- V & M plan to build a new pipe mill with an investment of 650 million dollars that will create construction jobs and eventually employee 350 people. Company officials have indicated Youngstown may also be the site of a 300 million dollar melt shop.
- Revere Data is moving into the tech block downtown and will employee 40 -50 people within two years.
- VXI Global Systems opened a call center downtown in October that they hope will eventually employ 500 people.
- Exal Corp is building a new facility on Salt Springs Rd. that will employee 400 people making aluminum cans and bottles.
- The Severstal steel plant in warren will be reopening.
- Sharon Regional Health System renovated a vacant super market in Hubbard at a cost of $1.7 million dollars that will provide a needed service and employee 12.
- Patriot Special Metals is creating a $65 million dollar complex in North Jackson that will produce specialty aviation parts.
- Reinforcement Systems is building a new plant and headquarters in Warren at a cost of $28 million dollars that will employee 65 people making wire reinforcement for construction projects.
- McHenry Industries is building a a new production facility in Austintown for manufacturing signs.
- Dearing Compressor and Pump Company is spending $3 million to build an addition to its plant in Boardman.
- TMK IPSCO signed a lease on a facility in Brookfield that will employee up to 120 people producing pipe for natural gas drilling.
- Arcelor Mittal is calling back 126 hourly workers at its Warren plant.
- GM Lordstown will add a third shift for production of the Chevy Cruze which translates into 1200 workers.
This is amazing news for a region that has grown accustomed to grim economic news. My fuzzy math puts the number of potential jobs available over the next year or so at just over 2800. And these are good jobs with living wages. Some firms on the list did not provide a number for how many workers would be added so the number should end up being higher. In addition, many jobs will be created or workers called back as those payrolls filter into the community through construction, retail outlets, restaurants and services.
The Mahoning Valley needs to seize this opportunity to advertise ourselves as a place where business comes to be successful. Local governments would do well to build upon the cooperation between Youngstown and Girard in bringing home the V & M deal. As shown in the list above, there is opportunity for every community within the Valley. Now is the time for our leadership to make sure every opportunity available comes our way.
(Thanks to The Vindicator for a good deal of that list)