Business notebook: 5/25



■ The Toledo franchise of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing won the president’s award by Clockwork Home Services, the franchisor for the chain. It is the company’s top award.

■ Dr. Robin Shermis and Dr. Daniel Dessner have been named fellows of the American College of Radiology, which recognizes members for distinctive accomplishments in service, teaching, or research. Both are members of Toledo Radiological Associates.

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.


■ Glenn Shepard Seminars will present a seminar on “How to Manage Problem Employees” from 8:30 a.m.-noon on June 10 at the Simpson Garden Park meeting room, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. Cost: $129 for Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce members, $149 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, call 419-353-7945.

■ The northwest Ohio chapter of ISACA will hold a two-day hands-on training seminar for SAP GRC (governance, risk, and compliance) on June 12-13 at BGSU Levis Commons Training Facility, 1655 N. Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg. This training will be performed by Deloitte. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $950 for ISACA members and employees of member-affiliated companies and organizations, and for nonmembers who register for membership. $1,100 for nonmembers. Registration: For more information, call 419-410-0769.

■ The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Clambake will be held at 6 p.m. July 24 on the riverfront at the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Cost: $85 for chamber members, $100 for nonmembers. Registration:​events.

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

■ Friday-Sunday: Ohio Youth Soccer Association North State Cup Tournament, various properties, 1,000, state.

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


The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, and Wood counties in March, 2014, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office. For more information call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Business Technology Department at 419-259-5209.

# 8,668,707: Method and apparatus for making a lightweight container; assigned to Mid-America Machining Inc., Brooklyn, Mich.; Peter Manitou Lobbestael, Manitou Beach, Mich.; Al Vanover, Kevin D. Gaydosh, and Gregory T. Hall, Adrian.

# 8,668,702: Minimal access tool; assigned to The Regents of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Shorya Awtar and Rosa Abani, Ann Arbor; Jens Nielsen, Traverse City, Mich.; Tristan Trutna, Atherton, Calif.; Andrew Mansfield, New Orleans; James Geiger, Toledo, and Patrick Quigley, Cassopolis, Mich.

# 8,668,799: Method of making open-ended thermoplastic belting; assigned to The Gates Corporation, Denver; John Graeme Knox, Oxford, Mich.; Lambert Pasch, Roetgen, Del., and Mark William Scharr, Deerfield, N.H.

# 8,668,982: Coated cutting insert and method for making the same; assigned to Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa.; Peter Leicht, Latrobe, Pa.; Mark Greenfield and Yixion Liu, Greensburg, Pa.; Volkmar Muelheim Sottke, Ruhr, Del.; Zhigang Ban, Perrysburg; Hartmut Westphal, Dernbach, Del., and Michael Frank Beblo, Delmont, Pa.

# 8,669,835: Soft-start systems and methods for vehicle starters; assigned to Prestolite Electric Inc., Plymouth, Mich.; Aleksandar Hrnjak, Windsor, Calif.; James David Plenzler, Toledo; Robert David Hall, Berkey, Ohio, and Clive Harley, Ann Arbor.

# 8,669,853: School-bus safety lighting system; Stephen M. Gardner, Toledo.

# 8,670,877: Method and apparatus for analyzing and optimizing fuel/​energy consumption; assigned to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.; Perry Robinson MacNeille, Lathrup Village Mich.; Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, West Bloomfield, Mich., and David Allen Kowalski, Toledo.