May 2017 Archive

Road projects announced

Portsmouth Daily Times

A project two years in the making is about to come to fruition. The funding has been set for the Reconstruction of

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International Company Selects APEG Location


Monolithic Refractories Manufacturing

HarbisonWalker International produces a wide range of refractory products including bricks, monolithics, high-temperature insulation materials, fiber, insulating firebricks and precast shapes. The South Point plant will manufacture monolithics.

The Point Industrial Park in Lawrence County has been chosen by HarbisonWalker International (HWI) as the location for a new $30 million monolithic refractories manufacturing facility.   The plant will  build large refractory products that can be molded or shaped for specialty usage.

Refractory materials are non-metallic and retain their strength in high temperature manufacturing like steel and glass making.  They are used in environments above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit as linings for furnaces, kilns, incinerators and reactors.

Pittsburgh-based HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the nation with 17 manufacturing facilities and 30 global sourcing centers.

Intermodal Transport

Ohio River access as well as Ohio and interstate…

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Appalachian Partnership Board of Directors


APEG welcomes a new member to its Board of Directors.

Kevin King

Kevin King is the director of industry partnerships for Ohio University.  The new position is designed to help the university develop and enhance private sector relationships that support research, technology commercialization, fundraising and student career opportunities.

On behalf of APEG he will create an advisory group made up of post-secondary Appalachian Partnership education and training providers.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Ohio University and a doctorate in biology from the University of Missouri.   He has 18 years of managing research and development in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries including Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and Quidel Corp. in Athens (formerly Diagnostic Hybrids).

See APEG Board of Directors at:

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Right Site Key to Business Attraction


Attracting a new company to build or locate in the Appalachian Partnership region most often starts with a detailed list

View the Leesburg site and all of APEG’s 609 available sites and buildings at

of questions about land.

“Site selectors request dozens of data points we need to have at our fingertips,” said Mike Jacoby, vice president for APEG business development.  “Information about available utilities is usually a starting point but site-specific engineering details and due diligence studies are also required.”

The basic site characteristics are expected to be available online, the starting point for most industry location searches.  As one of JobsOhio’s six network partners, APEG’s available sites can be searched through a powerful new software called Zoom Prospector by GIS Planning that has been implemented statewide.

Site Authentication

SiteOhio Authenticated is a new program developed by JobsOhio to help communities win projects by…

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Kerry Makes Drinks Enjoyed by All Ages


When you punch a straw into a kid’s juice box you’re breaking the seal on an aseptic product, one that may have been made at the Kerry facility in Byesville, Ohio.

The Guernsey County plant, which has been making juice since 1984, uses cutting edge aseptics technology to produce juice, fruit smoothie base and non-alcoholic adult bar mixes in air-tight packaging.

“From ingredient blending through pasteurization to the filling lines and packaging, everything in our manufacturing process is sterile,” explained John Kasinecz, Kerry plant manager.  “The ultra-high temperature pasteurization (UHT) process we use destroys any microbes in the juices which means they can’t spoil and don’t require refrigeration.”

About 20 percent of Kerry’s customers are retail grocery shoppers. The other 80 percent is the food service industry including well-known restaurant chains, bars and…

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2017.1 News from the Partnership



Seaman MACA Plastics, a Winchester-based supplier of automotive components, instrumentation, electronics and medical devices, purchased a vacant 9,000-square-foot building to use as additional warehouse and storage space to meet demands of their growing business.


Athens Little Fish Brewing Company installed solar panels at the brewery using a $50,000 loan from the Athens County Economic Development Council small business micro revolving loan fund.  The fund was established with USDA Business Development (RBDG) funds.   The company hopes to power a third of the brewery’s energy usage with the panels.


Barnesville The Joint Economic Development District 2 (JEDD) is a hub of activity as oil and gas activity increases in the area.  Belmont County leads the state in permitted wells, and several oil and gas industry-related businesses are located in the JEDD2.  Over the past five years JERU Real Estate has erected five buildings there; all…

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Soft Landing in Appalachian Ohio


Foreign Direct Investment Option

As APEG works to attract new business into the region’s counties, international industries are increasing part of the effort.

Although some foreign investment lands with a huge splash like the recently completed $1 billion purchase of Bellisio Fine Foods (including the Jackson production facility) by Thailand’s mega-giant Charoen Pokphand Foods, others are looking for a simpler way to enter U.S. markets — a soft landing.

Soft Landing

For companies who are curious about our markets but not ready for a full commitment, APEG’s new soft landing program is ideal.

“The majority of my conversations with those stopping at Ohio’s booth at the Hannover Messe last spring were with representatives of small companies who were looking for a way to explore the U.S. as a place to grow their business,” said John Molinaro, president and CEO of APEG. “We now have a program in place so I can…

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Funds Available to Fill Loan “Gaps”


Getting sufficient capital for a business expansion can be a challenge but for 10 southeastern Ohio counties “gap funds” from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) may be the answer.

Using federal and state resources, OMEGA offers private, for-profit companies loan funds that work in conjunction with traditional bank financing to supplement the bank’s financing limits.  These loans bridge the difference and provide the funds a project needs to succeed.

A recent revolving fund loan helped relocate and expand a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in St. Clairsville.  The $2.8 million project also received a bank loan and corporate investment. The company was required to create 15 full-time-equivalent jobs to meet the job-to-loan ratio.

“Our funding was a critical piece of the financing puzzle as the bank was at its lending limit for the restaurant industry,” said Lolly Ravak, loan fund administrator. …

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Shark Tank Success!


Doc Spartan business partners Rene Wallace and Dale King successfully pitched their essential oils based products on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Rene Wallace and business partner Dale King, both of Portsmouth, pitched their Doc Spartan brand of handmade skin and beard products on ABC Television’s Shark Tank in February and walked away with a $75,000 investment from one of the show’s business panelists.

Wallace, married and mother of three young children, met King, a former Army intelligence officer, at his Scioto County PSKC CrossFit fitness center.  She was making natural lotions for women but, at King’s request, developed an all-natural first aid ointment for use at the gym then expanded the market to heal the “nicks, cuts and scrapes the military encounter on the field and range.”

Doc Spartan processed over 4,000 orders in less…

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Portsmouth in National Top 10 Ranking


The City of Portsmouth was recently announced as one of the Top 10 Best Micropolitan Communities in the United States per Site Selection Magazine’s 2016 rankings.  The competition is based on the number of qualified economic development projects in areas with 10,000 to 50,000 population.

Portsmouth’s six qualified projects tied them with eight other cities for a 10th place ranking and, with two projects each, Cambridge and Chillicothe were in a multi-city tie for a 78th
place rank.

“We make projects happen by getting out and talking to our local businesses about what they need to do to grow and expand and learn what opportunities they have in allied industries.”

Jason Kester
Executive Director, SOPA

According to Kester, most of the projects were linked business retention and expansion calls – growing existing businesses.

In the past 18 months Scioto County

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APEG News Around the Counties


Ross County’s ED Leader Retires

Christopher Manegold

Active operations of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio (EDASO) began when founding CEO Christopher Manegold arrived in July 2006. During a 40-year career, Chris previously directed local chambers and economic development
organizations in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Casper, Wyoming.

A Cincinnati native, Chris received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He earned the designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council in 1985 and in 1991.

He announced his retirement earlier this year after building a strong economic base of growth and retention, and before leaving office will be helping with the transition of the new…

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