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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.
“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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The City of Toledo has been awarded over $3.5 million in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development to continue stabilizing and strengthening Toledo neighborhoods that have been hit by the foreclosure crisis.
The grant is part of the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and was allocated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Toledo’s award was the third highest allocation among Ohio cities and counties, higher than Cincinnati’s allocation ($3.1 million) despite its rank as the third most populous Ohio city. Approximately 250 U.S. cities and counties received NSP III allocations. Toledo’s allocation landed the city in the top 50 nationwide based on amount received.
The money will be used locally to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed homes in order to make them salable once again. The funding can also be used to provide qualifying homebuyers with down payment assistance.
Stoner told The Press Wednesday night that he and council conducted four separate interviews of the candidates.
“There were four interviews, two yesterday, and two tonight. Each was an hour long,” he said.
Stoner was impressed with one candidate, though he declined to identify him.
He has asked each member of council to compile a list that ranks each candidate and submit them to him as soon as possible.
“I’m hoping the person I want, they can at least agree on. There is just one I feel more strongly about,” said Stoner.
So what are the qualities of a city administrator?
The union representing CSX Corp. workers is asking the Lake Township trustees to oppose the proposed closing of a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road to traffic, contending the company’s plans would create a safety hazard.
Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, informed the trustees at their Sept. 7 meeting the top management of CSX wants to close Walbridge Road to traffic at the crossing.
CSX, he said, holds the deed to the land around the area and one option the company is weighing is to vacate part of the road and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners.
If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that would be controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard, Gilsdorf told the trustees.
The Ohio State Legislative Board of the United Transportation Union says the proposal endangers motorists.
“If CSX Corporation is successful in their petitioning the township to close Walbridge Road crossing, the railroad would further disregard the safety of two-man remote controlled locomotive operations by reducing these operations to a one-man crew on each job, further endangering the traveling public, the safety of railroad employees, and the loss of jobs,” Luther Newsom, chairman and state director of the union’s legislative board, says in a letter to the trustees.
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