Nelsonville-based Rocky Brands announced Thursday that it has been awarded a contract to produce hot-weather combat boots for the U.S. military.
The one-year contract, which includes four additional one-year options, limits the annual amount for boots to $20 million, according to the company, which said an annual amount of about $16 million is anticipated.
Rocky expects to begin fulfilling the order in the first half of 2017.
Interim CEO Mike Brooks said increasing military sales is a “key component” to the company’s diversified growth strategy.
“We recently invested in expanding our Puerto Rico manufacturing facility in order to better capitalize on the growing demand for military footwear,” Brooks said in the announcement.
The company said it is currently in the process of fulfilling the order announced in February to produce “temperate-weather” combat boots, and an existing contract to produce hot-weather boots that was announced in February 2013.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In 1970, more than 50 percent of a product’s retail price went toward paying the wages of those who manufactured it. Today, only 10 percent of that same item’s cost supports the labor used to produce it, economic development officials said Thursday.
That means far fewer workers are able to manufacture more products, a trend that seems destined to persist as new technologies and machinery continue replacing manual labor. Those who can secure a career in manufacturing today are likely to earn substantially more than their grandparents did, however.
“Just remember: Your future could be very bright in manufacturing,” Melinda Thompson, a 1982 St. Clairsville High School graduate who retired after a successful career at Procter & Gamble, said Thursday during a career information forum for about 400 local high school students at Belmont College.
“There are plenty of manufacturing jobs right here in your backyard,” she added.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An out-of-state company plans to build a natural-gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio.
Houston-based EmberClear Corp. plans to build a $900 million, 1,000-megawatt plant on 60 acres in Harrison County in the village of Cadiz, a hotspot in the Utica shale oil and gas play.
“The abundant natural gas production facilities in close proximity to the project site make this facility uniquely positioned to produce low-cost power,” the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. said in a statement.
The county estimates adding 500 jobs during the construction phase, and 30 permanent jobs afterwards.
The announcement comes less than a week after the Ohio Power Siting Board approved a $1.1 billion plant in Columbiana County, also in eastern Ohio. Boston-based Advanced Power Services is building that 1,105-megawatt power plant.
Generally, one megawatt is enough to power 1,000 homes.
The Advanced Power Services plant, operated by subsidiary…
Bellisio Foods, Minneapolis, and Meredith Corp., New York, joined forces to introduce EatingWell frozen entrées.
The EatingWell line includes Cherry Port Pork, Indian Inspired Chicken, Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Korean Inspired Beef. Each meal starts with one cup of vegetables, 13 or more grams of protein, chicken, beef or pork raised without antibiotics and whole grains.
Unique to the EatingWell line though is what is said to be the first-of-its-kind Fresh-Seal packaging. The cut-away carton provides a clear view of the enclosed meal, which is hand-placed on a black plate and vacuum-sealed in a self-venting film to maintain freshness, reduce freezer burn and improve shelf life.
“We are excited to officially launch EatingWell frozen entrées and to fill a long-existing void in the marketplace for delicious, authentic and convenient frozen food products that fit consumers’ healthful lifestyles,” says Jeff Tuttle, senior vice president of innovation for Bellisio Foods. “We strongly believe consumers will respond favorably to our meal choices, our ingredient…