August 2014 Archive

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 attached job description. Please share with anyone you feel may be interested.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references by September 30, 2014 to:

Ms.  Jeannette M. Wierzbicki, P.E.
Assistant Executive Director
Transportation/Grants Manager
Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association
P.O. Box 130
Cambridge, OH 43725

Harrison County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

View full job description via PDF here.

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Developer to Lease Ohio Site for Ethane Cracker

dstNews_44256_articleAppalachian 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,” James Cutler, AR’s CEO, said Sunday after announcing his company’s signing of a land lease letter of intent with the Monroe County (Ohio) Port Authority. “We will not be integrating with an existing operating (brownfield) facility but will be more of a ‘greenfield’ location. However, we will have improved rail facilities.”

As a 2013 article in DownstreamToday indicates, AR initially planned to build its ethylene/polyethylene plant in West Virginia using natural gas liquids produced from the nearby Marcellus and Utica…

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

center-port-terminalA 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 Partners [HDP] – it also states the value of the facility, which is at the center of a diverse transportation network and in the midst of one of the biggest modern American industrial booms. With those characteristics in mind, new owner HDP has placed upon the facility the moniker “Center Port Terminal.”

The aluminum mill may again see potlines producing the metal, or it may not. Regardless, the endlessly optimistic president of HDP,  Eric Spirtas, is near certain that jobs will once again…

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OU, Kenworth engineering success in Chillicothe

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 Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

In addition, the college’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department has helped form the curriculum and find professional development opportunities for the students at the Chillicothe plant for the past 15 years.

-cgobrd04-20-2014gazette1a00120140419imgcgo0420kenworth4011v“My initial desire to be active with the Russ College was to help me in my need to find solid engineering candidates to hire at our facility. This grew into a desire to influence the skill set of those engineers to fit…

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Port of South Point ready for business

With a moving background across the river at Marathon’s marine division, as well as railroad-whistle reminders from the engines pulling loads of coal along the nearby tracks, the new port’s potential value was not difficult to envision as a string of officials shared a podium near the edge of the elevated port dock.

Carl Darling, chair of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation, welcomed the large crowd and pointed out the new port is the only commercial port along a stretch of the Ohio River from a point near Pittsburgh all the way…

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City approves tax credit for Kraft

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 product line. The Coshocton facility is a finalist for the expansion with another plant in Missouri. Various economic incentives are seen as a key to landing Coshocton the project.

At a special meeting Monday, Coshocton City Council approved Mayor Steve Mercer to enter into a job creation tax grant agreement with Kraft Foods. Kraft would be given a credit of half of the total on the city’s 1.5 percent income tax for 10 years.

The $43 million project is targeted to create 300 news jobs and a payroll…

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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 data show gas production from horizontal wells averaged 470 MMcfd in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 MMcfd in all of 2012. Oil production rose to 15,600 b/d from 1,740 b/d.

The addition of gas gathering, compression, and processing capacity contributed to further growth in the first 3 months of 2014. First-quarter production averaged 750 MMcfd of gas and 21,700 b/d of oil.

David Mustine, senior managing director of JobsOhio, said production growth is heavily dependent on the development of midstream infrastructure. In the past 24 months,…

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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.

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 2.14.16 PM“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 groundbreaking for the new 20,000-square-foot facility, which will serve as MarkWest’s headquarters for its Utica Shale operations in Ohio.

Harrison County Commissioner Don Bethel said the event was more than a celebration of a groundbreaking, it was also “a testimony of the steadfast commitment MarkWest has for Cadiz and Harrison County.”

He noted that when he took office in 2010, there was a negative trend of Harrison County, sending its young people off to college, only to see them settle after graduation…

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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 licensed from Honeywell UOP.  Other partners in the project include the Lawrence County Economic Development Council, which is investing 62 acres in land and other incentives. The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and Jobs-Ohio were also instrumental in securing the investment and technology.

“For SG Preston, this is an important milestone and part of a larger vision of partnering with leading, global refining technology partners and local communities to develop a portfolio of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refineries targeting 1.2 billion gallons per year, or 20 percent of the federal…

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