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Made Here: Logan company builds rods, tubes for top-selling trucks

The Columbus Dispatch

If you drive a stick-shift Jeep Wrangler, the device you use to change gears is made at a factory in Logan.

That is one of hundreds of parts made by Amanda Manufacturing, an auto-parts supplier whose sales are soaring along with U.S. demand for trucks.

Many of the parts are rods or tubes that are cut and formed for use all over cars and trucks, including a truck’s rear hitch and the metal loop that acts as a catch for a door latch.

“We take on the tough stuff,” said Mike Hood, the vice president for manufacturing, on a recent tour.

His statement has a double meaning, referring both to the strength of the parts and to the difficulty of the engineering that often goes into their design.

The company has about 250 employees and is hiring. Employees in the factory, members of the United Auto Workers union, receive base pay plus bonuses that are…

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Job Expansion

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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