June 2015 Archive

200 jobs set for Greenfield’s Donnelley plant

An auto industry supplier is expanding to Greenfield and will bring around 200 new jobs to the former RR Donnelley facility.

Highland County Commissioners announced Monday that Corvac Composites has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire the existing 175,000 square foot facility in Greenfield. The acquisition is subject to due diligence and anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2015, with new production slated for early 2016.

The facility will continue Corvac’s expansion throughout North America, producing a variety of external automotive barrier parts for leading OEMs. In total, over $10 million in new machinery and equipment will be placed into operation at the site and, once complete, the facility is anticipated to employ over 200 people in the Greenfield area. Details on future employment opportunities will be announced at a later date.

“Corvac wishes to acknowledge the efforts of JobsOhio, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Highland County Economic Development…

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Organic Technologies expands tank farm

Leaders of Organic Technologies on Friday unveiled plans to expand the company’s South Sixth Street plant by building a “tank farm.”

About a dozen “large-format tanks” will hold between 10,000 and 50,000 gallons of chemicals, raw materials and finished products, said Joshua Wiley, vice president of finance and legal affairs for the company.

“We’re setting up a lot of infrastructure and installing it over about a year,” Wiley said.

Though expansion will not immediately add jobs to the Coshocton facilities, OT leaders say it will poise the company to continue to create jobs in the years ahead.

Founded in 1981, Organic Technologies employs 145 people in Coshocton. The company makes Omega-3 fish oil products, food supplements, pharmaceutical elements and other chemicals.

William Albert Excavating and Hathaway Construction, both of Coshocton, will perform the work on the project, installing the tanks and infrastructure in the parking lot at 1245 S. Sixth St. Jedson Engineering,…

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SunPower Inc. receives $3.5M grant

SunPower Inc., of Athens, was recently awarded $3,500,000 in federal funding for a generator development project.

“The generators built at SunPower could serve as a model for energy efficiency efforts across the country,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in a news release. “This award is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s innovative power companies.”

The $3,500,000 award comes from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)’s GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) project, which aims to develop generator technologies that will improve efficiencies in residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation.

SunPower Inc. and its research partners will design and build a generator based on a free piston Stirling engine with a high-temperature heater head and gas bearings for non-contact operation. Team member Aerojet Rocketdyne, based in Arlington, Virginia, will develop new materials to increase the efficiency of the system by allowing…

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MarkWest Lays Roots and Keeps Its Promise to Ohio with New Cadiz Office

In August 2012, MarkWest hosted a meet and greet with the residents and officials of Harrison County, announcing their plans for Utica Shale development in eastern Ohio. This week, the company continues to keep the promise it made three years ago, and as they cut the ribbon of a 20,000 square foot corporate office in Cadiz, Ohio. The event also served as a reminder that MarkWest has invested over $2.5 billion to date in Ohio, and is employing local residents in the community.

Case-in-point: As evidence that MarkWest is committed to hiring local residents, the open house and ribbon cutting was kicked off by Office Administrator, Melissa “Missy” Yoho, a local resident of the area, and mother of 5, who stands with 110 permanent employees who will work out of the new corporate office. This commitment to hiring local employees is proof that MarkWest is putting Ohio back to work, creating jobs, and driving down unemployment in the…

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The Point to get $1M for college programs

SOUTH POINT, Ohio – The current Ohio Senate version of the two-year budget proposal starting July 1 includes $1 million to develop college technical programs at The Point, a South Point industrial park.

The budget bill, which includes $500,000 per year for the next two years for the job training program, still has to be agreed to by the state legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich by June 30.

State Sen. Bob Peterson said the Senate bill includes money to pay for an economic development initiative that will bring new employment opportunities at the industrial park.

“This is a collaborative initiative through Ohio University Southern in Ironton to establish a Higher Education Regional Partnership and Training Center at The Point to bring necessary technical degree and training programs to Lawrence County and the surrounding region,” Peterson said.

The training center is a partnership between Ohio University Southern, Shawnee State University, University of Rio…

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MarkWest Opens New Regional Office in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – MarkWest Energy continues to expand and show its commitment and loyalty to Harrison County and its economy.

On Tuesday, the company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 20,000 square-foot regional office building that is already circulating new jobs within the county.

While MarkWest isn’t new to the county, the company continues to show its commitment to the area by expanding, thus creating new jobs and stimulating the county’s economy along the way.

“This is a new beginning for MarkWest and the Utica, and we are looking forward to a permanent presence,” said Dave Ledonne, vice president of operations for Utica and Appalachia. “This is symbolic of a permanent presence of MarkWest in Ohio.” The building took 9 months to build and will hold up to 120 employees. It’s expected to increase the company’s overall productivity. “We have been able to consolidate all of our workforce under one roof,…

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Columbus Washboard Company celebrates 120 years

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Diane Hopkins, who has worked at the Columbus Washboard Factory for five years, demonstrates how the washboards are assembled. Once the pieces are made, the washboards themselves can be put together in as little as 45 seconds.

LOGAN — A local staple of the community, the Columbus Washboard Company, is celebrating an auspicious milestone this year as the company turns an incredible 120 years old.

According to the history of the Columbus Washboard Company, it was officially started when Frederic Martin Sr. started building washboards for resale from his backyard in 1895.

He would continue to hand make the washboards over the next 30 years, and though no sales information is available, it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 washboards were made and sold during that time.

