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Medical staffing company with Dayton presence to hire 150 people

Updated: Monday, January 09, 2017 @ 4:58 PM
By: Kara Driscoll - Staff Writer


            Medical staffing company with Dayton presence to hire 150 people
Next Medical Staffing will move into new offices by April. STAFF PHOTO

Health Carousel, a medical staffing company with a presence in the Miami Valley, announced it will hire 150 more people in Ohio.

The Cincinnati-based company has acquired Columbus-based Medical Staffing Options. This is the second acquisition in two years for the company, part of its aggressive plans for growth. Health Carousel plans to hire as many as 150 internal employees in 2017, including 75 sales & recruiting positions, across the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus markets.

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“We are thrilled to welcome MSO into the Health Carousel family of brands,” said Health Carousel CEO Bill DeVille. “Their outstanding sales culture and history of success makes this an ideal partnership. This will further our goal of becoming one of the leading healthcare staffing firms in the US.”

In October, Health Carousel also acquired Next Medical Staffing, which has an office at 7810 McEwen Road in Washington Twp. Health Carousel plans to move the Next Medical offices to the five-story Progress Park Tower in Austin Landing. They also received a six-year tax credit from the state.

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The company’s current location is about 15,000 square feet, and its new location will be at least 49,000 to 52,000 square feet.

Ty Nelson, the president of Health Carousel, told the Dayton Daily News back in December, that Next Medical Staffing has about 37 employees on the payroll, and is hiring for 15 more positions. In addition to its Cincinnati headquarters, Health Carousel has affiliate offices in Dayton, Columbus and the Philippines.

For information on open positions, candidates can visit: healthcarousel.com/growth.

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Ohio adds more than 10K jobs in December

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 2:53 PM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:10 PM
By: Randy Tucker - Staff Writer

Ohio’s labor market ended last year on a high note as employers statewide added 10,300 jobs in December — the second month in a row of strong job gains after three straight months of job losses, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged from November but slightly higher than Ohio’s 4.8 percent jobless rate in December last year, according to the report.

Over the past 12 months, Ohio’s economy has added 41,800 jobs. But job growth and unemployment continue to trail national rates, according to the liberal-leaning Policy Matters Ohio.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December when employment grew by 156,000, bringing the nation’s average annual rate of job growth to 1.5 percent — nearly twice as fast as the 0.8 percent growth rate in Ohio, Policy Matters found.

“While last month’s job gains looked strong, we only saw gains in seven out of 12 months last year,” said Hannah Halbert, a Policy Matters researcher. “Overall, Ohio job growth last year was weak.”

But the latest jobs numbers show a tightening labor market with more job openings in higher-paying professions.

Last month’s job gains were led by professional and business services, up 5,900; trade, transportation, and utilities, which added 3,200 jobs; educational and health services, plus 2,700; and financial activities, up 1,600.

Manufacturing — which accounts for about one in eight jobs in Ohio, according to Policy Matters — also posted a gain of 1,100 jobs last month, offsetting some of the losses for the past year in which the manufacturing sector shed 2,900 jobs.

Still, Ohio remains the third-leading state in the nation for total manufacturing jobs with about 688,000 workers and has added just over 79,000 jobs since the national recovery began in June 2009, according to a recent Policy Matters report on manufacturing in Ohio.

“The loss of manufacturing jobs has devastated once thriving communities both rural and urban, across the state,” said Michael Shields, author of the manufacturing report. “But with nearly 700,000 Ohioans still working in this sector, we can’t count manufacturing out.”

The gain in manufacturing and other industries continues to push Ohio toward full employment, or the point where nearly everyone who wants a job can find a job.

“We conclude that individual states in the District (as well as the District as a whole) have almost no labor market slack remaining as of the end of the second quarter of 2016. By this metric, local labor markets do not seem to be any different than the aggregate national labor market,” read a recent report from Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, which represents the Federal Reserve’s Fourth District, including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Dayton manufacturers ID top concerns

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
By: Tom Gnau - Staff Writer


            Dayton manufacturers ID top concerns
Finding the right workers and controlling costs are among the top worries that Dayton Region Manufacturers Association members have, according to a just-released survey from DRMA. In this 2015 photo, a production manager demonstrates a CNC multi-axis mill turn machine at DRMA’s annual trade show. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Finding skilled workers tops the list of concerns that Dayton Region Manufacturers Association members have, according to a new survey.

The association of local manufacturers surveys members each year to better understand their concerns. A “shortage of skilled workers” topped the list for worries this year, according to a release Friday from the DRMA.

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“Technically skilled and productive workers are in very short supply in the Dayton region,” the statement said. “Over 87 percent of members responding to the survey identified this is a top issue, and this has been the No. 1 issue for the last four years.

