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Young Truck Sales a finalist for national award

Craig Young, third generation owner of Young Truck Sales, was a finalist for the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award presented by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

CANTON TWP. Business performance and community service landed Craig Young and Young Truck Sales among the seven finalists for the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award presented by the American Truck Dealers, a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

It marked the third time the dealership has been a finalist in the competition. More than 2,300 around the country were nominated.

Young, who took the company helm in 1996, said he was excited and humbled to be nominated for the award from among “the thousands of truck dealers across the country.” The Ohio Automobile Dealers Association nominated Young. The company also was nominated in 2003 and 2011.

Rick Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Ga., won the award, which is sponsored by ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, and Procede Software.

Craig Young represents the third generation to lead Young Truck Sales. Herb Young started the business in 1954 and his sons, Richard and Robert, followed him into the business. Craig joined the business after graduating college in 1978 and ran it with his cousin Bob Young, who now is retired. Now the fourth generation — Craig’s son Zach and son-in-law Justin Candea and Bob’s sons Ryan and Adam — are involved with the company.

“We’ve got a good base in place to help them continue going on a good path,” Craig Young said.

The company has sales, service and parts dealerships at 2230 Shepler Church Ave. SW and 4970 Southway St. SW in Perry Township and represents the Volvo, Freightliner and Isuzu truck lines. There also is a leasing company and body shop. The business has 154 employees.

Away from the office, Young has served as president for Canton Rotary and is a board member with Habitat for Humanity. Both organizations provide service locally and internationally, he said.

Young said his father brought him into Rotary and he remained active, working several years with the group’s student exchange program. He has served in several officer positions over the last three years, including president last year.

Meeting and getting to know families who spend 18 to 24 months working in the Habitat program to get a house is gratifying and shows how much good there is in people, Young said. “It helps people to grow,” he said.

Young also has helped with Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties and Refuge of Hope.

In the trucking industry, Young has been president of the Ohio Truck Dealers Association (a division of the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association), president of the Stark County Automobile Dealers Association, and a member of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. He has received Freightliner’s Aspire and Summit awards, which rank dealerships for customer service.

Timber kits featured at Hartville Hardware expo

Pioneer’s Pride do-it-yourself kits for building timber-frame structures will be part of the Hartville Hardware Home & Garden Expo this Saturday.

The expo features one-day savings throughout the store, prize drawings, more than 35 vendor demonstrations and a live broadcast of nationally syndicated radio program “At Home with Gary Sullivan.”

Pioneer’s Pride, based on Swamp Street NE in Marlboro Township, offers kits and products that include a pavilion, a pergola, a mini-barn, sandbox, doghouse, mailbox and mailbox post. Todd Schlabach, president of Pioneer’s Pride, said the kits are designed to be assembled in one afternoon.

The kits feature hemlock beams constructed with mortise and tenon joints secured by wooden pegs, which allows the kits to be assemble using simple tools, such as a wooden mallet.

Mall programming plans

Belden Village Mall hopes to increase community interaction with the launch of a program called Live 360 Degrees.

The year-round program begins this weekend with Red Cross Preparedness Day. The American Red Cross and Dominion East Ohio present the program, which has the goal of helping participants become “Red Cross ready” in the event of a disaster. Mall guests will receive a safety backpack filed with emergency supplies if they complete a pre-test and post-test to determine how prepared they are. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Live 360 Degrees is a program developed by Starwood Retail Partners, owners of Belden Village Mall. The program was selected by Chain Store Age magazine as one of the best retail center experiences in the United States. Starwood said in a news release announcing the program that it realizes that Belden Village Mall, as a mixed use center, “belongs — first and foremost — to its community.”

The program, mall officials said, is geared toward fun, multi-generational events. Future plans include farmers markets, cooking and fitness classes, book clubs, dance parties and a collaborations with non-profit groups. For more details, visit www.shoppingbeldenvillagemall.com/live360/.

Dealership helps area charities

Employees at Progressive Auto Group raised $44,500 in 2017 and distributed checks to 18 community charities, said Thomas W. Schmidt, co-chair of the Progressive Auto Group Civic Fund.

J.S. “Sandy” Sanders, founder of Progressive Auto Group, launched the employee civic fund in the early 1950s. The fund has grown through the years and raised more than $450,000 for the community during the past 10 years. Each employee contributes and makes recommendations on the local charities that are supported.

Grand reopening

Family Dollar’s store at 1207 12th St. NW plans a grand reopening event this weekend.

Thursday through Saturday shoppers can get giveaways and prizes, including reusable shopping bags, cookies and a gift basket raffle. On Saturday, the first 50 customers will receive a Family Dollar gift card. The grand reopening follows renovations at the store, the company said in a news release.

They promise to deliver

Grubhub Delivery has expanded into the greater Canton area.

The service connects hungry customers with their favorite restaurants. Customers can use an app on their smart phone or order online through Grubhub.com.

Grubhub Delivery offers no-demand food delivery from Bravo, Red Robin, DiBella’s Subs and other restaurants, including some local favorites. Users can use the code “CANTONFREE” for free delivery on their orders until April 19. Free delivery will be available with no minimum order price.

Until this week, area restaurants on Grubhub supplied their own couriers to make deliveries. Now Grubhub Delivery makes it possible for all restaurants to take advantage of delivery and expand their customer base by providing Grubhub drivers who can deliver from any local establishment.

Reach Edd at 330-580-8484 or edd.pritchard@cantonrep.com

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