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YEI receives grant

Wayne Allen | Daily Times Thanks to a $44,000 grant from the Fluor B&W Portsmouth Opportunity Fund, YEI Technology was able to expand. Pictured are some of community members at an event Monday.

Wayne Allen | Daily Times
Thanks to a $44,000 grant from the Fluor B&W Portsmouth Opportunity Fund, YEI Technology was able to expand. Pictured are some of community members at an event Monday.

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Portsmouth is YEI Technology — manufacturing computer chipsin the basement of the Garage Cafe on Second Street. On Monday the company was ceremoniously awarded a $44,000 grant from the Fluor B&W Portsmouth Opportunity Fund to expand its production of computer sensors.

YEI Technology Chief Executive Officer Francesca Hartop said the computer sensors manufactured in Portsmouth are purchased by a number of clients, including the United States Navy.

“We build sensors…

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Port Authority continues to increase in 2015

GROWTH COMING to Jefferson County via its port authority is expected to continue increasing throughout 2015, with cooperative approaches to possible new ventures also on the rise, according to Evan Scurti, the first executive director of the local authority.

And, even though there is unprecedented regional growth being seen directly associated with the gas and oil industry, the gaze of the leadership team at the Jefferson County Port Authority is much broader than simply focusing on a single industry or a single part of the community.

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive economic development services to a variety of sectors, always with the goal of increasing opportunities for gainful employment,” Scurti said.

The county’s planned industrial park has only about 40 acres left.

“With no other comparable setting in the county, we are working on future port ownership and or development scenarios,” he recently explained.

“Aside from modern industrial parks, the…

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Ludowici roof tile going to new heights with HGTV

This Thursday (Feb. 19), tile designed by New Lexington based company Ludowici will be featured on HGTV’s program “Rehab Addict” staring Nicole Curtis, who is shown with Bob Andrus, national account and business development manager at Ludowici. Andrus says the crew from the show worked with him on creating the product for a classic Tudor-style home in Detroit. Andrus traveled to the job site where he met Curtis.

This Thursday (Feb. 19), tile designed by New Lexington based company Ludowici will be featured on HGTV’s program “Rehab Addict” staring Nicole Curtis, who is shown with Bob Andrus, national account and business development manager at Ludowici. Andrus says the crew from the show worked with him on creating the product for a classic Tudor-style home in Detroit. Andrus traveled to the job site where he met Curtis.

“I love your tile.”…

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Panama Canal expansion shipping jobs to Ohio

Bring up the Panama Canal to most Ohioans and they’ll likely raise an eyebrow at the suggestion the 100-year-old waterway can lead to jobs in Ohio.

Since 2007, the canal has been the center of a $5 billion project, the first serious upgrade since it was opened in 1914. The expansion, expected to be complete next year, will allow larger ships to make it through to the East Coast, leading to cheaper shipping to and from Asia.

Although it’s discouraging news for West Coast ports, for the East and Midwest, the shift in shipping traffic will be an economic boost.

“It really improves our position in terms of distribution out and shipping our products internationally,” said Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio.

Appalachian Ohio could benefit most, in part because the Ohio River could receive goods from the canal…

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