Archive / Month: August 2016

Data points to economic growth

With the start of each year several agencies will released data, which is based on the previous year’s activities. Recent data released by the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) JobsOhio, and a number of other agencies, indicate economic growth in southern Ohio.

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Portsmouth to form Downtown Redevelopment District

The city of Portsmouth will form a Downtown Redevelopment District (DRD). The Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 233 on April 20, 2016 with an effective date of Aug. 5, 2016 allowing for the creation of a Downtown Redevelopment District which operates similar to a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District.

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Port Authority Discuss New Grant to bring More Jobs to the Community

City leaders held a meeting Wednesday to discuss a new grant that will bring more jobs to the community.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority was able to obtain a grant from Jobs Ohio in the amount of $775,000 for the revitalization of a 30 acre location at the Airport Industrial…

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Fyda Freightliner Western Star Zanesville opens new dealership

Fyda Freightliner Western Star Zanesville opened for business on May 2 in Zanesville, OH. Sitting on 15 acres, the 46,000-sq.-ft. full-service truck dealership is located at 5005 East Pike, which is situated on I-70 at exit 160.

“It is our goal to always keep our customers first, and the opening of our newest full service…

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Barracuda Intruder Defense System

With the recent influx of violence and shooting acts in schools, one local man has come up with a very effective solution to prevent the loss of life in these situations.

The Barracuda Intruder Defense System was designed especially to prevent violent intruders from entering a room of people both in…

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Port Authority Receives US EPA Grant

The Port Authority is proud to report that it has received a $600000 US EPA grant in partnership with local West Virginia panhandle leaders. The grant will support Brownfield Phase 1 and Phase 2 testing throughout Jefferson (OH), Brooke, and Hancock (WV) counties. The Port is proud of this cross-state…

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First Site Selection Best Practice Seminar Scheduled

The Port Authority will host its first site selection best practices seminar on September 19. All area government leaders and Port Authority investors will learn about and discuss the modern site selection industry as Jefferson County strives for significant new investment in coming years….

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Middleport celebrates $3.2M investment in Imperial Electric

Pleasant Point Register

MIDDLEPORT — Questions arose as to the value of investing in an outdated plant in southeastern Ohio after Nidec Corp. of Japan acquired Akron-based Imperial Electric Co. in 2012.

The Middleport facility needed state-of-the-art equipment and improvements to play a key role in the expanding elevator industry.

After careful consideration of factors…

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Manufacturing plant starts small as it plans Monday reopening

This coming Monday is the day Samuel Thornton has been working toward for almost two years – the resuming of production at Athens Mold and Machine.

The tire mold manufacturing company closed in 2011 when business dried up but Thornton, the plant’s general manager, is convinced the time is…

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Hillsboro PAS Technologies facility achieves PXP™ Gold certification

The Highland County Press

PAS Technologies announced Thursday that its Hillsboro facility has achieved gold status, the highest level of achievement in the Performance eXcellence Process™ (PXP™), the Company’s lean operating system.

PXP™ Gold certification signifies that the PAS Hillsboro facility, the first PAS operation to have achieved this accreditation, is operating at world-class standards for…

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Art meets industry

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…

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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…

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