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

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


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

Fuyao founder moves to dismiss Burrows’ lawsuit

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:40 AM

Cho Tak Wong, chairman of Fuyao Global, at the official opening of the Fuyao Glass America plant in Moraine last October. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The founder of Fuyao Glass America is arguing in response to a lawsuit from one of his former executives that he hasn’t even been properly served with the suit.

Responses from that former executive are due next week to Fuyao’s motions to dismiss that executive’s suit.

Cho Tak Wong, founder of Chinese auto glass maker Fuyao Global and its Moraine-based American arm, Fuyao Glass America, has moved to “quash and to dismiss” a lawsuit filed by Dave Burrows, a former Fuyao vice president, in part because the summons and complaint in the suit were not translated into Chinese, “as required” by the Hague Convention, the motion says.

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Burrows is suing his former employer and its founder over his separation from the company last November, claiming fraud, breach of contract, defamation, discrimination and more.

Burrows and John Gauthier were two top executives at Fuyao when their employment there ended in November 2016.

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Gauthier is not part of Burrows’ lawsuit.

Fuyao’s response to the lawsuit, filed earlier this month, argues in part that Burrows has failed to make a case.

In his lawsuit, Burrows has argued that on Nov. 14, Cho called a meeting at Fuyao where he “falsely stated to those present that Burrows had resigned.”

Burrows maintains that he was fired that day “without cause and without written notice, and was not given any explanation, oral or written, for his termination.”

In its motion, Fuyao responded by saying that Burrows “has made no showing, beyond a blanket assertion, of actual malice associated with that part of the announcement he contends was false — i.e., the supposed announcement that he ‘resigned.’”

Added Fuyao: “His professed ‘ridicule, shame and disgrace’ obviously stemmed from the true fact that his employment was ending, the announcement of which is not actionable.”

Fuyao contends that even if there had been a public announcement that Burrows had resigned, “there can be nothing harmful or defamatory about such an announcement. If being branded with ‘resignation’ is offensive, one can imagine how this count of the complaint would read if FGA (Fuyao Glass America) had announced that he was involuntarily terminated, as plaintiff (Burrows) himself now (very publicly) insists was the case.”

Fuyao has moved that Burrows’ suit be dismissed, as has Cho.

For his part, Cho argues that he had not been properly served in accordance with “the mandatory terms of the Hague Convention.”

Cho lives in China and neither speaks nor reads English, his motion says.

“A court may not exercise jurisdiction over a party named as a defendant if that party has not been properly served with process,” Cho’s motion says.

Burrows has declined to comment on the lawsuit; a message seeking comment was left with his attorney. Fuyao spokespeople have called his lawsuit ‘meritless.’

Cho purchased a former General Motors plant in Moraine in 2014, creating since then what the company says is the world’s largest auto glass manufacturing plant, with about 2,000 workers.

Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:41 AM


A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July Forth weekend, crowding highways and airports.

More than 44 million Americans and nearly two million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July Forth travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase compared to 2016.

The holiday travel period is defined as Friday to Tuesday. This year, approximately 1.9 million Ohio residents plan to celebrate the holiday over the long holiday weekend. More than 1.6 million plan to drive to their destination, an increase of more than 3 percent compared to last year.

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“Based on traveler intent, we are on pace for record-setting travel this summer” said AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican. “Enthusiastic Miami Valley area travelers are joining in the travel frenzy as well”.

The top travel destinations here locally?
  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  3. Ft Walton Beach/ Destin – Florida Panhandle
  4. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  5. In and around Ohio

STORE CLOSINGS: More Ohio Kmart, Sears stores to close by September

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:26 AM


Sears Holdings will close 20 more Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S., on top of the 245 closings already announced early this year — and the latest round of cuts will affect Ohio locations.

The company announced the latest closures to store employees early this week, according to Business Insider. The new list of closures include Sears department stores in in Sarasota, Florida; Roseville, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Overland Park, Kansas, among others, according to the report.

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Three Ohio stores made the list, but none of them were located in Southwest Ohio. In March, the company warned there is “substantial doubt” that the stores can continue to survive, according to an ominous warning filed in a report with the Security and Exchange Commission. The company lost $2.2 billion in sales last year.

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The new list of closures include:

— 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

— 1601 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL

— 9701 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

— 5715 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA

— 4575 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego

— 126 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD

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— 17318 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown, MD

— 32123 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville, MI

— 14250 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN

— 1640 Route 22, Watchung, NJ

— 1425 Central Avenue, Albany, NY

— 4000 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY

— 601-635 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY

— 7875 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, OH

— 6950 W 130th Street, Middleburg Heights, OH

— 3408 W Central Avenue, Toledo, OH

— 650 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI

— 300 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX

— 9570 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX

— 5200 South 76th Street, Greendale, WI

DP&L is warning of new scams

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

The Dayton area’s electric utility said it has recently received reports about attempted payment scams in which customers have been contacted by someone claiming to represent the utility. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Dayton Power & Light is warning customers of new scams.

The Dayton area’s electric utility said it has recently received reports about attempted payment scams in which customers have been contacted by someone claiming to represent the utility and stating that they can receive a discount on their electric service.

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Scams may use email, social media, phone calls or even door-to-door visits, DP&L said.

The utility is reminding customers they should not provide personal information or comply with requests for payments.

Instead, they should hang up and call DP&L at (800) 433-8500 to ask questions about anyone contacting you about your bill or claiming to be from the utility.

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The company also offers these tips:

• Never give personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account number or credit card number.

• If you have already provided information to someone making this offer, contact your bank and the three national credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, immediately.

• DP&L says the company will send representatives to your door to collect payment if your account is past due and you have been sent notice that your account is scheduled for disconnection. DP&L employees carry photo identification which customers should request to see.

• Check on elderly relatives and friends, often targets of such schemes, to make sure they have not fallen victim to this fraud.