Menards store to open next week near Dayton Mall

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 9:55 PM

            The new Menards store just south of the Dayton Mall along Ohio 741 will bring a new level of competition to the already hotly contested home improvement market in the Dayton area. The new Menards is the second in the Dayton area to compete with the likes of Home Depot and Lowe's, who have been butting heads here in Dayton for well over 10 years.

The big home-improvement chains

Home Depot

Founded: 1978

Headquarters: Atlanta

Total stores: 2,250

Local stores: 3

Revenue: $71.7 billion

Publicly traded


Founded: 1946

Headquarters: Mooresville, N.C.

Total stores: 1,748

Local stores: 3

Revenue: $50.8 Billion

Publicly traded


Founded: 1960

Headquarters: Eau Claire, Wis.

Total stores: 272

Local stores: 2

Revenue: $7 billion (estimated)


Source: Dayton Daily News research

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County —The 225,000-square-foot Menards “Mega Store” that opens next week near the Dayton Mall will intensify the already heated competition for consumer dollars among the major home-improvement retailers in the the Dayton area, an industry analyst said.

Menards officials announced Tuesday the new store at 8480 Springboro Pike at the southeast corner of State Route 741 will open Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The store will have a full-service lumber yard and large lawn-and-garden center, officials said. Customers will be able to use computers to help design their home-improvement projects. The store will also carry name-brand appliances, pet products and a line of convenience groceries.

“Homeowners, tenants, business owners and contractors will now have great access to a full line of building materials and supplies at the lowest prices in the area,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said.

Eben Jose, home-improvement industry analyst for Los Angeles-based IBISWorld, Inc., an independent industry research company, said his firm has projected home improvement sales to grow at an annual rate of 3.3 percent over the next five years, to $187 billion in 2017, following a recession-impacted five-year period ending in 2012 in which sales were projected to drop by 2.8 percent per year. The more optimistic outlook is based on falling unemployment and on signs of renewal in the housing market, particularly in new construction, Jose said.

Menards’ decision to build larger “mega-stores” are part of the company’s strategy to compete aggressively against Home Depot and Lowe’s, Jose said.

Home Depot has captured about 41 percent of the national market, while Lowe’s has a nearly 33 percent market share, Jose said. Menards, with only a fraction of the stores of the two industry leaders, has captured nearly 5 percent of the national market while competing in only 14 states, mostly in the Midwest. In southwest and west-central Ohio, Menards operates stores in Tipp City in Miami County and in Fairfield Twp. in Butler County, as well as in Sidney, Celina and Lima.

The size of the average Menards has grown in recent years from 74,000 square feet to 162,000 square feet, Jose said. With a more varied selection and larger inventory in its larger stores, Menards can source products and raw materials at lower prices, boosting its ability to compete more effectively against the industry leaders, the industry analyst said.

Bill Hamilton, general manager of the Miami Twp. Menards, said Tuesday that his store will stock about 60,000 items, “everything from light bulbs to a complete house package” that include all of the materials needed to build a home from the ground up.

Despite multiple requests for employment numbers, neither Hamilton nor Menards spokesman John Leonauskas could provide provide an estimate or a range of the number of people the Miami Twp. store will employ. A typical Menards store, Leonauskas said, “will employ hundreds.” Leonauskas said he had no information as to whether Menards is considering any other store locations in the Dayton area.

The Miami Twp. Menards store will open at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 18. The hours going forward will be Monday through Saturday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Report: Ohio 35th best place in U.S. for military retirees

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

            Participants and company officials talk during RecruitMilitary’s All-Veteran Career Fair in 2016 in southwest Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

Ohio ranks 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the best places for military retirees to live, the website WalletHub has determined.

In a report released today, Wallet Hub cited three main areas it ranked to reach the conclusion: economic environment, quality of life and health care.

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The ranking was a slight nudge upward for Ohio, which was ranked 36 in a 2014 Wallet Hub report.

In 2017, Florida was judged the best state for military retirees and the District of Columbia was ranked at the bottom of the list, just below New Jersey, Wallet Hub said.

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The Dayton region has scored highly in at least one past survey. The website Nerd Wallet named Beavercreek the best place for veterans in 2015, highlighting economic opportunity and the availability of veterans’ services from support groups, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton VA Medical Center.

New cyberattack rule looms over federal contractors

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Rob Gillen, a program manager and senior electrical engineer at the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Fastlane division, warns that federal contractors will have to quickly comply with new rules requiring tougher defenses against hacking. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
            Thomas Gnau/Staff

Federal contractors need to better protect their government data, or they could lose their business with the government.

A looming new federal security directive will require businesses working with the federal government to protect their cyber data, or have a detailed plan for doing so, by year’s end.

The directive is called “NIST 800-171” — or sometimes just “rule 171” — and it will control whether companies from defense engineering firms to janitorial outfits can do business with the federal government.

For local contractors, the stakes are high. Nearly 500 area companies must comply, said Philip Raterman, director of the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Fastlane division.

And that number does not count sub-contractors, said Rob Gillen, program manager and senior electrical engineer for Fastlane.

