NEW DETAILS: DP&L job cuts to fall on two local sites

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

DP&L’s layoffs letter to the state and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
DP&L’s layoffs letter to the state and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The layoffs Dayton Power & Light announced last week are going to happen in two locations in the immediate Dayton area in April, its Woodman Drive headquarters and its Dryden Road offices.

DP&L has alerted state government that it will lay off about 60 Montgomery County workers.

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In a notice dated Feb. 7 to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and the state’s Department of Job and Family Services, the Dayton-area electric utility says DP&L with its Virginia-based corporate parent AES Corp., is undergoing a “corporate-wide restructuring.”

“This action will result in the permanent layoff of approximately 60 employees at its Dayton Sites located at 1065 Woodman Drive, Dayton … (and) 1900 Dryden Road” in Moraine.

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The layoffs will happen over 14 days beginning April 8, DP&L said.

As the Dayton Daily News reported last week, AES said it will cut 60 Ohio jobs and 100 Indiana jobs in a corporate restructuring of both DP&L and Indianapolis Power & Light Co., another AES subsidiary.

AES said then that “organizational and structural changes … will position both companies to operate more efficiently and continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy solutions for their customers.”

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The AES announcement last week did not say where the job cuts will fall. But they appear to be all planned in Montgomery County. (A spokeswoman for AES did acknowledge that “some” of the expected cuts would affect DP&L’s Dayton headquarters.)

As part of the new structure, Craig Jackson will assume the role of president and chief executive for both IPL and DP&L on March 31, AES said. An AES spokeswoman said Jackson will split his time between Dayton and Indianapolis, something she said he already does as chief financial officer for both subsidiaries.

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Kroger buys Home Chef in deal worth $700M; meal kits will be sold in stores, online

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times
Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times

Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain.

The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said.

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The pending merger comes on the heels of Home Chef’s 150 percent growth in 2017, $250 million in revenue, and two profitable quarters, according to Kroger.

“Customers want convenience, simplicity and a personalized food experience. Bringing Home Chef’s innovative and exciting products and services to Kroger’s customers will help make meal planning even easier and mealtime more delicious,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “This merger will introduce Kroger’s 60 million shoppers to Home Chef, enhance our ship-to-home and subscription capabilities, and contribute to Restock Kroger.”

Home Chef employs approximately 1,000 employees, is headquartered in downtown Chicago, and operates three distribution centers in Chicago, Atlanta and San Bernardino. Home Chef’s distribution centers reach 98 percent of all continental U.S. households within a two-day delivery window, according to the company.

“We’ve long believed that the future of our industry is omni-channel and bigger than just meal kits sold online. We want to be where our customers are and want to help make cooking at home easier, more accessible and even more enjoyable,” said Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef’s founder and CEO. “

After the deal closes, Home Chef will operate as a subsidiary of Kroger Co., maintain its e-commerce business on, and assume responsibility for Kroger’s meal solutions portfolio. The company will continue to operate its offices and facilities.

Following closing, Kroger will make Home Chef meal kits available to Kroger shoppers, both in stores and online.


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5 amazing flight deals we found at local airports for summer travel

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

Ready for a vacation? Follow Clark Howard's method to find the best fares!

It’s time to book your next vacation.

Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the world. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. There are plenty of cheap flight options to take advantage of this summer.

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Here are five of the best flight deals this news organization found at local airports:

1. Head to the beach from Dayton 

The ocean is calling. Book a ticket from the Dayton International Airport to Punta Gorda Airport in Florida for a week-long beach vacation. From Monday, June 18 to Monday, June 25, travelers can pay as letter as $185 round-trip for a ticket on Allegiant Air. Allegiant flights to Punta Gorda are available on Mondays and Fridays.

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2. Jet off to Iceland for less than $300

It’s cheaper than ever to hitch a flight overseas from a local airport. Icelandic discount airline WOW air introduced service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport earlier this month. Leave the Cincinnati airport on July 4 at 12:50 a.m. Your WOW basic ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland will cost you $109.99. You’ll leave Iceland on Wednesday, July 25. Your ticket home will cost you $159.99. You spend a total of $270 on your roundtrip travel.


3. Spend some time in the Lone Star State 

Frontier is offering one-way fare to Austin, Texas from Columbus for as low as $59 if you purchase the tickets by May 31. The deal is valid on tickets for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Frontier offers best deals on their website every week.

4. Bon voyage! Paris is waiting for you 

You can actually afford international travel if you look for the right deals. Head off to Paris from Cincinnati with WOW air. You can leave July 30 and return Aug. 13. Your roundtrip fare could be as cheap as $610. WOW air fare varies by date so make sure to shop around to get the best deal.

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5. Go to Myrtle Beach for less than $100 

Fly from the Dayton International Airport to Myrtle Beach for as low as $100 roundtrip in July. Allegiant serves several cities from Dayton including: Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa, among others.


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The historic Golden Lamb is getting some updates and renovations. Here’s what’s happening.

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

            The Golden Lamb in Lebanon. Photographed Sept. 2016 LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Golden Lamb in Lebanon. Photographed Sept. 2016 LISA POWELL / STAFF

The Golden Lamb in Lebanon is beginning renovations on one of its four first-floor dining rooms and kitchen, one of several projects happening at the historic facility.

In addition, the Golden Lamb completed work on the General Grant Suite, updated the Henry Clay private dining room, refurbished third- and fourth-floor hotel corridors and commissioned two works by artists Ursula Roma and Suzanne Fisher that are now on display.

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Renovations for the Charles Dickens dining room are to be completed by early July.

The Golden Lamb also anticipates renovations to two other public dining rooms and the Black Horse Tavern.

For more information, visit or call 513-932-5065.

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937 filling up: New phone area code coming to our area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

This is what telephones used to look like: Studio shot of an old rotary phone. FILE
This is what telephones used to look like: Studio shot of an old rotary phone. FILE

Get ready for a new telephone area code in Southwestern Ohio.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today approved a plan to overlay a new area code over the existing 937 area code area.

Instead of dividing the existing 937 code geographic area, the “overlay” approach will allow the new code to go to new subscribers or new phone lines. 

The 937 area code is expected to run out of available phone numbers in the third quarter of 2020, the PUCO said. All current 937 area code subscribers will continue to maintain their current numbers and 937 area code.


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The new number will affect new phone subscribers, and those trying to contact them.

“While we are still years away from the projected exhaust date, it’s important for the telecom industry to begin planning now so that the roll out of a new area code can go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, just like previous area code additions,” PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque said in a statement.

The PUCO directed the telecommunications industry to file an implementation and communications plan. The plans should indicate when the overlay will happen and how companies will notify customers of the change.

On implementation of the new code, all new phone subscribers will be assigned the new yet-to-be-determined area code.

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Plus, all local calls will require dialing the full 10-digit phone number in order to complete local calls.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator will assign the new, yet-to-be-determined area code to co-exist with the existing geographical boundaries of the 937 area code.

A copy of today’s PUCO finding and order is available at, click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number 17-2329-TP-COI.

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