Mass job layoffs decline in Ohio

Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:28 AM
Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 5:29 PM
By: Randy Tucker - Staff Writer

The number of workers impacted by mass layoffs of at least 50 employees by Ohio employers declined last year to its lowest level since 2003.

Year Total number of layoff notices (all industries) Employees affected by mass layoffs 2011 668 39,058 2010 712 49,994 2009 1,205 114,879 2008 1,027 89,057 2007 716 43,849

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

A list of area businesses with state notices for layoffs or closures in 2012.







Potential employees affected



Layoff dates




Liz Claiborne Distribution Center

West Chester






Jan. 27-Sept. 1




Appleton Papers, Inc.

West Carrollton






May 20




Diversapack of Monroe







March 5




Cub Food (Lofino’s Food Stores)


Dayton and Miamisburg




Sept. 30




Mercy St. John’s Center







June 1




SuperValu Ohio Valley Distribution Center







July 8-Sept. 30












March 6




Xanterra Parks & Resorts

College Corner






Feb. 7












April 19




Kmart Store #9660







April 1




Schneider Logistics, Inc.

West Chester






March 31











SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Google Inc.’s announcement earlier this week that it planned to slash thousands of workers from its recently acquired cell phone business was eerily reminiscent of the mass layoffs that displaced scores of Ohio workers at the height of the last recession.

More than three years into the recovery, however, mass layoff announcements have become more of an anomaly than standard business practice, suggesting employers are no longer downsizing rapidly despite sluggish economic growth and unemployment of 7.2 percent in Ohio and 8.3 percent nationally.

“During the recession, there were a lot of companies whose revenues were just falling off the table, and they went through massive changes,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Chicago-based workforce consultancy, Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “A lot of that has been completed now, and you’re likely to see fewer bouts of big layoffs at big companies.”

In Ohio, where a dramatic slowdown in manufacturing during the recession led factories to shed hundreds of workers at a time, mass layoff announcements by employers fell to 668 last year from a peak of 1,205 in 2009, government statistics show. The drop in mass layoffs — which affect at least 50 workers at one company — cut the total number of worker separations by more than half over the same period to 39,058 from 114,879, based on figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The last major mass layoffs in the region in 2009 included 644 employees at NCR Corp. and 200 employees at Iams in Dayton, 299 workers at SMART Paper in Hamilton and 186 workers at Auto Truck Transport Corp. in Springfield, though those numbers were dwarf by the 2,621 workers laid off by ABX Air in Wilmington, according to Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices filed with the state.

Nationwide, the 4,512 mass layoffs announced by private, non-farm employers in the second-quarter of this year was the lowest second-quarter total since 2007, when 3,741 mass layoffs were announced in the the three-month period that ended in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Still, workforce reductions remain a primary tool for many companies struggling to keep costs under control as the economic recovery inches along in fits and starts.

Shrinking staff to match work

U.S. employers announced 283,091 total layoffs through the first half of the year, up 15 percent from the first six months of 2011, according to Challenger’s research.

“The economy has remained weak and not very stable, and we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring,’’ said Dave Dysinger of Dysinger Inc., a precision machine business in Dayton. “In a wildly fluctuating market like that you have no recourse but to shrink your staff to match the work that is available to you.’’

Dysinger said he is not planning any layoffs, but small to medium-sized firms such as his are often the most vulnerable to the intermittent slowdowns that have plagued business cycles since the recovery began in June 2009, Challenger said.

“The small- to medium-sized companies that do a lot of the hiring are still facing a lot of change and turnover,” he said. “They’re not looking at big layoffs, but they’re constantly turning out the people who aren’t doing as well. You see a lot of those companies take the bottom 10 percent of their performers and move them out.”

But employers are generally reluctant to cut too many workers because of the time and training it takes to replace them, especially skilled laborers who have become increasingly hard to find.

“The real problem for a company like ours is that it takes about 10 years from the beginning to develop a top-notched machinist,’’ Dysinger said. “So we end up constantly chasing people to develop. And just as we’re getting them developed, we go into another downturn in the economic cycle.”

That can force an employer to make tough choices about who stays and who goes.

“Even in a down economy, you still need that balance of skill levels to be successful,” Dysinger said. “You have to have the right people matched up to the right work.”

Employers striving to maintain that balance have contributed to the general slowdown in layoffs and a sharp decline in the number of people seeking unemployment aid as a result.

Nationwide, initial claims for unemployment benefits — the most widely tracked gauge of layoff activity — fell unexpectedly in the first week of August by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported last week.

In Ohio, initial claims for the first week in August were down were down 13 percent from from the previous week to 10,089.

While the drop in new applications offers hopeful signs that the labor market is at least beginning to stabilize, worries about pending government spending cuts and higher taxes coupled with fears about Europe’s on-going debt crisis, among other economic concerns, promise to keep unemployment elevated for the foreseeable future, said James Brock, a Miami University economics professor.

