Manufacturing wins help push Ohio jobless rate down

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Gains in manufacturing jobs helped push Ohio’s unemployment rate down a tick last month, to 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent the month before.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary jobs increased by 2,500 over the month, from a revised 5,539,700 in November to 5,542,200 in December 2017, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday.

Some of the biggest gains were in goods-producing industries, at 919,500 people employed, growing 1,200 over the month as gains in manufacturing (3,500 new jobs) outweighed losses in construction (1,700 fewer jobs) and mining and logging (-600), the state said.

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio fell in December to 270,000, down 9,000 from November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 14,000 in the past year from 284,000.

The December unemployment rate for Ohio also fell from 5 percent in December 2016.

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But the state’s jobless rate is still higher than the national number. The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 4.1 percent, unchanged from November, and down from 4.7 percent in December last year.

Ohio’s private service-providing sector, at 3,855,800, gained 600 jobs, the state said.

Employment gains were also seen in leisure and hospitality (2,200 added jobs), financial activities (+1,600), and educational and health services (+800 jobs).

Meanwhile, there were losses in professional and business services (-3,500) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-500).

Information and other services had no change over the month. Government employment, at 766,900, increased 700. Gains in state government (+1,900) outweighed losses in local (-1,100) and federal (-100) government.

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Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 2:51 PM

The maker of the Les Paul, Firebird, Flying V and dozens of famous electric and acoustic guitars is facing an uncertain future according to reports from the Nashville Post, and several music and financial publications.

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy.

According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and another $145 million in bank loans become due if they aren’t refinanced by July. The departure of Lawrence was seen as abrupt and a statement about the desperate situation Gibson is in currently.

The company, which generates $1 billion a year in revenues, recently moved out of its Nashville warehouse, where it had operated since the mid 1980s. 

The company owner since then, Henry Juskiewicz, is trying to re-order the company according to the Post but is facing a battle with creditors over bad business decisions. The company recently sold Baldwin piano, and is hoping to see a boost in cash from the various electronics companies it had purchased the last several years.

Gibson began in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Mich., producing various instruments, including acoustic guitars and the Les Paul, designed by noted guitarist Les Paul, which became one of the most iconic instruments ever made. The Gibson Les Paul began production in 1952, and became a staple of the rock and roll movement since. The company since developed other iconic guitars such as the SG, Firebird, the Flying V and he ES-335 among others. 

Various reports, citing experts in the music and financial business, said Gibson would likely survive a bankruptcy due to its name value and tradition, as well as the a strong core business, according to Moody’s, who also cited the company’s balance sheets and organization issues as reasons to downgrade the company. 

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Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30:  A Winn-Dixie store sign is pictured on April 30, 2004 in Miami, Florida.
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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: A Winn-Dixie store sign is pictured on April 30, 2004 in Miami, Florida.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg reported. 

Bi-Lo has not publicly confirmed any bankruptcy plans.

Traditional grocery stores have faced increased competition from online retailers like Amazon.

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Roosters to move to former Caddy’s location 

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

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Roosters is planning to open a restaurant in Miami Twp., with plans to replace another nearby location.

A limited liability company affiliated with the casual dining chain bought a restaurant property at 9400 Springboro Pike, which was formerly home to Caddy’s Tap House.

Officials with Roosters couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Tracey Herron, with Equity Inc., who represented Roosters in the real estate deal, said the location will replace its smaller leased store at 103 N. Springboro Pike near the Dayton Mall.

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The 8,500-square-foot restaurant is near the Interstate 75 and 675 interchange.

Roosters Real Estate LLC bought the property for $1.7 million in a sale recorded Dec. 1 by Montgomery County.

Caddy’s shut down its restaurant and bar at the location in May due to poor performance, the restaurant owner said at the time.

marketing flyer by Oberer Realty, which had been listing the property for sale, stated about 54,832 people live within three miles of the restaurant with an average household income of $79,657.

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St. Mary’s trailer dealer opens Harrison Twp. site

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

Midway Trailers.
Midway Trailers.

A St. Mary’s trailer and snow-plow dealer is expanding into the Dayton area.

Midway Trailers Sales was born in 1999 as a small trailer sales lot and repair facility, purchased 13 years later by Roger and Deb Miller.

The Millers expanded Midway’s selection and has brought the business to a new home in Harrison Township, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce said.

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“When we started looking into expanding the business, it was obvious that Dayton needed a hometown dealer,” Bryan Hoersten, Dayton store manager, said in a chamber release. “The new store is very exciting for everyone in the company and we look forward to making long lasting relationships with our new and old customers in Dayton.”

The new 7,500-square-foot facility has more than 200 trailers on the lot. The location will employ four people, with plans to hire another two to three in the immediate future, the chamber said.

A ribbon cutting and open house are planned for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the new location, 5135 Wadsworth Road.

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