Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted January 26, 2012 10:27 am - Updated January 26, 2012 10:27 am

US Airways Express attendants move closer to strike

In a few days, Augusta will lose its American Eagle flights. In a couple of months, there is the danger of losing US Airways flights too.
The flight attendants for US Airways Express, which flies the connection between Augusta and Charlotte, are a step closer to a strike.
The subsidiary that operates those flights is PSA Airlines. Its flight attendants have been in negoatiations for two years to get a new contract and last week asked federal labor mediators to declare an impasse in negotiations.
The sides are stuck on money, retirement and insurance.
If the federal mediators go along with the impasse declaration, and no one is interested in binding arbitration, the 256 flight attendants could be cleared to strike after a 30-day cooling off period.


AIRPORT TRAFFIC IN 2012: American Eagle represented close to 50,000 passengers in last year’s tally for travelers through Augusta Regional.
Certainly, it will be difficult for the airport to repeat its record-setting performance in 2011.
Thinking that Delta/Atlantic Southeast and US Airways will increase passenger volume again this year, and charter flights rebound, the loss of 11 months of Eagle should put the total passenger volume for the airport similar to 2010 – 496,000.


TRUCK SALES: Yancey Bros. Co. is acquiring the operating assets of Mays International Trucks on Gordon Highway, effective Tuesday.
Yancey Truck Centers will assume all International truck sales, service and parts support responsibilities for eastern Georgia and neighboring counties in South Carolina.
By acquiring Mays, Yancey will now have six locations in Georgia.
Yancey’s chief executive Jim Stephenson: “We’ll continue to build upon the relationships and customer support that Mr. Mays and the Mays International Trucks team have developed over the past two decades.”


CARMAX HIRING: CarMax sent out a national call that it was hiring to fill nearly 1,000 positions nationally. The local share of that is three.


DOOR WITH A NEW IDENTITY: Regional homebuilder Red Door Homes is now Keystone Build on Your Land in the Augusta area.
It is a partner with Keystone Homes Inc. to provide semi-custom and custom built homes.
Red Door also has offices in Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina and North Dakota.