West Chester manufacturer hiring, expanding for fourth time

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

            Republic Wire is ramping up hiring efforts ahead of the completion of its fourth expansion in 23 years in West Chester Twp. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF
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Republic Wire is ramping up hiring efforts ahead of the completion of its fourth expansion in 23 years in West Chester Twp. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF(Eric Schwartzberg)

A Butler County-based manufacturer is ramping up hiring efforts ahead of the completion of its fourth expansion in 23 years.

Republic Wire, which started in 1982 in Fairfield and moved to West Chester Twp. in 1994, is a family-owned and operated manufacturer of copper building wire, according to Heather Yelton, the company’s human resources director.

“We make 11 different product groups that vary in size and color for the commercial, residential and industrial markets,” Yelton said. “We sell to electrical wholesale distributors for schools, stadiums, Walt Disney World, malls, office complexes and so much more.”

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Republic Wire is hiring 10 to 15 full time positions during an expansion that is adding 30,000-square-feet to its facility at 5525 Union Center Drive, bringing its total square footage to 400,000 square feet.

“The expansion should be complete by mid to late January,” Yelton said. “This is our fourth expansion since we relocated to West Chester. When we moved here 23 years ago, we started with 40,000 square feet. We had 17 employees at the time and we currently have 125.”

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We asked Yelton about advancement opportunities, roadblocks to hiring and the biggest challenge it faces. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company. To what degree can your employees advance from entry-level roles to become department managers and team leaders?

A: “Our corporate culture encourages internal moves and we post most jobs before hiring from outside of the company. Several of our department managers began as machine operators or in our shipping/receiving departments and have worked their way up to shift supervisors, department managers and even managers on our executive team. We do not look for people to fulfill our job needs but rather we look for people who want a career. We want the person who is hired to move up within the company and stay throughout their career.”

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Q: What’s the most prevalent roadblock you encounter when it comes to hiring and what can jobseekers do to remedy that situation?

A: “The current roadblocks we are dealing with is the lack of desire to obtain a career. Many out there do not want to grow with a company, they want to come in as managers or make top dollar without working for it. At our company, we believe in hiring someone who has the desire to learn and grow with the company. Someone who has the patience to work their way up and who values what we can offer as much as what they bring to the table. We offer so much more than a job. An individual has to be willing to look at the entire package offered, not just the paycheck. My advice to jobseekers is to have an open mind when interviewing to see what all our company has to offer beyond the paycheck. Look for jobs that match your skill set and dress appropriately for an interview. Don’t forget that you are selling the skillset you can bring to help us grow.”

Q. What’s the biggest challenge facing Republic Wire and others in the industry?

A: “Skilled labor has been a problem since our nearest competitor is 300 miles away. Therefore, our training period lasts three to six months. We feel our product groups and our quality and service is better than most of our competition.”

Grain elevator explodes in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:45 AM

SCENE: Explosion reported at New Carlisle grain bin

UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (Jan. 22)

It is unknown if anyone was inside or suffered injuries at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain establishment when a large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night, according to sheriff’s deputies on scene.

Officials continue to investigate the incident, which caused a loud explosion, startling area residents.

DP&L are on scene to assess the brief power outage that occurred.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (Jan. 22)

A large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain, 880 W. Jefferson St.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, grain as high as 15 feet across a portion of Jefferson Street (Ohio 571) and a brief power outage.


Crews were called late Sunday night to a report of an explosion at a grain bin.

The blast was reported shortly before 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street.

Power also was reported knocked out in the area.

We are on the way and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:27 AM

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • 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 until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction. 

Rain showers Monday; chance for snow Tuesday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

Rain chances continue in the Dayton area tonight through Monday, and snow will be possible Tuesday.

A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s.

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  • A few showers possible overnight
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with chance for snow Tuesday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.

5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Tuesday: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day. There is a chance for snow showers or flurries as well.

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Wednesday: Another cool day is expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle to upper 30s. 

5-Day Rain/Snow Chances(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Thursday: Temperatures top out in the upper 30s under partly sunny skies.

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Friday: It will be mild under mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s.

2018 SAG Awards: Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Statue of the Screen Actors Guild Actor is seen at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Statue of the Screen Actors Guild Actor is seen at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Dimitrios Kambouris)

Hollywood stars honored television and cinematic performances at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday. 

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