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Fluor-BWXT Grant helps Tri-America Grow

SCIOTO COUNTY – Earlier this month Fluor-BWXT (formerly Fluor-B&W) awarded a $40,000 grant from the Fluor-BWXT Community Commitment Fund to a local pipe fabrication and construction firm to purchase equipment and expand their production facilities.

Tri-America Contractors, located at 1664 Ohio 522, Wheelersburg, will soon hire six new employees as result of the expansion. The company specializes in the refining, steel-making and power generating industries.

Tri-America President Scott Taylor is grateful for the grant that will be used to build much needed shop space. “Our crews will be working two 10-hour shifts a day, five days a week,” Taylor said. “Right now, we have six welders on days and another six on nights. Eventually, we’ll add up to four new welders as well as one new driver and another quality control specialist.”

Tri-America, which was founded in 1997, performs tig-, mig-, stick- and pulse-welding at their Wheelersburg facility. Some of their customers include:…

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Gallia woman appointed to state advisory council

GALLIPOLIS — Silver Bridge Coffee Co. owner Lorraine Walker has been appointed to Ohio’s Small Business Advisory Council.

It is an advisory board that was created Jan. 10, 2011, via the first executive order signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The board provides counsel to the Common Sense Initiative, created to offer the lieutenant governor the perspectives of the small business community and provide guidance to the mission and direction of the CSI Office.

“We are excited to have Lorraine join our Small Business Advisory Council,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “I know she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table and I look forward to our discussions as we continue to work hard to help small businesses grow and thrive in Ohio.”

Headed by Taylor, CSI is reforming Ohio’s regulatory practices to remove barriers that burden small business, while protecting the health and safety of all Ohioans. The nine-member…

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Area youth attend three-day Summer Manufacturing Camp

JACKSON— Monday marked the first day of Jackson’s three-day manufacturing camp designed to help local students learn about modern day manufacturing, teamwork, and local manufacturing facilities.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office helped organize this camp to help Ohio students learn about the manufacturing process. Coordinators for the event included Coalton Mayor Kim Milliken, Jackson Mayor Randy Heath, Oak Hill Mayor Roy McCarty, and Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier.

Those invited to participate included: The Jackson City School District, Wellston City Schools, Oak Hill Union Local Schools, General Mills, Kenworth, Bellisio Foods, the Jackson Mayor’s Office, Wellston Mayor’s Office, and other local agencies.

The Camp began on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. and ran Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The participating agencies and tour sites included Bellisio Foods, General Mills, Kenworth Truck, Shawnee State University, the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Systems (SEORLS), and…

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Meeting touts successes of JobsOhio, APEG

Economic development efforts will remain a focus for two key organizations in the state as they press forward in an effort to remain competitive, officials said Tuesday.

Leaders from JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development arm, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth met Tuesday at the Chillicothe Country Club to provide an update on their accomplishments and what other upcoming initiatives they hope to tackle.

John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, said that, in the past 18 months, the organization has been able to double its staffing levels while developing a strong culture.

“The team we’ve built and the team we have, that’s been a big part of our success the last couple of years,” Minor said. “We’ve taken an industry-targeted approach.”

As part of its growth, JobsOhio also has created a team of five individuals who are dedicated to marketing efforts, though Minor stressed there are other…

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