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Oil, gas industry has positive impact in Carrollton schools

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Rob Smith, a consultant with Depco LLC, a mechatronics equipment company, shows some of the training center, including an automated material-handling robot (right) in the Young Entrepreneurs Classroom in the new Carrollton Schools POWER Training and outdoor learning center during an open house Friday in Carrollton. Photo from Times Recorder.

Why it matters: Thanks to new revenue generated by the oil and gas boom and grants from the state, the Carrollton Exempted Village Schools District has been able to build a new training center for students and is making plans to build a new K-12 building. School and local officials attribute the growth to the oil and gas boom, which has transformed Carroll County over the past couple of years.

For Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, 2015 is looking to be a year of big changes — all of them positive,…

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Fluor awards $50,000 to Rural King

Fluor-B&W Portsmouth has given a $50,000 grant to Rural King. Last summer Fluor was approached about an unnamed business, code-named “Project Helicopter,” wanting to purchase part of the former Masco cabinet plant and create more than 100 jobs.

Fluor-B&W officials said they were immediately interested in the request, which came from Pike County officials along with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Jobs Ohio and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO).

Project Helicopter became a reality last October when Ohio Governor John Kasich and local business leaders welcomed Rural King to Pike County. On Thursday, April 30 representatives from Fluor-B&W and economic development directors from Pike, Scioto, Jackson and Ross counties presented Rural King CEO Alex Melvin a check for $50,000, which was provided from the Fluor-B&W Opportunity Fund.

That investment along with other economic incentives including a $50,000 grant from the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative…

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New life coming to former Merillat facility

The incentives approved by the Tax Credit Authority in the state capital was another step forward in the pivotal movement of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc. (SBCI) locating a new cooperage at the former Merillat Cabinet facility on East Main Street in Jackson.

The announcement of the action by the Tax Credit Authority was issued by Ohio Governor John Kasich and State Representative Ryan Smith.

The facility will manufacturer new bourbon barrels using Appalachian white oak. SBCI specializes in refurbishing used barrels for spirit-making, and this new facility will be the first to focus on barrel production for the company. SBCI is a subsidiary of TFF Group USA whose parent company is based in France.

“Speyside Bourbon Cooperage is very excited to be locating in Jackson, Ohio. The location is perfect for us, close to our raw material suppliers while also being close enough to serve our customers. Everyone that we have worked with…

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OU Researcher gets $3M To Test Fracking Wastewater Treatment

jasonTrembly_2A mechanical engineering professor at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received a $2.9 million award to test his novel hydraulic fracturing wastewater treatment method on a commercial scale.

Supported by funds from Ohio Third Frontier, Ohio University, and partner companies RF Advanced Technologies Group and Babcock & Wilcox, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Trembly will expand his team’s laboratory-scale prototype to a commercial-sized unit capable of cleaning hydraulic fracturing wastewater onsite, reducing the expense and risks associated with current trucking and disposal methods.

“We want to take that unit out into the field, operate it, show that it works and, pending successful results, then be able to commercialize the technology,” said Trembly, who is also associate director of the Ohio Coal Research Institute.

Design and construction of the team’s current prototype was funded by $2 million in federal and…

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