Business briefs



State agency honors Franklin manufacturer

Franklin-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Climate Control Inc. recently received a WorkOne Achievement Award.

The company was recognized for making job opportunities for local Hoosiers. The award was presented in a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

The company manufactures and supplies air-conditioning systems and has partnered with WorkOne since 2011.

Mitsubishi utilizes WorkOne for WorkKeys applicant skills assessment testing, online applications and On-the-Job Training. About 85 individuals have been placed in jobs through the OJT program, which enables people with little or no work experience to be employed and trained in industry-specific skills.

The WorkOne Achievement Awards are awarded by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Ice cream parlor sets anniversary contest

Pinocchio’s Italian Ice Cream is celebrating its second birthday today.

The shop at 1011 N. State Road 135, Greenwood, will have celebrations all day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The shop will host an ice cream eating contest from noon to 4 p.m., with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Participants will be given 10 scoops of ice cream and timed while eating it. Whoever can eat it the fastest will win.

Learn more on the shop’s Facebook page.

Job fair scheduled at Shelbyville High School

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will host a Job and Career Fair on Wednesday at Shelbyville High School.

The day will start at 11:30 a.m. with a networking lunch featuring speakers including Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun and Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College.

Tickets to the luncheon are required. RSVP to the chamber at 398-6647.

Following the luncheon, the job and career fair will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the high school’s Garrett Gymnasium. The career fair is free and open to the public.

More than 60 businesses are expected to attend.

Local Hyundai dealership rated top in service

Ray Skillman Southside Hyundai in Greenwood was ranked No. 1 in service customer satisfaction in Hyundai’s U.S. central region for 2014.

The dealership also finished in fifth place among the more than 820 Hyundai dealerships nationally. This marks the second year in a row that Ray Skillman Hyundai was the regional champion, according to a statement.

The award is given to the regional dealership that performs the best in the Hyundai Service Index study.

Baxter YMCA praises facility’s volunteers

The Baxter YMCA recently gave a shout-out to volunteers who make the Y’s programs work. The following people were recognized during National Volunteer Week for their contributions to the Y:

Alice Dills: Dills has volunteered with clerical work, including managing files, entering data and creating reports.

Jocelyn and Kayli Radke: The pair have been volunteering one hour out of each week since June to help their mom (Debra Radke) teach Baxter’s new synchronized swimming program.

Cynthia Bymaster: Bymaster helps to fold towels for up to three hours at a time and actively engages with other members.

Piper Bunner: Bunner has coached youth soccer at the Baxter YMCA since 2010. Parents note her attitude and often request to have their children put on her team.

Alec Donnelly: Donnelly has been volunteering at the Y for two years helping fold towels and do other cleaning and maintenance tasks at the Y.

Dacen Pendergrass: Pendergrass works with the Y’s Teen Leaders helping raise money for the group by working at popcorn sales, and also works at holiday events.

Sarah Haas: Haas has been serving with the Baxter YMCA since January as a volunteer chaplain. She recently started a new class for small children at the Y. She is an associate pastor of children at youth at Friedens Church.

For more information volunteering at the Y, call Sarah Rish at or 865-881-9347, ext. 205.

Credit union hires chief of commercial lending

Financial Center First Credit Union has hired Don Goeb as executive director of commercial lending.

With more than 26 years of banking experience, Goeb has served in various roles including marketing, human resources, business development, branch management and commercial lending. He most recently served as vice president and commercial banker with Citizens Bank.

Goeb earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and is a graduate of the Midwest Agricultural Lending School and the ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management. He also holds the Certified Financial Marketing Professional designation from the ABA Institute of Certified Bankers.

Goeb is a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard and serves as a trustee with Leadership Johnson County.

Sorority donates $1,000 to baby pantry program

Delta Theta Tau sorority member Karen Lackey recently gave a donation from the sorority to the BIBs Pantry at University Heights United Methodist Church.

The sorority presented a check for $1,000. The BIBs (Better Indy Babies) Pantry provides newborn layettes, diapers and clothing for babies, in addition to food for the families.

Lackey also gave 12 quilts that she made.

The Nu Tau Chapter of Delta Theta Tau raises funds to distribute to charities throughout Indianapolis and Johnson County by hosting an annual craft fair at Beech Grove High School on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The craft fair this year is planned for Nov. 28.

Scouts to conduct flag ceremony at breakfast

Local Boy Scout Troop 264 conducted a flag ceremony at the Greenwood Mayor’s Breakfast on April 22 where $16,370 was raised for Scouting.

The event was held at Jonathan Byrd’s Banquet Hall and had more than 50 guests in attendance, including Mayor Mark Myers, Troop 264, and representatives from local businesses, including Lauren Harmon of Citizens Bank, David Zahm of Robley Insurance, Bryan Woodruff of Bose McKinney & Evans, Ron Griesemer, Chuck Bailey and Michael St. Pierre.

Local Tri Kappa chapter stages bingo fundraiser

Center Grove Tri Kappa hosted a bingo fundraiser on April 22 at Dye’s Walk Country Club.

At the event, 20 Coach purses, 18 gift baskets and numerous door prizes were given away.

Tri Kappa is a philanthropic sorority, began in 1901 and now with more than 250 chapters throughout Indiana. Johnson County has six chapters — Center Grove, Edinburgh, two in Franklin and two in Greenwood.

Tri Kappa is dedicated to education, mental health, and culture. Center Grove uses all revenue for Center Grove scholarships, Riley Hospital for Children, Special Olympics Johnson County, and other local charities, including medical clinics, homeless initiatives, food banks and summer camps for special needs children.