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Behind the scenes at Fanatics.com’s sports memorabilia warehouse during the holiday rush

ohio-distribution-centerYou there, with the cursor. I see you’ve just moved an officially licensed NFL jersey into your digital shopping cart. You’re doing this on the NFL’s website or on your favorite team’s website. Or — let me reboot my NSA software — maybe that’s an NHL jersey from Shop.NHL.com. Or a baseball jersey from Shop.MLB.com. Details (free shipping on orders over $50, etc.) may vary. But these New Economy wormholes all lead to the same company, Fanatics. And 60 percent of Fanatics’ orders lead, in turn, to a warehouse in Frazeysburg, Ohio, in the frozen farm country east of Columbus. The warehouse is a cavernous, gray-blue building that measures about 550,000 square feet. It boasts 13 miles of conveyor belts that trundle between the four “picking” floors, across which workers scurry to…

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New year to bring life to vacant Merillat plant

JACKSON— Some very exciting news was announced in Tuesday night’s, end of year, Jackson City Council meeting, when Mayor Randy Heath put out a release that the Merillat plant will soon have new life breathed into it.

Heath announced that Sherwood 23 Holdings, LLC., had purchased the site to be operated by Taylor Lumber Worldwide, Inc., which has been in operation in various forms of the lumber industry for 125 years. They are based in Scioto County, but they ship lumber internationally.

Taylor Lumber makes a lot of good wood. The company produces hardwood lumber and flooring for the construction industry. While it is known the use of the Merillat site will be lumber related, the exact use and future plans for the site have not been released at this time.

They are hoping to employ between 25 and 75 employees initially at the Jackson site, depending on…

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AEP Ohio awards CIC $10,000 grant

LOGAN — Joy Davis, CEcD, Executive Director of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), was one of 12 Appalachian Ohio economic development professionals to receive a $10,000 grant from AEP Ohio for completing the Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA).

The multi-phase professional development program was created to build a better understanding of the site selection process companies use to locate new plants and operations. Davis attended a workshop, completed a gap analysis about local available sites and hosted a mock site visit by InSite Consulting, the site selectors who conducted CEDA.

“Seeing our community through the eyes of someone else provided a better understanding of what we need to do to be more attractive to businesses. We learned the City of Logan has abundant availability of water and waste-water services. However, we also identified a great need for buildings,” said Davis.

“AEP is proud to be…

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JC Fodale Energy Services locates in Morgan County

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 9.30.09 AMJC Fodale Energy Services, LLC, an oilfield services and product provider based in Shreveport, LA, has located in Morgan County at 5950 South East SR 60, between Neeleysville and the Washington County line.

“We operate in nine states including: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” said Christine Buchanan, a recruiter for JC Fodale Energy Services. “We have only been in the McConnelsville area for about two months but we are here to stay.”

Buchanan explained that JC Fodale Energy Services is now working in Ohio from Zanesville to Wheeling, WV.

“This location in Morgan County, at least for now, is our home-base. Our oper- ation will be run from here,” explained Buchanan. “The company’s intention is to expand by eventually adding two more sites, like this McConnelsville area site,…

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