The Ross Group of companies marked 70 years in the county and community by hosting a time capsule burial celebration on September 25th.
The celebration was held at the original family farmhouse where the organization was first started by its founders, Robert and Ada May Ross, in 1949. Several Ross associates and members of the community attended the event to snap photos, sign the time capsule, witness the burial and celebrate the companies’ growth and success over the last 70 years.
After some opening remarks, the time capsule, which was filled with vintage photographs and several unique pieces of the organization’s 70-year history, was lowered into the ground by Robert and Ada May Ross’ grandchildren, Bill Cromling III and Jon Cromling, who currently own and operate the businesses.
Looking back on the companies’ evolution and longevity in Lorain County, Bill Cromling III, Ross Transportation Services, Inc. President, called it a privilege to be able to capture the last 70 years for future generations.
“This all started because my grandparents saw a a community need that had to be filled,” said Bill Their vision and care for the community carried over to my mother and father, Maureen (Ross) Cromling and Bill Cromling II, and continues with my brother and I as well as the 260+ associates who make the companies what they are today. This is our way of paying homage to the past 70 years while embracing the future.” The time capsule will not be opened again until 2049 for the Ross Group of companies 100th anniversary.
“It’s an honor to continue the legacy, as the third generation, and continue to build on the vision and values with which our grandparents started the business,” Jon Cromling, Ross Environmental Services, Inc. VP of Property and Land Development, said. “We look forward to opening the capsule in 30 years to see how much we have grown as we continue to honor the family principles that have brought us so far already.”
The Ross Group of companies, which are comprised of Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc., have been a pioneer in hazardous and industrial waste management for 70 years. The companies protect the environment and provide a full spectrum of professional environmental services including incineration, transportation and other treatment technologies to meet the needs of manufacturers, recycling firms, waste management providers and remediation contractors. The companies pride themselves on being good stewards of the community and avid supporters of the Midview Local School District by way of its philanthropic arm, the Ross Foundation, Inc.
The Ross Group of companies would like to congratulate Zoe Welch, this year’s recipient of the Ross/Cromling Scholarship.
Zoe is the granddaughter of Ross Incineration Services, Inc. Compliance Supervisor Debbie Bishop.
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.
This year, the scholarship recipient was selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee that included three people representing community groups including: the Eaton Township Trustees, the Grafton/Midview Public Library and the Midview Local School District.
This year’s scholarship awardee, Zoe, graduated from Wheat Ridge High School with a 4.0 GPA. During her high school education, she received an Academic Merit Award from 2015 to 2019, French Merit Award from 2016 to 2019 and was elected President of her school’s National Art Honors Society in 2019. Zoe is currently enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
At the request of, and out of respect for the family and their privacy, we only now share with you the extreme loss that will be felt by many. Second generation family owner and mother to current third generation ownership of the Ross Group of companies, has passed away.
The family continues to ask for privacy and your prayers while they work through this loss.
Maureen M. Cromling Published on June 30, 2019- The Chronicle Telegram
Today, we mourn the loss of a dedicated, loyal, hardworking, resilient and extremely intelligent pillar of the local community. On Friday, June 28, 2019, Maureen (Ross) Cromling reunited with her parents and God.
Loving daughter, mother, grandmother and aunt. Maureen (Ross) Cromling was born July 23, 1948, to Bob and Ada Ross and literally grew up in the family business. Recognized as having over 50 official years of service with the Ross Group of companies (Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.), Maureen served in multiple capacities, having her hands in every aspect of the business, including but not limited to President and CEO of Ross Environmental from 1992-2007.
In 1983, Ross companies’ founders Bob and Ada, sold their interests in the company that they started in 1949, to their children Gary and Maureen. Shortly thereafter, Maureen and her husband, William Cromling II took sole ownership of the companies in 2001.
Maureen served the Ross companies through some of its most formative years in its history alongside her father and brother. In 2003, Maureen led the companies through the completion of an $11 million-dollar (almost $50 million dollars today) capital improvement project that cemented Ross as a technological leader in the industry with the new Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard.
In 1995, the Ross companies were effectively shut down after an internal explosion damaged their incineration system. Along with several others, and under Maureen’s direction, the companies rebuilt and only six months later they were back up and running without laying off a single associate. Through Maureen’s leadership, family ownership established its continued commitment to its associates, the community and the industry.
Throughout the years, Maureen had received numerous awards for the Ross companies’ philanthropy, community service and industry excellence. In 2001, the Ross companies were included in the Weatherhead 100, a distinguished group of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio and the Golden 30 Awards, recognizing companies in Lorain, Erie and Huron counties for their dedication to growth and development and their contribution to the economic prosperity of the region.For several consecutive years, the Ross companies were named a NorthCoast 99 company that honors the top 99 workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. In 2018, the Ross companies and their philanthropic arm the Ross Foundation, Inc. received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Leadership Lorain County.
During 2008, she was named to the Midview Schools Hall of Honor and was honored by EI Digest with their Industry Leadership Award. In February of 2007, she was featured in Inside Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Northeastern Ohio. During 2005, she was honored by Leadership Lorain County with the Distinguished Leadership Award at their Difference Makers Gala. In December 2002, she was featured in Success Stories, an exclusive series of articles featuring local business success stories, published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. During September of 2002, she was honored by the Governor of the State of Ohio with the Governor’s Award for Women’s Excellence in Enterprise. In January of 2002, Maureen received a national honor – the prestigious Industry Award from the Environmental Technology Council. She has received a number of other awards and recognitions over the years for her industry leadership and community volunteerism.
These few examples show the love, dedication and loyalty that Maureen shared with her family, friends, associates, community and church group at North Eaton Christian Church throughout her life. She committed her life to building on the legacy her parents started and to leave a better tomorrow for her family, community and Eaton Township.
She will be extremely missed by all. Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years Bill II; sons, Bill III (Chris) and Jon (Cindy) and six grandchildren.
All services were private.
In lieu of flowers, the family strongly suggests that memorial contributions in Maureen’s memory be sent to the Blessing House Capital Campaign Fund, 5440 Grove Ave., Lorain, OH 44055.
Art Hargate, of Ross Environmental Services, Inc. (RES), was recently named the fifth recipient of the Philip T. Schaefer Vision Award by the Ross Group of companies. The Ross Group includes Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc.
Hargate was presented the award at the Ross companies’ Annual Service Awards event held on Saturday February 20, 2016. Art has been with the companies for more than 28 years in a variety of positions. He served as the Executive Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Business Development prior to assuming his current role of President and CEO of Ross Environmental Services in March, 2007.
“From the very first day, a handshake, a trusting relationship and an open door policy has been his mantra here,” said Bill Cromling III, President of Ross Transportation Services and one of the owners of the Ross Group of companies, in presenting the award to Hargate.
The Vision Award is presented annually to an associate of the Ross companies who exemplifies a commitment to the companies, the community and the environment.
In addition to his 28 year commitment to the companies, Hargate was chosen for the award in recognition of his communication, personal development and leadership skills that have helped to mold countless associates at the companies, in addition to his embodiment of the Ross Group values. He has served on the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Environmental Council and volunteered many years on the Board of Lorain County Goodwill Industries.
The Vision Award was created by the Ross companies to honor the memory of Philip T. Schaefer, who was the Vice President of Operations for Ross Incineration Services, Inc.
Phil was active in a number of community organizations and was a living example of the Ross companies’ values in action. Phil was an active and tireless volunteer, athlete, environmentalist and sportsman. He demonstrated his commitment to his coworkers, to health and wellness, to the community and to the environment on a daily basis. Phil passed away in 2011 following a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer.