Ohio Southeast Economic Development(OhioSE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of API formed in 2011 to serve as the JobsOhio network partner for Appalachian Ohio, has announced the construction of a US$ 4.8M Caldwell Industrial Park at the east of I-77 near Caldwell.
The scope of the project covers the construction of a 10,000 square-foot commercial speculative building, a new access road, site preparation work for utilities, and extension of water and sewer to six commercial sites within the vicinity of the proposed business park.
Crock Construction, which is a part of the Nonresidential Building Construction Industry, and Caldwell Mobile Home Sales, a third-generation family-owned company, both of which own the site selected for the Caldwell Industrial Park have been placed in charge of developing the site.
Funding for site improvements of the Caldwell Industrial Park project will be covered by the JobsOhio-Ohio Southeast Site Initiative, a program that began in 2018 with the aim of assisting southeastern Ohio counties, through the development of competitive sites capable of winning new business investments.
Caldwell Industrial Park project partners
According to Brandon Crock, the co-owner and operator of Caldwell Lumber Do It Best and Crock Construction, the Caldwell Industrial park which is intended to attract and bring in various logistics, light manufacturing, and oil and gas support industries to Noble County, Ohio, development was only possible through the investment and partnerships formed with the Noble County Commissioners, JobsOhio, the Ohio State University Extension, Olive Township Trustees and the Village of Caldwell.
Crock said that this public-private partnership was the embodiment of a team that has worked together on a common goal for three years, to bring economic growth to Noble County.
Mike Jacoby, the OhioSE President on the other hand said it was a pleasure to partner with a capable JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Development, community leaders and a capable local developer like Crock Construction to make the new industrial park into a reality.
He said that the hilly topography and limited reach of utilities in the region are barriers, which are difficult to surmount without effective teamwork.