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Northwood - Norplas expands, small businesses open
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:46

Despite a dismal year of budget cuts and layoffs, there was some good news for Northwood last year.

Last fall, the city learned that Norplas Industries, Inc, will 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, and add two large tonnage presses 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.

Schools facing challenges, looking ahead to 2011
Written by Tammy Walro   
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:42

There’s no doubt there are plenty of news reports detailing the  challenges local schools are facing during these tough economic times.

The Press’ annual Progress section offers an opportunity to highlight the fact that throughout the year, Northwest Ohio students are participating in innovative programs; earning academic, athletic and extracurricular honors and preparing for successful futures under the tutelage of dedicated educators.

Here is just a brief list of highlights from our area schools from 2010. To follow your school district and/or to contact district administrators and staff, visit their websites, which contain a wealth of updated information. In addition, The Press features Student Stars and other highlights from metro and suburban area school in the monthly Education and Careers section.

Tornado recovery efforts continuing
Written by Tammy Walro   
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:41

When a deadly EF4 tornado swept through Wood and Ottawa counties in the late-night hours of June 5, 2010 the 170-175 mile per hour winds ripped a path of destruction that devastated families, neighborhoods and a school district. Even before the dust could settle, emergency workers, individuals and relief organizations began stepping up to help victims.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army mobilized to offer immediate help in the form of food, water, clothing and shelter to those who needed it.

The United Way of Greater Toledo helped organize and dispatch close to 4,000 volunteers in Wood and Ottawa counties.

ISOH/IMPACT, a community based non-profit charitable organization called for “bucket brigades” to collect cleaning and emergency supplies that victims would need. Churches, community groups, businesses and individuals also stepped in to do what they could.

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