Oil and Gas Drilling Supplier to Lease Space at Neomodal A Connecticut Company is among the first to lease space at the Neomodal rail center in Navarre. Unimin Corporation, based in New Canaan, CT, will operate a distribution terminal at the Neomodal to serve the oil and gas drilling industry with materials called proppants. The operation is one of three businesses that will sublease space at the rail center off of U.S. Route 62. The rail center is owned by the Stark Development Board and leased and managed by the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company. The Neomodal was built during the mid-1990s to transfer containers from rail cars to trucks. Due to the consolidation in the rail industry, the Neomodal never was used as planned. During the past year, the Stark Development Board and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company have looked for new customers to use the rail center as a bulk truck transfer and loading yard. Unimin is the first customer, and two more companies with oil and gas industry ties are lined up to lease space. Unimin operates proppant distribution centers around the country. Proppant—it can be sand or other materials—is used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Unimin likes the Navarre location because of the rail line and its proximity to I-77, State Route 21, and U.S. Route 30. Plans are for the distribution terminal to operate 24 hours a day. To read more about Unimin’s operation in Navarre, click on this Canton Repository article.

Caulk Maker Seals Deal to Move to Massillon In fewer than four years, caulking and sealant manufacturer Premier Industrial Supply, Inc., has grown from a tiny operation to an enterprise set to break ground on its own 90,000 square-foot facility to house nearly 70 employees. Premier Industrial plans to move from leased space in Jackson Township to the new site in Massillon sometime in August, said Derek J. Miller, company owner and founder. Miller said he wanted to keep the business in the Stark County area where most of his employees live. “Massillon stepped up to the plate and offered us a grant—a tax incentive—and it was a no-brainer,” Miller said. The city plans to credit the company an amount equal to a percentage of payroll taxes. The new facility will be built at a nine-acre site off of State Route 21, north of U.S. Route 30, that the company purchased last year. Miller said construction should begin later this month, and the site has room for expansion. Click here to read the Akron Beacon Journal article.

Stark State Meets IT Workforce Training Needs of Individuals and BusinessesStark State College will begin another round of training classes January 23 to boost information technology skills of unemployed and underemployed workers. The IT training, coordinated in partnership with The Employment Source, will focus on specific noncredit programs leading to industry certifications, including web technologies (CIW), systems support (MTA), network security (Security+) and virtualization (VCP). The programs are designed for individuals seeking additional skills, but Stark State also will work closely with local employers interested in fostering skill development. The training is funded by an H-18 Technical Skills Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, administered through the Ohio Board of Regents via the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The two-year grant, renewable for up to four years, also provides assistance with internships and on-the-job training. Participants must meet eligibility requirements. To learn more about the training classes, click on this Stark State College Press Release.

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