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Old April 23rd, 2008, 12:28 AM   #1821
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agreed. and i actually wrote the owner of the Andersons asking him to consider it. He said that downtown has always been on their mind but they are waiting for more people to live down there.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:13 AM   #1822
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I think it's awesome that Ohio has 59 companies on the Fortune 500 list. That's a real source of strength, especially when you consider how diversified they are compared to many other state's corporate mix.

I think the law that they passed a few years ago phasing out corporate profits in Ohio was a smart idea. Otherwise, I think a lot of them would be fleeing the state right now. Instead of paying 10% of their profits just for being based in the state, companies now only pay 0.6% of their total revenues that they earn in Ohio. Even Strickland is now touting this as a great strength for Ohio, even though his party opposed it.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 03:54 AM   #1823
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Anyone else been seein people around town collecting signatures for putting gambling on the ballot?? They were out at the last mudhens game I was at and a friend of mine saw them at westfield...... From what I was told by these guys if this is passed there will be a casino built somewhere between Columbus and Cincinnati. This sint for just slot machines like last time
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 04:30 AM   #1824
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Anyone else been seein people around town collecting signatures for putting gambling on the ballot?? They were out at the last mudhens game I was at and a friend of mine saw them at westfield...... From what I was told by these guys if this is passed there will be a casino built somewhere between Columbus and Cincinnati. This sint for just slot machines like last time
Its' a terrible idea. They want you to vote on allowing that one casino to be built, between Columbus and Cincinnati, and still not allowing gambling in Toledo. YOU WILL SEE NO BENEFIT FROM THAT GOING TOWARDS THE TOLEDO AREA. If you wanted to gamble, you'd might as well just go up to Detroit than where these people are proposing....its' closer to us.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:01 PM   #1825
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Toledo's not going to be a big casino destination no matter what. There are 4 large casinos in the Detroit area.

Toledo missed that boat a long time ago. This casino in the SW part of the state is required to distribute its proceeds all over the state, so cash strapped Toledo will benefit. That and it opens up the possibility of more casinos being built later on.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 02:06 PM   #1826
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Toledo's not going to be a big casino destination no matter what. There are 4 large casinos in the Detroit area.

Toledo missed that boat a long time ago. This casino in the SW part of the state is required to distribute its proceeds all over the state, so cash strapped Toledo will benefit. That and it opens up the possibility of more casinos being built later on.
I agree, Toledo won't become a big casino destination. That was not my point at all, my main point was the fact that no, it does NOT open up the possibility of more casino's being built later on. The law that is going around DOES NOT legalize gambling, it legalizes ONE casino in a location between Columbus and Cincinnati...why not legalize it across the board?
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 05:31 PM   #1827
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agreed. and i actually wrote the owner of the Andersons asking him to consider it. He said that downtown has always been on their mind but they are waiting for more people to live down there.

I actually e-mailed Carlton F. suggesting that the City court Trader Joe's into the Erie Street market, as T.J.'s is big on the whole urban revitalization thing in the Eastern market (although they will open stores in malls and sprawl-tastic developments). I actually received a relatively prompt reply, which is nice considering I wasn't expecting one at all. Unfortunatelty, the reply stated that it probably wasn't feasible because there wasn't enough traffic on a day to day basis. I took this to mean that they have already attempted (unsuccessfully) to court T.J.'s, or it damn well better mean that or they aren't doing their jobs (also quite possible).

However, the Anderson's is local. Anderson's Market is a perfect store to go in there. They need to stop thinking in terms of people living downtown. The only Anderson's Market right now is on King in Sylvania. I will probably never go there, not because I have anything against Sylvania, but because its a pain in the ass and a waste of gas to get there. It's not even off the freakin' highway! I don't know what they were thinking with that location, there is a population there but its a) not far from a general Andersons, and b) hard to get to from anywhere but the surrounding area. An Anderson's Market on Erie would draw people from all around due to its accessibility from all over the area. I wish we could convince them; maybe Tetra Tech can??
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 10:33 PM   #1828
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Those guys told me that it would pave the way for more casinos to open...... And I assure you if a casino opens in Ohio, there will be one built on Put in Bay. When i worked out there I heard the ruler of the one the island empires talking about it.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 01:49 AM   #1829
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Toledo's not going to be a big casino destination no matter what. There are 4 large casinos in the Detroit area.

Toledo missed that boat a long time ago. This casino in the SW part of the state is required to distribute its proceeds all over the state, so cash strapped Toledo will benefit. That and it opens up the possibility of more casinos being built later on.


