DP&L to shut down 2 Ohio plants

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:21 PM


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Dayton Power and Light Co. will shut down two power plants in a rural Southern Ohio county, according to a company statement.

The company announced two power-generation plants in Adams County will shut down by June 2018. The plants — known as J.M. Stuart and Killen stations — are not “economically viable beyond mid-2018,” according to DP&L.

The Dayton Daily News first reported earlier this year that the company announced its intention to close the plants in a January filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The rumors have caused communities near the plants to voice their concerns.

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“There’s a huge financial impact headed our way, and frankly, it doesn’t feel like our concerns are being heard, in either Dayton or Columbus,” Michael Pell, president of First State Bank in Winchester, Ohio, told this news organization.

The plants generate about $3.8 million annually in property taxes to the county and local entities, and DP&L owns 5,500 acres in Adams County. The plants have about 490 employees, with an additional 200 contracting employees. The annual payroll is more than $30 million.

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“DP&L recognizes the extent of the impact and uncertainty this decision creates for our people. The Company is fully committed to proactively managing workforce transitions related to the closure of these generation units,” a company statement said.

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NCR to cut 360 jobs as company outsources work

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Atlanta construction workers move glass into place on the face of the rising Spring @ 8th, the new corporate headquarters for NCR Corp., in this July 2017 photo. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM.
Atlanta construction workers move glass into place on the face of the rising Spring @ 8th, the new corporate headquarters for NCR Corp., in this July 2017 photo. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM.

NCR Corp., the company once headquartered in Dayton, is cutting some 360 jobs in Georgia, a move that may affect hundreds of other jobs in an economic ripple effect.

Atlanta-based NCR said it will close two manufacturing facilities near Columbus, in west Georgia, later this year, as the company outsources production of some automated teller machines and other self-service kiosks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), a sister newspaper of the Dayton Daily News, reported.

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The moves will eliminate about 360 full-time jobs in Georgia, and could affect about 680 contract workers locally, an NCR spokesman told the AJC. NCR said it also will close a plant in China, the newspaper reported.

The move comes a little more than a month after the company announced that Bill Nuti, NCR chairman and chief executive, informed company directors that he intends to step down for “health reasons upon the naming of a new CEO.”

NCR said it was conducting a “thorough CEO search” which was expected to take about two months.

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“Upon stepping down, Nuti will be named chairman emeritus and serve as a consultant to NCR,” the company said.

NCR makes ATMs and customer-facing kiosks as well as software for merchants and banks.

“NCR is executing a multi-year strategic initiative to strengthen our global competitive position and accelerate our transformation to a software and services-led, data-driven business,” the AJC quoted an NCR spokesman, Tim Henschel, as saying.

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NCR, he added, remains “committed” to Georgia and Atlanta, where it recently opened a new headquarters campus that is projected to one-day employ about 5,000 workers.

Since leaving Dayton in 2009 — a move that was first announced about two years after Nuti became chairman — NCR has moved its headquarters within the state of Georgia twice, each time fueled by government incentives.

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Camping World RV super retail center in Huber Heights to generate at least $1.7M for city 

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

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Camping World Holdings, a network of RV retail locations, plans to build a super retail center in Huber Heights.

Plans are underway to expand the company footprint with additional locations in several high traffic, outdoor-centric markets, with the new SuperCenters in Georgia, Illinois and Huber Heights. The centers are planned to open later this year. Specific locations have not yet been announced.

The company has agreed to purchase up to 17 acres of city owned land adjacent to the gander Mountain building for expansion, said Fairborn Mayor Jeff Gore in a statement. The land purchase alone will generate up to $1.7 million in revenue for the city. 

“This land purchase will enable the new construction for a larger "campus" of a whole new generation of Camping World Service, Sales, and Operations. Camping World's current plans to grow into the community will have a great economic impact and this additional investment will grow that impact even more,” Gore said. 

The new centers will increase the company’s presence in new markets, but are also in alignment with the company’s strategic growth plans, said said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Camping World.

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“As part of Camping World’s growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From new strategic acquisitions, new store development and facility upgrades, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving our customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs,” he said.

Camping World has locations in Fairfield and London, Ohio, as well as Richmond, Indiana.

Camping World Holdings is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Camping World Holdings Inc. was chosen as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for certain acquired assets of Gander Mountain and the sale was approved in a bankruptcy court hearing in May 2017.

