Business Notebook: 3-24



■ Christine Kilman of Sylvania has been promoted to vice president of account service at Gelia, a marketing communications agency with offices in Toledo, Buffalo, Peoria, Ill., and Troy, Mich.

■ Rudolph/Libbe Companies has been named corporate citizen of 2013 by the Wood County Economic Development Commission. Rudolph/Libbe is among the region’s largest contractors.

■ OUAC Inc. has nameed Teri Christman district manager for Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor resale apparel stores. Both stores have two locations in the Toledo area. She was previously with B. Moss, a 70-store apparel retailer.

■ Edward F. Lange, Jr., has been named chief executive officer of Holiday Retirement in Lake Oswego, Ore. A former chief financial officer of Health Care REIT, he most recently was with BRE Properties Inc.

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 Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Environmental Council will hold an educational program on Lake Erie Water Basin Pollution from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Northwest State Community College in Archbold. To RSVP, contact Linda Borton at 800-321-3671 or

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:

■ Wednesday-Saturday: NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals, Grand Plaza Hotel and Park Inn by Radisson, 4,000, regional.

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

■ Friday-Sunday: Shammy Burt Annual Handicap Bowling Tournament, Holiday Inn Express, Oregon, 400, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: Ohio State USBC Women’s Bowling Annual Tournament, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 500, state.


■ Hot Head Burritos has opened a second Toledo-area location at 1510 S. McCord Rd. in Springfield Township. The franchise is owned by Perrysburg residents Gail and Chuck Salmon. The restaurant features seating for more than 80 people.

■ Heaven’s Gate Soy Candles has opened a location at 5723 N. Main St., Sylvania. It is part of the Historical Village area.

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 counties 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.

#8,351,213 Electrical assembly; Brian Gorrell, Angola, Ind. and Austin A. Saylor, Sylvania; no assignment.

#8,348,741 Three-card video poker; Timothy G. Nottke, Toledo; no assignment.

#8,348,359 Resistant sink base cabinet; Jeff DeBoer, Ann Arbor; Jim Stenz, Fenton, Mich.; Mike Nellenbach, Clawson, Mich.; Richard Ostrosky, Tecumseh, Mich.; Thomas John Linn, Adrian, Mich.; Dennis Hamilton, Adrian, Mich., and Mary Jo Mosiniak;, Swanton; assignors to Masco Builder Cabinet Group, Adrian, Mich.

#8,343,201 Pedicle screw assembly having a retractable screw tip for facilitating the securement of the pedicle screw assembly to a spinal vertebra; Ashok Biyani, Sylvania, and Gary Durivage, Graytown, Ohio; assignors to The University of Toledo

#D673,788 Chair; Gerald P. Schoenhals, Archbold, Ohio, and Joel Alberda, Leo, Ind.; assignors to Sauder Manufacturing, Inc. Archbold, Ohio.

#D675,077 Jigsaw; James C. Tirone, Baltimore; Thomas W. Murray, Baltimore; Christopher J. Murray, Baltimore; Michael Walstrum, Columbia, Md.; Joseph B. Cooper, Baltimore, and Taylor A. Langhals, Sylvania; assignors to Black & Decker Inc. Newark, Del.