Gross Electric has started its celebration of 100 years in business by unveiling its
new logo, stated company president Laurie Gross in a press release.
"We feel that this new logo has a more modern look and conveys the ideas of both innovation and tradition,” Gross stated. “Innovation in our products, which we plan to continue into the next generation, and a tradition of service to our customers and commitment to the local economy.”
Gross stated that if George J. (Joe) Gross had simply done his job, there would be no Gross Electric today. Gross was sent to Toledo to close a store for the Peerless Light Company, a Chicago-based manufacturer of gas mantles. But instead of closing the downtown Toledo store, he ran it for six months in exchange for a percentage of the profits. He later bought the store and established the Gross Electric Fixture Company. In doing so, he began Gross Electric's long-standing history in the Toledo business community.
Richard Gross took over the business from his father in the 1960s. Under his leadership, Gross Electric expanded its showroom lighting business, and diversified its product mix from primarily residential to include products for the commercial and industrial markets.
The company is currently operated by Richard's daughter, Laurie, and son, Joe. Laurie became president of Gross Electric in 1992, and Joe assumed the position of vice president in 1997. While continuing to offer quality lighting and electrical supplies, Gross Electric has expanded its services to include lighting energy audits, lighting design services, bulb recycling, and lighting fixture repair and restoration.
Gross has a local store on Woodville Road in Oregon.
The Genoa McDonalds will hold its grand reopening for its new, refreshing décor Saturday, January 16. A ribbon cutting with Ronald McDonald and local VIPs will occur at 1:00 pm. There will also be free samples and a $1.00 menu available all day.
Schools & skills
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Network Training Center, in partnership with the Toledo/Lucas County Public Library, is offering its Getting Started seminars for those interested in starting a business.
The four seminars are: Getting Started in Business, Writing a Business Plan, Marketing Your Business and Financing and Record Keeping for Your Business.
The seminars will be held Tuesdays January 12 through February 2, 6:30 pm at Seymour & Associates, 1760 Manley Road in Maumee. Call 419-536-6732.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
Mary Kinkus from the Toledo/Lucas County Library will speak to the East Toledo Club at its luncheon Thursday, January 21, Noon at Locke Branch Library. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.
Bay Park Community Hospital will offer valet service to patients and visitors at the main entrance starting Monday, January 11. The service is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.