Marathon To Invest $200M In Refinery – Marathon Petroleum Company is expected to begin a $170 million project to add refining capability to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in Canton, Ohio. Marathon also expects to begin a $40 million project to improve its waste water treatment. By the year 2010, all diesel fuel must have ultra-low sulfur content. The refinery produces 23,000 to 24,000 barrels of diesel fuel, about a million gallons, each day. A hydroeater will be installed which will remove additional sulfur thereby cutting down tailpipe emissions. Currently the refinery meets federal water discharge regulations, but by 2010 those regulations also will be strengthened. The $40 million water treatment project will accomplish several things. It will bring the water temperature of the 1.5 million gallons that are discharged each day down below the new federal standard through the installation of heat exchangers. Also a “closed loop” system will be installed to recycle fluoride – used in the refining process – to keep it from leaving with the wastewater. A process will also be installed to reduce salt solids that are produced in the refining. Finally, a new pipeline will be routed to directly feed the wastewater to the Tuscarawas River. For more information, please click here.

Two Stark County Schools Ranked Among Best In The Nation – The Stark Education Partnership reported that the U.S. News & World Report listed two Stark County high schools among the top in the nation. The ranking, which looked at academic and enrollment data from 18,790 public high schools, was done in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis company. Top schools were placed into Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal categories. North Canton’s Hoover High School received a Silver Award, while Louisville High School earned a Bronze Award. The ranking was conducted using a three-step analysis. The first step measured how students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. The second evaluated the success of disadvantaged students and the third looked at whether the school was successful in providing college level coursework. To read the article, click here.

Huntington Bank Expands Regional Headquarters – Huntington Bank will be expanding its Canton regional offices and moving sixty-two (62) full time jobs to the city. The Canton Community Improvement Corp. approved a $300,000 deferred economic development loan to Huntington and Allegiance Realty Corp., which leases space to the bank. Part of the funds will be used to renovate space and buy furniture and fixtures. The city of Canton also agreed to lease up to seventy-five (75) parking spaces to Huntington in the city-owned Cornerstone parking deck for $4,000 a year for ten (10) years. The new jobs will be in management, administration, insurance, investments, and mortgages. The $300,000 loan works like a grant; it does not have to be repaid as long as conditions are met, mainly the job creation. To learn more about Huntington’s expansion, click here.

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