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Thomas Gnau

Thomas Gnau is a business reporter for the Dayton Daily News and covers top companies, development, job creation, and commercial real estate. He grew up a U.S. Navy dependent, lived in two countries and five states before his 16th birthday. He graduated from Chaminade-Julienne High School and Wright State University. A Kettering resident, he is married to a Mad River Local Schools teacher; he and his wife have two daughters. Gnau started working at the student newspaper at Wright State where his interest in journalism grew and led him to where he is today.

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Sears to close 40 more locations: Is the end near?
 Sears is going to close another 40 stores this summer on top of the 166 locations announced earlier this year. The locations include Sears and Kmart stores in Ohio, but not in the Dayton region, according to Business Insider. The company closed more than 100 stores in March and April, which included 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears locations...

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Sears is going to close another 40 stores this summer on top of the 166 locations announced earlier this year. The locations include Sears and Kmart stores in Ohio, but not in the Dayton region, according to Business Insider. The company closed more than 100 stores in March and April, which included 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears locations...
Votes boost Cargill, airport building projects
 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. MORE: Paris is...

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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. MORE: Paris is...
Cornerstone of Centerville restaurant building sold
 The new Core Life Eatery real estate property in Sugarcreek Twp. sold earlier this month for $1.9 million, Greene County property records show. The buyers are Jimmy and Jennifer Baker, co-trustees of the Jimmy L. Baker and Jennifer L. Baker Joint Revocable Living Trust, records show. The sale was recorded May 7. MORE: Paris is lovely...

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The new Core Life Eatery real estate property in Sugarcreek Twp. sold earlier this month for $1.9 million, Greene County property records show. The buyers are Jimmy and Jennifer Baker, co-trustees of the Jimmy L. Baker and Jennifer L. Baker Joint Revocable Living Trust, records show. The sale was recorded May 7. MORE: Paris is lovely...
Non-stop Paris flight set to begin this week from airport in region
 Delta’s Indianapolis-to-Paris flight begins Thursday. Delta, with joint venture partner Air France KLM, last year announced that it will bring nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle starting May 24, 2018. “Indiana and the Indianapolis metropolitan area have long been an...

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Delta’s Indianapolis-to-Paris flight begins Thursday. Delta, with joint venture partner Air France KLM, last year announced that it will bring nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle starting May 24, 2018. “Indiana and the Indianapolis metropolitan area have long been an...
New UD office building: What we know now
 The University of Dayton will soon build another campus building, this one expected to serve as home to the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Foundation and the college’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.  This is not just another campus building, but a new structure in the southern part of the city that has long...

Posted: 2 days ago

The University of Dayton will soon build another campus building, this one expected to serve as home to the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Foundation and the college’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.  This is not just another campus building, but a new structure in the southern part of the city that has long...
Study: A trio of Ohio cities job-seekers are trying to escape
 Three big Ohio cities are among the top 10 cities with the most workers seeking to move to jobs elsewhere, according to a list from Glassdoor, a job and recruiting web site. Cincinnati is No. 9 and Cleveland is No. 10 on that list, according to Glassdoor. Columbus finds itself ranked at No. 6. A city in Rhode Island led that list of the most...

Posted: 2 days ago

Three big Ohio cities are among the top 10 cities with the most workers seeking to move to jobs elsewhere, according to a list from Glassdoor, a job and recruiting web site. Cincinnati is No. 9 and Cleveland is No. 10 on that list, according to Glassdoor. Columbus finds itself ranked at No. 6. A city in Rhode Island led that list of the most...
Population, wages drag pace of home building
 Homes are hot again, and values have been creeping back up for years. In some markets, values have even been restored to pre-recession peaks and beyond. One challenge in the Dayton area, however, has been a relative lack of inventory of available homes, Realtors have told this media outlet for months. MORE: Will Target next-day delivery come...

Posted: 2 days ago

Homes are hot again, and values have been creeping back up for years. In some markets, values have even been restored to pre-recession peaks and beyond. One challenge in the Dayton area, however, has been a relative lack of inventory of available homes, Realtors have told this media outlet for months. MORE: Will Target next-day delivery come...
Stagnant population, lower wages a drag on area home building
 Dayton-area home-builders are building fewer homes, exacerbating an already chronic crunch in inventory. Builders identify several problems at work: Last winter was a relatively rough one — and more troubling — the Dayton area isn’t experiencing the growth in jobs, wages and population that other parts of the nation are...

Posted: 2 days ago

Dayton-area home-builders are building fewer homes, exacerbating an already chronic crunch in inventory. Builders identify several problems at work: Last winter was a relatively rough one — and more troubling — the Dayton area isn’t experiencing the growth in jobs, wages and population that other parts of the nation are...
New owner promises to bring downtown Dayton building ‘back to life’
 The new owner of the Newcom building in downtown Dayton said Friday he intends to “bring it back to life.” Charlie Samaan owns properties across the Dayton area, including the J.D. Legends Entertainment complex in Franklin. Montgomery County property records this week showed that Newcom Building Co. sold the apartment building...

Posted: 4 days ago

The new owner of the Newcom building in downtown Dayton said Friday he intends to “bring it back to life.” Charlie Samaan owns properties across the Dayton area, including the J.D. Legends Entertainment complex in Franklin. Montgomery County property records this week showed that Newcom Building Co. sold the apartment building...
Ohio jobless rate edges down
 With big gains in transportation, utilities and business services, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, to 4.3 percent down from 4.4 percent the month before. The number of unemployed Ohioans has fallen by 43,000 people in the past year, while goods-producing industries added 15,100 jobs and manufacturing added 10,500...

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With big gains in transportation, utilities and business services, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, to 4.3 percent down from 4.4 percent the month before. The number of unemployed Ohioans has fallen by 43,000 people in the past year, while goods-producing industries added 15,100 jobs and manufacturing added 10,500...
Nearly 550 people join overtime pay class-action suit against Fuyao
 So far 548 workers and former workers have joined a class-action lawsuit over wages and scheduling against one of the Miami Valley’s fastest growing manufacturers, Fuyao Glass America. The federal lawsuit has 548 class members and the deadline to join the suit is June 6, said attorney Bob DeRose, who works with the Columbus law firm...

Posted: 4 days ago

So far 548 workers and former workers have joined a class-action lawsuit over wages and scheduling against one of the Miami Valley’s fastest growing manufacturers, Fuyao Glass America. The federal lawsuit has 548 class members and the deadline to join the suit is June 6, said attorney Bob DeRose, who works with the Columbus law firm...