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Piqua-based Hartzell Propeller enters deal with Chinese university

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Machinist Mark Williams prepares to grind a propeller in the Hartzell Propeller factory in Piqua. The 99-year-old business produces more than 10,000 blades each year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Machinist Mark Williams prepares to grind a propeller in the Hartzell Propeller factory in Piqua. The 99-year-old business produces more than 10,000 blades each year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Piqua-headquartered Hartzell Propeller has added a service and support center in China, the company announced.

Hartzell appointed the Aircraft Repair and Overhaul Plant of Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) as the service and support center. Located in Guanghan City, CAFUC has 110 employees who perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, engines, propellers and components.

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The partnership with CAFUC gives Hartzell additional in-country service and support capability, the company said. Hartzell has completed translations of propeller owner manuals into Mandarin for the most popular turboprop and piston-powered aircraft flying in China.

“This latest appointment demonstrates Hartzell Propeller’s ongoing commitment to Chinese owners, operators, maintenance facilities and the continued growth of general aviation in China,” said Weiqing (Max) Wang, Hartzell Propeller managing director for China, based in Shanghai City.

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CAFUC is the largest civil aviation university in Asia and the one of the world’s largest flight training institutions. It is responsible for operating and maintaining the largest fleet of propeller driven aircraft in China. CAFUC also has pilot training facilities at five airports located in the Henan and Sichuan Provinces of China.

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Apple supplier makes choice for U.S. home: Ohio in mix for next lant

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 6:20 PM


            Visitors check out the iPhone 6s at an Apple store in Beijing in late 2015. China’s Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, which makes about half of all iPhones, produces 500,000 a day, or roughly 350 a minute. (Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times)
Visitors check out the iPhone 6s at an Apple store in Beijing in late 2015. China’s Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, which makes about half of all iPhones, produces 500,000 a day, or roughly 350 a minute. (Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that’s expected to create 3,000 jobs.

The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs but has struggled to deliver results as quickly as the president promised. Trump’s plans for health care and tax cuts face an uncertain future in Congress, while his administration is bogged down by an investigation into Russia’s possible ties with his presidential campaign.

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The factory will produce liquid-crystal display panels that are used in televisions and computer screens, according to a senior White House official who insisted on anonymity to discuss the announcement. Foxconn will locate its plant in the congressional district of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, although the official declined to provide a specific location.

Foxconn could eventually employ 13,000 workers at the factory, the official said. This would mark a substantial gain for a state that currently has 472,000 manufacturing jobs and is still recovering from factory layoffs — including the closure of a General Motors plant in Ryan’s hometown — that hit after the 2008 financial crisis.

Taiwan-based Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple iPhones in China.

The official said the White House was closely involved in Foxconn’s decision to locate a factory in the United States and that the president had met personally with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou.

Seven states had competed for the Foxconn plant. The administration said it did not help steer Foxconn to Wisconsin in what would appear to be a victory for both Trump and the state’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, who is up for re-election next year.

Foxconn did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday. Other states vying for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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Ohio remains in the running to attract a plant from electronics giant Foxconn, even with the announcement Wednesday that the company plans to build in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Foxconn continues to explore building a plant in central Ohio, according to a Columbus Dispatch report.

A source told the The Dispatch that Alex Fischer, president of the Columbus Partnership representing central Ohio business leaders, was seen Wednesday at John Glenn Columbus International Airport with a delegation of Asian executives here to look at development sites.

Columbus is “far from out,” said the source, adding that otherwise, “I don’t think they would be in Columbus three hours before an announcement.”

Want a free cheese coney tomorrow? Here’s how to get one

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 2:29 PM


            CONTRIBUTED/GOLD STAR CHILI
CONTRIBUTED/GOLD STAR CHILI

Gold Star Chili will give away free cheese coneys for National Chili Dog Day on Thursday.

The Cincinnati-based chili chain is offering a free cheese coney with the purchase of any regular sized drink. The offer is available at every Gold Star restaurant in Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Somerset and Ashland.

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“What better way to honor the Chili Dog, than with a chililicious Cheese Coney,” said Mickey Kamfjord, Gold Star Chili’s Director of Marketing. “We want everyone to join the celebration. That’s why we have this very special offer. Buy a regular drink and enjoy a Cheese Coney on us.”

The Gold Star Chilimobile will also be at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday from 12pm to 1pm. Bengals fans can come to enjoy a free Cheese Coney while also supporting the Bengals as they ramp up to their 50th anniversary season.

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Trump to announce which state gets major Apple supplier

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:01 PM


            Apple’s New MacBook Pro. (Apple Inc.)
Apple’s New MacBook Pro. (Apple Inc.)

3 P.M. UPDATE (ASSOCIATED PRESS): An invitation to President Donald Trump’s afternoon news conference with Wisconsin officials says electronics giant Foxconn will build a liquid-crystal display panel plant in Wisconsin.

The Associated Press obtained the invitation from a person with knowledge of the Wednesday afternoon event at the White House. The person doesn’t have authorization to publicly release the information.

White House spokesman Josh Raffel confirms the Trump announcement would be on Foxconn, but he wouldn’t release details ahead of the event.

Other states vying for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Taiwanese company is best known as the assembler of the iPhone.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted earlier Wednesday that there would be a “major jobs announcement for Wisconsin” at the White House with the president.

8:30 A.M.

Apple could build three supply plants in the United States, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

“I spoke to (Apple CEO Tim Cook), he’s promised me three big plants—big, big, big,” the Journal quoted Trump as saying in an interview with the newspaper.

“I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success,” Trump also said. “He called me, and he said they are going forward.”

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Apple declined to comment on the report.

Apple doesn’t do any of its own major manufacturing, except for some work in Ireland. It typically contracts with big manufacturers like Foxconn to build its iPhones and other computers, mostly in China.

And Apple supplier Foxconn is very much on the radar these days, with many observers expecting some kind of announcement to be made soon about a new manufacturing operation in Wisconsin.

The Foxconn project will be significant. That site could offer 5,000 potential jobs alone at the plant and potentially thousands more at other unspecified U.S. operations the company intends to launch, the Associated Press has reported.

After nearly 40 years, Kettering women’s clothing boutique to close

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 2:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 2:27 PM


            KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

After nearly 40 years of business, one of the area’s oldest women’s clothing boutiques will close later this week.

Elan Dayton, located at 3117 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering, will close its doors on Saturday for the last time. The Elan boutique opened in 1978 by the late Dayton-area fashion icon, Laverne Shone and is now owned and operated by Julie Shone-Baker, her husband Chris and her daughter Erin.

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Erin Shone-Baker said closing the store was a personal decision that was best for the family at this time. She said the current retail industry has also impacted business.

“It felt right,” she said.

The store sells European designs, T-shirts, denim and even evening gowns. The clothing items are on sale for up to 90 percent off, and the store is also selling decorative items and African art on clearance. The store will be open for the rest of the week and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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