Q4 2016 News from the PartnershipMarch 8, 2017
Peebles: Infrastructure upgrades at the GE Aviation jet engine testing center were necessary to support increasing numbers of engines being tested as well as accommodating the larger 9X engine testing. A JobsOhio 629 Roadwork Grant supported the expansion and upgrades which created 16 new jobs.
Nelsonville: Hocking College recently opened a Workforce Development and Training Center at The Lodge at Hocking College. The center, a $1 million renovation project, will be used to provide customized training to area employers and short-term training focused on job readiness.
Dilles Bottom: FirstEnergy Corp. completed demolition of the former coal-fired power plant and cleared the 150-acre site that may be home to PTT Global Chemical’s proposed ethane cracker. Site remediation was supported in part by a $14 million loan to FirstEnergy by JobsOhio. PTT has an option to purchase the land; a final decision about the $5 billion construction project is expected in the spring.
Carrollton: Tait Carter was selected to be Carroll County’s new economic development director in December. She will be full time in the role. Tait served as assistant director for 2.5 years.
Coshocton: For the second year in a row, the Coshocton County Port Authority coordinated a public/private sector collaboration that led to road improvement supporting Amish furniture makers and wood workers. Six miles of County Road 10 were repaired and repaved with assistance from JobsOhio, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, the Ohio Department of Transportation and contributions by private businesses. The companies served by CR10 employ over 210 people with an annual payroll of $6.6 million. The project cost $870,800.
Gallipolis: A downtown waterfront project featuring improvements to the public use area along the Ohio River will be finished early in 2017. The expansion includes upgrades to boating and parking facilities as well as construction of a riverfront amphitheater. The project received $1 million from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Cambridge: Quanex I.G. Systems and LMI Custom Mixing have begun expansion projects totaling
$16.5 million. With Port Authority incentives enhancing the financing package, Quanex will add a 70,000-square-foot warehouse, while LMI will add production, warehouse, and employee space plus $7.5 million of new equipment. Quanex manufactures insulating glass spacers and LMI is a custom polymer mixing facility. Both supply to domestic and foreign markets.
Scio: Utica East Ohio made a $149,000 donation to help the Village of Scio upgrade their water system infrastructure. Along with the County Commission’s contribution, the gift completed the amount needed to match an OMEGA application for the Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program. The company recognized the community’s water problems and wanted to be “a good neighbor.” The upgrades will begin this summer and will total $349,000. Utica East Ohio is a midstream processor of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) and has an NGL storage hub in the county.
Leesburg: South Central Power awarded the Leesburg Industrial Park a $15,000 grant that will move the site closer to certification by the State of Ohio. The 81-acre park is owned by the county. The grant was used for a Phase 1 environmental site assessment, a geotechnical study, wetlands determination and an archeological survey.
Logan: A collaboration to revitalize and beautify the downtown area will replace some sidewalks with flowers, shrubs and trees. Efforts of Logan in Bloom, the Tree Commission and the Downtown Redevelopment Committee will be supported by city workers. Plantings are planned for March and May.
Killbuck: Daniel’s Amish Collection, maker of customized hardwood furniture, expanded its manufacturing facility by 15,000 square feet only to learn the fire suppression system was inadequate to protect the larger space. JobsOhio provided a $1.2 million Revitalization Grant to help the company install a new system and continue growth plans including creating 25 jobs.
JCEDP hosted Ohio Development Services Director David Goodman and members of his staff in November. They toured Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, producers of white oak bourbon casks, and visited site locations in Wellston of recent CDBG set-aside grants (Neighborhood Revitalization Grants) received by Jackson County. Other visits included meetings with elected officials and program administrators.
Brilliant: American Electric Power received permission from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to convert their Cardinal Generating Station from coal-burning electric generation to burning Utica Shale gas. The conversion target date is 2030.
