Foreclosure filings down, new car sales up in Lucas County
Bernie Quilter, Lucas County Clerk of Courts, recently released figures on foreclosures and auto sales that show the economy in Lucas County is improving.
Home foreclosure filings were down five percent from 2,946 in 2011 to 2,798 in 2012. The number was also down 33 percent from a recent high of 4,160 cases in 2009, two years after the recession of 2007 started.
Dealer new car sales last year in the county were up 8.3 percent compared to 2011 numbers. Total sales were 22,777 compared to 21,022 in 2011. The total was the highest since 2008 when 23,557 units were sold. However, the number pales to the total new car sales in 2000 when 31,916 units were sold.
Dealer used car sales totaled 36,673, the highest since 2005.
The right thing
BP-Husky recently achieved a new safety record by reaching more than seven million safe hours worked without a lost time injury. In honor of this milestone, BP-Husky donated $19,000 to five area non-profit organizations, according to a company spokesperson.
Employees elected to forgo a personal gift for this achievement, and instead, elected to donate the gift money to charitable organizations. Employees voted for their favorite organization. More than 1300 votes were cast. The organization collecting the most votes received a check for $5,000 while the four other organizations each receive a check for $3,500.
“I am proud of our workforce for their outstanding focus and commitment to safety,” stated Mark Dangler, president and refinery manager. “The site wide dedication to reach this safety milestone has been extraordinary. And I’m equally proud that our workforce elected to celebrate this achievement by giving back to the community.”
Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio, formed in 2007 to send veterans of NW Ohio to Washington, DC to see the memorials built to honor their service, received the most votes and will receive $5000.
Organizations receiving $3,500 each include Toledo Seagate Food Bank, Mom’s House, which helps low-income, single moms graduate from high school, technical school and college, Toledo Humane Society and the Oregon Health and Welfare Christmas Food Basket Program.
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking applications for its annual Leadership Academy.
The 10-week course prepares individuals to serve their communities by instructing them about the issues, requirements and expectations associated with public service.
This year’s faculty includes: Barbara Sears, Ohio House of Representatives; Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Council and Tony Reams, president of the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments.
The courses will be held on consecutive Monday evenings from January 14 to March 18. A light meal is available at 5:30 followed by class from 6 to 8.
For a complete schedule, go to www.toledochamber.com/leadershipacademy or contact Pam Mohler at 419-243-8191, ext 243.
The Source Northwest Ohio begins the Get a Job Friday Series for 2013 with a Transportation Forum and Mini-Job Fair, Friday, January 18th from 10 to noon. The event will be held at The Source, 1301 Monroe Street, Toledo, and will feature a panel discussion with employers discussing jobs in the Trucking Industry. The panel discussion will be followed by a mini-job fair where individuals can apply for positions with employers.
The event is free to job seekers and employers. Companies are encouraged to contact The Source at 419-213-JOBS (5627) for further information. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately and to have resumes ready.