Piketon, Ohio – Fluor-BWXT and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) recently donated $20,000 to Chillicothe Steel from an economic development grant. In the near future, Chillicothe Steel plans to move from 106 S. McArthur in Chillicothe to expand to a new warehouse within Chillicothe’s Gateway Interchange Industrial Park.
“This expansion will assist Chillicothe Steel in meeting customer needs by increasing the size of their facility and by creating additional jobs,” Tim Poe, FBP Steering Group chairman said.
Chillicothe Steel President Jeff Crace hopes to bring six to 10 jobs to the area with the expansion in the next couple years.
“We sell any type of steel product, aluminum, or stainless,” Crace said. “We burn it, cut it, shear it or send it out full. We send out about 10 trucks a day, fill about 100 orders on an average day and cover most of Ohio, part of Kentucky and West Virginia and are growing rapidly.”
The family-owned company has been operating in Chillicothe for nearly 30 years. Their future facility at the Gateway Interchange Industrial Park will be close to the FedEx office on Industrial Drive.
“The new facility will help them increase efficiency because they will be able to lay out the footprint that best works for them,” said Tammy Eallonardo, Economic Development Director for Greater Chillicothe and Ross County Development.
“We appreciate it,” Crace said. “Thank you for all your help.”
As part of Fluor-BWXT’s Community Commitment, significant economic investments are being made in the region through FBP’s partnership with the JEDISO. The goal is to create and retain jobs for a sustainable and strong economy in Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties. Since 2011, FBP has provided more than $4.4 million dollars in economic grants–creating and retaining approximately 2,500 jobs in Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties.