September 2014 Archive

Ground broken for new airport terminal

21596bAs the groundbreaking ceremony drew to a close, the Jackson County Commissioners crowded into the old, cramped James A. Rhodes Airport Terminal to conduct some important business. 

One commissioner stood; another settled for a seat away from the table rather than try to squeeze by members of the media, who were there to cover the important moment. A few local dignitaries were able to fit inside the terminal to watch as well, but only a few, due to a lack of space.

21596aThe need for something new was never more evident. As the commissioners signed their names to a contract and issued the official notice to proceed with construction, it became apparent something new, bigger, and…

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Company relocates jobs to Portsmouth

Mako Finished Products has relocated between 10 and 15 jobs from China to a facility in Portsmouth, where they have began machining and finishing castings produced by OSCO Industries.

“It’s very exciting that we are ‘reshoring’ jobs from overseas,” said Jason Kester, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) director.

Kester said a grand opening for the facility has been schedule for Oct. 2.

“Oct. 2 is going to be a great day because it will mark the opening of a new manufacturing facility since Appalachian Wood Flooring opened 10 years ago,” Kester said.

Kester said Mako Finished Products is operating in about 12,000 square feet of the Sole Choice Building on Murray Street in Portsmouth.

Kester said the opening of the facility is being planed in conjunction with National Manufacturing Month. He said there is a variety of events being planed.

“October is designated…

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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 pumps and diesel pumps for professional drivers, a convenience store and a tire care center. It is anticipated the new project will create approximately 50 new jobs in Gallia County, and initial estimates indicate the new development will add more than $15 million in annual fuel, food and merchandise sales.
“These new jobs and revenues are here to stay and we anticipate that Love’s Travel Stop will be a catalyst for future business growth in the entire area” said Gallia County Commissioner Harold Montgomery.

An official grand opening and…

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