Fortune 500 Company Coming To Massillon – A multibillion dollar, Fortune 500 supplier to the oil and gas industry has leased a vacant distribution center in Massillon as energy companies ramp up efforts to tap the Utica shale reserves for oil and natural gas. Former Mayor Francis Cicchinelli had identified the tenant as National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a Houston-based company. NOV is a worldwide leader in providing major mechanical components for land and offshore drilling rigs, complete drilling rigs, tubular inspection and internal tubular coatings, drill string equipment, extensive lifting and handling equipment and a broad offering of downhole drilling motors, bits, and tools. Sibila Family, LLC is leasing the former PolyOne Distribution building to NOV. Doug Sibila, President of Peoples Cartage, Inc., stated that three divisions of the company plan to utilize the 72,000 sq. ft. building, including sales associates and employees who will service gas and oil wells in the area. Sibila said that NOV will start with 15 employees and will expand to as many as 60 in the future. Also important to NOV was the rail service to the building because of the size of the materials used to service wells. City officials, Stark Development Board, Team NEO and the Massillon Development Foundation were involved in promoting the facility. To learn more about this company coming to Massillon, click on this Independent article.
Marathon’s Canton Refinery Prepares To Receive Utica Shale Oil – Marathon Petroleum plans to have in place a permanent truck rack receiving station for Utica shale oil by the end of June. The Stark County Regional Planning Commission approved plans for the permanent truck rack this past month. The new equipment will allow Marathon’s Canton refinery to take up to 12,000 barrels of Utica oil per day. The design of the equipment makes it possible to expand to 24,000 barrels in the future. Kevin Bogard, manager for Marathon’s Ohio Refining Division, said the Canton refinery’s “prime location” within the Utica shale range leaves it perfectly positioned to refine and manufacturer finished fuels from these valuable resources. Marathon’s local refinery is rated as a 78,000 barrels-per-day facility. The company has a 220,000 barrels-per-day refinery along the Ohio River at Catlettsburg, Kentucky. To read more about Marathon’s plans, click on this Canton Repository article.
Dr. Para M. Jones Named Fourth President of Stark State College – The Stark State College Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Para M. Jones the fourth president in the College’s 51-year history at a special board meeting on December 21. Jones, President of Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, SC, will take the helm as Stark State president Feb. 6, 2012. Jones was selected by the board after an extensive nationwide search and interview process conducted by the Board of Trustees, administration, foundation board members and community stakeholders and a search committee comprised of college and community representatives. Jones spent 22 years at Stark State prior to becoming president of Spartanburg Community College. At Stark State, she was vice president for advancement, planning, college and community relations from 2005-2009. She was also executive director of the Stark State College Foundation. Jones said that she looks forward to continuing the College’s steadfast commitment to student access, student success and economic development. To read more about Dr. Para M. Jones’ appointment, click on this Stark State College press release.
Stark County’s Focus on Math and Science Paying Dividends for the Future – In the midst of magazine articles and major national reports calling for more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors, Stark County’s ongoing focus on math and science education is paying dividends. Forty percent of the 3,279 Stark Students taking the ACT test in 2011 say they plan to major in a STEM related discipline in college. This compares to the latest national estimates that are at 15 percent. Stark’s county-wide focus began in 1992 when the Stark Education Partnership formed a Math and Science Working Council that later secured a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for elementary science. This was followed by the development of the Science and Math on the Move (SAMM) Program initiated by the Timken Foundation that continues to provide high-tech science equipment to Stark’s school districts. Additional NSF grants were obtained for the middle and high school math and science areas that were matched by local school districts and by the Paul and Carol David, Deuble, Hoover, H.W. Hoover, Stark Community and Timken foundations. To learn about the majors the students chose and to learn more about the Stark Education Partnership, click on this newsletter.