West Chester Development https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com West Chester Development West Chester Development These 18 companies were Butler County's biggest growers last year https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/487 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:28:53 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/487 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/these-companies-were-butler-county-biggest-growers-last-year/oEYkJV1pigp55q0eMfZzFI/" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>Eighteen projects &mdash; 14 of them expansions and four of them new locations &mdash; represented the largest investment and job creators announced last year, according to the 2017 Growth Report for Butler County.</p> <p>Those projects represent more $105 million in new investment, almost 1 million square feet in new construction, 746 new jobs created and at least 1,222 jobs retained.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a look at those projects:</p> <table width="0" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <thead> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Company</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Investment</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Jobs retained</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Jobs created</strong></p> </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p>American Manpower Services, Inc, Hamilton</p> </td> <td> <p>$46,000,000</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>200</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$2,510,000</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>130</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>The O'Gara Group, Inc., West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$400,000</p> </td> <td> <p>188</p> </td> <td> <p>81</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Aero Fulfillment Services Corporation, Fairfield</p> </td> <td> <p>$2,750,000</p> </td> <td> <p>199</p> </td> <td> <p>65</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Magnode Corporation, Trenton</p> </td> <td> <p>$13,000,000</p> </td> <td> <p>200</p> </td> <td> <p>50</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Workstream Inc., Fairfield</p> </td> <td> <p>$289,625</p> </td> <td> <p>105</p> </td> <td> <p>45</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc., Fairfield</p> </td> <td> <p>$85,000</p> </td> <td> <p>240</p> </td> <td> <p>40</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>ProFill Holdings, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,406,682</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>30</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Saf-Holland, Inc., West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$100,000</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>30</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Georgia-Pacific Corrugated LLC, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$17,900,000</p> </td> <td> <p>82</p> </td> <td> <p>29</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Octal Extrusion Corporation, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$7,500,000</p> </td> <td> <p>50</p> </td> <td> <p>20</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>OCS IntelliTrak, Fairfield</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,500,000</p> </td> <td> <p>35</p> </td> <td> <p>10</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Standex Electronics, Fairfield</p> </td> <td> <p>$3,900,000</p> </td> <td> <p>123</p> </td> <td> <p>10</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Kosei North America, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$2,067,795</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>6</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Lewis-Goetz, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,229,355</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>ASIC Corporation, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$1,300,000</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Contingent Technology Solutions, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$3,266,000</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Anest Iwata USA, West Chester</p> </td> <td> <p>$354,960</p> </td> <td> <p>N/A</p> </td> <td> <p>0</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/these-companies-were-butler-county-biggest-growers-last-year/oEYkJV1pigp55q0eMfZzFI/">https://www.journal-news.com/news/these-companies-were-butler-county-biggest-growers-last-year/oEYkJV1pigp55q0eMfZzFI/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> A new restaurant chain opens its first Butler County location today https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/486 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:19:36 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/486 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-restaurant-chain-opens-its-first-butler-county-location-today-here-what-you-should-know/YSTk9tj5S2VXGpraxHxWDL/" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>Taziki&rsquo;s Mediterranean Caf&eacute; will open its first Butler County location today at 7841 Tylersville Road in West Chester Twp. in the West Chester Plaza that is home to Kroger and other businesses.</p> <p>The new 3,650-square-foot location, which is the second Taziki&rsquo;s location in Ohio, features a covered patio with outside seating that can accommodate 50 people. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new West Chester location takes place at 10:30 a.m. today alongside the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thechamberalliance.com/">West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance</a>.</p> <p>Here are a few things to know about the Birmingham Ala.-based chain, which has more than 82 locations in 16 states:</p> <p><strong>1. Healthy food is a specialty</strong></p> <p>Taziki&rsquo;s is known for its healthy meal options, including grilled salmon, tomato basil sandwich, fresh-grilled Mediterranean gyros, fresh prepared meats and various seafood, vegetarian and gluten-free options.</p> <p>The restaurant starts with fresh ingredients and makes everything from scratch, including dressings, sauces and other items, according to local owner/operating partner Matthew Warren.