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“It is essential that a highly trained and skilled work force is available for manufacturing companies to be able to meet the demand for goods and services and to be able to offer high quality, high paying jobs that will assure a prosperous economy,” the organization added.

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The other top concerns included: Cost of health care, international trade, corporate taxes, government regulations and business sustainability.

“Due to the modest growth of the economy, DRMA members are concerned with increasing their sales revenue while maintaining current profit margins,” the association said in its statement. “Because of competitive pricing pressures and the increased costs of doing business (such as proposed increases in the minimum wage), margin compression is a concern at all levels of the supply chain.”

DRMA says it represents 2,364 companies with more than 114,000 employees in a 14-county Western Ohio region. Together, those companies represent a $6.1 billion annual payroll.

AFRL ramps up small biz outreach

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 1:20 PM
By: Tom Gnau - Staff Writer


            AFRL ramps up small biz outreach
The Air Force Research Laboratory and its local allies are looking for new ways to connect to Dayton-area small businesses. In this 2015 photo, a flight simulator at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is being used to test a mid-air collision avoidance system. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Air Force Research Laboratory and its Dayton-area allies are changing the way they do business and opening “the fence” to Dayton-area business in new ways, two AFRL civilian employees said Friday.

And the Air Force research organization, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — Ohio’s largest single-site employer — wants Dayton businesses to get involved, those employees told members of the I-70/75 Development Association at a breakfast meeting.

“AFRL is evolving the way we do business,” said Ryan Helbach, who introduced himself to his Sinclair Community College audience as the AFRL “chief intrapreneur.”

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That renewed outreach to local businesses may soon include a new downtown Dayton home for the Wright Brothers Institute, an organization that often serves as a bridge between the Air Force and civilian thinkers and doers who help the branch solve problems.

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The organization is considering space on Second Street, once used in a larger way by the University of Dayton Research Institute.

“There’s nothing definitive yet,” Helbach said about naming a proposed downtown location.

In a LinkedIn essay this week, Jennie Hempstead, graphics innovation lead at the Wright Brothers Institute, said her organization is researching ways to work downtown.

“One proposed solution positions AFRL as the anchor of an innovation district,” Hempstead wrote. “Innovation districts are defined as ‘geographic areas’ where anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators.”

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With a $4 billion annual budget, AFRL and its more than 5,700 Ohio employees spend more than $200 million in Ohio, with most of that going to the Dayton region, Helbach said.

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Some $12.5 million of that goes to Ohio academia, with about $229 million going to small businesses and another $230 million going to industry in the state, according to numbers Helbach presented.

“The Air Force doesn’t produce its own products,” said Emily Fehrman Cory, director of the AFRL Maker Hub. “We rely on manufacturing to do that.”

Helbach encouraged his listeners to get their businesses and organizations identified on the web site , DaytonTechGuide.com, an Internet haven for local small tech start-ups.

“That’s really going to be the front door for anyone looking to engage with the (Dayton small business) ecosystem,” Helbach said.

Mitch Heaton, vice president of economic development for the Dayton Development Coalition, encouraged the audience to spread the word about AFRL efforts, saying everyone in the room had a development role.

“We’re the connectors,” Heaton said.

5 businesses coming to Cornerstone of Centerville in 2017

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 1:09 PM
By: Kara Driscoll - Staff Writer

Several new restaurants and retailers will open their doors or start construction on new locations at the Cornerstone of Centerville development in the first half of 2017.

The mixed-use development along the Wilmington Pike/Interstate 675 corridor has seen tremendous growth since its first anchor retailer, Costco, opened in 2014. Here are five businesses making major progress in 2017:

1.Kroger will open its Centerville store in late May or early June

The new 125,000-square-foot Kroger store being built on Feedwire Road in Centerville will open by late May or early June, according to the company. READ THE DETAILS HERE.

2. CoreLife Eatery opens a location adjacent to Costco in the fall

The restaurant is set to open sometime in the fall, and will feature an outdoor patio area. Oberer Realty Services expects construction to begin once all permits are secured from the city.

3. First Financial Bank will open within the next few weeks

The bank location will open next to Panda Express in front of Costco on Feedwire Road. Cheddar’s Casual Cafe is also located next to the new First Financial store.

4. At least four other restaurants will open in the spring

Conley said the construction on the Shoppes III building on Wilmington Pike will be finished up by the end of January. The Shoppes III tenants — restaurants Zoup!, MOD PizzaFirehouse Subs and First Watch — will likely open in April and May.

5. Construction on a new hotel will also start in the spring

The Home2 Suites by Hilton is planned for 5321 Cornerstone Boulevard near the Costco Wholesale Store. Some residents raised concern over the plan because it would “change the dynamics of the neighborhood.”

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