Fuyao makes ‘The Dirty Dozen’ list of national companies

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 4:51 PM


Fuyao Glass America was named to “The Dirty Dozen” employers list, which highlights U.S. companies that a safety organization say put workers at risk through unsafe practices.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases the list in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job. The council is a private, nonprofit organization comprised of labor unions, health and technical professionals and other groups interested in worker health and safety.

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Moraine-based Fuyao was fined $227,000 in penalities related to unsafe working conditions back in November, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company resolved the issues in March after working with OSHA.

A representative of Fuyao said the company agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties, and the amount of proposed serious violations was reduced from 28 proposed serious violations to 10 serious violations.

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Fuyao said it has worked with the agency to ensure the Moraine plant is up to code. The company said it has invested more than $7 million in safety measures within the last several months.

Workers at the plant will host a town hall meeting on Sunday with elected officials, urging Fuyao leadership to “support employees’ rights to a fair union election and a safe workplace,” a statement said. The public meeting goes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at UAW Local 696 in Moraine.

Other companies named on “The Dirty Dozen” list include: Atlantic Drain Services, California Cartage, Dedicated TCS, Dollar General, Environmental Enterprises, Inc., Nissan USA, Pilgrim’s Pride, PrimeFlight, TransAm Trucking, Samsung and Valley Garlic.


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Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:26 PM


1. Closing date set for local Gander Mountain store

The company announced in early June that the store, located at 8001 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, would close permanently. The sporting goods and outdoor retailer filed for bankruptcy in March, and was acquired by Camping World Holdings Inc. in April. READ MORE


New chapter in Afghanistan could boost air power, WPAFB

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

            Flight nursing student Capt. Shauntel Haas, left, listens to flight nurse instructor Capt. Allen Potter as they train in the back of a C-130 Hercules at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in early 2017. Military personnel at the base received aeromedical evacuation training with hands-on simulation techniques. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Flight nursing student Capt. Shauntel Haas, left, listens to flight nurse instructor Capt. Allen Potter as they train in the back of a C-130 Hercules at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in early 2017. Military personnel at the base received aeromedical evacuation training with hands-on simulation techniques. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

President Donald Trump is set to visit Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. tonight for an announcement on his military plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.

What could this mean for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

Defense Secretary James Mattis indicated over the weekend that the president had made a decision regarding how to go forward in the nearly 16-year-old war, but he said Trump will decide when and where to make his announcement.

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“He wants to be the one to announce it to the American people,” Mattis said. “He now needs the weekend to collect his thoughts on how he’s going to explain it to the American people.”

Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Arlington, Va.-based Lexington Institute — someone who is familiar with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — said a greater reliance on air power in that theater may strengthen the base.

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Wright-Patterson is where the Air Force’s logistics efforts, and much of its research work, is anchored. The base is also Ohio’s largest single-site employer, with about 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel with a direct payroll of $2.2 billion and an estimated $4.3 billion total regional economic impact.

“Wright-Patt is the nerve center for all Air Force weapons purchases,” Thompson said. “That means it will preside over the buying of munitions, such as smart bombs, for the fight.”

He does not expect Trump’s announcement to necessarily entail a “big boost” for Air Force requirements. But he added: “Clearly, air power is one advantage we have that few other countries — really, no other countries — can match. So it’s the logical foot to lead with, if you aren’t going to leave (Afghanistan).

He compared the war in Afghanistan to the one in Vietnam, when Americans saw that the war would go on for a “long time,” and they wanted locals to do the fighting.

“Trump probably will try to avoid suffering a military defeat, which is what would happen if the U.S. pulled out entirely,” Thompson said.

But he believes the president also wants to remove as many troops out of the line of fire as possible. “So that points to air power as the most obvious option.”

Added Thompson: “I think Trump knows that victory is not likely.”

The Afghan government suffers from widespread corruption, he said. “For that reason, that Taliban retains a lot of support among the people.”

From the start, Wright-Patterson has supported the war in Afghanistan in multiple ways, supporting the Air Force inventory there, mobilizing airmen from the 445th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit, and other actions.

A message seeking comment was sent to a base spokesman.

As of last October, there have been nearly 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan.

5 new restaurants and retailers coming to The Greene

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

            JaeLuxe Boutique is a new shoe store opening at The Greene. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
JaeLuxe Boutique is a new shoe store opening at The Greene. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

1. A new puzzle store has opened — and they have games for all ages.

Puzzle Plus, a family-owned puzzle store, sells jigsaws, brain teasers, puzzle books and games. The store carries games and puzzles for all ages and skill levels. The puzzle store opened in 1995 in Beavercreek, but just moved to a new location at The Greene at 4465 Glengarry Drive. READ MORE

2. The Greene is trying a new pop-up shop concept, which means plenty of new stores are coming.

“The gist of the program is that someone will be able to utilize a finished out space that is already fully fixtured for a week at a time. I think that the thing that is really appealing about this is that the businesses will only be required to pay us a small fee for each day they are actually open for business not all the days of occupancy. This has been very appealing so far. There are no other fees involved to operate in the space,” Willshaw told this news organization in an email. READ MORE

3. A new restaurant is filling a vacant space.

A sign has been posted in a vacant restaurant space at The Greene: “Everyone loves a surprise! New tenant coming soon.” The space was formerly occupied by Crazy Mango, which shut down in July 2015. The space has been vacant ever since.

4. A candy shop is opening — and it has a ton of cotton candy flavors.

La Puf Sweets caters candy buffets, cotton candy bars, s’mores bars and popcorn stations for parties. The business has been offering catering services in the Miami Valley since 2016, and recently made the decision to move to The Greene. READ MORE

5. A new shoe store is set to open at The Greene.

JaeLuxe Shoetique has started renovating its 1,500-square-feet retail space on Magnolia Lane next to the Pandora store. Owner April Polk said there is no definite opening date. READ MORE


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Charter to have a hiring event Tuesday

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 11:21 AM


Charter Communications, Inc. is hiring 35 customer service representatives and 10 field technicians for open positions in Kettering.

If you’re interested, a hiring event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., then 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday at 1505 E. David Road.

Customer service representatives provide basic customer support related to Charter services, including handling billing inquiries and payments. Field technicians perform installs, disconnects, downgrades, upgrades and reconnects for residential customers.

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Job applicants should bring updated copies of their resume and dress in business appropriate attire.

Applicants must apply online and complete an assessment prior to the event at https://jobs.spectrum.com/, using requisition No. 201224BR for customer service positions and 198122BR for field technicians.