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Nissens celebrate 85 years in the family business
The Oregon company is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. The company is owned by eight family members and the fourth generation is being groomed for leadership roles, according to Jerry Nissen, president.
Christ Nissen founded Nissen Coal & Lumber in 1928. The company sold hay, straw and coal. The company opened its doors on Main Street in Williston before moving in 1948 to its current location at 5700 Navarre.
Ownership transferred in 1948 to Christ Nissen’s four sons—Marvin, Donald, Ralph and Harold. When the housing market boomed shortly after World War II, the four brothers concentrated their efforts on ready mix concrete and kept the coal business going to supply some income during the winter. Jerry Nissen said the company stopped delivering coal just four or five years ago.
Today, the company serves the residential and commercial market. Major jobs have included providing concrete for Maumee Bay State Park, the I-280 Veterans Glass City Skyway, the Route 2 expansion and the windmill pads at Clay and Eisenhower schools.
The company does work for some of the area’s largest contractors such as A.A. Boos & Sons, E.S. Wagner and Miller Brothers. It has three batch plants: one on Navarre, one in Toledo and one in Walbridge. In addition to pouring concrete, Nissen’s also hauls sand and stone and provides the consumer with an array of concrete services and supplies including stamped concrete and car stops.
Jerry, Marvin’s son, is the president; Alan, Harold’s son, is the vice-president; Dennis, also Harold’s son, is the secretary and Jerry’s brother, Gene, is the treasurer.
Mike Feather, lighting controls specialist at Gross Electric, was responsible for implementing Lutron shading systems for a remodeling job in Toledo. The award-winning project consisted of shade systems and controls for the homeowner's master bathroom and guest bedroom.
Lutron shading systems provide energy savings, security, and precision control at the touch of a button. The Lutron shading system and Radio RA2 lighting controls are displayed in Gross Electric's Lifestyle Center, an interactive real-life setting that showcases the latest designs and technology in lighting, controls, shading solutions, and other home products.
Gross Electric has a showroom on Reynolds Road in Toledo and an outlet on Woodville Road in Northwood.
Alice began her banking career at NBOH in the bookkeeping department in 1986. She became a teller in 1988 and eight years later took a position as loan documentation clerk. In 1998, Alice transferred to the new Port Clinton Office in the role of new account representative.
In 2002, Alice was named assistant cashier and became the assistant office manager of the Port Clinton banking office. She then returned to the Oak Harbor office in 2004 with a position in the loan documentation area where she worked until her retirement.
Alice resides in Graytown with her husband Jim.
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