Honda to invest $200M, create 200 new jobs at two Ohio plants

Published: Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 8:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 8:27 AM

Honda announced Thursday morning that it will invest $200 million in its transmission plant in Russells Point and engine plant in Anna and create 200 new manufacturing jobs at the sites.

The automaker, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the U.S., said the move will raise its cumulative investment in the nation to $12.5 billion.

“For 30 years, Honda associates in our U.S. auto plants have challenged themselves and set high standards to create products that meet the needs of our customers here and in markets around the world,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and chief operating officer of North American Regional Operations, said in a statement. “We continue to invest in our associates, helping to keep our operations in America on the leading edge of quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

On Nov. 1, 1982 Honda became the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America (using domestic and globally sourced parts) when the first Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville, Ohio, auto plant.

Honda builds automobiles, engines and transmissions in North America at seven auto plants, three auto engine plants and two transmission plants, with the capacity to produce 1.63 million cars and trucks per year.

The company said today it employs more than 26,000 associates and operates nine major manufacturing plants and 15 R&D facilities in the U.S., including four auto plants with an annual capacity of 1.08 million Honda and Acura vehicles.

In the coming years, Honda operations in North America will take on new responsibilities for the mass production launch of global Honda models, the company said.

In addition to direct investments, Honda also works with approximately 500 U.S. OEM parts and materials suppliers, and purchased $14.4 billion in OEM parts and materials from U.S. suppliers in 2011. Honda has more than 600 parts suppliers in North America, with purchases expected to exceed $20 billion this year.

INSIDE LOOK: $1.7M home with indoor pool for sale in Washington Twp.

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

1658 W. Alex Bell Road
1658 W. Alex Bell Road

An Italian-inspired home on West Alex Bell Road is for sale for $1.7 million in Washington Twp.

The home, located at 1658 West Alex Bell Road, sites on more than seven acres of land — overlooking thickly wooded areas and Hole’s Creek. The architecture of the home features multiple arches, wide limestone columns, walls of windows and glass doors.

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The home offers 6,130 square feet of space with an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and a guest home with a private driveway. There are also 50 sconces around the home, including custom-made ones in the foyer. The kitchen also has a six-burner gas cooktop with double ovens under a counter and a custom-built wine rack. The side buffet counter offers a wet bar and upper display cabinets.

Arched windows and tall columns embellish the screened porches and verandas at the back of the home, which overlooks Hole’s Creek and a naturally wooded hillside.

Under a beamed ceiling, granite covers the kitchen counters, including the island. There is an arched pass-through to the formal dining room.

This Washington Twp. gated estate exudes elegance in architectural and interior styling. The single-level home blends with the wooded areas of its surrounding 7.56-acre setting. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY KATHY TYLER

Completed in 1998, the home offers about 6,130 square feet of living space all on one level. It includes an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court and an unrivaled view of the creek with the sounds of water flowing over its flat rocks.
Multiple arches, wide limestone columns, spacious rooms, walls of windows and glass doors are only a few of the distinctive interior design amenities.

Price: $1,695,000

Directions: West on Alex Bell Road, left before Chartwell Drive

Highlights:About 6,130 sq. ft., 3-plus bedrooms, 3 full baths, gated estate, 7.6 acres, indoor pool, Italianate architecture, 1998 ranch, study, addition in 2003, multi-purpose room, 7 fireplaces, patio, screened porches, veranda, custom-designed lighting, attached 3-car garage, updated ranch guest house with 4-car garage


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Ohio’s jobless rate grows

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:50 AM

A worker at the Columbiana Boiler Company in Columbiana, Ohio, July 20. Dustin Franz/The New York Times
A worker at the Columbiana Boiler Company in Columbiana, Ohio, July 20. Dustin Franz/The New York Times

Ohio’s unemployment rate edged up last month to 5.2 percent, up from 5 percent in June, as the number of unemployed people outpaced the number of people who won new jobs.

In its monthly report released Friday, the state said its non-agricultural wage and salary employment rose 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,536,500 in June to 5,538,100 in July.

But the number of workers unemployed in Ohio also went up in July, rising 9,000 from 291,000 in June.

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The number of unemployed has increased by 19,000 in the past year from 281,000. In the same period, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew by 47,500.

In July 2016, the jobless rate was 4.9 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in June and down from 4.9 percent in July 2016.

Cleveland economist George Zeller called the report “disappointing.” He said the state's employment growth rate still appears to be an ongoing recovery from the 2007-2008 recession, but the speed of the recovery is too slow to provide sufficient jobs for all those who have lost jobs since the year 2000.

“July 2017 was the 56th consecutive month when Ohio's job growth has been below the USA national average,” Zeller said in an email. “This highly alarming streak has now reached a highly alarming duration of 4 years and 8 additional months.”

 Sectors hit last month included construction — a loss of 1,700 jobs — and manufacturing, which saw a loss of 1,100 jobs.

What’s going on at The Greene? Pop-up shop program to bring in new retailers 

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:14 AM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A new puzzle shop has opened at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, and plenty of other unique stores could open soon at the retail development through a new pop-up shop program.

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. That’s next to Tilly’s and across from the Beech Parking Garage.

“Puzzles Plus is a family-owned retail store selling jigsaw puzzles, games, brain teasers, puzzle books, all-age toys, and children’s toys. We have the best selection of jigsaw puzzles in the Miami Valley and a unique variety of games and toys,” according to its website.

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Steve Willsaw, general manager of The Greene Town Center, said Puzzles Plus got their start through a new program the center is trying out. The Greene is introducing pop-up shops, where the town center is allowing small business to test their product sales on the weekends.

It worked for Puzzles Plus, and the business signed a longer lease.

“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.

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The pop-up shops will be housed in a space at 4420 Glengarry Road across from Sephora. The Greene is cleaning the space and planning for an early mid-September occupancy for the business. While the space won’t have any food or beverage tenants, The Greene is also working on a restaurant incubator program.


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Workplace incivility, aggression impacts more than half of US workers

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:33 AM


What’s causing so much unhappiness at work for more than half of American workers? Incivility in the workplace, according to a new study.

Nearly 55 percent of workers say they’ve faced “unpleasant or potentially hazardous” conditions at work, according to a new study by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study of more than 3,000 workers in the U.S. found that many workers feel they’ve faced sexual harassment, bullying and hostile environments in the workforce.

“I was surprised how taxing the workplace appears to be, both for less-educated and for more-educated workers,” said lead author Nicole Maestas, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct economist at RAND. “Work is taxing at the office and it’s taxing when it spills out of the workplace into people’s family lives.”