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The Morgan County Improvement Corporation (MCIC) along with Jobs Ohio, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Morgan County Herald newspaper, and the Morgan County Commissioners’ and Business Development Office were invited on a tour of the Miba Sinter and MetalAxis facility, in McCon­nelsville, on Friday, Feb. 26.

“Miba Sinter and MetalAxis, today, employees 220 white and blue collar employees,” said Miba Sinter Site Manager Steve Krise. “When I came to Morgan County, Ohio, from PA, in 2009, Miba had three employees, including myself. In 2010, Miba Sinter employed 35 people. In the next two to three years, Miba Sinter, in McConnelsville, will hire even more people from the area and could employ a total of 350 individuals by the time the plant is full.”

The steady growth of Miba Sinter is impressive for the Morgan County area and its employee base.

The Morgan County Improvement Corporation actually owns the Miba Campus and has…

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Program seeks to boost profile of wood-products industry in SE Ohio

The wood-products business in Ohio contributes an estimated $22 billion a year to the state’s economy. While that may sound like a lot, Craig Rosenlund thinks the number could and should be higher… a lot higher.

Rosenlund works with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth in Nelsonville, where he is senior product associate for a program to boost the wood-products industry in a 32-county region. He has more than three decades of management and operations experience in the field, in both domestic and international markets.

Rosenlund is not the only person to think wood products in the Buckeye State have significant, untapped potential. The U.S. Small Business Administration believes the same.

The agency is putting money where its mouth is, to the tune of up to $2.5 million, for the Forest Products Innovation Cluster Initiative.

An SBA contract – awarded last…

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Chillicothe ranked 39th top micropolitan area in U.S.

CHILLICOTHE – In the scorecard of economic development, Chillicothe has put some more points on the board.

For the third time in the last five years and the second straight year, Chillicothe has been named to Site Selection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas in the U.S. for its development performance in 2015. In order to be considered for the list, a locality must have completed individual projects that involved at least $1 million in capital investment, 20,000 square feet of space or created at least 20 new jobs.

In the Chillicothe area during 2015, a trio of projects — involving Mancor Industries, TYKMA Electrox and Vitatoe Industries — met the criteria and contributed to the city’s placement in a tie for 39th on the magazine’s list. Because that criteria involves only manufacturing, distribution, office and technology projects, the large investments in the Carlisle Building restoration and the Guernsey Crossing development did not contribute to…

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Scioto, Lawrence counties to partner

In recognizing the possibility for economic development along U.S. 52 in Scioto and Lawrence counties, the Southern Ohio Port Authority and the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation have formed a partnership.

The two agencies have had a working relationship for a while, and their latest collaboration could result in the formation of an industrial park in Scioto County.

At its last meeting of 2015, the SOPA Board of Directors voted to purchase a 90-day option from Hadsell Development on an industrial park in Wheelersburg for $25,000.

Jason Kester, Executive Director of SOPA said having the option on the 522 Industrial Park fills a deficiency of the community.

“The number one deficiency of our community is a lack of available sites and buildings. Other than the five acres remaining in the Bob Walton Industrial Park, we do not have another industrial park in the county,” Kester said.

After meeting with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, Scioto County Commissioners,…

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