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Dayton skyline changes with tower removal
 The Dayton skyline changed a bit this week when workers removed a large microwave tower from AT&T’s 10-story downtown building. The 65-foot steel tower stood for more than a half century in downtown above the AT&T building that opened in 1930 on Second Street near the Federal Building. The odd-looking tower constructed in 1959 has always...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

The Dayton skyline changed a bit this week when workers removed a large microwave tower from AT&T’s 10-story downtown building. The 65-foot steel tower stood for more than a half century in downtown above the AT&T building that opened in 1930 on Second Street near the Federal Building. The odd-looking tower constructed in 1959 has always...
Dayton Grand Hotel remains closed downtown
 The Dayton Grand Hotel, located downtown at Third and Ludlow streets, remains closed as it undergoes renovations, an acting general manager told this media outlet. The 184-room hotel, which is owned by investment equity firm Hotel Capital based in Indianapolis, has been closed since at least December 2016. The acting general manager could...

1:07 PM Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

The Dayton Grand Hotel, located downtown at Third and Ludlow streets, remains closed as it undergoes renovations, an acting general manager told this media outlet. The 184-room hotel, which is owned by investment equity firm Hotel Capital based in Indianapolis, has been closed since at least December 2016. The acting general manager could...
Scene75 continues growth, adding third Ohio location
 Jonah Sandler left the safety of a lucrative investment banking position in Chicago and risked most of his personal savings in 2012 to open the mega-entertainment complex Scene75 in Dayton. Five years later, it looks as his gamble paid off. The Cincinnati-area native will open his third entertainment location 30 miles south of Cleveland in...

3:52 PM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

Jonah Sandler left the safety of a lucrative investment banking position in Chicago and risked most of his personal savings in 2012 to open the mega-entertainment complex Scene75 in Dayton. Five years later, it looks as his gamble paid off. The Cincinnati-area native will open his third entertainment location 30 miles south of Cleveland in...
Ohio tourism increases visits by 5M last year
 The number of visitors to Ohio increased by 5 million in 2016 to 212 million visits, the seventh consecutive year of tourism growth. TourismOhio today released 2016 data highlighting tourism’s importance as an economic driver for the Buckeye state. Direct visitor spending in 2016 was estimated at $34 billion, an increase of $1 billion...

6:54 PM Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

The number of visitors to Ohio increased by 5 million in 2016 to 212 million visits, the seventh consecutive year of tourism growth. TourismOhio today released 2016 data highlighting tourism’s importance as an economic driver for the Buckeye state. Direct visitor spending in 2016 was estimated at $34 billion, an increase of $1 billion...
Taylor named CEO of Cox Enterprises
 Alex Taylor, great-grandson of James M. Cox — the former Ohio governor and founder of Cox Enterprises — has been promoted to president and chief executive officer at the company. Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy made the announcement today about Taylor, who will succeed John Dyer, president and chief executive officer, who...

8:31 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

Alex Taylor, great-grandson of James M. Cox — the former Ohio governor and founder of Cox Enterprises — has been promoted to president and chief executive officer at the company. Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy made the announcement today about Taylor, who will succeed John Dyer, president and chief executive officer, who...
Dayton metro jobless rate drops in March
 The Dayton metro jobless rate fell to 4.6 percent in March, keeping it behind Cincinnati and Columbus for having the lowest unemployment rate among the state’s large metro areas, according to Ohio Department of Labor data released today. The unemployment rate fell in 85 of the state’s 88 counties last month. In Montgomery County...

3:29 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

The Dayton metro jobless rate fell to 4.6 percent in March, keeping it behind Cincinnati and Columbus for having the lowest unemployment rate among the state’s large metro areas, according to Ohio Department of Labor data released today. The unemployment rate fell in 85 of the state’s 88 counties last month. In Montgomery County...
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation
 Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton...

