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Bimbo Bakeries opens distribution center in South Point

Bimbo Bakeries, the parent company of Heiner’s Bakery in Huntington, has opened its new 40,000-square-feet distribution center. During an open house Saturday, Mike Stearns, a sales executive with Bimbo, said the new distribution center is a welcome expansion and will allow the bakeries in Huntington to run more smoothly.

During his speech, Stearns also made sure to highlight the importance of community regarding the success of Heiner’s and Bimbo.

“I want to thank each and every one of you,” Stearns said. “All of you here, your families, anyone who purchases Heiner’s bread, helped make this expansion happen. Without your support, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Stearns said he could not comment on the number of jobs created with the distribution expansion, but said during his speech that this new facility means great things for the future of Heiner’s and Bimbo in the Tri-State.

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Swiss company secures financing for $899 million gas-fired power plant in Carroll County

Swiss company Advanced Power AG announced Tuesday that it has arranged financing for an $899 million power plant near Carrollton.

The 700-megawatt plant, Carroll County Energy, will be powered by natural gas from eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale. It could produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes; Carroll County is home to about 29,000 residents.

Partners TIAA-CREF, Chubu Electric Power Co., Ullico and Prudential Capital Group are providing $411 million in equity commitments. BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and eight other commercial banks are providing $488 million in senior secured credit.

The plant is scheduled to begin operations in late 2017, said Advanced Power, a privately held company. An estimated 700 construction jobs and 20 to 30 permanent jobs would be created.

Bechtel is building the plant, EthosEnergy will operate the facility and Advance Power, which has offices in London and Boston, will remain as the…

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AcuSport Corp.: Automation that’s right on target

A goods-to-person picking solution moved AcuSport from conventional to automated DC processes. The result is lower fulfillment costs and better customer service.

AcuSport, a distributor of shooting sports products with headquarters in Bellefontaine, Ohio, has a vision to connect the nation’s independent retailers with the sport’s manufacturers to better serve the consumer. Its focus is on the success of its retail customers.

That vision has led the company to introduce several unique value-added services, like a system to share retail point-of-sale (POS) information across the supply chain and an auto-replenishment service to manage inventory for 1,000 of the industry’s independent retailers.

Innovations like those are just two of the ways AcuSport distinguishes itself from the pack. “Retailers can buy the same products at similar prices from multiple distributors,” says Mary Grim, vice president of operations. “Our goal is to be their first choice.”

The approach is working. Not…

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A Taste of ACEnet

To continue the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Kroger in Athens is holding a Taste of ACEnet event next week.

Josh Wise, manager of the store located on East State Street, said the idea for the event came from the continuing mission to promote local businesses and ACEnet. The plan is to have entrepreneurs with products in Kroger visit the store and set up shop near their products and give free samples.

Already confirmed to participate are: Crumbs Bakery, Nature’s Magic, Purely American, Sarah’s Sweets, Shade Winery, Silver Bridge Coffee, Snowville Creamery, Vino de Milo, The Herbal Sage and Shagbark Seed & Mill.

Wise said the event will allow people to meet and greet with the entrepreneurs of these businesses and introduce customers to locally-produced products. A raffle requiring no purchase will be held at the end of the event to give away a large basket full…

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