Local political and business leaders took the opportunity Tuesday to tour the brand new Columbia Gas of Ohio facility in New Boston, a complex where ground was broken in December 2015. The New Boston operations facility is officially ready to begin serving customers throughout Southern Ohio.
Shane Cartmill, External Affairs Specialist for NiSource/Columbia Gas of Ohio, said the company’s new facility allows them to more efficiently and safely serve their customers with improved response times and additional on-site equipment and parts that were previously housed remotely.
“This facility gives us tremendous flexibility to serve our customers with enhanced efficiency and safety,” David Carter, Operations Center Manager for Columbia Gas of Ohio, said. “With access to the major highways and the new bypass, we can quickly respond to customer needs and emergency calls throughout the region.”
Cartmill said Columbia Gas of Ohio’s New Boston facility exemplifies their commitment to employee safety – from parking with pull-through spaces reducing the risk of collisions to the ergonomic storage of supplies, parts and equipment.
“Our new building was also built with safety in mind for our employees and visitors,” Carter said. “From the ground up, we thought about features such as pull-through parking, increased lighting and environmentally-friendly amenities.”
If the name of the game is location, location, location, the new Columbia Gas of Ohio New Boston facility fills the bill again, being located near major roads in Scioto County to give their employees quick and convenient access to New Boston, Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and all of Scioto County. In addition, their Scioto County employees can quickly deploy to Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Ross and Vinton Counties, as needed.
Cartmill said the facility has 10 full time employees. He added it is not a customer service facility. Customers reporting an emergency or in need of any other assistance should call 1-800-344-4077
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
The New Boston Little League Board of Directors sponsored a community party for children throughout the village July 30. Those who participated in the league and all other children and parents were invited. It was one of New Boston Little League’s best seasons in many years thanks to this board and its guidance. We appreciate these dedicated men and women who gave children in New Boston a great opportunity to play baseball and softball this summer.
Mayor Williams and village council gave a appreciation dinner July 1 to all village employees for being recognized by the Southern Ohio Safety Council for no on-job injuries for the past year.
Small businesses are the back-bone to America’s economy. New Boston is very proud to have “Creative Possibilities” as part of our family! Congratulations on your anniversary and we hope to celebrate many more with you.
In celebration of Economic Development Week we are highlighting several of our local manufacturers this week. Today we are highlighting Infra-Metals. Infra-Metals was founded in 1990 intent on becoming the premier steel service center servicing the structural steel market. Since its inception, all efforts have been focused on that objective. Here is what Oak Williams, general manager of the New Boston facility, had to say.
“Service centers are a crucial member of the structural steel supply chain. We play a vital role in the delivery, availability, and fabrication of structural steel throughout the US. We offer an extensive inventory, maintain a substantial array of processing equipment and provide just-in-time delivery. We also have a strong parent company, which allows us to continuously invest in state-of-the-art processes and uphold a high level of service and quality throughout our organization. The bulk of our growth has been achieved through strategically located green-field facilities designed specifically for the products and services we provide. Our newest facility here in New Boston, Ohio opened for business a little more than two years ago. Building our business in the greater Portsmouth region has afforded us a quality local workforce and multitude of logistics options. With this, we have very quickly grown into a thriving business and become an important and relied upon resource for the customer base in our region.”
Oak Williams and the Infra-Metals team continue to make quality products, employ local workers with great paying jobs and be strong community partners. Infra-Metals organized the Bob Walton 5-K in New Boston last fall and also contributed mightily to Portsmouth’s America’s Best Community application. So we here at the Southern Ohio Port Authority would like to thank Oak Williams and thank Infra-Metals for being great stewards of our community. ?#?YearofEconDev? ?#?PositivelyPortsmouth?
This week, May 8 -14 is Economic Development Week. We here at the Southern Ohio Port Authority are celebrating this by highlighting one of our local manufacturers every day this week. Manufacturing plays an essential role in the strength and vitality of any local economy. These are the businesses who support jobs and add value to our community. The first company we would like to highlight this week is Osco Industries Inc. Osco Industries Inc. is a manufacturer of Gray Iron Castings for the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Automotive, Industrial Power Transmission, Sump Pump as well as a variety of other industries. Founded in 1872 as the Ohio Stove Company, Osco now operates three foundries all located in southern Ohio and employs 350 people. According to Tom Kayser, Sales & Marketing Manager for Osco, Osco Industries is proud of the fact that it has both the oldest and newest foundry in the State of Ohio: Osco Portsmouth being founded in 1872 and Osco New Boston being founded in 1997. “Southern Ohio & Scioto County has been and continues to be a great location for us to operate our foundries. Our area has an ample amount of resources and is centrally located in the Midwest United States.” Tom Kayser, Sales & Marketing Manager. ?#?YearofEconDev??#?PositivelyPortsmouth?
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