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Ted A. Vlamis in "50 Kansans You Should Know"
Ingram's Magazine (2018) The differences could not be more stark: Hailing from the ranks of bankers, concert promoters, farmers, scientists, real-estate developers, wealth managers, ranchers, state troopers, entrepreneurs, dog breeders, insurance executives, policy wonks, weightlifters, accountants and race car drivers—we’re just getting started here—the 50 Kansans You Should Know are as diverse as the distinctive regions, counties and cities you’ll find in the 82,000 square miles of the U.S. that they call home.
Flying High: Pioneer Balloon Company celebrates a cool century in business
In 1917, Pioneer Rubber Company opened its doors in Willard, Ohio, about 70 miles west of Akron, and began manufacturing various rubber products including latex gloves and balloons. The company grew by investing in engineering teams to advance its technologies and procedures to maximize quality and production efficiency. In 1970, Sherwood Medical Products, interested in Pioneer’s production of surgical and medical exam gloves, purchased Pioneer Rubber. But the balloon portion of the business was not in the new company’s wheelhouse and in 1979, Betty and Ted Vlamis acquired that part of the company and its 85 employees. The couple still owns Pioneer Balloon Company (PPAI 113823) and this year they are celebrating its centennial anniversary