February 2016 Archive

Belmont County Ethane Cracker To Bring Others, Official Believes

Most of the steel mills, glass factories and other plants that once employed tens of thousands along the Ohio River are closed, but officials believe landing the $5.7 billion ethane cracker complex in Belmont County would allow Ohio and West Virginia to become manufacturing powerhouses once again.

So plentiful is the oil and natural gas in the region that those discussing the matter in Wheeling Tuesday believe they are dealing with what can become known as “Shale Valley” – much like the San Francisco Bay area has become known as “Silicon Valley.”

“It’s a once in several lifetimes opportunity. If we get it right with the first facility, more will come,” John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, said during the discussion, which featured numerous elected officials, business leaders, labor representatives and members of the higher education community.

In September, officials with Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical agreed to…

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Riffle launches another plant expansion

CHILLICOTHE — Riffle Machine Works is expanding again.

Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, appeared Monday on behalf of the company before Ross County Commissioners seeking approval of a 10-year, 50-percent tax abatement to construct a third 100,000-square-foot structure on the Riffle campus off Ohio 159. The expansion, which would initially be primarily used for warehouse space in anticipation of its use for future growth, is expected to bring an additional 10 jobs in its earliest uses.

Both Manegold and County Commissioner Jim Caldwell noted that the company, whose primary business involves assembly of exhausts and polishing parts for trucking companies but which has diversified into other automotive areas as its customer base has grown, has regularly delivered more than its job creation estimates.

The project will involved a $2.9 million investment for construction of the facility with about an additional $100,000 initially in fixtures and other items for the…

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Logan Clay Products Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 6.32.49 PMFounded in1890 as The Hocking Manufacturing Company, Logan Clay manufactures sewer pipe, flue lining, decorative chimney tops and wall coping using a special blend of locally mined clay.

Using a high-pressure extrusion process, they produce piping from 4- to 24-inches in diameter which is then fired to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The ring process, called vitrification, bonds the molecules in the clay making it strong and impervious to almost all chemicals.

“Our pipe is the world’s longest-lasting product for sanitary sewer systems,” said Dick Brandt, chairman and president, “and we believe our modern manufacturing processes produce the highest quality pipe in the nation.”

Although clay pipe has been used for 5,000 years, the Logan plant has regularly upgraded their equipment for production and energy efficiency including computer controls on their tunnel kilns.

Brandt attributes the company’s…

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Lawrence, Scioto plan industrial park site

WHEELERSBURG, Ohio — Economic development officials in Lawrence and Scioto counties are working together to develop a 177-acre industrial park to bring jobs to both counties.

“We see that whole area as benefiting both counties with jobs,” said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation which is developing The Point, a 500-acre industrial park in South Point that has between 500 and 600 jobs.

“We already have Dow Chemical in Lawrence County and Sun Coke in Scioto County,” Dingus said. “These plants provide jobs to both counties so everybody wins.”

The plan is for the Development Corporation and the Southern Ohio Port Authority in Scioto County to work together to jointly borrow more than $2 million and go after grants to bring water, sewer, electric, drainage, roads and parking to the site, said Jason D. Kester, director of the port authority.

“The site already has a 50,000-square-foot building…

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Made here: Logan Clay Products among few firms still making sewer pipe, chimney liners

LOGAN, Ohio — In a factory outbuilding at Logan Clay Products Co., two workers try to answer a question with a mechanical press: How tough is this clay pipe?

The machine makes contact with the brick-red drainage pipe and bears down. Its feat of strength is almost silent, with nearly all the action appearing on a digital screen that shows the amount of pressure: 10,000 pounds, 20,000 pounds, 30,000 pounds.

With that, the press stops and slowly pulls back. The pipe has more than passed its test, part of a routine spot check.

Logan Clay has been around for more than a century and sells something that has been around even longer.

“There is clay pipe in the United States in the ground that’s been functioning for 200 years,” said Dick Brandt, the company’s owner and the third generation of his family to run the business.

Strength and longevity…

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Super Bowl trivia: Which popular party snack is made in Ohio?

This Sunday as people busy themselves in kitchens in town and across the country preparing for the Super Bowl with wings, dips, chips, sliders and sides, they may not realize that one of the most popular Super Bowl dishes they are preparing is made in Ohio.

Except for a few boutique brands, the vast majority of pizza rolls consumed in the United States are produced about 100 miles from Dayton in the Bellisio Foods Inc. factory located in Jackson, Ohio, and General Mills factory in Wellston.

In fact, according to Mike Evans, vice president of supply chain at Bellisio’s, if one lined up all of the pizza rolls produced in one year at Bellisio’s from end to end beginning in Jackson County, that line would extend to San Francisco where the Super Bowl is being played and back 44 times.

Although Evans does not know how many are consumed during Super Bowl weekend,…

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JobsOhio Corp. helps companies choose Ohio for automotive, advanced manufacturing projects

Kristi Tanner likes to share Ohio’s story of financial stability and manufacturing heritage when describing the merits of attracting business in Ohio, particularly when she’s talking to global companies.

“International companies are looking for a location that can reduce their risk and maximize profitability,” says Tanner, JobsOhio senior managing director for automotive. “That describes Ohio. It also helps that you can reach 70 percent of the U.S. and Canadian automotive assembly facilities in a single-day truck drive.”

oh_sr_KristiTanner_0216“We assisted Fuyao with not only site selection and incentives, but more importantly we worked with them as a partner to understand their business needs and present potential Ohio solutions and opportunities that would reduce their risk and accelerate their market entry.” Kristi Tanner, senior managing director for automotive, JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation that drives job creation and economic investment in Ohio through business attraction…

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