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Opioids cost Ohio $8.8 billion

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

An estimated 2,500 people attended the 4th Annual Families of Addicts Rally 4 Recovery in August at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ANDY GRIMM
An estimated 2,500 people attended the 4th Annual Families of Addicts Rally 4 Recovery in August at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ANDY GRIMM

As President Trump prepares to declare the opioids crisis a public health emergency, a new report outlines just how expensive that crisis is — in more ways than one.

Opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost Ohio from $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to a new report from the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University.

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“To put this in perspective, Ohio spent $8.2 billion of general revenue funds and lottery profits money on K-12 public education in 2015,” the report says. “Thus, the opioid crisis was likely as costly as the state’s spending on K-12 education.”

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The report estimates that between 92,000 and 170,000 Ohioans were abusing or dependent on opioids in 2015.

President Trump is expected today to direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the nation’s obsession with opioids a nationwide public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act.

The president is expected to deliver a speech on the topic Thursday.

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The Swank report sounds an alarm about the state’s capacity to actually deal with the problem.

“We estimate that in the best-case scenario, Ohio likely has the capacity to treat 20 percent to 40 percent of the population abusing or dependent on opioids,” the report says.

The problem is particularly acute in rural areas, where too many have little access to medication-assisted treatment.

And the report turns a spotlight to the Dayton area and beyond, saying: “This is a particularly critical issue in the rural areas of Southwest Ohio, where opioid abuse rates are high but local access to treatment is limited.”

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Mark Rembert, one of the report’s authors, said researchers found that there are short-term and longer-term issues that need to be addressed.

Medicaid expansion lays a good foundation for providing treatment for many, he said. 

There’s a lot of variation across Ohio in access to physicians who are able to treat addiction. Patients can’t simply walk into a family doctor’s office and get effective treatment, he noted. 

Treatment in Ohio is mostly available in bigger cities. There are 17 counties in Ohio where there isn’t a single provider who can treat opioid addiction, Rembert said.

Vermont has taken an approach worth modeling, he believes. That state “took a really focused approach” to offering treatment and now has excess capacity, he said. 

Before opioids, drug addiction was mostly an urban phenomenon, he said. But this problem is notable for spreading to rural areas, too. 

Said Rembert: “Montgomery County has a high overdose rate, a very high overdose rate in the state, but many rural counties do (too).”

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Did you buy this product? Vegetable sold in Ohio ALDI stores recalled

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:29 PM


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A vegetable item sold in Ohio ALDI stores has been recalled.

McCall Farms Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of cases of Happy Harvest Spinach in 13.5 ounce cans as a precautionary measure due to the potential presence of peanuts resulting from product mislabeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The product was available for purchase in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The product was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta and Chicago areas through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.

All affected product has been removed from its stores. ALDI is the only retailer with this product. The product was packaged in 13.5 oz cans with the lot code of A23IX. The best-by date is January 2021. The UPC code is 041498131289.

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500 people from two local companies inspect fan blades after fatal accident

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

A CFM56 engine built by CFM International in West Chester Twp. is readied for installation on the A320 final assembly line at an Airbus factory in this 2014 photo. CONTRIBUTED.
A CFM56 engine built by CFM International in West Chester Twp. is readied for installation on the A320 final assembly line at an Airbus factory in this 2014 photo. CONTRIBUTED.

In the wake of last week’s fatal Southwest Airlines accident, about 500 people tied to two regional companies are involved in inspecting engine fan blades, making sure those components are airworthy.

Those companies are also supporting investigations into why the Southwest aircraft engine blew apart last week, killing a passenger on a New York-to-Dallas flight.

CFM International — a joint venture between French firm Safran and GE Aviation headquartered in West Chester Twp. in Butler County — late last week issued a service bulletin to operators of CFM56-7B engines, which power certain Boeing 737 airplanes. The bulletin calls for inspections of fan blades on engines that have been in service for a long time.

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“The big effort right now is the 500 GE and Safran team members involved in assisting airlines with the fan-blade inspection program,” said a spokesman for GE Aviation, Rick Kennedy.

The European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration have each issued emergency airworthiness directives calling for inspections of fan blades on CFM56-7B engines.

This has wide ramifications.

Southwest Airlines is cancelling about one percent of its flights due to the need for inspections. About 40 flights have been impacted, a media report said.

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Last week, an affected Southwest Boeing 737 took off Tuesday 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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The engine in question is assembled in the GE-Evendale plant and by Safran (previously Snecma )in Villaroche, France.

