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Industrial start-up, established jewelry store honored
Industrial Developers LTD was officially launched in June 2013, but it already has been recognized by the local community as a business award winner.
Located at 6705 Wales Road, Northwood, it has seven employees and its website is still under construction, but it won Newcomer of the Year at the 21st Annual Prism Awards on March 27 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury.
It is one of two Northwood businesses to take home awards. The other, Northwood Jewelers, is taking home an award for longevity by winning the Silver Award.
The five-member IDL partnership is comprised of Ed Harmon, president of Harmon Family Development, Dallas Paul, Realtor, Lee Dunn, retired banker, Steve Harmon, Spartan Logistics President, and Jim Howell, Logan Creek Construction President.
IDL Commercial Real Estate Division is headed by Dallas Paul and Stephanie Kuhlman. Currently, IDL has over 500,000 square feet of space listed for sale or lease. They are in the process of developing 50 acres and also are providing national representation to several Fortune 500 companies.
Spartan Logistics operates more than 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space and has its own truck fleet.
Harmon Family Development owns five million square feet of commercial and industrial properties in 17 states, including one million square feet in Northwest Ohio. IDL announced it will build a new 60,000 square foot “spec” warehouse on Spartan Drive in Oregon, and is also planning to build the first 100,000 square foot warehouse at the former Willys-Overland (Jeep) factory site in West Toledo.
After working for a local major jewelry store for 30 years, Richard Majewski decided to venture into the retail jewelry industry. He had driven by Northwood Plaza for years and noticed the front store location was for rent.
A local jewelry supplier gave him an open line of credit. Since 1983, Northwood Jewelers has changed our statistics of doing 85 percent of its business in repairs to 85 percent in retail sales. That has compelled them to stay in Northwood for 25 years, even though other businesses have come and gone. Today, the business has eight employees.
Tara Taylor says the business remains involved in the community.
“Northwood Jewelers gives back to the community as often as we can. For many years we have supported the local food pantries both monetary and food drives, by collecting can goods or toiletries.
“In 2010 we volunteered many hours helping out with the Tornado Relief Fund Raiser and donated items to raffle off at every fundraiser for the Tornado Relief we were asked to. We also donate raffle items to local fundraisers for medical necessities, school activities, fire departments and churches.”