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NB plant fire 'suspicious' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 18 July 2014 03:33
Firefighters are illuminated by a fire as it  engulfs a pallet yard on West Broadway Street in North Baltimore, Ohio  late Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Firefighters are illuminated by a fire as it engulfs a pallet yard on West Broadway Street in North Baltimore, Ohio late Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - A massive blaze that consumed a recycling business in the village late Thursday and early this morning is being considered suspicious.
Eleven area fire departments responded to the fire at HPJ Industries, 510 W. Broadway.
North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer said this morning the fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m.
In addition to North Baltimore fire personnel, crews responded from Bowling Green, Findlay, Hoytville, Cygnet, McComb, Bloomdale, Allen Township, Weston, Milton Center and Van Buren. SEE MORE PHOTOS
"It was huge," said Baer, noting that flames from the fire shot an estimated 100 feet into the air. "It was significant."
"It could be seen in Cygnet. It could be seen, the glow, from McComb." There were also reports that the blaze could be seen from Bowling Green.
Baer said that no one was in the business at the time, and no firefighters or other individuals were injured.
CSX reportedly held train traffic during the incident in an effort to allow first responders to travel easily in the area.
While no dollar amount could be placed on the damage, Baer termed it "serious" and noted that pallets located outside the plant were a total loss. Online images of the business show that large numbers of stacked pallets and containers were situated near the building.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:55
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40 jobs to be lost with Northwood plant closing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:33
NORTHWOOD - About 40 workers will be without jobs this fall after Advance Engineering consolidates its Northwest Ohio plant to a Michigan location.
The company was not required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to notify the state of the anticipated job loss, but it did so anyway in a letter to the Office of Workforce Development on July 10.
The message, signed by Kevin Jordan, senior vice president and chief financial officer, indicates that two stamping plants, the Northwood facility and another in Michigan, will be consolidated to an existing plant in Canton, Michigan.
Employee separations are scheduled for Sept. 1, with the Northwood plant closing at the end of October.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:15
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BG administrators get raises PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:34
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File photo. Bowling Green Middle School.
Bowling Green Schools administrators will get raises in line with what was negotiated with the two unions.
Fourteen administrators will receive 2.25-percent increase in base pay for each of three years, starting in 2014-15 through the 2016-17 contract year.
Superintendent Ann McVey and Treasurer Rhonda Melchi are not included in this list.
Administrators, and their 2013-14 base salaries, include:
Todd Cramer, executive director of Teaching & Learning, $104,000
Jeff Dever, high school principal, $107,239.72
Gary Keller, middle school principal, $90,561.26
Eric Radabaugh, assistant high school principal, $60,000
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:15
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FedEx gets tax break PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:31
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LIME CITY - Trustees granted FedEx a 15-year tax abatement Wednesday as the company works on a $42 million expansion of its Perrysburg Township facility.
The company will receive a 100-percent tax abatement for the planned expansion in the Ampoint Industrial Park. The abatement was approved 2-0 by trustees Gary Britten and Craig LaHote, with Bob Mack abstaining.
The project will collectively add 22 full-time jobs and another 145 part-time positions, said Jack Hilbert of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, the legal firm representing FedEx, which opened the $90 million distribution center in 2009.
Hilbert added that FedEx's current $13.7 million payroll will be increased by a total of more than $1.8 million after the 93,500-square-foot expansion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:14
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