CHILLICOTHE — In what’s becoming a more common site in Ross County over the past 12 to 15 months, earth-moving equipment was spotted hard at work in site preparation activities Wednesday — this time on an 18-acre parcel of land on River Road that developers hope will be filled with new job activity by this time next year.
What makes this more than $4 million project just south of an existing Kenworth Truck dealership more unusual than most is that it marks the first time the county has granted a tax break to help with private construction of a spec building — a facility constructed without a tenant already lined up to occupy it. Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, said offering tax breaks to get those buildings in place and, thus, attract those looking for manufacturing or warehouse space may become a wave of the future.
The River Road project is being…
New wooden barrels are rolling off the assembly line in large numbers at the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Plant in Jackson and it appears this is only the beginning of a very positive economic development story for the local area.
The new plant, which is located in the same building as the former Merillat Plant at 960 East Main Street in Jackson, produces specialized wooden barrels used by the bourbon industry. After working for more than a year to redesign and reequip the plant for its specialized purposes, actual production of the barrels began this past June.
Speyside Bourbon Cooperate General Manager Darren Whitmer shared some very good news about the early progress at the plant and much other positive information at a private open house which was held Wednesday, September 14. The event was attended by state, regional, and local governmental and economic development leaders as well as the plant’s partners, vendors,…