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Large Dayton construction firm makes leadership changes

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

Andy Goetz is now Shook’s executive vice president in the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED
Andy Goetz is now Shook’s executive vice president in the Miami Valley. CONTRIBUTED

One of the largest construction firms in the Dayton region has named new members to its leadership team.

The company, soon to be based in Moraine, reports it has an annual revenue of more than $200 million and has led large projects in the region like at Miami Valley Hospital and school districts around the state.

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On Tuesday, Shook named the following changes to its leadership:

• Matt Huelsman is named vice president of education. Huelsman has 13 years of experience including managing the construction of the new Kleptz Early Learning Center and new high school at Northmont City Schools, along with currently building the new PK-12 facility for Northridge Local Schools.

• Chris Freitag is named vice president of health care. Chris has 18 years of experience including leading the construction of the new Atrium Medical Center, the southeast tower addition at Miami Valley Hospital, and the new bed tower addition at Miami Valley Hospital South.

• Tim Knueve is the new vice president of industrial. Knueve has 20 years of experience with Shook including leading construction projects for Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Reiter Dairy.

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• Mike Schmidlin is vice president of mission critical business. Schmidlin has 40 years of experience at Shook and including leading projects for Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, Macy’s and Bridgestone.

• Andy Goetz is now executive vice president in the Miami Valley. Both of these roles will support the company’s education, healthcare, industrial and mission critical (data center) business segment leaders in completing work under contract and growing market share within their respective regions.

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Good Samaritan Hospital closing by end of 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018.

Premier Health announced today that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.”

“Premier Health made this difficult but necessary decision partly in response to the changing national and local dynamics of health care,” company officials said.

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Here’s what we know about the closure now:

1. WHY IS THE HOSPITAL SHUTTING DOWN?  Premier said it was unsustainable to operate two hospitals within five miles of each other. “The impact of national changes in the health care industry, compounded by the changing face of Dayton over the past decade, made clear that Premier Health had to make significant changes to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward,” Premier officials said on Wednesday morning.

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2. WILL OTHER PREMIER HOSPITALS CLOSE? No. Other Premier hospital will not be impacted. “Premier Health’s strategic plan encompasses the entire organization and calls for continued investment in higher acuity services and critical programs at Atrium Medical Center. It also remains committed to ensuring Upper Valley Medical Center remains the leading ambulatory and surgically focused community hospital in its region,” the company explained in a statement.

3. HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE IMPACTED? Approximately 2,100 to 2,200 jobs will be impacted. More than 2,000 employees worked for Good Samaritan Hospital in 2016, according to data obtained by this news organization. It is not immediately clear how many jobs will be cut in the process of the hospital’s closure, but Premier officials said they were committed to finding jobs for Good Samaritan employees in other Premier facilities.

Premier Health employs around 14,000 in the Dayton region.

4. WILL THE PROPERTY BE REDEVELOPED?

The firm tasked with fostering a redevelopment plan for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds will also be in charge of planning what the hospital’s campus could become.

The firm planning NEXT, a Columbus-based company, will be involved in potential redevelopment.

The goal will be to get the site “shovel ready” for potential redevelopment, Premier’s CEO said during a press conference. No date for any demolition has been set since the hospital will still be in operation until the end of the year.

Premier will also be working with CityWide Development Corporation to help repurpose the site.

Over the next few months, community input for redevelopment of the property will be sought, according to Premier. Updates on the plans for the property will be available online.

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DHL jobs to be cut, but employees 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. 

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

That new provider has agreed to interview the current employers, 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.

Bankruptcy next? Bon-Ton Stores Inc. enters into forbearance agreement

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Shopping begins at Elder Beerman

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, has entered into forbearance agreements with its credit lenders.

The retailer announced late Tuesday that the company has entered into forbearance agreements with its ABL credit agreement lenders and an ad hoc group of holders. The Forbearance Agreements will expire on Jan. 26, unless further extended by the parties. The forbearance period under the ABL forbearance agreement will be automatically extended to Feb. 4.

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“The company is engaged in ongoing discussions with its debt holders in an effort to strengthen its capital structure to support the business,” Bon-Ton officials said in a statement. Bon-Ton Stores’ senior creditors are attempting to get the department store chain to file for bankruptcy, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Last month the retailer missed a $14 million interest payment due on Dec. 15, starting a 30-day grace period that ends next week. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states.

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Kroger to roll out digital aisle displays that connect to smartphones

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:13 AM

What you need to know.

Kroger is changing how customers will shop in stores with new digital aisle displays that connect and interact with smartphones.

The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is rolling out new technology called Kroger Edge in nearly 200 stores in 2018. The technology will be installed on store shelves where paper price tags currently hang, Kroger told Business Insider. The new aisle displays project pricing, nutritional information, video ads and coupons. The company is also working on creating an app that will enable customers to communicate with the Edge system with their smartphones.

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The Kroger Co. is collaborating with Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. to enhance its in-store infrastructure with the wifi platform powered by Edgewater’s WiFi3 technology. The next generation wireless platform will give Kroger customers “top wifi performance on their personal smart devices to enhance their shopping experiences,” the company said.

“We are focused on in-house innovation and partnering with global industry leaders like Edgewater Wireless to build the best technology infrastructure that will help us to deliver next generation shopping experiences to our customers and associates,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer.

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