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Old December 18th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #1201
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No one goes to the woodville mall to see a movie.... i bet the sundance gets more patrons in the few months that they are open thenwhat woodville gets all year..... i bet if they went thru with the old idea of showin movies at 5th 3rd field in the warmer months that it would be a sucess....
If no one goes to the movie at Woodville Mall then explain to me why they are still open? Something tells me they are doing fine in business because if they aren't the movie owners are not shy in closing up.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #1203
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Perrysburg Twp: Westhaven Development

Perrysburg Twp. tax break to create jobs
By CHRIS MILLER Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted on BG-Sentinel Tribune website 12-18-2007


LIME CITY — A planned business expansion promises to bring new jobs to Perrysburg Township.
Westhaven Services LLC, a division of Omnicare Inc., plans a $1.9 million expansion of its Cedar Business Park site that will include $1.5 million in new equipment.

The company provides pharmaceutical care for senior citizens through a nationwide network of more than 100 facilities, including the expanding hub here in Perrysburg Township.

Township trustees Craig LaHote, Bob Mack and Gary Britten on Monday night agreed to grant a 100-percent tax abatement on the $1.9 million real estate improvements.

The property tax abatement will last 10 years under the township’s enterprise zone program.

Wade Gottschalk, associate director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, told the trustees the expansion will preserve 250 existing jobs and bring another 75 to the business park along Ohio 795.
Westhaven is part of the Omnicare network of pharmaceutical service providers for senior citizen living centers. The company has 160 pharmacies and serves 47 states plus Canada. Omnicare says it serves about 1.4 million seniors every day.

The company is undergoing a reconfiguration of its existing network to increase efficiency, and Perrysburg Township’s facility is expanding and upgrading to cover a larger service area.

Part of the expansion project includes the addition of new automated equipment at the Cedar Business Park facility.
“We’ll be a regional hub pharmacy,” explained Rolf Schrader, regional vice president for Omnicare.

He said the company plans to add 75 jobs within the next 12 months which will represent $2.5 million in new payroll. Positions being sought will include pharmacists and medical technicians.

The Westhaven facility has been in Cedar Business Park since the early 1990s.
In other township news Monday night, the trustees agreed to renew the township’s membership in the Wood County Economic Development Commission at a cost of $1,500. LaHote noted the commission continues to provide valuable assistance in preserving jobs and bringing new employment to the township.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #1209
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Qinhuangdao Economic Development in Toledo

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Chinese explore business opportunities in Toledo area
By Duane Ramsey
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A delegation of business leaders from the Qinhuangdao (China) Chamber of Commerce visited Toledo Dec. 10 and 11 to investigate opportunities for doing business and making investments in Northwest Ohio. Qinhuangdao is an International Sister City of Toledo.

Toledo City Councilman Mark Sobczak and Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop welcomed the Chinese delegation. Sobczak represented Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner as chairman of the Toledo City Council Economic Development Committee.

The Chinese group was familiar to Konop, who traveled to Qinhuangdao earlier this year.

“Lucas County is eager to be partners with you in business to bring your investments here and create jobs,” Konop said. “There can be many mutual benefits for our community and yours.”

The key to the business partnership is the personal relationships the cities develop between each other because the Chinese value such things highly, Konop said. The relationship of the Sister City bond puts Toledo in a better position to take advantage of those relationships, he said.

A delegation that included businesspeople, teachers and a youth orchestra, among others, traveled to China in the spring to represent the area.

Mark V'Soske, president of the Toledo Regional Chamber of the Chamber, made the opening presentation to the Chinese delegation. He outlined the mission, programs and services of the local chamber for guests.

V'Soske was quick to point out the chamber already has an International Trade Assistance Center established to help foreign companies do business in this region. It also has a Small Business Development Center that helps new businesses get started and existing ones grow.

Jim Hartung, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said his organization is a public agency that acts like a business. It provides services to clients that are private businesses with facilities on property owned by the Port Authority.

Jim Mettler, vice president of development for the Port Authority, outlined the transportation assets of the area that include two airports, a seaport, railroads and interstate highways.

The Port Authority has 700 acres around Toledo Express Airport with its 10,000-foot runway that are being prepared for development. It has another 100 acres for development around Metcalf Field, a small general aviation airport.

The Chinese delegation seemed most interested in a 218-acre parcel of riverfront property the Port Authority is close to purchasing. The former Chevron refinery site located along the Maumee River and Front Street is part of 750 acres the Port Authority will own on the river.

The Chinese business leaders are seeking a site for a possible trade and distribution center they hope to build in the Toledo area. They asked about energy and transportation costs as well as possible incentives for such a development.

Konop said local focus should be to encourage and facilitate joint investment with the Chinese to create jobs and business here. He said he's only in favor of incentives if such partnerships exist with local firms.

“We understand the role China plays in the global market and we want cities like Qinhuangdao working to do business with the Toledo area,” Hartung said.

