New business planned for Steubenville Avenue in Cambridge
Members of the Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation learned on Friday that a new business was moving to Cambridge.
CIC Director Norm Blanchard has announced that Will Petta will open a business to market petroleum products on a company-owned property in Block 100 of Steubenville Avenue.
“A new business is always good news,” Blanchard said.
Petta is co-owner of Petta Enterprises located on North Third Street in Cambridge.
Petta Enterprises is a family business specializing in environmental cleaning for the oil and gas industry.
Blanchard said neither the opening date nor the number of workers to be employed at the new company were available.
Will Petta was out of state on Friday and attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. Her brother, Brian Petta, confirmed the new case, but referred the questions to Will.
The new business is adjacent to Ohio Bridge, another business on the director’s agenda for the CIC meeting.
Blanchard informed members of Ohio Bridge’s request to close part of Gomber Avenue to join two production facilities on the West End property and expand the business.
Ohio Bridge currently has 11 buildings on site and spends up to $ 400,000 per year to move manufactured items between different buildings.
Blanchard said the Ohio Bridge is committed to creating an alternative emergency route on Steubenville Avenue if Gomber Avenue is closed.
The longtime Cambridge company is also committed to creating green space around the sprawling manufacturing business.
“It’s a tough situation,” Blanchard said. “You want to keep people happy where they live, but it’s a company with a hundred employees. You don’t want that expansion to happen elsewhere and lose those jobs.”
Blanchard also discussed a project proposed by the City of Cambridge to rehabilitate a downtown parking lot to include paving, tracing, sidewalk repairs and installing a curb with a sidewalk along the Turner Avenue.
A portion of the $ 350,000 project had previously been submitted for funding by the Ohio Department of Transportation through the county’s Transportation Improvement District.
The city reportedly got $ 272,500 for the work, leaving a balance of $ 77,500, according to Blanchard.
The Regional Aging Agency for Region 9 also inquired about 35 parking spaces in the parking lot and would apparently contribute an undisclosed amount to the cost.
“This project will make parking safer for people who park there and it will prevent them from having to occupy parking spaces in front of downtown stores,” said Blanchard.
The decision on which projects will be funded by ODOT is expected in August and the funds available, if approved, in October.
in other cases:
- A recent visit to Bellefontaine de Blanchard and other economic development officials was discussed with CIC members. Blanchard said officials have asked the group to mark their community and capitalize on its history while promoting local opportunities.
- Blanchard also discussed the activities of the Guernsey County Manufacturing Council with the three school districts in the county. He said the council is working to educate students about jobs and training available in the county.
- Efforts are underway to secure a 49-acre property owned by Otto Luburgh and located in eastern Guernsey County, advertised as a potential business site. Luburgh plans to invest $ 700,000 to level the property and improve Dollison Lane, a property access road at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Ohio 285 south of Old Washington. “That would give us a site that we don’t currently have available in the county,” Blanchard said.
- Board members learned that the Paul R. Brown Epic Center in DO Hall Business Park had been rented by an unknown occupant. Blanchard said details are not yet available, but there has been “a lot of activity” at the Brick Church Road site.
- American Electric Power is moving forward with plans to construct a 250,000 square foot building adjacent to Cadiz Road (US 22) near the junction with Interstate 77 north of Cambridge. Work on the site is reportedly underway and Guernsey County Commissioner Jack Marlin said the facility would be similar to the AEP location along I-70 in Belmont County.
- Blanchard discussed company retention and expansion visits to Federal Mogul, Ohio Bridge, Detroit Diesel, Ridge Tool and Bi-Con Services.
- During a panel discussion, representatives from the County of Guernsey, Cambridge, Byesville, Cambridge Main Street, the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Congressman Bill Johnson and local townships made the update on local activities. The theme of the updates was that everyone is busy getting back to normal while recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Board of Directors unanimously approved a $ 1,000 donation from the Community Bank and a 1% salary increase for CIC staff, effective July 1, during the financial report. CIC is currently operating 3% under budget for 2021 with $ 104,777 in revenue and $ 73,424 in expenses for the year.
The Guernsey County CIC will not meet in July. The board of directors will meet on August 6.