Fall 2013 e-Newsletter
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
Blue Ash Business Highlights

Collaborating with Educators
Build and Maintain
a Strong Workforce

October 31
8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Event

Cooper Creek Event Center
Join us to find out how your organization can collaborate with our region's top colleges and universities to strengthen its Cincinnati USA workforce.  Hear success stories from companies that have overcome their staffing challenges by tapping into the various resources and programs that are offered by our educational institutions. The keynote speaker is Dr. O'dell M. Owens, President of Cincinnati State.

This event is presented by the City of Blue Ash and the Cincinnati USA Partnership and is sponsored by  Wood Herron and Evans,LLP.




Apply for financial assistance to help train your company's workforce. $27 million in grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications for the grant program will be accepted for review on September 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m. 



Click here to become a member and to register for these upcoming events.

Luncheon - October 3
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Blue Ash
After-Hours Event - November 11
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Blue Ash
Holiday Lunch - December 5
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites Blue Ash



B-SEP: Building Brand Muscle 


September 19, 5:00 p.m. and

September 20, 8:00 a.m.


Frost Brown Todd

3300 Great American Tower

301 East Fourth Street  


Click here to register for one of these two free events to learn how to explore and define your brand's core, contents and strengths for your home market - and how to interpret and monitor when brand when going abroad.





September 23

Blue Ash Golf Course 


Golf Check-in: 12:00 p.m.

Silent Auction: 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. 


Join OGB for a fun-filled day of golf great food, raffle tickets, prizes for the top three teams, the chance to bid on silent auction gift basket items and a live auction for an African Safari. All proceeds will benefit OGB to support at-risk children and their families in the Sycamore Community School District and the surrounding area. 

$100 Player Fee includes golf cart, lunch and dinner, and drink tickets.

To register, donate or become a sponsor, please contact Lee at 513.489.2023 or 513.703.0953, or send an email to langprise7@aol.com.  To learn more about OGB, click here.


Register to attend this series featuring Mike Dover, author of the top-rated book WikiBrands and find out how to keep your company's brand on the positive side of its subscribers.

September 24: Pre-event


September 25: WikiBrands:  Reinventing, Connecting and Engaging in a Customer-Driven Marketplace 


October 23: WikiBrands: Implementing Tools to Drive Insights and Value


November 13: WikiBrands: Measuring the Impact of Your Brand


Innoventures Hall 

22 Garfield Place





October 29  

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn & Suites 

Click here to register for this summit which will provide insight from noted speakers and exhibitors on how to anticipate change and effectively use strategy and technology to achieve your organization's goals.

The Life Sciences industry is becoming an increasingly large and important one for Blue Ash. In fact, our city has a wide range of Life Sciences companies, including clinical research firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers,  medical device manufacturers, bioscience companies, and healthcare organizations. Their innovations, products and services are improving the quality of life for people in our region, and in many cases, around the world.  In addition, their continued investment and expansion in our city is putting Blue Ash on the map as a Life Sciences center. 
We have taken a closer look at three of these companies in this newsletter.  Be sure to read the Blue Ash Business Highlights section to learn more about them and the reasons they selected Blue Ash.

If you work for one of our region's Life Sciences companies, you don't want to miss the 6th Annual Blue Ash Life Sciences Collaborative on October 31 at the Cooper Creek Event Center.  Each year, this event brings Greater Cincinnati's industry stakeholders together to address specific opportunities and challenges. This year, the topic is "Collaborating with Educators to Build and Maintain a Stronger Workforce."  The keynote speaker, Dr. O'dell M. Owens, President of Cincinnati State, will address their unique staffing challenges. In addition, a panel of educators from our region's top colleges and universities will present the various programs and resources that are available and companies will share success stories of how they have used these programs and resources to strengthen their Cincinnati USA workforces.  Since this topic was requested by many of our region's Life Sciences companies, we anticipate a large crowd.  To register for this event, please click here.
In closing, I would like to congratulate the 56 Cincinnati companies -- including 13 from the City of Blue Ash -- for making Inc. magazine's list of the fastest growing 5000 companies in the nation.



David Waltz

City Manager 




P2D Bioscience Expands in Blue Ash

After spending more than 20 years on the faculty of Princeton University and Rockefeller University, and as a tenured professor at the University of Cincinnati - College of Medicine, Dr. Frank Zemlan retired from the world of academia in 2005 to become an entrepreneur.  The same year, he founded P2D Bioscience, a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops drugs that fulfill unmet medical needs in the treatment of central nervous system and pulmonary disorders. 
Dr. Zemlan, who serves as the company's Chief Executive Officer, explained, "Our goal is to help people who don't respond to current medications for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alzheimer's, and Traumatic Brain Injury."

Thanks to P2D Bioscience, help may soon be on the way.  The company currently has five drug candidates in development for these conditions. P2D develops products rapidly by using its expertise in the clinical treatment of these disorders so there is an improved likelihood of clinical success. Partners are then identified to complete the clinical development and commercialization process.
P2D Bioscience was originally located in the University of Cincinnati's incubator, but moved to Blue Ash in 2011 when the company outgrew the facility.  Blue Ash was selected because of the quality and availability of Class A office space.  


