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…

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Young entrepreneurs counting on ZERO deodorant, other products, adding up to success

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Reid McEwen and Todd Platzer met while working up a sweat playing club tennis as kids in Bowling Green. Now the tennis buddies have launched a business selling a product they probably could have use back then – Odor Erasure, a natural deodorant. Like their friendship, the product also first started developing in Bowling Green. Now based in Wilmington, North Carolina, their original product ZERO deodorant is making an impression in the market. The all-natural product is even sold in a shop in Budapest, Hungary. The deodorant uses oxygenated African shea oil not just to mask body odor but to eliminate it by killing the bacteria that causes it. Now the partners have launched a Kickstarter campaign( to begin marketing an expanded line of skin care products – Odor Erasure, lotions, sun block, and bug repellant. These like the original ZERO deodorant will have a few simple ingredients, all easy to pronounce – shea butter, ozone, beeswax, essential oils, coconut butter. No baking soda, a common ingredient in other natural deodorants. And no aluminum that’s a common in traditional skin care products. Aluminum has been linked numerous health problems, including cancer, Platzer said. They noted that the federal Food and Drug Administration does not regulate skin care, deodorants, makeup and personal hygiene products. The skin, McEwen noted, soaks up whatever is put on it. As much as 64 percent of what’s rubbed on the skin ends up in the blood stream. ZERO’s marketing, he said, has a large educational component about all the harmful things in skin care products. According to McEwen: “Skin absorption should be…

British firm chooses BG for its plant in the states

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A British company has chosen Bowling Green as the site for its first plant in the U.S. Mineral Insulated Cable Company is leasing a portion of the former Lear plant at the corner of Fairview and Van Camp Roads on the northern edge of Bowling Green. MICC, a world leader in the manufacturing of mineral insulated cable products, plans to create at least 33 new jobs, and make a capital investment of $1.5 million. “We’re thrilled that MICC has decided to locate in Bowling Green,” said Sue Clark, executive director of Bowling Green Economic Development. “It’s a great opportunity,” she said, for the city and for the company which was looking for an entry point into the U.S. marketplace. MICC first learned about Northwest Ohio during a Select USA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., when the company’s managing director Doug Dooley met Paul Zito, of the Regional Growth Partnership. MICC officials were considering locations like Chicago, Philadelphia and Texas. “Paul was a good enough salesman to convince Doug to come to Northwest Ohio,” said Scott Warner, who is going to be general manager of the new plant. The benefits of the region’s central location, logistics and low cost of doing business were stressed. Then once Dooley came to Bowling Green, he met Clark, who showed him the sites, including the former Lear plant. “It was a real group effort between Regional Growth Partners and Sue Clark,” Warner said. MICC agreed to lease about a third of the building, or about 45,000 square feet of production space, and some office space. Lear was…

BG plans ahead for another water treatment reservoir

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green officials plan to spend $220,000 to buy some acreage for another water treatment reservoir. A few years ago, the city purchased 76 acres on Hull Prairie Road with the thought of putting another reservoir there in the future. The one problem was a house that sat on four acres in the center of the acreage at 23134 Hull Prairie Road. But the owner of the house, Jay Largent, has now asked if the city is interested in purchasing his house and the four acres for the appraised price of $220,000. The Board of Public Utilities voted Monday evening to do so. “This could be advantageous for us,” Director of Public Utilities Brian O’Connell said, explaining that 80 acres is much more desirable than 76 acres with a house in the middle. “It does give us a more viable site for a reservoir.” A larger reservoir would provide additional raw water storage as well as better quality raw water to the plant. Until the new reservoir is needed and the house is demolished, the city may rent it out to make some income. Or the city may trade the land for other acreage closer to the water treatment plant that is four miles away from the Hull Prairie acreage. According to O’Connell, there’s enough money for the land acquisition in the 2017 Water & Sewer Capital Improvement Fund. Also at Monday’s meeting, the board of public utilities voted to enter an agreement with the Wood County Port Authority to help extend services to a new portion of the Woodbridge Business Park….

Gubernatorial hopeful Jon Husted stomps at Spots

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Secretary of State Jon Husted is a great believer in technology. That’s what allowed him to cut the cost of operating his office at a time when state spending was on the rise. That’s what allowed him cut the state’s incorporation fee from $125 to $99. That’s what let him to cut the workforce in his office by a third – through early retirement and attrition, he explained. His 7-year-old daughter will not have to learn to drive, he said, because she’ll come of age in a time of self-operating vehicles. And Husted wants to be in the driver’s seat in Ohio as it enters the age of driverless cars. The Republican candidate for governor was in Bowling Green Monday morning at a meet and greet with citizens at Mr. Spot’s, hosted by Ohio Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and her husband, Jim Gavarone Theresa Gavarone used the occasion to formally announce her endorsement of Husted. She said she’s backing Husted to replace Republican John Kasich because in her tough fight to win her seat last fall, he stepped in and helped her. She also said she appreciated his cutting filing fees for new businesses and reducing the cost of running his office by $14.5 million. Husted said that people may not like change but it is coming. “We want to make sure every generation of people who graduate from Bowling Green have opportunities in Ohio. “The states that get this right are going to be the ones that are going to win, and the states that don’t are going to fall behind,” he…

Kroger adds finishing touch to new marketplace

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The transformation of the Kroger Store on North Main Street into a Kroger Marketplace has been a work in progress for all, employees and customers, alike to see and experience. And that experience has been trying at times, conceded store manager Kim Richmond. Every day the store’s associates had to answer queries. Where’s the bread today? And for her it meant late night calls reporting problems at the store. Once it was even a fire. Turned out to be a minor blaze. As a bright new produce section opened up in the north end, in the south end other sections looked like a grocery store in a sci-fi dystopia. On Wednesday the Marketplace put those day behind it. Everything is bright and new. The shelves are packed, and the aisles lined with folks offering free tastes of some of the store’s new products – fried Japanese peppers, all-beef hot dogs and more. There’ll even be a new service starting Thursday that those befuddled customers of a few weeks back would have appreciated – ClickList, a service that allows customers to shop online, drive to the store and have their groceries delivered to them while they wait outside, never having to get out of their cars. The marketplace will also offer The Little Clinic, staffed by nurse practitioners, who will be able to diagnose, treat, and prescribed medications for common illnesses. The store features an extensive deli and cheese area. Roberts, who grew up in Pemberville, started her career at Kroger as a meat counter clerk in 1994. Times and expectations of customers have changed….