Business & Economy

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The Scottish brewery Brew Dog will build its North American headquarters in Canal Winchester. 

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Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops.

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Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

Chris Farrell: Boomers Should Consider "Unretirement"

Jun 25, 2015
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We've been told the same horror story for years: retiring baby-boomers will cause the ultimate collapse of Social Security and be forced to work until they die.

But 'boomers aren't retiring--at least, not in the typical fashion.  In a survey, nearly three quarters of those over-50 said they want to work after their "retirement."

House Democrats Move To Abolish "Pink Tax"

Jun 23, 2015
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Democratic state leaders are pushing for a new tax break that they say could save women hundreds of dollars on feminine hygiene products.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream announced Friday afternoon it will re-open tomorrow night after a week-long closure due to a second listeria contamination. 

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Ohio’s official jobless rate remain unchanged at 5.2 percent last month.

That’s according to the May jobs report released this morning. It says a survey of employers showed an increase of about 12,000 workers last month, while another survey of workers found about 5,000 more people filing for unemployment benefits in May.

Professional and business services added the most positions. Leisure and hospitality, and local governments lost the most jobs in May.

LeVeque Tower as seen from 32nd story window of Rhodes Tower looking westward
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A private firm says it will convert the top 24 floors of Leveque Tower at Broad and Front streets into condos and apartments. Kaufman Development announced plans for  78 residential units. 

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The Columbus Dispatch announced, Wednesday afternoon, its editor has resigned. The move comes after the sale of the paper to a new owner was finalized earlier this week. 

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Ohio gas prices are up to start the work week.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.83 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 13 cents from a week ago.

Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.80 per gallon on Monday. But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.87 per gallon.

Analysts say a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices mean gas prices could stop rising and may drop in the next two weeks.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has more production kitchen troubles. The company announced, Friday, it has closed its production facility and scoop shops after listeria was rediscovered. 

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A Scottish beer makers says it will start brewing beer in Columbus. BrewDog says it will build a 100,000 square foot facility on a 42-acre site in Columbus. 

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Teenagers trying to buy cigarettes will need to go somewhere besides Upper Arlington.

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Ohio’s casinos saw few gains last month. Compared to 2014, revenue is relatively flat. 

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Readers, journalists, and Central Ohio community leaders continue to assess the startling news that Columbus's landmark newspaper soon will have out-of-town owners.  

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The century long tradition of Columbus having a local family owned newspaper will end.  The Columbus Dispatch will soon have new owners.  The Wolfe family will sell the paper and other print publications to a New York City investment firm.

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After 110 years the Wolfe family plans to sell The Columbus Dispatch.

The Dispatch Printing Company announced this morning it has agreed to sell its print publications to the New Media Investment Group, based in New York City. 

Columbus' NetJets Names New Leadership Amidst Labor Dispute

Jun 1, 2015
The Embraer Phenom 300 airplane parked outside of Netjets' Port Columbus hanger.
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A Columbus based airline today changed top leadership. The  new leadership at NetJets will have to address a labor dispute.

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Applicants for civil-service jobs in Ohio are no longer being asked whether they've been convicted of a felony.

Bob Evans restuarant
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The owner of the Bob Evans restaurant chain is planning to sell its new Ohio headquarters just outside Columbus along with two manufacturing plants.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. says it will then lease back the properties and use the money from the sale for stock buybacks.

Abercrombie and Fitch’s shares and sales are down, so far this year. After its long-time CEO stepped down six months ago, the Columbus-based retailer is trying to reinvent itself. But there’s question about whether it’s working.  One expert who says it’s too soon to mark the company’s demise.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the city has a jobs problem, too many teens and young adults, thousands, are unemployed. The mayor says the city will help some find jobs but he's also appealing to the city's private businesses.

Jeni's Listeria Scare: How Businesses Respond to Crises

May 21, 2015
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Local entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer discusses how her enterprise quickly recovered from a listeria scare last month and what her team has done to ensure its future.

Then, an outsider's perspective on Jeni's and other businesses that have bounced back from the brink of disaster.

New home construction in Upper Arlington.
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A homebuilding rebound in much of the United States is happening in Ohio as well.

The Commerce Department says U.S. homebuilders ramped up construction in April to the fastest pace in seven-and-a-half years. An official with the Ohio Home Builders Association says that trend is occurring in parts of Ohio as well.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream says it will reopen its scoop shops by May 22.

The popular Columbus-based ice cream company shut down April 23 after a pint of its ice cream tested positive for listeria.

Jeni's has since recalled and recycled more than 500,000 pounds of product at a cost of $2.5 million.

The company has also redesigned its production kitchen and is set to resume production this week.

The source of listeria was determined to be the spout of a machine that fills pints for retail sale.

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