500 Jobs Coming to Massillon – The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) has awarded PatentHEALTH LLC a $2.1 million Job Creation Tax Credit for an expansion that will create 500 new jobs in Massillon, Ohio. The company will be expanding to the former Republic Steel office building in the city. The building will be used as a warehouse and distribution center and for additional operations of PatentHEALTH and its affiliate, Universal Syndications. Massillon was competing with communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina for the $5.6 million project, ODOD said. The project includes investments of $200,000 in land costs; $2.9 million in building costs; $2 million in machinery and equipment and $500,000 in on-site infrastructure. PatentHEALTH is a world-class distributor of premium nutraceuticals and over-the-counter drug brands. For more information, please click here.

Congressional Approval of Funding for Department of Defense Projects – U.S. Representative Ralph Regula announced Congressional approval of two defense projects for Stark County. RTI Alloys, located in Canton, Ohio, will receive $5.6 million to develop a pilot scale facility dedicated to the low cost processing of titanium. The titanium processing industry is of strategic importance to the Department of Defense as well as for the commercial airline industry. Representative Regula also announced a $2.0 million award for the Defense Materials and Technology Center located on the campus of Stark State College of Technology. These funds will be used to create an industrial based consortium to facilitate research and development of new technology and products in the metals industry. Please click here for the news release.

Airport Traffic Increases in October – Almost 130,000 travelers used the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) in October, a 13 percent increase compared to the same month last year, when nearly 115,000 passengers passed through. Every airline carrier at Akron-Canton saw an increase in traffic in October, including AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines, with an 8 percent and 20 percent increase in passengers, respectively. In addition, Delta Connection, United Express, Northwest Airlines and US Airways Express all recorded double-digit gains. The Airport also announced that beginning February 16, 2008, AirTran will resume Saturday nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida until April 6th. Please click here for more information.

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