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Reimagining the Region – Manufacturing and Technology

Touchstone Laboratory Rediscovering Its Core

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Touchstone Research Laboratory, based in Triadelphia, has always reached for the sky -- and mostly the aerospace industry -- to sell the products it creates, develops and manufactures. But the year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic had the company looking inward and ...

Iconic Air Entrepreneurs See Big Opportunities on the Horizon

By ERIC AYRES Staff Writer Growing a new company may seem like a big enough challenge without even considering impacts of a global pandemic and a changing administration in Washington, D.C., but Iconic Air is poised to emerge out of turbulent times and soar to new heights. Ohio Valley ...

Internet Access a Priority Now More Than Ever

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The need for internet access has become all the more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced more people to work and learn from home. State lawmakers such as Ohio Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, have been focusing on ...

Mountaineer NGL Storage Looking Forward

By CARRI GRAHAM Staff Writer Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC hopes to begin construction on its new Monroe County facility later this year. The Appalachian Storage Hub will be located on a 200-acre site along the Ohio River near Clarington. Mountaineer will use underground salt caverns to store ...

Tips To Avoid Misinformation, Scams on Social Media

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer In the age of online communication it is easy to run into information that appears to be legitimate, but with large amounts of misinformation being spread these days one should be careful about what they consume. For example, since the start of the COVID-19 ...

Shale Crescent USA Spreads Word of Region’s Potential

Shale Crescent USA opened 2020 with excitement and expectation. The organization had big plans for the World Petrochemical Conference in New Orleans in March. Representatives were set to speak at Select USA, a huge conference put on by the U.S. Commerce Department at Washington, D.C., in ...

Coal Industry Stabilizing Around Region

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer Coal production dropped in recent years as coal-fired power providers worked to comply with new federal regulations, but Ohio Coal Association President Mike Cope believes there are a number of positive takeaways as the industry moves into 2021. “We have ...

Midyear Announcement Expected For Belmont County Cracker Plant

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH Staff Writer Despite delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of a project partner, PTT Global Chemical America aims to make a final investment decision regarding its proposed ethane cracker plant by midyear. A similar announcement had been expected ...

What’s New This Year In Vehicles? Better Safety, Mostly

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer Yearly improvements on modern vehicles tend to focus on two areas — superior safety for drivers and passengers, and an eye toward the future of electric vehicles. Joey Thurby is chairman of the board of Neighborhood Ford Store, which consists of the 80 dealers in ...