ASHTABULA — City Council authorized a $79,450 contract with GPD Group of Youngstown on Tuesday night for design services and construction administration for the Petmin plant resurfacing project.

Two weeks ago, the city received more than a half million dollars for road improvements needed to accommodate the project.

City Council President John Roskovics said the Petmin project will benefit not only the city, but the entire county.

Needed roadwork includes widening and resurfacing portions of East 5th Street, Columbus Avenue Extension and Parkgate Avenue.

City Manager Jim Timonere said the current condition of the roads will not support the amount of truck traffic the plant will generate.

Petmin, a South African company, will build a more than $450 million pig iron plant at the Kinder Morgan Pinney Dock facility that could lead to several hundred construction jobs as well as more than 100 permanent, skilled jobs once complete in 2022.

The Ohio Development Services Agency received $505,000 through the Ohio Controlling Board for public road improvements in support of the project, according to the Controlling Board operating request.

Roadwork Development Grants are awarded for public roadwork improvements that support the expansion or attraction of businesses. Eligible costs include widening, paving, road construction and reconstruction, and right-of-way infrastructure improvements.

When the project comes to fruition, it will be the first Petmin facility in the United States, Bradley Doig, president and CEO of Petmin USA, has said. The company evaluated 11 sites across the United States and Canada before choosing Ashtabula.


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