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Mill Street factory announces plan to reopen, anticipates 60 jobs

The Athens News

The dormant Athens Mold & Machine tire mold manufacturing company on Mill Street in Athens will reopen its doors this year, with plans to bring 60 new jobs over the next three years, a press release announced last week.

The decision to reopen after several years of closure is due to a recent re-shoring of tire mold production, the release said.

A $3 million investment project in the company reopening reportedly includes building renovations, machinery upgrades, and a roadway extension that will improve commercial truck access from Stimson Road to the manufacturing park.

Samuel G. Thornton, project manager for Athens Mold & Machine, said in the release that he’s thrilled with the opportunity to restart the business in Athens and bring jobs to the community, which he said will help the local economy and city development.

“I am deeply grateful for the people and entities that…

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One Year Later, Demolition Ongoing To Make Room For Ethane Cracker in Dilles Bottom

The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register

DILLES BOTTOM – A year ago Friday, Belmont County officials announced PTT Global Chemical’s intention to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker on the site of the former FirstEnergy R.E. Burger power plant.

Today, contractors working for FirstEnergy Corp. are demolishing the shuttered power plant to make room for the massive petrochemical complex, which would cover nearly 500 acres between the Ohio River and Ohio 7. Instead of watching pipelines ship lucrative Marcellus and Utica shale ethane to cracker plants along the Gulf Coast or in Canada, the Upper Ohio Valley could see a manufacturing renaissance if PTT Global Chemical proceeds with its planned multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex.

A final investment decision is expected by the end of this year.

“We have made great progress over the past year,” Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said. “We have held numerous meetings with the company leaders and their representatives. Everyone is working collaboratively to make sure…

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AWF expands, becomes anchor point

Portsmouth Daily Times

Appalachian Wood Floors (AWF) of Portsmouth recently announced an expansion of their facility. The expansion corresponds with the Americas Best Communities (ABC) Community Revitalization Plan.

AWF was recently awarded a JobsOhio Revitalization grant to rehabilitate the former Schaefer Super Market’s building on 8th Street in Portsmouth.

AWF announced its intention to return the building to its former status as a shipping and distribution facility. The project will be the “anchor tenant” of the community’s riverfront revitalization plan and create 20 jobs.

On Monday, a delegation from the area will travel to Durham, North Carolina to present the communities revitalization plan before a panel of judges at the America’s Best Communities Summit.

At the summit, the delegation will appear before a panel of judges on why Portsmouth should be named America’s Best Community.

Those representing the area include, Jason Kester, executive director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority Joseph Pratt, executive director of Main Street Portsmouth;…

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Speyside barrels begin new era in Jackson

The Telegram News

Darren Whitmer, general manager for the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage plant in Jackson, poses alongside an unfinished version of one of the wooden barrels which will be made at the plant once actual production begins on Monday, May 2. The barrels will be made of Appalachian White Oak and will be used specifically to store bourbon.

Darren Whitmer, general manager for the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage plant in Jackson, poses alongside an unfinished version of one of the wooden barrels which will be made at the plant once actual production begins on Monday, May 2. The barrels will be made of Appalachian White Oak and will be used specifically to store bourbon.

Salt, coal, iron ore, automobile parts, kitchen cabinets, and frozen food have all helped to define Jackson County’s long industrial/manufacturing history. However, within just a few weeks, another product will…

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