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Road Ready Center to bring 50 jobs

A Road Ready Center expected to bring 50 jobs to the area will be locating at the corner of Delano Road and Ohio 159, the Economic Development Alliance for Southern Ohio announced Thursday night.

The Murphy-Hoffman Co. already has a presence in Ross County but will expand that footprint with construction of a new, 100,000-square-foot facility on 47 acres at the northeast corner of the Delano Road/Ohio 159 intersection. The facility will receive trucks from the nearby Kenworth Truck assembly plant for inspections and other post-production component installations before the vehicles are delivered to customers.

The service is a new one Murphy-Hoffman is offering to customers and other Kenworth dealers groups designed to expedite new truck deliveries.

“In the coming years, as we ramp up MHC’s Road Ready Center, we will be hiring…

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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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