TimkenSteel Selects Perry Township Site to Build $40 Million Facility – On October 8, TimkenSteel announced the decision to locate an advanced quench-and-temper facility in Northeast Ohio to produce more value-added steel for demanding applications. “Our investment in additional value-added operations feeds growing sales of our most sophisticated product lines, which meet the needs of demanding applications in energy and other markets,” said Shawn J. Seanor, executive vice president of Energy and Distribution. “Our decision to locate the new operation near our Canton facilities offers us operational benefits and comes after strong state and local support.” The $40 million facility, which will be fully operational within two years, will perform heat-treat operations and have capacity for 50,000 process-tons annually of 4-inch to 13-inch bars and tubes. It will be located in Perry Township on the site of TimkenSteel’s Gambrinus Steel Plant near three existing thermal treatment facilities. Perry Township, Stark County and JobsOhio were instrumental in providing support for the project. Stark County commissioners approved a 10-year, 60 percent Ohio Enterprise Zone tax abatement for Timken Steel on October 8, a day after Perry Township trustees OK’d the same deal. The agreement begins in 2015. It’s estimated the township and Perry schools will receive $700,000 to $800,000 in new tax money over the 10 years. TimkenSteel’s products reach all corners of the globe to serve a diverse client base, including those in the oil and gas, automotive, industrial equipment, mining, construction, rail, aerospace, heavy truck, agriculture and power generation industries. To learn more about the project, click on this TimkenSteel press release, or on this Canton Repository article.

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Groundbreaking Held for New Stark State Satellite Building – Alliance Community Hospital has begun construction on a new 10,000 square-foot facility. Groundbreaking for the new facility took place on September 4. The building will house a Stark State College satellite campus. The institution put roots down in Alliance a decade ago. Dr. Para Jones said that to accommodate its growing student body, the school had used the Alliance Career Centre, home to the Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing, and Alliance Friends Church, which sits next door to the current satellite building. Now the institution will be able to consolidate its students into one building. A $1.275 million Clean Ohio grant awarded to the Stark County Port Authority helped with the demolition and cleanup costs. The hospital and Stark State partnered with the Stark County Port Authority and the Stark Development Board to apply for the state grant. Building the new facility will take another $2.5 million, said Lisa Geiger, director of finance for Alliance Community Hospital. Geiger said the hospital will lease the building to Stark State for the next 15 years. The satellite building will offer several degree tracks, including healthcare degree tracks. Nursing students will be able to do clinicals at the hospital. The proximity of the building to the University of Mount Union will work to the advantage of students as well. Several degrees offered at the satellite campus play into degrees offered a Mount Union. To learn more about the project, click on this Alliance Review article.

Mercy Medical Center Opens Newly Renovated, Expanded Emergency Department – To meet growing demand and to remain accessible to patients and their families during times of serious and sometimes life-threatening situations, Mercy Medical Center in Canton has opened a newly renovated and expanded emergency department (ED). With completion of the third and final construction phase, the state-of-the-art ED features: new ED entrance and patient and family waiting room; new five-bed triage/super track and 24-bed addition; new EMS first responder room; radiology services in the ED; new dental treatment suite; and new connecting walkway to the hospital’s main concourse. “The ED renovation is the first capital campaign for a hospital in Stark County in nearly 40 years, and is a direct response to the needs of our community,” said Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations and the determined efforts of Mercy Development Foundation and Mercy Service League, we raised more than $6.1 million toward this project’s total budget of $14.7 million. The new Mercy ED will be a tremendous asset to healthcare in Canton and surrounding areas and will take the quality of our care to a new level of excellence.” The new ED will also house Ohio’s first designated dental triage and treatment room. Mercy’s ED is now furnished with the appropriate equipment and supplies to take immediate action in emergency dental situations. To read more about its expanded ED department, click on Mercy’s press release.

Drillers Target Stark County’s Clinton Sandstone Formation – Utica Shale fracking technology is being used to coax new oil and gas reserves from the Clinton sandstone beneath Stark County. If successful, the experiment could revitalize conventional drillers who have been sidelined by the shale boom, and expand the use of a controversial drilling method. The Clinton sandstone formation has been probed in Stark County for decades. The rig planted in a cornfield next to U.S. Route 62 is drilling the latest of the horizontal wells, the Ramsey 13-H, for Texas-based EnerVest. If the Ramsey and other experimental wells prove that the horizontal drilling and fracking works in the Clinton, they could revitalize conventional drillers who have been sidelined by the shale boom and expand the use of the horizontal drilling method. EnerVest has drilled or is drilling four horizontal Clinton sandstone wells in Stark County and has a permit for at least a fifth, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records. “We’re kind of in a testing phase or a science-project phase fight now,” said Ron Whitmore, EnerVest’s vice president and chief administrative officer. A horizontal well, it’s hoped, will produce more oil and natural gas because it fractures more of the target formation than a vertical well does, and more than one well can be drilled from a single pad. A horizontal Clinton well can cost five to ten times the $300,000 price tag for a vertical well. To read more about drilling in the Clinton sandstone formation, click on this Canton Repository article.

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