March 2017 Archive

Corporate development booming

Portsmouth Daily Times

Portsmouth and Scioto County received 10th place nationally with six total projects in Site Selection magazine’s annual

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Prices, politics give Ohio oil, gas producers reason for optimism

The Columbus Dispatch

The best thing about 2017 is that it is not 2016, according to Ohio oil and gas producers.

Commodity prices remain low but are up from last year, and there are encouraging signs in the marketplace. This was the sentiment as industry leaders gathered for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s winter conference on Thursday.

“There is a more optimistic mood now because we just came through a real trough and hopefully we’re going to see some moderate, continued increases,” said Mark Jordan, president of Knox Energy, an oil and gas producer based in Pataskala.

Also, this is a crowd that likes what President Donald Trump has to say about eliminating regulations.

“This new administration has given a little pep to everyone’s step,” said Shawn Bennett, the association’s executive vice president.

The oil and gas industry has been a key driver of the state’s economy, with an energy boom at the beginning of this decade…

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APEG Visits Chinese Chemical Companies

Q4 2016, Page 1

Mike Jacoby, APEG VP for business development, and Mindy McLaughlin, JobsOhio’s senior manager for global sales, present a letter from Governor John Kasich to Jiang Dongfeng, deputy director general of the Bureau of Commerce of Jinan Municipality. The letter welcomes increased trade and foreign investment with China.

JobsOhio and APEG conducted an exploratory trade mission to the Shandong province in China in late November and early December, APEG’s first visit to the country.

The province has over 100 million residents and is home to a concentration of Chinese chemical companies.   During the visit, JobsOhio and APEG representatives met with nine different Chinese chemical companies.

Company research and appointments were set up using OCO Global, an international firm which specializes in connecting foreign companies who want to explore bringing manufacturing to the U.S.   OCO is JobsOhio’s representative in Asia.

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APEG Launches New Web Site

Q4 2016, Page 3

APEG recently launched an updated, enhanced website. Notable results of the effort are clearer paths to information; prominent access to available industrial sites and regional resources; indexed program information; and high quality photography showcasing the region’s high tech manufacturing processes, its workforce and communities.

Since the first website was launched in January 2014, APEG’s programs have increased, adding layers of services. “We have more complex information to share and a clearer understanding of what our different audiences are looking for,” said Charlotte Hatfield, director of communication.

Prominent on the APEG landing page is information targeting site selectors who rely heavily on online resources to start and narrow searches for possible industry locations.

“Equally important is the landing page footer map; it’s a direct link to in-depth information describing the assets of our 25 APEG-JobsOhio counties,” said Hatfield. Everything from utility providers to employment and wage information is available, by county, from this site.

In addition to programmatic information the site includes: staff contacts, regional maps, publications, videos…

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A.R.M. Specializes in Thrills

Q4 ASSETS, Page 2

If you’re in the market for jaw-dropping excitement, A.R.M. Inc. in Wintersville is your source.  One of only five amusement ride manufacturers in the U.S., they have designed and manufactured their thrill-inducing products in the Jefferson County Airpark since 1998.

Riders’ expressions say it all! The Super Shot is one of many amusement rides designed and manufactured in Jefferson County.

The company has a worldwide market but primarily serves small family parks and portable carnivals, said Mike Gill, president, who has been with the company for 25 years.

Designed for screams and adrenaline rushes, the rides have hair-raising names like Super Shot, Highflyer/Screamer, Mega Bounce and Vertigo.  The riders of Super Shot sit mid-air, feet dangling until the ride abruptly accelerates toward the ground and, slowed by a magnetic braking system, then glides to a stop.  The Super Shot comes…

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Q4 2016 News from the Partnership

Q4 2016, Page 2


Peebles: Infrastructure upgrades at the GE Aviation jet engine testing center were necessary to support increasing numbers of engines being tested as well as accommodating the larger 9X engine testing.  A JobsOhio 629 Roadwork Grant supported the expansion and upgrades which created 16 new jobs.


Nelsonville: Hocking College recently opened a Workforce Development and Training Center at The Lodge at Hocking College.  The center, a $1 million renovation project, will be used to provide customized training to area employers and short-term training focused on job readiness.


