The Great Stone Viaduct preservation project in Bellaire, OH.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, construction began on the forty-three arches in 1870 to span the Ohio River between Bellaire, OH and Benwood, WV. In 2015, The Great Stone Viaduct Education Society acquired ownership of the viaduct and surrounding properties in an effort to preserve the impressive stone archways. With some assistance from the Belmont County Port Authority, the Society was awarded a $2 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program. This grant allowed the Society to construct a walking trail/bicycle path to an observation platform, while restoring the historical site.
Around the World Gourmet in Bellaire has added indoor and outdoor dining and a rice flour mill. Click this link to read more about the exciting changes that Jennifer Kocher is making.
Belmont County was featured in a recent Business in Focus magazine article. Click the link below to read more about Belmont County, MPR Transloading, and Belmont County GIG fiber internet company.
Story on Bellaire Businessman
Local dairy farm featured in documentary
Students in Union Local, Barnesville, and St. Clairsville will benefit by year-end
JobsOhio and OhioSE Visit MPR
Officials from JobsOhio and OhioSE recently visited MPR Supply Chain Solutions in Bellaire. Terry Slaybaugh, Vice President – Sites and Infrastructure for JobsOhio, Matt Cybulski, Managing Director – Energy and Chemicals for JobsOhio, Ed Looman, Manager – Engagement and Relationships for OhioSE, and Bill Arnett, Project Manager for OhioSE toured the MPR site to see their recent dock expansion project.
LaRoche Tree Service Enterprise Zone Agreement Approved by Officials
Residents and Officials Respond to Daelim Chemical Withdrawal from Project
Daelim Chemical Withdraws from Belmont County Cracker Project
Belmont County and Mead Township officials approve enterprise zone agreement with PTTGC America LLC
Representatives from JobsOhio and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) toured the Eastern Ohio Regional Industrial Park on January 31. Officials were able to see the progress made by local developer, Jefferis Real Estate, as a result of the Pilot Redevelopment Grant awarded in 2017. The group later traveled to Noble County to explore potential similar development opportunities.
Deluxe Toy & Novelty in Martins Ferry is one of Ohio’s Best and is featured in the January 2020 issue of Ohio Magazine.
A private meeting was held December 3, 2019 in Dilles Bottom regarding the proposed ethane cracker plant project.
Members of PTT Global Chemical and Daelim met with state and local leaders to discuss the project.
The Belmont County commissioners and Port Authority staff visited Tim’s Custom Installation in the St. Clairsville area. The company is hosting an open house on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
The May 23, 2019 meeting of the Belmont County Port Authority board of directors was held in Barnesville. After the meeting, board members and numerous guests, including State Representative Don Jones, Belmont County commissioners, and village council members from Barnesville, toured the two area industrial parks.
2/2019 and 3/2019
The Belmont County Commissioners and Port Authority staff visited recently with officials at Bellaire Harbor, Turf Care (near Yorkville), and Belmont Mills – all long-standing county businesses.
Bellaire Harbor visit
Turf Care visit
Belmont Mills visit
The Belmont County Commissioners and Port Authority staff visited Union Local High School and Middle School on December 6. While at the Middle School, they were able to try out the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU), provided by Cabot Oil, Southwest Energy, and Williams Energy, which was visiting the same day. The interactive learning stations exposed the students to STEM-related activities pertaining to the oil and gas industry. The MOLU visit to Union Local was locally sponsored by Rick and Kathy Frio of Frio Capital. To read more about the MOLU, visit this link.
Commissioner Josh Meyer, Union Local Schools Superintendent Ben Porter,
Commissioner JP Dutton, Port Authority Assistant Executive Director Sherri
Butler, and Commissioner Mark Thomas.
XTO Energy releases community impact video.
The US Department of Transportation announced a grant award for the Ohio Rail Development Commission on Tuesday.
An Emerging Energy Cluster
A study conducted by IHS Markit in March 2018 finds that there will be a significant advantage for an ethylene/polyethylene investment in the Shale Crescent USA region, compared to a similar investment on the US Gulf Coast. To read the the brief and informative study, follow the link below.
