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Company relocates jobs to Portsmouth

Mako Finished Products has relocated between 10 and 15 jobs from China to a facility in Portsmouth, where they have began machining and finishing castings produced by OSCO Industries.

“It’s very exciting that we are ‘reshoring’ jobs from overseas,” said Jason Kester, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) director.

Kester said a grand opening for the facility has been schedule for Oct. 2.

“Oct. 2 is going to be a great day because it will mark the opening of a new manufacturing facility since Appalachian Wood Flooring opened 10 years ago,” Kester said.

Kester said Mako Finished Products is operating in about 12,000 square feet of the Sole Choice Building on Murray Street in Portsmouth.

Kester said the opening of the facility is being planed in conjunction with National Manufacturing Month. He said there is a variety of events being planed.

“October is designated…

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Love’s coming to Gallia County

BIDWELL — Gallia County Economic Development officials said Monday that construction has begun on the new Love’s Travel Stop set to open in early 2015.

The new travel stop will be located on the south side of U.S. 35 at the Ohio 850 exit in Bidwell. The new 24/7 location will feature a Hardees restaurant, fuel pumps and diesel pumps for professional drivers, a convenience store and a tire care center. It is anticipated the new project will create approximately 50 new jobs in Gallia County, and initial estimates indicate the new development will add more than $15 million in annual fuel, food and merchandise sales.
“These new jobs and revenues are here to stay and we anticipate that Love’s Travel Stop will be a catalyst for future business growth in the entire area” said Gallia County Commissioner Harold Montgomery.

An official grand opening and…

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Harrison County Employment Opportunity

Harrison County is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Economic Development Director for the County.  Harrison County is in the heart of the shale development with three processing facilities and  wells in production.  Agriculture, mining, tourism, and recreation also play important roles in Harrison County’s economy. For additional details, please see the attached job description. Please share with anyone you feel may be interested.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references by September 30, 2014 to:

Ms.  Jeannette M. Wierzbicki, P.E.
Assistant Executive Director
Transportation/Grants Manager
Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association
P.O. Box 130
Cambridge, OH 43725

Harrison County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

View full job description via PDF here.

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Developer to Lease Ohio Site for Ethane Cracker

dstNews_44256_articleAppalachian Resins, Inc. (AR) plans to lease approximately 50 acres of land in Salem Township, Ohio, to build an integrated 600 million pound per year ethylene/polyethylene production facility, the Houston-based firm announced in an emailed statement to DownstreamToday.

“There is no difference in our development activities, we have essentially only moved across the Ohio River,” James Cutler, AR’s CEO, said Sunday after announcing his company’s signing of a land lease letter of intent with the Monroe County (Ohio) Port Authority. “We will not be integrating with an existing operating (brownfield) facility but will be more of a ‘greenfield’ location. However, we will have improved rail facilities.”

As a 2013 article in DownstreamToday indicates, AR initially planned to build its ethylene/polyethylene plant in West Virginia using natural gas liquids produced from the nearby Marcellus and Utica…

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