Steel distribution company expanding to hire for 35 new jobs

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

            Allied Crawford is opening its 11th location at 213 Industrial Drive, Franklin. SCHUELER GROUP/CONTRIBUTED
Allied Crawford is opening its 11th location at 213 Industrial Drive, Franklin. SCHUELER GROUP/CONTRIBUTED

A new distribution center in Franklin will hire 35 people, with the long term goal of hiring up to 50.

Allied Crawford, the U.S. arm under the umbrella of Ontario-based Crawford Metal, is building its 11th location and first Ohio steel distribution site at 213 Industrial Drive with the help of state incentives.

Allied Crawford is expected to make a nearly $3.6 million fixed asset investment building in exchange for a $85,000 revitalization grant from the state.

“The Cincinnati area has been on our radar for a long time,” said Alex Kovacs, chief operating officer with Crawford Metal.

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He said the private firm’s nearest locations to the area are in Harrisburg, Penn., and in Nashville, Tenn.

Kovacs said the company has posted job ads online and will be conducting interviews at the Industrial Drive location Oct. 16-18, looking for the following positions: general manager, financial controller/office manager, experienced and entry level sales personnel, secretarial administrative workers, administrative assistants, and CDL truck drivers.

The goal is to have the building ready for operations by the end of December. The site sits next to Interstate 75 near the Ohio 123 exit.

Allied Crawford also plans to make the existing building about 50 percent larger and add another warehouse on site.

Lebanon-based Schueler Group is general contractor on the project. Eric Joo, Schueler Group chief operating officer, said its an advantage to the region to have an international company pick the area for its next location.

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“I think it’s really neat to have an international company come down to Franklin, Ohio, and set up shop,” said Joo.

Kovacs said the building is about 60,000 square feet is getting a 34,000 square foot addition and there is an additional 54,000 square foot outdoor storage building under construction.

Kovacs said Crawford Steel’s Franklin project is also benefiting the community by working with local contractors on the job.

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“There’s a lot of local guys getting work out of this. The whole thing is a big impact to the community,” he said.

The Franklin project was one of two projects to be granted money through JobsOhio, the state’s private development arm, to bring new jobs to the region.

Adare Pharmaceuticals will create 29 new jobs with a payroll of $1.6 million and a fixed asset investment of $14.2 million, in exchange for a $100,000 state workforce grant. The company will have nearly 250 workers at 845 Center Drive, Vandalia, in total before the end of the year 2020, said Lauren Panasewicz, a spokeswoman for Adare.

“We’re really focusing on our research and development effort across our growing pipeline. And then we also of course continue to advance our capabilities in terms of our manufacturing and those are both key initiatives at our Vandalia site,” Panasewicz said.

Snakes die as a result of Englewood garage fire

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:54 AM

SCENE: Snakes die in Englewood garage fire

Snakes are among the animals that died after a garage fire occurred in Englewood early Monday morning.

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Crews responded to the 4500 block of Roblar Hills Drive around 1 a.m. on a fully involved detached garage fire, per initial reports.

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The garage, which was used as a work station, had animals, a vehicle, and propane tanks inside, which were all lost during the fire, according to fire officials.

No one was hurt as a result of the fire and damage estimates are unknown, but crews say the garage is a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:38 AM

Police are on scene where a female juvenile hit was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.
Police are on scene where a female juvenile hit was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.

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  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503
    • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

    Lake enhanced snow possible Tuesday; scattered showers tonight

    Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:48 AM

    The chance for more snow is returning to the Dayton area as we head through the work-week.


    • Dry morning commute
    • Lake enhanced snow showers possible tonight
    • Staying cold all week

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar


    Today: It looks to be quiet and dry for the morning commute, although a few lingering slick spots from the weekend can’t be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. It will be cool with temperatures in the 20s this morning before highs climb to the upper 30s with scattered clouds. A passing shower can’t be ruled out late afternoon. The best chance for snow showers arrives tonight with a quick moving system. Scattered light snow showers move in overnight.

    >> County-by-County Weather 

    Tuesday: We’ll see some lake enhanced snow showers off of Lake Michigan for the first part of Tuesday with some bands setting up over the Miami Valley. This could create a very isolated line of snow showers that doesn’t accumulate much — less than one inch — but is partnered with gusty winds. Winds could gust Tuesday over 30 MPH creating poor visibility where the snow band develops. Drivers should use caution Tuesday on the roads. Highs will be in the low 30s in the morning and fall during the day. Wind chill values will be in the teens. Snow showers will taper off Tuesday night. It will be cold in the teens.

    >> What are the chances for a White Christmas?

