Marathon’s Cornerstone Pipeline ready to start deliveries to Canton refinery – Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum Co. has completed and tested its 16-inch diameter, 42-mile long Cornerstone Pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from processing facilities in Scio to the company’s Canton refinery. By early October, the line will be delivering up to 25,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day to the refinery, where they will be used to produce gasoline and diesel fuel. READ MORE.

Ball Corp. adds 99 jobs, expands Canton operations – Colorado-based Ball Corp. is wrapping up a $35 million project which began last summer at its Warner Road SE plant. The company built a 96,000-square-foot addition to the Warner Road plant. The new space will be used as a central hub for cutting and printing steel or aluminum sheets that will be turned into cans used for food, beverages and household products. The facility will continue to produce steel and aluminum easy-open ends for cans. The workforce will top 120 once the expansion is complete. Ball also a plant in Green, and employs 1,000 people throughout Ohio. READ MORE

Coastal Pet Products gets a culture change – Managers at Coastal Pet Products had accepted high turnover among new hires as part of doing business. But managers began to look for ways to do things differently. The goal was to move toward becoming a continuous improvement operation. After doing some research, the company sought guidance from Cleveland-based MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network). Managers of companies and leaders of business organizations listened and joined a tour of the company, which makes dog and cat collars, leashes and harnesses, along with other items sold in pet stores. READ MORE

Team NEO report shows evolving scope of manufacturing – Manufacturing productivity in Northeast Ohio is expected to continue to rise in the next nine years although employment in the sector is projected to stagnate. Team NEO highlighted manufacturing in its most recent quarterly economic review, making the case that while the industry isn’t the force it once was, it’s still a significant part of the region’s economy. Manufacturing made up about 58% of employment in 1970 in the region’s traded industries (industries producing goods and services); in 2015, the manufacturing sector made up about 26%. READ MORE

Ray Hexamer named president of Stark Development Board – Lifelong resident and Stark County businessman Ray Hexamer has been named president of Stark Development Board (SDB). Hexamer will replace Steve Paquette who is retiring Jan. 1 after serving as president of SDB for 27 years. Hexamer has more than 25 years of business leadership experience in Northeast Ohio; he will assume the new position on Nov. 15. “I appreciate the way SDB quietly goes about its business, often working behind the scenes and not taking any credit, and is able to unify groups participating in the development process. That’s what I hope to continue in the future,” Hexamer said. READ MORE

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