April 2016 Archive

One Year Later, Demolition Ongoing To Make Room For Ethane Cracker in Dilles Bottom

The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register

DILLES BOTTOM – A year ago Friday, Belmont County officials announced PTT Global Chemical’s intention to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker on the site of the former FirstEnergy R.E. Burger power plant.

Today, contractors working for FirstEnergy Corp. are demolishing the shuttered power plant to make room for the massive petrochemical complex, which would cover nearly 500 acres between the Ohio River and Ohio 7. Instead of watching pipelines ship lucrative Marcellus and Utica shale ethane to cracker plants along the Gulf Coast or in Canada, the Upper Ohio Valley could see a manufacturing renaissance if PTT Global Chemical proceeds with its planned multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex.

A final investment decision is expected by the end of this year.

“We have made great progress over the past year,” Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said. “We have held numerous meetings with the company leaders and their representatives. Everyone is working collaboratively to make sure…

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AWF expands, becomes anchor point

Portsmouth Daily Times

Appalachian Wood Floors (AWF) of Portsmouth recently announced an expansion of their facility. The expansion corresponds with the Americas Best Communities (ABC) Community Revitalization Plan.

AWF was recently awarded a JobsOhio Revitalization grant to rehabilitate the former Schaefer Super Market’s building on 8th Street in Portsmouth.

AWF announced its intention to return the building to its former status as a shipping and distribution facility. The project will be the “anchor tenant” of the community’s riverfront revitalization plan and create 20 jobs.

On Monday, a delegation from the area will travel to Durham, North Carolina to present the communities revitalization plan before a panel of judges at the America’s Best Communities Summit.

At the summit, the delegation will appear before a panel of judges on why Portsmouth should be named America’s Best Community.

Those representing the area include, Jason Kester, executive director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority Joseph Pratt, executive director of Main Street Portsmouth;…

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Speyside barrels begin new era in Jackson

The Telegram News

Darren Whitmer, general manager for the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage plant in Jackson, poses alongside an unfinished version of one of the wooden barrels which will be made at the plant once actual production begins on Monday, May 2. The barrels will be made of Appalachian White Oak and will be used specifically to store bourbon.

Darren Whitmer, general manager for the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage plant in Jackson, poses alongside an unfinished version of one of the wooden barrels which will be made at the plant once actual production begins on Monday, May 2. The barrels will be made of Appalachian White Oak and will be used specifically to store bourbon.

Salt, coal, iron ore, automobile parts, kitchen cabinets, and frozen food have all helped to define Jackson County’s long industrial/manufacturing history. However, within just a few weeks, another product will…

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JobsOhio joins largest-ever U.S. Business Delegation to 2016 Hannover Messe in Germany

EIN Presswire

COLUMBUS, OH — (Marketwired) — 04/14/16 — JobsOhio today announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country. This status provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions.”

JobsOhio joins more than 100 Ohioans attending Hannover Messe this month with the goal of showcasing innovation, the stable business climate and skilled talent Ohio offers when it comes to Advanced Manufacturing and materials. Ambassadors from the entire JobsOhio Regional Network, comprised of six economic development partners across Ohio, will also attend the trade show, along with local economic development representatives…

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Next hot spot for virtual reality tech could be southern Ohio

Columbus Business First

Portsmouth-based Yost Labs Inc. has raised $1 million and expects sales to double this year for its motion-capturing sensors that are so fast they reduce the lag time that causes motion sickness in virtual reality. Leaders envision creating a virtual reality technology hub bringing jobs to southern Ohio.

This southern Ohio company’s real-time motion-capturing sensors soon will show up in multiple video game systems as virtual reality products start to explode in the consumer electronics market. The sensors are already being used to help pilot military drones and have applications for robotics, physical therapy devices and self-driving cars.

Fast-growing Yost Labs Inc. envisions its technology not only making it a major employer in its home city Portsmouth, but an epicenter attracting new companies and jobs to Appalachian Ohio.

“People are surprised that we’re in southern Ohio,” CEO Greg Merril said. “Part of our mission is for people not to be surprised.”

Yost Labs, formerly YEI…

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JobsOhio and APEG at worldwide trade show

image1What do President Obama, APEG, JobsOhio and 210,000 industrial leaders from around the globe all have in common?  We all traveled to Hannover, Germany in April to attend the largest industrial trade show in the world, the Hannover Messe.

Why did the President attend?  There is no better place in the world to identify and meet with industrial leaders who can bring additional jobs, investment and prosperity to America.  In addition, for the first time in the Messe’s 69-year history,  America was the show’s official partner country.  President Obama and various federal agencies used the Messe to showcase America as a place to invest, do business and create jobs.

Strategically placed next to the main stage, foot traffic at the Ohio booth was intense for the entire week.

Our JobsOhio contingent had the largest presence of any state at the Messe; more than 100 Ohioans…

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