WAVERLY – Rural King, a retail chain specializing in farm and home goods, will open a new distribution center and store in Waverly in 2015, bringing up to 160 new jobs to Pike County.
Rural King CEO Alex Melvin announced the $12.5 million investment Monday in the 930,000-square-foot warehouse the company will occupy in Pike Industrial Park on Hopewell Road. A number of state and local officials including Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, joined Melvin for the ceremony, which took up a small section of the cavernous warehouse.
Formerly used by cabinetry manufacturer Mill’s Pride, the distribution center is expected to employ 120 people and serve 30 stores in the chain’s growing footprint of nearly 80 locations across 10 states. It’s slated to open in June.
LOGAN – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at Amanda Mfg. with company representatives and local and state public officials in attendance.
Amanda Mfg., a Deshler Group company specializing in metal forming, has been based in Logan for more than 30 years and broke ground on a $5 million expansion project and renovation to its facility.
The expansion takes in 68,000-plus square feet, an increase of approximately 40 percent of its current size with 54,880 square feet of manufacturing plant space and 14,000 square feet of new office and facade improvement.
The current building is 139,000 square feet in which 58,880 square feet is dedicated to manufacturing.
“The expansion is not due to a new contract and anything like that,” said vice-president of manufacturing operations, Mike Hood. “We just ran out of room for what we manufacture.”
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio business with ties to Harrison County is boasting business expansion. Ceramic welding company Fuse Tech Inc., is expanding. There are only about a dozen employees right now, eight of which work out of Harrison County. But soon that number could jump, thanks to a new facility that will be popping up right next door. Fuse Tech’s owner, workers from the company, Harrison County commissioners, and various business leaders broke ground on a new 5,000-square foot facility next to the current facility located along N. Main Street on Thursday morning. The space will be used for blending and mixing raw product — work that used to be done in Alabama. Employees say this new facility will be cost-saving for the company in the long run, and will give them better control over their business….
CHILLICOTHE – A Road Ready Center expected to bring 50 jobs to the area will be locating at the corner of Delano Road and Ohio 159, the Economic Development Alliance for Southern Ohio announced Thursday night.
The Murphy-Hoffman Co. already has a presence in Ross County but will expand that footprint with construction of a new, 100,000-square-foot facility on 47 acres at the northeast corner of the Delano Road/Ohio 159 intersection. The facility will receive trucks from the nearby Kenworth Truck assembly plant for inspections and other post-production component installations before the vehicles are delivered to customers.
The service is a new one Murphy-Hoffman is offering to customers and other Kenworth dealers groups designed to expedite new truck deliveries.
“In the coming years, as we ramp up MHC’s Road Ready Center, we will be hiring…
CHILLICOTHE – A Chillicothe laser marking and etching firm has agreed to buy space inside the Gateway Interchange Industrial Park, county officials say.
Andy Tomlinson, president of the Ross County Community Improvement Corp., informed the Ross County commissioners Friday that Tykma Inc. bought a 50,000-square-foot space inside the industrial park for a price of $540,000. The firm currently has offices on East Water Street.
The president of Tykma Inc., David Grimes, could not immediately be reached for comment. Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, spoke positively about the purchase and said the building “has served its purpose over the years.”
“A lot of companies have gone through the building over the years,” Manegold said. “Now it serves as the home for a growing company.”
Tomlinson said that, although several…
Officials from the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA), Fluor B&W Portsmouth, the city of Portsmouth and the village of New Boston — along with members of the community — gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opening of Mako Finished Products in Portsmouth.
“Last November, it started out as an idea. The owner of Mako came to me, he wanted to go into business and laid out what he wanted to do,” said Larry O’Dell, operations manager for Mako Finished Products. “I told him at the time I was not going to say no, but I had to figure out how to say yes.”
O’Dell said they looked at several different sites in Portsmouth as a potential location.
“The more we got talking to the people at Sole Choice, they seemed like they were on the same page we were on, keeping people working and bringing business back,” O’Dell said.
Bidwell, OH – Gallia County Commissioner Harold Montgomery, announced today that Tri-State Beef, Inc, a subsidiary of Dae Kyung Oil and Transportation Co., Ltd, has chosen Bidwell, OH for its new North American beef slaughter, packaging, and advanced protein processing facility. The $30 million dollar project will create nearly 250 new positions. Company officials said they expect to break ground on the new facility in 2015.
“This is great news for our community. Tri-State Beef is a quality operation and we are ecstatic they have chosen Bidwell for their new U.S. operation,” said Harold Montgomery, Gallia County Commissioner, “the establishment of this new facility will have a tremendous positive impact not only in Gallia County, but the entire Southern Ohio region.
“Bidwell was identified as an ideal location for our new facility, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.” Said Chang Yun (C.Y.) Kim, Principal and Chairman, “We…