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Former Ormet Plant Given New Name By New Owner: “Center Port Terminal”

center-port-terminalA painting, left behind by Ormet management, hangs in the main office of Hannibal Development Partners, LLC. It proclaims a Chinese proverb, “A great river runs through here.” While the proverb may state the obvious – the Ohio River runs along the former Ormet facility now owned by Niagara Worldwide LLC sister company Hannibal Development Partners [HDP] – it also states the value of the facility, which is at the center of a diverse transportation network and in the midst of one of the biggest modern American industrial booms. With those characteristics in mind, new owner HDP has placed upon the facility the moniker “Center Port Terminal.”

The aluminum mill may again see potlines producing the metal, or it may not. Regardless, the endlessly optimistic president of HDP,  Eric Spirtas, is near certain that jobs will once again…

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OU, Kenworth engineering success in Chillicothe

The path from Ohio University to Chillicothe has been a much-traveled one by all sorts of students through the years.

But for one particular college at OU, the pathway leads right to the front door of the Chillicothe Kenworth plant. Currently, 40 percent of the engineers at the plant have engineering degrees from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

In addition, the college’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department has helped form the curriculum and find professional development opportunities for the students at the Chillicothe plant for the past 15 years.

-cgobrd04-20-2014gazette1a00120140419imgcgo0420kenworth4011v“My initial desire to be active with the Russ College was to help me in my need to find solid engineering candidates to hire at our facility. This grew into a desire to influence the skill set of those engineers to fit…

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Port of South Point ready for business

With a moving background across the river at Marathon’s marine division, as well as railroad-whistle reminders from the engines pulling loads of coal along the nearby tracks, the new port’s potential value was not difficult to envision as a string of officials shared a podium near the edge of the elevated port dock.

Carl Darling, chair of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, welcomed the large crowd and pointed out the new port is the only commercial port along a stretch of the Ohio River from a point near Pittsburgh all the way…

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City approves tax credit for Kraft

Local officials continue to do what they can to encourage an expansion estimated to create 300 new jobs in the next four years to come to the Coshocton Kraft Foods plant.

Kraft representatives have said they should make a decision by the end of September on the location for production of a new, unspecified product line. The Coshocton facility is a finalist for the expansion with another plant in Missouri. Various economic incentives are seen as a key to landing Coshocton the project.

At a special meeting Monday, Coshocton City Council approved Mayor Steve Mercer to enter into a job creation tax grant agreement with Kraft Foods. Kraft would be given a credit of half of the total on the city’s 1.5 percent income tax for 10 years.

The $43 million project is targeted to create 300 news jobs and a payroll…

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