Everything changed in 1925 when Martin’s son, Frederic Martin Jr., purchased the company…

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Wastren Advantage, Inc. wins $45 million lab contract in Hanford, WA

PIKETON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Wastren Advantage Inc. (WAI) of Piketon to perform analytical services at the 222-S Laboratory in Hanford, WA. The two-year contract with three one-year options is valued at $44.6 million.

WAI President and CEO Steve Moore said his team is ready to expand its support at DOE’s largest cleanup project by operating the Hanford site’s primary on-site laboratory for analysis of highly radioactive samples. WAI also provides landfill management and operations services to Washington Closure Hanford, located in Richland, WA.

“As a current contractor supporting the Hanford cleanup mission, WAI is fully committed to providing high-quality, customer-focused services at the 222-S Laboratory,” Moore said. “We are fortunate that DOE values WAI as a solid performer in this critical area.”

For more than 40 years, reactors located at Hanford produced plutonium for America’s defense program. All of the…

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ODNR Releases First Quarter Production Numbers for Oil and Gas

COLUMBUS, OH – During the first quarter of 2015, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 4,401,687 barrels of oil and 183,585,256 Mcf (183 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Oil increased by more than 842,000 barrels and gas by more than 18 billion cubic feet compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. By comparison, 418 horizontal shale wells in the first quarter of 2014 produced 1,951,641 barrels of oil and 67,329,316 Mcf (67 billion cubic feet) of natural gas.

Comparatively, while the fourth quarter of 2014 saw a 25 percent increase in oil production over the third quarter, the increase was 545,000 barrels, exactly 300,000 barrels less than the first quarter of 2015 production.

The new report lists 926 wells, 877 of which reported production, resulting in a 12 percent increase in wells for the first quarter. Forty-nine wells reported no production…

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New Bakery Co. sold for $80 million

The restaurant chain expects proceeds after taxes to total about $50 million.

About 320 employees work at the two Zanesville plants, the majority of them at the Airport Road location. It is unknown how the sale will affect them, but Scott Donaldson, the director of human resources for New Bakery, said he sees the sale as an opportunity.

The New Bakery distributes products from Colorado to the east coast of the U.S.

“I think it’s really going to be a good thing for us as far as our growth,” Donaldson said. “We’re really excited about the opportunity to work with East Balt.”

East Balt Bakery, the Chicago-based company that…

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Manufacturing Needs Young Hires

The skills gap issue is not new to the U.S. manufacturing industry. Several prior studies confirm manufacturing executives are concerned about attracting, training, and retaining talent to drive innovation and growth agendas in their organizations. The sentiment remains the same today. The 2015 study reveals an overwhelming majority (84 percent) of executives agree there is a talent shortage in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Not only is there a shortage today, but research results indicate there is a more pressing, longer term issue confronting manufacturers. The skills gap is widening, and over the next decade, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed.  In addition, an estimated 60 percent of these positions are likely to be unfilled due to the talent shortage. As a result, only 1.4 million out of 3.4 million positions are expected to be filled, implying that the U.S. manufacturing sector is likely to suffer a shortfall of 2 million…

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Officials celebrate continued development in Ironton

Photo from Herald-Dispatch

Photo from Herald-Dispatch

IRONTON – Months after the Holiday Inn Express and the Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant opened, local officials marked the grand opening of the Gateway Centre, a project that has provided 70 jobs to Ironton and could provide another 70 to 90 jobs during its second phase.

The $10 million project to bring the hotel and restaurant to South 9th Street has provided 70 full-time equivalent jobs, said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation.

“We’re on the edge of having two more” businesses locating in the Gateway Centre area, which includes the former Ohio National Guard Armory and property along the north side of South 9th Street, Dingus said. “We expect to have 150 jobs here.”

The hotel and restaurant opened last year, but Tuesday was the first time all the principals could get…

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LEDC aims for global outreach

SOUTH POINT — The Lawrence Economic Development Corporation has received official certification to become an Employment Based-5 Regional Center for the counties of Lawrence, Scioto, Jackson and Gallia.

EB-5 was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. EB-5 foreign direct investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise, create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs within two years, and invest in at least $500,000.00 in capital investments in the rural counties of Lawrence, Scioto, Jackson and Gallia. This specific regional center is focused on commercial for profit companies specializing in distribution, warehousing and logistics.

“As LEDC initiates industrial recruitment efforts on a global scale, the EB-5 Visa Program will be a powerful tool,” said Bill Dingus, executive director of the LEDC. “Statistics show a keen interest in the Asian communities for investing in U.S. communities that have an…

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Ethane Cracker Supply Chain Market Study

Executive Summary

The Ethane Cracker Supply Chain Opportunities market research study explores the potential impact on regional and future businesses of the proposed Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, or ASCENT. ASCENT is a proposed ethane cracker site including the cracker, three polyethylene plants, water treatment facilities, and a gas-fired co-generation power plant to be carried out by Odebrecht, a Brazilian company, with construction slated to begin sometime in 2015.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council engaged Thomas P. Miller and Associates (TPMA), along with Camoin Associates (CA), to study the potential impacts of ASCENT. Analysis focused on two key areas:

  1. Identifying regional companies that would benefit from the proposed ethane cracker; and
  2. Identifying potential companies that may look to expand to the region in order to takeadvantage of proximity to the cracker

Key Findings

  • Opportunities through the ASCENT cracker lie primarily in the ethylene supply chain. As the key product of the cracking…
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