Wooster Glass Case Study

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WOOSTER — Sit down with Greg and Kathy Long and you would never know the couple has been named to the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame.
Greg, managing partner of the Long, Cook & Samsa accounting firm, and Kathy, president of Wooster Glass, will be honored for a lifetime of achievement at the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting Jan. 18 at GOJO Industries, however, they seemed more focused on those who never made it to the wall or who should be on the wall.
“For everyone on the wall there are 10 who should have been, but they peaked at the wrong time or got out of business,” Greg Long said.
“There are so many people who do things quietly,” Kathy Long said. “I was fortunate every day of my career to work with my father (Ralph Jones) and for my father to see how things got done.”
With the recognition, Kathy Long becomes the first second-generation honoree. Her father, Ralph Jones, was named to the wall in 2005. Wooster Glass, the company he founded and ran into his 90s before his death, was the Chamber’s Business of the Year in 2002. Long, Cook & Samsa was the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year in 2008 for companies with 15 or fewer employees.
The award typically recognizes an individual for philanthropy and fostering a better business and social climate. This will be the second time a husband-and-wife team is recognized; the first was Earl and Betty Hawkins.
The two have been very active in the community with Greg Long being more visible and Kathy Long preferring to work behind the scenes. She is very involved in the management of the foundation her parents started, the Ralph and Grace Jones Foundation, the work of Every Women’s House, OneEighty and her involvement with the Wayne County Community Foundation's Women's Fund advisory committee.
Greg Long has been involved with Wooster Youth Baseball, the Boy Scouts, The College of Wooster, the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Village Network, the Wayne County Humane Society and other nonprofit organizations.
“You are not going to find anyone who cares about Wooster more than those two,” said Pat Neyhart, Kathy Long’s partner at Wooster Glass. “You can give back to the community three ways: With your money, with your time or a

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