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Winter, what winter?

Area produce farm keeps on trucking through the cold

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Photo Credits: Dennis E. Powell, The Athens NEWS. Photo Caption: Each day, employees roll back the huge tarps that cover and protect the delicate plants. The arches over the rows hold the tarps well above the veggies. Here the job is undertaken by Keely Hultz and Natalie Horvath.

While the rest of us are wondering how we can keep from freezing during this week’s cold spell, at Green Edge Gardens in Amesville they’re harvesting fresh greens and other tasty edibles, as they do all winter.

For a decade Kip and Becky Rondy have run the farm, nestled in a picturesque valley, and for most of that time they’ve employed an innovative distribution model in which many of their vegetables are sold via…

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Picking Season

Behind the scenes at’s sports memorabilia warehouse during the holiday rush

ohio-distribution-centerYou there, with the cursor. I see you’ve just moved an officially licensed NFL jersey into your digital shopping cart. You’re doing this on the NFL’s website or on your favorite team’s website. Or — let me reboot my NSA software — maybe that’s an NHL jersey from Or a baseball jersey from Details (free shipping on orders over $50, etc.) may vary. But these New Economy wormholes all lead to the same company, Fanatics. And 60 percent of Fanatics’ orders lead, in turn, to a warehouse in Frazeysburg, Ohio, in the frozen farm country east of Columbus. The warehouse is a cavernous, gray-blue building that measures about 550,000 square feet. It boasts 13 miles of conveyor belts that trundle between the four “picking” floors, across which workers scurry to…

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New year to bring life to vacant Merillat plant

JACKSON— Some very exciting news was announced in Tuesday night’s, end of year, Jackson City Council meeting, when Mayor Randy Heath put out a release that the Merillat plant will soon have new life breathed into it.

Heath announced that Sherwood 23 Holdings, LLC., had purchased the site to be operated by Taylor Lumber Worldwide, Inc., which has been in operation in various forms of the lumber industry for 125 years. They are based in Scioto County, but they ship lumber internationally.

Taylor Lumber makes a lot of good wood. The company produces hardwood lumber and flooring for the construction industry. While it is known the use of the Merillat site will be lumber related, the exact use and future plans for the site have not been released at this time.

They are hoping to employ between 25 and 75 employees initially at the Jackson site, depending on…

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AEP Ohio awards CIC $10,000 grant

LOGAN — Joy Davis, CEcD, Executive Director of the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), was one of 12 Appalachian Ohio economic development professionals to receive a $10,000 grant from AEP Ohio for completing the Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA).

The multi-phase professional development program was created to build a better understanding of the site selection process companies use to locate new plants and operations. Davis attended a workshop, completed a gap analysis about local available sites and hosted a mock site visit by InSite Consulting, the site selectors who conducted CEDA.

“Seeing our community through the eyes of someone else provided a better understanding of what we need to do to be more attractive to businesses. We learned the City of Logan has abundant availability of water and waste-water services. However, we also identified a great need for buildings,” said Davis.

“AEP is proud to be…

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