How Kenneth A. Lanci is always ready to lend a hand

Kenneth A. Lanci, Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Graphics Group Inc.

It doesn’t take long to see the impact that Kenneth A. Lanci has had on the Greater Cleveland community. Just read this letter from a high school senior at the Cleveland School of the Arts.

“Mr. Lanci, it is a pleasure and an honor to be blessed with the opportunities that the Cleveland School of the Arts has given me,” writes Chris. “I would like to thank you for blessing the Cleveland School of the Arts because in doing so, you ensure the futures of countless young artists to thrive in their craft. Without the resources and assistance of people like you, these things would not be possible. So once again, thank you.”

Lanci is chairman and CEO at Consolidated Graphics Groups Inc. and it’s a business that he is very proud of. But it may not equal the joy he feels when he looks at what he’s been able to accomplish through Project Love, a nonprofit that helps countless children in Northeast Ohio do things that they otherwise would find it very difficult to do.

“Thank you for funding the ‘Give the Gift of Sight’ program,’” writes another letter from a girl named Ashley. “I can finally read a book without the book up close to my face. Thank you for helping me see better. You helped me out a lot. Thanks again for helping me see.”

Lanci is out front on many of these philanthropic efforts, but he relies a great deal on his strong team of employees to achieve what Consolidated Graphics Group has been able to do. Helping out in the community is part of the company’s culture and it’s a credit to Lanci’s leadership and his selfless commitment to others that this help has made such a difference.

HOW TO REACH: Consolidated Graphics Group Inc. (216) 881-9191 or www.cgginc.com

Timken unveils plans for first U.S. wind energy R&D center for mission-critical power systems

CANTON, Ohio ― Timken will establish the Americas’ only wind-energy research center focused on advanced development of bearing systems in wind turbines.

The perfection of such large-scale apparatus requires sophisticated testing and measurement capabilities that replicate the dynamic forces of wind. For that purpose, Timken will build the $11.8 million Wind Energy Research and Development Center in collaboration with Stark State College, the Stark County Port Authority and Stark Development Board.

Today’s multi-megawatt wind turbines rely on rugged power-transmission systems to harness the wind’s energy and convert it into renewable power. Massive, precision-engineered bearing and sealing systems like those made by The Timken Company are central to that production of power inside these turbines. The largest of these hoop-shaped bearings weighs more than five tons, with an inner diameter wide enough to allow an SUV to pass through the center.

Spanning 18,000 square feet, the center will anchor the new Stark State Emerging Technologies Airport Campus on 15 acres of property adjacent to the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio, on the borders of the city of Green in Summit County and Jackson Township in Stark County.

The center will secure 65 jobs directly, while creating a unique research practicum and technical certification program for Stark State College students to acquire critical experience conducting research, development, and testing of large wind-turbine bearing systems.

Joint funding for the project combines more than $6 million invested by Timken; $2.1 million from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission; and a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority’s Advanced Energy Jobs Stimulus Program.

“Stark State College is honored to partner with The Timken Company to advance wind energy research and the development of wind turbine bearing systems,” said John O’Donnell, PhD, president of Stark State College. “This partnership will support the development of clean energy academic programs and internships for students. Also, the return on investment is that it will position Ohio as a leader in renewable energy technologies.”

As the first research facility of its kind in the Americas, the center will provide vital knowledge for the development of power-transmission component technologies to the industry while training current and future technicians to provide a complete range of services to wind turbine manufacturers and operators.