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Savage and Associates Complex

Room 2200
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390


Friends of the Center

Thank you to the following companies for supporting our Center!

Peak electric inc. 


Established in 2000, Peak has evolved into a single source provider for wholesale electrical products, lighting, facility maintenance supplies as well as truck supplies and equipment. Peak continues to be recognized throughout Ohio as an industry leader focused on maintaining the best support staff and most reliable products available.  


the trust company


Founded in 1990, The Trust Company recognizes and honors the responsibilities bestowed upon it by families, businesses, Taft-Hartley arrangements and non-profit organizations. We actively manage investment portfolios and serve client needs, shouldering the fiduciary responsibility inherent to and protected by our role as corporate trustee.

The company remains independent and privately-held with founding families continuing as owners and clients.   


Designetics, inc


Designetics customizes solutions for our partners’ challenges. We’re problem-solvers, with wide-ranging capabilities.

For decades, we’ve been at the leading edge of designing and manufacturing application systems. Our work is performance-proven, precision-driven and always innovating.


Northwood industries


Northwood Industries is a multi-generation family business that began in 1968. Northwood provides precision machined component parts, mechanical assemblies and engineering design services to manufacturing companies throughout the North America, Europe, and Asia.

Our business grows through serving customers by blending the talent of our highly trained machinists with state-of-the-art computer aided design and machining technologies.



2 scale

2-Scale is an award winning, family-owned local business who has established a niche market for delivering creative branding solutions. We deliver corporate environments, exhibits and events from design to finish for your target audience. We are creative, passionate, relationship based and results driven.

2-Scale brings over 230 years of combined experience not only in the Arts but also in Engineering, Manufacturing, Education, Accounting, Marketing, Communications, and Logistics. We tap each of their experiences to achieve a unique skill set which allows us to thrive in a fast paced, attention to detail, deadline drive industry.


hirzel canning company


Hirzel Canning, producers of Dei Fratelli products, was founded in 1923 by Carl Hirzel. The farm continues to be passed down nearly a century later on to the fifth generation of family.  

Hirzel Farms works closely with over 30 local, family growers in NW Ohio and SE Michigan to grow the highest quality produce and provide the most flavorful tomato products. Hirzel works to maintain the integrity of the soil and preserving the food that is provided. 




NAMSA is a medical research organization providing expert regulatory, laboratory, clinical, and compliance services to medical device and healthcare product manufacturers. 

At every stage of the product development process, we provide strategic guidance and tactical support to help clients commercialize medical products in the major markets of the world. 


crescent manufacturing Co.

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Founded in 1898, Crescent is a specialty blade manufacturer and the only firm in the U.S. dedicated solely to specialty blade design and production. 

As the world's leading specialty blade producer, we use the knowledge of more than 100 years' experience to produce custom blades of unequaled sharpness, durability, and quality. 


bard manufacturing

bard manufacturing

Bard Manufacturing Company began in 1914, in a second story office building in Bryan, Ohio. Dale Bard founded a small heating and plumbing contracting business. Over 100 years later and they are on fourth generation family leadership. Our modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to deliver consistent, quality products to our globally expanded market. Bard is the industry’s leading innovator of wall-mount air conditioning and heat pump technology.

Bard has been committed to highest quality in the engineering and manufacturing climate control solutions since the beginning, and it is what distinguishes the Bard name today. We take a proactive approach to quality, testing each unit individually before we ship it.


SHrader tire & oil

shrader tire and oil

Shrader Tire & Oil is a locally owned and operated commercial truck tire and lubricant supplier. Throughout Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, we provide the highest quality products and services to truck fleets and manufacturers.


surface combustion


Founded in 1915 on a patented heating concept, Surface Combustion has continued to redefine performance limits and introduce a wide variety of advancements in thermal processing equipment. 

Innovation is tradition which has led to more than 645 patents and 75 registered trademarks support our technical accomplishments.


Plastic Technologies, Inc.

Plastic Tech

Plastic Technologies is recognized worldwide as the preferred source for plastic package design, package development, rapid prototyping, pre-production prototyping, and material evaluation engineering for the plastic packaging industry. 

PTI is also known as a technology innovator helping companies making informed decisions on how their packaging impacts the environment.


