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Rocky Brands benefits from military contracts

The Columbus Dispatch

Companies that make things people wear have been finding it hard to make ends meet, with increasingly picky consumers who demand deep discounts before buying.

Rocky Brands, however, is finding one source of revenue — government contracts — to be a steadying factor.

The Nelsonville-based footwear and apparel company this week announced it will produce $38.4 million worth of combat boots for the U.S. military under two new contracts.

Rocky Brands beat one other bidder to win the the right to supply hot-weather boots to the U.S. Army. The contract is for one year and is worth about $8.4 million.

The company beat three other bidders to supply temperate-weather boots to the U.S. Army and the Afghanistan army. The contract is for three years and is worth about $30 million.

The company expects to begin fulfilling both orders in the first half of this year.

The contracts follow previous military contracts for hot-weather boots, awarded in…

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Battle of the bots

Portsmouth Daily Times

With the increasing technology industry, there is always a need for engineers, scientists and other technically-minded

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JobsOhio invests in prep work for proposed Belmont County ‘cracker’ plant

The Columbus Dispatch

An Asian petrochemical company likely won’t decide for many months on whether to proceed with plan for a major ethane “cracker” project in eastern Ohio, but Ohio economic-development officials have taken steps to keep plans for that plant on track.

JobsOhio disclosed Tuesday that it has spent $14 million to reimburse some of the costs of cleaning up and preparing the Belmont County site for the potential project.

A clear site was requested by PTT Global Chemical of Thailand, a business that is exploring the feasibility of building a plant there.

“This was really critical for the timeline,” said David Mustine, senior adviser for JobsOhio.

The location, near the village of Shadyside, was home to FirstEnergy’s R.E. Burger power plant, which has been closed since 2011. FirstEnergy supervised the demolition of the plant and the cleanup of the site this year, working on an expedited schedule.

FirstEnergy paid for the work, and now JobsOhio is reimbursing…

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