Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — Infra-Metals in New Boston this week began receiving barge and railroad deliveries of steel, finally realizing their vision of inter-modal access that first attracted them to the village six years ago.
The Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) first announced in 2007 their plans to remediate land behind the former Walmart building, where a diesel shop once operated in the New Boston Coke Plant. InfraMetals agreed to purchase the land from SOPA after it had been remediated and approved by Environmental Protection Agency. That purchase was made final in December of 2012 and the company awarded the general contract in January to J&H Erectors of Portsmouth.
To help Infra-Metals become a reality after a long planning process, the company was granted property tax abatements by the state of Ohio and the village of New Boston. The company also received site assistance, such as $100,000 from American Electric Power, $50,000 from Fluor-B&W, and $150,000 from the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative through the Department of Energy. Now in the final hour of construction, the Scioto County Commissioners last month filed a request to the Ohio Department of Development for extension to be sure the project doesn’t lose any state funding.
Along with its state and local tax credits, Infra-Metals Vice President Michael Dean told the Times that the company was attracted to New Boston because of its access to highways, railroads, and river which could be utilized for deliveries.
New Boston Plan Manager Oak Williams confirmed Friday, last week, that the facility is now open and was already receiving 12 truck deliveries every day, each with 20 tons of steel for processing. Beginning this week, Infra-Metals is now taking advantage of its full shipping capabilities, receiving orders by rail and barge also.
Williams said the New Boston steel service center received more than 1,000 employment applications and conducted more than 300 interviews before they hired about 34 employees and trained them at their Connecticut facility. He said the company expects to grow its workforce, hiring more employees throughout the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.
The New Boston Infra-Metals is located on 1 Sturgill’s Way, in the Bob Walton Sr. Industrial Park — named for SOPA Board Members Mick Sturgill (retired) and the late Bob Walton Sr. For more information about the company, visit them online at www.infra-metals.com.
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