Ohio Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics

Learn about how to obtain an air permit from Ohio EPA, the permit application process, different permitting options and typical compliance activities.

In a recent COSE webinar, experts from Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. provided a basic overview of Ohio specific air quality requirements related to permitting and compliance that typically affect the manufacturing industry.

Watch the webinar below to gain an understanding of the steps necessary to obtain an air permit from Ohio EPA, the permit application process, different permitting options, typical compliance activities as well as a basic understanding of some of the federal rules applicable to manufacturing. 

 

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  • Next up: Ohio Desk manages their bottom line with innovation
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    For over 100 years, Ohio Desk has been a fixture in the Cleveland Business community, providing the furnishings for offices around the region. In their current headquarters at 1122 Prospect Avenue since 1918, Ohio Desk no longer just sells chairs and desks. Ohio Desk has grown and evolved to be a provider of integrated interiors including flooring, floor to ceiling walls and technology products.

    For over 100 years, Ohio Desk has been a fixture in the Cleveland Business community, providing the furnishings for offices around the region. In their current headquarters at 1122 Prospect Avenue since 1918, Ohio Desk no longer just sells chairs and desks. Ohio Desk has grown and evolved to be a provider of integrated interiors including flooring, floor to ceiling walls and technology products.

    The cost of energy to power the three showrooms and Distribution and service center has gone up significantly over the past 100 years. To manage those costs, Ohio Desk has been actively pursuing updated technology from improved HVAC to LED lighting. The most recent project to manage energy costs is the installation of a new solar array at the Van Epps Distribution and Service Center.

    The Van Epps building is a nearly ideal location for solar generation. The large flat roof has no shading from nearby trees, power lines, or other buildings. The power generated form the approximately 280 individual panels will offset 80% of the usage at the facility and have a payback of approximately six years. With an estimated life of 25 to 30 years, Ohio Desk will be receiving free electricity for years to come.

    The installation of solar arrays on flat roofs like the distribution center is a quick and painless process, at least for the customer. Bold Alternatives, the installer for this project, not only handled the installation but also the permitting and connections with the electric grid. The installation took 4 days, and the racking system that was used required no penetrations of the roof. This system uses ballast to secure everything in place and added less than a pound per square foot to the roof.

    There have been a lot of changes over the 100-year history of Ohio Desk. Now they have certainty that for the next thirty years, changes in the cost of electricity will not negatively impact their business. They are a leading example of how business can effectively manage their bottom line through innovation.

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  • Next up: Ohio workers comp rate reduction in the works
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  • Ohio workers comp rate reduction in the works

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  • Next up: OHTec Director Bids a Fond Farewell
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  • OHTec Director Bids a Fond Farewell

    It has been an amazing run! About 10 years ago, I was blessed to have the opportunity to take over an incredible organization devoted to helping tech companies and the regional IT industry succeed and thrive.

    It has been an amazing run!

    About 10 years ago, I was blessed to have the opportunity to take over an incredible organization devoted to helping tech companies and the regional IT industry succeed and thrive.

    I blinked and suddenly nearly 10 years have passed, and I find myself announcing that I am moving on from this incredible role, Executive Director of OHTec.

    Like any journey, this road has had its share of ups and downs, twists and turns, unexpected dips and breathtaking views. But through it all, I’m so very pleased to say that we’ve remained steadfast in our support for, and almost immeasurably deep love, for the regional tech industry.

    The innovation, creativity, imagination, and persistence (plus a lot of other worthy adjectives) exhibited by our members and other entrepreneurial tech firms is awe-inspiring. It’s been a privilege to have a front row seat as prominent tech firms became even more prominent, as mid-size firms grew larger and as exciting tech start-ups gained a foothold and traction.

    But while I’m leaving OHTec, I’m not leaving the region, or the industry; I’m joining a local, successful, growing tech firm, Expedient. We’ll continue to be supportive of OHTec and its mission and be even more active in fostering the regional IT industry and community.

    COSE will begin work quickly on finding a successor, engaging the OHTec board of advisors in the process. The COSE service team is available for any inquiries at 216.621.3300.

    Like finishing a good book, we dwell on it and reflect on its contents, nuances and how it made us feel. And when we put that book down for the last time, we think about the next adventure to be told to us, the new experiences to have and more.

    Thank you all for these wonderful experiences and lessons, my friends, I look forward to crafting the next story together!

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  • Next up: OHTec Announces Lineup For Tech Week 2016
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  • OHTec Announces Lineup For Tech Week 2016

    OHTec announced the lineup for Tech Week 2016 today. Currently scheduled programs include:

    OHTec announced the lineup for Tech Week 2016 today. Currently scheduled programs include:

    • Cleveland Tech Starts Showcase, presented by StartMart
    • NASA Space Apps Challenge, presented by OHTec and NASA
    • Pitch Night, presented by Society for Information Management
    • Mobile Monday, presented by Mobile Monday - Cleveland
    • CIO of the Year Awards, presented by Crain’s Cleveland Business
    • Co-Op Speed Networking, presented by Cuyahoga Community College
    • Tech Pint, presented by same
    • Linking IT Talent to Opportunity, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership
    • Akron Tech Success Event, presented by The Bit Factory
    • TechniCLE Speaking, presented by Jones, Day
    • Best of Tech Awards, presented by OHTec
    • The Get IT Here! Annual Summit, presented by Regional IT Engagement

    Additionally, OHTec is partnering with Global Cleveland again to host IT  industry discussions/presentations at:  Kent State, CSU, The University of Akron, Baldwin-Wallace, Case, ITT and others during Tech Week.

    “We’re excited to bring together another amazing Tech Week,” said Brad Nellis, Executive Director of OHTec. “Celebrating success, connecting companies to talent, engaging universities and their students and more make Tech Week an incredible time for tech entrepreneurs and practitioners in the region. ”

    Launched in 2011, Tech Week was initiated to help raise the profile of the regional IT industry and serves to connect, celebrate, engage and support the industry through a variety of programming and community partnerships. Attendance at Tech Week has has increased eight-fold in five years, with more than 4,200 participants in 2015.

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  • Next up: The 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards: Recognizing Greatness
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  • The 2015 OHTec Best of Tech Awards: Recognizing Greatness

    On Thursday, April 16, we recognized incredible, innovative companies during the 9th Annual Best of Tech Awards.

    In a sometimes raucous dinner event on Thursday, April 16,  we recognized incredible, innovative companies during the 9th Annual Best of Tech Awards. Nine companies were awarded the coveted trophies among the 6 separate categories. More than 60 nominations were received for this year’s awards.

    Winners by category were:

    Most Promising Start Up : Event38
    Best Tech Device / Application Innovation: MRI Software
    Best IT Services Company : BCG Systems and Vertex Computer Systems
    Best Software Product - Small Company:  Software Answers
    Best Software Product - Large Company:  Hyland Software
    Tech Team of the Year: DecisionDesk
    Tech Company of the Year - Small Company:  1EDISource
    Tech Company of the Year - Large Company: OEConnection

    We also recognized 3 winning teams in the CoolTech Challenge at the awards dinner. Teams of high school students from Avon, Mentor and University School received scholarship funds totaling $8,000 and we’ll be sending out additional prizes as well.

    The Best of Tech Awards dinner was a key part of Tech Week 2015, our annual program to connect, celebrate, engage and support the regional tech industry.  We’ll have a summary of the week posted shortly.


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