New car sales in region show first dip in four years
New car sales in the Eastern Maumee Bay region dipped 8.4 percent in 2012, the first decline in four years.
According to Autoview OnLine, a data management firm that captures registration information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the seven new car dealership located in the Eastern Maumee Bay communities sold 3,397 units versus 3,707 in 2011. The 2012 total is still a 30.3 percent increase over the 2009 total of 2,607.
Ford remains the top-selling badge with 1,474 units followed by General Motors with 1,075 and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep with 848. The Ford Fusion remained the hottest selling car.
Autoview statistics are compiled from the following dealers: Dunn Chevy-Buick, Baumann Chevrolet Genoa, Baumann Ford Genoa, Keller Chevrolet, Mathews Ford Oregon, Rouen Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Tri-Motor Sales.
Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter earlier this year released county wide figures for new car sales which showed an 8.3 percent increase 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
The Baumann Auto Group announced it has donated $100,000 to 10 local charities. Each of the following 10 charities was given $10,000 on behalf of all the Baumann Auto Group employees; Liberty Center of Fremont, Village House of Fremont, Sandusky Co. YMCA, Back To The Wild of Castalia, Safe Harbour of Sandusky, Ruth Ann’s House of Port Clinton, Genoa Athletic Boosters, Morrison House of Tiffin, First Step of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties & Norwalk Area Food Bank.
Baumann operates two local dealership in Genoa.
The bottom line
First Defiance Financial Corp. announced its Board of Directors will raise its annual dividend from five to 10 cents per common share payable March 8 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 28. The dividend represents an annual dividend of 1.82 percent based on First Defiance common stock closing price on February 14, 2013.
First Defiance Financial Corp. is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Entrepreneurial Network have joined together to host a Happy Hour networking event Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Blarney, 601 Monroe Street in downtown Toledo. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580 or director @embchamber.org
Cindy Birtwhistle has recently joined Key Realty. Cindy has over 20 years in the real estate business.
Nissens celebrate 85 years in the family business
Every day at work is a family reunion for 11 of the 17 employees of Nissen Concrete.
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.
Gross Electric received the 2012 Shade Job of the Year Award from Lutron Electronics. The award, which is part of a national competition among lighting showrooms, was presented at the 2013 Dallas International Lighting Market in January.
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.
After 27 years of service at the National Bank of Ohio (NBOH), Alice Theisen, assistant cashier and loan documentation associate, retired February 1.
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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Jeff Brown GM of Baumann Genoa; Laura Sheahan, Genoa Athletic Boosters president; Dennis Mock, Genoa schools superintendent; Buck Baumann owner of Baumann Auto Group; Bill Nye, treasurer, Genoa schools and Terri Caraway, secretary, Genoa boosters during the presentation of a $10,000 check to the boosters.