breaking news

Wright State president: ‘Avoiding fiscal watch is by no means a certainty’

Dayton region bright spot: Thousands of jobs announced this year


A perennial concern of recent years is that Ohio is not creating jobs as fast as the nation at large.

But that doesn’t mean Dayton and the region around it haven’t seen opportunities and plenty of announcements so far in 2017. Employers large and small have made moves — and we’ve reported them.

Here are some of the biggest jobs stories the region has seen so far this year. Stay tuned: There’s more to come.

1. Growing firms seek dollars to add 230 new jobs in Dayton area

The Montgomery County Economic Development/Government Equity program is one barometer of who wants to grow and where. Municipalities where businesses want to grow or move apply for sales tax dollars to assist the plans. Projects are gauged and money awarded in two rounds each year. READ MORE

2. Tax credits to create 164 new jobs in Southwest Ohio.

Another way to track job plans: Ohio Tax Credit Authority awards. Here’s an announcement about job-creation plans from February. READ MORE

3. Amazon means jobs.

Business Writer Kara Driscoll trekked to the Columbus area earlier this month to speak with applicants seeking a place among more than 1,000 open positions at a distribution center in Etna, about 20 minutes east of Columbus. READ MORE

4. And more jobs. 

Speaking of Amazon, the online behemoth announced its plan in late January to add an air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. READ MORE. 

The plan entails employing a whopping 2,700 people at the airport.

5. The Dayton area’s fastest-growing manufacturer continues to add jobs.

Fuyao Glass America as been a fairly reliable source of jobs news since the latter half of 2015. The company has about 1,800 production workers making auto safety and aftermarket glass and is steadily carving its niche in the North American auto market, Fuyao leaders say. READ MORE. 

WATCHFrom Frigidaire to Fuyao: How this vital jobs complex has changed over 60-plus years

6. Auto parts manufacturing has been on the upswing.

A Canadian company broke ground in Englewood two months ago for an $18 million, 106,000-square-foot plant that will serve as its U.S. headquarters. The company’s focus is treating vehicle under-bodies and producing acoustic components that affect how much noise penetrates a vehicle. READ MORE.

7. So has medical devices manufacturing.

NuVasive, Norwood Medical, DRT Medical and others have tapped into a fast-growing market. Some are growing so fast, they’re struggling to find the right workers. READ MORE. 

8. International companies are finding a home across the area. 

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer will invest $55 million and add 85 jobs at the Champion City Business Park in Springfield, the company and officials said earlier this year. READ MORE. 

9. Downtown possibilities are part of the story.

Growth both residential and commercial in downtown Dayton has been lauded in recent years. Here’s an aerial look at the downtown Dayton Arcade, where a re-development effort is well underway. WATCH.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Recall alert: strollers, bikes, and phone chargers
Recall alert: strollers, bikes, and phone chargers

Strollers sold at Toys R US and other retailers that could strangle your child are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Jane Muum strollers have a large opening between the armrest and the seat bottom which your child could slip through, potentially trapping your child’s head or neck. No injuries have been...
5 tips for grilling safety for Memorial Day weekend
5 tips for grilling safety for Memorial Day weekend

Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season and is a major holiday that drives sales, including meat sales, at local grocery stores. Here are five tips from the CDC...
Golf-themed restaurant opens at regional airport
Golf-themed restaurant opens at regional airport

A new golf-themed restaurant has opened at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. PGA Tour Grill, owned by global restaurateur HMSHost, has opened in Concourse C. The restaurant celebrates dining and golfing. Its motto? “Eat smarter, play harder.” “The addition of PGA Tour Grill to CMH is very exciting as we reflect on several...
Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County
Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer. MORE: 20 things to do, see, eat in Cincinnati  Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics. Think mac ‘n&rsquo...
Want a steak for Memorial Day grill? It’s going to cost you
Want a steak for Memorial Day grill? It’s going to cost you

A majority of the meats you grill on the Memorial Day grill will be cheaper this year, but those who like a good T-bone steak will pay a little more compared to last year. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season and is a major holiday that drives sales, including meat sales, at local grocery stores. Robert Bernhard, owner of...
More Stories