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2019- Ross/Cromling Scholarship Recipient

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.

The Ross Group of companies wishes Zoe best of luck in her future studies. For more information about the Ross Foundation, visit

Ross Companies Host Back-to-School Supply Drive to Benefit Midview Students in Need

Thanks to the generosity of our associates, the Ross Group of companies was able to donate the following to students of the Midview Local School District in need:

  • 30+ packs of paper
  • 50+ notebooks
  • 50 packs of pencils
  • 50 packs of pens
  • 40 pencil sharpeners
  • 50+ folders
  • 30+ packs of markers
  • 30+ packs of crayons
  • 30+ packs of glue sticks/glue bottles
  • 10 rulers
  • 38 packs of index cards
  • 20+ school supply cases
  • Two backpacks
  • Three book covers
  • And more!

“Midview appreciates the support we receive from Ross. The lengths that it goes cannot be put into words.” Frank Major, Director of Education for Midview Local Schools.

We can’t say thanks enough to everyone who participated in this year’s Back-to-School donation drive. It’s kind acts like this that demonstrate how dedicated our associates are and how What We Do Matters!

RIS’ Dave Woodward Places 1st in Kerstetter 5K for the Third Year in a Row!

For the THIRD straight year, RIS Maintenance Manager Dave Woodward took 1st place in overall men’s division during the 10th annual James A. Kerstetter 5K Run and Family Fun Walk on Saturday, July 13th.

Repeat winner for Kerstetter Memorial 5K

Dave competed against hundreds to finish this year’s race in 16:24.6, a couple seconds under his 2018 race time where he finished in 16:31.7. He has been a participant of the memorial race for the last six years.

The James A. Kerstetter 5K Run and Family Fun Walk is held annually to honor the memory of fallen Elyria Police officer James A. Kerstetter who tragically died in the line of duty.

Way to Go Dave!

Thank you for living and demonstrating one of Ross’ Values:
Active participation in and communication with the community.

In Memory of Maureen Cromling

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.

RTS Trucks Through 12th Year with ZERO LTAs!

Congratulations to Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) for achieving 12 years with ZERO Lost Time Accidents (LTAs) on March 14, 2019!

“RTS hasn’t had an LTA since before my daughter was born, Chris Fada, RTS General Manager said. “Twelve years is a heck of an accomplishment and I want to call attention to the efforts of each associate at RTS. Safety is priority number one and that is how they operate!”

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

“Twelve years…144 months…4380 days!,” said RTS President Bill Cromling III. “Incredible! Congratulations and thank you to every Ross Transportation associate. You are amazing!”

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

Way to go RTS drivers!

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.