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Ormet Auction Is Set

HANNIBAL – Eric J. Spirtas said old pots once used for making aluminum are no longer needed at the Ormet Corp. site, as he plans to auction off virtually everything left in the buildings to make room for “international energy groups.”

“We are not naming the names yet,” Spirtas, president of Niagara Worldwide, said Thursday. “We are moving forward to get the old stuff out of here to make way for the new. We need to get started before we can finish.”

Spirtas’ company purchased the Monroe County facility out of bankruptcy for $25.25 million in June. As recently as Aug. 21, he said Niagara was in discussions with three companies who may be interested in restarting the plant that previously employed nearly 1,000 workers, but said last month this would not happen.

Emphasizing the 1,700-acre plant site’s location in the heart of the Marcellus…

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160 Jobs Announced In Pike County

Governor John Kasich joined federal, state and local officials in Waverly on Monday to listen to an announcement by Rural King about the opening of a distribution center and retail store that will bring 160 jobs to the area.

According to the company, the Pike County-facility plans to open in summer 2015 and service 30 of the company’s eastern-most stores in the United States. The Pike County facility will be the companies second distribution center, with the first in Mattoon, Ill.

“What a great opportunity for Rural King, Waverly and the state of Ohio. We’re very excited about coming to the area. Some of our executive team came down and saw the facility for the first time they eyes were open wide about the possibilities,” said Alex Melvin, Rural King CEO.

Melvin said once the Waverly facility is open it will be able to keep…

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Rural King brings distribution center to Waverly

635500377319290055-CGO-1028-RURAL-KING-ANNOUNCEMENT-CEOWAVERLY – Rural King, a retail chain specializing in farm and home goods, will open a new distribution center and store in Waverly in 2015, bringing up to 160 new jobs to Pike County.

Rural King CEO Alex Melvin announced the $12.5 million investment Monday in the 930,000-square-foot warehouse the company will occupy in Pike Industrial Park on Hopewell Road. A number of state and local officials including Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, joined Melvin for the ceremony, which took up a small section of the cavernous warehouse.

Formerly used by cabinetry manufacturer Mill’s Pride, the distribution center is expected to employ 120 people and serve 30 stores in the chain’s growing footprint of nearly 80 locations across 10 states. It’s slated to open in June.

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Amanda Manufacturing

544551ddd91f6.imageLOGAN – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday at Amanda Mfg. with company representatives and local and state public officials in attendance.

Amanda Mfg., a Deshler Group company specializing in metal forming, has been based in Logan for more than 30 years and broke ground on a $5 million expansion project and renovation to its facility.

The expansion takes in 68,000-plus square feet, an increase of approximately 40 percent of its current size with 54,880 square feet of manufacturing plant space and 14,000 square feet of new office and facade improvement.

The current building is 139,000 square feet in which 58,880 square feet is dedicated to manufacturing.

“The expansion is not due to a new contract and anything like that,” said vice-president of manufacturing operations, Mike Hood. “We just ran out of room for what we manufacture.”

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