March 2016 Archive

On the road towards America’s Best Community

Portsmouth Daily Times

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth is one of 15 communities around the county competing for anywhere from $1 to $3 million dollars in prize money from the America’s Best Communities Competition.

When the America’s Best Communities Competition was first announced there were roughly 400 communities throughout the United States involved. That pool of communities was narrowed to 50 and has been narrowed to 15 communities.

As a part of the contest, communities are challenged to highlight unique ways they show community pride.

Adam Phillips, Southern Ohio Port Authority Asset Managerand Main Street Portsmouth Executive Director Joseph Pratt, had no trouble coming up with a unique way to show community pride, through music.

Several months ago local singer, song writer Shane Runion was tasked with writing a song that reflected Portsmouth.

Not a song that reflected Portsmouth in the past or a song that reflected some of the negative aspects of Portsmouth.

He was…

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AEP Ohio Awards Ohio’s First Quality Site Certification to Zahns Corner Industrial Park

News from AEP Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16, 2016 — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), awarded Ohio’s first AEP Quality Site Certification to Zahns Corner Industrial Park. This industrial park, located in Pike County, has passed a rigorous and thorough analysis and has met all certification criteria, including utility availability, ease to transportation routes and environmental considerations. This certified designation ensures potential businesses that the location is development-ready.

With this designation, Zahns Corner Industrial Park is positioned to attract industries such as fabricated metals, general machinery, light industrial and assembly.

Nationally recognized site consultant firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting conducted the third-party site certification. The consulting firm evaluates properties, determines documentation that must be completed, and then certifies the sites once they have met all the program requirements. The process, which includes obtaining engineering plans, environmental studies, and researching site characteristics, can take up to two years…

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Yost Labs Closes $1 Million Series A Funding

Robotics Tomorrow

Yost Labs, inventor and producer of the world’s most responsive and accurate gesture-tracking technology, announced a Series A investment of $1 million from a group of Ohio-based investors. This strategic investment is focused on efforts to accelerate market adoption of Yost Labs’ innovative sensors and real-time human movement motion-capture systems.

One of the new products Yost Labs is launching is a next-generation Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS)/Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor that is designed to bring aerospace-grade inertial tracking to the consumer…

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Made Here: Logan company builds rods, tubes for top-selling trucks

The Columbus Dispatch

If you drive a stick-shift Jeep Wrangler, the device you use to change gears is made at a factory in Logan.

That is one of hundreds of parts made by Amanda Manufacturing, an auto-parts supplier whose sales are soaring along with U.S. demand for trucks.

Many of the parts are rods or tubes that are cut and formed for use all over cars and trucks, including a truck’s rear hitch and the metal loop that acts as a catch for a door latch.

“We take on the tough stuff,” said Mike Hood, the vice president for manufacturing, on a recent tour.

His statement has a double meaning, referring both to the strength of the parts and to the difficulty of the engineering that often goes into their design.

The company has about 250 employees and is hiring. Employees in the factory, members of the United Auto Workers union, receive base pay plus bonuses that are…

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Job Expansion

The Morgan County Improvement Corporation (MCIC) along with Jobs Ohio, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Morgan County Herald newspaper, and the Morgan County Commissioners’ and Business Development Office were invited on a tour of the Miba Sinter and MetalAxis facility, in McCon­nelsville, on Friday, Feb. 26.

“Miba Sinter and MetalAxis, today, employees 220 white and blue collar employees,” said Miba Sinter Site Manager Steve Krise. “When I came to Morgan County, Ohio, from PA, in 2009, Miba had three employees, including myself. In 2010, Miba Sinter employed 35 people. In the next two to three years, Miba Sinter, in McConnelsville, will hire even more people from the area and could employ a total of 350 individuals by the time the plant is full.”

The steady growth of Miba Sinter is impressive for the Morgan County area and its employee base.

The Morgan County Improvement Corporation actually owns the Miba Campus and has…

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Program seeks to boost profile of wood-products industry in SE Ohio

The wood-products business in Ohio contributes an estimated $22 billion a year to the state’s economy. While that may sound like a lot, Craig Rosenlund thinks the number could and should be higher… a lot higher.

Rosenlund works with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth in Nelsonville, where he is senior product associate for a program to boost the wood-products industry in a 32-county region. He has more than three decades of management and operations experience in the field, in both domestic and international markets.

Rosenlund is not the only person to think wood products in the Buckeye State have significant, untapped potential. The U.S. Small Business Administration believes the same.

The agency is putting money where its mouth is, to the tune of up to $2.5 million, for the Forest Products Innovation Cluster Initiative.

An SBA contract – awarded last…

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Chillicothe ranked 39th top micropolitan area in U.S.

CHILLICOTHE – In the scorecard of economic development, Chillicothe has put some more points on the board.

For the third time in the last five years and the second straight year, Chillicothe has been named to Site Selection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas in the U.S. for its development performance in 2015. In order to be considered for the list, a locality must have completed individual projects that involved at least $1 million in capital investment, 20,000 square feet of space or created at least 20 new jobs.

In the Chillicothe area during 2015, a trio of projects — involving Mancor Industries, TYKMA Electrox and Vitatoe Industries — met the criteria and contributed to the city’s placement in a tie for 39th on the magazine’s list. Because that criteria involves only manufacturing, distribution, office and technology projects, the large investments in the Carlisle Building restoration and the Guernsey Crossing development did not contribute to…

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Scioto, Lawrence counties to partner

In recognizing the possibility for economic development along U.S. 52 in Scioto and Lawrence counties, the Southern Ohio Port Authority and the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation have formed a partnership.

The two agencies have had a working relationship for a while, and their latest collaboration could result in the formation of an industrial park in Scioto County.

At its last meeting of 2015, the SOPA Board of Directors voted to purchase a 90-day option from Hadsell Development on an industrial park in Wheelersburg for $25,000.

Jason Kester, Executive Director of SOPA said having the option on the 522 Industrial Park fills a deficiency of the community.

“The number one deficiency of our community is a lack of available sites and buildings. Other than the five acres remaining in the Bob Walton Industrial Park, we do not have another industrial park in the county,” Kester said.

After meeting with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, Scioto County Commissioners,…

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