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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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MarkWest Opens New Regional Office in Harrison County

HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – MarkWest Energy continues to expand and show its commitment and loyalty to Harrison County and its economy.

On Tuesday, the company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new 20,000 square-foot regional office building that is already circulating new jobs within the county.

While MarkWest isn’t new to the county, the company continues to show its commitment to the area by expanding, thus creating new jobs and stimulating the county’s economy along the way.

“This is a new beginning for MarkWest and the Utica, and we are looking forward to a permanent presence,” said Dave Ledonne, vice president of operations for Utica and Appalachia. “This is symbolic of a permanent presence of MarkWest in Ohio.” The building took 9 months to build and will hold up to 120 employees. It’s expected to increase the company’s overall productivity. “We have been able to consolidate all of our workforce under one roof,…

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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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