New Report Identifies Threats To Ohio Manufacturing

Mar 12, 2018
The former G.M. Moraine plant was the subject of an HBO documentary, "The Last Truck," about the workers who lost their jobs in 2008. Soon it could house hundreds of workers for Fuyao Glass America.
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The number of manufacturing jobs in Ohio has slowly ticked up in recent months, but a new report finds several trends that could undermine the future of the industry. 

The report, by the left-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio, looks at 27 years of data on the state's manufacturing labor force. And its main message can be summed up like this: nice work, if you can get it.

Downtown Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar hosts an event called the Perk-E-Lator to help would-be entrepreneurs hone their business ideas.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world – think, the airplane, the cash register, pop-top cans, the self-starting engine. In our series Scratch, WYSO explores some of the people and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. 

The series was inspired by a simple question: where is Dayton’s famous spirit of invention still alive and well in the Miami Valley? And, who benefits? 

Bessemer converter (iron into steel), Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pa.
Alfred T. Palmer - Wikimedia Commons

Ohio U.S. senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, are urging the federal Department of Commerce to step up an investigation into foreign steel imports.


Earlier this year, the agency opened an investigation into whether countries such as China and Russia were flooding the U.S. steel market with low-cost imports.


The investigation has reportedly stalled. And the Ohio lawmakers say low-cost imported steel is undercutting U.S. producers' profits.


Dayton business Event Lites successfully funded a recent expansion through Kiva.
Kiva / Downtown Dayton Partnership

Mom and pop business owners often struggle to find enough capital to get their ideas off the ground and succeed, research shows. Kiva Dayton’s recently launched crowdlending platform aims to help solve this problem.

Dayton Startup Week
Dayton Startup Week

Entrepreneurship advocates and business owners are expected to convene in downtown Dayton all this week for a startup conference.

The second annual Dayton Startup Week event is organized by the Dayton Tech Guide and sponsored by the Wright State Research Institute, The Entrepreneurs Center and the City of Fairborn.

Wright State’s Tiffany Ferrell says the event is designed to connect entrepreneurs, and help people start or grow a new business in the Miami Valley.

President Trump signed an executive order this week calling for a report on changes needed to reform visa programs for international workers. Advocates say this could lead to a reduction in foreign labor in the United States. This possibility has some local employers worried about the future of their businesses.

Immigration lawyer Catherine McCarthy says she’s been fielding calls from business owners who rely on foreign workers for the busy summer season.

Two EF Hutton directors, and one former director, stand in front of the company's new headquarters in downtown Springfield in 2016.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

Springfield City Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton. 

The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees.

Legacy Wall Street Firm Moves to Springfield

Sep 2, 2016
Two EF Hutton directors, and one former director, stand in front of the company's new headquarters in downtown Springfield in 2016.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

E.F. Hutton, a New York based brokerage firm, announced on Friday that they are setting up their world headquarters in Springfield and look to invest about $22 million in the local economy over the next 5 years.

Chris Daniels, the company's CEO, says they're excited to bring the financial services industry to the Midwest, "EF Hutton is speaking with its actions by moving to main street and showing its commitment to individual investors across the country."

In the years after World War II, Main Street in the City of Miamisburg was bustling. Quaint mom and pop shops and eateries drew visitors from all over the Miami Valley. But things changed. The rise of shopping malls in the 1970s and the loss of long-standing local business families in the 1990s left many buildings on the street vacant. But that’s all starting to turn around thanks in part to the reopening of the Plaza Theatre, a once shuttered 96 year-old movie theater at the center of town. 

Jerry Kenney

A new 28 room, hotel has opened up for business in the village of Yellow Springs.

The Mills Park Hotel was named for William Mills, an early settler to the area, who financed the first railroad and helped to build the town’s infrastructure.

The hotel is owned by developers Jim and Libby Hammond and has been under construction for about two years.

Early reaction to the design and location were mixed, but Yellow Springs resident Angela Moore says the three-story Victorian style hotel fits in with the “front porch culture” that’s present in the village.