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By Heather Rutz hrutz@civitasmedia.com



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MINSTER — Clothing boutique Merchant 31 has opened its second location in Minster’s Eagle Plaza, 376 N. Main St.


The first location opened in Tipp City. The new Merchant31 store has a clean, nautical feel that reflects the aesthetic of Merchant31, which itself was inspired by the Bible, specifically Proverbs 31.


Merchant31 offers a curated collection of clothing, featuring pieces from designers Judith March and Missy Robertson, accessories, shoes, jewelry and handbags for women, children’s clothing from Mudpie and Zebra Filly in sizes 0 through Girls Large as well as décor items for the home. The store is dedicated to offering the latest fashion and accessories to women at affordable prices.


“We are thrilled to have opened our second Merchant31 store here in Minster,” said Jennifer White, who shares ownership of Merchant31 with her partner, cousin and sister-in-law Kyle White. “The store brings new and exciting looks to the Northern Miami Valley. A unique assortment of trends, inspiring head-to toe looks and in-store associates to help our fashion-conscious customers find just perfect style as well as introduce her to looks she’ll love to discover.”


The Merchant31 location in Minster is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 6 p.m. For information, contact the store at 419-501-2377, visit www.merchant31.com or follow them on Facebook under Merchant31 and Merch31Minster.


Dana named to trustworthy list


LIMA — Dana Holding Corporation has been named to Forbes magazine’s list of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies for 2014. A global leader of innovative driveline, sealing and thermal-management technologies for the world’s vehicular market, Dana was the only company in the Automobiles & Auto Parts category to make the rankings.


The list was developed to recognize companies that demonstrate accounting and governance transparency. Dana was selected as one of the top 100 companies after more than 8,000 publicly traded companies were reviewed for indicators of credibility, including high-risk events, revenue and expense recognition methods, SEC actions and bankruptcy risk.


“This recognition reaffirms our commitment to compliance, ethics, and transparency, which are hallmarks of the Dana culture and the way we run our company,” said Roger Wood, Dana president and chief executive officer. “This is a significant honor for which our people, customers, and shareholders alike can be justifiably proud.”


Founded in 1904 and based in Maumee, the company employs 23,000 people in 26 countries on six continents. In 2013, Dana generated sales of $6.8 billion.


Honda parts purchasing surpasses $300 billion


MARYSVILLE — Honda honored more than 100 automotive parts suppliers in North America for outstanding performance in 2013 at its 30th Supplier Conference recently and announced that Honda has purchased more than $300 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 suppliers in North America during the 35 years since Honda began building products in the region.


The purchasing milestone came on the heels of record Honda auto production and parts purchasing last year in a region where Honda manufacturing continues on a growth trajectory. In 2013, Honda manufactured a record 1.78 million automobiles in North America, as parts purchasing in the region exceeded $25.5 billion for the year, the most ever.


“Over the next three years, Honda will continue to transform our business, advancing technology in products and manufacturing in North America to maximize joy for the customer,” said Chitoshi Yokota, senior executive vice president of Honda North America Inc. “Together, Honda and our suppliers can support Honda’s goal to become a truly global company by becoming a truly self-reliant regional company here in North America.”


During its annual conference, Honda honored 65 top suppliers for their excellence in one or more of three key categories — quality, delivery and value — based on their outstanding performance in 2013.


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