Elder-Beerman launches new shop to benefit breast cancer research

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:37 AM


            Elder-Beerman on Dorothy Lane
Elder-Beerman on Dorothy Lane

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Elder-Beerman, has launched its “Pink Shops” in stores across the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

The company, which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, will launch Pinks Shops throughout the month of October at select stores. Customers can show their support for breast cancer awareness by purchasing from a selection of more than 25 items in the Pink Shops.

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Items are available at all stores or online at www.bonton.com/pinkshop through October 31. Merchandise items include apparel, accessories, and cosmetics. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to the various breast cancer charities.

Specific stores will also host its annual “Cut for a Cure” event at store salons on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the event, customers can get mini facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, haircuts, highlights and more — and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to local cancer centers to support breast cancer research.

Two local stores are participating:

— Elder-Beerman, Dayton Mall

— Elder-Beerman, Northpark Center in Huber Heights

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Massive new local greenhouse to deliver produce to Dayton groceries

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

A photo of a Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum in a greenhouse at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A photo of a Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum in a greenhouse at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Construction on a massive greenhouse that will grow produce for delivery to area groceries is starting this week.

BrightFarms, Inc. is breaking ground in Wilmington this week for construction of its first greenhouse farm in Ohio, the company said Wednesday.

The 120,000-square-foot farm will provide locally grown salad greens and herbs to supermarkets in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metro areas.

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With greenhouse farms outside of Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, the Wilmington farm will be the fourth greenhouse for the company.

“We have seen demand for our salad greens climb sharply as the market for local has grown,” Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms chief executive, said in the company’s announcement. “The salad greens on shelf in supermarkets are grown on the West Coast and typically spend up to a week in transit to the Midwest. Growing inside of a greenhouse allows us to supply Ohio supermarkets with local produce on a year-round basis.”

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“The company is proud to note that its Wilmington facility will be creating 30 permanent ‘green-collar’ jobs for local residents, each paying a living wage and offering health benefits,” Bright Farms said.

Salad greens will include spring mix, spinach, baby kale, romaine and arugula.

All of the company’s salad greens are pesticide free and are certified non-genetically modified, it said.

New York-based Bright Farms describes itself as a company that finances, builds and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors.

Amazon plans new warehouse near airport

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:43 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:01 PM


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Amazon is continuing to expand its footprint in the region with plans for an additional location near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The e-commerce giant, which has been rapidly expanding its footprint around Ohio and across the country, confirmed today it leased a 264,000-square-foot building building in Hebron at the LogistiCenter industrial park,

“The facility will be used to support our customer fulfillment operations in the area,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.

Amazon signed a lease on Sept. 17 for the 264,000-square-foot building in Hebron at the LogistiCenter industrial park, according to a new Colliers International real estate research report.

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Loren DeFilippo, Ohio director of research with Colliers, said Amazon has been expanding through new giant 1-million-square-foot fulfillment centers but also with a host of smaller types of buildings like the new Hebron lease as it fills out its network and gets closer to consumers front doors.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a small deal for them, but it’s a different function,” DeFilippo said.

Amazon is also shopping around the country for hundreds of much smaller spaces to lease — maybe 10,000 square feet — and has been looking at options around the Cincinnati area for these smaller spaces, he said.

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DeFilippo said Amazon is trying to control the “last mile,” the industry phrase for the last leg of delivery. As e-commerce companies like Amazon grow, they have been racing to control the entire delivery process in order to be faster, more reliable, and more efficient. This means a large network of small locations to speed the delivery process to people’s homes.

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The apparent new lease in Hebron is in addition to the more than $1 billion Prime Air hub Amazon is working on by the Cincinnati airport.

Amazon is also planning a giant fulfillment center in Monroe. With the aid of hefty tax credits, the company plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs at a 1-million-square-foot warehouse in the Warren County portion of Monroe.

Area firms hiring customer service reps at upcoming job fair

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:40 AM


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Some of the region’s largest employers are hiring at an upcoming job fair in Dayton.

