July 2015 Archive

Meeting touts successes of JobsOhio, APEG

Economic development efforts will remain a focus for two key organizations in the state as they press forward in an effort to remain competitive, officials said Tuesday.

Leaders from JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development arm, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth met Tuesday at the Chillicothe Country Club to provide an update on their accomplishments and what other upcoming initiatives they hope to tackle.

John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, said that, in the past 18 months, the organization has been able to double its staffing levels while developing a strong culture.

“The team we’ve built and the team we have, that’s been a big part of our success the last couple of years,” Minor said. “We’ve taken an industry-targeted approach.”

As part of its growth, JobsOhio also has created a team of five individuals who are dedicated to marketing efforts, though Minor stressed there are other…

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Boehner on Candle-lite: ‘Only in America’

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Candle-lite CEO Calvin Johnston is pictured speaking on Saturday.

Among the several speakers lauding the Candle-lite Company’s 175 years during Saturday’s celebration in Leesburg was U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who said that the company is “another reason to say ‘only in America.’”

Boehner was introduced by Jerry Vanden Eynden, Candle-lite Company president. As a part of a slide show presentation, Vanden Eynden shared a picture. In it, Boehner could be seen working at his desk, on which was placed a lamp, a globe … and a Candle-lite candle.

“He supports us,” Vanden Eynden said, adding that he was “humbled and honored” to introduce Boehner.

Boehner began his speech by describing the world 175 years ago. At that time, he said, the tallest building was 500 feet tall. Also, Boehner said, there were…

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SOACDF funds available for job creation in Jackson County

JACKSON– The Jackson County Economic Development Board (JCEDB) announced that up to $200,000 in competitive grant funds are available through the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) for projects in SOACDF’s nine county service region. The mission of the grant is for SOACDF to sponsor strategic investments in communities that have been adversely affected by the reduction in the demand for tobacco.

Private sector business/industry with job creation/retention projects, political subdivisions and public nonprofits may apply. Colleges and universities may apply for projects that are private sector driven.

The criteria for grant availability are extensive, but the main points are:

• Funds may be used for capital improvements, fixed assets or land acquisition where the end purpose is for manufacturing, logistics/distribution, warehousing, agribusiness/food processing or healthcare.

• There must be a job creation/retention component. Job creation is defined as a year round fulltime job working a minimum of 32 hours per week.

•…

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Making the Grade: Lumber grading course held at OSU South Centers

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

OSU South Centers recently offered a Lumber Grading workshop for those employed in timber and related industries. Photo Courtesy of News Watchman

Over a dozen loggers from Ohio and abroad gathered at OSU South Centers last week to participate in a course designed to give them a better understanding and develop their skills in the timber industry. The five-day Lumber Grading Short Course/Flex Day Course was instructed by National Hardwood Lumber Association National Inspector Barry Kibbey, who has instructed lumber grading workshops across the country for the past 41 years, in addition to working in various aspects of the timber industry.

“Timber and related industries are important to Southeast Ohio. This course gives local residents employed in the industry…

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Eating local takes on new meaning in Athens County

Beets for sale from Homecoming Farms during the Athens Farmers Market.

Beets for sale from Homecoming Farms during the Athens Farmers Market.

To better understand how food connects people, you can visit Athens County — where a project known as the 30 Mile Meal has helped to unite the stakeholders in the local food economy.

Or ask Luar Romero, general manager of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery in uptown Athens.

When he rattles off the places from which he buys ingredients for the restaurant’s kitchen, Romero names farms, not wholesalers — most of them within 30 miles of Athens.

Feta cheese for the craft brewery’s signature feta-cheese salad dressing comes from Integration Acres in Albany.

So do papaws, which are used to produce its Pawpaw Wheat imperial ale.

“And its black walnuts,” kitchen manager Tom Potter said.

Laurel Valley Creamery in Gallipolis, Potter said, supplies the cheese…

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Logan Clay Products celebrates 125th anniversary

Employees Gather To Celebrate LCP Anniversary: A total of 85 employees gathered near a kiln located at the entrance of Logan Clay Products Company to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary of the local clay manufacturing company. - Bud Schrader Photography/For The Logan Daily News

Employees Gather To Celebrate LCP Anniversary: A total of 85 employees gathered near a kiln located at the entrance of Logan Clay Products Company to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary of the local clay manufacturing company. – Bud Schrader Photography/For The Logan Daily News

LOGAN – A pillar in the community has reached a major milestone. The Logan Clay Products Company is celebrating its 125th anniversary which is a monumental feat for any business or industry to achieve in this day and age.

It is important to note there are few companies or industries that…

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Let’s Celebrate Manufacturing!

October is Ohio Manufacturing Month

Ten years ago pundits were saying that manufacturing was dead in America, and that we don’t need manufacturing jobs.  They were wrong then, and are even more wrong today.  That’s great news for Appalachian Ohio.

Why do we need manufacturing? Manufacturing is one of three or four industries that economists say create all the world’s wealth.  The others are agriculture (including forestry), extraction (mining and drilling) provided you minimize environmental damage, and possibly some cutting edge IT work.  All other industries just move around the wealth these industries create.   Since you only have so much land and minerals and high-end IT is hard to do in rural areas, most rural areas must focus on manufacturing to build their economies.

Isn’t manufacturing declining in America?  Not at all.  We certainly did export a lot of our manufacturing jobs in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, but by 2000 we…

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