“Economic development is a team sport,” he said, citing the need for cooperation among local government and economic development agencies.

Huanxin Bai, executive vice director of the Qinhuangdao Chamber and vice president of the city's Industry and Commerce Association, wants to begin trade exchange with American business in culture, education, health care and technology. The Qinhuangdao Chamber wants to establish a platform of exchange with businesses in Toledo.

“We have lots to learn from American business,” Bai said through an interpreter.

Bai also invited Toledo Chamber members to Qinhuangdao next spring. V'Soske said the feasibility of such a visit will be explored.

The Qinhuangdao Chamber of Commerce represents 3,500 private businesses in the city with a population of 2.8 million people. Bai said state-owned companies there are excluded from his organization.

The Qinhuangdao Chamber fights for the rights of its members with the government. It also provides education, training and a platform for exchange of ideas and information among its members.

Wang Yuchen, president of Huadun Real Estate Development Company and vice director of the Qinhuangdao Chamber, wants to develop trade centers in Qinhuangdao and Toledo that would allow as many as 500 Chinese merchants to bring as much as $300 million in business here with $20 billion in potential sales.

Yuchen said the Qinhuangdao Chamber needs the help of its Toledo counterpart to establish a merchant trade center in Northwest Ohio for the importing and exporting of products.

Yuchen said he wants to bring as many as 2,000 Chinese people to the United States to share their knowledge and technology. Those people would undergo educational training for Chinese businesses locating here.

V'Soske emphasized the potential opportunities for educational exchanges with the establishment of the Yanshan University campus at UT and plans for having a UT campus at Yanshan in Qinhuangdao.

Hou Guangrong, a Qinhuangdao Chamber board member and president of Zhongrong Solar Energy Company, was anxious to meet with representatives of local solar energy companies. His company already makes solar products for lighting and saving energy based on a government directive for residents to use solar energy.

Guangrong said 50 percent of his company's production is for residential purposes with the other half for commercial projects using ISO worldwide industry standards. The company is also combining solar and wind energy to produce cleaner energy in China.

Li Futing, president of Qinhuangdao Mengqi Cement Products Company, said he is seeking business opportunities for his company that makes concrete used in construction of buildings and decorative products to beautify buildings in China, and hopefully in Toledo and other U.S. cities one day.

Following lunch at the Toledo Club with local business and community leaders, the Chinese delegation attended a legal seminar about immigration. They later met with business and industry representatives in their fields from the Toledo area, including solar and alternative energy companies.
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Wall Street Journal: Solar Tech Boom

Toledo Finds the Energy
To Reinvent Itself
By JIM CARLTON Wall Street Journal website
December 18, 2007


TOLEDO, Ohio -- This city became famous in the last century for being one of North America's leading glass centers. The industry has been in decline since the 1980s, but Toledo hopes to be known for its glass again. This time, though, the glass is being coated with thin layers of chemicals to produce ecofriendly "solar cells."

Toledo is among several old-line industrial cities trying to reinvent themselves -- sometimes based on their older industries -- to cash in on the demand for alternative energy. In 2006, solar start-up United Solar Inc. said it would open thin-film factories in Auburn Hills and Greenville, two Michigan towns hit hard by the automotive decline. And last year, a wind-generation plant began construction on the grounds of a shuttered Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, N.Y.

Industry officials say older industrial cities offer the clean-tech industry some advantages, including less community opposition to new plants. "The good thing about the Rust Belt is they want factories there," says Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp Corp.'s Solar Energy Solutions Group, which is based in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Recently, Norm Johnston, a former executive at Toledo glass companies, showed how Solar Fields LLC, a start-up he runs, was leveraging the old glass industry. Walking to the back of a 22,000-square-foot former machine shop in the nearby suburb of Perrysburg, he patted the blue metal casing on a 100-foot-long production line, which his company has designed to coat sheets of glass heated to more than 1,100 degrees with chemicals to make solar cells.

There is similar activity at several other sites in this metropolitan area of 600,000. Companies from Phoenix-based First Solar Inc. to Xunlight Corp. are opening factories in and around Toledo to create electricity-producing "thin-film" solar panels on glass and other materials. While not rated as efficient as the more prevalent silicon-based solar cells, thin film has taken off in the last year because of soaring demand for alternative energy and a world-wide silicon shortage. It is also cheaper to make than silicon cells.

In addition to First Solar, which in 1999 built a factory in Perrysburg that now employs about 600, the University of Toledo is receiving state grants to expand its solar research and incubate thin-film spinoffs. So far, the university has incubated four solar start-ups, including Solar Fields, Xunlight, Innovative Thin Films Ltd. and Advanced Distributed Generation LLC. Toledo's Regional Growth Partnership, a nonprofit economic development group, is also using state grants to help fund solar and other alternative energy start-ups.

"I think alternative energy is one of the major hopes for northwest Ohio," says John Szuch, chairman of Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio.

