Business notebook: 2/9



■ The Douglas Co., a general contractor specializing in senior care and multifamily construction, has named Gayle Ashbridge its director of people development. The company has offices in Holland and in Orlando, Fla.

■ Julie McKitrick has been named executive director of Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek, a retirement community at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd. in Holland. She was most recently an administrator with Trilogy Health Services.

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.


■ The Toledo Club Toastmasters will meet at 7 a.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge. Contact: Germano Bressan, 419-249-6309.

■ Mike Thiel, food safety manager for Kroger Co., will talk about the grocery chain’s sustainability strategy at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum at 8 a.m. Feb. 20. The program, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology, takes place at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. Cost: $10, including breakfast. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat by emailing

■ The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will hold its next “Ask a Patent Attorney” event from 7-8:30 p.m. March 4 at the downtown library. Attorneys will provide an overview of intellectual property, explain the differences between patents, trademarks, and copyright, and answer questions. The public program is free.

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:

■ Thursday-Saturday: St. Vincent Medical Center Partners for Life Conference, Grand Plaza Hotel Toledo, 400, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: The Forty Frame Game Bowling Tournament, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 150, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: Fraternal Order of Eagles Men's State Bowling Tournament, Hampton/​Courtyard/​Country Inn & Suites, 200, state.

■ Friday-Sunday: UT BASHCon Gaming Convention, various properties, 800, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: NA State Meeting, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 150, state.

■ Saturday-Sunday: The International Cat Association Cat Show, various properties, 500, national.


The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in the Ohio counties of Lucas, Fulton, and Wood and the Michigan county of Monroe in December, 2013, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office. For more information call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s business technology department at 419-259-5209.

#8,573,964: Liquid or hydraulic blow molding, assigned to Amcor Limited Hawthorn, Australia; David Andison, Oakville, Calif.; George David Lisch, Jackson, Mich.; Kirk Edward Maki, Tecumseh, Mich.; Theodore F. Eberle, Ann Arbor; James R. Corn, Jr., Columbia, S.C.; Robert A. Cooper, Grass Lake, Mich., and Terry D. Patcheak, Ypsilanti, Mich.

#8,574,052: Bonus discard poker, assigned to Imaging Systems Technology Inc., Toledo; Timothy G. Nottke, Toledo.

#8,574,631: Water-dispersible pellets containing a isobutylene diurea and a lignin binder, assigned to The Andersons Inc., Maumee; Charles W. Anderson, Bowling Green; Kenneth Tornberg, Marysville, Ohio; Timothy D. Birthisel, Perryburg, and James R. Lynch, 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.

#8,573,675: Reverse pedestal seat, assigned to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.; Johnathan Andrew Line, Northville, Mich.; Kendrick Alden Harper, Temperance; John W. Jaranson, Dearborn, Mich.; Harry Zhong, Canton, Mich.; Daniel Ferretti and Robert J. Sack, Commerce Township, Michigan, and Ayyash Khaled, Ann Arbor.

#8,573,777: Examination stand with improved access for the patient using a wheelchair, assigned to Eaton Corp., Cleveland; Ronald M. Kendrick, Toledo.