Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Business Notebook: 7-01

Editor's Note: This version corrects the spelling of Bruce Klinger's name.


C. Michael Smith has been appointed chairman of the Mannik & Smith Group Inc. by the Maumee-based engineering firm. He had been president and CEO since 2000. Richard F. Bertz has been named the company's president and CEO. He has been with Mannik & Smith since 1993.

Daniel J. Hanrahan, Lauri M. Shanahan, and Debra Smithart-Oglesby have been elected to the board of directors of Sandusky-based Cedar Fair LP.

Niki Mosier, Spangler Candy Co.'s director of human capital, has been appointed to the Bryan, Ohio, firm's management committee.

Bruce Klinger has been named to lead the Northwest Ohio Agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. He previously worked for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Jewell Lightner, director of diversity for ProMedica, was awarded the minority health leadership award given by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The award is given to individuals who have improved access to health-care services for underserved populations.

Barbara Jones has been named a Senior Traffic Engineer at DGL Consulting Engineers. She formerly worked for the City of Toledo's Division of Transportation.

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 Safety Council of Northwest Ohio will begin a Safety Leadership Certificate Program, over four consecutive Wednesdays, starting July 11. The program is offered to the public, and participants can receive four BWC rebate attendance credits plus 16 contact hours. Info and registration:

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: Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Park Inn/Grand Plaza hotels, 7,500, regional.

Friday-Sunday: Wolves Battle at the Border tournament, various properties, 500, regional.

Friday-Sunday: Pet Raffa Memorial Soccer Tournament, various properties, 1,000, state.

Friday-Sunday: Suburban Girls Softball Toledo Shootout, various properties, 2,200, regional.


The following U.S. patents were granted to Lucas, Fulton, and Wood County Ohio inventors in May 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.

#8,187,418 Method of making multilayer nonwoven fibrous mats; Richard Emil Kajander, Toledo; Alan Michael Jaffee, Bowling Green; Paul Russell Swartz, Perrysburg; Richard Jon Kindle, Bowling Green; assignors to Johns Manville, Denver.

#8,186,526 Child-resistant closure with a stacking position; Mark Branson, Newburgh, Ind.; Brian Brozell, Maumee; Paul Zurawick, Holland; assignors to Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc. Perrysburg.

#8,180,598 System and method for performing thermal analysis on a building through universal meshing; Manoj K. Choudhary, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Christopher P. Kasprzak, Holland; assignors to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC, Toledo.

#8,173,477 Isolation chamber and method of using the isolation chamber to make solar cell material; Xinmin Cao, Sylvania; Bradley S. Mohring, Delta, Ohio; assignors to Xunlight Corporation, Toledo.

#8,187,016 Terminal assembly including a junction box for a photovoltaic module and method of forming; Aarohi S. Vijh, Sylvania; Barry K. Groves, Northwood; Kenneth C. Draeger, Toledo; assignors to Xunlight Corporation, Toledo.

#8,186,529 Channel features for pressurized bottle; Malcolm Kinmont, Paddington, Australia; Tracey M. Momany, Sylvania; Robert J. Groll, Oregon; assignors to The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta.

#8,186,199 Tubular member having multiple sized splines; Nelson Wagner, Gravatai, BR; Bradley S. Jones, Waterville; Eric M. Fischer, Maumee; Samuel K. Simons, Jonesboro, Ind.; assignors to Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC, Maumee.

#8,182,629 Method for orienting and labeling containers having at least one ear; Larry A. Seifert, Perrysburg; no assignment.

#8,177,014 Axle assembly for a motorcycle having a pair of driven wheels; James Winston Platt, New Haven, Ind.; David Charles Johnson, Lapeer, Mich.; Chane E. Myers, Maumee; Harold Wayne Seeds, Irapuato, Mexico; Andrew P. Maguire, West Bloomfield, Mich.; Manoj Venkatesh Bhandiwad, White Lake, Mich.; assignors to American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Detroit.

#8,176,697 Building block; Larry J. Bolander, II, Oregon; no assignment.

#8,173,193 Production of stabilized whole grain flour and products thereof; Lynn C. Haynes, Morris Plains, N.J.; Harry I. Levine, Morris Plains, N.J.; Louise Slade, Morris Plains, N.J.; Ning Zhou, East Hanover, N.J.; James Manns, Stockholm, N.J.; Diane Gannon, Perrysburg; Edward D. Howey, Toledo; Mihaelos N. Mihalos, Palisades Park, N.J.; Charles C. Epperson, Perrysburg; Sarwat Gabriel, Wood Dale, Ill.; Domenico Cassone, Branchburg, N.J.; Jeanny E. Zimeri, Budd Lake, N.J.; assignors to Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC, Northfield, Ill.

#8,173,165 Water-dispersible pellets; James R. Lynch, Toledo; Timothy D. Birthisel, Perrysburg, Chris S. Taylor, Maumee; assignors to The Andersons Inc. Maumee.

#8,171,774 Hydrocarbon liquid-seal device and a hydrocarbon vapor testing system having the hydrocarbon liquid-seal device; Gerard W. Bilski, Perrysburg; assignor to FRAM Group IP LLC, Lake Forest, Ill.

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