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Upshift Raises $3.7M in Series A Financing, Led by Indeed’s HR Tech Investment: On-Demand Staffing Platform Expands with New Round of Funding

Posted in Upshift: The Next Generation of Work #GigWorld #ItCameFromCincinnati with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/03/2020 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

Upshift in Cincinnati Business Courier Nick Jordanovski Alex Pantich Steve Anevski



DOWNLOAD OFFICIAL UPSHIFT/INDEED PRESS RELEASE AS WORD DOC here —>>> Official Release Upshift and Indeed March 3 2020

[COLUMBUS, Ohio ~ March 3, 2020]  Upshift, the leading on-demand staffing platform, has closed $3.7 million in Series A funding to expand its team and accelerate growth across the country.


Upshift’s smartphone- and web-based platform connects people looking for extra work or new jobs with understaffed employers in the hospitality and light-industrial sectors, helping meet the nation’s high demand for temporary staffing solutions.

Online job platform Indeed’s investment arm, HR Tech Investments, led the funding round with participation from Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures and Data Point Capital.


We look for innovation, and the Upshift team is transforming the future of work. Upshift is leading the transformation of the staffing industry, and we see tremendous growth potential,” said Ryan Helon, executive vice president of investment funds at Rev1 Ventures.

And with its tremendous revenue growth, Upshift is certainly showing just how important serving the needs of the gig economy is shaping up to be.”

People in 15 cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina rely on Upshift to find work that supports their needs and fits their schedules. There are now tens of thousands of employees using Upshift’s platform to find shifts at over 1,000 businesses ranging from medium-sized hotels to Fortune 500 companies.

Takeya, COSI and the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center are just a few of the many companies in the hospitality and light industrial sectors partnering with Upshift in Columbus.

Unlike most gig economy companies, Upshift directly employs all those who work on its platform. This means that people working are covered by traditional employment relationships including workers’ compensation, unemployment and other employee protections.

That also means Upshift’s business clients do not take on the liability typically associated with 1099 staffing models.

Upshift’s pre-screening process for employment is rigorous and includes an in-person interview with a staff member. Only 12 percent of those who apply to Upshift successfully complete the screening process.

This, combined with Upshift’s intuitive, easy-to-use technology and strict disciplinary policies, means over 95% of Upshifters successfully complete committed shifts. That’s more than double the industry standard for success.

We’re thrilled to partner with Indeed, Rev1 and Data Point as we continue to partner with more companies and help people find work,” said Alex Pantich, Upshift co-founder and COO and 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University.

Alex Pantich cofounder Upshift

Alex Pantich, Cofounder of Upshift

I’m glad that so many of our partners and Upshifters have found success with Upshift in central Ohio, and we are excited to serve our clients and employees even more in the future!”

About Upshift: America’s leading on-demand staffing platform, Upshift services the hospitality and light industrial sectors and helps connect people to both flexible and long-term work. Its industry-leading success rates of over 95 percent are more than double industry standards. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Upshift helps connect people and businesses in 15 major metro markets.

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Upshift Raises Three Point Seven Mill Series A Indeed Rev1 Ventures Data Point Capital Official Press Release

Official Press Release from Upshift, Indeed, Rev1 Ventures and Data Point Capital

Fifty Three Years, and a $50 Million Deal:

Posted in Rookwood Properties with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07/18/2019 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

The Thoroughly Cincinnatian Story of the Kanter Family, Bob and Lynne’s conversation, and Rookwood Properties

Milestones abound at company – now 53 – that began with a husband and a wife, and a dinner-table talk: Why Not You?

PRESS RELEASE PDF FOR DOWNLOAD —–>>>> Fifty Plus Years Later and a $50M Deal – The Thoroughly Cincinnatian Story of Rookwood Properties

link to Cincinnati Business Courier story: (thx Tom!)

[CINCINNATI, Ohio – July 18 , 2019] Bob and Lynne Kanter saw it all, btw, way before any of you.

