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Local manufacturer has a new owner

Stolle Machinery, based in Centennial, Colo., has acquired Ultra Punch of Dayton, which operates at 3980 Benner Road, Stolle said in a release Monday.

Ultra Punch produces high-precision punches and die components for tab and lane dies for beverage cans. A Stolle location in Sidney, Ohio is Ultra Punch’s largest customer and Stolle “made the strategic decision to purchase the company to ensure a reliable supply of the specialized tooling components,” the company said in its statement.

Ultra Punch has about 20 employees. A spokesman said Stolle is planning to maintain the current workforce. THOMAS GNAU


Area hospitals ranked

Miami Valley Hospital moved up three spots from last year to No. 7 on U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the best hospitals in Ohio.

The 2013-14 rankings also recognized Miami Valley as a “high-performing’’ hospital in eight medical specialties, including cancer and cardiac care.

Nationally, Miami Valley ranked No. 38 for pulmonology, based on an evaluation of hospitals in 16 adult specialties. This is the second consecutive year that Miami Valley has been on the list for pulmonology, according to the report, which ranks the Top 50 hospitals in the country by specialty.

Miami Valley is part of the Premier Health network, which includes Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Atrium Medical Center in Warren County and Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County.

Elsewhere in the area, Kettering Medical Center ranked No. 32 in the state with one high-performing specialty, orthopedics, according to the report, which did not rank Kettering nationally.

For a complete list of rankings and specialties, go online to


Regional new home construction activity rises

New home construction activity rose again in May in the Cincinnati-Dayton region, according to local home builders associations.

In May throughout the Dayton area, 176 building permits were issued for construction of new single family homes, apartments and condominiums in Darke, Greene, Montgomery and Preble counties, northern Warren and Butler counties, and part of Miami County, according to the builders trade group. That’s a nearly 26 percent rise compared to 140 total new residential construction permits issued May 2012.

Year-to-date, local governments issued homebuilders 691 permits in the Dayton area. Activity rose 12 percent for the first five months of 2013 over the same time period in 2012.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati report 243 residential building permits were issued in May in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. A year ago in May, 174 permits were pulled.

That brings total Cincinnati market year-to-date figures to 1,150 permits, up almost 33 percent from the 868 permits issued January through May 2012, according to the Cincinnati builders group. STAFF REPORT

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