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Love’s coming to Gallia County

BIDWELL — Gallia County Economic Development officials said Monday that construction has begun on the new Love’s Travel Stop set to open in early 2015. The new travel stop will be located on the south side of U.S. 35 at the Ohio 850 exit in Bidwell. The new 24/7 location will feature a Hardees restaurant, fuel […]

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Harrison County Employment Opportunity

Harrison County is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Economic Development Director for the County.  Harrison County is in the heart of the shale development with three processing facilities and  wells in production.  Agriculture, mining, tourism, and recreation also play important roles in Harrison County’s economy. For additional details, please see the […]

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Developer to Lease Ohio Site for Ethane Cracker

Appalachian Resins, Inc. (AR) plans to lease approximately 50 acres of land in Salem Township, Ohio, to build an integrated 600 million pound per year ethylene/polyethylene production facility, the Houston-based firm announced in an emailed statement to DownstreamToday. “There is no difference in our development activities, we have essentially only moved across the Ohio River,” […]

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Former Ormet Plant Given New Name By New Owner: “Center Port Terminal”

A painting, left behind by Ormet management, hangs in the main office of Hannibal Development Partners, LLC. It proclaims a Chinese proverb, “A great river runs through here.” While the proverb may state the obvious – the Ohio River runs along the former Ormet facility now owned by Niagara Worldwide LLC sister company Hannibal Development […]

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OU, Kenworth engineering success in Chillicothe

ATHENS – The path from Ohio University to Chillicothe has been a much-traveled one by all sorts of students through the years. But for one particular college at OU, the pathway leads right to the front door of the Chillicothe Kenworth plant. Currently, 40 percent of the engineers at the plant have engineering degrees from the […]

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Port of South Point ready for business

SOUTH POINT, OHIO  — Connecting cargo from the water to roads and rails, the new Port of South Point was officially dedicated Tuesday with a crowd that included state officials and local individuals alike on hand to welcome the facility to the area’s economic resources. With a moving background across the river at Marathon’s marine division, […]

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City approves tax credit for Kraft

COSHOCTON – Local officials continue to do what they can to encourage an expansion estimated to create 300 new jobs in the next four years to come to the Coshocton Kraft Foods plant. Kraft representatives have said they should make a decision by the end of September on the location for production of a new, unspecified […]

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Utica Core Emerges as Production Climbs

Production from the emerging Utica shale in Ohio climbed in 2013, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “Ohio is at the beginning of an unprecedented era of oil and gas production,” ODNR Director James Zehringer told a recent event at Stark State College in Stark County, Ohio. ODNR […]

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MarkWest breaks ground on Cadiz headquarters

CADIZ – Construction of MarkWest Energy Partners’ new administrative office in the Cadiz Industrial Park is putting area officials in a hopeful mood when it comes to the economic future of Harrison County. “This is symbolic, because it signifies a long-term commitment to this part of Ohio,” state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville said Wednesday at a […]

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SG Preston to build 120 MMgy renewable diesel plant in Ohio

SG Preston plans to build a 120 MMgy renewable diesel facility in in Lawrence County, Ohio. The SGP South Point facility, expected to be complete in 2017, will cost $400 million and create 100 permanent jobs, the company stated. Pre-engineering studies are slated to begin next month. The technology employed at the renewable diesel manufacturing plant will be […]

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