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Business at a glance

The directors for Tower Financial Corp. declared a first-quarter cash dividend of 7 cents per share on the corporation’s common stock payable on March 13 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 27.

LaBov Marketing Communications and Training recently partnered with Audi Canada on the Audi high-performance and Hybrid training program. The event was modeled after The Audi Experience: Strategy 2020 in Motion program that LaBov produced for Audi of America.

Ivy Tech Corporate College selected six companies for the college’s annual Corporate College Partner Award. The local company is Fort Wayne Metals. Recipients were selected, in part, based on commitment in workforce training/development.

Ficosa, which has a plant in Berne, is involved in the HeERO project for an emergency call system. The eCallsystem involves performing an automatic or manual call to an emergency center in the event of an accident and pinpoint the vehicle location.

Awesome Hobbies at 322 N. Detroit St. in Warsaw is now open. It offers a range of items including pine derby supplies, rockets, trucks, airplanes, science kits, puzzles and board games.

DeHayes Group and LTC Financial Partners are offering group plans for worksites and expanded options for consumers. Information is available at, or 969-1310.

Flint & Walling announced the acquisition of Wolf Pumps, a family owned and operated submersible and turbine pump company in Abernathy, Texas. The acquisition enhances Flint & Walling’s position as a complete single-line supplier of American-made pumps for its wholesale customers.

Strebig Construction was awarded a contract for installation of a demising wall for FedEx and Allen County Airport Authorities. Strebig has also been awarded the 8,200-square-foot phased construction for the new Parkview Occupational Health location.

Bell Aquaculture, the nation’s largest yellow perch farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, has partnered with Tim Didier’s Meats to distribute Bell Perch Yellow Perch to Fort Wayne-area restaurants. Also, Bell was named Industry of the Year by the Jay County Chamber of Commerce.

Dollar General has opened its new store at 222 W. High St. in Hicksville, Ohio.

First Defiance Financial Corp. announced that its board of directors has received permission from regulators to pay a cash dividend. The dividend was raised from .05 to .10 cents per common share and will be payable March 8 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 28. The dividend represents an annual dividend of 1.82 percent based on First Defiance common stock closing price on Feb. 14.

Heritage Food Service Group Inc. announced it has reached agreement to acquire R.G. Henderson & Son Ltd. of Toronto for an undisclosed amount.

A pilot partnership between Associated Builders and Contractors and Blue Jacket Inc. led to the graduation of five students from an intensive pre-apprentice training regimen. The training will significantly enhance opportunities for graduates to enter into skilled construction trades.

Meridian Title Corp., with offices in Fort Wayne and headquartered in South Bend, will celebrate 75 years of business this year.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management is seeking manufacturers that use at least 1 million gallons of water a year to volunteer for a water consumption assessment project. For more information or questions, contact Robert Kahle, senior project director with SES, at 497-7645 or by Monday. Questions may also be directed to IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance at (317) 234-5286or email at