Kubota to Build Research Facility at Canton Wastewater Plant – Kubota Membrane USA Corporation signed a lease with the city of Canton on Thursday, April 30, to build a research and development site on the grounds of the Canton Water Reclamation Facility. The company will be developing new wastewater treatment technology at the location, though the project specifics are still under discussion, officials said. They expect to initially employ four people and hope to open in December. With an expected 2017 completion, the reclamation facility is undergoing an $80 million upgrade to address requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency. Kubota manufactures the high-tech membrane bioreactor filtration system being installed, the first unit of which is scheduled to be up and running in August. City officials agreed Thursday to lease several acres of land in the east-central portion of the Water Reclamation Facility to the Canton Community Improvement Corporation, which is then subleasing the property to Kubota in a 10-year lease with two five-year renewal options. The entire 184-acre property at the Water Reclamation Facility was annexed into the city from Canton Township. Kazuhiro Shinabe, executive officer of Kubota Corporation and general manager of water engineering and solution division, called Thursday historic because it marked the establishment of the corporation’s first research and development facility in North America. “We believe that Canton is a great place to do business, and we look forward to being here for many years to come,” he said. To read more about the Kubota research facility, click on this Canton Rep article.

Diebold Supplies Wal-Mart with ATMs and Service – Diebold has begun installing automated teller machines in Wal-Mart stores as part of a service agreement with the massive retailer. Andy W. Mattes, president and chief executive officer, discussed the deal Thursday morning while reviewing first-quarter results during a conference call with stock analysts. Working with Wal-Mart is one of several “marquee deals” that Diebold landed during the first quarter, Mattes told analysts. In addition to the ATMs, Diebold will provide security, software and managed services. Most of the ATMs will be installed in 2016, but the service agreements are expected to run several years. The company also hopes the agreement might open the door for similar business with other retailers. The Wal-Mart deal was one of several that Diebold scored during the first quarter. The company also entered agreements with USB AG bank in Switzerland to develop 400 kiosks using branch automation equipment and a software service deal with Suncorp in Australia. Diebold also expanded during the quarter with the purchase of Phoenix Interactive Design, a company that provides ATM and branch automation software. Mattes said Diebold will build its software using Phoenix as the foundation. Products made by Phoenix give Diebold a broad offering and can be applied to units made by other ATM companies. To read more about Diebold supplying Wal-Mart with services, click on this Canton Rep article.

Allegiant Begins Service from Akron-Canton Airport – Thursday morning when the first Allegiant flight left Akron-Canton to Savannah, Georgia, its passengers included Gregory B. Kelly, executive director of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport; and Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah, the community’s visitor and convention bureau. “We worked hard to get here,” Kelly said, adding that he hopes flights between Savannah/Hilton Head and Akron-Canton will continue for a long time. In February Allegiant Travel Co., based in Las Vegas, announced service from Akron-Canton to Savannah and Hilton Head, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport near Tampa, Florida. Kelly and Marinelli said the Savannah and Hilton Head areas have been popular destinations for Ohioans for many years. Marinelli said roughly half of the out-of-state vehicles that visit the region are from Ohio. To read more about Allegiant services, click on this Canton Rep article.

Twelve from Stark Recognized as U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools – Twelve Stark County high schools were included in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools Rankings.┬áNational ranking and a silver medal were awarded to East Canton (Osnaburg), Hoover (North Canton), Jackson, Lake, Louisville, Minerva and Northwest. Canton South (Canton Local), Marlington, Perry, GlenOak (Plain) and Sandy Valley received national recognition and bronze medals. To produce this year’s report, U.S. News & World Report teamed up with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International to review data for 29,070 high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were ranked by college readiness and academic performance data.┬áTo learn more about education in Stark County, click on the Stark Education Partnership website.

49,000 Manufacturing Jobs Headed to Northeast Ohio by 2025 – Manufacturing is on a serious comeback in the region, but opportunities for many of the expected 49,000 job openings in the next decade require technological skills, according to a just-released report by Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO). Manufacturing is the second largest private sector employer in Northeast Ohio, second only to healthcare. So far this year, healthcare reports 319,000 jobs, or 16 percent of regional jobs, while manufacturing makes up 13 percent of the jobs, according to Team NEO, an economic development group. “Manufacturing remains our largest sector of output, our second largest sector of employment, and it’s essential to everything we do in Northeast Ohio,” said Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research at the region’s business attraction, growth and technology-based business development organization. After shedding jobs for a decade, manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace since 2010, building equipment and components that power industries throughout the country and world. From 1990 to 2015, the gross regional product of Northeast Ohio grew by 17 percent, while productivity increased by 92 percent. “We're basically doing more with less people,” Duritsky said. “It was capital and technology replacing some labor.” To learn more about manufacturing’s resurgence in Northeast Ohio, click on this Team NEO press release.

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