Orrville is jam-packed with everything from Smucker's international HQ to scenic farms – Akron Beacon Journal

The quiet community of Orrville, known worldwide as home to the J.M. Smucker Co. corporate headquarters, is a peaceful, thriving location where people can raise families and enjoy the surroundings.
Although small, Orrville offers a wide variety of agritourism and sprawling farms, big and small businesses, industries, local shops, nearby dining and enviable scenery.
State Route 57 runs through the heart of Orrville’s downtown district. U.S. 30 can take drivers across much of the country. Other connectors are U.S. 250 and state routes 585, 83 and 3. Note, too, that this city of nearly 8,500 residents has Orr Park and three satellite parks and is surrounded by the Wayne County communities of Dalton, Marshallville, Rittman, Smithville and Wooster. 
Educational facilities in Orrville include the Orrville City Schools and the University of Akron’s Wayne College.
The first settlers arrived in 1814, and the city was incorporated in 1950. 
Among the oldest businesses still operating in Orrville is the Schantz Organ Co. which was founded in 1873. The firm is a builder of distinguished pipe organs for churches, schools, public facilities and residences. Its instruments are known for artistry, quality and reliability.
Close behind Schantz is the J.M. Smucker Co., which was founded in 1897 by Jerome M. Smucker, who began as entrepreneur selling apple cider and apple butter door to door from the back of his horse-drawn wagon. The firm became incorporated in 1921.
Today, Smucker employees more than 1,700 at its Orrville facilities and over 7,000 worldwide. Since 1962, Smucker has marketed its products with the slogan: “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good.”
In its fifth generation of family stewardship, the company is led by President and CEO Mark Smucker, who accepted the top leadership role in 2016. Smucker’s jellies and jams are part of over 35 Smucker brands, including coffee, consumer foods, pet food and snacks.
“I’ve always believed that our responsibility ultimately is to help make the world a better place, Smucker said. “We do that by providing food [that] people and pets love but also through our commitment to thrive together with all those who count on our business.”
The company owns and operates more than 30 manufacturing facilities and offices across America to ensure quality production or its products. Smucker’s expanded in the late 1980s to producing and marketing its products internationally, first in Canada and then Australia.
Smucker’s headquarters is at 1 Strawberry Lane, while its company store and cafe is located at 333 Wadsworth Road.
Long-time Orrville business Smith Dairy, founded in 1909 by Peter and John Schmid,  became SmithFoods in 2015, reportedly to take advantage of new products and marketing opportunities. John Schmid’s great-grandson, Nate Schmid, became the firm’s fourth-generation family member to lead the firm when he was named president in December 2017. SmithFoods’ brand covers a wide range of dairy and non-dairy products.
While Smith Dairy, the facility made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989 — a year after purchasing Ruggles Ice Cream — by producing the world’s largest milkshake at 1,891 gallons. 
Lori Reinbolt, president and CEO of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, with membership of over 350 businesses, said Orrville “a community where progress and tradition meet.”
“We are innovative in our thinking and grounded in the values of tradition,” she said. “One of the things that makes Orrville so special is the Character Education Program throughout our schools. The program instills value-based education for every student from kindergarten through 12th grade and has been followed for 30 years through the non-profit Heartland Education Community.”
Known for what seems like forever for its excellent potato crops, the 700-acre Ramseyer Farms at 4000 Ramseyer Lane off state Route 585 near Orrville between Smithville and Wooster took a sharp turn four years ago and stopped growing potatoes to focus on corn, soybeans, wheat, pumpkins and sunflowers.
Since 2000, much of the large business, owned by Dennis and Karen Ramseyer, has become a farmland playground and tourist attraction, which has been expanded often to provide fun and visual enjoyment for youngsters and adults alike. 
Marketing Manager Aaron Bontrager said the farm has two 8-acre corn mazes,  a giant corn barn where youngsters can play, a playground made of more than 300 recycled tires, games and smaller mazes for younger children, hayrides through fields and woods and up-close views of farm animals. Bontrager also touted the Hide and Seek Hill with tunnels and 60-foot slides, pedal cart race track and barnyard basketball, plus pumpkin picking.
Unfortunately, the fall fun and frolic is expected to end Oct. 31, said Bontrager, who added the last weekend will feature a not-so-spooky Halloween venture with trick-or-treating around the facility. 
Visit the Ramseyer Farms website at www.ramseyerfarms.com and click on fall fun block for tickets, reservations and information.
For those who would rather play golf this fall, Riceland Golf Course at the intersection of U.S. 30 and state Route 57 will be open, according to Larry Lisic who has operated the 18-hole privately owned venue since 1984 and has owned it since 1986. Lisic said the course was established in 1922.
According to others, the course is believed to be the oldest privately owned course east of the Mississippi River.
Founded: Early 1800s
Population: Nearly 8,500
Website: https://orrville.com
School District: Orrville Local Schools (www.orrville.k12.oh.us)
Mascot: Red Riders

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