Fifty-plus-years later after the creation of Rookwood Properties Inc., the Cincinnati startup launched in 1966 after a dinner-table conversation between man and wife, the milestones abound:

  • Last month, Rookwood Properties closed a $33 million acquisition of six multi-family properties with 750 apartment units, primarily local, boosting its multifamily portfolio by 40 percent;
  • Shortly after the deal closed, Rookwood launched a $17 million capital improvement campaign across the new properties, effectively creating a $50 million deal;
  • This Fall, Rookwood will take the wraps off 1010 On The Rhine, its 8-floor, 139-unit apartment segment of the $90 million, 18-story Kroger super-site in downtown Cincinnati, the 3CDC-developed community that Rookwood spent 35 years helping make a reality, offering residential, retail and parking (other partners: North American Properties, NorthPointe Group);
  • Late last year, Rookwood introduced its version of adaptive reuse with the conversion of the historic Crane-Hawley factory (former Hamilton County Board of Elections Building) on Broadway Avenue into Crane Factory Flats, a six-story, 69- unit compilation of studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and townhome apartments.

The six-property, 750-unit package Rookwood Properties acquired in June became available through the national commercial real estate brokerage community.

The largest apartment community in the package is the 144-unit Versailles Village Apartments of Forest Park, followed by the 157-unit Mont Michel Apartments in University Heights; the 144-unit Garden Woods Apartments in Dayton (OH), the 120-unit Fairway Park Apartments Independence (KY), the Knolls Apartments in Beavercreek (108 units); and the Colonial Gardens Apartments (70 units) in Sharonville.

With the recent apartment acquisition, and the flurry of activity at the new downtown Kroger, one might think Rookwood Properties has shifted into overdrive.

That would be an incorrect assumption.

Because, even though the deals are flowing, Rookwood Properties of Cincinnati has quite successfully endorsed the turtle in his/her longstanding duel with the hare.

In a sense, it might seem like the growth has been fast and furious, because the opportunities have been incredible,” says Annie Kanter, marketing and property manager of Rookwood Properties, headquartered in Montgomery, also active throughout the Midwest.

Yes, this is the biggest acquisition in the 53-year history of Rookwood Properties, but we remain committed to a slow-but-steady growth mantra, as we were taught,” said Rookwood Properties President Fred Kanter, son of company founders, Robert and Lynne Kanter.

Annie is Fred’s niece, daughter of Fred’s brother Mark Kanter; the third-generation is also represented by Jeremy Kanter, director of acquisitions and multifamily for Rookwood ( Jeremy is Fred’s son.

Now in its third generation of family leadership, Rookwood Properties has proven that success is built on a strategy of long-term growth.

In an era when investment trends promote investing for short-term growth, Rookwood Properties goes against the grain.

The recent $50 million acquisition and capital improvement campaign, with the six new properties, is entirely indicative of the modus operandi of Rookwood Properties since Day One: it’s a long-standing strategy of buying and improving existing properties for appreciation over time.

This strategy has led not only to the company’s longevity, but also to significant residential and commercial improvements in the region over the past five decades.

Cincinnati was an ideal place for Rookwood Properties to get its start because of its conservative nature,Fred Kanter states.

We believe in real estate investments for the long term. There will be good times and bad times, but if you are willing to re-invest in your properties, they can be good long-term investments.”

That strategy pays off not only for investors, but for the local community as well.

Many of the long-term investments in the Rookwood Properties portfolio are long-established properties in the Cincinnati landscape today.

One such example is Lytle Tower at Fourth and Broadway.

The company purchased the building in 1973, under the leadership of company founder Robert Kanter. Until that time, Rookwood Properties was focused exclusively on real estate management.

With the acquisition of Lytle Tower, however, the company began its long-standing tradition of purchasing properties with an eye for long-term improvement.

In the 44 years since, Lytle Tower has become a premier rental location for those seeking high-end living in an urban setting, providing what Kanter calls “an excellent location with high-end finishes at a competitive price point.”

A Tradition of Family Leadership and Steady Regional Growth 

In 1965, Robert and Lynne Kanter were inspired by an article they read in TIME Magazine, about entrepreneurs.