Dr. Prasad Gabitta, VP of Research (left) and Dr. Zemlan (right) at P2D Bioscience's new offices at 10101 Alliance Road
P2D Bioscience has  continued to grow and recently expanded in Blue Ash. According to Dr. Zemlan, the company decided to remain in Blue Ash due to future partnership opportunities with other bioscience firms and vendors that are clustered here. The expansion triples the company's space and includes a multi-room laboratory complex with attached office and conference space.  

To learn more about P2D Bioscience, click here.




Devicor Medical Products Add Jobs and  

Two New Facilities in Blue Ash

To say that Mammotome, a division of Devicor Medical Products, Inc., has been busy over the past three years is an understatement.  In fact, the company has been on the fast track since it acquired Blue Ash-based Ethicon's breast care unit in 2010. The acquisition included MammotomeŽ, a minimally invasive, vacuum-assisted biopsy system that enables doctors to diagnose and detect breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. Since 1995, the Mammotome System has been used to perform successful biopsies on more than four million women worldwide. 


Rick Alley, Mammotome's Global Supply Chain Director (left) and Lee Czerwonka, Vice Mayor of Blue Ash (right) at
Devicor's recent Open House in Blue Ash
In addition to this system, Mammotome has expanded its product portfolio and its footprint since the acquisition.  This includes two new facilities in the City of Blue Ash and 16 new jobs.  The first facility, which opened in 2011, is a 25,000 square foot service center at 11266 Deerfield Road.  The second facility, which opened this summer, is a 22,000 square foot distribution center at 4750 Lake Forest Drive.

According to the company's Chief Executive Officer, Tom Daulton, both facilities play very important roles in the company's supply chain. "The service center is responsible for inspecting and repairing our products, and our distribution center ships our products to our other distribution centers which are located across the globe," he stated.


Rick Alley, Mammotome's Global Supply Chain Director, added, "We selected Blue Ash because of the high quality of real estate and the talent pool of job candidates with industry experience."

Mammotome is the global leader of vacuum-assisted breast biopsy products. The company has more than 40 employees around the world and sells its products in over 50 countries.

To find out more about Devicor Medical Products, click here




Mercy Health and Catholic Health Partners

Continue to Grow in Blue Ash   


Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad
According to Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad, who was recently named President and CEO of Mercy Health, location was a key consideration when the premier healthcare provider searched for the best place to build its regional offices 15 years ago. The City of  Blue Ash was selected because of its close proximity to Interstates 275, 71 and 75, and several major highways.  Dr. Ahmad added, "Access remains very important as our regional offices now serve more than 100 Mercy Health facilities throughout Greater Cincinnati.  In addition, Blue Ash's restaurants and hotels are great amenities for our guests and visitors."


Located at 4600 McAuley Place, Mercy Health's regional offices provide specialized services to all locations, including customer service, finance, payroll, information technology, human resources, public relations,  marketing, clinical information systems, and legal services, to name just a few. Mercy Health also has four physician practices in Blue Ash.


Mercy Health was named Blue Ash Corporation of the Year in 2012 by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and currently has 700 employees in Blue Ash.  Since 2012, Mercy Health and its parent company, Catholic Health Partners, have added 105 new jobs in Blue Ash, including billing, customer support, accounts receivable, finance, and accounting positions.   


Mercy Health makes quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit.  Mercy Health is a premier healthcare provider that has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years.  The Mercy Health network of care includes six award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Truven Health Analytics has named Mercy Health hospitals as the only Greater Cincinnati hospitals to earn national top 100 ratings, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health as one of the nation's Top 15 health systems.


To find out more about Mercy Health, click here.





Cincinnati Thermal Spray, Inc.  

Increases its Presence in Blue Ash 


Established in the City of Blue Ash in 1978, CTS is a leading provider of advanced coatings and surface modifications solutions.  CTS improves the performance of products for a number of markets on a worldwide basis, including aerospace, land-based gas turbine, steel, commercial, and medical.  The company also creates solutions for many of the industry's toughest problems related to wear, corrosion, erosion, abrasion, and thermal conductivity.


CTS has expanded its operations to include facilities in New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas and recently needed additional space in Blue Ash to accommodate further growth.   In April, the company moved into a 25,000 square foot facility at 10904 Deerfield Road which is near its other facility at 5901 Creek Road.  

From left, Dan Classen, President of CTS, Tom Adamec, Blue Ash City Council Member, Lee Czerwonka, Vice Mayor of Blue Ash, and Scott Kaschpe, General Manager of CTS - Midwest

"We're pleased to expand in Blue Ash," said Dan Classen, President of CTS. "Blue Ash is our company's headquarters and City officials have always been very supportive of CTS." The building has been fully outfitted with new equipment and includes office space and a manufacturing facility that will enable CTS to enhance its capabilities, add capacity, and expand its services to meet the needs of customers. 


CTS employs 200 people nationwide, including 100 in Blue Ash.

Click here to learn more about CTS.
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