Toledo did not miss the boat. OHIO missed the boat. Toledo (and Cleveland) would have built a casino ages ago if it weren't for the conservatives down south. Gambling is unfortunately a state issue, not local issue. It's the same thing with stripping, etc. Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, etc. all missed the boat and oppress the north with their ultra-conservative politics in their endless white bread suburbia. Ohio is surrounded by states with gambling and more liberal laws. In terms of "sin laws", Ohio is by far the most conservative state in the Midwest, and one of the most conservative in America. It sure as hell is not the fault of Toledo, which aligns strongly with Southeast Michigan political beliefs.

Metro Cincinnati has been spear-heading the recent assaults on freedom and it is the most conservative metropolitan area in America. Citizens for "Community Values" (meaning fanatical fundamentalism) is responsible for the anti-stripper laws and much of the anti-gambling crap in this state. Many Cincinnati-area politicians had influence in the statehouse under Taft, so Ohio basically destroyed itself. Thankfully, that's all changing now, but there's no way in hell a casino will open in Southwest Ohio. The political opposition is far too great. Only the northern counties of Ohio will ever allow a casino.

And I assure you if a casino opens in Ohio, there will be one built on Put in Bay.

That's by far the most logical location and it will benefit metro Toledo since it's in Ottawa County. PIB is already the tourism hub of the state.

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Old April 24th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #1830
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agreed. and i actually wrote the owner of the Andersons asking him to consider it. He said that downtown has always been on their mind but they are waiting for more people to live down there.

I actually e-mailed Carlton F. suggesting that the City court Trader Joe's into the Erie Street market, as T.J.'s is big on the whole urban revitalization thing in the Eastern market (although they will open stores in malls and sprawl-tastic developments). I actually received a relatively prompt reply, which is nice considering I wasn't expecting one at all. Unfortunatelty, the reply stated that it probably wasn't feasible because there wasn't enough traffic on a day to day basis. I took this to mean that they have already attempted (unsuccessfully) to court T.J.'s, or it damn well better mean that or they aren't doing their jobs (also quite possible).

However, the Anderson's is local. Anderson's Market is a perfect store to go in there. They need to stop thinking in terms of people living downtown. The only Anderson's Market right now is on King in Sylvania. I will probably never go there, not because I have anything against Sylvania, but because its a pain in the ass and a waste of gas to get there. It's not even off the freakin' highway! I don't know what they were thinking with that location, there is a population there but its a) not far from a general Andersons, and b) hard to get to from anywhere but the surrounding area. An Anderson's Market on Erie would draw people from all around due to its accessibility from all over the area. I wish we could convince them; maybe Tetra Tech can??
Andersons Market is much smaller (and is higher-end) than the General Stores , so I don't think they had planned on drawing people from all over the Toledo market with that particular store. I think they're mainly targeting the high-income residents of Sylvania.

The General Stores are what bring in a diverse range of people from all over Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. They really are "destinations" for shoppers who value the high quality, fair pricing, and good service. Hell, I know people from Indiana who make occasional trips to Andersons just because they can't find many of the products in their own market, and Andersons kicks ass.

Still, I agree that a Warehouse District location would draw from more than just Downtown. Certainly Old West End, Uptown, and other nearby neighborhoods within an easy walk/bike ride from the market would shop there.

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Old April 24th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #1831
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Xunlight Corp Development News

UT's alternative energy research sparking attention -- and jobs
Posted on WTOL 11 website April 24, 2008


TOLEDO -- A Toledo company in the business of alternative energy is expected to make a big announcement on Friday, which could mean many new jobs coming into the area, News 11's Shelley Brown reports. Xunlight (Sunlight) Corp. will make the announcement with Gov. Ted Strickland on hand to hear it.

One reason Xunlight is able to make the announcement is the assistance it has received from the University of Toledo, which has become a regional hub for helping businesses that work in the field of alternative energy. Indeed, UT is attracting renowned scientists and students from around the world.

The sun, an endless source of "clean energy," is the perfect research product for UT students interested in the study of photovoltaics (PV).

"The name of the game is to convert the sunlight into the electricity," notes Russian student Victor Plotnikov. Converting sunlight into electricity through solar cell panels is a pollution-free process, he notes.

Graduate students are also trying to improve the performance of solar cells. Instead of using silicon, which is fragile and relatively expensive, they're testing glass and thin metals.

"The real objective is to get the cost down of photovoltaics so that the cost of the electricity generated from the photovoltaics will be as cheap as using nuclear or coal fired power that will be totally clean with no pollution byproducts," says Dr. Al Compaan, UT professor of physics.

Compaan believes what's happening at UT carries with it the potential for economic development in northwest Ohio. Indeed, it has already helped stimulate growth in the private industry, as seen by Xunlight's progress.

