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FRC Team sponsored by NOSHOK's Engineer Michael LancasterCongratulations to NOSHOK’s Engineering Manager Michael Lancaster and his FRC team on a very successful 2009 season in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition! Michael and his team made it to the finals, competed in every round of the competition, and walked away with some impressive awards.

Michael’s team won the "Visualization Animation" contest with the theme of "going green". Their entry will go on to compete in Nationals, which will be held in Atlanta next month.  They also entered and won two safety contests before the competition began.  Open to all teams nationwide, these contests awarded the first 20 teams that passed the official safety test with safety shirts for the first contest, and a power tool for the second contest.  Michael’s team was one of only two teams at the Buckeye Regional that won safety awards. NOSHOK wishes Michael Lancaster and his FRC team good luck at Nationals!



NOSHOK's own, Joe LupiaNOSHOK not only takes pride in the strength of our products, but also in our strong employees – and we mean that literally. Our Service Technician Joseph Lupia recently competed in a powerlifting competition at the Arnold Fitness Expo 2009, held on March 6th, taking home an incredible 3rd place finish after lifting a total of 1339 lbs in three contests.

In the squatting competition, Joe lifted 474 lbs., and hit 314 lbs. on the Bench Press. He finished with an all-time personal record of deadlifting 551 lbs., earning him a 3rd place medal in the competition.

Joe has been a dedicated lifter since he was 16 years old. He’s been training for over 20 years, and competing since 1992. His dedication has made him a three time ADFPA/USAPL Ohio state champion, and he’s also ranked in the top 5 in the state several times. Joe wanted to push his limits even further, and set his sights on a national title. In 2006, Joe achieved his goal and ranked #4 in the nation, and he’s currently ranked in #5 in the nation in the USAPL federation.

This year, for the second year in a row, he was invited to compete as one of the 50 Top USAPL Powerlifters in the country to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival. Joe’s next competition will be the Ohio State Powerlifting Championships in November 2009.  Congratulations to Joe on his winning performance at this year’s Arnold Expo!



NOSHOK Las Vegas TeamNOSHOK’s Soccer Team kicked it to another victory at the Cool Evening Classic II Tournament, held in Las Vegas on March 6-7. The undefeated Co-Ed NOSHOK team came on strong once again, leaving the desert with the first place trophy and $1000.

The NOSHOK Co-ed Soccer team entered the competitive division of this tournament and went undefeated through the tourney to win the championship game, defeating teams from Las Vegas, San Francisco and Canada. 

NOSHOK’s team has brought home victory in 4 out of 5 championships in the last year, and was runner up in the other, with a total tournament record of 26-2. The team unfortunately lost in the semi-finals, but we are still proud of an impressive 2009 season.

Team sponsors are NOSHOK, Morgan Stanley, Global Technical Recruiters and Frontline Soccer Shop.



USA FlagNOSHOK is proud to support our American troops through active involvement with USO.

Jim Cole, CEO of NOSHOK, currently serves as 1st Vice President on the Northern Ohio USO Board of Directors, having been elected for back-to-back two year terms.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support our military command encompassing all five branches of the military. As a Director, Mr. Cole speaks at three annual presentations given to veteran and community organizations & clubs to expound on how USO supports the men, women and families of the United States Military. 
Northern Ohio USO provides support through many venues; including running and maintaining the airport lounge for transients, and providing refreshments and free phone cards. They also prepare and ship thousands of care packages from their Canton, Ohio facility to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of deployment. Their 2008 Holiday Gift Drive resulted in gifts for over 7,000 children.  Northern Ohio USO also supports Welcome Home Events for the troops, and provides free or reduced tickets to professional sporting events and entertainment shows. 

USO relies on fundraisers to help support their efforts, the largest of which is the annual Bob Hope Golf Classic in September, with more than 200 military golfers. NOSHOK proudly sponsors 1-2 foursomes at this event. For information on how you can support the courageous men and women who risk their lives for our country, visit

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