Enon-based Speedway looks to grow after spin-off squashed

Published: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 11:45 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 04, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

Executives at Speedway said the convenience store chain is poised for additional growth after its parent company turned down a proposal to spin off the retail chain earlier this year.
Executives at Speedway said the convenience store chain is poised for additional growth after its parent company turned down a proposal to spin off the retail chain earlier this year.

Enon-based Speedway — one of the largest convenience store chains in the U.S. — is poised for additional growth in the next few years after its parent company rejected a proposal to spin off the retailer earlier this fall.

In an exclusive interview with the Springfield News-Sun, the company’s CEO said the most immediate challenges facing the chain include a lack of available workers in a tight labor market and regulations, including taxes on sugary drinks that make some of Speedway’s best-selling products more expensive for customers.

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Speedway, with more than 2,700 stores, is the country’s second-largest company owned-and-operated convenience store chains. The board of directors of its parent company, Findlay-based Marathon, considered making Speedway a separate business earlier this year but voted to keep the chain.

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DHL jobs to be cut, but workers could land with new employer

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

A Boeing 767 painted in DHL livery within a hangar at Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services at the Wilmington Air Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
A Boeing 767 painted in DHL livery within a hangar at Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services at the Wilmington Air Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Freight giant DHL will permanently lay off 229 workers in Lima by March 12, the company has told Ohio government.

The layoffs will happen at the company’s 635 N. Cool Road location in Allen County, the company said in a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

But a DHL Supply Chain spokeswoman, Lynn Anderson, said the DHL work will move to another third-party logistics provider, who will interview affected employees. 

“We don’t expect there to be any net job loss,” Anderson said. 

That new provider has agreed to interview the current employees, she said. Anderson said she expects most of the current workers to be hired by that new provider. 

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Those affected include forklift mechanics and operators, supervisors, dispatch workers and many others, the company said in its letter to the state, dated Jan. 9.

DHL has a major packaging and sorting hub at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky. That 223-acre operation employs about 2,400 people, and DHL was expected to complete a $108 million investment there in 2017.

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When DHL closed a distribution hub in Wilmington in late 2008, more than 7,000 local jobs were cut.

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NCR celebrates second HQ move in less than 10 years

Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Campus rendering from NCR Corp.
Campus rendering from NCR Corp.

Less than a decade after moving its headquarters from Dayton to Duluth, Ga., NCR marked the opening of a new midtown Atlanta headquarters Monday.

NCR Corp. said its two-tower campus “will provide the space needed to prepare for future growth and create innovations that will help power the digitally-connected economy.”

The company’s new headquarters will be home to about 5,000 employees working in some 750,000 square feet of space. It features two office towers, with employees now starting to move into the first tower, and the second tower slated to open later this year, the company said.

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Construction of the first tower began in November 2015. In September 2016, NCR announced it would expand the campus and build a second tower.

NCR said it worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Invest Atlanta on development of the campus to create $450 million of public and private investment in Atlanta.

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“This campus symbolizes the power of reinvention,” Bill Nuti, NCR chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. “It celebrates the innovators, dreamers, and problem-solvers who walk through our doors every day and have the courage to build a better tomorrow. Our move to Midtown is part of our vision for transforming Atlanta into the Silicon Valley of the East.”

In early 2014, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first uncovered documents showing that NCR leaders were considering their second headquarters move in — at that time — half-a-decade.

The documents showed that NCR leaders considered asking Georgia Tech’s foundation to spend up to $30 million to buy land for a new corporate campus, the AJC reported in 2014. Asked for comment at the time, a spokesman for NCR said the company did not respond to “rumors.”

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The AJC reported in October 2016 that the consumer interactions technology company stood to receive incentives of about $45 million from state tax credits, local property tax incentives and a state grant for its latest headquarters move.

That’s on top of about $16 million in incentives offered to NCR by the city of Atlanta when NCR first announced plans to move to Atlanta from Gwinnett County in 2015, the AJC reported.

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NCR’s exit from Dayton cost the city about 1,250 jobs — with $2.5 million in city income tax revenue — and its last Fortune 500 company.

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DP&L lands $27.8 million Wright Patt power deal

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 12:00 AM


            In this 2013 Dayton Daily News file photo, electricians run conduit into a $20 million battery array that was under construction at Dayton Power & Light’s Tait generating station in Moraine. AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary to the parent company of DPL Inc. built the array of 800,000 D-size batteries to provide frequency regulation to power service in the region and beyond. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO
In this 2013 Dayton Daily News file photo, electricians run conduit into a $20 million battery array that was under construction at Dayton Power & Light’s Tait generating station in Moraine. AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary to the parent company of DPL Inc. built the array of 800,000 D-size batteries to provide frequency regulation to power service in the region and beyond. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF FILE PHOTO

Dayton Power & Light Co. has landed a $27.8 million contract with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the Department of Defense.

The amount covers the first year of a three-year agreement through 2020. Previously, DP&L was paid $83.9 million to provide electricity between 2015 through 2017, according to the utility. The base was given an 11 percent discount on DP&L rates for 36 months under the arrangement, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The latest agreement is an extension of an earlier deal reached in October 2014, according to PUCO.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, awarded the sole-source electricity contract.

Separately, DP&L and Wright-Patterson have a 50-year pact for the utility to own and maintain electrical equipment at the Miami Valley base. The pact began in 2011.

Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimate of more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel and has a more than $4 billion impact on the regional economy.

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Walmart using robots to stock shelves

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 12:10 PM


            Ashley VanHorn, a grocery department dry goods manager, stocks shelves at the Walmart in Fulton, N.Y. Walmart is now using robots to help stock shelves at 50 stores across the country. (Roger Kisby/The New York Times)
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Ashley VanHorn, a grocery department dry goods manager, stocks shelves at the Walmart in Fulton, N.Y. Walmart is now using robots to help stock shelves at 50 stores across the country. (Roger Kisby/The New York Times)(ROGER KISBY)

Walmart is now using robots to help stock shelves at 50 stores across the country.

The robots are helping scan and stock items in stores before the busiest shopping season of the year. The robots are about two-feet-tall and are outfitted with cameras that help them scan aisles and identify missing or mislabeled inventory across the stores. The robots also check for mispriced items, and give the information to employees who fix the issues.

The technology will be used in a test cycle at stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Walmart officials say the robots can scan and search for items more efficiently than humans can. “If you are running up and down the aisle and you want to decide if we are out of Cheerios or not, a human doesn’t do that job very well, and they don’t like it,” chief technology officer for Walmart U.S. and e-commerce, Jeremy King told Reuters.

“From our perspective, when you’re doing things like this you’re trying to improve your service to your customers and trying to make things simpler and easier for your associates at the same time,” John Crecelius, Walmart’s vice president of central operations, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Humans don’t have to be worried about their jobs anytime soon, Walmart officials said. The robots do not have arms, so they can’t pick any products up in the aisles, said Martin Hitch, chief business officer at Bossa Nova Robotics.

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