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■ Signature Bank, N.A., has announced two promotions. Carol A. Savage has become executive vice president. She was a founder of the bank and leads the operations department. She was appointed to the board of directors in 2011. Robert D. Shamy was promoted to senior vice president. He began his Signature career as a commercial loan officer in 2002.

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.


■ State Rep. Barbara Sears will be the guest speaker at the Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch, scheduled for Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville. Cost: Members $12, nonmembers $17. Information: 419-878-5188 or email admin@watervillechamber.

■ Kurt Huber, CLO/​General Counsel for E.S. Wagner Co., will discuss “Construction Contract Execution … An Insider’s View” at the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association’s monthly meeting at noon Thursday at Brandywine Country Club. Cost: Free for members; $20 for guests. RSVP by Monday at http://​ or contact

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:

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


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

#8,573,777, Examination stand with improved access for patients in wheelchairs: assigned to Opthamology Associates of Northwestern Ohio Inc., Maumee; Ronald M. Kendrick, Toledo.

#8,573,103, Fiber chopper: assigned to Johns Manville Denver; Russell D. Arterburn, Athens, Tenn. and Michael David Folk, Oregon.

#8591559, Fixation assembly having an expandable insert: assigned to The University of Toledo; Mohammad Elahinia and Majid Tabesh, Toledo, and Vijay K. Goel.

#8,591,580, Folded ligament graft: assigned to DePuy Mitek, LLC Raynham, Mass.; Daniel J. Mckernan, Sylvania, and Gregory R. Whittaker, Stoneham, Mass.

#D694, 140, Hose and sensor assembly: assigned to Eaton Corp. Cleveland; James D. Betsinger, Waterville.

#8,584,341, Method of securing a shaft to a constant velocity joint: assigned to Dana Automotive Systems Group LLC, Maumee; Donald W. Dine, Whitehouse, and Boris A. Yablochnikov, Toledo.

#8,591,594, Motion facilitating tibial components for a knee prosthesis: assigned to Zimmer Inc., Warsaw, Ind.; Raymond C. Parisi, Wakarusa, Ind.; Katherine M. Rettig, Cincinnati, and Jeff C. Blaylock, Fort Wayne, Ind.

#8,591,928, Pesticide delivery granule: assigned to The Andersons Inc. Maumee; Timothy D. Birthisel, Perrysburg; James R. Lynch, Toledo, and Matthew G. Johnston, Centennial, Colo.

#8,590,817, Sealed electrical source for air-powered electrostatic atomizing and dispensing device: assigned to Illinois Tool Works Inc. Glenview, Ill., and James P. Baltz, Waterville.

#8,586,835, Soybean variety XB25Y11: assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, Johnston, Iowa; Donald Kyle, Princeton, Ill.; Debra K Steiger, Wauseon, and Paul A. Stephens, Urbandale, Iowa.

#8,575,442, Soybean variety XBP27005: assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, Johnston, Iowa; Brian A. Carden, Ladd, Ill., and Debra K Steiger, Wauseon.

#8,583,497, System for eliminating coins from cash transactions: R. Karrick, Jr., Toledo.

#8,574,944, System for selectively filling pin holes, weak shunts, and/​or scribe lines in photovoltaic devices and photovoltaic cells made thereby: assigned to The University of Toledo; Dean M. Giolando, Toledo.

#8,583,585, Trust management system for decision fusion in networks and method for decision fusion: assigned to BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, N.H.; Reza Ghanadan, Berkeley Heights, N.J.; Kyle Guan, Wayne, N.J., and Sintayehu Dehnie, Bexley, Ohio.

#8,57,4631, Water-dispersible pellets containing an isobutylene diurea and a lignin binder: assigned to The Andersons Inc., Maumee; Charles W. Anderson, Bowling Green; Kenneth Tornberg, Marysville, Ohio; Timothy D. Birthisel, Perrysburg, and James R. Lynch, Toledo.