Magazine: Dayton No. 1 in business recruitment, expansion

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 3:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 4:24 PM

Site Selection magazine and website is preparing to rank the Dayton area at No. 1 on its list of metro areas drawing new business facilities and enabling business expansions among metropolitan areas with populations of 200,000 to one million people.

The annual ranking is based on research by the staff of the magazine and website, said Mark Arend, Site Selection’s editor in chief.

The ranking can be seen as good publicity for the area and the state.

“It’s great to see Dayton getting national recognition for its job creation efforts,” Connie Wehrkamp, a spokeswoman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said Thursday. “It’s a reflection of Ohio’s success statewide to get back on track. We’ve got more work to do, but we’re all making progress.”

“It has to do with the number of qualified projects in the area,” Arend said.

The ranking will be published on Site Selection’s website today and a press release announcement is set to be released Monday, Arend said.

In Site Selection’s March 2012 issue, Dayton was tied at No. 2 on that year’s list for metro areas of 200,000-1 million, second to Baton Rouge, La. and tied with Tulsa, Okla.

Among large metropolitan areas, greater Houston was ranked No. 1 last year.

Site Selection has lauded Ohio in the past, ranking the state No. 4 on its list of the “top 10 business climates” in 2009, an improvement of three spots from the previous year.

Site Selection is a publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council that it is published six times a year and distributed to “over 44,000 executives responsible for site selection and facility planning decisions around the world.”

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Local startup grows in cyber security industry

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:00 AM


            Local startup grows in cyber security industry

A local company is making a name for itself in the cyber security world, an industry worth more than $120 billion and counting.

Miamisburg-based Secure Cyber Defense is a young startup, just recently marking two years in business. Shawn Waldman, president and CEO, told this newspaper that its growth was almost immediate. The company provides secure IT consulting, vulnerability scanning, network services, among other security services.

“We eat, live and breathe this stuff,” he said. “There’s such a big need for this. There’s so many opportunities for us. It’s unending.”

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Waldman, who is a Miami Valley native, said Secure Cyber Defense now has clients in several states including Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Nebraska and Kentucky. Companies seeking input on cyber security come from nearly all industries — ranging from manufacturers and financial advisers to insurance firms and government entities.

Bill Kelly, the chief operating officer for Secure Cyber Defense, said the company continues to expand its national footprint. It currently has four employees.

“Our projections for this year are 20-percent growth,” he told this newspaper. “However as the need for cyber security continues to grow, this could be much greater. We will hire another full time person later this year, with a second as a possibility based on growth.”

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Global cyber security spending will exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2010, according to marketing firm Cybersecurity Ventures. That’s an increase from just $3.5 billion in in 2004. What’s driving the explosion of spending? Experts say the feat of cyber crime is fueling exceptional market growth.

Cyber security is becoming ever important as more companies and government entities are subjected to hacking and cyber security threats. Just in recent months, both Arby’s and Noodles & Company told customers that they were investigating major data breaches.

Cyber crime damages will cost organizations, governments and businesses across the world about $1 trillion annually by 2021, according to the Cybersecurity Ventures marketing firm.

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For Arby’s, the breach could impact more than 350,000 credit cards that were used at the chain restaurant’s locations. And, customers in several states across the country were impacted by the Noodles & Company breach, including people who visited seven local restaurants.

Major corporations are also investing significant amounts to increased cyber defense. Microsoft Corp. announced it will continue to invest more than $1 billion annually on cyber security development, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Company and Bank of America have also stated they are spending more to guard against tech crime.

Waldman said fighting cyber crime can be different for every organization. Secure Cyber Security starts by running risk assessments, and evaluates where an institution needs to start with amping up their protection mechanisms.

“It’s a layered approach,” he said. “There’s not one silver bullet.”

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Personal items of Heimlich maneuver inventor for sale in Blue Ash

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Personal items of Heimlich maneuver inventor for sale in Blue Ash

The personal collection of Dr. Henry Heimlich, the famed inventor of a maneuver to help chocking victims, is up for auction online.

Everything But the House is conducting the auction, based out of Blue Ash. Approximately 85 items are for sale, and the auction ends on Sunday at 5:45 p.m. Several items for sale were gifts or acquired by Heimlich during his time abroad.

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Items for sale include a collection of Chinese Soapstone Seals, a Chinese Dragon Court Robe and even Chinese currency from the World War II era. Several pieces of furniture and other home decor items are also for sale. Current bids for some items are more than $1,800.

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“My understanding is that they were tokens of appreciation given by people whom he had medically treated,” his daughter Janet Heimlich told Everything But the House. “When I think about my father The Humanitarian, I don’t only think about his medical innovations, I also think about how he felt personally connected to so many individuals who owed their lives to his work.”

Heimlich died in mid-December after complications from a massive heart attack at 96 years old.

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JOB LOSS: Huber Heights manufacturer to shut down Ohio facility

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:39 AM


            JOB LOSS: Huber Heights manufacturer to shut down Ohio facility

A Huber Heights-based company will permanently close one of its facilities in the Cleveland area, resulting in the termination of 28 employees.

Enginetics Corp., owned by Standex International Corporation and based at 770 New Carlisle Pike in Huber Heights, sent a warning notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services regarding the location closure. The company facility at 34000 Melinz Parkway in Eastlake will close by July 7, according to the letter.

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The company said the closure is due to the “strategic consolidation of our manufacturing footprint.”

Approximately 28 employees will lose their jobs between April 23 and the closing date of the facility. All impacted employees have been provided, or will be soon, with notice of their termination. There are no unions represented at Enginetics.

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Enginetics manufactures and supplies metal-formed components for the aerospace industry, among other products. The company was acquired by Standex International Corp. back in 2014. Manufacturing supported about 18.5 million jobs in the U.S. in 2015, and accounted for 12 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.

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5 things to know about J.C. Penney store closures

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

5 things to know about J.C. Penney store closures

J.C. Penney announced on Friday that it will close up to 140 stores in the coming months, but hasn’t identified specific locations that will be impacted.

Here are five things to know about the store closures and the local impact:

1. The retail chain has a presence in the Dayton region with seven stores, including one at the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp., one at Fairfield Commons in Dayton and one at the Miami Valley Mall in Piqua, according to J.C. Penny’s website. The company also has stores at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center in Fairfield Twp., Governors Plaza in Cincinnati, Eastgate Mall in Cincinnati and Stone Creek Town Center in Colerain Twp.

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2. A list of the stores to be closed will be released in March, according to a company statement. J.C. Penney will first alert employees about the closures. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017. Two distribution facilities will also shut down.

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3. About 6,000 employees are eligible for a voluntary early retirement program, the company also announced.

4. In January 2015, J.C. Penney announced it would close a store at the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield and another location in Greenville.

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5. The announcement comes as several other retailers decide to close brick-and-mortar locations across the U.S. Retailers that are downsizing include: Macy’s, Sears, Kmart and Ann Taylor.

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