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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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Jefferson port hears of successes

STEUBENVILLE – Investors in the Jefferson County Port Authority heard success stories from Ed Rice of Signs Limited and Ed Looman of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth during the Wednesday morning quarterly authority investors meeting at East Gateway Community College.

Rice told the investors he plans to build a 3,000- to 4,000-square-foot addition to his existing business in the Jefferson County Industrial Park and add one to two more employees. “The reason we have been successful is our employees. The employees have either attended local high schools or trade schools and colleges. Eastern Gateway Community College has been tremendous in offering classes for our employees. We have partnered with different local companies for different projects and have partnered with subcontractors who have gone through the IBEW training program,” said Rice.

“The supply chain in Jefferson County is excellent. We tell our customers we do the design, manufacturing, installation and service. Our…

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Thai company gets serious about possible Belmont County chemical plant

A giant Asian petrochemical company is taking the next step in a process that could lead it to build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex in eastern Ohio along the Ohio River.

Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical said on Thursday that it will spend $100 million on engineering work over the next nine to 12 months at the site of the proposed complex — a shuttered coal-fired power plant in Belmont County.

The company said it will decide by late 2016 or early 2017 whether to proceed with the project, which would be a boon in an area of the state where job growth has been weak in recent years.

“We have put so much time and energy in the project. … Today, I’m pleased to announce an important milestone for the project,” said Supattanapong Punmeechaow, the company’s president and CEO.

If PTT proceeds with the plant, it would mean hundreds of full-time, permanent jobs and thousands…

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