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On the road towards America’s Best Community

Portsmouth Daily Times

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth is one of 15 communities around the county competing for anywhere from $1 to $3 million dollars in prize money from the America’s Best Communities Competition.

When the America’s Best Communities Competition was first announced there were roughly 400 communities throughout the United States involved. That pool of communities was narrowed to 50 and has been narrowed to 15 communities.

As a part of the contest, communities are challenged to highlight unique ways they show community pride.

Adam Phillips, Southern Ohio Port Authority Asset Managerand Main Street Portsmouth Executive Director Joseph Pratt, had no trouble coming up with a unique way to show community pride, through music.

Several months ago local singer, song writer Shane Runion was tasked with writing a song that reflected Portsmouth.

Not a song that reflected Portsmouth in the past or a song that reflected some of the negative aspects of Portsmouth.

He was…

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AEP Ohio Awards Ohio’s First Quality Site Certification to Zahns Corner Industrial Park

News from AEP Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 16, 2016 — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), awarded Ohio’s first AEP Quality Site Certification to Zahns Corner Industrial Park. This industrial park, located in Pike County, has passed a rigorous and thorough analysis and has met all certification criteria, including utility availability, ease to transportation routes and environmental considerations. This certified designation ensures potential businesses that the location is development-ready.

With this designation, Zahns Corner Industrial Park is positioned to attract industries such as fabricated metals, general machinery, light industrial and assembly.

Nationally recognized site consultant firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting conducted the third-party site certification. The consulting firm evaluates properties, determines documentation that must be completed, and then certifies the sites once they have met all the program requirements. The process, which includes obtaining engineering plans, environmental studies, and researching site characteristics, can take up to two years…

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Yost Labs Closes $1 Million Series A Funding

Robotics Tomorrow

Yost Labs, inventor and producer of the world’s most responsive and accurate gesture-tracking technology, announced a Series A investment of $1 million from a group of Ohio-based investors. This strategic investment is focused on efforts to accelerate market adoption of Yost Labs’ innovative sensors and real-time human movement motion-capture systems.

One of the new products Yost Labs is launching is a next-generation Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS)/Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor that is designed to bring aerospace-grade inertial tracking to the consumer…

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Made Here: Logan company builds rods, tubes for top-selling trucks

The Columbus Dispatch

If you drive a stick-shift Jeep Wrangler, the device you use to change gears is made at a factory in Logan.

That is one of hundreds of parts made by Amanda Manufacturing, an auto-parts supplier whose sales are soaring along with U.S. demand for trucks.

Many of the parts are rods or tubes that are cut and formed for use all over cars and trucks, including a truck’s rear hitch and the metal loop that acts as a catch for a door latch.

“We take on the tough stuff,” said Mike Hood, the vice president for manufacturing, on a recent tour.

His statement has a double meaning, referring both to the strength of the parts and to the difficulty of the engineering that often goes into their design.

The company has about 250 employees and is hiring. Employees in the factory, members of the United Auto Workers union, receive base pay plus bonuses that are…

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