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Ten new jobs expected from Tykma space purchase

A Chillicothe laser marking and etching firm has agreed to buy space inside the Gateway Interchange Industrial Park, county officials say.

Andy Tomlinson, president of the Ross County Community Improvement Corp., informed the Ross County commissioners Friday that Tykma Inc. bought a 50,000-square-foot space inside the industrial park for a price of $540,000. The firm currently has offices on East Water Street.

The president of Tykma Inc., David Grimes, could not immediately be reached for comment. Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, spoke positively about the purchase and said the building “has served its purpose over the years.”

“A lot of companies have gone through the building over the years,” Manegold said. “Now it serves as the home for a growing company.”

Tomlinson said that, although several…

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Mako opens in Portsmouth

Officials from the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA), Fluor B&W Portsmouth, the city of Portsmouth and the village of New Boston — along with members of the community — gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate the opening of Mako Finished Products in Portsmouth.

“Last November, it started out as an idea. The owner of Mako came to me, he wanted to go into business and laid out what he wanted to do,” said Larry O’Dell, operations manager for Mako Finished Products. “I told him at the time I was not going to say no, but I had to figure out how to say yes.”

O’Dell said they looked at several different sites in Portsmouth as a potential location.

“The more we got talking to the people at Sole Choice, they seemed like they were on the same page we were on, keeping people working and bringing business back,” O’Dell said.


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International Company Chooses Gallia County for New Facility

Bidwell, OH – Gallia County Commissioner Harold Montgomery, announced today that Tri-State Beef, Inc, a subsidiary of Dae Kyung Oil and Transportation Co., Ltd, has chosen Bidwell, OH for its new North American beef slaughter, packaging, and advanced protein processing facility. The $30 million dollar project will create nearly 250 new positions. Company officials said they expect to break ground on the new facility in 2015.

“This is great news for our community. Tri-State Beef is a quality operation and we are ecstatic they have chosen Bidwell for their new U.S. operation,” said Harold Montgomery, Gallia County Commissioner, “the establishment of this new facility will have a tremendous positive impact not only in Gallia County, but the entire Southern Ohio region.

“Bidwell was identified as an ideal location for our new facility, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.” Said Chang Yun (C.Y.) Kim, Principal and Chairman, “We…

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Ground broken for new airport terminal

21596bAs the groundbreaking ceremony drew to a close, the Jackson County Commissioners crowded into the old, cramped James A. Rhodes Airport Terminal to conduct some important business. 

One commissioner stood; another settled for a seat away from the table rather than try to squeeze by members of the media, who were there to cover the important moment. A few local dignitaries were able to fit inside the terminal to watch as well, but only a few, due to a lack of space.

21596aThe need for something new was never more evident. As the commissioners signed their names to a contract and issued the official notice to proceed with construction, it became apparent something new, bigger, and…

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