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Columbus Washboard Company celebrates 120 years

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Diane Hopkins, who has worked at the Columbus Washboard Factory for five years, demonstrates how the washboards are assembled. Once the pieces are made, the washboards themselves can be put together in as little as 45 seconds.

LOGAN — A local staple of the community, the Columbus Washboard Company, is celebrating an auspicious milestone this year as the company turns an incredible 120 years old.

According to the history of the Columbus Washboard Company, it was officially started when Frederic Martin Sr. started building washboards for resale from his backyard in 1895.

He would continue to hand make the washboards over the next 30 years, and though no sales information is available, it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 washboards were made and sold during that time.

Everything changed in 1925 when Martin’s son, Frederic Martin Jr., purchased the company…

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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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