Robert Kanter left his corporate accounting job to launch a real estate property management company with a line of credit cosigned by a former employer, Robert Block Jr.

Kanter quickly developed a reputation for rigorous and disciplined analysis of potential acquisitions, unswayed by the hype and wishful thinking rampant in the field. His integrity and unfailing honesty inspired loyalty among his many business partners.

As the company grew, so did the size of its acquisitions. Steady growth and acquisitions led to investments in retail, warehouses, office buildings, and new and renovated apartment communities.

Rookwood Properties now owns, manages and leases portfolio properties in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky. As Rookwood Properties has grown, so has the region itself.

An example of the company’s long-term investment strategy paying off for the community at large is The Enclave, a luxury apartment development in Sharonville.

The Enclave development has not only been successful for Rookwood Properties; it’s been incredibly beneficial to the Sharonville community as well.

It was the first apartment development in Sharonville in quite some time,” Fred Kanter explains.

By providing an attractive housing alternative for people who work in Sharonville or the surrounding areas, The Enclave contributes to Sharonville’s overall livability.”

Rookwood Properties Today: Imagining the Next 50 Years

As the Kanter brothers welcome a third generation into the business, Jeremy and Annie Kanter, they can’t help but reflect on the success of the past 51 years and their hopes for the company’s future.

Real estate development can be a risky business, but by managing the business in a cautious manner for long-term results, we have stayed out of risky development. That has contributed to the company’s success over time,” Fred says.

Whatever the future holds in store, one thing is certain: the Kanter family has no intention of veering from Robert Kanter’s original, long-term strategy for growth.

Says Mark Kanter, “Over the next 50 years, Fred and I hope the company will continue to grow in a slow, but sure, manner.”

ABOUT ROOKWOOD PROPERTIES Rookwood Properties ( is a diversified developer, owner and manager of residential and commercial properties in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus markets. Established in 1966, Rookwood Properties prides itself on professional service, a responsive, dedicated staff, and attention to detail. Whether you are looking for office, retail, warehouse space or an apartment, Rookwood Properties offers the most exceptional value in the market. For more information, contact

For media inquiries regarding Rookwood Properties, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer at (513) 604-5428 or

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Kanter crew at Lytle Tower foto by andy hemmer

Kanter Crew at Lytle Tower, left to right: Jeremy, Annie, Fred, Bob, and Mark Kanter. Grand Opening announced in your #Cincinnati @BusinessCourier today: FESTIVITIES, #urbanliving + #CraneFactoryFlats on Broadway Street in #DowntownCincinnati ribbon-cutting, open house, media event and general shin-dig to be held on December 5, 2018

Posted in Rookwood Properties with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/15/2018 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

Press Release – For Immediate Release:

Enter: Crane Factory Flats

#DowntownCincinnati Living,


Rookwood Properties’ Crane Factory Flats unveils luxury living at century-old factory

Originally a Factory, Adaptive Reuse Creates 69 New Luxury Apartments.

Grand Opening Date and Ribbon-Cutting with City Officials on December 5.


[CINCINNATI, Ohio – November 15, 2018] With the grand opening of the Crane Factory Flats coming up fast on Dec. 5, today’s downtown Cincinnati living enthusiast has the opportunity to experience new urban living apartments, with a local history dating back more than a century.

The Crane-Hawley Co. opened its factory in 1914, producing water and plumbing fixtures. Most recently, it was home to the Hamilton County Board of Elections until early last year. Under the management of Cincinnati-based Rookwood Properties, Crane Factory Flats is a multi-million-dollar adaptive-reuse development breathing new life into an old building, creating its own unique community.

The response of the market has been fantastic, particularly during our early stages of construction, as we gear up for our grand opening and ribbon-cutting in early December,” said Annie Kanter, property manager at Crane Factory Flats.

She reports strong market interest from several different segments of the apartment-hunting public, from young professionals to college students, empty-nesters and Millennials alike.

