A request for a Captain Stardust and a Wobbly Wheel may sound unusual, but it's actually the sound of drinks being ordered at the Yellow Springs Brewery, just outside of Dayton, Ohio. It’s a scene that’s become common as micro-breweries pop-up across the Miami Valley. It's also the sound of money being made. That's become more common, too.
Whirlpool Corporation is breaking ground Wednesday on an expanded KitchenAid factory in Greenville, 40 miles northwest of Dayton, with plans to add hundreds of jobs in the next few years.
The Michigan-based company has been expanding its manufacturing operations in parts of the U.S. since about 2010, and now plans to spend $40 million over five years to nearly double the size of the Greenville facility, where it makes stand mixers and a few other appliances.
John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:
“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”
Huber Heights is close to passing upgrades on its planned $18 million music center. On Monday evening, the Huber Heights City Council will take up three pieces of legislation that increase the city’s spending on the project by more than a million dollars. The additional funds will go to pay for concession stand upgrades, and a VIP center for the 4,500-seat concert venue.
Dayton’s Mad River wellfield is on a grassy island in the middle of one of the city’s three major rivers. Phil Van Atta, head of Dayton’s water treatment operation, says the wellfield, where Dayton pumps up groundwater from the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, is one of his favorite places. The shallow sand and gravel aquifer in some places lies just feet below the ground, and its 1.5 trillion gallons of freshwater is constantly recharging from the rivers and rainfall.