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5 things to know about Hurricane Irma’s impact on this region

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

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Tropical Storm Irma has made its way through much of Southern Florida, and is working its way up to Georgia — causing massive flight cancellations out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Support from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Power & Light and other local organizations helped provide assistance after Irma made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys. The storm already left islands in the Caribbean ravaged, where at least 23 deaths have been reported so far, according to island officials.

» HURRICANE IRMA: Live updates

Here’s what you need to know about local impact:

1. STRONG STORM Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from Irma’s center, tropical storm winds are expected to extend 220 miles, and tornadoes could pop up throughout the duration of the storm. The storm packed 120 m.p.h. winds Sunday as it made its way toward Naples.

More than 6 million people have been warned to evacuate, and at least one person has already died in Florida. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a man in Monroe County, Fla., was killed after he lost control of a truck he has driving that was carrying a generator.

2. WRIGHT-PATTERSON HELPS OUT Since Thursday, the Wright-Patt flight line has recorded the arrival of 12 F-15 Eagle fighter planes from the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, and four Navy P-8 Poseidon and five P-3 Orion anti-submarine hunting planes from Naval Air Station Jacksonville among a parade of planes expected to grow larger.

“We continue to serve as a safe haven for aircraft,” said Col. Bradley McDonald, Wright-Patterson installation commander. “… There’s a lot of fluidity to this process and requests continue to flow in.”

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3. FLIGHT IMPACTS Atlanta’s airport, one of the busiest hubs in the world, is still open but the airport encouraged travelers to check airline’s flight statuses. Many flights out of the Dayton International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport fly to Atlanta as a connection to other flights.  Dayton had several flight cancellations and delays today — departures flying to Charlottle, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Petersburg-Clearwater in Florida. Arrivals to Charlottle, Atlanta and St. Petersburg-Clearwater have also been cancelled.

» Irma, Harvey, Jose. How do hurricanes get named?

Today, there have been 580 delays and approximately 3,828 cancellations in the U.S., according to flightaware.com. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had 474 flight cancellations and 38 delays, while Miami International Airport had 367 flights cancelled — still currently shut down after Irma.

4. OHIO NATIONAL GUARD GETS READY As many as 3,500 members of the Ohio National Guard also prepared to be deployed if called on for recovery efforts, according to Stephanie Beougher of the Ohio National Guard. No deployment orders were given by Sunday afternoon. If guard members are sent, they’ll focus on assisting law enforcement agencies.

“They [guard members] could possibly help with security and in helping local law enforcement agencies,” Beougher said.

5. OTHER AREAS IMPACTED Irma’s path of destruction has spanned much farther than just Florida. The first-ever tropical storm warning was issued for Atlanta early Sunday, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency statewide later in the afternoon.

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Turks and Caicos sustained “catastrophic damage,” according to government officials, while some of the U.S. Virgin Islands like St. Thomas were left in ruins. Barbuda has been described “barely inhabitable” after the raging hurricane toppled infrastructure, trees and plants while Cuba endured harsh winds and destruction as well.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Our state has never seen anything like it.”

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7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:06 PM

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It's the ultimate accessory for that fancy diploma they just placed in your hands. Not a frame, no. How about a job to go with it?

Pay attention, anxious parents, recent grads and anyone currently in the process of choosing a college major who would like to earn a healthy income post-graduation.

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According to LinkedIn, the 2018 college graduating class will be applying for certain jobs in record numbers.

There are more students graduating than ever before (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), and hiring authority LinkedIn identified numerous companies, industries and locations where they are most likely to apply based on 2016-17 figures. Experts at the career site picked a short list of popular jobs for this spring's graduating class, including one sought-after job description that pays more than $90,000 annually.

So, if you want to go where the competition isn't, it's good to know that these seven jobs are like magnets (or free pizza, or naps) in their ability to draw lots of recent grads to apply.

Here are seven of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads, along with the median income to expect:

Assistant media planner

$58,000

New York City was No. 1 on LinkedIn's list of the Top U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads and it hired the most entry level folks in Marketing and Advertising spots like this one. Hello, Big Apple?

Abelardo Asensio Callol, 30, a software engineer from Cuba, fled to the United States and applied for asylum, but has been held in a prison for months as he awaits a ruling on his case. He is part of a group of asylum seekers suing the Department of Homeland Security over their prolonged detentions.

Software engineer

$92,300

Yep, this is the heaviest hitter on the list, offering a $90K-plus income right out of school. Seattle is just one of the cities that needs software engineers–and it's also No. 10 on LinkedIn's list of the "Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads."

Graphic designer

$45,000

The Information Age is still hopping, and graphic designer hopefuls must make sure they've got what it takes to convey information across a wide variety of visual communication media. According to LinkedIn, Chicago and New York are both hiring for lots of marketing, advertising and Internet spots.

Investment banking analyst

$85,000

Another one of the top-earning entry-level jobs for 2018 college grads is also a popular job description at some of the companies that did a lot of entry-level hiring in 2017, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. But you can only fill the investment banking analyst role if your education (like a bachelor's in finance, accounting or economics) has prepared you for duties like performing valuation analyses and building detailed financial models.

Administrative assistant

$38,000

Many different college degrees would qualify a graduate for at least some administrative spots, but one of the top degrees for this position is psychology, according to LinkedIn.

