Ohio minimum wage to increase next year: Will you land a raise?

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 11:45 AM


            Associated Press
Associated Press

The state minimum wage will increase by 15 cents next year to adjust for inflation.

Officials say non-tipped workers must be paid an hourly wage of at least $8.30 beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Tipped workers are slated to receive a minimum of $4.15 an hour starting next year — a bump of 8 cents.

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The rising minimum wage reflects an increase in the Consumer Price Index, which rose 0.7 percent during the past year. There was no increase in minimum wage made for 2016.

The new wage only applies to companies with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 a year. Ohio’s minimum wage for employees at smaller companies along with 14- and 15-year-old workers is tied to the federal minimum wage set by Congress.

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Vectren and DP&L offering discount promotion on thermostats

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:02 PM


            New York Times Staff
New York Times Staff

A DP&L and Vectren promotional offer could help customers save money on heating and air costs.

The offer gives customers a $50 discount on Nest Learning Thermostats and a $20 discount on Nest Thermostat E. DP&L and Vectren are both offering $50 rebates to eligible customers. Customers can also receive free Google Home Minis.

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Nest Learning Thermostats learn patterns in customer temperature preferences at different times of the day and automatically adjust temperatures, according to the product’s website. Before discounts, a Nest thermostat costs $249. A Nest Thermostat E is a smart thermostat customers can remotely control with an app, and costs $160 before discounts.

The promotion began today and ends July 8. Customers could save an average of 10-12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling costs by using the new thermostats, according to the news release.

The promotion is available at www.Nest.com and participating retailers.

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Get your fresh Georgia peaches this week when Southern food truck makes stops near Dayton

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 7:05 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

The Peach Truck is coming to Dayton June 26

A popular Nashville food truck that sells fresh peaches from Georgia is making its way to the Dayton region.

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Starting Tuesday, June 25, The Peach Truck takes the food truck idea and puts a healthy, Southern twist on it — offering fresh, juicy peaches from Georgia. The truck will visit parts of Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

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The first few stops in Dayton will include Church of Incarnation, Rural King, Handyman Ace, Meadow View Growers and other garden centers.

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The Peach Truck idea came about when founder Stephen Rose moved to Nashville in 2010 and discovered no one sold fresh, flavorful peaches like the kind he’d grown up eating in Georgia. Two years later, he and his wife Jessica made a trip back to Rose’s hometown farm and started selling peaches out of the back of a ‘64 Jeep truck.

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The truck will make stops in Dayton, Hamilton, Kettering, Middletown, Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Xenia, Fairborn, Huber Heights, New Carlisle, Troy and Springfield. 

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THE SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Dayton, OH - Church of Incarnation, 55 Williamsburg Lane 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM — Hamilton, OH - Rural King, 1416 Hamilton Richmond Road 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM —  Kettering, OH - Handyman Ace, 1950 E. Stroop Road 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM —  Middletown, OH - Berns Garden Center, 825 Green Tree Road 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM —  Beavercreek, OH - Berns Garden Center, 3776 Indian Ripple Road 

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM —  Miamisburg, OH - Handyman Ace, 1240 East Central Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM — Richmond, IN - Tractor Supply Co., 4675 National Road E. 

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Xenia, OH - Rural King, 1900 Progress Drive

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Fairborn, OH - Handyman Ace, 122 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Huber Heights, OH - Rural King, 7611 Old Troy Pike 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM — New Carlisle, OH - Meadow View Growers, 755 N Dayton-Lakeview Road 

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM — Troy, OH - Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM — Springfield, OH - Rural King, 1476 Upper Valley Pike

CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The truck will return to the area again in mid-July. See the full schedule here.

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Fifth Third Bank to lay off undisclosed number of employees

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:38 AM

In 2016, Fifth Third Bank had nearly 50 branches and 700 employees in the Dayton area. The stadium where the Dayton Dragons play is also named for the bank. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
In 2016, Fifth Third Bank had nearly 50 branches and 700 employees in the Dayton area. The stadium where the Dayton Dragons play is also named for the bank. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Fifth Third Bancorp is cutting jobs in the region, bank officials are telling the media.

The company is not discussing the number of employee layoffs or how many are happening in the Dayton area.

No notice of layoffs appeared on the state’s “WARN” (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act) notice board as of early Friday. Typically, larger companies that lay off 50 or more employees within 30 days are required by law file a WARN notice with the state’s Department of Job and Family Services.

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A Fifth Third spokesman said Friday the bank needs to make “adjustments when there is not a good match-up between staffing, market demand and the operating environment.”

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“Fifth Third has long had an approach of managing staff carefully and making ongoing adjustments,” Fifth Third spokesman Larry Magnesen said in an email. “That has helped avoid large, broad-based reductions.”

The Cincinnati-based company is still hiring for certain critical skills, and has about 1,122 open positions. More than 500 of those openings are posted on our a Fifth Third recruiting web site.

“It’s worth noting that the bank’s total employment in greater Cincinnati of about 7,500 employees is up by 800 over the last five years or so (since year-end 2013),” Magnesen said.

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He added: “Clearly, staffing adjustments increase efficiency. That is a priority of the bank in order to invest in the capabilities in terms of expertise and technology to address our customers’ evolving needs.”

Fifth Third met its goal of closing some 105 branches by June 2016, Greg Carmichael, the bank’s president and chief executive, told this news outlet in August 2016.

At the time, the bank had 47 branches and about 700 employees in the Dayton market.

Fifth Third’s board elected Carmichael, a University of Dayton graduate, its chairman early in 2018.

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Passengers on engine failure flight sue regional aviation companies GE Aviation, CFM

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 8:07 AM

Final assembly of the CFM56-5B jet engine produced by GE Aviation joint venture CFM International. FILE
Final assembly of the CFM56-5B jet engine produced by GE Aviation joint venture CFM International. FILE

Passengers on the mid-April Southwest Airlines flight that suffered a mid-flight engine failure are suing the airline and associated companies, including CFM International Inc., the engine manufacturer which has a Butler County presence.

More than two months ago, an Southwest Boeing 737 took off from New York, headed for Dallas. About 20 minutes into the flight, at an altitude of about 32,500 feet, a fan blade broke off the engine and shrapnel shattered a window. A passenger on that flight, Jennifer Riordan, 43, was sucked part of the way out of the broken window and pulled back inside by fellow passengers.

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Riordan later died in a hospital.

The engine had been made by CFM International — a joint venture between French firm Safran and GE Aviation headquartered in West Chester Twp. in Butler County.

CFM has since been inspecting the aircraft engines in question, CFM56-7B engines, which power certain Boeing 737 airplanes.

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Inspections are to be completed by August 31.

An “airworthiness directive” mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration in April says that airlines must perform these inspections every 3,000 cycles (1.5 to 2 years of operation). As well, airlines are required to inspect fan blades as they reach the 20,000 cycle threshold, with the continued repetitive 3,000 cycle inspections.

A spokeswoman for GE Aviation declined to comment on pending litigation.

The passengers’ lawsuit was filed recently in New York State Supreme Court. The suit also names the Boeing Co., GE Aviation Systems LLC, Safran USA Inc. and CFM International as defendants.

Riordan’s family is not part of the lawsuit, according to media reports.

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