Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan visited the Hannibal Industrial Park on Thursday to tour the site and discuss developing more oil and gas-related jobs there.
Hannibal Real Estate LLC acquired the property from Ormet Corp. eight years ago and launched the industrial park in 2012. Today, the 122-acre site houses 20 companies and employs more than 200 people.
Managing Director David Reid led Gentile, D-Steubenville, and Ryan, D-Ohio, on a tour of three of the park's tenants, starting with Kelchner Inc. Although it's primarily an excavation company, Kelchner performs welding and fabrication at the Hannibal location.
Kelchner Vice President Brett Landis informed the legislators that his company currently works with 30 other businesses. He said the "big push" within today's gas and oil industry is to get cracker plants in place.
Gentile has been an advocate for Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical to proceed with a proposed $5.7 billion ethane cracker in Dilles Bottom. PTT has already committed $100 million for engineering and design plans.Continue reading by clicking here.
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