New distribution center marketed for Tipp City

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 2:33 PM

The entrance to the Tipp City Abbot Laboratories facility. Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is marketing a new distribution center just south of this facility, apparently on a spec-basis. FILE.
The entrance to the Tipp City Abbot Laboratories facility. Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is marketing a new distribution center just south of this facility, apparently on a spec-basis. FILE.

A new warehouse and distribution center is planned and marketed in Tipp City near big sites already established by Abbot Laboratories and Meijer.

Commercial real estate brokers Cushman & Wakefield have been marketing a yet-to-be-built 217,250-square foot distribution center — expandable to 434,500 square feet — off County Road 25 A, north of Kerr Road.

With developer HSA Commercial Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield is searching for a tenant or user for the center, which would be built in early 2018, marketing material from the company said.

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Mark Dlott, Cushman & Wakefield director, identified HSA, based in Chicago, as the industrial developer behind the project.

“They’re just looking for that first deal to get inked, and then they’ll break ground,” Dlott said.

He believes a deal will happen.

“I am optimistic,” he said. “You’ve got Meijer, you’ve got Abbot labs, you’ve got a lot of things happening in the North (of Dayton) market.”

The center would be built in an area that has been a magnet for large-scale development in recent years.

In 2012 to 2014, Abbot Labs/Abbot Nutrition built a $270 million plant just north of where the planned Cushman site is. With about 240 employees, that plant has been said to produce 800 bottles of Ensure nutrition drinks per minute, or some 1 million bottles a day.

In 2014, Meijer broke ground for a 105,000-square-foot dairy facility and a 68,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse facility on the same side of County Road 25A. That facility has about 100 employees.

Survey says: Looking for a job? You’re in luck

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File

It could be a happy new year for anyone looking for a Dayton-area job.

Hiring in early 2018 should happen at a promising clip, according to the newest quarterly hiring survey from the Manpower of Dayton employment franchise.

Among employers surveyed, 17 percent plan to hire more employees from January through March, according to survey results released Tuesday.

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Five percent plan to cut payrolls, while 71 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and seven percent indicate they are not sure of their plans.

That yields what Manpower calls a “net employment outlook” of 12 percent — the percentage of employers planning to add workers minus the percentage planning to shrink their workforces.

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“Employers in the Dayton (metro statistical area) anticipate a steady hiring pace compared to Q4 2017 when the net employment outlook was 14 percent,” said Tom Maher, chief executive of Manpower of Dayton. “At this time last year, employers expected less hiring activity when the outlook was 5 percent.”

In coming weeks, the best job prospects appear to be in construction, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, education and health, and leisure and hospitality, Manpower said.

However, employers in professional and business services plan to cut staff, while hiring in durable goods manufacturing, non-durable goods manufacturing, information, financial activities, other services and government is expected to remain unchanged, the survey found.

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Nationally, of more than 11,500 employers surveyed, 21 percent expect to add to their workforces, and five percent expect to cut in the first quarter next year.

Seventy-one percent of employers expect no change, and the remaining 3 percent are undecided.

So nationally, the net hiring outlook is 19 percent, compared to 17 percent in the last quarter of 2017.

Children’s Hospital plans urgent care north of Dayton

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:59 PM


Dayton Children’s Hospital is planning to open a new urgent care center, expanding on its Huber Heights office.

The independent pediatrics hospital said Monday that it will be adding the center to its current office at 8501 Old Troy Pike “to better serve our families in the northern suburbs.”

“We are listening to our patient families who consistently tell us they want more services closer to home,” stated Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s. “Expanding to include a pediatric urgent care in Huber Heights will provide the world-class pediatric care for children that they deserve, right in their backyard. It is all part of our Destination 2020 plan to advance our role as the leader in children’s health.”

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Renovation will begin in March and take about three months.

“When opened, this urgent care will provide lower cost, on-demand, after-hours care with pediatric trained specialists for urgent situations,” the hospital stated.

It will have the same hours as Dayton Children’s urgent care at its south campus in Springboro.

Pediatric urgent care can be used when the doctor's office typically is closed for treating minor illnesses and injuries for children from birth to 21 years old.

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The urgent care will be added to the hospital's existing $6 million, 25,000-square-foot medical office in Huber Heights, built in 2015 to replace another office in the city.

The medical office now has services like imaging, lab, EKG, ultrasound and walk-in baseline concussion tests. Children can also get occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, audiology, physical therapy and orthopaedic physical therapy. All of these services with the exception of free baseline concussion testing require a referral.

The planned Huber Heights center joins a series of facility projects by Dayton Children's like its proposed $28 million community health center next to its main campus, the new eight-story patient tower that just wrapped up, and a planned new mental health wing at the main campus.

Jewelry retailer files for bankruptcy protection

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

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Charming Charlie, a jewelry and accessories chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The chain, which has several store locations in the region, announced continued efforts to “stabilize its business.” Charming Charlie filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Delaware. The chain expects to continue to operate the majority of its stores and its website during the court process.

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“We are confident that by reducing the size and scale of our business, we can focus on the core strengths that make the company successful,” said Lana Krauter, interim chief executive officer of Charming Charlie.

The company entered into a Restructuring Support Aggreement with a majority of its term loan lenders and equity sponsors, according to a company statement. The company secured commitments for $20 million in new-money debtor-in-possession financing from a majority of its existing term loan lenders. The company also entered into a $35 million DIP asset backedloan with its current lenders.

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Charming Charlie has locations in Beavercreek, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fairfield Twp. and Mason. Dozens of retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year including: ToysRUs, The Limited, Gymboree, Wet Seal, RadioShack, Gander Mountain and Payless.


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Premier Health plans new urgent care center north of Dayton

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:03 AM

Here's what you need to know.

Premier Health is planning to open a new urgent care in the Miller Lane area.

A building permit was posted Monday for a new Premier urgent care center at 6700 Commerce Center Drive in Butler Twp.

The urgent care center would join a busy area near the Interstate 70 and 75 interchange, adding to the mix of retail, restaurant and lodging.

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The Dayton-based health care network was not immediately available for comment on the project.

The building permit for the renovation work said it would be a non-ambulatory urgent care clinic.

The urgent care center would open in a storefront formerly home to Radio Shack, in a retail center owned by Oakwood-based Singer Properties.

It’s the only vacant storefront in the retail strip. Some of the other tenants are Smash Burger, Luxury Nail Spa and Subway.

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The 2,300-square-foot renovation project, contracted to Ferguson Construction and App Architecture, is listed in the building permit as a $241,000 project.

Premier Health is the largest private employer in the region and operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.