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GE, CFM report billions in new orders

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

Engineers work on a LEAP commercial jet test engine at GE Aviation in Evendale in December 2014. The engine, made by CFM, a joint venture between GE and French manufacturer Snecma, will be more fuel efficient and contain advanced materials. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

GE Aviation and CFM International — companies with a strong Southwestern Ohio presence — are reporting plenty of new orders from the Paris Air Show, which began today.

GE Capital Aviation Services, the aviation leasing and financing arm of GE, on Monday announced a firm order for 200 CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power new Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

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West Chester Twp.-based CFM values the agreement at more than $2.9 billion.

The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. This engine has experienced what GE calls “the fastest order ramp-up in commercial aviation history,” with CFM receiving orders for more than 12,500 LEAP engines through May 2017.

Also Monday, CDB Aviation Lease Finance, a subsidiary of CDB Leasing, announced an order for LEAP-1B engines to power 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and four Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft.

That order is valued at more than $1.3 billion. Delivery of the engines will begin in 2021.

Also announced from France on Monday: China Eastern selected GE’s GEnx-1B engine to power its 15 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The engine order is valued at more than $850 million. Delivery of these aircraft will begin in 2018, GE said.

The aircraft order was announced last year.

Saj Ahmad, chief analyst for StrategicAeroResearch.com, said GE and CFM are off to a strong start. 

“GE and CFM have led the aero-engine industry for many years and it’s no surprise that GE leads on the 787, has a monopoly on 777X, while CFM enjoys 100 percent of 737 MAX orders while also leading the orders on the rival A320neo family,” he said in an email. 

 The General Electric Co. is Ohio’s largest manufacturing employer, with more than 15,000 employees. In Southwest Ohio, where its aviation unit is headquartered, GE anchors an aerospace parts manufacturing industry that employs thousands.

Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 9:31 AM


Giordano’s, a Chicago-based pizzeria, opened a location in Columbus near Polaris Fashion Place mall.

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The restaurant, located at 2137 Polaris Parkway, marks the business’ first location in Ohio.

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Opened in Chicago in 1974, the pizzeria has become an acclaimed establishment. Giordano’s has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, New York Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and many others.

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The restaurant is most known for their handcrafted stuffed deep dish pizza. Created in Torino, Italy, the recipe has evolved over 200 years, according to Giordano’s.

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Giordano’s has more than 50 locations throughout the Midwest, as well as Florida, Nevada, and Arizona.

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For more information about Giordano’s and their menu, visit here.

Dayton Air Show has Plan B if grassy lots turn muddy for motorists

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

            The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds appear to be under an awning on Wednesday in beforer the Vectren Dayton Air Show this coming weekend. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
            Ty Greenlees

Two years ago, monsoon-like heavy rains pummeled the first day of the Vectren Dayton Air Show causing many vehicles to become mired in muddy, grassy parking spots near Dayton International Airport.

Air show organizers say they want to avoid a repeat of that outcome and have a plan B — just in case rains Friday turn the lots muddy again. The remnants of Tropial Storm Cindy were passing through the Miami Valley today.

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Bright yellow signs would direct motorists to alternative paved lots and spectators would be transported by bus to the airport grounds, said Roger Doctor, an air show spokesman.

“There will be a lot of traffic direction signage,” he said Friday.

Busing air show attendees may take longer than usual, but he said the plan will get everyone inside the gate. “The thing that I really want to emphasize to everybody is that there will be busing for everybody,” he said.

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Air show organizers expect to make a decision later today on whether the alternative lots will be needed.

The latest forecast conditions call for partly cloudy conditions and temperatures in the 70s for the weekend.

The Air Force Thunderbirds headline the show Saturday and Sunday.

JOB ALERT: Kroger to hire for 800 open positions at all locations

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger is hiring for 800 open positions at all Kroger locations.

The grocery retailer is looking for new employees during a hiring event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Kroger stores. Positions are open in the following departments: deli, bakery, meat and seafood, Starbucks, grocery and ClickList.

Interested applicants should apply online prior to attending the fair at jobs.kroger.com or apply at the hiring event. Kroger offers benefits, flexible hours and advancement opportunities, the company said.

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Kroger just opened its newest location in the area early this month at the Cornerstone of Centerville development, where approximately 250 people were hired. It is also opening a new marketplace location in Fairborn by the end of August.

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Kroger has already invested upwards of $53 million in its regional presence just in recent years. It has 44 supermarkets, 12 locations with ClickList services and another 10 locations with Starbucks services. The popular grocer already employs more than 8,100 associates in the Dayton region.

In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

For the first time at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show, the award-winning GEICO Skytypers flight squadron will fly through the Miami Valley in a tight formation.

The squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft will perform on Saturday and Sunday — showing off daring, precision maneuvers in the high skies of Dayton. On Thursday, I climbed into the backseat of wing pilot Chris Thomas’ iconic aircraft, which was used as a war training plane more than 70 years ago.

The award-winning Skytypers perform at airshows across the U.S. in vintage SNJ-2 aircraft. In the 1940s, the planes were designed as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. With every demonstration, the pilots try to honor the military men who flew them so many years ago.

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“Most of our team members earned their wings in the military and we always pay tribute to the brave combat pilots who originally trained in our aircraft as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces,” said GEICO Skytypers Commanding Officer Larry Arken.

When I arrived at the Dayton International Airport, the pilots of these blue, white and red vintage planes greeted me with firm handshakes and smiles as they waited for the Federal Aviation Administration officers to clear the planes for flight.

I suited up in a fitted, khaki flight suit, a flotation device and a freshly painted blue helmet. The six planes, marked with numbers near the propellers, sat in a perfect line near the runway. After throwing on a parachute, I climbed onto the wing of the plane, and threw one leg into the cockpit — and then slid down into the cramped seat.

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The aircraft’s unique design elements include: a larger round rudder and a free-castering tail wheel. Each plane weighs 5,500 pounds and utilizes a 600hp Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN-1, 9 cylinder radial engine.

In just minutes, Thomas maneuvered the aircraft onto the runway, and each plane took off within seconds of each other. With an open cockpit, the wind whipped in our faces — making it more difficult to communicate through our headsets during parts of the flight.

On all sides of the plane, identical vintage aircraft flew just feet away from us — cruising above and below in a methodical formation practiced many times by the squadron.With blue skies, the team cruised from the airport in Vandalia to downtown Dayton. From the back of this aircraft, the movement seemed effortless — one well-practiced dance by the pilots.

As the six planes weaved in and out of each other, the downtown Dayton skyline stood out in vivid view, with the Great Miami River snaking in and out of buildings. The Montgomery County Fairgrounds and the University of Dayton popped out in contrast of rows of tiny houses.

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Toward the end of the flight, the squadron showed some of the smoke-capability of the aircraft. The planes are retrofitted to type giant messages in the sky. Flying wingtip-to-wingtip in a line-abreast formation, the lead plane sends computer signals to each of four other aircraft, synchronizing smoke releases to generate 1,000-foot-tall messages.

“People on the ground can see our messages from 15 miles away,” said Steve Kapur, the GEICO Skytypers marketing officer. “The messages appear in dot-matrix style, but on a monumental scale and 17 times faster than traditional skywriting.”

And, each letter is higher than the Empire State Building and can be formed in three to four seconds. Before landing, each plane swung up and out to get out of formation — a little taste of the quick maneuvers they’ll pull for the airshow crowds this week.

The gates for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with performances beginning at 11:30 am.