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Organic Technologies expands tank farm

Leaders of Organic Technologies on Friday unveiled plans to expand the company’s South Sixth Street plant by building a “tank farm.”

About a dozen “large-format tanks” will hold between 10,000 and 50,000 gallons of chemicals, raw materials and finished products, said Joshua Wiley, vice president of finance and legal affairs for the company.

“We’re setting up a lot of infrastructure and installing it over about a year,” Wiley said.

Though expansion will not immediately add jobs to the Coshocton facilities, OT leaders say it will poise the company to continue to create jobs in the years ahead.

Founded in 1981, Organic Technologies employs 145 people in Coshocton. The company makes Omega-3 fish oil products, food supplements, pharmaceutical elements and other chemicals.

William Albert Excavating and Hathaway Construction, both of Coshocton, will perform the work on the project, installing the tanks and infrastructure in the parking lot at 1245 S. Sixth St. Jedson Engineering,…

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SunPower Inc. receives $3.5M grant

SunPower Inc., of Athens, was recently awarded $3,500,000 in federal funding for a generator development project.

“The generators built at SunPower could serve as a model for energy efficiency efforts across the country,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in a news release. “This award is a testament to the strength of Ohio’s innovative power companies.”

The $3,500,000 award comes from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)’s GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) project, which aims to develop generator technologies that will improve efficiencies in residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation.

SunPower Inc. and its research partners will design and build a generator based on a free piston Stirling engine with a high-temperature heater head and gas bearings for non-contact operation. Team member Aerojet Rocketdyne, based in Arlington, Virginia, will develop new materials to increase the efficiency of the system by allowing…

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MarkWest Lays Roots and Keeps Its Promise to Ohio with New Cadiz Office

In August 2012, MarkWest hosted a meet and greet with the residents and officials of Harrison County, announcing their plans for Utica Shale development in eastern Ohio. This week, the company continues to keep the promise it made three years ago, and as they cut the ribbon of a 20,000 square foot corporate office in Cadiz, Ohio. The event also served as a reminder that MarkWest has invested over $2.5 billion to date in Ohio, and is employing local residents in the community.

Case-in-point: As evidence that MarkWest is committed to hiring local residents, the open house and ribbon cutting was kicked off by Office Administrator, Melissa “Missy” Yoho, a local resident of the area, and mother of 5, who stands with 110 permanent employees who will work out of the new corporate office. This commitment to hiring local employees is proof that MarkWest is putting Ohio back to work, creating jobs, and driving down unemployment in the…

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The Point to get $1M for college programs

SOUTH POINT, Ohio – The current Ohio Senate version of the two-year budget proposal starting July 1 includes $1 million to develop college technical programs at The Point, a South Point industrial park.

The budget bill, which includes $500,000 per year for the next two years for the job training program, still has to be agreed to by the state legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich by June 30.

State Sen. Bob Peterson said the Senate bill includes money to pay for an economic development initiative that will bring new employment opportunities at the industrial park.

“This is a collaborative initiative through Ohio University Southern in Ironton to establish a Higher Education Regional Partnership and Training Center at The Point to bring necessary technical degree and training programs to Lawrence County and the surrounding region,” Peterson said.

The training center is a partnership between Ohio University Southern, Shawnee State University, University of Rio…

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