LIMA - Biggby Coffee is a favorite in Lima, and its fans showed up to get the shop another award.

LIMA — Biggby Coffee is a favorite in Lima, and its fans showed up to get the shop another award.

Biggby earned Store of the Year honors at the company’s annual franchise meeting in August in Lansing, Mich. The award is based on customer reviews of the store and total number of votes. The Lima store was recognized as the overall winner.

A cheering crowd welcomed Lima store owner Peggy Rector to the stage at the meeting.

“My staff works very hard at making sure every customer leaves the store in a better mood than which they came. All of our hard work pays off. I love my staff, I love my customers, and I love Biggby,” Rector said.

Earlier this year, Biggby Coffee was voted best in the region for coffee.

Biggby co-founder Mary Roszel presented the award to Rector during the annual meeting, a three-day event attended by company franchisees and baristas. During this time, sessions are held to inform store owners of new products, technology and strategies.

Biggby Coffee has 188 cafes open or under contract across nine states, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida and Texas.

Firearms training business opens in Celina

CELINA — Blacksheep Tactical and Protection has opened up in rural Celina.

The business will be providing classes in gun safety for youth and adults, hunter education for youth and adults, concealed carry, tactical pistol, home defense and audit, tactical patrol rifle and shotgun and reloading. Blacksheep Tactical also provides personal and event protection.

The business estimates Mercer County will receive $105,000 in annual income from hotels, food, gas and equipment bought from local vendors. The next class begins Sept. 10. Call 419-586-1290 for information.

Quality courses offered

LIMA — Rhodes State College, the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Northwest Ohio is offering its Quality series for this fall.

Three courses will be held evenings covering ISO 9001:2008 Internal Auditing, TS16949 Internal Auditing and Certified Continuous Improvement Associate. A self-paced online Six Sigma Green Belt will be available this fall beginning Sept. 16. Discounts are available for WCOMC members.

For details such as class schedules and costs, contact Solutions, etc. at Rhodes State College, at 419-995-8406 or

Free manufacturing training offered at Bradfield Center

LIMA — The West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium will offer its Basic Manufacturing Pathway class Sept. 10 through Nov. 14 at the Bradfield Community Center, 550 South Collett St. This 40-hour class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There is no cost for the class. Interested persons may register by calling the WCOMC at 419-995-8353 or the Bradfield Community Center at 419-228-7766 by Sept. 9.

The Basic Manufacturing Pathway class covers manufacturing-related skills in basic math, quality and safety. The course covers workplace skills such as teamwork. The course also includes resume writing and financial aid for students pursuing additional training.

People who successfully complete the class will earn Basic certification in the WCOMC’s Advanced Manufacturing Pathway program and will be referred to WCOMC members for employment consideration and receive notices on employment opportunities, workshops, job fairs and other events to enhance their chances for employment.

The course is available at no cost to students thanks to a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the WCOMC from the City of Lima.

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