Biz Beat: Rudolph supports football legends in need

HEATHER RUTZ 419-993-2094 •

November 23, 2013

WESTMINSTER — Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, is in the thick of its third annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign.

Pork Rind Appreciation Day is celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday, the first Sunday of February. Matched each year with charitable support, Rudolph Foods supports the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides medical and financial assistance to former National Football League players in dire need.

Between now and the big game, 10 cents of the purchase of all Rudolph Foods branded products will support the organization’s assistance fund (up to $15,000). The campaign is also matched with several opportunities for consumers to play along for chances to win football parties, pork rinds and other prizes to celebrate pig skins and pig skins together.

Fans can visit and vote for Team Spicy or Team Smooth as their favorite pork rind team. Consumers will also be encouraged to vote for their favorite pork rind player. One winner will be chosen, at random, from the winning team and awarded the grand prize of $1,500 and a one year supply of pork rinds and announced on Jan. 7. After the winning pork rind team is announced, the winning four flavors will compete against each other in the “Super Snack Bowl” at

Cooper Tire, Elio Motors sign letter of intent

FINDLAY — Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Elio Motors, Inc. have signed a letter of intent to work together.

Elio, headquartered in Troy, Mich., is an automotive startup pioneering a three-wheeled, two-passenger vehicle expected to compete in the ultra-high mileage category beginning in late 2014. Once the agreement is finalized, Cooper intends to supply Elio tires as original equipment on the innovative vehicle, which Elio expects to achieve up to 84 miles per gallon.

Weighing about 1,200 pounds, the futuristic Elio runs on a three-cylinder, 55-horsepower, fuel-injected engine. The vehicle is expected to retail for approximately $6,800, and Elio plans to produce it in Shreveport, La., using components primarily made in North America.

“Continued innovation is critical in the automotive business, and Cooper is excited to be working with Elio to develop an innovative tire design to be manufactured in one of our U.S. plants,” said Chris Ostrander, president of the North America Tire Division. “Cooper shares Elio’s commitment to this vehicle promoting a sustainable environment. By supplying tires with Cooper’s low rolling resistance technology, Cooper will make a significant contribution toward helping Elio achieve its goal of 84 miles per gallon.”

Chief donates $1,000 to American Cancer Society

LIMA — Chief Supermarket recently sponsored a Drink for Pink wine-tasting event to benefit American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Chief specially selected wines and craft beers for participants to sample at Chief Market, 890 S. Cable Road, Lima. More than 100 people participated, and the event raised $1,000 for the organization.

“As the local, neighborhood grocery store, it is important for Chief to be involved and support these events and organizations that impact our associates and customers. This was a really fun event, and I’m humbled that our Chief family was able to make a difference,” said Annette Hoeffel, director of marketing at Chief.

Electrical safety class offered

LIMA — DL Steiner of Lima, through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium, will conduct an 8-hour NFPA 70E Electrical Safety training session from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Rhodes State College.

The cost is $325. A discount is available to WCOMC members. The cost includes lunch. Call 419-995-8406 for details.