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The opening of the new ProMedica headquarters in downtown Toledo in August of 2017. The building has earned an award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.

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■ Owens Corning has been ranked No. 2 on IDG Computerworld’s list of Best Places to Work in IT for the second year in a row.

■ Walbridge-based Rudolph Libbe Group placed No. 137 on Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors List for 2018, up 15 spots from the year before. The list is based on 2017 revenue.

■ Holiday Retirement’s Alexis Garden facility has been designated as a great workplace by the Great Place to Work Institute.

■ ProMedica’s downtown corporate headquarters won a 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel award by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Business Achievements, with news of management promotions, corporate board appointments, and awards, runs each week. Send announcements by email to business@theblade.com or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Achievements” in the message field.


■ The After-hours Networking event of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Farnsworth Park, Roche de Bout Shelter House, 650 S. River Rd., Waterville. To register and for information, call 419-878-5188 or email admin@watervillechamber.com.

■ Satellite and GPS technology in farming is the topic of the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (State Rt. 582), Middleton Township. Speaker: Matt Liskai, co-owner of Green Field Ag. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. To RSVP, go online to ciftinnovation.org.

■ The Toledo Club Toastmasters will meet at 7 a.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Toledo Club at 14th Street and Madison Avenue, downtown Toledo. Open to the public and free. For more information, go online to toledoclub.toastmastersclubs.org.

Notice of business meetings must be received by The Blade 10 days before the event. Email items to business@theblade.com 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:

■ Tuesday-Sunday — YMCA of the USA Gymnastics Championships, various properties/​SeaGate Convention Centre, 4,000, national.

■ Friday-Saturday — National Quartet Union-Ohio State Convention, Holiday Inn French Quarter, 50, state.

■ Friday-Sunday — Suburban Girls Softball Shootout-Toledo Shootout, various properties, 2,000, regional.


■ Audrey Leslie Therapeutic Massage Studio holds a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 100 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

Business Transitions, which include business moves and openings, should be sent by email to business@theblade.com or by fax to 419-724-6147. Write “Business Transitions” in the message field.


The following U.S. Patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Lenawee, and Monroe counties and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office during April, 2018. For more information call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Business Technology Department at 419-259-5209.

#D813,661: Expandable sealing mechanism. Assigned: Press-Seal Corp., Fort Wayne, Ind. Graham E. Blackwood and James W. Skinner, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Katherine A. Bergfeld, Waterville; Michael R. Miller; Churubusco, Ind., and John M. Kaczmarczyk, Angola, Ind.

#9,933,054: Continuously variable transmission and an infinitely variable transmission variator drive. Assigned to: Dana Ltd., Maumee. Kenneth E. Cooper, Toledo; Mark R. J. Versteyhe, Oostkamp, Belgium, and James F. Ziech, Kalamazoo, Mich.

#9,933,251: Noncontact gaging system and method for contoured glass sheets. Assigned to: Glasstech Inc., Perrysburg. Jason C. Addington, Sylvania; Michael J. Vild, Toledo, and Benjamin L. Moran, Perrysburg.

#9,933,373: Glass sheet acquisition and positioning mechanism for an inline system for measuring the optical characteristics of a glass sheet. Assigned to: Glasstech Inc., Perrysburg. Michael J. Vild, Toledo, and Stephen D. Snyder, Jr., Whitehouse.

#9,937,889: Vehicle partition. Assigned to: Adrian Steel Co., Adrian. Thomas S. Richter, Sand Creek, Mich.

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