LISBON – The Columbiana County Port Authority will receive nearly half a million dollars from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to aid the county’s economic recovery project.

Executive Director Penny Traina announced to the board during their Monday meeting that the CCPA’s application for an EDA investment of $ 478,000 has been approved. The original project was first discussed by the Port Authority last year and involved the hiring of two economic recovery specialists to meet with employers in the province to assess their needs. The specialists then create a work plan to help these companies.

According to Traina, the program will focus on building business loyalty, developing workforce to build skills and securing new jobs. The specialists take stock of companies and prioritize visits based on economic contributions, industry and needs, and develop relationships in the county’s business districts.

The total cost of the program is $ 597,500. The CPPA will contribute $ 119,500, including $ 7,500 from East Liverpool Community Improvement Corporation. The money will be used to pay the two specialists $ 65,000 each plus additional benefits for three years. The rest is used for operation and plan development.

In other areas, Traina announced that the Port Authority has nominated Humtown Products, a manufacturer of conventional and 3D printed sand cores and molds, for the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance Excellence in Manufacturing Award and as the winner in the Small Manufacturing category.

The board also received awards from Groff Tractor & Equipment and Miller Builders. The board accepted an offer for two new Case 1121G XR wheel loaders for $ 605,000 from Groff Tractor & Equipment for the Parsons Terminal in Wellsville, which is part of the ODOT marine aid program. They also accepted an offer for construction work, a concrete slab, and $ 310,789 fabric storage building from Miller Builders to furnish and install a 72 “by 130” fabric storage building for the Wellsville Terminals warehouse project, another of the ODOT’s maritime assistance program .

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