Tucked into the Design District on Broadway between East Ninth and East Eighth streets, Crane Factory Flats ( is opening amidst a historic rebirth of Downtown Cincinnati.

The six-story property now offers 69 high-end apartments built with an industrial aesthetic, emphasizing exposed brick with high ceilings.

Apartments are being offered in 1- and 2-bedroom options, from loft-style living to spacious townhomes; rates range between $1,185-$3,170, for homes offering between 625-1,669 square feet.

“When the Board of Elections left, we discovered was what, in essence, what we already knew: Downtown Cincinnati is the epicenter of urban living options. Crane Factory Flats is just delivering what the market demands,” said Kanter.

Now, a 24-hour fitness and yoga center are ready.

The pet washing stations are poised.

A bike room will be built shortly; the coffee/espresso bar is complete, the Business Center geared up, as Crane Factory Flats welcomes new residents, neighbors and friends.

Amenities are copious and well-tended, from covered parking, walk-in closets and extra storage to wide hallways, ceramic tile showers and an industrial aesthetic.

Kitchens have quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances, with floor plans emphasizing open-concept flats, featuring wood-style and carpeted floors.

Crane Factory Flats offers on-site management, 24/7 controlled access. Fully wired for WiFi and all modern comforts (dishwasher, washer, dryer), Cincinnati’s newest downtown lifestyle is pet-friendly and designed with Lounges, a Business Center, Coffee Bar, 24/7 Yoga/Fitness Center, a collaborative Workspace and roof deck.

For more information, stop by the Crane Factory Flats office, 824 Broadway, open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or please visit or call (513) 832-7639.

Contact: Property Manager-Annie Kanter, Rookwood Properties (513) 832-7639

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@HuffRealty in your #Cincinnati @BusinessCourier: here’s the #Press #Release

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , on 06/19/2017 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

Jon Reischel, 513.237.7758

Link to @BusinessCourier story:

HUFF looking to add 125+ sales agents over next 5 years

‘Teaching Relentlessly, Serving Passionately’

Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate grows to 450 agents by taking care of its own

Long the real estate king of Northern Kentucky, HUFF continues growth across southwestern Ohio. Renewed Anderson Twp. lease coincides with 20-year presence in Ohio market.

FORT MITCHELL, KY – June 15, 2017 — Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HUFF Realty is looking to expand in Greater Cincinnati with at least another 125+ agents over the next five years, in the same fashion as its corporate parent and the international icon behind it, billionaire Warren Buffett: “Slow and steady, acquire and keep.”

Instead of company-by-company, as they do in Omaha, our growth strategy here locally is agent-by-agent, and agent team-by-agent team,” adds DeVries, who runs three other Berkshire Hathaway real estate brands besides Huff ( through the HomeServices of America Inc. family.

Based on Beechwood Road and now deploying 450 sales agents in the Tri-State, the growth equates to an average 5 percent annual growth in agents, factoring in boom and bust factors. Recruitment at HUFF is a deliberate practice integrating a system of core values that culminates with a highly-motivated sales professional benefitting from a superior training system.

And, for DeVries and the HUFF leadership team, it’s more about quality than quantity.

I’m not overly interested in the individual being the number one salesperson in the region. I am interested in someone who recognizes the value of this operation, somebody who brings just as much as they take, who would be a great cheerleader, and encourage their fellow agents and staff,” said DeVries.

If they grow to be the number one salesperson in the region, that’s great. But we are more interested in the integrity and character of the individual, and their desire to be successful – their desire to serve the customer well.”

The five core values espoused by HUFF reflect the company’s commitment to agents by “teaching relentlessly and serving passionately,” and begins with DeVries’ original point emphasizing the firm’s most valued characteristic:

  • Honesty and Integrity: “Too many people sell on sizzle. The honesty and integrity of the person are their most important character traits. Whether male or female, old or young, matters not.”
  • Continual Pursuit of Excellence: “We are constantly trying to get better at everything we do.”
  • Mutual Respect and Caring: “We recognize the importance of working on a team. The Bengals QB is important – but so is his second-string center, and the team trainer.”
  • Family Takes Priority: “We talk long and hard about falling in love with the job. We don’t want our people working seven days a week, 365 days a year. Your loved ones will fall by the wayside.
  • Loyalty In Relationships: “We march together, arm-in-arm. We want people who respect that, who recognize and have mutual respect for the education and the training we provide, and who understand loyalty is a two-way street.”