R.S. Hanline and company


The R.S. Hanline Company is a proud supplier of value-added fresh produce to all tiers of food distribution. For over 25 years, we have been a dedicated partner to some of the most reputable food service, retail, food manufacturing, and wholesale distribution companies in the country.  Strategically located in Shelby, Ohio, our company operates out of a 220,000 square foot facility that is equipped with sixteen separate temperature-controlled storage units and processing areas.



walt churchills market

walt churchills

Walt Churchill's Market makes shopping easy for great meals at home with two great locations in Perrysburg and Maumee, Ohio.
The lineage of the Churchill family in the Toledo-area grocery business goes back to 1917. Now Walt Churchill’s Market represents three generations of experience on how to better service our customers needs, wants and desires. Much has changed and always will, but by listening to our customers we feel that Walt’s markets in Maumee and Perrysburg have the teams that are ready to serve and meet the busy lifestyle of today’s customers. And as always, at Walt Churchill’s Market you know you’ll get the best service in town.

“You’ve got my word on it.”
- Walt Churchill



jerl machine, inc


Since 1975, Jerl Machine has provided precision metalworking and machining for a diverse group of industrial and manufacturing customers. We take pride in employing highly skilled toolmakers and engineers, investing in state-of-the-art technology, and fostering an environment of continuous improvement. Jerl Machine’s core competencies include large part machining, CNC turning and milling, bending, welding, and major component sub-assemblies. At Jerl Machine, we don’t view quality as merely something to check at the end of a process, but rather a commitment to excellence every step along the way.


Granite City pickling and warehouse

granite city

Granite City Pickling and Warehouse has been pickling steel in Granite City, IL since 1984. A majority of our work is for the local steel mill. We process for their customers who require first class quality and service. We provide the final inspection of the steel that the mill ships to critical customers like Ford Motor Company, Tower Automotive, and many others.


Bellevue Manufacturing company

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bollin label company

 bollin label

Bollin Label Systems manufactures and distributes labels for a wide range of industries, serving a variety of markets, enhancing hundreds of different products. Bollin Label Systems has provided innovations to customers since 1912, that’s over a century! Gilly Bollin revolutionized Northwest Ohio by being the first local retailer. Gilly’s sons continued to diversify the store and by 1968 they added label’s, tags, and label guns to its product distribution. Now, the Bollin family has expanded and builds label business to 5,000 nationwide.



Pioneer Industrial systems


At Pioneer Industrial Systems, we pride ourselves in identifying solutions. Combining this ability with our love for new technology, and a strong desire to create, allows Pioneer to push the boundaries of industrial engineering and machine building. Pairing our world-class employees with solid business processes, enables Pioneer Industrial Systems to offer our customers an engineered solution that not only meets their needs, but exceeds their expectations. Pioneer Industrial Systems designs, builds, programs, and integrates sophisticated automated equipment. We are proud to be an authorized FANUC integrator and have earned the distinction of Strategic Market Specialist in the tire industry.


the fremont company

 fremont company

Established in 1905, and still a family owned business, The Fremont Company manufactures, markets and distributes food and beverage products worldwide.



Giant Industries

giant industries

Founded in 1977, Giant is a manufacturer and distributor of high pressure positive displacement pumps, accessories, power units and towels. Pumping water and/or water-like fluids up to 625 GPM with some pumps capable of reaching up to 50,000 PSI. Fluid temperature can reach 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Common markets are Sewer Cleaning, Pressure Washer, Car Wash, Oil Field, Steel, Automotive, Paper & Pulp, Heat Exchange cleaning, Misting/Humidity Control and many more.



gross electric

 gross electric

Gross Electric is the oldest independent, family owned lighting distributor in the area. For over 100 years we have been a distributor of lighting fixtures & electrical products to retail, contractor and end user market.




research metrics

Founded in 2004, Shopmetrics is a company that offers technology platform solutions to mystery shopping and market research providers worldwide. Today Shopmetrics is a global organization with offices in North America and Europe. With over 80 full-time, dedicated developers and product specialists we are committed to providing technology that is the industry benchmark in mystery shopping and market research.

Our products such as the Shopmetrics mystery shopping platform, MobiAudit mobile scheduling and data-collection app, and Surveo survey collection and reporting suite are in use in over 80 countries worldwide. Together these tools provide a fully-integrated suite for online and offline data collection, storage, delivery and analysis. Our clients realize significant cost savings and efficiency improvements as they utilize our products to achieve maximum control and insight into their critical daily operations.




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Last Updated: 2/13/18