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Business notebook: 7/27


■ Charles D. Niehaus has been named to the board of directors of First Federal Bank and its holding firm, First Defiance Financial Corp. Mr. Niehaus is managing partner at Niehaus & Associates Ltd., a Toledo law firm.

■ Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Mark Chung as vice president of strategy and business development for the Americas. He was most recently director of global marketing for the Filtration Business Unit of Cummins Inc. He previously was director of strategic marketing, corporate strategy, and product marketing for Yokohama Tire Corp.

■ Blue Water Communications, which has offices in Perrysburg and Bradenton, Fla., has joined PR Boutiques International, an collaborative network of boutique public relations firms on four continents. Blue Water, founded in 2006, has extensive expertise in the museum and performing-arts sectors.

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 ninth annual Small Business Convention presented by COSE will be held Oct. 22-24 at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. The event includes four keynote speakers, 40 workshops, a business-to-business trade show, networking, and special events. For more information and registration, go to

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:

■ Monday-Tuesday: Midwest Girls Basketball Report — Michigan vs. Ohio Border Battle, various properties, 800, regional.

■ Wednesday-Sunday: Trinity Faith Tabernacle Annual Summer Conference, Radisson at UTMC, 150, regional.

■ Wednesday-Sunday: National Amateur Baseball Federation — National Collegiate World Series, Grand Plaza Hotel, 2,000, national.


■ Gabriel Brothers Inc. has opened its 16th Ohio store at 1981 Tiffin Ave. in Findlay. Gabe’s, a discount fashion retailer, is in the Eastowne Plaza Shopping Center.

Business Transitions, which include business moves and openings, should be emailed to or faxed to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Transitions” in the message field.


These 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.

#8,727,152: Hot-fill container having flat panels, assigned to Amcor LTD., Hawthorn, Australia Walter J. Strasser, Cement City, Mich.: Bradley S. Philip, Tecumseh, Mich.; Richard J. Steih, Jackson, Mich.; Richard K. Rangler, Tipton, Mich.; Brad Caszatt, Manchester, Mich.; John B. Simon, Springfield, Mass.

#8,727,374: Vehicle seatback with side airbag deployment, assigned to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.: Johnathan Andrew Line, Northville, Mich.; Daniel Ferretti, Commerce Township, Mich.; John W. Jaranson, Dearborn, Mich.; Grant A. Compton, Livonia, Mich., and Kendrick Alden Harper, Temperance.

#8,727,449: Vehicular trim applications using film adhesive in lieu of stitching, assigned to Johnson Controls Technology Co., Holland, Mich.: Gregg Laframboise, Windsor, Calif.; David Thimm, Plymouth, Mich.; Richard P. Doerer, Royal Oak, Mich.; Daniel J. Koester, Ann Arbor; Marie R. Howell, South Lyon, Mich.; Sandra L. Smith, Waterford, Mich.; Jeffrey Suiter, Taylor, Mich., and Teresa A. Stapleton, Canton, Mich.

#8,727,758: Reverse stretch rod for machine hygiene and processing, assigned to Amcor Limited, Hawthorn, Australia: Theodore F. Eberle, Ann Arbor; G. David Lisch, Jackson, Mich.; Robert A. Cooper, Grass Lake, Mich.; Kirk Edward Maki, Tecumseh, Mich., and Michael T. Lane and Luke A. Mast, Brooklyn, Mich.

#8,729,628: Self-aligned trench field effect transistors with regrown gates and bipolar junction transistors with regrown base contact regions and methods of making, assigned to Power Integrations Inc., San Jose, Calif.: Joseph Neil Merrett, Xenia, Ohio, and Igor Sankin, Perrysburg.

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