DeVries is a Florida native and graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky., who manages more than 1,200 agents at HUFF Realty as well as a triumvirate grid of realty firms in Louisville and Lexington (Rector Hayden REALTORS, Semonin REALTORS and Wakefield Reutlinger REALTORS).

He has worked in real estate for 25 years, and began his career with HomeServices of America Inc., corporate parent of HUFF Realty, in 1999.

Our job is to get the customer from Point A to Point B, as successfully and professionally as possible, with their mind intact, their emotions intact, the correct proceeds from their sale, or the right amount of money they are choosing to invest, while keeping everything as healthy as possible on both ends,” DeVries says.

All brokers essentially play the same role of having their agents under that umbrella of education, protection, guidance and support. When we bring them in, we keep them, by teaching them relentlessly and serving them passionately,” says DeVries.

In an Era of Technology, People Have Never Been As Important

Real estate sales agents have never been more valuable than they are today, despite the plethora of tools, websites, software solutions and television shows who say they aren’t.

As anecdotal evidence, DeVries recalls a late 1990s, company-wide concern for the future of real estate.

There were all these urgent meetings behind closed doors, and it was all about this big, monstrous thing called ‘The Internet,’ which was going to put us all out of business,” DeVries says.

Everybody was horrified about all these websites going up, that we were not going to be relevant or necessary for long, that we needed to have all this figured out with a new model. It was going to annihilate us.

Nothing could have been further from the truth,” DeVries adds.

Back then, about 88 percent of the market used an agent, with about 10 percent FSBO (For Sale By Owners). Today, we know that up to 92-93 percent of the market now uses an agent, and only about six percent are sold by the owner,” said DeVries.

We think that’s because people need us. Contracts that used to be 2-3 pages now take up a binder. There’s never been more complications, never been more fraud, more disclosures, never been more layers to a transaction than there are right now.

“Agents – the right agents – educated, well-trained agents who can make a sometimes-brutal process easier to bear – have never been more essential to the equation than they are today.”

ABOUT HUFF REALTY: Based in Fort Mitchell, Ky., with 450 sales agents deployed at 13 offices throughout Greater Cincinnati, Huff Realty was created by former owner Jim Huff and his wife, Bert Huff, to be the dominant commercial and residential real estate force in Northern Kentucky. HUFF Realty is a one-stop service shop providing products and services for Home Sales, Commercial Real Estate, Mortgages, Insurance, Relocation, Title, Home Warranties, Rentals and Auctions. Offices are in Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Downtown Cincinnati (OTR). Fairfield/Hamilton, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Highland Heights, Hyde Park, Lawrenceburg (IN), Mason/Deerfield Township, Montgomery, Union Centre and Western Hills. For more information, please visit or call (859) 341-7400.

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1 press release, 2 papers

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , on 02/05/2015 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

Robert Lucke Group in your Cincinnati Enquirer today, yesterday and on the App:

Cincinnati Enquirer story on the app (above – how about that photo credit!) and online at here:


Cincinnati Enquirer story online and on the app:



Online press release posted on


….. and on Local 12 WKRC-TV the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati ….

‘UNIVERSITY STATION GAINING STEAM’ ~~ Ackermann Group Q-and-A on ‘Affinity Tenants,’ the XU Entertainment District, and the hottest redevelopment and mixed-use (office/retail/residential) project in Greater Cincinnati ~~ Teased on Page 1 in your Cincinnati Business Courier and featured in ‘Structures,’ specialty pub for the built environment ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz! ~~

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Even before the first phase of development at University Station was complete, all 46,000 square feet of office space were leased.

University Station is a $54 million mixed-use development on 15 acres near Xavier University in Evanston. The 315,000-square-foot project, which is being developed by Ackermann Group and Messer Construction Co., also includes retail space and student housing.

