of companies’ continual improvement culture and our associates’ commitment to safety that RIS has been able to achieve all this and more.

RTS Truck Drivers Compete in OTA Truck Driving Championships!

Congratulations Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) truck drivers Dave Teleha, Mark Hewitt and Dan Kobida who competed in the Ohio Trucking Association Truck Driving Championships May 18th-19th.

This marks Teleha’s third year, Hewitt’s 13th year and Kobida’s first year competing and representing RTS in this competition. This year, there were over 200 competitors who underwent a written exam, pre-trip inspection practical and driving course in hopes of snagging the first place trophy.

“It’s amazing to have three drivers representing Ross Transportation Services, Inc. in the Ohio Trucking Association Truck Driving Championships,” Bill Cromling III, RTS President, said. “Having our drivers participate year after year to not only compete with the best, but stand out from the rest just goes to show our commitment to continual improvement and safety on and off the road. Way to go guys!”

The competition was judged by dozens of Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Inspectors and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Inspectors.

“I want to thank these three for putting in their own time to study and practice,” Chris Fada, RTS General Manager said. “The Ross Group of companies can be very proud of how you performed.”

Additionally, and for the first time ever, RTS will be sending a driver to the American Trucking Association National Truck Driving Championships! That driver will be Hewitt who took home the first place trophy in the Sleeper Class. This will be his fifth trip to Nationals in the 13 years he’s been competing.

RTS Truck Driver Mark Hewitt (left) with RTS General Manager Chris Fada (right).

“Mark has graciously asked to keep his trophy at the Giles Road facility instead of donning his mantle at home because, in his words, ‘this one is for Ross,” added Chris. “There will be 430+ of the best-of-the-best professional drivers competing at Nationals this year and we should all be proud to say that RTS driver Mark Hewitt is one of them.”


RTS Trucks Through 11th Year with ZERO LTAs!

Congratulations to Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) on achieving eleven years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents on March 14, 2018!

This achievement means RTS drivers safely traveled, on average, 2,740 miles per day over the last year maneuvering through various road conditions, weather and interactions with outside drivers.

“Eleven years is a heck of a long time! My thanks to the EHS staff for their support and for the commitment from ownership and the management team,” said RTS General Manager Chris Fada. “Most of all, I have to tip my hat to the drivers and technicians that decide to put safety first. This streak is a result of their conscious efforts.”

This safety accomplishment could not have been possible without RTS’ world-class drivers, support staff of mechanics and exceptional administrative professionals.


The Ross Group of companies host first-ever Holiday Open House, sponsor Lorain County foster children for the holidays


The Ross Group of companies, which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., hosted their first-ever Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

The family friendly event, aimed at bringing Ross associates, their families and neighbors together for a jolly good time. The night featured holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies for all, a Dear Santa letter writing station and more.

Attendees were also able to snap photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photographs were taken in front of a Christmas tree surrounded by presents donated by Ross associates to kids of all ages in Lorain County Children Services programs. This marks the 12th year the companies have participated in this program. Associates from all three companies sponsor a child and the purchases and wraps items on their wish list.


“The Ross Group of companies participate in the Lorain County Children Services’ Caring Tree program because we understand that being stewards in the community is very important,” said Justis Clifford, Senior Corporate Communications Specialist for Ross Environmental Services, Inc. “One of our sayings is ‘What We Do Matters’ and that applies for what we do in our business, the community and the planet. During the holiday season, our associates look forward to shopping for the children to help make their holidays a little brighter. It’s an honor and privilege for us to give back.”

Ross Companies Collect Household Hazardous Waste as Community Service to Eaton Township Residents


Participants in the event included Eaton Township, Reed’s Salvage Corp. and the Ross Group of companies which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.

Household hazardous materials were collected by the Ross companies free of charge to township residents and associates of the Ross Group of companies. Materials available for collection included paint, motor oil, household chemicals, discarded cleaning products and more. These household items are reflective of the types of materials that the Ross companies safely manage for customers on a daily basis.

Over the last 28 collections, the Ross companies have collected and disposed of 128,770 gallons of household hazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner.

“We feel truly honored to have this opportunity to meet with residents face-to-face to help them dispose of their hazardous waste items through Dumpster Days,” said Justis Clifford, Senior Communications Specialist for Ross Environmental Services, Inc. “This is a service the Ross companies are proud to provide the community, but at the same time, we believe we are getting back just as much. We look forward to participating in Dumpster Days for many years to come.”

