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Norplas Industries, Inc., plans to expand its facility on Caple Blvd. and add 300 jobs over a three year period.

The company, which manufactures injection molded and painted automotive exterior parts, will expand its existing 400,000 square-foot-building by an additional 30,000-square-feet to increase injection molding capacity.

The $6.5 million project, which is also expected to help retain the company’s 496 positions, consists of $2.5 million in building investment and $4 million in machinery and equipment.

Starting pay for the new jobs will be $13.30 per hour, then reach a maximum of $17.50 after three years, said Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.

The company will receive tax credits from the state and the city as part of the expansion project.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority awarded the company a 55 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for a seven-year term. The value of the tax credit is estimated at $498,147 over the term, and the company would be required to maintain operations at the project site for 10 years.

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The student members of the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) will take a “stand” against habitat loss with a Big Sit

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 fundraiser on October 10.

The Big Sit will be open to the public and will take place at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State

 Route 2, Oak Harbor, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Just watch for the BIG SIT signs if you want to participate. Proceeds of the Big Sit will benefit both the OYBC and the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve restoration project of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is a statewide group for young people, ages 12 to 18, who have an interest in birds and in nature. The club is part of the education program of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a research and education organization based in Oak Harbor.

The idea behind a Big Sit is to stay in a 17-foot diameter circle and count all the species of birds you can identify from that spot during a continuous period.

This Big Sit goes well beyond counting birds.

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The suspect in the robbery Thursday of the Genoa branch of Huntington National Bank is described as a white male,CompositeDrawing about 5-8 to 5-10, and 150-170 pounds.

He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt inside out and dark nylon pants with a white stripe.

He wore a light-colored bandanna over his face and large sunglasses, a baseball hat, and black shoes.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he entered the bank at 1509 Main Street around 9:12 a.m. and demanded money.

He then fled in a silver Buick. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is reporting it had a license plate number of BH53LA.

There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the FBI, (419) 243-6122; Toledo Police Crime Stopper Program, (419) 255-1111; Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, (419) 734-4404, or the Genoa Police Department, (419) 855-7717.

The same Huntington branch was robbed earlier this year.

A man dressed similarly to the suspect in the recent robbery robbed the branch on May 21.

 

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Spectra Group reaches 20th anniversary

From its beginnings as research conducted in a chemistry lab at Bowling Green State University, a local high-tech business has grown to serve foreign and domestic markets.

Spectra Group Limited, Inc., observed its 20th anniversary with an open house recently at its Lemoyne Road facility in Millbury, where the company has been located since April, 2005 – having moved there from Arrowhead Park.

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Alex Mejiritski explains some of the
products made. (Press photo by Ken
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“We needed a place where we could do more manufacturing,” Alex Mejiritski, president, said, adding the company has plans to expand into adjoining suites and possibly hire one or two more employees.

Currently, the company employs six with almost everyone except for the office manager a holder of a Ph.D. in a specialized field of chemistry.

To call Spectra a chemical company, however, would be akin to calling a Ferrari a vehicle.

Spectra’s website describes itself as a company “…specializing in creative solutions in the photo-sciences” and having a “…unique collection of technology experts providing coverage of various fields, including photo-chemistry, polymer chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, photo-initiator synthesis, resin formulation for radiation cure and applied development, and  spectroscopy.”

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