In Toledo, the repercussions of the new solar activity are already being felt. Pilkington North America Inc., a Toledo-based unit of Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass Co., has become a major supplier to First Solar, offsetting some of the business it lost in the traditional glass industry. Pilkington officials estimate thin-film sales have grown to about 10% of revenue for its American building products division, prompting the company to beef up a research division that had been undergoing cuts. "It's the biggest thing going for us right now in terms of glass," says Todd Huffman, vice president of strategic planning for Pilkington.

But clean tech isn't necessarily a panacea. Only about 5,000 solar jobs have been created in the last five years in Toledo. Meanwhile, the number of manufacturing jobs lost since the 1980s is in the tens of thousands.

Cities like Toledo may also have trouble competing with domestic clean-tech hot spots like Silicon Valley, which are in closer proximity to venture capital sources. In addition, Toledo is competing against cheaper overseas locales. First Solar, for instance, is building four manufacturing plants in Malaysia. Company officials say the Perrysburg plant remains "critical" to the firm's future success.

Still, Toledo has come a long way. Stricken by manufacturing declines in the automotive and other big glass-consuming sectors, the city has been in an economic malaise for much of two decades. Its population loss in the 1990s was one of the fastest in the U.S.

Toledo acquired its Glass City moniker because of a long history of innovation in all aspects of the glass business. Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, Glasstech and Tempglass have extensive ties here. As the traditional glass industry slowed, executives explored other uses for the material.

In 1989, local inventor and glass entrepreneur Harold McMaster invested some of his millions to launch one of the city's first solar start-ups. "He knew that sooner or later we would have to come up with a clean source of energy," says Alan McMaster, son of the now-deceased Mr. McMaster, an icon in the industry. Mr. McMaster's company, Glasstech Solar, became Solar Cells Inc., with research facilities at the University of Toledo and in a nearby city. In 1999, Solar Cells was acquired by a private-equity firm and became First Solar.

At the time, there was little demand in the thin-film industry. In 2002, British oil giant BP PLC pulled the plug on two thin-film plants it had had in the works for more than 10 years, amid issues including technical problems, according to a January report by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

But rising energy costs and other events -- including the blackout in the Northeast in August 2003 -- brought thin-film and other alternative energies back into favor. "We said, 'There's a business opportunity here if we had solar'," recalls Solar Fields's Mr. Johnston. The university boosted its emphasis on thin-film research in 2001, and this year it shared in an $18.6 million state grant to fund the solar industry.

The school is now using the money to beef up solar research in its McMaster Hall, where some labs have been packed with equipment like a magnetron gun, which is used to spray thin-film chemicals on glass and other surfaces.

Civic leaders in Toledo now say they have the ingredients in place to turn solar into a thriving industry. In a seafood restaurant overlooking the Maumee River one recent evening, business and academic leaders discussed the city's rising solar industry and traced back its roots. "How in the hell would we be in this business in the first place if it weren't for glass?" asked Harlan Reichle, a local real-estate executive.
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Busy day of updates! w00t Thanks Bonjour!

I envision Toledo as the new "GREEN" City of the U.S. so much potential here with the water, rails and land we have that can be used to make reusable energy and other enviromentally safe(r) products and solutions.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #1212
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now, the problem is getting the industry going and creating more jobs for this area. and hopefully this could revive our downtown also?? in the aspect of more jobs being placed downtown!!
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^If one of these solar companies gets huge (quite likely), there is of course the chance they'll headquarter in a large office building downtown. Right now, there are between 5,000 and 10,000 solar-related jobs in metro Toledo. It's a growing industry and will help offset auto-related losses.

It's great to see national attention like this for the Glass City. First Newsweek, and now the Wall Street Journal
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^If one of these solar companies gets huge (quite likely), there is of course the chance they'll headquarter in a large office building downtown. Right now, there are between 5,000 and 10,000 solar-related jobs in metro Toledo. It's a growing industry and will help offset auto-related losses.

It's great to see national attention like this for the Glass City. First Newsweek, and now the Wall Street Journal
I hear that Hytower Building on St. Clair & Jefferson is up for sale for a cool million.
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OK, so if we all want an Imax theater to go in there how do we get them to come here because i know i know that would be a big homerun for downtown Toledo. People would go out to the docks for dinner possibly go to a Mud Hens game or new sports arena event, do a little shopping, and go see a movie. This would literally re-shape the way people think of downtown. I know that this would work and i want it in there so lets try to make this happen.
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Hytower Developement

I hear that Hytower Building on St. Clair & Jefferson is up for sale for a cool million.

I know that it is up for sale and i dont really want the solar company to go in there i would rather them build a new skyscrapper and add to Toledo's collection but in the same respect i want somebody to take over that building. We need to chew what we have first before we go have 2nds. Toledo has a bright future and if you werent ever interested in Toledo develpements then maybe you should get involved now because we are on the virge a MAJOR economical change.
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