Ross Foundation Inc. Announces 2017 Ross/Cromling Scholarship Recipient!

Bestor, Julia (17' Ross-Cromling Scholarship Recipient)

The Ross Group of companies congratulates Julia Bestor, 2017 recipient of the Ross/Cromling Scholarship.

Julia is the daughter of Ross Transportation Services, Inc. Truck Driver Don Bestor and his wife, Sally, who works as a Patient Care Coordinator at Avon Eye Design.

The Ross/Cromling Scholarship is awarded annually by way of the Ross Foundation, Inc. The scholarship fund was created by associates of the Ross Group of companies, which includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., in honor of ownership to provide college funding to children, step-children and grandchildren of associates of the Ross Group of companies. Funds for these scholarships are generated through associate fundraising and donations.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee that includes five people representing community groups including: the Eaton Township Trustees, the Grafton/Midview Public Library, the Midview Local School District, a local financial institution and the Lorain County Community College.

This year’s recipient, Julia Bestor, is a 2014 graduate of Water’s Edge Academy. She is currently enrolled at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is working towards a degree in Biology. Julia is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society and has made the Dean’s List at Mount Vernon Nazarene University from 2014 to 2017 with a 3.987 GPA. She has also been an active student assistant in her university’s Biology and Chemistry departments.

Congratulations to Julia and best of luck  in your studies. For more information about the Ross Foundation, visit

Ross Associates Announce 2017 Lorain County Fair 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest Winners!

2017 LC Fair Trash Barrel Painting Contest Winners

Local 4-H groups proved that a trash barrel is a terrible thing to waste as winners of the 2017 Lorain County Fair 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest were recently announced.

This year’s event brought together a variety of 4-H groups in the 5-8 year old, 9-12 year old and 13-18 year old age categories. Club members worked to beautify worn 55-gallon trash containers, putting their own spin on this year’s 4H: Club, Community & Country contest theme.

The annual contest, sponsored by the Ross Group of companies, Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., has been an esteemed affair of the Lorain County Fair for over 15 years. The contest gives 4-H club members an opportunity to showcase their creative and environmentally-conscious sides while offering them a chance to earn first place ribbons and $100 cash prizes toward their individual youth group.

All entries were judged by associates of the Ross Group of companies for their neatness, creativity and conformance to the overall theme.

This year’s first place winners were as follows: Belden B & G’s in the 5-8 year old category, Wildcat Wanderers in the 9-12 year old category and Brownhelm Perfection & B.B.’s in the 13-18 year old category.

The winning trash barrels will be on display in the Junior Fair Barn for the duration of the Lorain County Fair.

The remaining submissions can still be spotted by fairgoers throughout the Lorain County Fairgrounds when the 172nd Annual Lorain County Fair comes to town August 21-27, 2017.

Congratulations and a job well done to all this year’s winners and participants!

What We Do Matters® Fund helps Ross Associates Do What Matters in the Community!

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As a community-focused business, the Ross Group of companies is delighted to see our associates making a difference both in and out of the workplace through our What We Do Matters (WWDM) Fund!

Ross Environmental Services Senior Communications Specialist Justis Clifford and Ross Incineration Services Welder/Pipefitter Dennis “Denny” Rourke are just a couple associates who recently made a contribution to their communities.  By submitting applications to our WWDM Fund they were able to support two organizations near and dear to their hearts – the Friendship Animal Protective League (FAPL) of Lorain County and Amherst Girls Softball Association.

As a member of the FAPL’s Board of Directors, Justis received a donation from the WWDM Fund to sponsor a table for the private, nonprofit humane society’s Wags to Riches Casino Night. The affair is the organization’s largest with a fundraising goal of $60,000 and proceeds helping to continue the shelter’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for companion animals throughout Lorain County.

Denny also gained a WWDM donation to support the Amherst Girls Softball Association and its annual Night at the Races event. This marks the second time Denny has submitted an application, over the last two years, to the WWDM Fund to support the softball association and his daughter, Britnee, who plays for a softball team within the group.

Since the fund was put into effect two years ago, 28 associates from the Ross Group of companies have received donations to support local organizations in which they or their family members are involved with.