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Insurer, state assist TRPIL's rehab of old YWCA

UPMC’s health insurance company is giving $150,000 to a Washington nonprofit’s renovations of a nine-decade-old downtown building in exchange for state tax credits.

Electronics recycling facility to open in Ellsworth

JVS Environmental is opening a permanent e-waste recycling facility in Ellsworth.

The electronics recycling facility, at 1 American Way behind the Ellsworth Post Office, will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. April 16 and April 30. More dates and times will be announced.

Two local companies receive part of $1.95M federal investment in coal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that it was giving out $1.95 million in grants as a precursor to a $100 million investment in clean coal plants, and two local companies got a cut.

Managers, and their towns, are managing to get by

Lauer’s gesture established a relaxed tone, which would continue during the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Municipal Leadership Roundtable discussion. The Friday morning event at the Chartiers Township Community Center featured a spirited discussion among Lauer and fellow township managers Andrew Walz, of North Strabane, and Tyler Linck, of South Franklin.

Their 45-minute roundtable – held, actually, at a rectangular table – addressed many areas. Local Share Account funding, Act 13 funding, development and the local retail climate were among the more prominent topics. The speakers represented diverse communities.

Sprague to build new bulk fuel plant in North Franklin Township

A supplier of heating fuel will build a new, nearly $3 million bulk plant along West Chestnut Street in North Franklin Township.

The township on Wednesday approved the project, while setting conditions on how Sprague Resources can proceed with the development.

Region's construction season rolls out with $122 million price tag

The state Department of Transportation on Monday rolled out details about the region’s construction season, one with a $122 million price tag and a major focus on modernizing Interstate 70.

The investment for this year doesn’t include the cost of existing, ongoing construction contracts across Washington, Fayette, Greene and Westmoreland counties, said Valerie Peterson, a PennDOT spokeswoman.

OP-ED: The politics of 'no' is not effective in democracies

Recently, the Observer-Reporter published an important story on the health of our local economy. The article, “Officials bullish on county economy,” (March 29) highlighted events from the seventh annual State of the Economy presentation.

New Somerset 'boutique' has a wild, Western flair

Wild Buffalo Trading Co. will mark its first “month-iversary” Monday. The shop, a compact but neatly arranged space, opened for business March 1 a few steps from the Carlton Diner in Somerset Township. Although the Shinskys are awaiting outdoor signs, their store – all 520 square feet of it – is highly visible from Interstate 70, just off the Kammerer exit.

Mon Valley Initiative opens Charleroi jobs, housing center

People who need assistance in purchasing a house or finding a job have a new place to seek help in downtown Charleroi.

The Homestead-based Mon Valley Initiative has purchased a building at Fifth Street and McKean Avenue where a storefront is stocked with a bank of computers for job searches and making résumés.

Officials bullish on Washington County's economy

“Washington County continues to maintain a leadership position in our region and state in creating economic growth, job opportunities and countywide expansion,” Larry Maggi, chairman of the county commissioners, said in helping to kick off the seventh annual State of the Economy presentation.

State approves $10 million to redevelop Allenport mill site

The state has approved $10 million to help redevelop a former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel mill in Allenport in an effort to create 550 new jobs.

Housing expected to spring forth

The housing climate in Western Pennsylvania was promising the first two months of the year, according to West Penn Multi-List Inc.’s monthly residential real estate report.

Brockway Glass site project gets $5M in grant, loan

A $2 million grant and a $3 million low-interest loan have been released for the project, state Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-Cecil Township, announced in a news release Tuesday. The money will be used by the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County to overhaul the property – a brownfield site located off of Interstate 70 in Canton Township, near the Washington city line.

On Southern Beltway and elsewhere, Howard Concrete cements strong image

The company, headquartered on Millers Run Road in South Fayette Township, is a big name locally in concrete pumping. It supplies specialty equipment for the construction industry, operated by Howard employees, and does geotechnically related foundation work.

Construction at Charleroi locks included in federal appropriations

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District announced last week that President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2020 appropriations include funding slated to complete ongoing construction of the locks at Charleroi.

Stag buys property recently occupied by Kenco Logistics

Stag Industrial Holdings continues its buying binge in the region, scooping up the new 455,000-square-foot

distribution center recently built at the Starpointe Business Park in Hanover Township, Washington County.

