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Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles 

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles

Dick’s Sporting Goods says it is ending sales of assault-style rifles.

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UDRI lands $72 million Air Force contract

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 6:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 4:34 PM


            Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based at Wright-Patt. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based at Wright-Patt. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $72 million, six-year contract that provides research and engineering support to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The work, part of AFRL’s Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program, includes testing of environmentally friendly technologies, determining the cause of component failures , evaluating materials and protective coatings on advanced aerospace systems, among other things.

“This really means we respond quickly to requests for failure analysis investigations and materials evaluations to support the Air Force needs, be it on a base, in the field, or wherever we are needed.” UDRI spokeswoman Pamela Greg said in an email.

The initial award for $11.7 million will focus on research, evaluation, and testing of corrosion control and prevention, UDRI said. The contract supports about 30 jobs at UDRI, Gregg said.

The work will be conducted at Wright-Patterson and UDRI.

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Miami Valley Hospital buys more land near Austin Landing

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

Work continues on the Miami Valley Hospital South expansion project in Centerville. A spine and joint center will be the cornerstone of the $60 million project. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Work continues on the Miami Valley Hospital South expansion project in Centerville. A spine and joint center will be the cornerstone of the $60 million project. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Miami Valley Hospital has purchased two parcels of Miami Twp. land totaling nearly 12 acres near Austin Landing and the Exchange at Spring Valley, local property records show.

741 Developers Ltd. sold nearly 11.7 acres of land off Miami Village Drive to Miami Valley Hospital, in a transaction recorded Friday, according to Montgomery County hospital records.

Near the Exchange at Spring Valley, Miami Village Drive runs from Ohio 741 roughly southeast to Austin Pike, east of the sprawling Austin Landing development.

Records gave the sale price as $885,000.

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A spokesman for Premier Health, Miami Valley Hospital’s parent company, asked to gather information before answering questions.

Premier Health has been in expansion mode lately, at least in some areas. Last December, Miami Valley bought 4.58 acres of land on Miamisburg-Springboro Road/Austin Boulevard, for $850,000. The company started building a $12 million emergency center near Austin Landing around that time.

The hospital has also been expanding Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville.

The news outlet reported in March that the company is planning to build a $24 million, 60-bed rehabilitation hospital, with an Alabama-based health network, in early 2020 on the Miami Valley campus north of Apple Street.

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Also, as a co-investor with the University of Dayton (UD) in the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Premier and UD both said this week they they will search out funding sources for redevelopment of the 38-acre former fairgrounds.

At the same time, however, Premier is planning to close Good Samaritan Hospital, which it operates in northwest Dayton, and is working with other groups to attract a new user to the Philadelphia Drive site

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Surge in construction jobs doesn’t help Ohio jobless rate

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Pepsi is building a new distribution warehouse in Fairborn. Construction on the 150,000 square foot facility on Spangler Road near Ohio 444 is underway. The development has been code named “Project SoHo.” It’s unclear if the new development will impact Pepsi’s bottling facility at 526 Milburn Ave., one of the major employers in Old North Dayton.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
Pepsi is building a new distribution warehouse in Fairborn. Construction on the 150,000 square foot facility on Spangler Road near Ohio 444 is underway. The development has been code named “Project SoHo.” It’s unclear if the new development will impact Pepsi’s bottling facility at 526 Milburn Ave., one of the major employers in Old North Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A springtime surge in new construction jobs didn’t help the state’s unemployment rate in May, which remain lodged at 4.3 percent, unchanged from April, the state said Friday.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May.

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Still, this May’s unemployment rate was down from 5.1 percent in May 2017.

Again, Ohio’s jobless rate remains higher than the nation’s. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in April, and down from 4.3 percent in May 2017.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 933,700, increased 6,700 over the month with gains in construction (6,000 new jobs), manufacturing (500 new jobs), and mining and logging (+200 jobs), the state Department of Job and Family Services said.

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Over the past year, manufacturing alone has added 10,200 jobs in durable goods (8,600 new jobs) and non-durable goods (1,600 added jobs). Construction added 7,100 jobs total and mining and logging added 1,100 jobs.

Gov. John Kasich hailed the report in a statement Friday.

The latest report brings the total number of private sector jobs created in Ohio since Kasich took office to 520,500, the governor’s statement said.

“Stabilizing Ohio’s finances, cutting taxes, streamlining regulations, improving our workforce and helping more Ohioans get healthy so they can work—these have all contributed to the jobs-friendly climate that continues to produce solid results for Ohioans,” Kasich said. “I’m optimistic that it’s a model that will continue to work for Ohio for years to come and it’s a roadmap for the next generation of leaders in Ohio ... and the country.”

For the month of May, the private services sector, at 3,877,000 jobs total, added 13,400 jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities (5,300 new jobs), financial activities (2,400 added jobs), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), professional and business services (+1,600), educational and health services (+800), information (+600), and other services (+600).

Government employment, at 787,900, increased 2,500 in local (+2,300) and state (+200) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

Over the past year, there were also gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,600), educational and health services (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+7,900), financial activities (+7,100), other services (+6,500), and professional and business services (+2,500).

Ohio also saw losses in the information sector (400 fewer jobs).

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5 ways Springboro plans to transform former grocery lot into $3.5M project

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

Reporter Larry Budd shows the demolition of Springboro's IGA on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

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A $3.5 million performing arts center will likely be part of redevelopment at the former Springboro IGA Plaza.

And city officials have even bigger plans for the area. As it revealed plans to anchor the plaza redevelopment with the performing arts center there, officials acknowledged a larger vision stretching from the intersection into the historic downtown and all four directions.

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Here are five things city officials had to say about the new project:

1. EXPANSION

The city hopes the development will stretch farther west, to include the remaining shopping center next to the redevelopment site, east and west along Ohio 73 from the intersection and south into the historic downtown.

2. LINKING TO HISTORIC DISTRICT

where a Speedway previously operated, the city is considering building a curved building coaxing visitors at this “gateway” to turn south on Main Street into the historic district.

3. TALKING TO SCHOOLS

the redevelopment is to include land east on Ohio 73, where businesses previously stood, and could also stretch to the former school site southwest of the former Speedway corner. “We’re going to be talking to the schools. That’s in the future,” Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said.

4. THEATRE TO RISE 

The first building to rise, the arts center, will house the Playhouse South Community Theatre currently located in Kettering. The community theatre group, which has performed for the past decade in Springboro’s Shakespeare in the Park summer theater program, is to move into the Springboro Center for the Performing Arts, a 2.5-story, 150,000-square-foot building expected to anchor the six-acre redevelopment.

5. CATALYST FOR REDEVELOPMENT 

“We want this to be a catalyst to potentially start redeveloping the entire corner,” Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said during a meeting at city hall.

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