UToledo Family Business Center

Friends of the Center

Thank you to the following companies for supporting the Center!

Brenda A. Ray Law Offices

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A third generation Toledo, Ohio lawyer, Brenda A. Ray, Esq., CPA, practices business, tax, and estate planning law, and she enjoys working with families and other business owners on succession and generational matters, and the related legal and tax issues. Having practiced at large law firms and accounting firms, she now has her own law office, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and Michigan. 



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AVATAR develops measurable marketing technology and communications systems: e-commerce, catalogs, websites, mobile, productivity, and data management software that is designed from the ground up to fit your needs. See some of our work in. Our process starts with learning about your business, your processes, and how you want to do business online. Our years of experience in digital marketing and communications helps us connect with our clients and give them the tools to expand opportunities and solve problems. But success does not come from the technology alone. It starts with careful planning and auditing in a well organized project management process that focuses on communication and teamwork. 


Holt roofing co.

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Founded and family operated since 1947, Holt Roofing Company has stood above other residential and commercial roofing companies due to their commitment to skilled workmanship, excellent customer service, professional project management and, above all, attention to detail. Holt Roofing Company stands by its three pillars; quality, integrity and trust when it comes to providing  the best customer experience. 


 Automatic handling intl.

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Automatic Handling Intl. designs and builds heavy-duty automation systems. These material handling and packaging systems are designed, engineered, manufactured, programmed, and tested in Erie, Michigan, by its 150+ employees. Since 1972, the company has served the paper, tissue & towel, nonwovens, and converting industries with patented technologies.


 Rudolph libbe inc

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Rudolph Libbe is about improving business performance, dedicated to finding positive outcomes for their customer's businesses or organizations, and for the employees, customers, residents, visitors, fans, patients, students and anyone else their facilities serve. Their multi-discipline trades with decades of preconstruction and consulting experience means customers get safe projects and job sites, accurate budgets, high quality services, and minimized risk and disruption to their daily operations. Rudolph Libbe self-performs Mechanical, Electrical, Carpentry, Masonry, Civil, Boilermaker, and Structural Steel capabilities to directly translate positive outcomes for their customers. 


 Uckele health & nutrition


At Uckele, there is a commitment to the science of understanding good nutrition, quality nutrition is what they do! For over 50 years, they pride themselves in formulating and manufacturing the best dietary products on the market for you, your dog and your horse. As a family business, they have built a solid reputation as a trusted leader in the production of the highest quality nutrition supplements available. Mike Uckele, CEO, carries his Grandfather's business forward with the strong core values of integrity, excellence and synergy with the help of Certified Nutritionists, Chemists, Quality Experts and Product Development Specialists. 


 Rima Manufacturing

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Rima was incorporated in September of 1955, by Ed Engle and a partner, and appropriately named after a blend of their wives names, Rita and Marian. Throughout the years, customers have been a key part of their success, just as Rima welcomed them, they too were eager for the quality, timely deliveries and attractive prices that Rima's workers have always made their benchmark of tradition. Rima moved in 1978 to it's current location, ad established Rima of Canada in 1980. Today, as always, the workers of Rima positively face the challenges that will bring opportunities for their greater security and strength both now and in the future.  


 Ohio art company

Ohio Art Company

The Ohio Art Company was started in 1908 by Dr. Henry S. Winzeler, a dentist in Archbold, Ohio, who sold his practice because he was convinced novelty manufacturing held great promise for him. The company later moved to Bryan, Ohio in 1912, where the company added metal lithography equipment that would shape the company's future. As plastic toys began replacing metal lithographic toys, Ohio Art diversified once more and soon had a large portion of the Kodak film canisters business as well as very popular novelty signs and tray making operations. Ohio Art has won 16 internationally recognized awards since 1997 and today, continues to look toward the future and continue expanding to keep pace with market demands.


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The Image Group

Founded in 1981 as a contracted screen printing and award business, The Image Group now ranks among the top 40 promotional products distributors nationally and provides a full range of marketing services.  They have built their reputation upon their ability to create, advise, respond, and adapt, all according to specific client needs. Through a focus on creativity and quality, The Image Group is fully dedicated to getting your organization seen and remembered.


Hammill manufacturing

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Hammill Manufacturing Company was established in 1995 and has remained family owned and operated since. Hammill is a manufacturer of orthopedic implants, spinal implants, surgical instruments, and implantable medical devices. They operate out of their 90,000 sq. ft. facility located just outside of Toledo, Ohio. With around 100 employees and a 4-year formal apprenticeship program, Hammill Manufacturing brings new products to the market on time and on budget.


crown battery

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Crown Battery is privately-owned with corporate and manufacturing operations in Fremont, Ohio. The company's operating principle "The Power Behind Performance" represents Crown Battery's commitment to providing power to millions of people around the world. Power that makes life easier and raises the standard of living. 


concept rehab


Concept Rehab provides a full continuum of rehabilitation services for all senior living settings, including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient therapy and home health. Concept Rehab is committed to delivering optimal clinical care, utilizing specialized programs with documented results, based on the belief it is possible to combine the clinical and financial aspects of therapy to benefit both the resident and the facility. 


Frame's pest control



Frame’s Pest Control is a third-generation family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1972 by Shorty & Mary Ellen Frame. We service northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, from Detroit to Bowling Green & from the Indiana border to Sandusky, with customized pest management systems.