CareSource, based in Dayton; Assurant, with a Springfield location; Spectrum, which has a Kettering center; Synchrony Financial, also with a Kettering location; and Teleperformance, with a Fairborn call center, are among firms hiring for customer service positions at the event.

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The hiring event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Life Enrichment Center, 425 N. Findlay St., Dayton.

Questions? Call 1-844-543-7378.

Fuyao labor relations board hearing set for possible UAW vote

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Nearly all seats in the United Auto Workers 696 union hall were filled for a UAW rally in April. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Nearly all seats in the United Auto Workers 696 union hall were filled for a UAW rally in April. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The National Labor Relations Board’s Cincinnati office is starting the process of looking at whether to schedule a vote for about 1,500 Fuyao Glass America workers on whether to join the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The union isn’t saying how many signatures of Fuyao workers petitioning for a union representation election have been sent to the NLRB.

Matthew Denholm, assistant director for the NLRB Cincinnati office, said Tuesday morning no election is scheduled yet.

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But he said “union cards” from the UAW have been received, and the NLRB now must review them to make sure they’re “current” and that cards are signed.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at the NLRB Cincinnati office, at the 550 Main St. federal building.

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But if the union and the company reach agreement on crucial details, that hearing may be cancelled, Denholm cautioned..

Denholm said that before hearings, unions and companies sometimes reach “a stipulated election agreement.” He did not know if that will happen in the case of Fuyao. But he said the sides will try to come to an agreement on the time and place of an election and who exactly will be represented in a new bargaining unit, among other details.

Denholm added that the NLRB assumes that the signatures it has received from the UAW are from workers at the plant. But he said that if Fuyao leaders want the office to check them, the company can make a payroll list available.

UAW leaders said Tuesday they are confident an NLRB-sanctioned election will happen.

“We have workers in that plant who truly need our help,” said Rich Rankin, director of the UAW region that includes the plant in Moraine.

Fuyao leaders, however, say they want to maintain a direct relationship with workers.

“Fuyao believes that maintaining this direct relationship is in the best interest of our associates, customers, business partners, the state of Ohio, and the Dayton community in which we operate,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.

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About 1,500 hourly workers are at the Fuyao auto glass plant in Moraine. And “they’re not being paid a living wage right now,” Rankin said in a phone call from Detroit Tuesday.

No one in a UAW conference call would discuss how many worker signatures have been submitted to the NLRB. Federal law requires a 30-percent threshold — signatures from 30 percent of a workplace’s eligible workforce — to schedule a representation election, and Rankin said “it’s safe to assume” the UAW’s number of signatures exceeds that.

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“It is our policy not to discuss the total number of signatures as they come in,” said UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg. “But this committee feels strong enough that they filed.”

Theodore Searcy, a Fuyao worker for about 18 months, said workers at the plant off Stroop Road are “really looking forward to a time to vote.”

“This has been going on for too long,” he said.

He said employees who have to take time off from work to care for sick children or family emergencies are punished.

“They’re firing too many good workers with no excuse,” Searcy said. “Their point system is terrible, especially if anybody has any kids. It seems like Fuyao has not set us up to win, but more or less set us up to fail.”

“In the workplace, that should never be an issue,” he added. “Family should be first.”

In response, Fuyao’s general counsel said he’s not aware of any employer who doesn’t require regular prompt attendance at work.

“I’ll stack our attendance policy against any manufacturer in town,” said Fuyao’s Micah Siegel. “It’s strict perhaps, (but) I think it’s administered fairly.”

“This is a plant that … has come to Ohio with great public investment,” Rothenberg said. “There has been a lot said how about the workers have been adjusting. There has been a lot of turnover at the plant. There have been a lot of safety issues at the plant.”

He faulted “constantly changing roles and policies at the plant,” among other problems.

The company says its approach is only starting to bear fruit.

“We became profitable only months ago,” said Tim Reynolds, Fuyao’s vice president, OEM operations. “This achievement has not been because of a third party like the UAW. It has been the result of teamwork — our folks coming together, learning how to design, make, and ship good glass and driving improvements in safety and efficiency.”