Hendrickson Trailer Plans Expansion in Canton – Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems plans to expand its current facility that is located in the City of Canton near the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and State Route 43. The company will be receiving a 40%, six-year Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit as an incentive for the company creating 30 full-time jobs ($2.1 million in annual payroll) over the next three years and to maintain operations in Canton for at least nine years. Hendrickson’s plans call for the construction of an additional 12,000 square-feet to their current facility that will include new office space, meeting rooms and engineering workspace. Hendrickson focuses on suspension systems and other components for the heavy-duty vehicle industry. A team of state and local officials has been working with Hendrickson’s staff on plans for the expansion including: The City of Canton, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Employment Source, Team NEO (representing JobsOhio) and the Stark Development Board. Hendrickson Trailer is part of Hendrickson USA, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, that is celebrating its 100th year in business. To read more about the expansion, click on this Canton Repository article.

Quest Specialty Coatings, LLC to Expand Massillon Location – Quest Specialty Coatings, LLC (Quest), which recently purchased U. S. Chemical and Plastics in Massillon, has received incentives from the City of Massillon and the State of Ohio to consolidate and expand operations in Massillon. Quest will be integrating its Walled Lake, Michigan division into the Massillon operation and will be moving the automotive business unit headquarters to Massillon as well. Quest will be investing $2,800,000 into the Massillon operation which includes a 25,000 square-foot expansion. Twenty-five new jobs are expected to be created over a three-year period with yearly payroll estimated at $895,000. Serving the automotive industry, Quest sets the standard for formulating and manufacturing high performance repair and refinish products. A team has been working closely with Quest officials on this project including the City of Massillon and Team NEO/JobsOhio. The City offered Quest a tax abatement on real property improvements, and the Ohio Department Services Agency and JobsOhio offered Quest a Job Creation Tax Credit. To learn more about Quest’s expansion in Massillon, click on this Massillon Independent article.

I²r Power Cable Company Selects Mills Business Park in Canton – I²r Power Cable Company will be locating on 2.8 acres in Mills Business Park in a new 26,000 square-foot facility. The company will be the fourth business to locate in the park, joining Medline Industries, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. and GE Oil & Gas. “We are delighted and honored that I²r Power Cable chose to invest and expand in the City of Canton. This collaborative success will continue to move Canton forward,” said Mayor William J. Healy II. The company’s growth plan requires the new facility, and it intends to more than double the number of employees as a result. Construction on the project is slated to begin soon. Karl Schwenk, director for I²r, said “We’ve enjoyed working with the City of Canton and Stark Development Board, as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, to establish a suitable location for our new facility.” The City of Canton provided an incentive to I²r, and Canton City Council approved the incentive package. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and DeHoff Development were closely involved throughout the process. I²r designs/manufactures water-cooled power cables for a wide array of thermal processing applications, including the metal casting industry, as well as advanced material producers. To learn more, click on the Canton Regional Chamber’s press release.

Stark State Trustees Approve Plans for Well Site Training Lab at the Downtown Canton Satellite Center and Energy Institute – A new $1.3 million ShaleNET well site training lab at the corner of Third Street and Cherry Ave. will be ready by fall 2014 to train oil and gas students, according to Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College. The parcel was purchased in June for $179,900 and is about one block northeast of the future site of the Stark State Downtown Canton Satellite Center and Energy Institute. Trustees approved final plans for the training lab at their Oct. 16 meeting. “This lab will provide students with hands-on learning experiences, much like those they would experience in the field or on oil rigs,” said Jones. The College will construct a 7,000-square-foot building on the land to house an indoor/outdoor well-site trainer and lease operator lab.

According to Kathleen Steere, coordinator of oil and gas programs, the equipment to be installed includes the indoor ShaleNET well site trainer and the following outdoor equipment:

  • pump jack/well head which brings the reservoir fluids to the surface;
  • a gas production unit with a three-phase separator/heater treater to separate the reservoir fluids into each phase (gas, oil, water);
  • stock tanks to hold produced reservoir fluids;
  • natural gas compressor which regulates the gas pressure for entry into a gathering/distribution pipeline; and
  • meter run/meter shed that records flow of the gas components through gathering/distribution pipeline.

Additional equipment will be added as the demand for oil and gas training grows. In the energy field, Stark State College has for many years led in programming, training and research partnerships with international and world-renowned companies such as The Timken Company, Lockheed Martin and LG Fuel Cell Systems, which has its global headquarters on Stark State’s campus. To read more about Stark State’s involvement in training for oil & gas, click on this Stark State press release.

McKinley and Washington High Schools Surpass National Urban College-Going Average – Seventy-one percent of Canton McKinley High School and 70% of Massillon’s Washington High School students enroll in college within two years of graduating high school—that’s a higher percentage than the national average of 66% for similar schools. Further, compared to the national average of 32%, 45% of all McKinley and 50% of Washington graduates are more likely to enroll in four-year colleges. Such comparisons are now possible due to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse, High School Benchmarks: National College Progression Rates. Stark’s urban high schools now have an unparalleled opportunity to view their student’s outcomes against a sample of over 200,000 students in similar high schools across the nation. To learn more about education in Stark County, click on the Stark Education Partnership website.

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