“Employers will remain reluctant to add workers until there is more clarity about where the economy is headed,” Brock said.

Dash cam footage of high-speed pursuit in Miami Co. released

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:21 PM
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:23 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 10:28 a.m.

Dash cam footage from this morning’s high-speed pursuit has been released by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 8:29 a.m.

Another vehicle was just reported stolen in Miami County as authorities continue to search for a man who led deputies on a pursuit before crashing into a house.

It’s unknown if the stolen vehicle is connected to the pursuit at this time.

We continue to follow this breaking news story.

UPDATE @ 7:38 a.m.

Covington Exempted Village Schools are on lockdown as deputies search for a driver involved in a high-speed pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the truck, which deputies said was reported stolen out of Piqua, crashed into a house.

The driver fled on foot.


A vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit has reportedly crashed into a house in Covington.

Around 6:20 a.m. deputies reported a pursuit was initiated heading west on Farrington Road in Miami County.

According to scanner traffic, speeds in the pursuit reached over 100 mph, with the driver all over the roadway, and occasionally turning all the lights off.

The vehicle reportedly continued onto Ohio 41 where the pursuit ended with the vehicle slamming into a house at the intersection of Ohio 41 and South High Street in Covington.

The driver reportedly fled the scene on foot.

The house reportedly sustained significant damage, per initial reports.

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page when new information is available.

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Voters experiencing delays in absentee ballot delivery

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:21 PM
By: Kara Driscoll - Staff Writer

            Voters experiencing delays in absentee ballot delivery
The Rev. Carlton Williams of Dayton gives his grandson Antwyne Smith, 9, a first voting lesson as Williams casts his ballot Wednesday on the first day of early voting at the Montgomery County Board of Elections. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Efforts by hackers to hack into elections systems and the talk of voter fraud has election officials and voters on edge as the Nov. 8 election nears.

The most recent concern has been the delivery of absentee ballots to Ohio voters once they request one. Local voters have complained about their ballots either not showing up in the mail or being delivered later than expected.

Llyn McCoy, deputy director of the Greene County Board of Elections, said delays have been caused by an increase in volume and slow mail delivery.

First class mail delivery can take from five to eight days. McCoy said it’s taking about eight days on average for people to receive their absentee applications.

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“There’s a little bit of delay,” she said. “The post office first class mail isn’t what it used to be. As people call in and talk to us about it, we’re giving people their application number and letting them know where they are in process.”

She said overall, the county has seen an increase in absentee ballots that have been requested. More than 19,000 voters in the county have either requested absentee ballots or completed in-person early voting.

“Absolutely,” she said. “We’re busy, and I think every county is expecting a larger turnout than normal. Absentee voting is getting more popular with every election anyway.”

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Brian Sleeth, director of the Warren County Board of Elections, said this is the busiest his office has been in years. Already more than 30,000 people have voted by absentee or in person in Warren County at the board of elections located in Lebanon.

“There haven’t been lines, but it has been steady since early voting started,” Sleeth said.

Sleeth said they tell people to be patient and if they have not received their absentee ballot in eight days, they should call and request another ballot. Sleeth said the unique number ID for the “lost” ballot will be destroyed and a new ballot will be sent.

All requests for an absentee ballot have to be requested by noon on Saturday, Nov 5. The ballot sent by mail has to be post marked by midnight on Monday, Nov. 7.

If you’re experiencing issues with early or absentee voting, tell us about your experience. Email or call us at 937-225-2251.

Who is already voting for president?

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:34 PM
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 11:55 AM
By: Debbie Lord - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Who is already voting for president?
In this composite image a comparison has been made between former US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Donald Trump. (Left image photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images, Right image Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

In a political season that sometimes seems as if it will never end, Sept. 23 was an important day  – it was the beginning of the end. 

Early voting in four states began on that day. Registered voters in Minnesota, South Dakota and Vermont began to cast their ballots in person or by mail. (Voters in Virginia have to provide a valid reason to get an absentee ballot to vote early.) On Sept. 26, some Mississippi voters began voting.

Nearly 40 states now have procedures for voters to cast their ballots before General Election Day on Nov. 8.

Here’s a look at early voting in the United States and which states allow it.

What is early voting?

Early voting allows voters to cast their ballots before election day in November.  

Why have it?

Convenience, mostly. It allows some voters to mail ballots if they would have a tough time getting to the polls, and it cuts down on lines on Election Day.

How many states have early voting?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states have some form of early voting.

What types of early voting are there?

  •  In-person absentee voting

This means is that voters can get a ballot early, but must turn it at a designated place. The ballot is counted with other absentee ballots.  

  • No-excuse absentee voting

Every state allows people who cannot get to the polling place for a specific reason (such as illness or disability) to mail in an absentee ballot. In 27 states you do not have to give a reason to vote by mail-in absentee ballot.

  • Permanent absentee voting

In some states, voters can be put on a permanent absentee voter list. Voters will receive absentee ballots for all future elections.