8:09 PM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton...
The last of an era, area video store to close
 One of the Miami Valley’s last independent video rental stores will soon close after competing for the past 27 years against chain stores, Red Box and streaming services. First opening in 1990, Curry’s Video Plus in the small Miami County village of West Milton will begin a liquidation sale on Monday and will close when everything...

1:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 02, 2017

One of the Miami Valley’s last independent video rental stores will soon close after competing for the past 27 years against chain stores, Red Box and streaming services. First opening in 1990, Curry’s Video Plus in the small Miami County village of West Milton will begin a liquidation sale on Monday and will close when everything...
Two Dayton-area credit unions merge
 Day Air Credit Union merged with Triangle Credit Union in Kettering, effective Sunday, the credit union announced today. Triangle Credit Union’s location in Kettering on Culver Avenue is now closed permanently, officials said. The location is less than a mile from the Day Air Credit Union location on Wilmington Pike. Triangle&rsquo...

2:20 PM Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017

Day Air Credit Union merged with Triangle Credit Union in Kettering, effective Sunday, the credit union announced today. Triangle Credit Union’s location in Kettering on Culver Avenue is now closed permanently, officials said. The location is less than a mile from the Day Air Credit Union location on Wilmington Pike. Triangle&rsquo...
Mortgage rates: What you should know about them this week?
 The good news is the U.S. economy is growing with more than 15 million jobs gained this decade following last week’s job report that said 235,000 were added in the first full month of President Donald Trump in office. Economists say there are no signs of a slow down. The bad news is mortgage rates are rising, and the Federal Reserve...

3:53 PM Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

The good news is the U.S. economy is growing with more than 15 million jobs gained this decade following last week’s job report that said 235,000 were added in the first full month of President Donald Trump in office. Economists say there are no signs of a slow down. The bad news is mortgage rates are rising, and the Federal Reserve...
16M pounds of tomatoes growing in new indoor facility north of Dayton
 A high-tech hydroponic greenhouse operation that could be North America’s largest when fully built is now growing more than 200,000 tomatoes plants in Wapakoneta. Golden Fresh Farms, a Canadian-based division of Red Sun Farms, opened its $22.5 million, 20-acre greenhouse to the public last week about an hour north of Dayton near Interstate...

4:45 PM Thursday, Mar. 02, 2017

A high-tech hydroponic greenhouse operation that could be North America’s largest when fully built is now growing more than 200,000 tomatoes plants in Wapakoneta. Golden Fresh Farms, a Canadian-based division of Red Sun Farms, opened its $22.5 million, 20-acre greenhouse to the public last week about an hour north of Dayton near Interstate...
NEW MOVE: Local building to be renamed Coldwell Banker
 Coldwell Banker Heritage is consolidating two of its offices into a new Washington Twp. location that will allow it to grow in its 50th year as a company. The firm will close two of its offices near the Dayton Mall and in Centerville when the leases run out, and will move into a new 10,000-square-feet office being built out in the Galleria...

8:01 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Coldwell Banker Heritage is consolidating two of its offices into a new Washington Twp. location that will allow it to grow in its 50th year as a company. The firm will close two of its offices near the Dayton Mall and in Centerville when the leases run out, and will move into a new 10,000-square-feet office being built out in the Galleria...
Area companies awarded more than $11M in federal contracts
 The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded in the past week $3.98 million contract to MaCaulay-Brown REDSTONE AERSENAL, Ala., — MaCaulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, won a $3.98 million sole source federal contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for executive program management support services...

3:30 PM Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

The following federal contracts were announced by federal agencies as having been awarded in the past week $3.98 million contract to MaCaulay-Brown REDSTONE AERSENAL, Ala., — MaCaulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, won a $3.98 million sole source federal contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for executive program management support services...
DPL settlement will raise monthly rates, keep headquarters in Dayton
 Dayton Power and Light Company has agreed to a settlement in its electric security plan proposal, that if approved, will increase customers monthly bills and calls for the company to close two coal-powered plants on the Ohio River. DP&L announced in a statement Monday that a settlement with nine intervening parties has been filed with the...

