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Business notebook: 12/29


■ Lisa Hawker has been promoted to president of employee benefits at Toledo-based Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms. She joined Hylant in 2005.

Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs each week. Send announcements by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Achievements” in the message field.


■ Business-growth expert and author Steven S. Little will deliver the keynote address at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 30. Time: 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Location: Premiere Banquet Facility, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Cost: $50 per person. Registration:​events.

Notice of business meetings must be received by The Blade 10 days before the event. Send items by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Calendar” in the message field.


Listings include organizations, headquarters, and number of attendees expected as estimated by Destination Toledo:

■ Today through Tuesday: U.S./​Midwest Tennis Association Winter Championships, Hampton Inn & Suites/​Maumee, 300, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: The 40 Frame Game Bowling Tournament, Ramada Hotel, 150, regional.

■ Saturday-Sunday: Midwest Cheer Expo, Park Inn by Radisson/​SeaGate Centre, 1,000, regional.


■ Friendly Beaver Records has opened at 136 Main St. in Toledo. Customers can buy, sell, and trade new and used CDs, vinyl LPs, movies, and video games. The store takes special orders. Phone: 419-697-8888.

Business Transitions, which include business moves and openings, should be emailed to or faxed to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Transitions” in the message field.


Patents granted to inventors in Fulton, Lucas, and Wood counties in Ohio and for Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan for November, 2013.

#8,585,066, Electric-vehicle construction methods for frontal impact: assigned to Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., Erlanger, Ky.; Jonathan R. Young, Dundee, Mich.; Taichi Yamashita, Northville, Mich.; Jesse Thomas Buehler, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Naipaul Deo Ramoutar, Ann Arbor, and Gerritt Benjamin Meyers, Yspilanti, Mich.

#8,581,094, Electronic-device module comprising polyolefin copolymer: assigned to Dow Global Technologies LLC, Midland, Mich.; Rajen M. Patel, Lake Jackson, Texas; Shaofu Wu, Sugarland, Texas; Mark T. Bernius, Midland, Mich.; Mohamed Esseghir, Monroe, N.J.; Robert L. McGee, Midland, Mich.; Michael H. Mazor, Midland, Mich., and John Naumovitz, Midland, Mich.

#8,574,776, Fuel-cell system water management strategy for freeze capability: assigned to GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Detroit; Bruce J. Clingerman, Palmyra, N.Y.; Jason R. Kolodziej, West Henrietta, N.Y.; Derek S. Kilmer, Rochester, N.Y.; Pinkhas A. Rapaport, Fairport, N.Y.; David S. Mathews, Howell, Mich.; Shyam Kocha, West Henrietta, N.Y.; Abdullah B. Alp, Rochester, N.Y.; Matthew K. Hortop, Rochester, N.Y., and William H. Pettit, Rochester, N.Y.

#8,583,199, Telematics systems and methods with multiple antennas: assigned to General Motors LLC, Detroit; Mark A Wisnewski, Stockbridge, Mich.; Steven P. Schwinke, Plymouth, Mich.; Sethu K. Madhavan, Erie, Pa.; Ki Hak Yi, Ontario, Calif., and Eray Yasan, Canton, Mich.

#8,589,777, Method and system for calculating cost of a compilation of content: assigned to International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, N.Y. and Pearson Education Inc., Upper Saddle River, N.J.; William J. Baer, San Jose, Calif.; James A. Barker, University Heights, Ohio; Edward Hanapole, Pine Brook, N.J.; Robert C. Hartman, Jr., San Jose, Calif.; Eugene Johnson, Jr., Lexington, Mich.; I-Ming Kao, San Jose, Calif.; Janet L. Murray, Los Gatos, Calif.; Jerry D. Robertson III, San Jose, Calif., and Richard W. Walkus, Wayne, N.J.

#8,590,678, Nested check high-speed valve: assigned to Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc., Lake Forest, Ill.; Timothy Bombrys, Bowling Green; Darrell Breese, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Gary Groves, Toledo; Karl Kazmirski, Temperance; Daniel Keil, Temperance; Matthew Roessle, Temperance; Ben Schaller, Toledo; Matthew Schelosky, Temperance, and Jim Szymusiak, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

#8,576,693, Systems and method for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing: assigned to HTC Corp., Taoyaun, Taiwan; Mark J. Dapper, Cincinnati; Michael J. Geile, Batavia, Ohio; Terrance J. Hill, Fairfield, Ohio; Harold A. Roberts, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Brian D. Anderson, Plymouth, Minn.; Joe Hall, Bloomington, Mich.; Mark S. Wadman, Plano, Texas; Robert J. Kirscht, Savage, Minn., and James J. Herrmann, Eagan, Minn.

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