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Two women’s health offices combine

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:46 AM


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A new women’s health practice combines two offices in the Dayton area.

Magnolia Women’s Health, a new practice with Premier Physicians Network, has been created by combining Dayton OB/Gyn Associates and Miami Valley Women’s Health.

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The only change will be reflected in the new name and everything else about the two practices – including their locations, contact information, providers and staff – will remain the same, Premier said.

Magnolia Women’s Health has several locations including 330 N. Main St. in Centerville, 2350 Miami Valley Drive, Suite 420 and 430 at Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, 105 Sugar Camp Circle, Suite 200 in Dayton, and 2180 Gateway Dr. in Fairborn.

The office is accepting new patients.

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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.

The aircraft engine made by a company based in the greater Cincinnati area, CFM International, is getting increasing scrutiny.

CFM late last week issued a new service bulletin to operators of CFM56-7B engines, which power the Boeing Next-Generation 737. It calls for inspections of fan blades on engines that have been in service for a long time.

Some 500 people tied to CFM and GE Aviation are involved in the inspection work.

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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. 

However, she said GE and Safran have about 500 experts supporting the inspections.

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Kroger completes $2 billion sale of convenience stores

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:48 AM


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The Kroger Co. announced it has completed the sale of its convenience store business unit to EG Group for $2.15 billion.

Kroger announced in October 2017 its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business, including a potential sale, in conjunction with Restock Kroger. In February, Kroger and EG Group announced an agreement for the sale of Kroger’s convenience store business unit to EG Group.

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“Throughout the sales process, we have been impressed with EG Group’s professionalism, commitment to people, and understanding of the U.S. convenience retail market,” said Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “I can’t stress enough how important to our success Kroger’s convenience store management and associates have been, and we want to thank them for all of their contributions to our customers and our company.”

Included in the sale were 762 convenience stores, including 66 franchise operations, operating in 18 states and employing 11,000 associates under the following banner names: Turkey Hill, Loaf ‘N Jug, Kwik Shop, Tom Thumb and Quik Stop. Kroger’s supermarket fuel centers and its Turkey Hill Dairy were not included in the sale.

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Sears to close another store in Ohio

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:47 AM


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Sears will close another store in Ohio.

The stores will close in July and liquidation sales will begin on Friday at most stores, Business Insider reported. Sears at 7401 Market St. in Youngstown, Ohio will close. The latest closures add to the list of the 166 stores that Sears had previously said it would shut down this year.

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Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart and Sears stores, informed associates that another 45 Kmart stores and 18 Sears stores will close in late January. Five Kmart locations in Ohio were identified as impacted stores. The impacted Ohio stores are located in St. Mary’s, Cleveland, Oregon, Austintown and Hillsboro.

Sears has several locations in the Miami Valley, including anchor stores at the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua. All local Kmart stores have already closed.

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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 Miami Twp. 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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