Gander Mountain closed its location in Huber Heights, located at 8001 Old Troy Pike, shortly after.

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4X4 obstacle course revs up Saturday

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

The Evans 4X4 Arena obstacle course opens this Saturday.
The Evans 4X4 Arena obstacle course opens this Saturday.

Jeep drivers and 4X4 enthusiasts, start your engines: A new Jeep obstacle course and off-road arena is set to open Saturday.

The Evans 4X4 Arena Obstacle Course will open at 10 a.m. at Evans Arena Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 924 Shiloh Springs Road, Dayton, the dealership said.

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The event will feature a Jeep show and cruise-in, various food trucks, balloon artists and face painting and more.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dealership owner Jim Evans has said the course will be the “biggest and most unique, permanent off road arena in Ohio.”

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“After years of unparalleled efforts to provide quality Jeeps and Rams to consumers, Evans Arena decided to take advantage of new opportunities by launching the only permanent 4x4 arena of this magnitude,” the dealership said in an earlier release. “This arena will provide a clean, yet rugged experience for users to see the true capabilities of the Jeep and Ram 4x4s they’ve grown to love.”

Evans Auto Group also has Volkswagen, Volvo and BMW dealerships on Poe Avenue and an Infiniti dealership in Centerville.

There’s a historical linkage at work here. Evans’ great-uncle, Roy S. Evans, headed the American Bantam Car Co. of Butler, Pa. It was a consultant for Bantam, while working with other engineers and suppliers, who designed the original Jeep military vehicle in the early 1940s.

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Dayton Soin Award winner has innovation in its sights

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Nicholas Ripplinger, Battle Sight Technologies co-founder, leads a company that has created a technology that creates writing visible exclusively to military, law enforcement and emergency management agencies using night vision.
Nicholas Ripplinger, Battle Sight Technologies co-founder, leads a company that has created a technology that creates writing visible exclusively to military, law enforcement and emergency management agencies using night vision.

Battle Sight Technologies — a Dayton startup that has developed a chemiluminescent writing device — is the 2018 Soin Award for Innovation winner, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and Soin LLC said Tuesday.

Battle Sight Technologies produces the “MARC IR,” which allows its user to write with a reusable luminescent material, the chamber and Soin said in a joint announcement.

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“It’s a glow stick that you can write with and is reusable,” Nicholas Ripplinger, company co-founder, said in the statement “When you write with the MARC IR, you’re leaving a very thin layer of wax that’s not visible. There’s a series of microcapsules that break when you write with them. The chemicals inside react with the chemicals in the wax, and that’s what causes the glowing reaction.”

Using a chemical that emits infrared, the idea is to create writing visible exclusively to military, law enforcement and emergency management agencies using night vision.

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“It’s invisible to the enemy who’s walking around, but when you have your night vision goggles on, it glows. So what really benefits the soldiers is they can now write words or symbols, so visually, everybody now knows what’s going on in that environment,” Ripplinger said.

The technology came to him through the Technology Acceleration Project, which is the Entrepreneur Center’s push to transfer technology from research to market. The program connects technological advances discovered by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with for-profit teams equipped to commercialize the ideas.

Ripplinger is a former U.S. Army soldier and non-commissioned officer with command experience. He holds a B.S. in technical management as well as an M.B.A.

Battle Sight’s connection with AFRL and other business supporters in the Dayton region has been beneficial to getting the business off the ground, said Ripplinger.

“Dayton has been a huge part of our success,” he said. “We wanted to rally the community behind us. We’re involved with several non-profits including the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneurs Center. We’re trying to be the best community stewards that we can be. In return, we gained a lot of support for what we were doing.”

The Soin Award for Innovation panel of judges, made up of area business leaders and representatives from small business supporters, were impressed with the many applications for Battle Sight’s technology and the company’s strategy for bringing it to the market, focusing first on the defense applications, the chamber said.

Battle Sight Technologies’ win earns a $25,000 prize and various marketing opportunities thanks to support from Soin LLC, Cox Digital Marketing and CareWorks.

The Soin Award for Innovation began on the chamber’s 100th anniversary as a way to honor innovative area businesses. The Raj Soin family has been the benefactor of the award since its inception.

Learn more about Battle Sight Technologies and the MARC IR at www.battlesighttech.com.

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