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South Point industrial park to welcome two new tenants

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Two vacant buildings at The Point, a South Point industrial park, soon will have new tenants, and officials are in negotiations to bring two other firms to South Point, said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation.

McSweeney's, a Lawrence County business with about 150 employees, will be moving into the vacant Chatham Steel building. The manufacturer will be doubling the size of its current building in making the move, Dingus said, and will close its operation on Solida Road. The existing building the company uses is about 27,000 square feet, and the new one is about 55,000 square feet.

The Chatham Steel building has two cranes, a 10-ton and a 15-ton, which will enable the company to take on new clients and expand its business, Dingus said. The building has been vacant since the first of the year.

"It's an important move for McSweeney's," Dingus said.

The largest building in the industrial park, an 87,850-square-foot building along County Road 1, will be turned over to its new owners in September, said Jeremy Clay, director of the industrial park.

Orica, formerly Minova, will retain 75 existing jobs and allow the company to add another 70 jobs over the next three years, Clay said. The company provides materials for the mining and related businesses. A job fair at the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce will be set for job applicants, he said.

A 20,000-square-foot addition was added to a 60,000-square-foot shell building, and a 7,850-square-foot wing for offices was added to house the company, Clay said.

Development corporation officials are in negotiations with two other companies to locate in the industrial park. One of the companies would require a 30,000-square-foot building and the other could be about 36,000 square feet. If all the contracts are signed, construction could start this year and be ready in early 2014, he said.

Industrial park officials also are getting ready to let bids on an estimated $4 million dock and mooring structure along the banks of the Ohio River. The park has about 3,400 square feet of river frontage, Clay said. The project could be let out for bid in a month or so, he said.

The dock would allow for the transfer of goods and materials from river to rail to road, Dingus said. The work will take nine to 12 months to complete.