1-minute reads: 5 Dayton business stories to know today

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:16 PM


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1. Rehabilitation center gets $6M expansion

A $6 million investment will benefit children, adults and seniors who have disabilities in the Dayton area. The United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate its “Unlocking PossAbilities” expansion project. The project adds an additional 21,647 square feet to the URS center at 4710 Old Troy Pike. READ MORE

2. State to close Huber Heights center, eliminate 214 jobs

More than 200 workers in Ohio will lose their jobs as a result of the state’s decision to close two centers for people with developmental disabilities, including the Montgomery County Development Center in Huber Heights. READ MORE

3. DP&L to shut down 2 Ohio plants

Dayton Power and Light Co. will shut down two power plants in a rural Southern Ohio county, according to a company statement. The company announced two power-generation plants in Adams County will shut down by June 2018. READ MORE

4. Premier Physician Network adds practice

Studebaker Family Practice in Brookville has joined Premier Physician Network, one of the largest groups of primary and specialty care practices in Southwest Ohio, the network announced Monday. READ MORE

5. Cost of ITT Tech implosion surpasses $141 million for taxpayers

U.S. taxpayers have already shelled out more than $141 million to help students affected by the collapse of ITT Technical Institute and they may be on the hook for hundreds of millions more. READ MORE

Xenia Twp. trustees approve Kil-Kare rezoning request 

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:42 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:27 PM

Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia since 1951

UPDATE @ 9:26 p.m.:  Xenia Twp. trustees have voted to allow a rezoning request for land near Kil-Kare Speedway and Drag Strip. The vote was 2-1. 

Trustee Susan Spradin was the dissenting vote. 

David Reed, Dayton attorney for Nutter Enterprises, which opposed the zoning change, said he and his client are determining their next steps. 

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A citizen referendum to place the question on a ballot is also a possibility, he said, noting he believes public sentiment is against the rezoning. 

"We wish the trustees had followed their own zoning code," Reed said. 

"We're concerned that the citizens of Xenia Twp. are going to lose because Kil-Kare is not a permitted use. It's a conditional use that now can expand out to 28 acres." 

Marshall Foiles, operations director at Kil-Kare, said, "I appreciate the trustees and the zoning board taking the time to listen to all the things that were said. We're going to build some good looking store and locks in this area."

EARLIER REPORT

Xenia Twp. trustees are expected to vote later today on a request for new zoning on land near Kil-Kare Speedway and Drag Strip in Greene County.

Trustees heard public comments on the idea two weeks ago before closing a public hearing.

The racetrack complex seeks a zoning change for nearly 23 acres of land to build a storage facility.

But it’s a change which opponents say could lead to a “significant expansion of (Kil-Kare’s) operations.”

In an application to the township, Marshall Foiles, operations director at Kil-Kare, said he wants to change the zoning to a B-3 business classification, to build a “store and locks” for the public.

Opponents say the reclassification would open the land to an array of possible business uses, and what they fear would be excess noise and light.

The land in question is just north of Dayton-Xenia Road, about 50 feet west of that road’s intersection with Hawkins Road near Kil-Kare.

The Xenia Twp. Zoning Commission voted 4 to 1 in favor of the proposal in June. The zoning commission is a recommending board, however, and the final decision goes to the trustees.

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David Reed is the Dayton attorney for Nutter Enterprises and Robert Nutter. Nutter is a partner in Nutter Enterprises, and a member of the Nutter family, long a prominent Greene County family.

Reed said this morning he does not expect a public forum at the trustees meeting. Instead, there will likely be a deliberation by the trustees.

“It’s really for the purpose of their announcing a decision,” Reed said.

Reached at the Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson dealership, which he owns, Foiles declined to comment Thursday.

“At our last meeting the hearing on Kil Kare was continued until our next meeting which is scheduled for August 17,” Xenia Twp. Trustee Susan Spradlin said in an email to a reporter last week. “I am anticipating that a decision will be made at that time.” She did not respond to follow-up questions.

Twp. Administrator Alan Stock said trustees have looked at “the data” and have consulted the township’s legal counsel.

“The public comments section is all over, so it will be (trustee) deliberation,” Stock said. Even though the public comments portion of the process is closed, he said the meeting is public.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Xenia Twp. offices, 8 Brush Row Road, Xenia.

