October 2016 Archive

Making Something Happen Part I

By Jason Kester – Executive Director, Southern Ohio Port Authority

In my last article, we discussed the need “To Make Something Happen” and the need for partnerships and creative thinking to develop an industrial park. One fantastic example is right here in Scioto County.

A little less than two years ago, under the leadership of Superintendent Stan Jennings and his staff, the board of the Scioto County Career Technical Center (SCCTC) purchased a portion of the former M&J Welding site in the Balzer Industrial Park in Lucasville. As Steve Moore, President of WAI, explained at Rep. Terry Johnson’s recent Economic Development Forum, sometimes you have to take an “educated risk” to grow your business, make a profit, or to “make something happen.”

The community’s current economic development strategic plan focuses on the riverfront from Portsmouth through New Boston and on the arc of the Southern…

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Business park seeks more companies at Longaberger site

FRAZEYSBURG – In 2013, the global leader in licensed sports merchandise opened its second state-of-the-art distribution center in Frazeysburg.

Fanatics Inc. occupies a 600,000-square-foot facility at the East Central Ohio Business Park, a 700-acre tract owned by The Longaberger Co. It, as well as other businesses in the area, are hoping to expand the park with new industry, making good use of former Longaberger buildings.

“If you purchase a Red Sox jersey or Steelers cap online, chances are it will be shipped from here,” said Sonia Postema, Fanatics Staffing Supervisor.

The distribution center opened one year after Tami Longaberger announced the creation of ECO Business Park, home to the Longaberger Homestead.

Fanatics was established in 1995 with the debut of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Football-fanatic brothers, Alan and Mitch Trager opened Football Fanatics, a brick-and-mortar storefront in a Jacksonville, Flordia, mall. Two years later, Fanatics opened the market online to displaced fans around the world who wanted merchandise to support their…

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Bellisio Foods introduces EatingWell frozen entrées

Bellisio Foods, a frozen food companies, and Meredith Corporation , a media and marketing company and the owner of the EatingWell® brand, today introduce EatingWell™ frozen entrées. EatingWell frozen entrées are a delicious addition to the freezer aisle and feature ingredients selected specifically for those seeking great-tasting, better-for-you meal options.

The EatingWell line of frozen entrées includes eight flavorful meals such as Cherry Port Pork, Indian Inspired Chicken, Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Korean Inspired Beef. The meals each start with one cup of vegetables; 13 or more grams of protein; chicken, beef or pork raised without antibiotics; and whole grains. Each meal is free of artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, MSG and hydrogenated oils.

Bellisio is licensing the EatingWell brand from Meredith because it is a leading source of science-based nutrition advice and inspiration for cooking delicious food made from simple, nourishing ingredients. EatingWell is an ideal partner with a robust media presence, including its magazine, which has a rate base of one…

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Harrison County residents get glimpse at new $53 million centralized school

CADIZ Harrison County residents got a first glimpse last week at what their new $53 million centralized school will potentially look like.

At a community meeting Thursday, architect Greg Galieti of SHP Leading Design of Columbus, provided details on the interior, exterior and grounds of the facility. About 35 people were present, including parents, political leaders, students, teachers, bus drivers and retirees.

Schools Superintendent Dana Snider stressed that the school is still in the planning stages, so things could change between now and when the building opens to students in August 2019.

In 2015, residents of the Harrison Hills City School District approved a 4.98-mill levy to build a new school south of Cadiz which will house students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The 190,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on a 50-acre tract between state Route 9 and Country Club Road.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will pay 56 percent of expenses…

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Rocky Brands gets military contract

The Athens Messenger

Nelsonville-based Rocky Brands announced Thursday that it has been awarded a contract to produce hot-weather combat boots for the U.S. military.

The one-year contract, which includes four additional one-year options, limits the annual amount for boots to $20 million, according to the company, which said an annual amount of about $16 million is anticipated.

Rocky expects to begin fulfilling the order in the first half of 2017.

Interim CEO Mike Brooks said increasing military sales is a “key component” to the company’s diversified growth strategy.

“We recently invested in expanding our Puerto Rico manufacturing facility in order to better capitalize on the growing demand for military footwear,” Brooks said in the announcement.

The company said it is currently in the process of fulfilling the order announced in February to produce “temperate-weather” combat boots, and an existing contract to produce hot-weather boots that was announced in February 2013.


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Students learn about manufacturing careers

The Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — In 1970, more than 50 percent of a product’s retail price went toward paying the wages of those who manufactured it. Today, only 10 percent of that same item’s cost supports the labor used to produce it, economic development officials said Thursday.

That means far fewer workers are able to manufacture more products, a trend that seems destined to persist as new technologies and machinery continue replacing manual labor. Those who can secure a career in manufacturing today are likely to earn substantially more than their grandparents did, however.

“Just remember: Your future could be very bright in manufacturing,” Melinda Thompson, a 1982 St. Clairsville High School graduate who retired after a successful career at Procter & Gamble, said Thursday during a career information forum for about 400 local high school students at Belmont College.

“There are plenty of manufacturing jobs right here in your backyard,” she added.

The purpose…

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