CFM, which has offices in West Chester Twp., is a joint venture of French firm Safran and GE.

Jamie Jewell, a GE Aviation spokeswoman, said the CFM engine has been in service since 1997 and production has been gradually phasing out as GE and CFM ramp-up introduction of the new LEAP engine.

"None of that is as a result of SWA (Southwest Airlines) incident," Jewell said in an email.

The engine's fan blade is produced by Safran, but the National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. Jewell said the companies do not expect to rely on the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) for any post-accident engine component testing at this time.

UDRI is involved in testing of engine casings or housings to help determine how durable those components are. 

CFM sent a team of technical representatives to the site to assist NTSB and government investigators in their probe of what happened on the Southwest flight.

Citing international conventions governing these investigations, Jewell said she can't comment on whether any causes have been identified in the Southwest accident.   

"The NTSB is leading the accident investigation according to the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Annex 13 rules, and CFM cannot provide information about the accident or details related to it," Jewell said. 

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Companies from across the world travel to new area plant: See why

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Manufacturing technician Adam Fox, left, and international sales representative Ralf Schuerl prepare centerless grinding machine parts for display at United Grinding. The company celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Manufacturing technician Adam Fox, left, and international sales representative Ralf Schuerl prepare centerless grinding machine parts for display at United Grinding. The company celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

At home in its new $13 million headquarters for six months, United Grinding showcased its new building in Miamisburg to the rest of the world last week.

The company opened the doors to its 2100 United Grinding Blvd. (found off Old Byers Road) home to about 300 people from America, Europe and elsewhere over two days last week. 

The occasion — the company’s “The Artistry of the Grinding Universe” event, showcasing the latest in precision metal-shaping machines and techniques.

Owned by German company Korber Solutions, United Grinding drew representatives from fellow Korber-owned brands as well as customers for the technology showcase.

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United Grinding celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The 110,00-square-foot building appears to be made for showcasing, with a good chunk of it set aside as a permanent showroom. Here, visitors can see Walter, Studer, EWAG and Blohm machines and learn the latest ways to strengthen quality and speed production.

United Grinding has about 140 Miamisburg employees. (About 30 employees are based elsewhere.) The company moved from Earl Boulevard — and consolidated a sister location in Virginia — to the current site just west of southbound Interstate 75.

The move involved incentives exceeding $18 million in investments and incentives, including a Montgomery County ED/GE (Economic Development/Government Equity) grant.

The company serves customers in aerospace, automotive, medical, tool and die and other industries.

Andreas Steiner, automation engineer, prepares a universal grinder at United Grinding. United Grinding celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“We wanted to have all of our employees as much as possible under one roof,” Steve Jacobson, United Grinding president and chief executive, said.

“This area of the Midwest is our hub zone, if you will,” he added. “The majority of our business — about 60 to 70 percent of our business — is located within about six hours’ drive of our location.”

And why is metal shaping considered an “artistry?”

Because parts need to be perfect, and they need to be made perfectly more than once. Customers bring parts to United Grinding for a proof of concept or demonstration, and those typically are the most challenging parts they produce, the CEO said.

At United Grinding, customers see whether they can make the parts faster, less expensively or with greater quality.

Walk around the building, and you’ll see several appearances of the German acronym “Puls” — which stands for “passion and precision,” said Jacob Baldwin, a United Grinding spokesman.

Steve Jacobson, president and CEO of United Grinding which celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“It’s a combination of not only engineering, but art that goes into the design and development of a part,” Jacobson said. “Of course, if that happens with a part, you need a process that mimics the same way (for additional production).”

As a European company, United Grinding has a strong corporate identity, Jacobson said. “There’s an art theme there, when you look around and see how we designed the building. Not only for functionality, but it looks like a nice building,” he said.

United Grinding celebrated the opening of its new North American Headquarters in Miamisburg on April 17, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)
Anyone familiar with a Korber building in another part of the world — say, in Bern, Switzerland — will recognize common features in the Miamisburg building, Baldwin said.

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Dayton Mall Applebee’s property sold

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file

A Miami Twp. Applebee’s Grill and Bar restaurant property has sold for nearly $1.64 million, Montgomery County property records show.

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The transaction happened Monday, with AP Dayton LLC buying the 105 N. Springboro Pike property from Cypress Grove Holdings for $1.638 million, records show.

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The restaurant is on 1.07 acres.

The restaurant is open and continues to operate, although in recent months, other Dayton Mall area eateries have closed, including Cena Brazilian Steakhouse, TGI Friday’s, Ruby Tuesday and others.

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