South Point: Superior Marine Ways, Inc. is completing a major expansion to add a new facility that will allow them to wench barges out of the water onto a rail system then move them into a building with a sealed air system. There, the barges can be blasted and painted. The company already builds tugboats and repairs barges in dry dock. The expansion was supported by bonds from the Lawrence County Port Authority and a JobsOhio Growth Loan; it will create 15 new jobs.
Pomeroy: Maple Lawn Brewery opened in spring of 2015 and last fall was chosen as one of five new breweries to visit by Tourism Ohio. The name refers to the source of the natural spring water used in brewing, a farm 10 miles down the road in the Village of Hemlock. They recently added a new grinder speeding up the grain-grinding process. The brewery makes a variety of brews including a seasonal pawpaw cream ale and old-fashioned root beer.
Hannibal: McKees Rocks Harbor Services manages harbor services at Center Port Terminal, their second fleeting location on the Ohio River. They offer two barge docks linked to rail at the former Ormet location as well as barge cleaning, repairs and cover stacking. Center Port Terminal offers 52 barge slips, 12 miles of rail and 1,700 acres of site-ready infrastructure.
McConnelsville: Local leaders have been working with engineers on a study to expand water/sewer service on State Route 60 North. The two miles of infrastructure improvement will provide new development opportunities along the already existing business corridor. Construction should begin in spring 2018.
Zanesville: Consolidated Storage Solutions, a contract logistics firm, is expanding its cold storage and distribution center with a 47,000-square-foot addition. The company stores and delivers frozen and refrigerated food products. The project received a $25,000 JobsOhio Revitilization Grant. Consolidated has 30 employees and will add five jobs with the new addition.
Caldwell: Davis Drug, a second-generation family-owned pharmacy, is celebrating 30 years of business. The store was opened in 1986 by Gary and Cinda Davis and is now operated by their son Matt. The store has 14 employees and offers medicines, medical supplies and a variety of household goods; they are proud of their record of support for area schools, sports and community organizations.
Somerset: TNT Equipment, Columbus-based construction equipment company, has moved its manufacturing operation to Perry County from Florida. The company will create 20 new manufacturing jobs and invest $598,500 to relocate equipment and upgrade an 18,000-square-foot building. JobsOhio provided $100,000 in grant funds to assist with renovation and relocation costs. They will make mast-climbing scaffolding equipment, marketed as Premier Scaffold Solutions, beginning early 2017.
Waverly: McGolf Custom Clubs was selected by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters for the fourth consecutive year. Owned by Jim and Robin McCleery, the company is an internationally recognized fitting center and an award-winning advanced professional repair shop. They own and operate the longest range in Southern Ohio, a 395-yard range. Jim is also Ohio’s only Frankly Academies Certified Putting Instructor.
Chillicothe: Riffle III, the third 100,000-square-foot building for Riffle Machine Works, will be occupied in January 2017. The success story for this Kenworth supplier and 3PL provider began with 50,000 square feet in 2008 and was quickly doubled; Riffle II was completed in 2013. Employment has grown from 32 in 2008 to more than 200.
Haverhill: Altivia started a second phenol line and is undertaking rail and barge infrastructure improvements after purchasing the shuttered Haverhill Chemical facility, creating 22 jobs and retaining 81 jobs. JobsOhio support has been critical for the very capital-intensive process of repairing and restarting this chemical plant.
McArthur: The Dettwiller True Value Hardware store on U.S. Route 50 is nearing completion and a long-awaited grocery store (owned by the Campbell family of Zanesville) is expected to begin construction in March. Several new small businesses opened, including The Brick Escape Room, Rolling Pin Mobile Kitchen and Dellwood Corner.
Beverly: The decommissioning of the AEP Muskingum River Plant continues to be ahead of schedule. Following the final phase, the demolition of two 850-foot stacks in August, 2017, the 300-acre site will be available for new industrial development. It offers 500+ megawatts of power, rail service, three major gas transmission mains crossing the site and both river water and potable water.