Port News

  • Executive Director, Matt Abbott, recapped the 2018 accomplishments of the Port Authority at the final Board Meeting of the year.  Muskingum County has seen several multi-million dollar expansion projects, including Creative Packaging and 5B’s, as well as repairs and refurbishments in the works at the Eastpointe Business Park. There were nearly 400 new full-time jobs added in the County in 2018 and over $28M in new investment.

    Looking to the future, Abbott said the development of the new National Road Business Park is something to watch in the future, as groundbreaking is slated for mid-2019.

    To read the Times Recorder’s full article, click here. To view the WHIZ story on the December 2018 Port Authority Board meeting, click here

  • During a recent interview with the Zanesville Times Recorder, Executive Director Matt Abbott discusses the positive outlook for Muskingum County, jobs-wise, in the near future.

    In July, the Port Authority approved the purchase of a 203-acre property in Perry Township, to establish the National Road Business Park, which could house three or four distribution centers.

    Eastpointe and other business parks still have space available, Abbott said, but it is limited.

    “We wanted to start growing capacity for our future and not waiting for the 11th hour when everything’s full,” he said. With a new park offering more space for businesses to enter the county, Abbott is confident in the future of the local job market, thanks to a well-rounded collection of industries. 

    To read the full Times Recorder article, click here

  • Spectrum is celebrating 10 years in Zanesville and Muskingum County, and recently announced plans to add even more jobs.

    Spectrum continues to grow
  • On October 4th & 5th, the Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce & Ohio Means Jobs partnered with area manufacturers and local high schools as part National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs annually on the first Friday in October.
    Students from Zanesville, John Glenn, West Muskingum, Mid-East CTC, Maysville, and Tri-Valley High Schools participated in Manufacturing Day.
    Thank you to AK Steel, Bilco, Stewart Glapat, Plaskolite, Saunders Machine Works, and Mock Woodworking for opening your doors to our community’s youth!
  • The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority was selected as the runner-up for the Marketing & Communications medium community category for the Ohio Economic Development Alliance 2018 Annual Excellence Awards.
    The Exceptional Economic Development Marketing and Promotions award recognizes innovative and effective marketing materials used for attracting, retaining and fostering business development as well as communications vehicles used by economic development organizations.

  • After review by the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office, The Shelly Company’s bid of $103,876.90  was the low bid and met all qualifications for the contract for the Jim Granger Drive Repavement Project. The project is anticipated to be completed this fall. 

    There were three bids received; click here to review a detailed breakdown of the bids by company.

  • After review by the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office, Luburgh Inc.’s bid of $368,051.30  was the low bid and met all qualifications for the contract for the EastPointe Drive Slip Repair, MUS-TR723 Road Improvement Project. The project is anticipated to be completed this fall. 

    There were four bids received; click here to review a detailed breakdown of the bids by company.

  • On Tuesday June 26, 2018, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority (ZMCPA) exercised an option and closed on the purchase of a 203 acre property located in Perry Township.

    The development of the National Road Business Park will truly be a unique, inter-governmental effort, as the funding for purchase and development is being shared jointly between the ZMCPA, Muskingum County and the City of Zanesville. Additionally, we are actively pursuing over $1.25 million in grant dollars to assist with the creation of the park.

    The immediate goal at the National Road Business Park will be developing the 203 acre Greenfield site into a viable location capable of holding a ~1 million square foot facility with sufficient infrastructure in place. Combined with numerous sites for smaller facilities, this will create employment opportunities for the residents of Muskingum County and Southeastern Ohio. The ZMCPA will have the ability to market these sites and better compete for new project leads.

    The ZMCPA identified five different properties in the county for development and felt the Perry Township property would provide the best opportunities for future growth. With easy access and visibility from I-70, availability of utilities and workforce, this location could easily become Muskingum County’s newest viable business park.

    Since its inception, the ZMCPA and its partners have successfully created, erected and driven economic development in Muskingum County. The three existing business parks were led directly by efforts of the Port Authority, its Board of Directors, the County Commissioners, the Mayor and Council of the City of Zanesville and various Township Trustees. The three existing business parks include the Airport Business Park, Eastpointe Business Park, and the Northpointe Business Park. Total employment among the three parks exceeds 4,500 workers.

