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TCP helping to reduce
confusion about bulbs
With the government-mandated phaseout of incandescent light bulbs making news, Technical Consumer Products Inc. in Aurora want Americans to “Get a PhD in LED,” a Facebook promotion to educate the public.
Residents can participate by going to TCP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TCPLighting and clicking on the “Free TCP LED Light Bulb” promotion. “LED students” will be presented basic facts about LED lighting options. TCP will send everyone who participates a free LED light bulb to try at their home or business.
TCP plans to share more facts and information about LED lighting on the company’s Facebook timeline and Twitter feed so “students” can continue their education.
TCP’s product offerings include LED lamps and fixtures, compact fluorescent lamps, energy efficient halogen lamps, exit and emergency lighting, HID, decorative and outdoor fixtures, ballasts and fixtures and linear lamps.
TCP recently was named a 2013 ENERGYSTAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, visit www.tcpi.com or call 1-800-324-1496.

Tournoux earns post
at city’s PartsSource
PartsSource, the world’s leading supplier of software solutions designed to streamline the procurement and management of medical replacement parts, has announced the promotion of Erin Tournoux to vice president of strategic programs.
In addition to providing leadership to the biomedical equipment parts business at PartsSource, Tournoux will now also be responsible for overseeing the creation and implementation of successful customer and product programs.
“Erin brings the optimal blend of business skills and industry knowledge to this position,” said PartsSource Chief Operating Officer Jeff Dalton. “Her extensive experience in the biomedical equipment industry has helped to position PartsSource as the leading eCommerce medical parts procurement solution.
“Our goal is to become the official online marketplace for medical replacement parts and we feel confident that Erin can help make that a reality. We look forward to her continued thought-leadership and game-changing initiatives in the years to come.”
“Erin will ensure that programs and alliances are in place so that we can continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” added A. Ray Dalton, founder and CEO of PartsSource.
Homes for sale rise
last year from 2012
The Ohio Association of Realtors reports the number of single-family homes and condominiums put under agreement in December increased from the results from the prior year.
“It’s evident, based on the slight increase in the number of home purchase contracts that occurred in December, that the Ohio housing market is becoming more balanced in its ongoing recovery,” said OAR President Chris Hall. “December’s uptick in pending sales reverses a slight two-month dip for the marketplace, which had previously posted 29 consecutive months of year-over-year gains dating back to May 2011.
“Our housing market is undoubtedly entering a more traditional period, one that will experience monthly ebbs and flows in activity moving forward,” Hall added. “Ohio’s housing market remains well positioned for would-be buyers as we enter a new year, with favorable interest rates, stable pricing and continued improvement in our overall economic condition.”
Ohio’s December Pending Home Sales Index of 123.1, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 1.5 percent from the December 2012 index score of 121.3.
An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008, which marked the end of five consecutive record years for existing home sales and the onset of the recession.

New auto, truck sales
up 10 percent in 2013
New car and truck sales were up 10.3 percent from 2012 to 2013 in Northern Ohio, according to figures from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association. In December 2013, sales were up more than 12 percent compared to the same month in 2012.
Sales for all of 2013 totaled 229,534 vehicles in the association’s 21-county region. Dealers sold 16,648 vehicles in December 2013, compared to 14,682 in December 2012.
Ford was Northern Ohio’s best-selling brand with 40,960 vehicles sold in 2013 (compared to 36,319 in 2012), which is an increase of 12.78 percent. Chevrolet was second with a sales increase of 15.75 percent (32,679 vehicles in 2013).
Honda was third with 19,977 sales and a year-to-year increase of 6.64 percent. Toyota was fourth with 19,698  and Kia finished fifth with 12,959.
Sales were the highest since 2005, when more than 237,000 new vehicles were sold in the region. The final Northern Ohio results beat sales forecasts by 300 vehicles, according to the GCADA.
Nominees sought for
senior citizen honors
Every day, Ohio senior volunteers give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.
Sponsored by Home Instead Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote thorugh March 1 at SalutetoSeniorService.com. State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from the state honorees.
Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated / approved nonprofit groups, and their personal stories will be shared online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s designated and approved nonprofit charity.
To submit an online nomination form for a senior who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.

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