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…
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;…