</p> <p>In 2015, the United States Healthful Food Council announced that Taziki&rsquo;s Mediterranean Cafe&rsquo; had become the first national franchise to achieve REAL Certification, the emerging national standard for foodservice nutrition and sustainability. It&rsquo;s also the largest chain restaurant to complete the certification process.</p> <p><strong>2. Design elements evoke a beach-resort vibe</strong></p> <p>The new Taziki&rsquo;s includes aspects of the new &lsquo;Mediterranean-Coastal&rsquo; design gracing the interior of Taziki&rsquo;s newest restaurants.</p> <p>Those elements include shades of bright white and deep ocean blue for interior accent pieces, hanging wicker lanterns, plenty of natural lighting and exposed wooden ceiling beams for the experience of dining outdoors.</p> <p><strong>3. It&rsquo;s the second Taziki&rsquo;s in Ohio</strong></p> <p>The first Taziki&rsquo;s location opened last year at 9640 Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp. That restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary on March 28 by giving away free meals and a catering package.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now with two locations in Ohio more people can enjoy fresh, healthy, diverse and affordable food options,&rdquo; Warren said. &ldquo;We believe great food brings people together, and we want our restaurant guests to feel like dinner guests in our home. We want our guests to relish extraordinary meals that are as colorful as the Mediterranean.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>4. It will give back from the get-go</strong></p> <p>To celebrate the restaurant opening, a donation will be made to &ldquo;Restavek Freedom,&rdquo; which is an organization that is working to end child slavery in Haiti. Restavek Freedom was founded in 2007 and now has more than 30 employees in two main locations in Haiti; Port-au-Prince and South Haiti, and a small support staff in Cincinnati.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not the only giving Taziki&rsquo;s does. A community board in the back of the restaurant lists local non-profit events with information about how to participate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-restaurant-chain-opens-its-first-butler-county-location-today-here-what-you-should-know/YSTk9tj5S2VXGpraxHxWDL/">https://www.journal-news.com/news/new-restaurant-chain-opens-its-first-butler-county-location-today-here-what-you-should-know/YSTk9tj5S2VXGpraxHxWDL/</a></p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/Taziki’s Mediterranean Café/">Taziki’s Mediterranean Café</a> 7 things that make Butler Tech one of the most unique and innovative districts around https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/485 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:26:40 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/485 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/things-that-make-butler-tech-one-the-most-unique-and-innovative-districts-around/QoXmcyxDsvLIiJmuzPXy1O/new.html" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>Last week&rsquo;s news about Hamilton Schools&rsquo; long-time career education school in talks to merge into Butler Tech is just the latest in a series of big news events for the county-wide school system.</p> <p>Butler Tech is one of Ohio&rsquo;s largest career school districts and continues to get bigger.</p> <p>The district has five campuses in Butler County and dozens of satellite classrooms for various job training and learning in nine of the county&rsquo;s 10 public school systems and Northwest Schools in northern Hamilton County.</p> <p>The school also operates a commercial truck driving training program in Montgomery County.</p> <p>Butler Tech is one of only three publicly funded career school systems in southwest Ohio.</p> <p>Here are seven things that make Butler Tech unique:</p> <p>Butler Tech, one of Ohio's largest career school systems, is getting bigger.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. The campus is expanding.</strong>&nbsp;The opening of the $16 million Bioscience Center in 2015 in West Chester Township marked a new and still expanding campus for Butler Tech. The school trains hundreds of high school students annually in the medical and healthcare fields with many of the graduates moving on to jobs with health-care providers and hospitals along the booming Interstate 75 north to Dayton corridor.</p> <p><strong>2. Innovative leader.</strong>&nbsp;In 2016 the governing board of Butler Tech hired a new superintendent. It picked Jon Graft, a 28-year-veteran public school administrator in the county who was hailed by both area school and business leaders as an aggressive innovator who appreciates the value of growing corporate partnerships.</p> <p>Butler Tech has opened 1 of only 7 high-tech career labs in Ohio.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3. Career lab is unique.</strong>&nbsp;Butler Tech opened its first career lab for eighth graders in 2017, which is one of less than a dozen offered in Ohio schools. The career lab&rsquo;s many work stations are marked &ndash; Dental Assisting, Welding, Automotive Collision, Cosmetology, Health Technologies and 16 others &ndash; where students busy themselves by either interacting via computer keyboards or hands-on tool work mimicking in some fashion the type of work such careers entail.</p> <p><strong>4. Transforming an amusement park site.</strong>&nbsp;Also in 2017 Butler Tech bought 36 acres of the former Americana Amusement Park &ndash; formally LeSourdsville Lake &ndash; in Monroe. Work begins next week on transforming the site into the school system&rsquo;s sixth campus for adult education classes.</p> <p><strong>5. Will accept sophomores.</strong>&nbsp;And shortly later Butler Tech announced for the first time it will begin to accept some high school sophomores into its many career education programs.</p> <p><strong>6. Change in personality.</strong>&nbsp;In January Butler Tech changed its logo of many years. Officials with the school system said a new symbol was needed to reflect the rapidly expanding school system.</p> <p><strong>7. Thousands of students.</strong>&nbsp;As of this school year, 1,400 full-time high school students are learning new careers in Butler Tech classrooms and an additional 15,600 part-time students are taking career education classes at 28 satellite programs in local schools.