But with strong demand for office space, Dobbs Ackermann, CEO of Ackermann Group, is looking at even more office space in Phase iI. Dobbs weighs in on what drove demand, how the rest of the development will come together and the larger trend of office users seeking out mixed-use space:

Cincinnati Business Courier: University Station has leased all of its office space. What drove the demand?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: University Station is attracting an office tenant that is looking for a central location, a campus environment and has interest in being connected to a growing and respected Xavier University.

Cincinnati Business Courier: Will you adjust the mix of office space for Phase II, based on demand for the first phase?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann GroupThe Phase II portion of the development calls for up to 250,000 more square feet of office. We believe the market will absorb that amount of square feet given the overall project dynamics. The development team of Messer Construction Co. and Ackermann Group, along with a group of local investors, and Xavier are bringing a vision to life that has created an on-campus experience, adjacent to campus. The energy that is garnered from the student environment and the transformation of a community is a major driver in the office environment that is being created.

Cincinnati Business CourierWhy are office users attracted to mixed-use developments?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: Office users today are attracted to mixed-use developments because they are planned for the way people want to live, work and play. Parking is convenient, office spaces are efficient and healthy, and the entertainment element is an integral part of the lifestyle built into the development. Mixed-use today is healthy, efficient, safe and walkable – all of which makes for a more productive work environment. Our goal as a development team is to help make the users of our developments more successful. We do that with thoughtful planning and details that foster business.

Cincinnati Business CourierAside from the tenants that signed leases, what other type of tenants have shown interest?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann GroupWe are calling our interested tenants “affinity tenants.” Everyone to date has had an interest to be a part of the Xavier growth and momentum. They are interested in being connected to students for internships, to the classrooms for programming or to the campus for the electric environment that students bring. The site has had tremendous interest due to its ability to attract large or small users – 5,000 to 150,000 square feet.

Cincinnati Business Courier: What made this a good site for redevelopment?

Dobbs Ackermann, Ackermann Group: If you look at the Interstate 71 corridor you will see that between Oakley and Clifton, major redevelopment has already taken place (in the range between $50 million and $100 million developments). Rookwood Exchange, Center of Cincinnati, Linden Point, Cornerstone, Keystone, etc. This site is in the center of all that development. From a bird’s eye view, if you look at I-71, this property and the surrounding area represent the hottest pocket for redevelopment. South Norwood and Evanston have amazing infrastructure. There are major road arteries, there is highway access, there is market for office, retail and residential. We are looking to build an entertainment district for the area that isn’t currently there, and our prediction is that over the next five years, this area will become the hottest redevelopment market in all of Cincinnati.

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BGR Inc. in The Cincinnati Business Courier (print edition) today: Cincinnati’s Stealth b2b Bomber Was Quietly Created To Sell Anything, To Anyone, Anywhere. And it does. ~~ aka, Look What Came Out of Al Backscheider’s Finneytown Garage ~~ ~~ thx, @TomCinciBiz and @BusinessCourier!!

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/18/2014 by @CincinnatiPRGuy .... until @CincinnatiPR is sprung outta Twitter jail

Press Release – For Immediate Release: BGR Inc. – Cincinnati’s Stealth b2b Bomber – in The Cincinnati Business Courier today – 4.18.14 – PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR Inc.: The Cincinnati Stealth b2b Bomber

West Chester packaging distributor BGR Inc. was quietly created to sell anything, to anyone, anywhere. And it does. And it’s all going online.

*Business Courier story link*

Look what came out of Al Backscheider’s Finneytown garage: BGR Inc.

Twenty-five new jobs added in 2013, another 25 needed this year. New e-commerce web site.

New facility in Indianapolis, additional U.S. markets on deck. Sales up 14% in 2013.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR Co-Presidents (and brothers) Dean Backscheider, left, and Allen Backscheider at the West Chester HQ.

[WEST CHESTER, Ohio ~ April 18, 2014] Step inside packaging distributor BGR’s 200,000-square-foot West Chester headquarters, and what you see is what you get. Which is just about everything.

