New vehicle sales up 7.8 percent at local car dealers
New car sales in the Eastern Maumee Bay region increased 7.8 percent in 2013, according to Autoview OnLine, a data management firm that captures registration information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The seven local dealers sold 3,666 units compared to 3,397 in 2012. The top selling Ford was the Fusion while the Chevy Equinox and the Dodge Ram 150 led the Chevrolet and Dodge brands respectively.
The increase was welcome news as area dealers last year realized a 8.4 percent dip in sales from 2011. The numbers are also a sign the recovery from the Great Recession is progressing. Sales are up 40.6 percent since 2009.
Autoview statistics are compiled from the following dealers: Dunn Chevy-Buick and Mathews Ford of Oregon; Baumann Chevrolet and Baumann Ford of Genoa; Keller Chevrolet of Gibsonburg; Rouen Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep of Woodville and Tri-Motor Sales of Oak Harbor.
Meanwhile, Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter released county wide figures for new car sales which show new vehicle sales increased 4.8 percent to 23,872 units.
The sales are the highest since 2007 when 24,012 new vehicles were sold. However, they are short of a high in the new millennium of 31,916 in 2000.
Total new and used car sales in Lucas County totaled 116,104, the highest since 2006 when 119,011 units were sold.
At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of The Communities breakfast Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 in the Michigan Room at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.
Representatives from Oregon, Northwood, Walbridge, East Toledo and Jerusalem Township will speak about achievements in 2013 and what to look forward to in 2014. Tony Reams, chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments will speak about regional issues.
Charge is $5. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund, in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Service and Sea Grant Program, will host the 13th Annual Leadership Academy beginning Monday, Jan. 27.
The 10-week course outlines the basic issues, requirements, expectations and practices associated with public service in the Toledo Region. It is a guide for current public officials, private citizens considering running for public office, individuals appointed to various boards, committees and commissions or anyone employed in a position that requires interaction with elected officials.
The faculty includes Rep. Barbara Sears, Ohio House of Representatives, District 47; Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Council, District 5; Tony Reams, president, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and others.
Classes will be held on Mondays concluding April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (300 Madison Ave. in downtown Toledo). Cost is $250 per person.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner meeting Friday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Community Markets-VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main St.
Comedian Jay Boc will perform, a hot buffet dinner will be served and board members will be elected.
Call Valerie at 419-898-0479.
On the boards
Kevin Bringe was recently appointed to the board of directors for GenoaBank.
Bringe is the owner of Bringe Farms. He graduated from Genoa High School and has a background in agriculture and is very active in the community. He is a member of Zion Methodist Church and resides in Martin.
The right thing
The Salvation Army is excited to announce that attorneys throughout Toledo donated a record amount for their annual drive. In its 21st year, this collection, established and led by Attorney William Meyer, raised a record amount of $20,260.
The Salvation Army’s Northwest Ohio unit provides services to five counties including Lucas, Wood and Ottawa. Last year, The Salvation Army provided food to 22,708 individuals, 1,786 households were provided with utility assistance, and 438 people were provided overnight lodging.