March 2014 Archive

Economic Development Academy Shares Insider Perspective

Nelsonville – How to attract new industry was the topic of a recent one-day seminar attended by more than 50 economic development professionals from Appalachian Ohio.  A team of site consultants who work nationwide with dozens of companies each year to locate new businesses and industries provided their perspective of what it takes to compete and win in this very competitive arena.

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New Wayne Manufacturing Expands to South Zanesville

ZANESVILLE — New Wayne Manufacturing, a company based in Duncan Falls focusing on commercial and industrial steel fabrication, will soon expand to the village of South Zanesville in its mission to modernize the business, adding four jobs along the way.

Chief Finance Officer Mike Paul said the business needs to build a new manufacturing building as there is none around that currently meets their needs.

“We’ve been able to build the business in the past few years,” Paul said.

“So the facility that we’re in right now is outdated.”

In April, the company will begin building a new 22,000-square-foot plant for $1.1 million. It will retain eight jobs and add four more manufacturing jobs to the area’s economy, currently harboring a 10.7 percent unemployment rate.

Of this $1.1 million, $800,000 will have the backing of the Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority,…

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Agriculture Under Secretary Announces Grant to Benefit Ohio Food Hub

NELSONVILLE, Ohio, March 20, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien visited Athens County, Ohio, today to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods. VIEW FULL PDF Here.

For more information, contact: 

Heather Hartley, USDA Ohio Rural Development, (614) 255-2394 


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Miba to Strengthen Operations in Morgan County


At a recent Ohio Tax Authority meeting, Miba Energy Holding, LLC, was approved for a Job Creation Tax Credit based on the company’s commitment to establish a service center in North America that will house back office support (accounting, IT and purchasing) for all its American business units. The service center will be operational by the end of 2014 …. VIEW FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE. 

For more information, contact:

Charlotte Hatfield, APEG Director – Communication, 740-525-4737

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Ridge Corp. expands locally – move expected to bring 40-50 jobs to area

FRAZEYSBURG — Ridge Corp. has moved to a new Frazeysburg location, which will bring 40 to 50 skilled jobs into the area.

The corporation, which produces lining systems for the trailer and truck industry, purchased an old Longaberger building on15.54 acres of land along Raiders Road for $1.4 million to expand its manufacturing endeavors.

The deal might be recent, but Pataskala-based Ridge Corp. has already moved essential pieces of equipment into the building and has even begun to manufacture parts. It also is looking to increase its workforce.

According to Ridge Corp. President Gary Grandominico, the manufacturing plant will be looking to hire about 12 employees right away and will eventually hire 40 to 50 employees in the next three to four years. The positions will range from management to general labor. Although Grandominico would not confirm possible salaries, the Ohio Tax Authority verified $1 million of additional annual payroll would be generated through…

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