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Wastren Advantage, Inc. wins $45 million lab contract in Hanford, WA

PIKETON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Wastren Advantage Inc. (WAI) of Piketon to perform analytical services at the 222-S Laboratory in Hanford, WA. The two-year contract with three one-year options is valued at $44.6 million.

WAI President and CEO Steve Moore said his team is ready to expand its support at DOE’s largest cleanup project by operating the Hanford site’s primary on-site laboratory for analysis of highly radioactive samples. WAI also provides landfill management and operations services to Washington Closure Hanford, located in Richland, WA.

“As a current contractor supporting the Hanford cleanup mission, WAI is fully committed to providing high-quality, customer-focused services at the 222-S Laboratory,” Moore said. “We are fortunate that DOE values WAI as a solid performer in this critical area.”

For more than 40 years, reactors located at Hanford produced plutonium for America’s defense program. All of the…

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ODNR Releases First Quarter Production Numbers for Oil and Gas

COLUMBUS, OH – During the first quarter of 2015, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 4,401,687 barrels of oil and 183,585,256 Mcf (183 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Oil increased by more than 842,000 barrels and gas by more than 18 billion cubic feet compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. By comparison, 418 horizontal shale wells in the first quarter of 2014 produced 1,951,641 barrels of oil and 67,329,316 Mcf (67 billion cubic feet) of natural gas.

Comparatively, while the fourth quarter of 2014 saw a 25 percent increase in oil production over the third quarter, the increase was 545,000 barrels, exactly 300,000 barrels less than the first quarter of 2015 production.

The new report lists 926 wells, 877 of which reported production, resulting in a 12 percent increase in wells for the first quarter. Forty-nine wells reported no production…

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New Bakery Co. sold for $80 million

The restaurant chain expects proceeds after taxes to total about $50 million.

About 320 employees work at the two Zanesville plants, the majority of them at the Airport Road location. It is unknown how the sale will affect them, but Scott Donaldson, the director of human resources for New Bakery, said he sees the sale as an opportunity.

The New Bakery distributes products from Colorado to the east coast of the U.S.

“I think it’s really going to be a good thing for us as far as our growth,” Donaldson said. “We’re really excited about the opportunity to work with East Balt.”

East Balt Bakery, the Chicago-based company that…

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Manufacturing Needs Young Hires

The skills gap issue is not new to the U.S. manufacturing industry. Several prior studies confirm manufacturing executives are concerned about attracting, training, and retaining talent to drive innovation and growth agendas in their organizations. The sentiment remains the same today. The 2015 study reveals an overwhelming majority (84 percent) of executives agree there is a talent shortage in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Not only is there a shortage today, but research results indicate there is a more pressing, longer term issue confronting manufacturers. The skills gap is widening, and over the next decade, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed.  In addition, an estimated 60 percent of these positions are likely to be unfilled due to the talent shortage. As a result, only 1.4 million out of 3.4 million positions are expected to be filled, implying that the U.S. manufacturing sector is likely to suffer a shortfall of 2 million…

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