Business notebook: 7/20



■ George Chapman has joined the board of directors for the Trust Company of Toledo. He is the retired chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Health Care REIT. He remains a senior adviser and board member of Health Care REIT.

■ Renee Smith has been chosen as president of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp., effective Aug. 1. She is the Fostoria Community Grants writer, a post supported by the FEDC and the city of Fostoria.

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

Notice of business meetings must be received by The Blade 10 days before the event. Email items to or 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-Sunday: National Amateur Baseball Federation — Junior Division Tournament, Grand Plaza Hotel, 500, regional.

■ Friday-July 30: Wolves Tournaments — USA Travel Sports World Series, various properties, 5,000, national.

■ Friday-July 28: U.S. Junior Nationals Summer Finale Midwest Tournament, various properties, 1,200, regional.

■ Friday-Sunday: AA/​Al-Anon State Convention, Holiday Inn French Quarter/​Ramada Hotel, 500, state conference.


The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties in May, 2014, 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.

8,714,379: Container closure having a vacuum releaser, assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg: Edward A. Grant, Northwood.

#8,714,963: Liquid or hydraulic blow molding, assigned to Amcor LTD. Hawthorn, Australia: David Andison, Oakville, Calif.; G. David Lisch, Jackson, Mich.; Dan Weissmann, Simsbury, Conn.; John Granata, Maumee, and Fred C. Beuerle, Jackson, Mich.

#8,714,964: Blow nozzle to control liquid flow with prestretch rod assembly, assigned to Amcor LTD., Hawthom, Australia: G. David Lisch, Jackson, Mich., and Kirk Edward Maki, Tecumseh, Mich.

#8,715,025: Laser welded spark plug electrode and method of forming the same, assigned to Fram Group IP LLC Lake Forest, Ill.: Jeffrey T. Boehler, Holland; Jayme R. Eastman, Westerville, Ohio, and Matthew B. Below, Findlay.

#8,715,093: Spacer for a driveshaft assembly, assigned to Dana Automative Systems Group LLC, Maumee: Thomas M. O’Neil, Holland; Jeffrey Allan Dutkiewicz, Ottawa Hills, and Johnny Neal Smith, Toledo.

#8,715,306: Tissue pad for use with an ultrasonic surgical instrument, assigned to Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., Cincinnati: Craig N. Faller, Milford, Ohio; Karen Kowalski Isaacs, Burlington, Ky., and Kevin L. Houser, Springboro, Ohio.

#8,715,843: Vent cap including watering valve, float, and fluid flow path that does not impinge float, assigned to Doyle Manufacturing Inc., Holland: Michael A. Doyle, Holland.

#8,720,253: Reconfigurable leak testing system, assigned to GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Detroit: Sunil Nandwani, Troy, Mich.; Brian Holmes, Petersburg, Mich.; Daniel C. Gulledge, Novi, Mich., and Michael P. Miller, Plymouth, Mich.

#8,720,973: Encapsulated vehicle window assembly with interlocking seal and method of bonding same in vehicle body opening, assigned to Pilkington Group Ltd., St. Helens, Great Britian: Charles Sitterlet, Northwood; Charles E. Ash, Perrysburg, and Kazuhiro Fujiwara and Tsuneaki Sakai, Tokyo.

#8,721,315: Method of handling liquid to prevent machine contamination during filling, assigned to Amcor LTD. Hawthorn, Australia: Kirk Edward Maki, Tecumseh, Mich., and George David Lisch, Jackson, Mich.

#8,722,163: Recyclable colorants in plastic beverage containers, assigned to PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y.: Wei Liu, Pittsburgh; Lee M. Nicholson, Katonah, N.Y., and Frank Schloss and Jason Haslow, Holland.

#8,722,331: Method for selecting a treatment for nonsmall cell lung cancer using gene expression profiles, assigned to University of Toledo: Jeffrey P. Demuth, Blanchester, Ohio; Erin L. Crawford, Rossford; James C. Willey and Timothy G. Graves, Toledo; David A. Weaver, Perrysburg, and Kristy A. Warner, Deerfield, Mich.;

#8,722,911: Process and method for improving the water reuse, energy efficiency, fermentation, and products of an ethanol fermentation plant, assigned to Valicor Inc., Dexter, Mich.: James Robert Bleyer, Maumee; Thomas J Czartoski, Tecumseh, Mich., and Puneet Chandra, Ann Arbor.