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FWD:Energy receives research subsidy from the Department of Energy

Renewable Energy from Waste

FWD:Energy Inc., Zanesville, Ohio, has been awarded a research subsidy of $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for use at federal laboratories to advance its technology to turn scrap tires into a key ingredient for lithium-ion batteries called Green Battery Carbon.

The awarded funds are provided through the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV), a recently introduced initiative of the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy that helps small U.S. companies bring their innovations to market by pairing them with participating DOE national labs.

“We have a special opportunity to work with the finest researchers in the world to advance our process and outputs for use in batteries and energy storage applications,” FWD:Energy CEO Richard Sloan said. “We get access to expertise and equipment that a small company like FWD:Energy would otherwise never be able to afford.”

FWD:Energy has already developed a clean, sustainable patent-pending system to turn large…

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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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Another 1,000-megawatt gas-fired plant in works for Ohio

Columbus Business First

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An out-of-state company plans to build a natural-gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio.

Houston-based EmberClear Corp. plans to build a $900 million, 1,000-megawatt plant on 60 acres in Harrison County in the village of Cadiz, a hotspot in the Utica shale oil and gas play.

“The abundant natural gas production facilities in close proximity to the project site make this facility uniquely positioned to produce low-cost power,” the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. said in a statement.

The county estimates adding 500 jobs during the construction phase, and 30 permanent jobs afterwards.
The announcement comes less than a week after the Ohio Power Siting Board approved a $1.1 billion plant in Columbiana County, also in eastern Ohio. Boston-based Advanced Power Services is building that 1,105-megawatt power plant.

Generally, one megawatt is enough to power 1,000 homes.

The Advanced Power Services plant, operated by subsidiary…

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