"We really see a transformation coming in the way that we live our lives," Compaan says.
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Solar Tech and Alternative Energy Boom

Blue collar jobs going green
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Blue collar jobs from Northwest Ohio are steadily moving overseas. But, "green collar" jobs are coming in...is this the wave of the future? According to the Regional Growth Partnership, in Northwest Ohio there are nearly 6,000 employees in green collar jobs. They are working in the photovoltaic or solar cell “green” industry...a color that many hope will mean more jobs

“I believe it is. I think it's a big part of our future in manufacturing because there's a need for it as you know,” said UAW Region 2B Director.

Xunlight Corporation is a prime example of a green company. It’s an up and coming green production that will make lightweight and flexible solar panels.

“And that can be used for rooftops, portable electronic charges, many applications. Wherever you need electricity this can be used,” said Dr. Xunming Deng, CEO, Xunlight Corporation.

Over the past year the company has tripled its workforce.

“Yeah. We want to grow fast. And we find that Toledo is actually a very good place to grow for our business because there are skilled workers, space available, technological talents here,” said Dr. Deng.

The green corporation has two main work forces.

1. Former automotive and glass industry workers with expertise in the design and construction of production lines.
2. Engineers and scientists that are highly skilled in how to make solar cells. Most of these experts are found at the University of Toledo.
UT is an institution dedicated to its research in solar energy. And, located right in university's backyard is Advanced Distributed Generation, a company that designs and installs solar panels.

“We put 125 man days of personnel on there to complete that job,” said John Witte, Advanced Distributed Generation Vice President of Operations.

Often, these installers are laid-off auto workers or contracted members of Northwest Ohio Building Trades. And Witte says the sky's the limit.

“Right now we're gearing up to hire several people over the next couple years because we predict our business will grow tremendously,” said Witte.

As more and more people and companies are going green, Witte expects to add at least 50 to 100 employees to his full-time staff over the next three years.
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What parcels are they buying besides ESM? I know this probly isnt final yet but can anyone tell me the areas that may be developed? I fish that area a lot. I know it will eventually be better for the river after its all done but hopefully my fishin holes wont be disturbed...... Even if something with this falls through I'd still like to see the area cleaned up...... I can already see and smell a big difference in the river from what they have cleaned up at the marina district.
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WOW, that rendering for the Swan Creek project is incredible. That's what I'm talking about!
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What parcels are they buying besides ESM? I know this probly isnt final yet but can anyone tell me the areas that may be developed? I fish that area a lot. I know it will eventually be better for the river after its all done but hopefully my fishin holes wont be disturbed...... Even if something with this falls through I'd still like to see the area cleaned up...... I can already see and smell a big difference in the river from what they have cleaned up at the marina district.
I believe some of the parcels they are referring to are: the vacant factory along St. Clair Street across from the downtown library, the Water Distribution building on Erie (south of Columbia Gas), the property across from the Water Distribution building on Erie, Erie Street Market, the lot across from Erie Street Market, some parcels along Erie Street going toward Lafayette/Anthony Wayne Trail/Erie Street intersection, and certain parcels along Swan Creek going toward the Maumee River nearby the Owens Corning world headquarters along Summit Street.
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Alternative Energy Technology Boom Update

Toledo company develops technology for cleaner biofuel
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A local businessman believes he has the formula for a process and technical expertise to create the equipment for producing a biofuel that does not depend on food-chain material such as corn, burns cleaner than ethanol and requires little, if any, fossil fuel to produce.

Ford Cauffiel Sr., president and CEO of Cauffiel Technologies in Toledo, has developed a process to convert cellulosic plant materials into ethanol or butanol with metal processing machinery his company has built for 55 years.

“We are fully aware of the research and development that is taking place to convert cellulosic materials to ethanol,” said Cauffiel, who began developing his technology in 1978.

The U.S. Department of Energy has granted millions of dollars to companies and universities that are developing various methods for such conversion.

Although Cauffiel's firm did not receive a grant due to a technicality, he said, it is continuing research.

“We have a research contract for $5 million from a New York investment group and received $500,000 after designing the process,” he said.

Cauffiel Technologies is now looking to develop laboratory-size pre-treatment plants for company or university research and development operations to convert cellulosic material to C5 and C6 sugars from algae, corn fibers, switch grass, wood chips and other plant life.

Cellulosic materials are commonly known as lignocellulose or hemicellulose molecules found in plant life such as fast-growing switch grass, which requires little water and grows 12 feet high with roots eight feet deep. Hemicellulose is found in corncobs and stalks known as corn stover, Sorghum trees and even fast-growing algae.

“There are many processes being used to convert cellulosic material into ethanol, but they are costly, require a large amount of energy to burn the material and create pollution,” Cauffiel said.

“Another recent process is using super bugs,” he said. “Everyone knows that fungus and termites love wood.”

Numerous companies and universities are researching the creation of super bugs with genetic engineering. Super bugs chew up wood or cellulosic material quickly and give off ethanol.

