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Hillsboro PAS Technologies facility achieves PXP™ Gold certification

The Highland County Press

PAS Technologies announced Thursday that its Hillsboro facility has achieved gold status, the highest level of achievement in the Performance eXcellence Process™ (PXP™), the Company’s lean operating system.

PXP™ Gold certification signifies that the PAS Hillsboro facility, the first PAS operation to have achieved this accreditation, is operating at world-class standards for all aspects of the business—customer satisfaction, environmental health and safety, quality, on time delivery, financials and employee satisfaction.

Operating globally in six locations, PAS is a specialized provider of cost-effective original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products, services and solutions for the commercial and military aerospace, industrial gas turbine and oil and gas markets. The company’s highly engineered, innovative products are world-renowned for advanced technology and unsurpassed reliability.

The PAS Hillsboro facility is a proven provider of OEM engine-ready parts and MRO special processes and services, driving world-class performance and trusted to consistently deliver operational excellence. As a…

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Art meets industry

Portsmouth Daily Times

When it comes to art, the last thing that comes to mind for some, would be shoelaces. But Kelly Babcock of EBEE design has helped to revitalize an industry that’s been a staple of Portsmouth’s economy for over 100 years.

By redesigning the SoleChoice factory catalog, Babcock was able to attract new business to the company and create a piece of art.

Babcock worked alongside SoleChoice leaders Nelson Smith, Bryan Davis and Ryan Bouts to rethink the design and product catalogs, showcasing the products in a new manner for buyers and designers.

“Nelson, Bryan and Ryan were really integral in the whole project,” said Babcock. “They had their hands in it throughout. We all collaborated closely to create these new catalogs.”

Traditionally, these type of projects would be sent off-site to print houses.

“We went in with the intention of disrupting what had always been the norm,” explained Babcock. “At SoleChoice, they actually have a…

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Former R.E. Burger Plant’s Smokestack Comes Down Without a Hitch in Belmont County

The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register

DILLES BOTTOM — A sequence of detonations sent the 854-foot-tall stack at the former FirstEnergy Corp. R.E. Burger plant tumbling to the ground Friday morning in a process that demolition contractor Jim Redyke called “perfect.”

The president and CEO of PTT Global Chemical America called the stack removal an important step in his company’s efforts to bring thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of full-time jobs to the site via a planned multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker.

“We appreciate the cooperative relationship we have built with FirstEnergy as we work with all of our local, regional and statewide partners toward making this project a reality,” PTT President and CEO Toasaporn Boonyapipat said.

Officials with FirstEnergy have entered an agreement to transfer ownership of the Burger property to PTT if the Thailand-based company elects to proceed with its planned project. Before that can happen, however, FirstEnergy must complete demolition at the site, which includes removal…

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Ohio Valley Lures Manufacturers With Rock-Bottom Natural Gas Prices

The Wall Street Journal

A group of business leaders in a small corner of Ohio and West Virginia are laying down a big claim: They have the cheapest natural gas in the industrialized world.

This part of Appalachia has become the country’s driver of gas production as improved drilling techniques have cracked gas-rich shale formations. The Ohio Valley from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., has a long industrial heritage, with chemical companies, and oil and gas producers, that have been operating there for decades. A group of them in Marietta, Ohio, and Parkersburg, W.Va. – with a combined population of about 50,000 — aim to tout their low gas prices and industrial heft to energy-hungry businesses from Brazil to Thailand.

Many businesses in those towns and nearby in Pennsylvania buy gas from a hub called Dominion South Point that has become among the cheapest in the country along with a few others above Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Tuesday’s price there…

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