With its proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the city of Beavercreek is in a prime location for defense contractors.

Of the top 25 defense firms in the Dayton region — ranked by the Dayton Business Journal based on prime contract awards for 2017 — more than half are in Beavercreek. In addition, several others that did not make this year’s list have a substantial presence in the city.

“When we talk about Beavercreek, (defense contractors) are unbelievably important,” said Jeff McGrath,…

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