Fuyao increasing market share as auto industry slows

Published: Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

U.S. Rep Mike Turner, R-Dayton, left, with Jeff Liu, president of Fuyao Glass America, as Turner visited Fuyao’s Moraine plant Thursday. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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U.S. Rep Mike Turner, R-Dayton, left, with Jeff Liu, president of Fuyao Glass America, as Turner visited Fuyao’s Moraine plant Thursday. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF(Thomas Gnau/Staff)

Fuyao Glass America is weathering an domestic automotive downturn and even increasing its market share, company leaders said Thursday.

In fact, the Moraine-based manufacturer of automotive safety glass is preparing to celebrate the introduction of new products for BMW next month, said Jeff Liu, Fuyao Glass America president.

“We actually have a whole series of products for the BMW “F” series,” Liu said. “This (we) are the first supplier for the business (line). Obviously, we’re going to have the best quality glass for the BMW.”

Other Fuyao customers include General Motors, Honda, Kia, Ford and many other North American automakers.

Asked about a softening in U.S. auto sales this year, Liu said, “We are going to face the same situation, the same challenges, as everybody. Our competitors will face the same.”

U.S. auto sales dropped for the first six months of the year, a pause in the growth of recent years. GM, for example, has cut shifts at some U.S. plants.

The Fuyao plant between Encrete Lane and West Stroop Road is “cresting” at about 2,000 jobs even though it has not exceeded half its production capacity, said U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, who visited the plant Thursday. Fuyao has said that it will have the capacity to supply safety glass for one in four vehicles on the road in North America at full production capacity.

“What’s exciting about their growth strategy is, it’s not just as the automotive market grows that they grow,” Turner said. “They are growing their portion of the auto market. So there are still opportunities for growth in this company.”

Turner emerged from his closed-door meeting with plant officials saying he liked what he heard. He said there is room for more jobs as production grows.

“Their efforts now are to sell the products that are here and make sure they can take over a greater portion of the market,” Turner said.

Last year, Fuyao was subject to some safety complaints from employees and several U.S. Occupational Safety and Health investigations. 

At one point late last year, Fuyao had reached $227,000 in OSHA penalties based on six inspections. 

A company spokesman said Thursday the plant has made strides in safety. New managers have been hired and floor signs have been added, he said.   

Accidents have decreased by 53 percent in the most recent quarter, a drop Fuyao attributed to the hiring of new safety technicians and other changes.  

Also Thursday, a company spokesman said Fuyao is planning an employee appreciation night at Fifth Third Field on Sept. 16. Planned for the event is a broadcast of the Ohio State Buckeyes game that afternoon, along with games, food and the playing of a family movie.

Commission OKs $8.3M runway contract

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 1:46 PM

A view of the Dayton International Airport terminal, with runways behind, from a helicopter flight in August 2016. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
A view of the Dayton International Airport terminal, with runways behind, from a helicopter flight in August 2016. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Dayton City Commission Wednesday approved spending $8.33 million on rehabilitating a length of runway at the Dayton International Airport.

The city received two bids for the project, according to a memo to commissioners. City staff recommended selecting Barrett Paving Materials Inc. for a total contract amount of $8,332,550, including a base bid of $7,352,000.

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With corporate base in Roseland, N.J., Barrett has offices in Dayton, Miamisburg, Franklin and elsewhere.

The work involves rehabilitating at least 7,000 feel of runway, including blast pads, shoulders, connecting taxiways and related work.

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The project is being funded with $7,744,140 in a federal grant and $588,410 in aviation capital, the city memo said.

In May, Terrence Slaybaugh, Dayton’s aviation director, told this news outlet that the airport will launch at least $35 million in new construction projects this year, work that could last up to 18 months, fueled mostly by federal funds.

The airport hopes to secure about $14 million in Federal Aviation Administration funds for runway and aircraft ramp work this year, Slaybaugh said then. The city is also designing a $4.5 million sanitary sewer project for the airport. Work on the airport’s terminal is also ongoing, he said.

New store opens at The Greene in Beavercreek

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 8:50 AM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A new puzzle shop has opened at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek.

Puzzle Plus, a family-owned puzzle store, sells jigsaws, brain teasers, puzzle books and games. The store carries games and puzzles for all ages and skill levels. The puzzle store opened in 1995 in Beavercreek, but just moved to a new location at The Greene at 4465 Glengarry Drive. That’s next to Tilly’s and across from the Beech Parking Garage.

“Puzzles Plus is a family-owned retail store selling jigsaw puzzles, games, brain teasers, puzzle books, all-age toys, and children’s toys. We have the best selection of jigsaw puzzles in the Miami Valley and a unique variety of games and toys,” according to its website.

This news organization has reached out to the store for more information.

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