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GE opens new engine testing facility in Ohio

ge-aviation GE Aviation has opened a new indoor jet engine test facility at its Peebles, Ohio site.

GE said the $40 million facility will begin testing production engines by the end of this year. GE90, GEnx , GE9X and LEAP engines will all be tested at the new facility in southeastern Ohio.

“Since 2006, GE has invested more than $160 million in facilities expansion at Peebles to manage our growing volume of development engine and production engine testing as well as final engine assembly of GE90 and GEnx engines,” GE’s Peebles plant leader Brian De Bruin said in a statement, noting that “the Peebles site will test 1,600 production engines along with 70 development engines and will assemble and ship more than 500 engines from our assembly area” in 2014.

From ATW, Air Transport World   |  November 5, 2014

By Aaron Karp

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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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