    Wednesday: Wind chills will be in the single digits in the morning. It will be much cooler in the afternoon with highs in the upper 20s. Clouds will be broken and scattered snow showers return at night.

    Thursday: Temperatures will be in the teens with broken clouds. A few flurries can’t be ruled out.

    Friday: Highs will be in the low 30s with passing light snow showers.

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    Five things to watch for in Congress this week

    Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

    With two weeks until Christmas, the to-do list is a long one for the Congress, as GOP lawmakers try to finish work on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, fund the government into 2018, and look to deal with a number of other contentious issues that have eluded lawmakers and the White House, but it’s not clear how much the House and Senate will be able to accomplish before going home for the holidays

    “If things don’t get done, we are going to have quite a catastrophe,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), one of many GOP lawmakers who remain confident that Republican leaders will find a way to reach a deal on tax reform.

    “I think this is one that we’re going to get done,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). “There’s unanimity in the conference to get this done.”

    Here is what lies ahead for lawmakers in the Congress:

    1. GOP must move quickly to finish tax reform bill. If Republicans are going to get a tax reform bill on the President’s desk before Christmas, they don’t have much time. Lawmakers certainly don’t want to be on Capitol Hill after Friday the 22nd; the first formal meeting of the House-Senate tax reform “conference” committee is on Wednesday, but that’s really more for show. Behind the scenes, key GOP lawmakers have already been trying to reach agreements on final language in the bill. If you want a full rundown on the differences between the House and Senate versions, read this comparison from the Joint Committee on Taxation. There have already been a number of stories about mistakes and loopholes in the GOP tax reform plan – we’ll see if those get resolved as well. This is no slam dunk, but the odds still favor the GOP.

    2. Next stop gap budget runs out on December 22. There isn’t enough time to write a full “Omnibus” spending bill (Speaker Ryan said that last week), so the question is more likely how much will Congress get done on funding the operations of the federal government, and how much gets booted into 2018. Republicans have been making noise about approving a funding bill for the military, keeping all other agencies on a temporary budget, and then adding in a bunch of year-end sweeteners to the bill. It’s also possible that such a deal could increase the ‘budget caps,’ allowing for a larger defense budget, and maybe more domestic spending as well. The idea of increasing spending just before the holidays does not sit well with more conservative Republicans. And what about DACA and the immigrant Dreamers? There could be a lot of wheeling and dealing in the days ahead.

    3. Will there be more shoes dropping on Capitol Hill? After what was a historic week – where three members announced their resignations due to allegations of sexual misconduct – it’s not unreasonable to wonder if more stories will surface in coming days. There’s already pressure on Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) to resign – an ethics probe was announced last Friday on Farenthold, who says he will pay back an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement with a former staffer. Over the weekend, reports surfaced about another possible taxpayer payout related to a harassment lawsuit, involving Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL). As a reporter, I cannot stress how unusual last week was on Capitol Hill. If you have one lawmaker announce a resignation, that’s a big deal. Two resignations was a major headline. And then a surprise third. One cannot discount the possibilities that more such stories are in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

    4. From member of Congress to anti-filibuster PAC? Last Thursday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) stunned his colleagues by announcing his resignation, effective January 31. But on Friday, he decided to make it effective immediately, citing the hospitalization of his wife, after revelations that he had tried to get female staffers in his office to be a surrogate for his child (not a campaign surrogate). In between those events, a Minnesota television news crew that was in Washington to cover the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), stumbled into Franks at their hotel, as they overheard the Arizona Republican on the phone soliciting big money donations to start a political action committee that would fight to get rid of the filibuster in the Senate, which Franks, and other more conservative Republicans in the House have been blaming for inaction on the GOP agenda. The news crew that stumbled into that story must still be shaking their heads about their luck.

    5. Roy Moore and the Alabama U.S. Senate race. Tuesday is finally Election Day in the Yellowhammer State, and no matter what else is happening in the halls of Congress this week, the outcome of this race will be a big deal. If Moore wins, a lot of GOP Senators won’t like the outcome. If Democrat Doug Jones wins, that will be a setback for President Donald Trump, who tried to stir support for Moore during a Fright night rally in Pensacola, Florida. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell telegraphed last week that if Roy Moore wins, then the new Alabama Senator is certain to face a review by the Senate Ethics Committee. Alabama’s senior Senator, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), made it clear again on Sunday that he wrote in someone else – instead of voting for Roy Moore. Just that part of the story is highly unusual, let alone all the other news stories that keep coming out about Moore’s past actions and beliefs. It would be an unprecedented situation if Moore wins, since so many GOP Senators have made it crystal clear that they want no part of him.