Dilles Bottom: FirstEnergy Corp. completed demolition of the former coal-fired power plant and cleared the 150-acre site that may be home to PTT Global Chemical’s proposed ethane cracker.  Site remediation was supported in part by a $14 million loan to FirstEnergy by JobsOhio.  PTT has an option to purchase the land; a final decision about the $5 billion construction project is expected in…

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APEG grants support site development

Q4 2016, Page 4

A new APEG program is helping improve the region’s best sites for industrial development.

In the fourth quarter, a total of $65,210 in Site Readiness Grants were made to support planning and engineering studies like wetlands determination, sewer flow and environmental site assessments.  The counties receiving grants provided matching funds.

According to Mike Jacoby, VP for business development, the program was initiated in response to instances when site selection visits uncovered site deficiencies.

“Many of our sites just weren’t as ready as they need to be; there were missing pieces of due diligence that were critical to the company looking at the site,” said Jacoby.  “We had three consultant-led site visits in 2016 where there was a question on the site visit whether or not the site contained wetlands.  In a consultant’s mind, those are time, money and risk factors that get sites cut.”

With APEG…

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OEDA Recognizes APEG Partners

Q4 2016, Page 4

The Ohio Economic Development Association annually recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in the areas of economic and workforce development.

APEG is proud to have four organizations and individuals recognized for their work.

Best Project – Runner Up: Athens County Economic Development Council for their work to reopen Athens Mold & Machine Inc. which closed in 2011.  A variety of funding sources allowed the company to reopen in 2016 and create 60 living wage jobs over the next 36 months.

Economic Development Marketing –Winner Medium Community:  Southern Ohio Port Authority Economic Development for a newly developed website showing Scioto County as a location for future growth.

Economic Development Innovation – Runner Up:  Jeremy Clay, Lawrence Economic Development Corporation for perfecting the Design-Build process used for spec and ready-to-use…

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Site Selection Magazine Ranks Ohio #3 for Business Climate

Q4 2016, Page 4

Over the past few years, Ohio has worked hard to improve its business climate and economic outlook. In November, Site Selection magazine confirmed those efforts are paying off when Ohio was ranked third in Site Selection’s 2016 Business Climate Ranking.

Moving up from fifth place in 2015, Ohio edged out Tennessee and Texas and followed second-ranked North Carolina and top-ranked Georgia.  Ohio and neighboring Indiana (ranked 10th) were the only states north of the Mason-Dixon line in the top 10.

According to Site Selection, 50 percent of the overall ranking is based on a subjective survey of corporate site selectors who are asked to rank the states based on their recent experiences of facilities location. The other 50 percent is a combination of factors primarily based on national project (quantifiable) data.

“Overall, Ohio’s #3 ranking is a positive indicator and reflective of JobsOhio’s client-centric, streamlined approach to serving corporations,” said Andrew…

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Lean Networking Tour

Q4 2016, Page 4

Shannon Gay performs a final inspection of the ID and Dog Tooth Depth on a Ford Super Duty Lock plate.

A group of manufacturers from APEG’s southern counties got a close look at how continuous improvement processes can save a company money and improve productivity.

APEG-MEP’s first Lean Networking Tour was hosted by GKN Sinter Metals, Gallipolis, in December and was attended by 21 manufacturers from 8 companies.

“Manufacturers want to know how things work and we decided the best way to understand continuous improvement processes was to see how they operate in a lean culture like GKN,” said Bryan Smith, MEP account executive.  GKN has used lean processes for 14 years.

The three-hour visit included networking time, an introduction by Anthony Dicken, plant manager, and a 50-minute small-group tour of the facility.  It wrapped up with a 45-minute Q&A…

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APEG Staff Updates

Q4 2016, Page 4

Bolton joins staff

Patrick Bolton joins the APEG wood products team as a Manufacturing Improvement Specialist.  He will be working with the Ohio Wood Products Database and supporting the growth and development of regional companies in the wood manufacturing supply chain as part of the Forest to Furniture initiative, funded by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Bolton brings skills as a cost analyst and buyer in commercial and residential construction and automotive manufacturing.  He has retail sales, purchasing and management experience including customer service and staff development.

He earned a bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. Contact:


Roush takes new role

Jesse Roush has been named Senior Project Associate for APEG’s Forest to Furniture initiative.

Roush and his staff are building support programs for the small businesses that make up the region’s $5+ billion forest and wood manufacturing industry.  Contact:

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