“Super bugs can be dangerous and must be confined,” said Cauffiel, who has developed a method known as steam explosion. The steam explosion will speed up the process of breaking down cellulosic material by helping super bugs digest material faster.

Heating the material up to 500 degrees at 500 pounds per square inch on a continuous basis causes the material to explode out of the machine and into a flash tank. The exploded material consisting of C5 and C6 sugars and lignin will be ready for the super bugs to digest easier.

“Once you have a good steam explosion, you can convert the C5 and C6 sugars into ethanol or butanol,” Cauffiel said. “Many scientists and universities around the country have heard about us, and we have received many phone calls about it.”

Because all plant life and wood products burn, the remains from the steam-explosion process can fuel the boiler to make steam and heat the tanks for super bugs with little or no additional energy required. That is a big problem when making ethanol from corn, Cauffiel said.

The challenge is to design and build machinery that will withstand the continuous high pressure and temperatures required for the process. With 55 years of experience designing and manufacturing steel-making processes and machinery, Cauffiel said he is confident his company has the solution.

“Our small plant for universities will be in operation in eight months to a year,” he said.

Once the cellulosic plant materials have been converted to C5 and C6 sugars, there are several possible byproducts, including butanol, which is similar to ethanol and has the same energy content as gasoline.

Ethanol is only about 60 percent as efficient as gasoline. Butanol or bio-butanol delivers clean emissions as well as any fuel, including ethanol, Cauffiel said.

“Butanol is easy to handle because it does not attract water as ethanol does. It can easily be distributed through pipelines whereas ethanol needs to be hauled by trucks from the Midwest where it is produced to refineries on the east, south and west coasts,” he said.

Many companies, such as Dupont and British Petroleum, are working to develop a super bug that is genetically engineered to convert the mixture to butanol that provides the same miles per gallon as gasoline.

“Our pre-treatment process is one of the keys because it breaks down that very strong hemicellulose molecule naturally found in all plant life. Those sugar molecules are protected by a wrap-around of ligneous material, the strongest molecule found in nature. Just look at trees when the wind is blowing,” Cauffiel said.

He plans to explode the micro hemicellulose molecule found in algae or any fast-growing plant life without affecting food crops such as corn. When the super bugs are done eating, they can make butanol that does not require additional energy from gas, coal or petroleum products.

Ethanol fuel production rose 34 percent in the United States during 2007, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, reaching a record high of about 6.5 million barrels. Energy industry experts expect similar growth rates in 2008.

A number of companies are commercializing second-generation biofuels such as butanol that may be cheap and clean enough to replace ethanol. Energy industry sources also report the new fuels could be produced by the same refineries that are now making ethanol.

Butanol is an alcohol that has been produced from petroleum for decades and used mostly as a solvent. It can now be made for less than ethanol and yields more BTUs of energy.

The demand for butanol is expected to increase dramatically since it can be produced economically from lost-cost biomass, according to a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy by Environmental Energy Inc. and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University.

That study concluded that butanol's application as a replacement for gasoline will outpace ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogen when its safety and simplicity of use are realized.

Not only has Cauffiel realized those factors, his company has also developed a process and is designing the machinery to produce butanol as a cleaner alternative fuel for gasoline.

Local collaboration

Cauffiel continues to seek company or university sources for developing this emerging technology on a local or national level.

“We're always happy to look at anything in alternative energy technologies and see what could be done to develop them here in this region,” said Steve Weathers, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).

Weathers indicated the RGP is interested in reviewing Cauffiel's technology as a potential client for its Launch Program or funding through Rocket Ventures. The RGP is already working with SuGanit Systems, a spin-off company developing similar technology in the incubator facility at UT.

Cauffiel's process is similar to the process UT researchers have developed for converting biomass into C5 and C6 sugars and then into alcohol. Researchers at UT are working with SuGanit Systems to commercialize the process licensed through the university, said Sasidhar Varansi, professor of chemical engineering at UT.

“There may be an opportunity for UT's technology and Cauffiel's technology to work in collaboration,” said Megan Reichart-Kral, director of the office of research and development at the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator at UT.

Reichert-Kral said Cauffiel approached the university to seek assistance in applying for the Department of Energy grants. She referred him to Peter Hug of Recombinant Innovation, a UT incubation tenant who assists companies in developing technologies.

Hug worked with Cauffiel on the grant application with the Department of Energy.

“The next step for Cauffiel's pre-treatment technology is to create a research facility in a university context to develop the entire process for producing biofuels,” Hug said.

He agreed with Reichart-Kral that some type of collaboration between Cauffiel and UT is still something that could happen. Hug said he would be working to facilitate an arrangement between Cauffiel and UT.

Hug founded Recombinant Innovation in 2004 to focus on the application of directing innovation to create successful technology-based startup companies. He previously worked as a research chemist and earned his Ph.D. in molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
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