ASSETS Quarterly Publication

APEG Visits Chinese Chemical Companies

Mike Jacoby, APEG VP for business development, and Mindy McLaughlin, JobsOhio’s senior manager for global sales, present a letter from Governor John Kasich to Jiang Dongfeng, deputy director general of the Bureau of Commerce of Jinan Municipality. The letter welcomes increased trade and foreign investment with China.

JobsOhio and APEG conducted an exploratory trade mission to the Shandong province in China in late November and early December, APEG’s first visit to the country.

The province has over 100 million residents and is home to a concentration of Chinese chemical companies.   During the visit, JobsOhio and APEG representatives met with nine different Chinese chemical companies.

Company research and appointments were set up using OCO Global, an international firm which specializes in connecting foreign companies who want to explore bringing manufacturing to the U.S.   OCO is JobsOhio’s representative in Asia.

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APEG Launches New Web Site

APEG recently launched an updated, enhanced website. Notable results of the effort are clearer paths to information; prominent access to available industrial sites and regional resources; indexed program information; and high quality photography showcasing the region’s high tech manufacturing processes, its workforce and communities.

Since the first website was launched in January 2014, APEG’s programs have increased, adding layers of services. “We have more complex information to share and a clearer understanding of what our different audiences are looking for,” said Charlotte Hatfield, director of communication.

Prominent on the APEG landing page is information targeting site selectors who rely heavily on online resources to start and narrow searches for possible industry locations.

“Equally important is the landing page footer map; it’s a direct link to in-depth information describing the assets of our 25 APEG-JobsOhio counties,” said Hatfield. Everything from utility providers to employment and wage information is available, by county, from this site.

In addition to programmatic information the site includes: staff contacts, regional maps, publications, videos…

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A.R.M. Specializes in Thrills

If you’re in the market for jaw-dropping excitement, A.R.M. Inc. in Wintersville is your source.  One of only five amusement ride manufacturers in the U.S., they have designed and manufactured their thrill-inducing products in the Jefferson County Airpark since 1998.

Riders’ expressions say it all! The Super Shot is one of many amusement rides designed and manufactured in Jefferson County.

The company has a worldwide market but primarily serves small family parks and portable carnivals, said Mike Gill, president, who has been with the company for 25 years.

Designed for screams and adrenaline rushes, the rides have hair-raising names like Super Shot, Highflyer/Screamer, Mega Bounce and Vertigo.  The riders of Super Shot sit mid-air, feet dangling until the ride abruptly accelerates toward the ground and, slowed by a magnetic braking system, then glides to a stop.  The Super Shot comes…

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Q4 2016 News from the Partnership


Peebles: Infrastructure upgrades at the GE Aviation jet engine testing center were necessary to support increasing numbers of engines being tested as well as accommodating the larger 9X engine testing.  A JobsOhio 629 Roadwork Grant supported the expansion and upgrades which created 16 new jobs.


Nelsonville: Hocking College recently opened a Workforce Development and Training Center at The Lodge at Hocking College.  The center, a $1 million renovation project, will be used to provide customized training to area employers and short-term training focused on job readiness.


Dilles Bottom: FirstEnergy Corp. completed demolition of the former coal-fired power plant and cleared the 150-acre site that may be home to PTT Global Chemical’s proposed ethane cracker.  Site remediation was supported in part by a $14 million loan to FirstEnergy by JobsOhio.  PTT has an option to purchase the land; a final decision about the $5 billion construction project is expected in…

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