Affinity Medical Center Breaks Ground on Emergency Room Expansion – Affinity Medical Center in Massillon broke ground April 23 on a major expansion to its emergency room. Affinity is owned by Community Health Systems of Nashville, Tennessee. The expansion project will cost approximately $9.0 million. The project began in March with the demolition of the former nursing school building on the Affinity campus to make room for more parking. The emergency room will be expanded an additional 15,000 square feet and will have 24 beds in total. Affinity estimates the expansion will allow it to treat 10,000 more patients each year. “There’s no broader interface that a hospital has to a community it serves than the emergency room,” said CEO Ron Bierman. “About 80 percent of every patient who becomes an in-patient in our facility comes through the emergency room. An emergency room today has to be modern, efficient and aesthetic because it is the front door to the hospital.” Affinity has made other investments recently including a new state-of-the-art heart center, a catheterization lab and a dedicated orthopedic wing. To learn more about the story behind the expansion, click on this Massillon Independent article.
Timken Breaks Ground for Faircrest Expansion – On April 23, The Timken Company officially broke ground on its $225 million expansion at the Faircrest steel mill in Perry Township. This expansion includes the first jumbo bloom vertical caster in North America. Since 2006, the company has announced investments totaling nearly $500 million aimed at improving local steel production. Timken already is constructing a $35 million forge press designed to enhance the consistency of Timken’s special bar steel. It has finished an ultrasonic test inspection line that cost $5 million. The vertical caster is the key piece to the new project, along with a ladle refiner. The expansion at Faircrest comes 30 years after Timken announced plans to build a steel mill on farmland south of Canton. Chairman Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. credited his uncles and grandfather for being visionary and bucking the trend of moving manufacturing out of Ohio. Instead they invested $450 million to build a modern mill. Timken steel sales in 2011 reached $2 billion or nearly triple the company’s annual sales during the 1980s. Three key markets—mining, oil and gas drilling and mechanical parts—are driving increased demand for Timken steel. Among those in attendance for the groundbreaking were Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci and Bob Gibbs. To read their comments and to learn more about the expansion, click on this Canton Repository article.