Eric Schwartzberg

Eric covers business and housing for the Journal-News. Since being hired by Cox Media Group Ohio in 2005, he has reported on local government, crime, business, education, politics and entertainment in Butler and Warren counties.  Eric earned a bachelor's of science in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is married with three children.

Latest from Eric Schwartzberg

5 employers will be hiring at one event in Fairfield this week
 For job seekers looking to find multiple employment options in one place, OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will feature five hiring events in one day on Wednesday at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. Melissa O’Brien, the business services manager for the business and employment resource center, told this media outlet that having...

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For job seekers looking to find multiple employment options in one place, OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will feature five hiring events in one day on Wednesday at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. Melissa O’Brien, the business services manager for the business and employment resource center, told this media outlet that having...
New restaurant in Fairfield Twp. already planned in closing Max & Erma’s space
 Max & Erma’s will close its restaurant at the front of Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., but will then convert the space to a different restaurant concept, MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub, later this year. The restaurant, which opened in 2005, will shut its doors Feb. 28. The transition to the new eatery is expected to take place...

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Max & Erma’s will close its restaurant at the front of Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., but will then convert the space to a different restaurant concept, MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub, later this year. The restaurant, which opened in 2005, will shut its doors Feb. 28. The transition to the new eatery is expected to take place...
Kroger opens new local center to help it make better food for its stores
 Kroger said today it has opened its Culinary Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center in downtown Cincinnati. Kroger started construction on the 12,000-square-foot, LEED-designed center last March. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows...

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Kroger said today it has opened its Culinary Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center in downtown Cincinnati. Kroger started construction on the 12,000-square-foot, LEED-designed center last March. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows...
That flag you see at the Olympics? It might’ve flown in West Chester
 A flag once flown in West Chester Twp. could be visible on the podium with U.S. athletes during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. West Chester Fire Department and West Chester Police Department took part in the Team USA Bobsled and Skeleton American Flag First Responders Relay, joining communities from across the nation doing...

Posted: 2 days ago

A flag once flown in West Chester Twp. could be visible on the podium with U.S. athletes during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. West Chester Fire Department and West Chester Police Department took part in the Team USA Bobsled and Skeleton American Flag First Responders Relay, joining communities from across the nation doing...
Home care company to lay off 257 in Ohio, more than half in southwest Ohio
 A company with operations in Butler County will lay off 257 people in Ohio, more than half of them in southwest Ohio. Personal Touch Home Care of Ohio, Inc. informed the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development that is terminating operations in Fairfield Twp., Eaton, Independence and Wooster. That...

Posted: 3 days ago

A company with operations in Butler County will lay off 257 people in Ohio, more than half of them in southwest Ohio. Personal Touch Home Care of Ohio, Inc. informed the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development that is terminating operations in Fairfield Twp., Eaton, Independence and Wooster. That...
This new business will bring a trendy offering to Cincinnati Premium Outlets
 Millions of Milk Tea, a Taiwanese-inspired bubble tea retailer that touts its “authentic oriental flavor,” will join the roster of nearly 100 retailers at Cincinnati Premium Outlets this summer. “We’re excited to bring the bubble tea trend to Cincinnati Premium Outlets,” said Mary Ann Mattscheck, the outlet mall&rsquo...

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Millions of Milk Tea, a Taiwanese-inspired bubble tea retailer that touts its “authentic oriental flavor,” will join the roster of nearly 100 retailers at Cincinnati Premium Outlets this summer. “We’re excited to bring the bubble tea trend to Cincinnati Premium Outlets,” said Mary Ann Mattscheck, the outlet mall&rsquo...
Oil and gas company executive sentenced in Butler County
 The last of three defendants in a securities fraud case was sentenced this week. Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on Tuesday sentenced Catherine M. Schaper, 55, of Austin, Texas-based North Shore Energy, LLC, to six years in prison and ordered her to pay restitution to the victims and court costs. RELATED: Ex-Cincinnati...

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The last of three defendants in a securities fraud case was sentenced this week. Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on Tuesday sentenced Catherine M. Schaper, 55, of Austin, Texas-based North Shore Energy, LLC, to six years in prison and ordered her to pay restitution to the victims and court costs. RELATED: Ex-Cincinnati...
The latest local Rapid Fired Pizza opens Thursday, and it means FREE pizza in Fairfield
 Rapid Fired Pizza will host a grand opening starting 10:30 a.m. Thursday by giving away free pizzas to the first 500 customers in Fairfield. The 2,200-square-foot Fairfield restaurant at 6775 Dixie Highway is a fast-casual concept that features fresh made pan pizzas cooked in 180 seconds. Patrick Harder is the owner and operator of the new...

Posted: 3 days ago

Rapid Fired Pizza will host a grand opening starting 10:30 a.m. Thursday by giving away free pizzas to the first 500 customers in Fairfield. The 2,200-square-foot Fairfield restaurant at 6775 Dixie Highway is a fast-casual concept that features fresh made pan pizzas cooked in 180 seconds. Patrick Harder is the owner and operator of the new...
AAA closing Middletown store, moving Hamilton store
 AAA Ohio Auto Club will close one store and move another in Butler County in what it says are moves to better serve members. The Middletown store at 120 S. Breiel Blvd. will close March 31, and the Hamilton store will move from 744 NW Washington Blvd. in late April or early May. MORE POPULAR NEWS This local restaurant is coming back to Butler...

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AAA Ohio Auto Club will close one store and move another in Butler County in what it says are moves to better serve members. The Middletown store at 120 S. Breiel Blvd. will close March 31, and the Hamilton store will move from 744 NW Washington Blvd. in late April or early May. MORE POPULAR NEWS This local restaurant is coming back to Butler...
Those homes under construction you see are another good sign for the area. Here’s why.
 Construction of new homes was up for the region in 2017, with Butler County’s contribution continuing to be a sizable portion of overall totals. A total of 2,935 single-family permits were issued in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties during 2017, compared to 2,561 in the previous year, a 14.6 percent increase throughout...

Posted: 4 days ago

Construction of new homes was up for the region in 2017, with Butler County’s contribution continuing to be a sizable portion of overall totals. A total of 2,935 single-family permits were issued in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties during 2017, compared to 2,561 in the previous year, a 14.6 percent increase throughout...