The contractor is expanding its business into residential real estate

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Editor’s Note: As part of Black History Month in February, The Repository’s weekly Business Roundup will be highlighting a black-owned company in Stark County.

MASSILLON – After four years as a general contractor, Eric Ray is taking steps to expand his business, Rays Reconditioning.

The Company is about to complete its first total renovation of a home on Perry Avenue SW. Ray expects the property to be listed in a few weeks. He will then start renovating a property on Fifth Street SE.

More:Rays Reconditioning is a commercial and private general contractor based in Massillon.

More:Massillon entrepreneurs can apply for forgivable loans through the Community Development Office

Much of the work Ray did when he started his business was for commercial clients. He has also worked on programs with the cities of Canton and Massillon housing programs to help first-time homebuyers make improvements and on emergency repair projects under the housing development program.

Ray said he’s been working towards a balance between commercial and residential projects. He hopes to start renovating properties in Massillon and work more with rental properties.

Ray’s reconditioning began in 2018 after several years of planning for Ray to open a general contractor. Despite holding various sales jobs, Ray had a knack for home repairs and projects.

“I was like the guy mom called to fix things,” he said.

Ceramic tile laying, carpentry and decking are areas where Ray has done much of his work. He’s hung drywall, painted, and worked with handymen on plumbing and electrical projects.

Repairing or building something new is a challenge. Ray said the work is often like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, finding the pieces and putting it together.

Eric Ray, owner of Rays Reconditioning, talks about the business he started as a general contractor.  Most of his early work was in commercial real estate, but he has started to renovate residential properties.

Meanwhile, working in various sales jobs prepared Ray for the business side of a contractor, he said. “I took what I learned in those jobs and applied it here.”

The older home on Perry Avenue SW has been renovated to match newer designs. Ray looked at a large bathroom on the second floor, split it in two and created a second bathroom for the master bedroom. A wall between the dining room and kitchen has been removed to create an open plan layout on the ground floor.

Ray has two full-time employees and works with other contractors. He has also worked with regional high schools, helping students learn various trades.

Lake Township Chamber resumes annual awards dinner

Awards are presented by the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce to a number of individuals, businesses and organizations.

After skipping a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lake Chamber will resume its annual dinner on February 22 at Hartville Kitchen.

More:Details of the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner.

To be awarded:

  • Distinguished Businesswoman, Lyn Nisly, Owner of Front Porch Cafe.
  • Chamber Impact Award, Teresa Fedorchak, sole owner of T-Fed Marketing.
  • Community Service Award, Ross Miller, Senior Pastor of Evermore Community Church.
  • Community Impact Award, Kelsey Wood for his work in helping FISH continue to support local families.
  • Educator of the Year Award, Lake Center Christian School in recognition of 75 years.
  • Community Betterment Awards to Tara Wiederman, owner of Modern Vintage, Scott Horning and Tom Perry for significant improvements to Hartville real estate.

The recipients were selected after being nominated by others in the community.

“The last two years have been a very unusual time for small businesses and non-profit organizations. We look forward to the opportunity to honor these business owners, leaders and organizations who have shown true ingenuity and resilience during this challenging time,” Chip Weisel, Lake Township Chamber President, said in a press release.

The Hall of Fame Resort signs a marketing deal with Allied Sports

Allied Sports will act as the registered agent for Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. for all sponsorship and media opportunities.

Erica Muhleman, executive vice president of new business development, marketing and sales, said Allied will help Hall of Fame resorts attract brands to partner with the company.

“Our focus remains on sustained growth, and third-party partnerships that provide new revenue streams will be critical to our development,” Muhleman said in a press release. “We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Allied Sports and the continued success of our sponsorship and media sales efforts.”

Allied, which formed in 2019, will work with the Hall of Fame Resorts development team on brand partnerships for the Hall of Fame Village operated by Johnson Controls, as well as content packages the company is developing.

Vehicle sales fall in January

New car dealerships saw sales fall in January, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reported.

Dealers in Northeast Ohio reported selling 16,633 new vehicles last month, down 19.6% compared to 20,699 new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in January 2021.

The association, which includes dealers in Stark and 20 other counties, suspects winter weather in January and fewer selling days are responsible for the decline.

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