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Thomas Gnau

Thomas Gnau is a business reporter for the Dayton Daily News and covers top companies, development, job creation, and commercial real estate. He grew up a U.S. Navy dependent, lived in two countries and five states before his 16th birthday. He graduated from Chaminade-Julienne High School and Wright State University. A Kettering resident, he is married to a Mad River Local Schools teacher; he and his wife have two daughters. Gnau started working at the student newspaper at Wright State where his interest in journalism grew and led him to where he is today.

Latest from Thomas Gnau

Ohio investors want to accelerate ‘fintech’ start-ups
 With the backing of some Ohio blue-chip companies, a business accelerator is being launched with an eye on bringing forward promising start-ups in the financial technology sector. KeyBank, Progressive, Kroger Co., Grange Insurance, Huntington, FifthThird, First Federal Lakewood, Root Insurance, and Safelite are among the companies behind...

Posted: 4 days ago

With the backing of some Ohio blue-chip companies, a business accelerator is being launched with an eye on bringing forward promising start-ups in the financial technology sector. KeyBank, Progressive, Kroger Co., Grange Insurance, Huntington, FifthThird, First Federal Lakewood, Root Insurance, and Safelite are among the companies behind...
Talks between area’s largest health system and insurer go down to wire

Posted: 5 days ago

Contract negotiations between the region’s largest health system and insurer UnitedHealthcare remain at an impasse as a deadline approaches that could jeopardize the health plans of up to 70,000 local residents. Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare, the area’s largest insurer, have been at an impasse in talks to renew their health...
Protecting your data
 When President Donald Trump this month signed legislation that repealed Federal Communication Commission privacy protections for Internet users, the principals behind Dayton-based ‘Net services firm DataYard had a simple message: DataYard will not sell customer information. Period. As much as they opposed the legislation, DataYard principals...

Posted: 7 days ago

When President Donald Trump this month signed legislation that repealed Federal Communication Commission privacy protections for Internet users, the principals behind Dayton-based ‘Net services firm DataYard had a simple message: DataYard will not sell customer information. Period. As much as they opposed the legislation, DataYard principals...
SNEAK PEAK: Maker of STP operating distribution center near airport
 When Ken Burns, vice president, operations for Spectrum Brands started searching for sites to build a new global auto care distribution center more than a year ago, he zeroed in on his company’s center of customer gravity: Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio. That’s when he got an unexpected call from Montgomery County’s development...

Posted: 8 days ago

When Ken Burns, vice president, operations for Spectrum Brands started searching for sites to build a new global auto care distribution center more than a year ago, he zeroed in on his company’s center of customer gravity: Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio. That’s when he got an unexpected call from Montgomery County’s development...
Fuyao to raise workers’ pay

Posted: 9 days ago

Fuyao Glass America’s manufacturing plant is giving all hourly associates a $2-an-hour raise, the company said Thursday. The success at the company’s Moraine plant is becoming more apparent as just two weeks ago Fuyao’s president said he expects the manufacturer to break even this year. On Thursday, the company’s billionaire...
Fifth Street brewpub founder moves into coffee
 Brian Young, president and co-founder of Dayton’s Fifth Street Brewpub, has been working on a new coffee product that has boosted manufacturing locally and is being launched nationally. The product is flavored latte foam. It’s basically a bottle of barista-style latte foam that anyone can put in their coffee at home. Young lives...

Posted: 9 days ago

Brian Young, president and co-founder of Dayton’s Fifth Street Brewpub, has been working on a new coffee product that has boosted manufacturing locally and is being launched nationally. The product is flavored latte foam. It’s basically a bottle of barista-style latte foam that anyone can put in their coffee at home. Young lives...
SpaceX among growing defense firms’ customers
 Dayton-area firms Cornerstone Research Group and Spintech have long been tied by investors, history and cutting-edge technology. These days they’re tied by something else: Steady growth. Defense contractor Cornerstone Research Group has been based in Beavercreek for two decades but is now eyeing a move to Miamisburg. And Elon Musk&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Dayton-area firms Cornerstone Research Group and Spintech have long been tied by investors, history and cutting-edge technology. These days they’re tied by something else: Steady growth. Defense contractor Cornerstone Research Group has been based in Beavercreek for two decades but is now eyeing a move to Miamisburg. And Elon Musk&rsquo...
Canadian manufacturer OK’ed for $4.3M in bonds
 The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority board voted Monday to issue $4.3 million in bonds to finance the building of a 106,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Englewood. Local leaders hope the site south of Interstate 70 adjacent to Hoke Road will be the American headquarters and home of a Canadian auto parts manufacturer, Hematite...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority board voted Monday to issue $4.3 million in bonds to finance the building of a 106,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Englewood. Local leaders hope the site south of Interstate 70 adjacent to Hoke Road will be the American headquarters and home of a Canadian auto parts manufacturer, Hematite...
Tax day is here: What you should know?
 If you waited until the last minute to face your federal and state taxes, take heed: Tuesday is the filing deadline. You may be in a tough spot, but you’re in good company. The IRS expects more than 13 million taxpayers to request a filing extension, giving them six more months to complete and file their returns. Here’s what you...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you waited until the last minute to face your federal and state taxes, take heed: Tuesday is the filing deadline. You may be in a tough spot, but you’re in good company. The IRS expects more than 13 million taxpayers to request a filing extension, giving them six more months to complete and file their returns. Here’s what you...
Fly the not-so-friendly skies

Posted: 15 days ago

It took two days for the chief executive of United Airlines to say “This can never happen again.” Two days too long, right? You know the story, and you’ve seen the images — a booked United flight customer already on board and seated was dragged screaming from the plane last Sunday. Bad move — made worse by the...
Land Bank pumping millions into restoring local distressed properties
 When quiet but important real estate deals need to happen, the Montgomery County Land Bank is often there. Fueled by $18 million in federal funds, the bank is best known as being a vehicle for arranging the transfer of vacant, distressed homes, making demolition of “zombie properties” possible. “Distressed real estate is...

Posted: 16 days ago

When quiet but important real estate deals need to happen, the Montgomery County Land Bank is often there. Fueled by $18 million in federal funds, the bank is best known as being a vehicle for arranging the transfer of vacant, distressed homes, making demolition of “zombie properties” possible. “Distressed real estate is...