  • Vote by mail

Three states, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, hold their elections via mail – no polling places. Voters must return ballots via mail by Election Day.

Who votes early?

According to Michael McDonald, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida and founder of the Elections Project, early voting could account for up to 34 percent of the vote in the 2016 election.

"Early votes will give us a good contour of who's enthused to show up to vote," McDonald told National Public Radio

"Early voters are people who have already made up their minds," McDonald said. "Clinton and Trump supporters will vote right now, and it won't matter what happens until Election Day. They're well educated and dedicated."

Below, courtesy of The Associated Press, is a primer on registering to vote.

In the U.S., states have wide discretion when it comes to crafting election laws. The result has been a patchwork of rules that can often be confusing to voters. Questions and answers about various election laws and how they affect voters:

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Voter registration deadlines vary by state, ranging from 30 days before an election to Election Day. If you live in one of the 12 states that offer same-day voter registration, you can show up on Election Day and register and vote at the same time. In Maryland and North Carolina, same-day registration is allowed only during the early voting period and not on Election Day.

Can I register to vote online?

Yes, if you live in one of the 32 states or the District of Columbia that allow it. In most cases, the information provided in the online form is matched against a state's database of those who have a driver's license or other state-issued identification card.

Do I need to show a photo ID  when I vote?

Laws that either request or require voters to show some form of identification are in effect in 32 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Of those, half require photo identification, while the other half will accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement or utility bill with a voter's name and address on it.

What happens if I don’t have a  photo ID or forget it on Election Day?

This depends largely on where you live. If you live in one of seven states with a "strict" photo ID law, you probably will be directed to fill out a provisional ballot. If you live in one of the nine states with a "non-strict" photo ID, some voters can cast a ballot that will be counted without any additional action needed.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, in some states. Eight make allowances for people who have religious objections to being photographed, and two have provisions for the poor.

What if I have a problem voting on Election Day? 

If you experience any voting-related problem, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission encourages you to contact your state or local election office for information on how to file a complaint. You also can register a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice at 800-253-3931 or

Various groups also offer assistance, including the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, which can provide specific information on voting procedures and how to make sure your vote is counted. The group can be reached at 866-OUR-VOTE or online here.

Registration and other voter information for each state can be found here.

To check your state’s  early voting deadline, and which voting options you have, click here.

New downtown Dayton brewery plans taking shape, founder says

Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:07 PM
By: Mark Fisher - Staff Writer

            New downtown Dayton brewery plans taking shape, founder says
Scenes from inside Lock 27 Brewing’s second location that will overlook Fifth Third Field’s main plaza on East First Street downtown. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Details are emerging and plans are taking shape for Lock 27 Brewing’s second location overlooking Fifth Third Field’s main plaza on East First Street in downtown Dayton, according to brewery founder Steve Barnhart.

The former “Delco Building” a few yards from the Dayton Dragons stadium is a beehive of construction activity as workers prepare for Delco Loft’s 133 apartment units.

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Barnhart said the build-out for the brewpub is a month or so from commencing. Plans call for the new brewery and restaurant to open in May 2017, to coincide with the opening of the Dayton Dragons season. The 133 “Delco Lofts” apartment units are scheduled to open in summer of 2017, Water Street project developers Crawford Hoying and Woodard Development said in August.

The Lock 27 brewpub is expected to seat about 120 and serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, Barnhart said.

The brewery and restaurant will occupy about 12,000 square feet of the building’s basement and first floor. Customer seating will be along the first-floor wall overlooking the Fifth Third Field plaza. The restaurant will have an open kitchen on the first floor. Its brewhouse will be in the basement, with some of the tanks and other taller pieces of brewing equipment extending through the basement ceiling to create a visual centerpiece of sorts for the first-floor restaurant, Barnhart said.

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Barnhart himself has leased an apartment in the building directly above the brewpub’s entrance.

The brewpub will evoke a 1900s feel. “Everything will kind of have a rough and rustic feel to it, with a lot of wood and black iron,” the Lock 27 founder said.

Plans call for keeping the 12-foot columns and the concrete floors. “It would be a shame to come in and make it something it wasn’t,” Barnhart said.

Plans call for distributing Lock 27’s downtown Dayton beers in kegs only at first, “but we think we have space to put a canning or bottling line in here” for future retail distribution, Barnhart said.

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“At the end of the day, we want to be a distribution brewery — we want people to be able to drink Lock 27 beer everywhere, not just in our brewpub,” he said.

Barnhart has said there are no plans to close or move the existing Lock 27 on Ohio 48 in south Centerville, which has “a strong presence is the Centerville community, one that we intend to support indefinitely.”

Barnhart is a native of Chicago who moved to the Dayton area in 1984. He spent 15 years working in corporate development at NCR. An avid home-brewer since 1997, Barnhart opened Lock 27 in Centerville in June 2013.