October 2013 - Ohio was once a very prosperous industrial state that was ranked 24th in the world for global economic impact. With auto manufacturing and steel production, along with a variety of other exports, Ohio was a world leader. So much of this growth came to a halt with the American economy crisis. The Barberton Elementary West is located in the heart of this community and recognizes the value of a good education on the long-term success of a child. We are excited for our on-going partnership with Barberton Elementary West and we know they have already made good use of the 200 backpacks that were filled with school supplies by the Akron A Team distributors.