Saturday, February 21, 2004

Business summary

State Farm adjusts Ohio rates

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. said Friday it would lower rates for its Ohio customers by an average of 4.1 percent on March 15. The company, which insures about one of every five cars in Ohio, said premiums for collision and comprehensive coverage will drop the most. It said liability premiums would decrease for some customers, while increasing for others. The price of medical payments coverage will go up for most customers.

Erpenbeck trustee adds elder's case

Mike Baker, a Crescent Springs lawyer who is trustee in Bill Erpenbeck Jr.'s bankruptcy case, was assigned the same task in the bankruptcy case of Bill's father, Tony. The Erpenbecks are in a Cincinnati jail on charges of tampering with a witness in Bill Erpenbeck's bank fraud case. They will be arraigned Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court.

Local Marriott wins top ranking

The Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron has been awarded an internal company honor as hotel of the year. Marriott International ranked the Marriott near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport above the hotel chain's other 300-plus properties in the following categories: financial results, market share, employee survey and guest survey. General Manager Paul O'Connor said it was "great recognition" for the 295-room property managed by Cincinnati-based Winegardner & Hammons Inc.

Entrepreneur nominees sought

Ernst & Young is seeking nominations until April 2 for entrepreneurs in Greater Cincinnati to compete for the local and national Entrepreneur of the Year Award. For more information about the program, contact Beth Kaufhold at (800) 746-9417.

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