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Report: Ohio earns an “A” as a logistics powerhouse

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

James Dromey, Jr., right, American Honda Motor Co. senior manager, procurement and logistics, shared a laugh in April with a worker at Honda’s Midwest Consolidation Center in Troy. The Honda centers in Troy are key parts of the company’s national parts distribution network. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
James Dromey, Jr., right, American Honda Motor Co. senior manager, procurement and logistics, shared a laugh in April with a worker at Honda’s Midwest Consolidation Center in Troy. The Honda centers in Troy are key parts of the company’s national parts distribution network. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Ohio is raising its game in serving as a home to logistics companies, a new university report said.

Ohio raised its “grade” as a home for logistics businesses to an “A,” according to the 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana.

Ohio improved from “B+” to “A” in its logistics and “B-” to “B” in its diversification grades, the report states.

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The state maintained a grade of “B” in manufacturing, “C” in tax climate and liability gap, and “C-” in human capital.

However, Ohio declined from “B” to “B-” in global position, “C+” to “C” in productivity and innovation, and “C-” to “D” in benefits costs.

Ohio experienced an increase in assisted living costs from 2016 to 2017, the report said.

“U.S. manufacturing and logistics are in a remarkable period of expansion,” Michael Hicks, a Ball State professor of economics and business research, said in a statement.

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The report features an annual scorecard comparison of advanced manufacturing and logistics health among all the U.S. states.

The report was written by Hicks and Srikant Devaraj, the center’s research assistant professor. The reports can be downloaded from the Center for Business and Economic Research website at http://conexus.cberdata.org/.

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NEW DETAILS: Columbus firm could take reins of downtown Dayton project

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

The Fire Blocks District is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
The Fire Blocks District is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A Columbus-based company is looking at taking over a project to redevelop of the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton, which faces a key deadline this month related to state tax incentives.

Dayton’s city manager and other sources have confirmed with the Dayton Daily News that the Windsor Companies is interested in the project.

Scott Gibson, CEO of the Ellway Group, confirmed there is a group attracted to the project, but declined to identify them.

The Ellway Group owns many buildings in the Fire Blocks District, which is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street.

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Windsor Companies was behind the renovation of the Vetro Lofts in Italian Village in Columbus.

Windsor bought the building in 2013 in a court auction for $4.3 million and converted its apartments into 35 luxury condos, which are very modern and sleek, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Units are selling for more than $300,000. The Dispatch identified Alex Dorsey as the principal of Windsor.

In 2013, Windsor purchased a vacant senior housing complex in Hilliard for about $8.3 million, not including the costs of a negotiated settlement with bond investors, according to Columbus Monthly.

The Dayton Daily News has contacted the company and will update the story with its responses.

RELATED: Dayton’s Fire Blocks faces deadline, could lose $4.5M in funds

Time is running out for a project to rehab two of the Fire Blocks buildings: the David (or Huffman Block) building and the Elks building.

In 2016, Ellway Group was awarded about $4.5 million in state historic tax credits to rehab the structures.

But earlier this year, the state told the developers that the project had not made sufficient progress. The state gave developers until the end of this month to prove the project has financing or return the tax credits.

Last week, Downtown Dayton Partnership Executive Director Sandy Gudorf said the Fire Blocks redevelopment plan was being restructured and a new developer was at the table.

Though she declined to identify the company, she said they have the capacity and vision to get the project completed.

CityWide president Brian Heitkamp also confirmed last week that the Fire Blocks project could get “new blood.”

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Construction begins on hotel near Rose Music Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

This rendering shows a typical Tru by Hilton hotel. CONTRIBUTED
This rendering shows a typical Tru by Hilton hotel. CONTRIBUTED

Early construction has begun on a new hotel near the Rose Music Center at The Heights in Huber Heights.

Footers and cement work are in place, said Donnie Jones, Huber Heights assistant city manager.

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“I think all the ground work is either finished or underway,” Jones said Monday.

A building permit filed with the city of Huber Heights gives the value of the project as $6 million and identifies the contractor as Alpha Construction. The address is 7000 Executive Blvd.

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The hotel will be branded Tru by Hilton. The concept involves smaller, efficiently designed rooms with larger lobbies, approaching 3,000 square feet, offering room for work and games.

Hilton describes Tru as “a brand-new hotel experience from Hilton that’s vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart.”

The site’s developer, LAXMI Hospitality LLC, will construct a multi-story hotel with 88 to 100 rooms, City Manager Rob Schommer told this news outlet last month.

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Did Kroger make the list? America’s top 13 favorite grocery stores

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

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Some grocery chain have shoppers who are majorly loyal to their stores.

Marketforce surveyed nearly 13,000 U.S. consumers, and asked them about their grocery shopping habits including brand preference, customer experience and brand awareness. About 48 percent of customers were very satisfied with their customer experience during their last grocery visit, according to the survey.

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So, what brands rank highest for customer loyalty? These stores came out on top:

1. Publix Super Markets

2. Wegmans

3. Trader Joe’s Market

4. H-E-B

5. ALDI

6. Harris Teeter

7. Hy-vee Food Stores

8. Costco

9. WinCo Foods

10. While Foods Market

11. Fry’s

12. Kroger

13. Target

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Frisch’s to bring back Coca-Cola at all restaurants

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

FILE
Staff Writer
FILE(Staff Writer)

It’s back.

Frisch’s is bringing back Coca-Cola drink products to its restaurants. Frisch’s CEO Jason Vaughn announced on Monday morning that the chain will switch back to Coke products.

Frisch’s switched to Pepsi in 2013, and fans criticized the move after the restaurant’s 50-year partnership with Coke. Coca-Cola is expected to come back to restaurants in September 2018, Vaughn said.

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