January 2017 Archive

Mingo Junction Steel Mill Is Getting Ready to Roll Again

The Intelligencer, Wheeling News Register

MINGO JUNCTION — Almost eight years after Russian firm OAO Severstal shuttered the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. mill in Mingo Junction, new hot metal should soon roll out of the facility that is now known as ACERO Junction.

“We are working on it. We hope to start making our products available to the customer the first week of February,” Jateen Kapoor, a senior management member of ACERO Junction, said Thursday.

A video posted to Facebook late Wednesday seems to show new hot steel rolling through the mill, while an accompanying photo appears to show a new coil being moved on a crane. The images posted may have depicted a test prior to an official restart.

Throughout Thursday, the video and photo generated plenty of conversation regarding activity at the mill.

The person who posted the video and photo could not be reached for comment. Kapoor said he was unaware…

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Ethane Production Is Still Climbing

The Intelligencer, Wheeling News Register

DILLES BOTTOM — U.S. ethane production is growing so fast that federal officials can barely keep track of it, as last year’s projection of 1.4 million barrels per day by 2017 is now trumped by new prognostications of 1.7 million daily barrels by 2018.

As the new U.S. Energy Information Administration numbers indicate, the need for drillers to disperse this liquid continues to climb, which leads Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based American Chemistry Council, to believe this creates an environment in which the need for ethane crackers grows.

Dooley acknowledged that Royal Dutch Shell cleared its final permit hurdle to begin construction on the Beaver County, Pa. petrochemical complex last week. Also, he and other industry leaders continue awaiting final word on whether Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical will proceed with the firm’s multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker along the Ohio River in Belmont County, which would incorporate the former…

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Local businesses helped

Portsmouth Daily Times

Recently representatives from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth site presented checks to two Scioto County business, totaling

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Rocky Brands benefits from military contracts

The Columbus Dispatch

Companies that make things people wear have been finding it hard to make ends meet, with increasingly picky consumers who demand deep discounts before buying.

Rocky Brands, however, is finding one source of revenue — government contracts — to be a steadying factor.

The Nelsonville-based footwear and apparel company this week announced it will produce $38.4 million worth of combat boots for the U.S. military under two new contracts.

Rocky Brands beat one other bidder to win the the right to supply hot-weather boots to the U.S. Army. The contract is for one year and is worth about $8.4 million.

The company beat three other bidders to supply temperate-weather boots to the U.S. Army and the Afghanistan army. The contract is for three years and is worth about $30 million.

The company expects to begin fulfilling both orders in the first half of this year.

The contracts follow previous military contracts for hot-weather boots, awarded in…

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Battle of the bots

Portsmouth Daily Times

With the increasing technology industry, there is always a need for engineers, scientists and other technically-minded

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2016 Year In Review

Over the weekend, someone made a comment on social media that essentially said “why don’t our elected officials worry about economic development?” The post made me chuckle and cringe at the same time. I chuckled because our elected officials are working diligently to try to attract and retain jobs. I cringed because maybe we are not doing enough to communicate these efforts.

This year, our community was named one of America’s Best. We also received grants to demolish blighted homes, conduct environmental analysis of the East End, study the feasibility of free public Wi-Fi and received funding to help restore Spartan Stadium. In addition, we had 10 economic development projects that resulted in over $60 million dollars of new investment, 170 new jobs, and the retention of more than 450 jobs. It was a record year.

New construction projects occurred at Columbia Gas and Appalachian Wood Floors, while Big Sandy significantly expanded…

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