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Portsmouth Daily Times

When it comes to art, the last thing that comes to mind for some, would be shoelaces. But Kelly Babcock of EBEE design has helped to revitalize an industry that’s been a staple of Portsmouth’s economy for over 100 years.

By redesigning the SoleChoice factory catalog, Babcock was able to attract new business to the company and create a piece of art.

Babcock worked alongside SoleChoice leaders Nelson Smith, Bryan Davis and Ryan Bouts to rethink the design and product catalogs, showcasing the products in a new manner for buyers and designers.

“Nelson, Bryan and Ryan were really integral in the whole project,” said Babcock. “They had their hands in it throughout. We all collaborated closely to create these new catalogs.”

Traditionally, these type of projects would be sent off-site to print houses.

“We went in with the intention of disrupting what had always been the norm,” explained Babcock. “At SoleChoice, they actually have a…

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Former R.E. Burger Plant’s Smokestack Comes Down Without a Hitch in Belmont County

The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register

DILLES BOTTOM — A sequence of detonations sent the 854-foot-tall stack at the former FirstEnergy Corp. R.E. Burger plant tumbling to the ground Friday morning in a process that demolition contractor Jim Redyke called “perfect.”

The president and CEO of PTT Global Chemical America called the stack removal an important step in his company’s efforts to bring thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of full-time jobs to the site via a planned multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker.

“We appreciate the cooperative relationship we have built with FirstEnergy as we work with all of our local, regional and statewide partners toward making this project a reality,” PTT President and CEO Toasaporn Boonyapipat said.

Officials with FirstEnergy have entered an agreement to transfer ownership of the Burger property to PTT if the Thailand-based company elects to proceed with its planned project. Before that can happen, however, FirstEnergy must complete demolition at the site, which includes removal…

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Ohio Valley Lures Manufacturers With Rock-Bottom Natural Gas Prices

The Wall Street Journal

A group of business leaders in a small corner of Ohio and West Virginia are laying down a big claim: They have the cheapest natural gas in the industrialized world.

This part of Appalachia has become the country’s driver of gas production as improved drilling techniques have cracked gas-rich shale formations. The Ohio Valley from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill., has a long industrial heritage, with chemical companies, and oil and gas producers, that have been operating there for decades. A group of them in Marietta, Ohio, and Parkersburg, W.Va. – with a combined population of about 50,000 — aim to tout their low gas prices and industrial heft to energy-hungry businesses from Brazil to Thailand.

Many businesses in those towns and nearby in Pennsylvania buy gas from a hub called Dominion South Point that has become among the cheapest in the country along with a few others above Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Tuesday’s price there…

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Kraft is ‘good fit for the community’

The Coshocton Tribune

COSHOCTON – When the inaugural Appalachian Bacon Nation festival came to town in 2014, it attracted locals and out-of-town visitors to check out the unique event and indulge a favorite food. Organizers used the opportunity as a way to showcase what it means to the community to have Kraft in Coshocton.

In turn, Kraft employees were eager to help, and the company provided seed money to get the first festival up and running – and, of course, a generous helping of bacon.

“It was exciting. We were happy to be a part of that,” said Kurt Bain, plant manager of the Kraft Heinz plant in Coshocton. The name changed from the Kraft Foods Group after the 2015 merger with the H.J. Heinz Holding Corp.

The local Kraft plant brought the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to Coshocton for the festivities, and donated a pallet of bacon totaling 1,920 pounds to the event. It was a…

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