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Another 1,000-megawatt gas-fired plant in works for Ohio

Columbus Business First

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An out-of-state company plans to build a natural-gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio.

Houston-based EmberClear Corp. plans to build a $900 million, 1,000-megawatt plant on 60 acres in Harrison County in the village of Cadiz, a hotspot in the Utica shale oil and gas play.

“The abundant natural gas production facilities in close proximity to the project site make this facility uniquely positioned to produce low-cost power,” the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. said in a statement.

The county estimates adding 500 jobs during the construction phase, and 30 permanent jobs afterwards.
The announcement comes less than a week after the Ohio Power Siting Board approved a $1.1 billion plant in Columbiana County, also in eastern Ohio. Boston-based Advanced Power Services is building that 1,105-megawatt power plant.

Generally, one megawatt is enough to power 1,000 homes.

The Advanced Power Services plant, operated by subsidiary…

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Bellisio Foods, Meredith magazine introduce EatingWell frozen entrées

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

Bellisio Foods, Minneapolis, and Meredith Corp., New York, joined forces to introduce EatingWell frozen entrées.

The EatingWell line includes Cherry Port Pork, Indian Inspired Chicken, Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Korean Inspired Beef. Each meal starts with one cup of vegetables, 13 or more grams of protein, chicken, beef or pork raised without antibiotics and whole grains.

Unique to the EatingWell line though is what is said to be the first-of-its-kind Fresh-Seal packaging. The cut-away carton provides a clear view of the enclosed meal, which is hand-placed on a black plate and vacuum-sealed in a self-venting film to maintain freshness, reduce freezer burn and improve shelf life.

“We are excited to officially launch EatingWell frozen entrées and to fill a long-existing void in the marketplace for delicious, authentic and convenient frozen food products that fit consumers’ healthful lifestyles,” says Jeff Tuttle, senior vice president of innovation for Bellisio Foods. “We strongly believe consumers will respond favorably to our meal choices, our ingredient…

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Work starts on new Chillicothe industrial park

The Chillicothe Gazette

CHILLICOTHE — In what’s becoming a more common site in Ross County over the past 12 to 15 months, earth-moving equipment was spotted hard at work in site preparation activities Wednesday — this time on an 18-acre parcel of land on River Road that developers hope will be filled with new job activity by this time next year.

What makes this more than $4 million project just south of an existing Kenworth Truck dealership more unusual than most is that it marks the first time the county has granted a tax break to help with private construction of a spec building — a facility constructed without a tenant already lined up to occupy it. Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, said offering tax breaks to get those buildings in place and, thus, attract those looking for manufacturing or warehouse space may become a wave of the future.

The River Road project is being…

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Barrels rolling at Speyside Plant

The Telegram

New wooden barrels are rolling off the assembly line in large numbers at the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Plant in Jackson and it appears this is only the beginning of a very positive economic development story for the local area.

The new plant, which is located in the same building as the former Merillat Plant at 960 East Main Street in Jackson, produces specialized wooden barrels used by the bourbon industry. After working for more than a year to redesign and reequip the plant for its specialized purposes, actual production of the barrels began this past June.

Speyside Bourbon Cooperate General Manager Darren Whitmer shared some very good news about the early progress at the plant and much other positive information at a private open house which was held Wednesday, September 14. The event was attended by state, regional, and local governmental and economic development leaders as well as the plant’s partners, vendors,…

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