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JobsOhio Grant to Fund Enviromental Cleanup at Barium & Chemicals, Inc.

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STEUBENVILLE – Deborah A. Venci, President, Barium & Chemicals, Inc., announced today that a $450,000 grant from the JobsOhio Revitalization Program will be used to complete an environmental remediation project at its facility at 515 Kingsdale Road, Steubenville, Ohio.

The grant will help Barium & Chemicals retain 27 jobs and create five new positions.

“JobsOhio and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (“APEG”) have been tremendous to work with.  The grant is critical to our efforts to remain in operation and focus our resources towards expansion and job creation in Jefferson County.  The completion of the environmental cleanup project will also open up the portion of our facility along the Ohio River to potential use as a port, with direct access to the adjacent rail line and SR 7.”

Barium & Chemicals, Inc. is a third generation women-owned family business that has been located in Steubenville, Ohio since 1961, where it produces…

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Chillicothe setting up development deal with Green Township

Chillicothe is eyeing a tax-sharing arrangement with neighboring Green Township that development officials say would bring new revenue streams to each community and spur business investment in the area.

Setting up a Joint Economic Development District, like the one on 600 acres near Rickenbacker International Airport, could be structured to extend utilities and provide income-tax revenue to the 4,500-population Green Township, said Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio.

The city of Chillicothe, 50 miles south of Columbus, would earn a source of revenue outside the city limits without annexing the land, Manegold said.

“It preempts annexation, which is always a contentious issue,” he told me. “What really brings it to the forefront is just that Chillicothe is exploding right now (with) manufacturing and health care.”

Kenworth Truck Co. and its suppliers employ thousands in the area.

No action has been taken…

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Record natural gas production set

CLAIRSVILLE – Oil is commonly known as black gold, and Rice Energy’s Gold Digger well pumped a prolific 1.55 billion cubic feet worth of natural gas from April 1 to June 30, helping Ohio establish a quarterly record for Marcellus and Utica shale yields.

Although U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates predict production from the formations to drop from August to September, the Buckeye State continued churning out more oil and natural gas earlier this year, according to official records. Shale drillers pumped about 221 Bcf during the second quarter, besting the previous quarterly high of 183.5 Bcf set from Jan. 1 to March 31. To put that in perspective, 1 Bcf is enough fuel to provide power to 24,315 homes for one year.

“You will continue to see growth out of the Utica because the capital is already deployed,” said Shawn Bennett, executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association….

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Workforce Implications for Changes in Marijuana Testing

In his remarks at the 2015 State of the Region Conference, John Molinaro, president and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, introduced the topic of workplace marijuana testing as a consideration for keeping qualified workers on the job. His excerpted comments follow.

bio_JMolinaroMany of the tests commonly used for drugs (other than alcohol) measure historical use, not present intoxication. This means they test as much or more for whether a worker is complying with broader cultural or moral standards than whether the worker represents a safety hazard to the company and coworkers. This may have been acceptable at a time when we had significantly more workers than jobs, but as workforce supplies become more constrained we must rethink this norm.

Testing for past exposure is especially true for marijuana use. Commonly used tests for marijuana use have a look-back period of 30…

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