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Region’s oil and gas drilling activity slows, as oil prices stay low

SALEM, Ohio — The number of permits issued for new shale wells continues to drop, not just in Ohio, but in West Virginia and Pennsylvania as well. To show how much the drilling and well permitting is slowing down, take a look at Bradford County where the shale boom began in 2008.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued just three permits during September in Bradford County, compared to 36 in September 2014. There were 12 permits issued in Bradford County in August and 30 in June. The DEP reports a total of 201 wells permitted in the county since the beginning of January. The DEP also reported there were seven wells drilled there during September and 42 wells have been drilled in Bradford County since the beginning of the year.

In West Virginia, the permits by the Department of Environmental Protection also declined: The DEP issued only five shale permits in September. And in Ohio,…

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SoleChoice honored for National Manufacturing Month

SoleChoice, a manufacturer of narrow fabrics, specializing in shoe laces as well as shoe care and foot care retail programs, located on Murray Street in Portsmouth has been named as one of five companies to be recognized during October — National Manufacturing Month — by the office of Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“What it says is we are a premium company as far as job creation and growth,” SoleChoice Vice President of Sales Bryan Davis said. “We have a unique product as well – something we can be very proud of – because mostly what we do is done down south, but the state likes to recognize companies with unique products; companies that have created jobs; companies that are growing the industry. Those are the reasons behind them selecting us.”

Davis said the state goes through a vetting process before choosing a company to single out.

“They have recognized us as premium…

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River strategy released

Recently JobsOhio, along with a number of supporting agencies, released their strategy to market available sites for development along the Ohio River. Local officials are pleased with the strategy because it highlights the area, and the strategy was unveiled at an Ohio Freight Conference in Cincinnati.

The strategy can be found on the website of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG). The website includes GIS info, mileage marker info as well as other relevant information.

“The strategy is basically to provide as much info as possible on sites on the river, such as gas, sewer, water, sewer, fiber optic; spec. buildings, road and river access – try to quantify those sites which have those or a lot of those assets. Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Pennsylvania had representatives in the room and they all indicated that they do not have a site like that…

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SOPA activities receive recognition

The Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) staff and efforts were recently recognized with awards by the Ohio Economic Development Association (ODEA).

It was announced in 2014 that Rural King would be locating a distribution center and store in Waverly. To get to that point a lot of work had to be done to make the project a reality.

“Project Helicopter was the Rural King Distribution Center in Waverly. Scioto, Ross and Jackson (Counties) provided ‘mutual aid’ assurance to help land the project,” said Jason Kester, executive director of SOPA.

When the project was first announced Rural King said they would hire 160 people. According to the company, the Pike County-facility plans to service 30 of the company’s eastern-most stores in the United States. The Pike County facility is the company’s second distribution center, with the first in Mattoon, Ill.

Kester said on Tuesday Rural King’s goal is to grow the…

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