BUSINESS NEWS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2003
Comair wants to reduce pay
Erlanger-based regional airline Comair wants its pilot and flight attendant unions to reopen their contracts to negotiate pay cuts, company and union officials have confirmed.

AK Steel reopens union talks
AK Steel, struggling to restore profitability, has reopened discussions with the United Steelworkers of America, a move that could lead to a labor agreement, which, analysts say, is necessary for the company's survival.

PNC invests for growth
Set to launch PNC Bank's biggest expansion in Greater Cincinnati in a decade, John Taylor gets elated about his bank's plans.

Jobless numbers decline
The U.S. economy in September unexpectedly added jobs for the first time in eight months, raising hopes that the recovery won't be jobless much longer.

What's the buzz?
Senior citizens will have to pay more to ride the coasters at Cedar Point amusement park in northern Ohio next year.

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3 local firms on fast-growth list
Inc. magazine's latest list of the 500 fastest-growing, privately owned companies in the nation includes three from Greater Cincinnati.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Cutting red tape to be top task
Chad Munitz has earned a reputation as a hard worker and effective deal closer over the past six years with the Ohio Department of Development.

Football carries retail on robust shoulders
Sports bars can earn as much as half of their annual revenues during the football season. Football games attract more customers than other televised sports, and customers stay longer and spend more money on food and beverages.


THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

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A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.