</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/things-that-make-butler-tech-one-the-most-unique-and-innovative-districts-around/QoXmcyxDsvLIiJmuzPXy1O/new.html">https://www.journal-news.com/news/things-that-make-butler-tech-one-the-most-unique-and-innovative-districts-around/QoXmcyxDsvLIiJmuzPXy1O/new.html</a></p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/Butler Tech/">Butler Tech</a> IKEA is 10 years old in Butler County, and it has a week of activities planned to celebrate https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/484 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:37:16 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/484 <p><a title="Journal News" href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/can-you-believe-ikea-years-old-butler-county-week-activities-will-celebrate/u0l6VHGt0rj47KdnYpbF1K/" target="_blank">Journal News</a></p> <p>IKEA is set to celebrate 10 years since it opened in Butler County by offering a week of special offers, activities and giveaways.</p> <p>The gigantic store at 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester Twp. &mdash; the first IKEA in Ohio &mdash; opened March 12, 2008. The celebration of that day takes place from Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 17.</p> <p><strong>Pick a card, any card</strong></p> <p>The first 110 adults 18 years old and older who enter IKEA West Chester on March 10 will receive a random prize envelope with an IKEA Gift Card ranging from $5 to $250, or a food coupon for items in the IKEA Restaurant, Bistro and Swedish Food Market.</p> <p><strong>Free breakfast, anyone?</strong></p> <p>IKEA is offering shoppers a change to start their day with free food from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 10 and March 11. Breakfast will include a plate of bacon, potatoes and eggs.</p> <p><strong>You say it&rsquo;s your birthday?</strong></p> <p>If March 12 is your birthday, the first 10 visitors each day between March 10 and March 17 who present valid photo identification will get a $10 IKEA Gift Card. Limit one gift card per person.</p> <p><strong>Play big if you&rsquo;re little</strong></p> <p>Join IKEA from March 10 to March 17 for family-friendly activities like &ldquo;Kids eat FREE Tuesday,&rdquo; face painting, balloon art, story time and an appearance by the Cincinnati Museum Center.</p> <p>For a complete list of activities,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/west_chester" target="_blank">click here</a>. All offers are valid from March 10 to March 18 only at IKEA West Chester while supplies last.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.journal-news.com/news/can-you-believe-ikea-years-old-butler-county-week-activities-will-celebrate/u0l6VHGt0rj47KdnYpbF1K/">https://www.journal-news.com/news/can-you-believe-ikea-years-old-butler-county-week-activities-will-celebrate/u0l6VHGt0rj47KdnYpbF1K/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/IKEA/">IKEA</a> Miller-Valentine Group sells off another division https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/483 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:26:23 EST https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/entry/483 <p class="contentsegment"><a title="Cincinnati Business Courier" href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/03/07/miller-valentine-group-sells-off-another-division.html?ana=e_du_prem&amp;s=article_du&amp;ed=2018-03-07&amp;u=tBmD2vXOO43GkvBi9gAy1GAUhYr&amp;t=1520456428&amp;j=80375671" target="_blank">Cincinnati Business Courier</a></p> <p class="contentsegment">Miller-Valentine Group, one of the largest commercial real estate developers in Greater Cincinnati, has sold off one of its divisions.</p> <p class="contentsegment">The Dayton-based firm sold its affordable housing division on Feb. 28. A new company was formed, MVAH Partners, led by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Brian%20McGeady">Brian McGeady</a>, who was previously president of affordable housing development for Miller-Valentine, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Michael%20Reichman">Michael Reichman</a>, who was president of investment management. While Miller-Valentine&rsquo;s affordable housing development division has now been spun off, its portfolio of about 5,400 affordable housing units is expected to transfer to MVAH Partners later this year.</p> <p class="contentsegment">With the sale of the affordable housing division to MVAH Partners, 20 employees from the development team moved to the new organization. Once the portfolio transfers, another 128 employees will move to MVAH Partners. The new firm will be based in West Chester Township.</p> <p class="contentsegment"><a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Elizabeth%20Mangan">Elizabeth Mangan</a>, chief executive officer of Miller-Valentine, said the spinoff is another step in its plan to focus on being a developer/contractor.</p> <p class="contentsegment">&ldquo;This was about focusing on our core business and facilitating growth for Miller-Valentine in all markets,&rdquo; Mangan told me.</p> <p class="contentsegment">At the beginning of 2018, Miller-Valentine&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/13/exclusive-miller-valentine-group-spinning-off.html" target="_blank">spun off two of its business units</a>. The firm&rsquo;s commercial asset and property management businesses became a new entity, Culmen Real Estate Services, led by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Ed%20Blake">Ed Blake</a>.</p> <p class="contentsegment">After Miller-Valentine sells its affordable housing portfolio, the company will still have a portfolio of about 5,600 market-rate apartments. The company's focus going forward includes pursuing multifamily, medical office, corporate office, industrial warehouse and manufacturing development and construction projects.</p> <p class="contentsegment">Miller-Valentine is the seventh-largest commercial real estate firm in Greater Cincinnati with a local portfolio of nearly 2.1 million square feet. In addition to its Dayton headquarters, Miller-Valentine has offices in Deerfield Township; Columbia, S.C.; Charleston; Charlotte, and Dallas.</p> <p><a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/03/07/miller-valentine-group-sells-off-another-division.html?ana=e_du_prem&amp;s=article_du&amp;ed=2018-03-07&amp;u=tBmD2vXOO43GkvBi9gAy1GAUhYr&amp;t=1520456428&amp;j=80375671">https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/03/07/miller-valentine-group-sells-off-another-division.html?ana=e_du_prem&amp;s=article_du&amp;ed=2018-03-07&amp;u=tBmD2vXOO43GkvBi9gAy1GAUhYr&amp;t=1520456428&amp;j=80375671</a></p>tags: <a href="https://www.westchesterdevelopment.com/pages/news/tag/MVG/">MVG</a>