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Business Notebook: 10/21


Robert S. Ruse has been named president of Toledo-based TTL Associates, a full-service environmental, testing, and geotechnical engineering firm. He has been with the company since 1992, most recently as executive vice president. Thomas R. Uhler, the company’s chief executive officer, will concentrate on strategic planning and business expansion.

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 Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) will hold its annual Small Business Convention on Thursday and Friday at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Cost: $99 for COSE members and Toledo Chamber members, $249 for nonmembers, $50 for students. Registration:

The Toledo Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Lathrop Company, will hold a series of workshops on Bidding and Estimating from 9 a.m.-noon on Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Cost: $50 per person for all three sessions. Information: 419-243-8191.

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:

Saturday-Sunday: Junior Tournament Bowlers Association adult-junior doubles tournament, Hilton Toledo, 450, regional.


The following U.S. patents were granted to Lucas, Fulton, and Wood County, Ohio, inventors in August, 2012, 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.

#8,248,328 Plasma-shell PDP with artifact reduction; Carol Ann Wedding, Toledo; Jeffrey W. Guy, Toledo; Daniel K. Wedding, Toledo; Oliver M. Strbik, III, Holland; assignors to Imaging Systems Technology, Toledo.

#8,245,482 Method of attaching cap shingles on a roof ridge; Lawrence J. Grubka, Westerville, Ohio; Jennifer L. Frey, Monclova; Brian Ray, Whitehouse; assignors to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC, Toledo.

#8,237,341 Spark ignition device with bridging ground electrode and method of construction thereof; Robert D. Freeman, Monclova; Karina C. Havard, Seattle; assignors to Federal-Mogul Ignition Company, Southfield, Mich.

#8,236,136 Coating compositions comprising alkyl ketene dimers and alkyl succinic anhydrides for use in paper making; Charles W. Propst, Jr. Gettysburg, Pa.; James C. Jones, Maumee; assignors to Spectra-Kote Corporation, Gettysburg, Pa.

#8,253,376 Reactive power battery charging apparatus and method of operating same; Allan Roy Gale, Livonia, Mich.; Michael W. Degner, Novi, Mich.; Michael Alan Tamor, Toledo; Larry Dean Elie, Ypsilanti, Mich.; assignors to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, Mich.

#8,253,064 Progressive laser blanking device for high speed cutting; Kim Beck, Toledo; Kurt McMurtrie, Defiance; Richard A. Marando, Mohrsville, Pa.; assignors to Automatic Feed Company, Napoleon.

#8,240,102 Shingle with reinforced nail zone and method of manufacturing; James S. Belt, Utica, Ohio; Bert W. Elliott, Toledo; assignors to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC, Toledo.

#8,237,025 Soybean variety XB32V10; Leon G. Streit, Johnston, Iowa; Debra K. Steiger, Wauseon; assignors to Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Johnston, Iowa.

#8,236,536 Saccharifying cellulose; Sasidhar Varanasi, Toledo; Constance Ann Schall, Sylvania; Anantharam Prasad Dadi, Toledo; assignors to The University of Toledo, Toledo.

#D664,923 Side panel for a power cell; Shannon Harmon, Toledo; no assignment.

The following U.S. patents were granted to Monroe and Lenawee County, Michigan, inventors in July, August, 2012.

#8,231,180 Fabricated vehicle wheel and method for producing same; Alan Coleman, Southgate, Mich.; Joseph Wolf, Canton, Mich.; Thomas E. Heck, Monroe; Todd Duffield, Westland, Mich.; John Holm, Superior Township, Michigan; Robert J. Wendt, White Lake, Mich.; Christopher A. Putz, Canton, Mich.; assignors to Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. Northville, Mich.

#8,211,024 Medical ultrasound pressure gradient measurement; Helene C. Houle, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Liexiang Fan, Issaquah, Wash.; Matthew Holladay, Britton, Mich.; King Yuen Wong, Issaquah, Wash.; Wayne J. Gueck, Issaquah, Wash.; assignors to Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. Malvern, Penn.

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