Walt churchill's market

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The Churchill family opened the doors to its very first Toledo based grocery store in 1917. Since then, the ownership has shifted from founders Jim and Joe, to Walt Churchill Sr. and most currently, Walt Churchill Jr. Walt Jr. runs the stores with the vision of maintaining his father's and grandfather's place in the Toledo grocery business. Churchill's Markets continue to maintain its strong relationships with farmers and local produce distributors, to ensure that only the finest local produce finds its way onto Churchill's shelves. 


Aly sterling philanthropy

Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Aly Sterling Philanthropy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in building sustainable solutions for nonprofits. We provide fundraising, board governance, strategic planning and executive search services to organizations of all shapes and sizes. Aly Sterling, President and Founder, manages the direction and growth of her firm while advising clients on the organizational challenges that affect their sustainability and mission success. 


Splendor Shower Door

Splendor Quality Glass Products

Splendor Shower Door was founded by Nick Nasser in 1952, and began as a fabricator of room partitions. In 1968, Splendor began fabricating and installing shower doors on Toledo. Jack and Marilyn Wanamaker bought the company in 1978 and expanded it even further, now reaching Northeast, Ohio and Southern Michigan. Now, under son, Tom Wanamaker's ownership, the company has expanded service to 18 states and offers a full-line of glass and shower door products. 


SJS Investment Services

SJS Investment Services is an investment advisory firm that has been advising people, families, organizations and communities, managing their assets, and in general being there for them since 1955. SJS accomplishes this through its proprietary process called MarketPlus Investing and with a team of people whose small-town values put YOU first,  all the time, every time. SJS Investment Services works nationwide and serves individual investors, institutional investors, corporations, financial institutions, and public entities. The company is headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio, and has offices in Scottsdale, AZ and Chicago.


Toth industries

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Toth Industries was originally founded in 1955 and has reflected the same mission of "Doing whatever it takes to provide customers quality, precision-machined parts" ever since. Today Toth proudly and strongly reflects this in their relationships and partnerships with their customers. Their dedication to customer service is one of the reasons they remain to this day, a values parts supplier to major companies in the United States and throughout the world.


IMCO Carbide Tool

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IMCO Carbide Tool was founded in 1977 in the heart of the U.S. Midwest manufacturing belt. Today, they are recognized as leaders in advanced cutting tool technologies with distributors in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. IMCO tools are sourced and made in the U.S. with all the product and services integrity that implies.


The ohio & michigan paper company

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The Ohio & Michigan Paper Company has been delivering quality products and expert business advice to businesses throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan since 1868. The company's mission is to constantly seek to improve their ability to provide their present and future customers with the highest quality service and merchandise in a manner that is convenient, efficient, and valued by the customer. 


Kripke Enterprises Inc.

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Kripke Enterprises was founded in 1993 and has since grown into one of the country's premiere Non-Ferrous brokerages. Kripke Enterprises prides itself on running an efficient, honest business, which is only possible due to the high caliber of people that are a part of the team. They provide many value added benefits such as hedging, trucking, storage, etc. 


Triple diamond plastics

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Triple Diamond Plastics was established in early 2005, and now has more than 30 years of collective experience in the manufacturing design and mold-making industry. This Woman-owned business continues to understand, meet and strive to exceed customer requirements. Triple Diamond Plastics offers a broad range of distribution packaging and structural foam molded solutions to meet the needs of a variety of industries.  


mb capital

Since 1988, MB Capital has invested more than $20 million in over 10 companies. Throughout this time, they have been firmly focused on one thing: growth- a goal that has recently intensified with their international expansion. MB Capital is a tight-nit family company, each sharing the common goal of helping proactive businesses reach their next levels. 


Foundation Steel

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Foundation Steel, LLC performs rebar jobs that range anywhere from a few tons to over 4,000 tons and includes small foundation jobs as well as large highway bridges. Their structural division has experience in everything from small PEMB jobs to setting large highway bridges. At Foundation Steel, employees are their most important resource and they greatly value each and everyone, which represents itself in the quality of work provided to contractors.             


Laibe electric/technology


Laibe Electric/Technology was founded in 1926 in Toledo, Ohio. After more than 90 years, we continue as a family-owned and operated business. We provide a diversified and complete line of service, installation and product offerings to our customers including commercial and industrial electrical systems, site lighting, building automation, and temperature control, refrigeration power and control, fire, security and sound systems. 


the countertop shop


The Countertop Shop was originally started in 1990 as a  commercial cabinet company. The Countertop Shop provides only the best name brand  products and uses state of the art equipment to measure, fabricate and install  countertops. The mission of The Countertop Shop is to surpass our customers’  expectations by providing excellent innovative products, precise and reliable  service, and efficient on-time delivery at competitive prices.




trust company family offices


Founded in 1990, The Trust Company now d/b/a Trust Company Family Offices recognizes and honors the responsibilities bestowed upon it by families, businesses, 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.



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Everyone has a story to tell, including your company brand. We are experts at bringing that story to life. Contact us for innovative 2D & 3D branding visuals.


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

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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.


Crown Battery
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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.


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.



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

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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.


bollin label company

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Bollin Label Systems is a dynamic, family-owned and trusted name in the label printing industry for over 40 years. We have provided quality label solutions that connect with consumers or provide labeling solutions in many industries, nationwide.
Our collaborative approach is used industrial, consumer goods, warehouse, supermarkets and food processors markets. In addition, Bollin Labels Systems can assist you with Monarch labelers and labels, thermal printers and ribbons.
To learn more about us, visit www.bollin.com


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.


Giant Industries

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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

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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: 2/11/20