Photo: Can you clearly see, from the left, Jordan Kniaziew, Colleen Goudreau, Jackie Pearson, Mariete Grilo, Flora Sabatina, Ines Resendes and Dr. Richard Kniaziew at the October grand opening event of the new Essex location of Kniaziew Optometry? Photo courtesy of Kniaziew Optometry.
NEWSFLASH NOV-DEC 2018 Featuring Kniaziew Optometry
Kniaziew Optometry recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Essex location at 169 Talbot Street North, with a community event that featured free hot dogs and give-aways. “The event was a great success,” says Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Founder of Kniaziew Optometry. “The community of Essex has always shown strong support to our team and we wanted to give back with a community event. We would also like to welcome to Kniaziew Optometry, Dr. Eni Okaj. She will be joining an already strong team of Optometrists that include: Dr. Ronald Molzan, Dr. Keri Baker, Dr. Alicia Kominek, Dr. Lauren Renaud and Dr. Robert McCormick.” Kniaziew Optometry has been serving patients’ eye health care needs in southwestern Ontario for over 40 years with practices in Leamington, Essex, Tecumseh, and Chatham. The centre offer a wide range of optometric services and eye care products, including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Find out the addresses of their other locations by logging on to their website.
Quicken Loans, the largest home mortgage lender in the United States, and its family of affiliated companies, recently announced plans to open a new location in the historic Old Fish Market building, 156 Chatham Street West in downtown Windsor. The expansion into Canada allows Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies to recruit top talent from Windsor, Toronto, Waterloo and all of Ontario, to support the company’s growing need for additional technology talent. “We learned a lot more about Ontario’s deep technology talent pool over the past couple of years as we explored pitching the international border of Windsor/Detroit to various companies,” says Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans. “As Quicken Loans continues to grow and set the standard for innovation, we remain focused on recruiting additional technology talent to our ‘brainforce.’ With our headquarters located in downtown Detroit, we have a tremendous opportunity to tap into the rich technology pipeline both stateside and in Canada.” Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies, will lease more than 9,000 square feet of office space in the Windsor building. Renovation of the new location is expected to be completed in the first or second quarter of 2019. The company plans to grow the office to more than 100 tech workers. Detroit-based real estate firm Bedrock led the search for the new office location with the support of Mark Lalovich and Russel Lalovich of Windsor’s RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. Quicken Loans currently does not offer mortgages in the Canadian market, although it has publicly stated its interest in learning about the Canadian home mortgage market. This will be the second foray into Canada for the Detroit-based home lender. In 2016, Rocket Homes, a subsidiary of the same holding company as Quicken Loans (Rock Holdings Inc.), purchased Toronto-based OpenHouse Realty — a company specializing in the development of proprietary home and real estate agent search technology. Quicken Loans has also appeared in the top 30 of FORTUNE magazine’s list, for 15 consecutive years, of the “100 Best Companies” to work for and has been named the #1 place to work in technology for six consecutive years by Computerworld magazine.
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Nominations are now open for the 14th annual “Windsor Essex Sports Persons of the Year” (WESPY) Awards which features awards, in both female and male categories, for 13 different sports. As well, nine major awards are presented each year. Nominated athletes must be 15 years of age or older as of January 2018. To submit a nomination by the deadline of January 31, 2019, please email: [email protected] or [email protected]NEW IN BIZ
Kauth, a global leader in manufacturing from Germany, officially opened the doors of their North America headquarters in October at their facility located at 3485 Wheelton Drive in Windsor. Christian Kauth, CEO/Owner, states, “Initially, this new location will serve as Kauth North America’s distribution and warehousing centre with up to 25 employees, with plans to eventually evolve and expand to include a manufacturing facility that will employ up to 350 employees, over time. Kauth conducted an extensive search in a number of communities throughout North America and determined that Windsor provides the best business case and advantages to assist us to achieve our goals and growth in North America.” Kauth is a family owned business and was founded in 1928 by Paul Kauth in Denkingen, Germany. Kauth has six manufacturing facilities globally with over 900 employees and specializes in stamping and forming, developing and producing formed parts with integrated extruded holes, sub-assemblies and attachment systems. Their client base consists of BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet and Magna. For information on the company, its products, technologies and more, check out their website.
Lowe’s Windsor East, 7350 Catherine Street (near Tecumseh Road East and Lauzon Parkway) also celebrated its grand opening in mid-October. This store represents a local investment in excess of $21.6 million and created 75 new permanent jobs with an additional 80 seasonal roles. It is the second Lowe’s store to open in the Windsor area and the 68th Lowe’s store in Canada. During the opening events Lowe’s Canada donated $5,000 to the Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor to support renovations and the food bank’s replenishment. The Lowe’s Windsor East store features retail space totalling more than 117,600 square feet, including 93,800 square feet of retail sales space and a 23,800 square foot adjacent garden centre. The new location offers customers approximately 40,000 products in stock, as well as thousands more to meet all their home improvement needs available through special order on the company website.
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Happy 20th anniversary to Mad Science of Windsor & Chatham-Kent, 122 Fox Street in Cottam! Mad Science of Windsor and Chatham-Kent is a franchised member of The Mad Science Group, the world’s leading educational enrichment provider for children of elementary school age. The company’s programs include entertaining science classes, child-friendly chess instruction, engineering programming, and creative arts classes. Original owner Michael D’Asti operated the local business until October 2017 and now Judy Dehu has taken over as President. Along with Assistant Manager Steven Spagnuolo, Dehu’s team mixes fun and education together and recently added a brand new After-School Program for the 2018/2019 school year — “NASA in the Class.” This program allows students to explore the wonders of space with six different topics to discover. A few of the unique, hands-on science topics include: taking a voyage through our solar system; investigating the sun and distant stars; uncovering the forces of flight; exploring the atmosphere, plus so much more! For further details on how you can “spark imaginative learning” and register for their programs visit online.
ON THE MOVE
After 18 years at 2679 Howard Avenue in Windsor, Diabetes Canada has now opened a new Donation Centre at 2405 Dougall Avenue, across from Dougall Square. Drop off your used clothing and small household items and help fund research, send a kid to camp and keep items out of landfill, just by driving to the back of the building by their drop box and ringing the bell for an attendant. For a list of items accepted and for free home pick up of your donations visit their website.