The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority is creating a new program to help area businesses.
At a meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Port Authority board discussed a Manufacturing Training Incentive Program that would reimburse companies for specific types of training. The Port Authority’s Executive Director, Mike Jacoby, says "one of the biggest needs of manufacturers is a trained workforce," and says this program will assist businesses in making that a reality.
"We’re hopefully about to do a couple of projects, one with Ridge Corporation that just bought the Longaberger building up near Frazeysburg and is creating some jobs there, and Producers Service Corporation is still adding jobs and they’re actually manufacturing their own rigs," said Jacoby. "So we’re thinking we’d like to support what they’re doing with some training funds as well."
Jacoby says this is a new incentivized initiative for the Port Authority. While the cost of Ridge Corporation’s participation in the training incentive program has yet to be determined, the training for Producers Service Corporation will run around $58,000.
"In the grand scheme of things, the amount of money we’re talking about is pretty insignificant. But it’s a sign of good faith and it’s a sign that we’re interested in their success and if we’re using the Mid-East Career and Technology Center and Zane State, it shows that we’ve got the training capabilities here, in house."
Also discussed in Tuesday’s meeting was utility construction work at Eastpointe Industrial Park, business retention and prospective land sales.