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Business Notebook: 12-1


■ Steven Vandenbossche has been named chief financial officer of the Mannik & Smith Group Inc. He has been with the Maumee-based company since 2012. Mannik & Smith Group offers a wide array of services including civil and geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, surveying, and construction support.

■ Two local hospital leaders are among the “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” listed in Becker’s Hospital Review. Randy Oostra, the president and CEO of ProMedica, and Andrea Price, president and CEO of Mercy, made the list, which recognizes executives of the country’s top hospitals and health systems.

■ Kurt Nielsen Photography of Sylvania has been selected as a 2014 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on​BOW. Kurt Nielsen Photography was voted the top wedding photographer in the Toledo area for the fourth consecutive year.

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. Guest are welcome to attend free of charge. Information: Germano Bressan, 419-249-6309.

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: U.S./​Midwest Tennis Association Level 4 Tournament, Hampton Inn South, 150, regional.


The following U.S. patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, and Wood counties in October, 2013, 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.

#8,562,769 Forming construction underlayment; Kraus; David P., Amherst, N.H.; Slowikowski, Derrick, Merrimack, N.H.; Tachauer, Ernesto S., Clinta, Iowa; Shepard, William H., Amherst, N.H.; Kingsford, Howard A., The Villages, Fla.; Garrigus, Peter C., Bryan, Ohio; Murry, Michael D., Wauseon; assigned to Velcro Industries B.V., Willemstad, Curacao.

D691,503 Hose sensor signal receiver; Betsinge, James Dean, Waterville; assigned to Eaton Corporation, Cleveland.

#8,558,072 Soybean variety XBP32005; Streit, Leon G., Johnston, Iowa; Steiger, Debra K, Wauseon; assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, Johnston, Iowa.

#8,557,366 Roofing shingle including sheet as headlap; Harrington, Jr., Edward R., Toledo; Grubka, Larry, Westerville, Ohio; Teng, Yihsein H., Westerville, Ohio; Krueger, Jill, Gahanna, Ohio; Nagarajan, Venkata S., New Albany, Ohio; Kuttler, Marc B., Lancaster, Ohio; Hendershot, Don G., Columbus; Beck, Jay D., Mt. Vernon, Ohio; assigned to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC, Toledo.

#8,556,669 Cam lock; Hast, David C., Toledo; not assigned.

#8,554,371 Vision aided case/​bulk palletizer system; Parker, Jonathon D., Sylvania, O; assigned to Kaufman Engineered Systems, Waterville.

#8,553,079 More useful man machine interfaces and applications; Pryor, Timothy R., Sylvania; not assigned.

#8,552,267 Soybean variety XB36X11; Streit, Leon G., Johnston, Iowa; Steiger, Debra K, Wauseon; assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc, Johnston, Iowa.

#8,551,396 Hydrogen storage material with intermediate bond strength and process for making the same; Shivaram, Bellave S., Charlottesville, Va.; Phillips, Adam B., Toledo; assigned to University of Virginia Patent Foundation, Charlottesville, Va.

#8,550,268 Package with glass container and glass closure; Chisholm; Brian J., Sylvania; assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg.

#8,549,883 System and method for controlling temperature in a forehearth; Perry, Philip D., Perrysburg; Gaerke, Dale A., Perrysburg; Sung, C. Oscar, Sylvania; assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg.

#8,548,941 Document management system and method; Napierala, Robert E., Sylvania; not assigned.

#8,546,109 Biomass pretreatment; Varanasi, Sasidhar, Toledo; Schall, Constance Ann, Sylvania; Dadi, Anantharam Prasad, Toledo; Anderson, Jared, Toledo; Rao, Kripa, Toledo; Paripati, Praveen, Reston, Va.; Kumar, Guneet, Ellicot City, MD; assigned to Suganit Systems Inc., Reston, Va., the University of Toledo.

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