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Friday, September 30, 2016

Columbiana County Hopes $5.1 Million Crane System is a Step Towards Economic Growth

From Business Journal Daily:
“We hope to make Columbiana County the fourth ‘C.’ With this, we can do it,” she said, referring to Ohio’s three largest economic centers – Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. “This puts Columbiana County on the map and shows we can compete in the economic development world.” 
Traina, along with officeholders, contractors and port authority staff, cut the ribbon on the $5.1-million crane and conveyor system Sept. 23. The project was partially funded by a $3.5-million loan from Ohio Development Services, which could be changed to a grant, Columbiana County Commissioner Mike Halleck said. 
“This is an illustration of a wise investment on the part of the state government,” said state Rep. Tim Ginter, R-5 Salem. “In an age when people question the investment of government, this is a sterling example of an investment that will bring real jobs, real work, real income to our region.” 
The timing of the opening of the new crane comes at an incredibly opportune time, Traina adds, noting the soon-to-begin construction of an ethane cracker plant in Monaca, Pa., just 25 miles upstream from Wellsville, and a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County further downriver. 
“We’re poised right in the middle of all that growth,” the director said.
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