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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

Medical pot business applications flower across area
 Ohio is taking applications from would-be medical marijuana cultivators for state business licenses, and the application period for large-scale growers ends Friday, June 30. The Dayton area is attracting its share of them. The city of Dayton has six applicants who meet city and state zoning rules, said Keith Klein, senior development specialist...

Posted: an hour ago

Ohio is taking applications from would-be medical marijuana cultivators for state business licenses, and the application period for large-scale growers ends Friday, June 30. The Dayton area is attracting its share of them. The city of Dayton has six applicants who meet city and state zoning rules, said Keith Klein, senior development specialist...
Battery company considering $56M investment in Kettering plant
 Xerion Advanced Battery Corp.’s CEO said his company is considering spending more than $50 million on manufacturing operations at his company’s Miami Valley Research Park location in Kettering. The company opened its Kettering facility last November. Since then, the company has slowly grown the facility with a “phased move-in...

Posted: 2 days ago

Xerion Advanced Battery Corp.’s CEO said his company is considering spending more than $50 million on manufacturing operations at his company’s Miami Valley Research Park location in Kettering. The company opened its Kettering facility last November. Since then, the company has slowly grown the facility with a “phased move-in...
Local developer builds buildings, relationships
 Longtime developer Bob Mills says he has always found a way to buttress his commercial endeavors with philanthropic work. While Mills’ companies — Mills Development and Synergy Building Systems — created a thriving commercial corridor in Beavercreek, Mills said he saw a need for a hospital and medical office building in...

Posted: 3 days ago

Longtime developer Bob Mills says he has always found a way to buttress his commercial endeavors with philanthropic work. While Mills’ companies — Mills Development and Synergy Building Systems — created a thriving commercial corridor in Beavercreek, Mills said he saw a need for a hospital and medical office building in...
Amazon makes area grocery wars hotter: What you need to know
 A crowded local grocery market became more interesting — and probably more competitive — as online retail powerhouse Amazon announced Friday that it will buy organic foods specialist Whole Foods, which currently has stores in Washington Twp., Mason and Cincinnati. Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. said they have entered into...

Posted: 5 days ago

A crowded local grocery market became more interesting — and probably more competitive — as online retail powerhouse Amazon announced Friday that it will buy organic foods specialist Whole Foods, which currently has stores in Washington Twp., Mason and Cincinnati. Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. said they have entered into...
High-rise fire pose special challenges, local fire chief says
 The fire that destroyed a London high-rise Wednesday is one of a firefighter’s worst nightmares, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffery Payne said. “A high-rise fire is the most complex fire you can respond to,” Payne said. At least 12 people were thought dead Wednesday afternoon in the 24-story Grenfell Tower fire, although authorities...

Posted: 7 days ago

The fire that destroyed a London high-rise Wednesday is one of a firefighter’s worst nightmares, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffery Payne said. “A high-rise fire is the most complex fire you can respond to,” Payne said. At least 12 people were thought dead Wednesday afternoon in the 24-story Grenfell Tower fire, although authorities...
Business leaders want more Dayton airport flights, destinations
 A lack of direct flights or even the number of flights from the Dayton International Airport costs area companies thousands in extra expenses annually, business leaders said. A group of about a dozen local business leaders have formed a committee — dubbed the “Corporate Airport Advisory Group” — in an effort to attract...

Posted: 8 days ago

A lack of direct flights or even the number of flights from the Dayton International Airport costs area companies thousands in extra expenses annually, business leaders said. A group of about a dozen local business leaders have formed a committee — dubbed the “Corporate Airport Advisory Group” — in an effort to attract...
Dayton-area employers expect to make new hires
 A sizable percentage of Dayton-area employers will be hiring this summer, if a new survey is any indication. Employers in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (which includes Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties) will hire at a “healthy clip” from July through September. according to the ManpowerGroup’s latest employment...

Posted: 9 days ago

A sizable percentage of Dayton-area employers will be hiring this summer, if a new survey is any indication. Employers in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (which includes Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties) will hire at a “healthy clip” from July through September. according to the ManpowerGroup’s latest employment...
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Posted: 12 days ago

Dayton-area company printing the new industrial revolution
 Just four years into the business of turning powder into products and orders into profits, additive manufacturer Tangible Solutions reached the point where it needed more space. A lot more space. The 3-D printing manufacturer has moved into 25,000 square feet of industrial-warehouse space in the former home of Miami Valley Publishing, 678...

Posted: 13 days ago

Just four years into the business of turning powder into products and orders into profits, additive manufacturer Tangible Solutions reached the point where it needed more space. A lot more space. The 3-D printing manufacturer has moved into 25,000 square feet of industrial-warehouse space in the former home of Miami Valley Publishing, 678...
Bicycle assembly returns to Wright-Dunbar area
 The first and only company to license the Wright Brothers name for commercial purposes has moved to the Wright-Dunbar business district — and the firm is returning bicycle assembly to the same city block where the Wrights themselves built bikes more than 100 years ago. Wright Brothers USA LLC has moved its offices from the Firefly building...

Posted: 14 days ago

The first and only company to license the Wright Brothers name for commercial purposes has moved to the Wright-Dunbar business district — and the firm is returning bicycle assembly to the same city block where the Wrights themselves built bikes more than 100 years ago. Wright Brothers USA LLC has moved its offices from the Firefly building...
Former Fuyao worker seeks class-action status in suit

Posted: 16 days ago

A former Fuyao Glass America employee is suing the company on behalf of herself and other similarly situated people, seeking class-action status for what the lawsuit alleges are unpaid wages and overtime. The lawsuit was filed by Julia Staggs in federal court in Dayton. Staggs worked at Fuyao, which employs about 2,000 people in Moraine,...