Lifelong Lake Township resident Ellis Erb will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on February 17, 2015, at the Hartville Kitchen. His keen philanthropic interests, combined with his business skills and building knowledge, have enabled Mr. Erb to promote positive interests in our community for residents of all ages.
Founder of Ellis Erb, Inc., his commitment to our community remains strong. He is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Lake Township Trustees. Even so, Mr. Erb’s desire to make a positive difference has been multi-generational.
His career began as a building contractor in residential and church construction. He was instrumental in the founding and development of the Lake Senior Center, serving as its first president. He was one of the community leaders who helped purchase and design the Lake High School Athletic Complex. He worked on all of the Lake Local Schools facility designs. Mr. Erb and his team built the 7-acre Hartville Hardware, America’s largest independently owned hardware store. Some of his other local well-known buildings are the Hartville Village Hall, Lake Center Christian High School, the Chapel in Marlboro, Consumers National Bank, Grinders Above & Beyond and Schoner Chevrolet. The additions to the Hartville Church of the Brethren and Advent Lutheran Church are his work. He built the Edison Park Plaza, which included the True Value Hardware, and the nearby residential area. He developed the Indian Village residential allotment and the Cheviot Court Condominiums.
Mr. Erb served as Street Commissioner for the Village of Hartville for fifteen years. He was an active member of the Hartville Lions Club. Currently, Mr. Erb is a voting member of the Stark County Regional Planning Commission and the Stark County Township Association. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders.
He and his wife Janice are members of Grace Brethren Church. They have four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Contributions by: Penelope Frederick, The Hartville News