11:14 PM Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Dayton Power and Light Company has agreed to a settlement in its electric security plan proposal, that if approved, will increase customers monthly bills and calls for the company to close two coal-powered plants on the Ohio River. DP&L announced in a statement Monday that a settlement with nine intervening parties has been filed with the...
Kodak projects up to $17M loss in sale of Kettering location
 Eastman Kodak Co. expects to take a loss between $12 million and $17 million in restructuring and related charges if it completes the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper print business, the company said in a federal filing. The company announced in March 2016 that it wanted to sell the commercial inkjet business, which accounts for more than...

6:51 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Eastman Kodak Co. expects to take a loss between $12 million and $17 million in restructuring and related charges if it completes the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper print business, the company said in a federal filing. The company announced in March 2016 that it wanted to sell the commercial inkjet business, which accounts for more than...
Kodak projects up to $17M loss in sale of Kettering location
 Eastman Kodak Co. expects to take a loss between $12 million and $17 million in restructuring and related charges if it completes the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper print business, the company said in a federal filing. The company announced in March 2016 that it wanted to sell the commercial inkjet business, which accounts for more than...

6:46 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Eastman Kodak Co. expects to take a loss between $12 million and $17 million in restructuring and related charges if it completes the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper print business, the company said in a federal filing. The company announced in March 2016 that it wanted to sell the commercial inkjet business, which accounts for more than...
Former Good Samaritan Hospital chief of staff dies
 Dr. Sylvan Weinberg, a former longtime chief of staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at a Middletown nursing home. Dr. Weinberg was 93. RELATED: See other deaths in the Miami Valley Born in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Weinberg moved to Dayton in 1932 with his family as a young man. He graduated from Fairview High School...

7:56 PM Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Dr. Sylvan Weinberg, a former longtime chief of staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at a Middletown nursing home. Dr. Weinberg was 93. RELATED: See other deaths in the Miami Valley Born in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Weinberg moved to Dayton in 1932 with his family as a young man. He graduated from Fairview High School...
Motorists will likely see $3 for gas in 2017
 Motorists can expect to see gas prices over $3 a gallon in 2017 as prices spike comparibly higher than last year. Automobile owners will pay $52 billion more over the course of the year compared to 2016 as the national yearly average rises to $2.49 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s 2017 Fuel Price Outlook. Gas prices in this region...

4:52 PM Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2017

Motorists can expect to see gas prices over $3 a gallon in 2017 as prices spike comparibly higher than last year. Automobile owners will pay $52 billion more over the course of the year compared to 2016 as the national yearly average rises to $2.49 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s 2017 Fuel Price Outlook. Gas prices in this region...
Sale of Kettering-based Kodak operation won’t happen this year
 Eastman Kodak Co. announced the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper commercial inkjet business won’t be completed until next year. “We have been gratified by the interest in the Prosper business as well as the continuing support and loyalty of our customers,” Philip Cullimore, president of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet...

1:49 PM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

Eastman Kodak Co. announced the sale of its Kettering-based Prosper commercial inkjet business won’t be completed until next year. “We have been gratified by the interest in the Prosper business as well as the continuing support and loyalty of our customers,” Philip Cullimore, president of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet...
Downtown Dayton hotel closes
 The Dayton Grand Hotel, located downtown at Third and Ludlow streets, has closed as it undergoes renovations, an acting general manager told this media outlet today. The 184-room hotel, which is owned by investment equity firm Hotel Capital based in Indianapolis, will be closed until at least May as it undergoes the renovation. The acting...

2:37 PM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

The Dayton Grand Hotel, located downtown at Third and Ludlow streets, has closed as it undergoes renovations, an acting general manager told this media outlet today. The 184-room hotel, which is owned by investment equity firm Hotel Capital based in Indianapolis, will be closed until at least May as it undergoes the renovation. The acting...
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