GE Aviation picked for key AF negotiations

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 8:51 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 8:51 AM

GE Aviation, which has 2,600 employees in the Dayton area, has been selected for negotiations on developing engine technology for the U.S. Air Force.

The technology is not for a production engine, but is a demonstration program that has no announced fighter application yet, a GE Aviation spokesman said. The program will enable GE to address the Air Force’s propulsion needs for improved fuel burn for combat aircraft beyond 2020, the company said.

Development work for what’s called the “Adaptive Engine Technology Development program” will be conducted in the company’s headquarters in Evendale, Ohio. The program focuses on technology for future strike, bomber and tactical aircraft.

Once negotiations are complete and the contract is awarded, GE said it will share the costs of the program with the Air Force.

GE Aviation has 1,400 employees at three local sites — two in Vandalia as well as Unison Industries in Beavercreek — and 9,000 employees in Ohio overall. Counting a credit card operation in Kettering, GE has 2,600 local employees, the company has said.

The company is also building a $50 million, 120,000-square-foot Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) on the University of Dayton campus off River Park Drive.

Get your fresh Georgia peaches: Trendy food truck coming to Dayton

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:27 PM


A popular Nashville food truck that sells fresh peaches from Georgia is making its way to the Dayton region.

The Peach Truck takes the food truck idea and puts a healthy, Southern twist on it — offering fresh, juicy peaches from Georgia. The truck will visit parts of Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus this summer.

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The Peach Truck idea came about when founder Stephen Rose moved to Nashville in 2010 and discovered no one sold fresh, flavorful peaches like the kind he’d grown up eating in Georgia. Two years later, he and his wife Jessica made a trip back to Rose’s hometown farm and started selling peaches out of the back of a ‘64 Jeep truck.

A 25-pound box of Georgia Peaches is $40 and the truck’s pecans are $13 per pound. The truck prefers debit and credit cards.


• May 29/CINCINNATI: 5150 Glencrossing Way from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• May 29/HAMILTON: 1416 Main St. from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• May 30/CINCINNATI: 4289 Ivy Pointe Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

• May 30/CINCINNATI: 3986 E. Galbaith Road from noon to 2 p.m.

• May 30/FAIRFIELD: 74 Donald Dr. from noon to 2 p.m.

• May 30/MIDDLETOWN: 875 Greentree Road from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• May 30/MIAMISBURG: 1240 E. Central Ave. from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• May 31/KETTERING: 1950 E. Stroop Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• May 31/BEAVERCREEK: 3776 Indian Ripple Road from noon to 2 p.m.

• May 31/XENIA: 1900 Progress Drive from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 31/FAIRBORN: 122 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• June 1/HUBER HEIGHTS: 7611 Troy Pike from noon to 2 p.m.

• June 1/SPRINGFIELD: 1476 Upper Valley Pike from noon to 2 p.m.

• June 1/TROY: 845 W. Market St. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

See the full schedule here.

New pet supplies shop opens downtown

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Project Warmth is setting up shop at 133 E. Third St., offering handmade pet products. This is artwork from the business’ Facebook page. CONTRIBUTED.

A new pet supplies business is preparing to open at 133 E. Third St.

Project Warmth, to be found on the first floor of Oriel Studios, offers handmade pet beds, mats, leashes, collars, leash hangers, toys, bandanas, hammocks, harnesses, coats and more, the Downtown Dayton Partnership announced Tuesday.

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“Downtown Dayton holds a huge piece of my business’ heart,” owner Stephanie Ross said in a statement from the partnership. “Starting the business out, I lived in Dayton and was able to see firsthand how Dayton truly does inspire and supports small business owners.”

The opening is another phase of the “Pop-Up Project,” a Downtown Dayton Partnership effort to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces.

“For every pet bed or mat sold, one will be donated to a local animal shelter,” the partnership said.

The shop will host its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 3, with a ribbon cutting set for 10:30 a.m. Throughout the day, customers will have a chance to win pet-related raffle prizes.

Project Warmth will be open on various hours Tuesday through Saturday; see the shop’s Facebook page for more information.

The Pop-Up Project offers business owners shorter leases at below-market rates as a way for them to open their doors more easily. Since it was started, the project has launched 25 shops (17 of which stayed open past their initial pop-up phase), filled more than 21,000 square feet of previously vacant space and created 42 jobs, the partnership says.

Visit or e-mail for more information about the downtown business programs.

John Boehner among West Chester-Liberty chamber honorees

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

            Clockwise from top left: John Boehner, Jenell Ross and Jill Wilson.

The sixth annual Everest Award will feature a former Speaker of the House, the chief executive officer of a senior community and the president of an auto group.

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Organized by The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, the award honors leaders who have had a “significant, positive impact on business, the community and quality of life along the I-75 Growth Corridor,” according to the chamber.

This year’s honorees include:

  • John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jenell Ross, president of Bob Ross Auto Group

  • Jill Wilson, CEO and president of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices
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    Keynote speaker will be Mark David Jones, president of the consulting firm Small World Alliance. Jones leads a team of former Disney executives to help public and private sector organizations all over the world achieve.

    The event is slated for 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 at Cincinnati Marriott North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester Twp.

    For more information, or to make a reservation, visit

    Local jobless rates fall in April

    Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
    Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

            The U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent in April, the lowest rate since May 2007. Local jobless rates also fell last month across the Miami Valley. PHOTO/PROVIDED

    Regional jobless rates declined sharply last month as employment rose in most counties and major cities, based on numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

    In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.8 percent in March and 4.7 percent in the same month a year ago, according to the jobs report. Meanwhile, countywide employment grew by 1,100 to 240,300 over the same period.

    Neighboring Greene County posted an April unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, down from 4.1 percent in the previous month and 4 percent a year ago. At the same time, employment grew by 300 to 78,300.

    The City of Dayton saw unemployment drop to 5 percent from 5.7 percent in March and 5.6 percent in April 2016 as employment grew by 200 to 55,400.

    While employment was up and jobless rates were down, the labor force — or the number of people working or actively seeking jobs — shrank last month in many counties and cities for the first time this year.

    Montgomery County’s workforce fell by 400 to 250,800 in April. Greene County’s workforce contracted by 200 to 81,100, and the City of Dayton also saw 200 drop out of the labor force last month, shrinking the size of its labor pool to 58,300.

    Still, all 88 Ohio counties in Ohio saw a decline in unemployment last month, ranging from a low of 2.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.6 percent in Monroe County.

    However, city and county unemployment figures are not adjusted for seasonal hiring patterns and, therefore, do not coincide with the adjusted jobless rate for the state and U.S., which both showed only a slight decline last month.

    Ohio’s unemployment ticked down to 5 percent in April from 5.1 percent in March. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in a decade last month at 4.4 percent — the lowest level since May 2007 — but that was down just 0.1 percentage points from March.

    The U.S. added 211,000 non-farm jobs in April. By comparison, Ohio employers shed 5,700 jobs last month and have eliminated nearly 10,000 positions statewide in the past two months.