Program keeps business in Dayton

The call for “Made in America” is slowly catching on with businesses in the U.S. following the recovery from the Great Recession.

Several market factors — changes in technology, rising overseas labor costs and customers demanding better service — have led to the move back to the U.S. for companies, including customer contact centers that we featured on today’s front page.

This week I learned about a drive to keep work here in the Miami Valley.

Ed Young has been working on a program for the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association that links local businesses with the 26 Dayton-area hospitals in the region and gives them chances to offer their services and supplies.

The program is giving small suppliers in this area a chance to compete for contracts at the hospitals and opening the eyes of hospital officials to local businesses they may have not known existed.

Miami-Luken, a Springboro-based wholesaler serving the pharmacy and acute-care industry, has taken advantage of the program and now has contracts with several hospitals for supplies.

“It’s given us some great opportunities,” said Todd Hawkins, vice president of sales and marketing at Miami-Luken.

Young, a former University of Dayton Flyer basketball star, told me he hopes to expand the program to help build business relationships in the Dayton area.

Eager anticipation indeed

Nordstrom’s announcement last week that its Nordstrom Rack store at The Greene Town Center — the first in the Dayton region – would open on Sept. 10 was highly anticipated.

But don’t take our word for it. When The Greene’s general manager, Steve Willshaw, spoke with business reporter Mark Fisher in early July about the customer enthusiasm showered upon the new corporate Apple store’s upcoming opening, he mentioned that the inquiries and interest in the new women’s clothing store was nearly as intense.

“There has been a LOT of buzz about Nordstrom Rack,” Willshaw said.

We suspect the buzz will likely be on full display the morning of Sept. 10, when Nordstrom officials will bestow upon a single shopper a $1,000 gift card and the golden opportunity to shop for a while inside the brand new store before it opens its doors to the public.

Is that camouflage?

The Field and Stream store being built at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. near Interstate 75 is going up quickly. Construction workers are now adding stone to the large brick building, which will house the national outdoor retailer.

Several readers have told me the stone looks like camouflage outlining the building — fitting for a hunting and fishing store.

Have a business tip or insider information? Give me a call at (937) 225-0623 or email me at rich.gillette@coxinc.com

Rich Gillette is the Dayton Daily News business editor. Follow him on Twitter @richgillette

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