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Legislative Leadership Tackles CDL Driver Shortages

Our industry relies on heavy-duty vehicle operators.  These drivers hold commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL), and they are part of a shrinking pool of talent.  In Ohio, our legislative leaders are paying attention to critical driver shortages and advancing key legislation to help industries like ours. Fleet management is a critical cost center for all our Continue Reading

Warm Reception in Washington

Last week, Ohio Bev joined colleagues from around the nation at our annual American Beverage Association Fly-In. We met with eleven Ohio Congressional offices over two days. Anyone who’s done a fly-in knows the DC pace is swift with harried legislative directors and triple-booked members rushing from one meeting to the next, wedging in floor Continue Reading

Bringing Our “A” Game

From A to Z– make that Akron to Zanesville– members of the Ohio Beverage Association spent a productive day at the Ohio Statehouse for our annual Legislative Day. Whether they headed up from Franklin Furnace (Scioto County for those of you playing at home) or drove down from Toledo, these fierce competitors from companies representing Continue Reading

Let’s Try and Try Again

What if we were all a bit more patient, or kind? I’m not picturing a worldwide hug, but recent events and conversations reminded me that looking for things to agree upon rather than squaring off in disagreement builds connection. Those connections lead to better—well, everything from policy to neighborhood harmony. And one of the kindest, Continue Reading

Happy Anniversary Philly Tax–You Lost 1,192 Jobs & Slashed GDP by $80 Million!

Not all anniversaries commemorate happy events laden with purple prose and red roses. Some anniversaries force people to look at negative things and their very real consequences. The anniversary of Philadelphia’s beverage tax, dropped on its citizens in January 2017 by political fiat not popular vote, can’t be celebrated. It can however serve as a Continue Reading