“This is becoming a thing for Ohio,” Raterman said.

The concern is a timely one. Recently, the “WannaCry” ransomware cyber attack hit at least 74 countries. Retailer Brooks Brothers said Friday that some of its customer payment information was compromised at some stores between April 4, 2016 and March 1, 2017.

Brooks Brothers customers are at risk of having had credit card data — names, account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes — stolen, media reports said.

“We are finding that a lot of companies are not aware of this requirement and face losing their government contracts,” said Tamara Wamsley, a strategist with Fastlane. “This issue could impact the success of many local companies, could result in lost jobs. This is a big deal.”

“It’s not just for R&D (research and development firms),” Gillen said. “It’s for janitors, it’s for accountants.”

“Anyone who has information classified by the government that needs to be protected,” said Shawn Walker, co-founder and vice president of Miamisburg-based Secure Cyber Defense LLC.

Today, the rule affects only Department of Defense contractors. But Gillen said it will “almost certainly” expand to impact every federal contractor and sub-contractors, Gillen said.

The rule is essentially a list of 110 requirements with which contractors must comply.

“They have to do it this year, by the end of this calendar year or even earlier,” Gillen said.

UDRI will be working with Air Force and military contractors on what contractors need to do in a June 1 training session at UDRI’s River Campus headquarters, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd. The training is free but registration at is required.

The day will have two training sessions, in the morning and the afternoon. The first is focused on Air Force small business innovation and research grant awardees. There will also be sessions for federal licensees and any DoD contractor.

How much work will compliance require? That depends on the size of the contractor in question and how much federal information they have.

“Starting from nothing, it will probably take six to 12 months to get all of the technology in place to be able to say you’re compliant,” Walker said. “To put the plan together may take 30 to 60 days.”

Once compliance is in place, constant monitoring is required. Within 72 hours of a hacking incident, every contractor will be required to report it to the DoD. Today, the average hacking victim may not even know of a hacking incident for something like 200 days, Wamsley said.

Hackers “are getting better and better,” Raterman said. “It’s knowing shortly after it happens how to stop it, then recovering from it.”

Shawn Waldman, CEO of Secure Cyber Defense, said his company has a monitoring center at its Miamisburg office to constantly track hacking attempts and report them in “real time.”

“We receive, process and respond to all of those alarms out of that center,” he said.

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Nathan’s Hot Dog recall: What you need to know

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:27 AM


A Cincinnati-based company has recalled more than 200,000 pounds of hot dogs that could be contaminated with metal.

John Morrell and Co. recalled 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with metal materials, according to a recall notice. Here’s what you need to know:


The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.
  • 16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with a Use By date of June 15, 2017.


The problem was discovered after the company received three complaints of metal objects in the beef frank product packages. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. No illnesses or injuries have been reported.


Consumers who have purchased these products should not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1 (877) 933-4625.

5 things to know about Middletown’s newest deli

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Central Market & Deli recently opened at 1218 Central Ave. in downtown Middletown

We spoke with owner Peggy Carroll, of Middletown, to get the lowdown on this new family-owned business, which offers a full line of Amish meats and cheeses, as well as a grocery line of products. Here are five things to know about Central Market & Deli.

1. The food selection aims for quality

Central Market & Deli carries Walnut Creek products with a wide array of deli cold cuts, hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, breakfast sandwiches, salads and fruit cups, along with fresh produce shakes smoothies. Subs are 6-inch and 12-inch and are made to order.

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Party trays of deli meats and cheeses are available for special events, as well as party subs. The business also supports area entrepreneurs by selling their homemade desserts.

“Coming soon, we’ll be having a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet and adding outside dining,” Carroll said.

2. Delivery is an option

Central Market & Deli delivers anything the business carries to homes and businesses in Middletown, Trenton and Franklin, Carroll said. Delivery is free in Middletown and $3 to Trenton and Franklin. The business offers 10 percent off orders of $40 or more.

“Many people can’t drive or they have disabilities that prevent them from going out, so we bring it to them,” Carroll said. “In these busy times, we make it convenient for the community by offering deliveries.”

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3. A lifelong dream

Carroll launched the endeavor as her first business after being in the restaurant industry for 44 years. “I started in the restaurant business working weekends washing dishes at freeway restaurant in Corinth, Kentucky,” she said. “I worked along side my grandmother, who taught me everything.

In the early 1990s, Carroll moved to Middletown, where she served in numerous restaurants and even managed a few. “It’s been my dream to have my own business,” she said.

Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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4. Keeping it in the family

Central Avenue Market & Deli’s partners make the business a family endeavor in every sense of the word. “My boyfriend Coleman, decided to pursue my dream and my brother Chuck and sister-in-law Ida all became partners,” Carroll said. “My brother said it’s a dream come true.”

5. Saying ‘thank you’ to the community

The business plans to hold a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, to show its gratitude to the community. The event features kids games and cornhole, plus free hot dogs and potato chips. Also on the schedule: live entertainment with DJ Ricky Dee and live music by Monroe and Friends.

For more information, call 513-217-7440 or visit