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Business Notebook: 1-27


■ Joyce Kinker-Johnson and Diann Harrison, audiologists and owners of Kenwood Hearing Center, were recognized with the “Best of 2012, Hearing Healthcare Professionals” award in the December issue of The Hearing Review magazine. Kenwood Hearing Center has locations in Toledo, Bowling Green, and Wauseon.

■ Richard Sasala has been named Senior Fixed-Income Manager at The Trust Company of Toledo. He was previously with Insulpan in Blissfield, Mich.

■ Lowell Metzger has been named contracts manager for Walbridge-based Rudolph/Libbe Inc. He joined the company as a senior project manager in 1998.

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.


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

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


■ A new Planet Fitness location has opened in the Southland Shopping Center at Byrne Rd. and Glendale Ave. A ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m. Monday.

Business Transitions, which include business moves and openings, should be sent by email to or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write "Business Transitions" in the message field.


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

#8,333,287 Bottle neck with internal embossments and method manufacture; Michael J. Lonsway, Toledo; Bruce A. Becker, Perrysburg, and Vincent J. Bailey, Perrysburg; assignors to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg.

#8,330,730 Calibrating of interactive touch system for image compositing; Victoria Wedding Kurtz, Toledo; Rebecca Afzal, Perrysburg; Thomas J. Pavliscak, Palos Verdes, Calif., and Carol Ann Wedding, Toledo; assignors to Imaging Systems Technology Inc., Toledo.

#8,328,038 Closure with liner seal vents; Joseph Major, Oregon; assignor to Berry Plastics Corp., Evansville, Ind.

#8,323,589 Pyrolyzed rubber products and processes; Kenneth Wesley Hamby, The Woodlands, Texas; James Brian Kelly, La Jolla, Calif., and Timothy Joseph Kuhn, Perrysburg; assignors to Tellus Technology Inc., San Diego.

#8,338,671 Soybean variety XB31E11; Debra K. Steiger, Wauseon; assignor to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa.

#8,334,455 Photovoltaic devices including Mg-doped semiconductor films; Akhlesh Gupta, Sylvania; Rick C. Powell, Ann Arbor, and David Eaglesham, Perrysburg; assignors to First Solar Inc., Perrysburg.

#8,333,287 Bottle neck with internal embossments and method manufacture; Michael J. Lonsway, Toledo; Bruce A. Becker, Perrysburg, and Vincent J. Bailey, Perrysburg; assignors to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg

#8,333,045 Architectural structure; Bruce Lung, Toledo; assignor to self.

#8,327,688 Gas permeation testing system; Frank E. Semersky, Holland; Jonathan A. McGurk, Toledo, and Aaron R. Teitlebaum, Toledo; assignors to Plastic Technologies Inc., Holland.

#8,327,620 NO.sub.x sensor compensation; Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt, Ann Arbor, and Dave Charles Weber, Toledo.; assignors to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.

#8,322,490 Trailer and flatbed ladder apparatus; Neil Loemker, Swanton; no assignment.

#D671,838 Bottle; Craig L. Potts, Maumee; assignor to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg.

The following U.S. patents were granted to Monroe and Lenawee counties, Michigan, inventors in October, 2012.

#8,333,347 Docking system; Greg Alan Ritter, Hamburg, Mich.; Anthony Beckman Hays, Jackson, Mich.; Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Ann Arbor; Jane Camile Pavlich, Ann Arbor, and Gregory Joseph Wassick, Petersburg, Mich.; assignors to Michigan Aerospace Corp., Ann Arbor.

#8,327,869 Ball check valve assembly for hydraulic control circuit; Peter Donald Bock, Commerce Township, Mich., and Roman Shestakov, Lambertville; assignors to GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Detroit.

#8,322,075 Channel seal for a sliding window assembly; David W. Lahnala, Adrian; assignor to AGC Automotive Americas Co., Hebron, Ky.

#8,336,776 Aiming system for weapon; Anthony Horvath, Temperance; Aaron Adkins, White Lake, Mich.; Richard Willard, San Diego, and Paul Stoltz, Boulder, Colo.; assignors to Trijicon Inc., Wixom, Mich.

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