August 2015 Archive

Workforce Implications for Changes in Marijuana Testing

In his remarks at the 2015 State of the Region Conference, John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, introduced the topic of workplace marijuana testing as a consideration for keeping qualified workers on the job. His excerpted comments follow.

bio_JMolinaroMany of the tests commonly used for drugs (other than alcohol) measure historical use, not present intoxication. This means they test as much or more for whether a worker is complying with broader cultural or moral standards than whether the worker represents a safety hazard to the company and coworkers. This may have been acceptable at a time when we had significantly more workers than jobs, but as workforce supplies become more constrained we must rethink this norm.

Testing for past exposure is especially true for marijuana use. Commonly used tests for marijuana use have a look-back period of 30…

Read More

Groups working together to improve CR 12

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP – In Coshocton County businesses, citizens and organizations work hand in hand to contribute to the overall prosperity of the county. The Coshocton Port Authority, a government entity, was created to “connect businesses, industry, finance, government and education to promote growth and prosperity.”

Serving this exact purpose, Dorothy Skowrunski, the executive director of the port authority, has implemented multiple projects, creating jobs in the region and incentives for industries to choose Coshocton and expand here. She has been closely working with Ohio organizations such as OMEGA, ODOT and APEG among others. Together, they created jobs for the people of Coshocton, developed EPA cleaning projects to bring in industries and sustain economic growth. All these actors of economic development connect the dots, designing win-win situations.

The Amish community also is part of the Coshocton community. More than that, the Amish community of Coshocton County is a major player in the economic…

Read More

Fanatics to fill 1,500 seasonal positions

ZANESVILLE – More than 1,500 new job openings will soon be available in Muskingum County as the Port Authority works to expand businesses already established in the area while simultaneously trying to bring in new businesses.

Port Authority Director Matt Abbott discussed the job openings Tuesday at the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club meeting, noting that 75 percent of new jobs in Ohio were created by existing businesses.

“But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to look ahead to create job opportunities by bringing new businesses to the area,” Abbott said.

As a part of this dual approach, Abbott said that 1,500 of the new jobs would be temporary positions at the Fanatics Distribution Center that will be filled by November.  Additional openings will be available at the Dollar General Distribution Center and the Autozone Distribution Center, although the number of jobs and pay rate has not been determined.

Halliburton also is expected to bring an unspecified number of jobs to Zanesville following the closure of its facility…

Read More

Fluor-BWXT Grant helps Tri-America Grow

SCIOTO COUNTY – Earlier this month Fluor-BWXT (formerly Fluor-B&W) awarded a $40,000 grant from the Fluor-BWXT Community Commitment Fund to a local pipe fabrication and construction firm to purchase equipment and expand their production facilities.

Tri-America Contractors, located at 1664 Ohio 522, Wheelersburg, will soon hire six new employees as result of the expansion. The company specializes in the refining, steel-making and power generating industries.

Tri-America President Scott Taylor is grateful for the grant that will be used to build much needed shop space. “Our crews will be working two 10-hour shifts a day, five days a week,” Taylor said. “Right now, we have six welders on days and another six on nights. Eventually, we’ll add up to four new welders as well as one new driver and another quality control specialist.”

Tri-America, which was founded in 1997, performs tig-, mig-, stick- and pulse-welding at their Wheelersburg facility. Some of their customers include:…

Read More

Gallia woman appointed to state advisory council

GALLIPOLIS — Silver Bridge Coffee Co. owner Lorraine Walker has been appointed to Ohio’s Small Business Advisory Council.

It is an advisory board that was created Jan. 10, 2011, via the first executive order signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The board provides counsel to the Common Sense Initiative, created to offer the lieutenant governor the perspectives of the small business community and provide guidance to the mission and direction of the CSI Office.

“We are excited to have Lorraine join our Small Business Advisory Council,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “I know she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table and I look forward to our discussions as we continue to work hard to help small businesses grow and thrive in Ohio.”

Headed by Taylor, CSI is reforming Ohio’s regulatory practices to remove barriers that burden small business, while protecting the health and safety of all Ohioans. The nine-member…

Read More

Area youth attend three-day Summer Manufacturing Camp

JACKSON— Monday marked the first day of Jackson’s three-day manufacturing camp designed to help local students learn about modern day manufacturing, teamwork, and local manufacturing facilities.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office helped organize this camp to help Ohio students learn about the manufacturing process. Coordinators for the event included Coalton Mayor Kim Milliken, Jackson Mayor Randy Heath, Oak Hill Mayor Roy McCarty, and Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier.

Those invited to participate included: The Jackson City School District, Wellston City Schools, Oak Hill Union Local Schools, General Mills, Kenworth, Bellisio Foods, the Jackson Mayor’s Office, Wellston Mayor’s Office, and other local agencies.

The Camp began on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. and ran Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The participating agencies and tour sites included Bellisio Foods, General Mills, Kenworth Truck, Shawnee State University, the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Systems (SEORLS), and…

Read More