Potential Cracker Plant Update
PTT GC America and their partner, South Korean chemical company Daelim, have purchased additional acreage for the possible ethane cracker plant. WTOV9’s coverage is available at this link.
Award Winner from Belmont County
Jefferis Real Estate LLC was presented with the 2018 Emerging Business award by the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) at their 28th annual meeting. The award is presented to recognize excellence in an emerging business operation in Eastern Ohio. Jefferis Real Estate was founded in 2001, but in the last few years, the company has constructed nine buildings in Barnesville area industrial parks. Each building is leased and occupied, mostly by oil and gas-related businesses who are providing over 400 jobs to area residents.
Left to right: Chris Abbuhl, EODA President, J. P. Dutton, Belmont County Commissioner, T. J. Jefferis and John Jefferis, Sr. of Jefferis Real Estate LLC, and Jim Schoch, EODA Executive Director.
Left to right: Front row – Tom and Rita Jefferis (parents of John and T.J. Jefferis), Sherri Butler, Assistant Executive Director of Belmont County Port Authority, and Mark Thomas, Belmont County Commissioner. Back row – John Jefferis, Sr., Larry Merry, Executive Director of Belmont County Port Authority, T.J. Jefferis, Josh Meyer and J.P. Dutton, Belmont County Commissioners.
Ohio Valley Regional Oil and Gas Expo
The Belmont County Commission and the Port Authority annually host The Ohio Valley Regional Oil and Gas Expo, planned and executed by MPR Transloading & Energy Services. The Expo is held at the James Carnes Center, 45300 Roscoe Rd., St. Clairsville, OH 43950. This year’s Expo kicks off with a Networking Reception on April 24, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration and ticket purchase is required. http://www.ohiovalleyoilgasexpo.com/
Recent oil and gas acquisitions, pipelines, the proposed ethane cracker plant, and the potential ethane storage hub will be the topics discussed at the Networking Reception. The free, one-day, business-to-business Expo is Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 a.m. and until 3:00 p.m.
This event was established to introduce and connect the growing number of energy businesses to the local business community. The Seventh Annual Ohio Valley Regional Oil and Gas Expo provides a forum for suppliers to meet industry leaders and showcase their evolving products and services in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays. For more information, call 740-671-9822.
Jackie Stewart, from Energy In Depth, recently shared some of the ways that the oil and gas industry is positively impacting our county, the region, and cities like Cincinnati and Toledo. The presentation is available at this link.
Belmont County Port Authority Executive Director, Larry Merry, will be one of the panelists at the second OHIO Shale Policy and Technology Symposium on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. Follow the link below to learn more about the Symposium and to register to attend.
Agile Networks Update
St. Clairsville, Ohio – Agile Networks has completed Phase 1 of its Broadband Network. This project within Belmont County, Ohio will increase the availability of high speed internet services to the residents and businesses within the community, while expanding upon the significant investments that Agile has made to communications infrastructure throughout Ohio.
Agile connected its first Belmont County residential user, Robert Banyas of Flushing, on March 9, 2018. Mr. Banyas did not have an adequate broadband option at his residence prior to the agreement between Agile and the County. For the Banyas family, Agile’s arrival in the County was very timely, as Robert’s wife Jessica is transitioning to a work-from-home program, as required by her employer, at the end of March. A major component of Jessica’s ability to participate in this program is access to a reliable high speed internet connection. With Agile’s connectivity now in place, not only will she be able to continue her role with her current employer, but she will also be able to spend more time at home and forego the three-hour round-trip commute that she’d become accustomed to over the past five years. “Agile’s service has been great,” said Mr. Banyas, “Not only did it save my wife’s job, but it’s nice to be able to stream and browse without having to worry about overage charges”. Read full article at link below.
Belmont County Port Authority Executive Director, Larry Merry, speaks with Dr. K, COO of PTT Global Chemical. Governor John Kasich held a press conference on March 12, 2018 to announce that Daelim, a South Korean company, will partner with Thailand-based PTTGC for the feasibility study on construction of an ethane cracker plant in Dilles Bottom. Read more at the link below.
The Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo is the premier 2018 Oil and Gas event in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Regions. Don’t miss this great business-to-business networking event April 25, 2018.
Broadband Internet Options
The Belmont County Commissioners have signed an agreement with Agile Networks to expand broadband internet service options to county residents. Please contact Agile Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you may be interested in their services. The WTOV9 coverage of the commissioners’ meeting is available at the link below.
Port Authority Hosts Property Owners Meeting
The Belmont County Commissioners and Port Authority hosted an informational meeting for property owners who may be interested in developing their land. Mike Jacoby, Vice President-Business Development for the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Donna Hrezo, Regional Site Coordinator for APEG, and Phil Smith, Project Manager for JobsOhio gave brief presentations. Topics included how to have a competitive commercial site and the programs available through JobsOhio that can assist with site preparation.
Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo
The annual Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo was held April 25-26, 2017 at the James Carnes Convention Center, west of St. Clairsville. The two-day business-to-business gathering featured a network reception with leading industry speakers on Tuesday evening, including Derek Rice of Rice Enegery, Kirk Trosclair of Fountain Quail, and Dana Saucier, Jr., from JobsOhio.
PTT Cracker Plant Decision Planned for Late 2017
Newly-elected Commissioners Tour Bellaire Industrial Park
The Belmont County Port Authority recently hosted a tour of two successful businesses in the Bellaire Industrial Park for newly-elected commissioners J.P. Dutton and Josh Meyer.
The visit began at MPR Transloading and Energy Services, where President Natalie Brown and Executive Chairman Rick Frio gave a brief overview of MPR and a tour of their frac sand terminal. Next stop was Muxie Distributing Company for a tour of their state-of-the-art distribution facility with President Jeff Paolina and Vice President of Sales, Rick Paolina.
Tying together these two businesses, along with the other businesses in the Park, is the newly-paved Guernsey Street, funded in part by state and local government grants coordinated by the Port Authority.
MPR Executive Chairman, Rick Frio (left) explains the
sand terminal operation to Commissioners Josh Meyer (center) and
Commissioner Josh Meyer, Commissioner J.P. Dutton,
Port Authority Executive Director Larry Merry, MPR President
Natalie Brown, and MPR Executive Chairman Rick Frio.
Muxie Distributing President Jeff Paolina explains the
warehouse distribution system to the new commissioners.
Muxie Distributing Company President/CEO Jeff Paolina,
Rick Paolina, Belmont County Port Authority Executive
Director Larry Merry, Commissioner Josh Meyer, and
Commissioner J. P. Dutton.
Belmont is a County to Watch
The article in the link below was published by Energy In Depth (EID), a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base.
OVOGA Third Annual River Boat Tour
Port Authority Executive Director, Mr. Larry Merry, gave an update on the potential petrochemical cracker plant during the Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Association’s (OVOGA) Third Annual Ohio River Boat Tour on August 31, 2016.
Mr. Bob Harrison, owner of Bellaire Harbor Service, hosted the OVOGA group on his restored paddlewheel boat, The Sewickley, built in the 1930’s. About 40 people from OVOGA-member businesses enjoyed networking, refreshments, and details on how the cracker plant will have a huge impact on the Ohio Valley. Mr. Merry talked about the number of construction and permanent jobs the proposed ethane cracker plant will provide and how supporting industries will likely come to the valley. PTT Global Chemical America is slated to make a final decision about the plant construction during the first quarter of 2017.
Mr. Merry explained how the Ohio River is an important asset to the valley for moving materials, including coal, sand, gravel and steel. Businesses in the Bellaire Industrial Park such as Oxford Mining, MPR Transloading, and MPR Sand Terminal utilize and depend on the Ohio River.
Progress in Western Belmont County
Burger Plant Stack Demolition
The former R.E. Burger power plant smokestack came down on Friday, July 29 as Thai company PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd. prepares to make a final decision on building a $5.7 billion petrochemical plant related to the oil and gas industry. Click here for the story and a link to see video of the demolition.