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That list includes Hawaii and Alaska. Shoppers outside the area use the internet ... Leadership role Jackson Township resident Connie Collings has been elected president of the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association. The OREIA is a non-profit business ...

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Loudon Motors has built a new dealership north of Minerva, leaving an older building in town. Edd Pritchard staff writer @epritchardREP MINERVA  Loudon Motors Ford has set up shop in a new facility north of town on Union Avenue SE.The dealership made the move from a building 310 Valley Stduring the second half of NovemberThat ended more than 75 years of selling Fords from the site on Minerva's south side.The Loudon family has been involved with the dealership for much of that period, said Greg Loudon, current ownerHe bought the dealership, then operating as Kohmann Ford, in February 2005His grandfather, Abe Loudon, originally owned the dealership, and operated it for 51 years before selling.Before buying the Ford dealership in Minerva, Greg and his father, Walt Loudon, operated used car dealerships in Alliance, Salem and Jackson Township.Loudon started working on moving to a new building in 2014He bought the property from Church of the Nazarene and began working on plans with Ford Motor CoThe project was slowed because of wetlands issues that had been addressed, Loudon said.Loudon Motors had outgrown the facility on Valley Street and actually was using three buildings."It really created a lot of challenges," he said of the old location.The new store has an expanded service area with 12 lifts and six additional service baysThe customer lounge has windows allowing a view of the work baysIt is outfitted with a TV, refreshment center and children's areaAnd there is a community table with computer connections allowing customers to be productive while waiting on a repair.Loudon said he wants to be a destination dealer, and added that he gets customers in a 30-mile radius that covers Stark, Carroll and Mahoning countiesTo keep customers coming back, Loudon said, he has to "out service" other dealerships"Service sells the second car, the third car," he said.There are some other extras at the dealershipIt's pet friendly for customers and employeesThere is a fenced dog park outside, as well as a pavilion where customers can relax.The dealership also had an electric vehicle charging station and space to add more stations as electric vehicle sale increaseLoudon said he's excited about the clean, electric vehicles.Loudon said he has seen double-digit sales growth this past year, and noted that internet sales have allowed his dealership to sell cars in 48 of the 50 statesThat list includes Hawaii and AlaskaShoppers outside the area use the internet to track down vehicles that match the price, color or extras they can't find elsewhere, he said.Changes at Polymer PackagingChris Thomazin has been named president of Massillon-based Polymer Packaging, as William DLanham II moves to the role of president emeritus.Lanham joined the company in 1987 and has played a key role in Polymer Packaging's growth and successHe will remain active with the company, working in the commercial arena, product development and project managementHe also will help mentor sales and leadership teams.Additionally, Lanham will remain on the chairman's council of the Flexible Packaging Association's board.Thomazin joined Polymer Packaging is 2002 and has worked in several positionsHe was vice president of operations and most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of the Polymer Packaging group of companies.Polymer Packaging develops flexible packaging for the consumer products industryThe protective packaging business provides custom solutions that protect products from shock, vibration effects and surface abrasionAnd the winner is...The inaugural Global Innovation Award presented by the ATM Industry Association has been given to Diebold Nixdorf for its Cash Cube concept.The design uses mobile technologies to merge self-service and digital channels to create a cross-channel customer experienceCash Cube uses Android-based software that makes apps available through a business-to-business marketplaceUsing the apps, ATM operators can can deliver new services and generate additional revenue through transaction fees.Cash Cube can make software available faster, said Reinhard Rabenstein, Diebold Nixdorf chief technology officer for solutionsThe concept envisions that Diebold Nixdorf will supply software developers with a kit, assume responsibility for the quality assurance of the apps and use business-to-business software to distribute the apps to ATMs."This gives us access to ideas generated by the global app developer community, accelerates time-to-market and reduces development costs," Rabenstein said in a news release.ATMIA will present the award to Diebold Nixdorf when the association has its U.Sconference in early FebruaryMike Lee, ATMIA's chief executive officer, said, "Cash Cube is in line with cutting edge global industry developments which will lead to the reinvention of the ATM ecosystem."Leadership roleJackson Township resident Connie Collings has been elected president of the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association.The OREIA is a non-profit business league with more than 1,500 real estate investors, landlords and entrepreneursFormed in 1989, the OREIA has 12 local associations that hold conferences, training sessions and offer other assistance to real estate investors.Collings begins her two-year term on Jan1 and will continue to serve as president of the Stark County Real Estate Investors Association.Ohio housing market saw strong NovemberHousing sales around Ohio set a record during November, according to statistics compiled by the Ohio Association of Realtors.The Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange, which includes Stark, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, reported 3.952 sales during November, up 8.6 percent from the 3,640 sales reported in November 2016So far this year real estate agents in the region have sold 45,968 houses, up 2.9 percent from 44,660 houses during 2016.Statewide, 140,770 houses have been sold this year, up 1.1 percent from 139,198 houses sold during 2016, the association said.Reach Edd at 330-580-8484 or edd.pritchard@cantonrep.comOn Twitter: @epritchardREP   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