Recruiter

$48,000

It's only a little amusing that one of the most sought-after spots for first jobs involves helping companies hire much more experienced people... According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists who work as recruiters may travel extensively to attend job fairs, visit college campuses and meet with applicants. Applicants usually need a bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a related field, but the BLS said that might vary by position and employer. It anticipated the human resources specialist job outlook overall to grow about 7 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is about average.

Account coordinator

$40,000

Account executive also makes the list, but account coordinator (which pays about 30 percent less) is a bit more accessible for folks with college degrees, client service skills and eyes for detail. Account coordinator was just one example of a job people with a degree in marketing would be qualified for, and Marketing was No. 2 on LinkedIn's list of "The top 10 majors that led to the most varied types of opportunities after graduation."

And whether you're looking for a job with the fewest competitors or are happy to run with the pack heading for the most sought-after spots, make sure you consider this job-seeking advice. (And you thought you were through with lectures.) "Get 'em while they're hot." According to LinkedIn, the best time to apply is "right now." For 2017, LinkedIn identified April through June as the months when the most grads were hired into entry-level jobs.

Didn't march, not quite done, traveling to Europe this summer? "If you're not ready yet, don't worry," LinkedIn experts advised. "August is another hot time to apply."

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Votes boost Cargill, airport building projects

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:57 PM


            The Cargill plant at 3201 Needmore Road. FILE.
The Cargill plant at 3201 Needmore Road. FILE.

Real estate deals near Dayton International Airport and at Cargill in Sidney got a big boost Monday.

The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to boost both business expansions, approving deals that will shield construction projects at both sites from state and local sales taxes.

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The trustees approved a capital lease financial structure to exempt from sales taxes a $175 million expansion at the Cargill refining plant in Sidney, a project expected to add 12 jobs to a workforce of 293 people.

That project is similar in size to Emerson Climate Technology’s expansion, also in Sidney, which trustees also voted to support last year.

The Cargill project will build structures consisting of 35,000 square feet of prep space, an additional 28,000 square feet of work areas, more than 11,000 square feet of office space and 5,625 square feet of a loading area, about a mile from Interstate 75 on Industrial Drive.

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Both JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition asked the Port Authority to consider supporting Cargill’s plans, said Jerry Brunswick, Port Authority executive director.

“This is what they need to do to stay competitive,” Brunswick said of Cargill.

The second project trustees approved Monday supports a second building NorthPoint Development is building near Dayton International Airport.

NorthPoint has already built and opened a 570,000-square-foot industrial warehouse north of U.S. 40 near Concorde Drive for Spectrum Brands, which produces STP automotive products.

NorthPoint is building a second facility — at a cost of about $31 million — next to the Spectrum property that is 524,160 square feet in size for an unidentified user.

NorthPoint is also building a third facility in the area.

Monday’s vote supports that second building.

Erik Collins, Montgomery County development director, said no county officials have met with prospects for that second building and NorthPoint has not announced a tenant yet.

The two NorthPoint projects take up almost 90 acres. “On the western side of the airport, a lot is happening,” Brunswick said.

That latter vote approves the sale of revenue bonds from $14 million to $17 million to deal with higher-than-expected construction costs, Brunswick said.

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Port authorities are often used to make real estate deals easier. By law, they are often able to execute projects without bidding them out and they can hold titles to sites to protect primary users from taxes.

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Moraine company sold to international firm

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:49 AM


            Aaron King, front, works with the three person team from Weiler Welding on the initial CO2 tank installation at Caddy s Tap House in Beavercreek. The other members of the team are Jeff Ungerecht, back left, and Michael Butler, back right. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Aaron King, front, works with the three person team from Weiler Welding on the initial CO2 tank installation at Caddy s Tap House in Beavercreek. The other members of the team are Jeff Ungerecht, back left, and Michael Butler, back right. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A Moraine-based gas distributor that caters to the welding industry, craft brewers and more is now owned by an international company.

Airgas, which has about 18,000 employees at 1,100 locations, said in a statement that it acquired Weiler Welding Company’s assets and operations as of April 30.

Weiler Welding has six locations, including its Moraine office, and services Southwestern Ohio and Southwestern Indiana. Weiler’s 70 employees are now part of Airgas, according to the press release.

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Weiler Welding is a full-service industrial gas, beverage gas and welding supply business.

The Dayton Daily News previously reported that Weiler Welding, a third-generation company that dates back to 1920, had been expanding its beverage gas business line that caters to restaurants, bars and the craft beer industry.

Weiler has made recent investments into its business, including a new fill plant, which opened in May 2014, that let it control its costs, turn around orders faster, and blend gases in-house for specific orders.

Airgas, a subsidiary of Paris-based Air Liquide, stated that Weiler Welding is the company’s 500th acquisition since it was founded in 1982.

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“Growth through acquisition has always been a core strategy and competency for us and we remain committed to pursuing acquisition opportunities in the years to come,” stated Andy Cichocki, Airgas chief operating officer.

Jim Weiler, president of Weiler Welding, stated in a press release that the joining of the two companies “will create tremendous value for our associates and our customers.”

“Weiler Welding Company appreciates Airgas’ customer-centric and employee focused culture,” he said. “We feel that this culture will foster opportunities for our associates and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers as a part of Airgas.”

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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 Airpot 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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