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Nordson Becomes Corporate Challenge Champion in Ohio

Each year, local companies in Lorain County, Ohio compete in a Corporate Challenge, which is made up of a series of competitions in multiple sports and activities. The challenge is sponsored by Nordson, and it was created to give businesses of all sizes the ability to network and build team spirit among their employees while supporting worthwhile causes within the community. 

This year, Nordson teams played basketball, billiards, bowling, cornhole, trivia, darts, kickball and more as part of the challenge, facing off against teams from other major corporations based in the area. In total, Nordson had 24 teams that participated in 11 different events. It was a close competition among teams from Lubrizol, PolyOne, Invacare and other local companies, but our Nordson teams battled their way to the top and won the whole challenge!

Scroll through the photos below to see some of our teams at their events: 


Lisa Kardos, Customer Service Representative
Gus Bailey, Application Engineer
Jeff Perritt, Application Engineer - Powder
Matt Rodriguez, Brother of Corey Rodriguez
Corey Rodriguez, Product Specialist
Chris Murray, Manufacturing Technician
Julieann Fox, Customer Support Representative
Alison Cochrane, Technical Writer

Kickball highlight: 
"I think... I don't have it!" - Alison Cochrane as the kickball was coming toward her. 


Chris Murray, Manufacturing Technician
Gus Bailey, Application Engineer
David Given, Assembler
Kevin Cash, Application Engineer
Corey Rodriguez, Product Specialist
Zac Isenhour, Assembler


Christine Reed,  Senior Legal Assistant
Carly Bartels, Corporate Communications Specialist
Joy Evans, Senior Corporate Attorney and her husband Kevin Evans
Zachary Robock, Corporate Attorney


Matt Sprague, Senior Programmer Analyst
Michael Gercak, Programmer Analyst
Donald Davis, Senior Business Process Analyst
Martin Finnegan, Business Process Analyst
Jared Johnson, Business Process Analyst

Bowling highlight: 
"Our two bowling teams were from different facilities, so we didn't realize at first that we'd been matched up to play against each other. It wasn't until halfway through the game when an event coordinator came to take our photos that we realized we were all from Nordson!" - Carly Bartels 


Jared Bell, Engineer - Electrical
Angela DiFilippo, Coordinator - Engineering Records
Beth Beers, Global Trade Compliance Auditor/Trainer
Alison Cochrane, Technical Writer


Melinda Mengert, Manager - M&A Integration
Christina Mahlenkamp, GBS Communciations Specialist
Melinda Hammersmith, Receptionist
Joan Szczepanik, Program Officer


Andreas Miltenberger, Manager - Information Systems
Michael Gercak, Programmer Analyst

Trivia highlight (or lowlight):

"Corey Rodriguez, without knowing I was on the trivia team, said he wishes Nordson would’ve had a trivia team so we could’ve scored points. We actually had a FEW teams, Corey, none of which scored high enough to be recognized." - Alison Cochrane


Teams not pictured: 
Edward Pierce, Customer Support Representative
Charles Dadley, Material Coordinator Specialist
Jason Hill, Project Manager
Terry Harper, Assembler

Darts highlight: 
"Nordson only had two teams in the dart tournament, and our teams dominated the competition…ending up in both FIRST and SECOND place!" - Edward Pierce
(Due to the "challenge" rules, the official score shows Nordson awarded the points for first place only).


Nick Moss, Facility Manager
Tony Fought, Specialist - Environmental Health and Safety
Chauncey Bowen, Quality Analyst
Clayton Conrady, Assembler

Basketball Shoot-Out

Corey Rodriguez, Product Specialist
Nick Moss,  Facility Manager
Adriene Rodriguez, Assembler


Carter Rudy, Intern - Invoice to Pay
Bonnie Struna, Specialist - Invoice to Pay - Accounts Payable
Jessica Vermote, Process/Product Support Engineer, and her fiancé Brandon
Noah Bartone, Intern - Order to Cash - Accounts Receivable
Jared Johnson, Business Process Analyst
Nina Brooks, Representative - Invoice to Pay - Accounts Payable
Dan, Jared's friend