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First local LaRosa’s pizza shop to open this fall in Dublin

Cincinnati-based LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria will open its first central Ohio location in the fall. After a year-long search, the 60-year-old chain announced it has found a franchisee who will open a location in Dublin’s Avery Square, in a space formerly occupied by Cici’s Pizza. Read th
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Crawford Hoying taps Nationwide Realty veteran ahead of large-scale construction projects

Crawford Hoying Development Partners has hired a Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. veteran to help lead the Dublin-based developer as it embarks on projects in Central Ohio and other markets. Matt Starr spent just shy of 10 years at Nationwide Realty, most recently as director of real
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Ruscilli explores site for office project along Emerald Parkway extension in Dublin

A long vacant stretch of ground overlooking Interstate 270 in Dublin will get its first public look for a development since the city declared it will build the last phase of Emerald Parkway this year. Ruscilli Real Estate Services will ask the Dublin Planning Commission on Thursday to
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ViaQuest acquires Indiana home health and hospice agencies from Trilogy Health

ViaQuest Inc. has entered the Indiana market with the acquisition of three agencies from TriStar Home Health and Hospice, the company announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. TriStar is a division of Louisville-based Trilogy Health Services LLC, which is focusing on i
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IGS and Speedway to team on natural-gas station

IGS Energy is building its sixth compressed natural gas fueling station, this one in Findlay. The Dublin-based energy company is working with Speedway to build the station off of I-75. It will begin construction this summer. IGS President Scott White has made it a priority to help bui
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Cardinal Health’s AccessClosure deal may herald series of acquisitions, analyst says

Cardinal Health Inc. may just be getting started with acquisitions this year, says a new report by a corporate debt analyst. Last week’s announcement of a $320 million cash deal to buy Santa Clara, Calif.-based AccessClosure Inc., a wound-closing device maker, could be a “launch pad”
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MAG keeps growing

For years, when driving along Route 161 in Dublin, the Midwestern Auto Group facility was difficult to miss. And now, it’s impossible. In February, MAG added nearly 40,000 square feet of showroom space as part of a $15 million project — bringing the total space to more than 300,000 sq
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Cardinal Health acquiring medical-device maker AccessClosure for $320M

Cardinal Health Inc. announced Wednesday it is acquiring privately held medical device company AccessClosure Inc. for $320 million in cash. Santa Clara, Calif.-based AccessClosure has $80 million in annual sales for devices that apply a dissolving sealant to close the openings made in
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Emerald Bank to grow in Central Ohio as Middlefield Banking

Emerald Bank will continue operating in Central Ohio under the name of its parent, Middlefield Banking Co. Dublin-based Emerald, founded in 2004 and the operator of another branch in Westerville, was reflagged as Middlefield this year and plans to expand under that name, said Tom Cald
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Healthiest Employers – No. 1: City of Dublin, medium category

The city of Dublin has encouraged employees to take better care of their health for years. Prior to 2011 it even picked up the entire tab for the health care plan. But in 2011 the city switched to a high-deductible plan with a health savings account. “Basically we were like a lot of o
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Air Force One Inc. – How entrepreneurship can run in families

The passion for business has been so strong in Greg Guy’s family that it extends beyond just one family-owned company. Guy, his sister, Tonia Irion, and his wife, Lisa Ingram, each have made a name for themselves in the business world. The CEO of Air Force One Inc., Guy follows in the
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New building to expand OU’s medical education options

A new building is expected to bring many educational options to the Ohio University Dublin campus. Ohio University last week broken ground on the new 86,000-square-foot Dublin Integrated Education Center near two buildings the school is renovating at 7001 and 7003 Post Road. The three
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State capital dollars supporting suburban fiber projects

Only one Columbus suburb got nearly all it sought in state capital dollars for a fiber-optic broadband network. The capital budget bill released this week includes $1.8 million for three municipal fiber projects: $1 million for a network to be shared by Bexley, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg a
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Wendy’s rolls out mobile payment in U.S. restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones, following a similar plans unveiled by Burger King this week. The Wendy′s Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, has been testing the mobile payment option over the past year and said the major
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State Bank buys land in Dublin’s Bridge Street District for expansion

Defiance-based State Bank & Trust Co. has purchased a 2.85-acre tract in Dublin as it enters the final stage of planning approvals for a 10,743-square-foot branch in the community’s Bridge Street District. The division of SB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SBFG) paid $910,000 for the de
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Hidaka is chamber’s Business Person of the Year

Yoshihiro Hidaka has been named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Dublin Area Chamber of Commerce. He is president and CEO of Hidaka USA Inc. The honor recognizes a person who has positively contributed to Dublin’s business community. “The recipient demonstrates
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FCBank names president, plans commercial loan office in Dublin

Pennsylvania’s CNB Financial Corp. is reinforcing its Central Ohio presence with a pair of developments. The holding company’s FCBank, formerly Farmers Citizens Bank, has named Andy Dale its president. It also has unveiled plans for a commercial lending office in Dublin. Read the enti
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Successful 2013 gives way to a year of many projects

Dublin looked back on a successful 2013 and towards a 2014 full of projects at last week’s State of the City address. Officials celebrated accomplishments and looked forward to hard work at the annual event held March 6 in the conference center at Wendy’s headquarters. Rea
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Crawford Hoying planning 42 luxury condos in mixed-use project in downtown Dublin

Those gathered at the Columbus Realtors’ awards night got some insight into Crawford Hoying Development Partners’ plans for the Bridge Street District in Dublin. Principal Brent Crawford told those gathered at the Athletic Club the firm expects to build 42 luxury condominiums atop 20,
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Japanese companies added 2,700 Ohio jobs in 2013, survey finds

It was another year of employment growth at Japanese companies in Ohio. The state’s 425 Japanese-owned facilities added 2,719 employees last year to bring total employment in the state to 69,138 as of Oct. 1, according to an annual survey by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit.
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Dublin highlights Bridge Street District, improved finances, and better roads in State of the City

Dublin officials highlighted a year of progress with the Bridge Street District and other accomplishments during their annual State of the City event Thursday night at Wendy’s Co.’s (NYSE: WEN) headquarters. City Manager Marsha Grigsby said three major accomplishments from
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Columbus State negotiating space at Ohio University’s Dublin campus

Columbus State Community College is negotiating to lease the third floor of a building being added to Ohio University’s medical school campus in Dublin, President David Harrison told me Wednesday. “We’re working to make it happen but there’s still a lot of details to be worked out,” h
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NBBJ to design new Dublin library, with location still up in the air

The Columbus Metropolitan Library board has selected NBBJ to design a new library in Dublin, but the location of the project remains unsettled. Library spokesman Ben Zenitsky told me that the system expects to start work on the $18.3 million, 42,000-square-foot project in 2015. Read t
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Ohio ranks No. 2 for recruiting, expansion

In a repeat of 2012, Ohio has ranked second to Texas in an annual report that measures how states stack up in bringing in new companies and getting existing ones to expand. Texas recorded 657 projects last year to finish well ahead of Ohio’s 480 and capture Site Selection magazine’s a
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OU creating unprecedented mixed-use model at Dublin campus, President Roderick McDavis says

Ohio University is developing plans for 90 acres the school owns in Dublin, where it is opening a regional campus for its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. OU President Roderick McDavis recently visited Columbus Business First to discuss the project, and working with Dublin ci
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