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Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:18

Gross Electric received the Best of the Best award for Integrated Promotional Campaign from The Electrical Distributor Magazine, according to a company press release.

The awards honor marketing excellence and recognize creativity within the electrical industry in companies of all sizes. Categories are split by sales volume. More than 300 entries were submitted at the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Sales & Marketing Conference held recently in Chicago.

Gross Electric won the Best of the Best award for its Go Green with Gross Electric campaign. This integrated promotional campaign was designed to promote energy efficient lighting and electrical products and services offered by Gross Electric.

This is the second year in a row that Gross has won the award.

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Thursday, 03 September 2009 13:36

Bank celebrates its 75th anniversary with a 3 for 2 stock split

The National Bank of Oak Harbor in August celebrated its 75th Anniversary by hosting a red carpet event for shareholders and guests, according to a company press release. The Oak Harbor office was transformed inside and out. As guests entered the red carpet, they were greeted by Gary P. Macko, president and CEO and Charles E. Hablitzel, chairman of the board of directors. They were then encouraged to continue their walk down the red carpet through memory lane, where one could reminisce by viewing window boxes featuring bank history and viewing a video.

Life-sized cardboard characters from the 1930’s, such as Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Betty Boop decorated the scene under two large tents. The crowd was entertained by 12-piece big band “Dana Dorsey and The Blue Notes” playing the most popular jazz and pop music from the 1920’s and beyond.

BP Foundation Donates $200,000 To Oregon schools
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Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:34

BP-Husky Refinery recently made a $200,000 contribution to the Oregon Public Schools, according to Mary Caprella, government-public affairs director.

The donation was made through the BP Foundation, which provides funding for local programs. School board member Dick Gabel approached BP last year and asked the company for financial help to help make up the shortfall caused by a decrease in state funding and the recession.

The one-time gift will be used to defray the cost of fuel for buses, according to Mike Zalar, school superintendent..

Catholic Health Partners named To Top 10 list
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Thursday, 20 August 2009 12:21

Catholic Health Partners, parent company of St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, was named to the Top 10 list of health systems in the United States based on clinical performance in a recently released Thomson Reuters study.

Researchers from the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals analyzed quality and efficiency of 252 health systems across the country, according to a press release from Mercy Health Partners. These five metrics were analyzed: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay and adherence to clinical standards of care. The data studied is from 2006-2007.

Catholic Health Partners is the largest health system in Ohio. It employs 36,500 and has assets of $4.76 billion. It manages seven hospitals in Northwest Ohio including St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and St. Charles.

Ottawa County’s Riverview improves its rating numbers
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Thursday, 13 August 2009 14:20

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus has received 4 out of 5 stars in the Medicare Five Star Rating System for the second quarter of 2009, according to a company spokesperson. The rating is an improvement over the previous rating of three out of five stars. This rating also ties Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus for the top rating among Long Term Care Facility in Ottawa County.

The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. Nursing home ratings are taken from the following three sources of data: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. A star rating is provided for each of these three sources, the three ratings are combined for an overall rating.

Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus is located in Oak Harbor and has been a county owned and operated facility for 138 years. Riverview offers long and short term stays; therapy (Physical, Occupational, Speech); a rehab unit and the only long term care facility in Ottawa County to contract with the Veteran’s Affairs. Riverview also houses Ottawa County’s only specialized memory care unit; and Ottawa County’s only adult day service.

The bottom line
The Andersons reported second quarter net income of $15.9 million on revenues of $811 million, down from $45.6 million net income on $1.1 billion revenues for the same period in 2008, according to a company press release.

The 87 cents per share dividend is down from $2.48 per share for the second quarter of 2008.

The biggest drop came in the grain and ethanol group  whose operating income of $8.9 million was down from $20 million.

The retail group also experienced a decline in revenues to $49 million from $53 million for the second quarter of 2008. Operating income was down from $3.4 in 2008 to $2.9 this year. Profit, however, was up from break even to $200,000 for the first six months. The company reports that while margins and customer counts have increased there has been a decline in the average sale per customer.

The Andersons operates a retail outlet at the Woodville Mall in Northwood.

The turf and specialty group reported record operating income of $3 million on revenues of $40 million compared to $1.9 million on revenues of $36 million for the same period in 2008.

Opportunity knocks
Chuck Barteck has been named president of Buckeye Title Agency in Genoa.

Barteck brings 25 years of consumer, residential and commercial lending experience, with most of those years coming in community banking. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Toledo, majoring in business administration. He is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Buckeye Title provides title exams and settlement services for lenders, real estate professionals, property owners and attorneys.


Sherrie Terry of Walbridge has joined Tastefully Simple as an independent sales consultant. Tastefully Simple is a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare food products.

At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Economic Development Foundation will host their annual Party in the Parking Lot Thursday, 4:00-8:00 pm at the chamber, 2460 Navarre. Call 419-693-5580.

The National Bank of Oak Harbor and GenoaBank will host their 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing Friday, September 11 at the Oak Harbor Golf Club. The event raises money for scholarships for local schools. Call Marie at 419-898-5741 or Joyce at 419-855-8381. 


The Oregon/Northwood Rotary Club seeks sponsors and teams for its annual golf invitational Friday, September 4 at Eagles Landing. The event raises funds for service projects. Some of these have been Breakfast with Santa at Clay High School, the Challenger Learning Center, dictionaries for third graders and Ohio Reads tutors.

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