A new 2,000 square foot terminal at the James A. Rhodes Airport in Jackson County is on the horizon thanks in part to the recycling efforts of clean scrap metals from the U.S. Department of Energy’s former uranium enrichment facility in Piketon. The Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) has announced the award of a $150,000 grant from its recycling proceeds to the Jackson County Commissioners for the project to enhance the airport.
Steve Shepherd, SODI executive director, said, "The upgrades will be a huge benefit to the region. Jackson County is home to a major frozen food distributor, the largest precious metals operation in North America, and other industry. The airport improvements were much needed for them to continue to operate in Jackson County and to grow additional business opportunities."
This is the fourth major grant provided by SODI to the region from their metals recycling efforts. SODI has an agreement with the Department of Energy that provides for the transfer of scrap metals, surplus equipment, and properties from the DOE site with half the proceeds targeted to economic development initiatives in the four surrounding counties of Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Jackson.
Other $150,000 grants have been awarded to: Southern Ohio Port Authority in Scioto County to support utility relocations at the site of the new $13 million Infra-Metals processing plant under construction in New Boston, expected to employ 100 workers when complete; the Pike County Commissioners for a $2.7 million project to extend sewer services in the Shyville and Schuster Road areas southeast of Piketon; and the Ross County Commissioners for a road extension project at the entrance to the Gateway Industrial Park on State Route 104 just west of Chillicothe.
(Check presentation in Jackson County. Submitted photo.)