    The Board of Directors and local elected officials recognize that investment must take place in order to continue to move Muskingum County forward. The National Road Business Park will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance the economic climate, and provide Muskingum County with a competitive edge to add new business locally.

    For site selector information about the National Road Business Park, click here.

  • On Monday May 21, 2018, JD Equipment held a ground-breaking ceremony for the $2.2 million dollar
    expansion of their Zanesville location. The finished expansion will cover 9 acres along with a
    25,000 square foot building, and add 5 – 6 new jobs. The estimated completion date will be late summer/fall of 2018.

    This investment will expand the Service Department allowing JD Equipment to better service their

  • The Muskingum County Transportation Improvement District (TID) has earned the Auditor of State’s Award for a clean audit report.

    The award is presented to local governments and school districts for filing timely audit reports without any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings, questioned costs or other discrepancies.

    The TID was formed in November 1995 for the purpose of coordinating and financing transportation infrastructure improvement programs, particularly road construction projects. The Muskingum County TID has worked closely with ODOT to secure grant funding for numerous projects over the past 23 years. 

  • Executive Director Matt Abbott sat down with WHIZ to recap the events of 2017. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority has been working with local business for years now and 2017 has been one of the most successful. The area is seeing close to record low unemployment rates; a year ago the unemployment rate was around 6.0% and now it’s down to 4.7%.

    “The goods and services produced here in the county, we’ve seen an uptick of 4.8% and the value of those goods and services produced has also increased, so that’s another positive sign. All of our distribution centers, which we have multiple continuing to actively hire. They’ve increased their starting wages and done a lot of increases throughout,” said Abbott.

    Abbott said with this year going so well, it sets up the area for success in 2018. He said it’s important for the area to continue on the good foundation the area has.

    “We have a pretty solid foundation. We have a footprint of nine fortune 500 companies in Muskingum County. Which is very positive for our outlook. So it’s a destination and a good place to do business. It’s a proven location. You’ve seen recent announcements with Kenworth and Peterbilt in the trucking industries,” said Abbott.

    Abbott said the Port Authority is currently working with four local companies who are looking to expand, which will create more jobs. He said things are looking positive for the future.


  • Peterbilt will be locating in the former Axion Builing, located on All-American Way, and will occupy 18,000 square feet of the building for maintenance and repair. They will also be using the parking lot as a showcase for new trucks. Peterbilt will offer mechanical repairs and maintenance as well as new truck sales at the All American Way location, according to the company’s public relations manager Nicholas Smith. The east end of the building will house a Peterbilt brand retail store.
    Hissong Kenworth began operating TRP Zanesville as a parts and service center in the Eastpointe Business Park in December. The 7,000 square foot facility currently has eight employees, but plans to expand.
    Additionally, Hissong Kenworth has purchased 25 acres of land on Boggs Road and will be breaking ground on a Kenworth dealership after the first of the year. They will offer a large selection of new and used road tractors, semi trucks, dump trucks, box trucks, flatbed trucks, sleeper trucks, and tractor trailers.
  • The Port Authority received a $158,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to assist with resurfacing 1.3 miles of roadway throughout the Airport Business Park. This critical infrastructure improvement was completed with support from the Muskingum County Commissioners and the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office.
    Airpark Drive is the main artery into the park and traffic has increased to over 50 trucks per day, in addition to the over 1,000 employees working in the park. The newly paved road creates a safe route for all that drive into the park on a daily basis.
  • The new Bethesda Drive extension was officially dedicated on October 31 with a ribbon cutting. This new road will provide direct access for ambulances to the Genesis Healthcare System Emergency department, allowing for better patient care and also relieving congestion at the main entrance to the hospital. The road extension allows emergency vehicles to exit Maple at Bethesda Drive. The road is closed to the public and will allow EMS to avoid traffic in route to Genesis. Al Burns, the COO at Genesis, says it’s important for emergency vehicles to be able to get to the hospital as fast, and as safe,  as possible.

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