BGR Inc. has quietly grown from a garage-based home business in Finneytown into a powerhouse industrial packaging distributor over almost four decades.

And that’s just the way Al Backscheider, company founder, would have wanted it.

Today’s BGR ( has grown and diversified into the total resource for corporate packaging needs. The company excels in providing customized “one-of-a-kind” packaging, and specializes in lowering material handling costs, product protection, minimizing environment impact, regulations compliance, ergonomics and safety.

BGR stocks over 6,000 different packaging supply items – buying in bulk, and passing the savings onto customers – helping them reduce packaging costs by up to 30 percent.

BGR’s leadership team and key personnel have over 35 years experience providing unmatched industry expertise and the most effective solutions for their customers,” said Kelly Backscheider, BGR Marketing Manager.

Every member of the BGR sales team is a Packaging Distributors of America (PDA) Certified Packaging Consultant and has received extensive training to achieve this certification.

We provide must-have information on the latest product introductions and trends to help our customers continue to reduce their packaging costs,” said Allen Backscheider, BGR Vice President.

BGR is also the source for the most cost-effective automations solutions. The company is a preferred distributor for some of the best-known names in the industry, including Balluff, 3M, Signode, IPG, Wulftec, Sealed Air and others.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BGR has unique in-house capabilities such as custom slitting and sheeting – enabling customers to be more precise with packaging materials, increasing productivity and reducing costs. BGR also has its own fully owned printing and label subsidiary, Triangle Label, which specializes in printing everything from printed labels to barcode labels.

And now, it all goes online. Of course.

BGR recently unveiled a new e-commerce capability on its web site,

This now allows us to sell packaging supply items such as – adhesives, air bubble, bags, boxes, foam cushions, labels, machinery, equipment, mailers, paper, shrink film, stretch film tape, and more – online,” said A.J. Backscheider, BGR Marketing Manager.

BGR, typically a soft-spoken company, is winding down an explosive 2013, connected to its national expansion campaign. Annual sales growth, which has historically hovered between the 5-7 percent range, blossomed to 14 percent, all fueled by BGR:

– Opening a new warehouse in Indianapolis, the first expansion outside of Cincinnati;

– Expanding upon an embedded sales office to establish a model for business expansion;

– Starting a site-search analysis to find a facility for a fast-growing division, Triangle Label;

– Contemplating a new, larger HQ to accommodate everything now in West Chester.

Dean Backscheider, Allen’s brother and another principal, accentuated BGR’sCost Advantage Program,” in which customers can reduce packaging costs by up to 30 percent.

This is a free, customized assessment of your packaging systems, equipment and supplies, designed to help customers save money and get a greater return on their packaging investment,” said Dean.

BGR consistently delivers products, some standard and some built to spec, that meet all of our requirements for quality, costs and lead time,” said Chuck Bray, purchasing/logistics manager with Balluff Inc., a BGR client for more than 30 years. “BGR has created an environment that is totally focused, and dedicated, on its customers’ success.

We appreciate all that they’ve done for us, and would recommend BGR Inc. to any company requiring complete packaging supplies and material handling equipment,” said Bray.

BGR Inc. - Cincinnati's Stealth b2b Bomber - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 4.18.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

The BGR Inc. headquarters is at 6392 Gano Road in West Chester, Ohio, easily accessible from Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

About BGR Inc.

BGR Inc. (www.BGR.US) is your packaging resource and is passionate about providing expert advise, from the simplest to the toughest packaging challenge. BGR’s leadership team has more than 35 years of experience providing unmatched industry expertise, and the most cost-effective packaging solutions. Every member of the BGR sales team is a PDA (Packaging Distributors of America) Certified Packaging Consultant, having received extensive training. Each BGR customer is supported by a dedicated team from sales and custom service.

For more information, please visit www.BGR.US or call (800) 628-9195 or send an e-mail to For media inquiries, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, TheWritingFiend@Large and President of PR at (513) 604-5428 or


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