BG gives tax break to company bringing 35 jobs to city

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green officials plan to give a tax break to a company promising to create at least 35 jobs in the city. City Council heard the first reading of a resolution Monday evening that would give Mosser Construction Co. a 100 percent tax abatement for a 10-year period. Mosser is planning to build an approximately 200,000 square foot warehouse, and anticipates an initial hiring of at least 35 employees. The warehouse is expected to be an investment of $8.6 million in the Wood Bridge Business Park, off Dunbridge Road on the east side of the city. In addition to the project creating jobs, the warehouse will also provide storage space for existing companies in Bowling Green. “For many years, on our economic development visits, companies have relayed concerns about warehousing,” the legislative package given to council stated. “We’ve learned that, in many cases, companies are warehousing out of town.” City officials have also been told by local manufacturers that finding adequate warehousing is important because companies want to find space for new equipment or processes within their existing plants, and moving inventory into a warehousing facility could create that additional space. The problem, however, has been that no such space is available in Bowling Green. But the Community Development Foundation, which facilitated the Mosser site, said the new warehouse will fill that need. The tax break given to Mosser is part of a deal in the city’s new Community Reinvestment Area. The company has negotiated directly with Bowling Green City Schools to make the school district whole on the tax break being…

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Chamber to present honors at Mid-Year Meeting

From BOWLING GREEN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is once again presenting ITS Mid-Year Meeting for all to attend. The luncheon will be held at Stone Ridge Golf Club, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43402 on Friday, July 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown, founder, lead coach and consultant at DMB Coaching, is the guest speaker. Presentation of the following annual awards: Small Business of the Year Award Outstanding Customer Service Award ‘I Love BG’ Award Recognition of the 2017 Scholarship Award recipients The Mid Year Meeting is open to all. Cost to attend is $20 for Bowling Green Chamber Investors and $30 for Non-Investors. Invitation and response card can be downloaded at from the Chamber website. Send/email RSVP Response Card to or call the chamber office at 419-353-7945. RSVPs are required by June 30th. Mail payment to: BG Chamber of Commerce, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402 with checks payable to BG Chamber of Commerce, or pay by credit card at (a small fee applies).

Crystal Bowersox headlines first of ProMedica sponsored concerts in downtown Toledo

From PROMEDICA & TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ProMedica will celebrate the opening of its new downtown headquarters and a renovated Promenade Park with three free summer concerts, featuring singers with local connections and national acts, all with musicians from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The event will be free and open to the community. The inaugural ProMedica Summer Concert Series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, with a concert featuring Crystal Bowersox and Calysta Bevier. Bowersox, an Ottawa County native, burst onto the national entertainment scene in 2010. The singer-songwriter now lives in Nashville and in June released a new album called “Alive.” Musicians from the TSO will join Bowersox on stage for her portion of the concert. Bevier of Grand Rapids, Ohio, is a singer-songwriter who survived a rare form of cancer. She was a semi-finalist last fall on America’s Got Talent, which propelled her to a budding music career. She continues to be an inspirational speaker to cancer patients. The second concert will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and features Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell. The third concert, A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. A tribute band made up of former members of Prince’s New Power Generation will perform his biggest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “U Got the Look,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more. The concerts will be reminiscent of the Rally by the River events at Promenade Park in the 1980s and early 1990s, but larger in scope of entertainment. The stage will be near the Maumee River; the performers…

BG set to grow by another 103 acres on east side

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green is on the verge of growing by another 103 acres on its northeast edge. Annexation petitions have been filed for acreage to join in the Wood Bridge Business Park. The annexations from Center Township to the city came up at a recent Bowling Green Planning Commission meeting. The request comes from two owners: 43 acres on the south side of East Poe Road by petitioner Susan J. Ragan. 60 acres on the north side of East Wooster Street by petitioners Richard and Judith Carpenter. The annexations meet the city’s desire to expand Wood Bridge Business Park, according to Sue Clark, director of Bowling Green Economic Development. Plans call for Moser Construction to build a 100,000 square foot warehouse and connecting roadway this summer, Clark said. “This is a need that has been in the community for the last three to four years,” she said. Several manufacturers in Wood Bridge have already committed to renting the warehouse space, “so they can have more room for manufacturing” in their own facilities, Clark explained to the planning commission members. Clark said the warehouse is coming just in time – especially for one of the factories that was talking about moving to Michigan in order to get more warehouse space. If the annexations are approved, the acreage will be divided into 20 and 15 acre sections and sold to prospective manufacturers. Clark said she believes the first building is already filled with tenants. The city will install necessary water and sewer services, and roadways. The annexation will also allow for the construction of another…

Maurer criticizes city donation of land to Habitat

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A Bowling Green landlord is taking issue with the city’s plan to donate building lots to Habitat for Humanity. Bob Maurer sent a letter to city officials questioning a proposal to give Habitat the vacant lots where a water tower used to sit at the southwest corner of Manville Avenue and Clough Street. While Maurer said the donation is a “noble gesture,” he suggested the city should reconsider. ”We would point out that the three lots in question are not worthless,” Maurer wrote.  “If they are (zoned residential) the value is over $100,000. We would pay that amount in cash for them.” “At a time when there is a ‘budget problem’ is it a good time to donate $100,000 of the taxpayers’ monies to two people? The City of Bowling Green must not have any financial problems if it can fund a $100,000 donation like this,” Maurer wrote. “We do think it makes more sense to have ‘individuals’ give their personal monies for gifts than have taxpayer funds used? We feel the majority of the taxpayers of Bowling Green would prefer that. Please weigh and consider the proposed transaction,” Maurer wrote. Mark Ohashi, director of Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, was surprised by the criticism of the land donation. “I did not see that coming,” he said on Thursday. Ohashi said the benefits of Habitat houses go far beyond two individuals. “The benefit is generational. The impact may look like you are only serving two families, but the implications of decent housing extend past the home,” Ohashi said. Habitat homes turn families…

Volunteer Gary Jones thanks Dana Corp for hosting Adopt-a-Pet event

I would like to commend the Dana Corporation on Technology Drive in Maumee for hosting an Adopt-a-Pet day for their employees. Jenny Miranda organized the event because she loves animals, she supports the work of rescue sites and humane societies and she wanted a fun day where employees might adopt a pet. What a remarkable event for a corporate company to support local efforts. It was a fun day and pets were adopted. And generous gifts of toys, food and blankets, enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck were given to each of the participating humane groups. To me, it was a remarkable day spent with enthusiastic Dana employees. Kudos to Dana and Miranda. Gary Jones, Volunteer Bowling Green

Black Swamp Arts Festival thanks Kroger for donation

To the Editor: The Black Swamp Arts Festival Committee would like to express its appreciation for the $2,000 donated to the festival by Kroger during its grand opening of the Kroger Marketplace in Bowling Green. We are honored to be included along with Wood County Humane Society and The Cocoon. The Kroger donation will help us continue to present high quality entertainment and art to the community. On Sept. 8. 9 and 10 the festival will mark its 25th year with a weekend full of art, music, activities for kids, beverages, and food.   Black Swamp Arts Festival committee