Business notebook: 5/4



■ John Gorski has been appointed to the board of directors for Signature Bancorp Inc. and Signature Bank, N.A. He is chief eexecutive officer of NAMSA Inc., a Toledo-based medical research organization.

Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs weekly. Email announcements to or fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Achievements” in the message field.


■ The Toledo Club Toastmasters will meet at 7 a.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Toledo Club, 235 14th St. Guest are welcome to attend free. Questions: Germano Bressan, 419-249-6309.

■ Sharon Barnes, vice president of Barnes Nursery Inc., will discuss composting and horticultural techniques at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum on May 15. The program begins at 8 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. Cost: $10, includes breakfast. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat by emailing

■ Area contractors and suppliers are invited to LMHA Works, a free workshop to be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 in the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus auditorium, 2225 Nebraska Ave. Sponsored by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and UT, a panel of business advisers and entrepreneurs will offer information on business planning, bid preparation, project management, finance, and other topics. Information and preregistration: 419-259-9465 or email

■ The 24th annual N.W. Ohio Safety and Health Day will be held from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. May 14 at the Owens Community College Audio Visual Building. Craig Price, an adviser to corporate leaders, major manufacturers, and university officials, will be the keynote speaker for the free event. The event is to include more than 20 sessions. Register at Information: Sharon Roman at 419-882-9224 or at

■ The annual Toledo-area “Business to Business Expo” will be held from 3-7 p.m. May 14 at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. The event is designed to provide business owners a chance to meet directly with other business owners. Last year’s event featured 85 businesses that showcased their products and services to more than 600 attendees. Admission is free with submission of your business card at check-in. For details, contact Pat Markland at (419) 343-0728.

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: Waite High School Centennial Celebration, Park Inn by Radisson/​SeaGate Centre, 500, 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 February, 2014, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library at 419-259-5209.

#8,650,802: Vehicle automobile flush-glass appearance assembly, assigned to Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich.: Gregory James Grudzinski, Perrysburg, and Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Livonia, Mich.

#8,650,915: Processes and systems for making inorganic fibers, assigned to Johns Manville, Denver; Harley Allen Borders, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Michael R. Nijakowski, Whitehouse, William J. Thome, Maumee, and Raymond L. McKenzie, Swanton.

#8,658,047: Additive dispersing filter and method, assigned to Fram Group IP, Lake Forest, Ill.: Gerard W. Bilski and Zafar Hussain, Perrysburg.

#8,643,262: Spark-ignition device and ground electrode therefor and methods of construction thereof, assigned to Federal-Mogul Ignition Co. Southfield, Mich.: Frederick J. Quitmeyer, Rochester Hills, Mich., Kevin J. Kowalski, Perrysburg, and Mark S. McMurray, Toledo.