New Defense Metals Technology Center locates at Stark State College of Technology – Stark State college of Technology is the new site of the Defense Metals Technology Center. The Center is one of the U.S. Department of Defense’’s Centers of Excellence, which deals with military technology that is regarded as critical to the national defense and security. Much of the credit for this new location goes to U.S. Representative Ralph Regula, R-Bethlehem Township¸ who was able to secure $1 million in funding though the federal budget. The Center will bring together local metals manufacturers to explore new metals technology and resultant opportunities in an effort to meet the needs of the Department of Defense. The Center will be operated as a partnership between The University of Akron and Stark State College of Technology. For more information, click here.

Coastal Pet Products Expanding – The City of Alliance, Ohio has approved a tax-break forCoastal Pet Products to construct an additional 10,000 square feel of office space at their present manufacturing/distribution facility to support the company’’s sales and marketing department. Coastal Pet will be expanding the size of their facility and plans to hire 20 new full time employees and 5 part time workers. Coastal Pet currently employs over 540 full-time employees. For more information, please click here.

Kraft Power To Build New Facility – The City of Massillon has been successful in working with Kraft Power, based in Woburn, Mass., who will be constructing a new $3.3 million 30,000 square foot facility that will be locating in the NEOCOM Industrial Park. The company specializes in the distribution and service of power generators, diesel and gas engines and power transmissions for the natural gas and petroleum markets. For more information, please click here.

Housing Sales Rise in Stark County –­ The National Association of Realtors reported July 3, 2007 that pending sales of houses dropped to their lowest in six years, demonstrating the persistence of the housing slump across the nation. In Stark County, pending sales actually rose 17 percent in March, 2007, 11 percent in April and 9.2 percent in May, 2007 according to figures from the Stark County Association of Realtors. For more information, click here.

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