Longtime Chartiers caterer has an events venue on his plate

Inspiration came swiftly. Trubiana decided to convert the place into an events venue, and after about six weeks of painstaking renovations, the erstwhile Danny’s Restaurant & Catering building has given way to the Delfini Room, a location for group get-togethers by appointment.

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists & ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the finalists for the Washington County ATHENA Leadership Award and the recipient of the Washington County ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

VA clinic moving from mall to Crossroads Center

Seeking a larger space for its Washington County outpatient center, the VA decided upon the Crossroads Center in downtown Washington. The move to 95 W. Beau St. is short, about two miles from its current location, Washington Crown Center, where it has been a tenant for more than a decade.

Commissioners add Tanger Blvd. upgrade to Local Share list

The Washington County commissioners on Thursday added $440,000 improvements to Tanger Boulevard to the list of 2019 projects to receive funding from the local share account of gambling proceeds from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

Expansion to Chartiers a premier move for engineering firm

An engineering systems solutions company based in Monroeville is planning to open a second location in Chartiers Township this month.

Premier Automation says it is finalizing a deal to occupy a building at 320 Reliance Drive, near the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. The firm said it will offer “full engineering and manufacturing services,” which will include building large and small electrical controls for manufacturers.

Tourism agency looking to ramp up youth sports events

While striving to fulfill its mission, the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency has selected a Florida-based consultant to spearhead a study on how youth and amateur sports may enhance local tourism.

The agency announced Tuesday it has selected Sports Facilities Advisory LLC, a business consultant and management service operator from Clearwater, to assess the demand for athletic facilities across the county and the needs of sports organizations that use these venues.

Southern Beltway interchange project discussed at Southpointe

Construction will begin next week on a new portion of the Southern Beltway project in Cecil and South Fayette townships.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials and project contractors met with residents Tuesday night to discuss the new construction of the new State Route 0576, which will affect portions of Interstate 79, Morgan Road, County Line road, Cecil-Henderson road and Southpointe Boulevard.

Firm acquires two local manufactured home communities

RHP Properties said it recently finalized the purchases of the Washington Estates and Washington Estates II communities, which are each located in Canton and Chartiers townships, along with Virginia Hills in Imperial and Redwood Estates in the Oakwood section of Pittsburgh.

Shell Lubricants moves easily into Starpointe

Operating out of the Hanover Township business park will afford Shell that opportunity. The lubricants firm, one of Shell Oil’s many companies, cut the ceremonial ribbon on a 455,000-square-foot distribution center. Shell shared the scissors with Kenco Logistics, a third-party operator that, according to Shell spokeswoman Pam Rosen, will “make sure products move properly.”

Crazy Horse will have grand opening Saturday

Crazy Horse Coffee, which has been operating for two months, will ramp up its visibility Saturday with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting.

Peters Township approval moves Canonsburg Lake bridge project forward

Plans to upgrade the McDowell Lane bridge and causeway crossing Canonsburg Lake have moved forward with Peters Township Council’s vote Monday to accept additional right of way.

City gets $196,420 from state to renovate Trust Building

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday afternoon that funding through the Keystone Communities program had been approved for 43 revitalization projects across the state. A project in Washington will be one of the recipients

Major shipping/logistics company to boost Shell profile in Pennsylvania

A big national logistics provider is about to open a regional distribution center in Washington County built to serve a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

Kenco Logistics plans a ribbon cutting March 1 at its regional distribution center at Starpointe Boulevard in Burgettstown. The 455,000-square-foot building at the Starpointe Industrial Park will serve Shell Lubricants, the engine oil and lubricant business of Royal Dutch Shell.

Fairmont Supply has tools for success

“We have a lot of work ahead, and we’re just getting started on what we want to do,” said Fichiera, featured speaker of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Breakfast Briefing, which attracted a large audience Friday to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in North Strabane Township.

Railroad services firm heading to Alta Vista

A rail-related company is now making tracks for Alta Vista Business Park.

Frontier Railroad Services LLC has purchased a 4.6-acre lot, according to a news release issued Thursday by Mon Valley Alliance, the nonprofit owner of the 256-acre park in Fallowfield Township. Frontier is a regional railroad construction and maintenance firm that specializes in new track construction and tie and rail changeout.

Work progresses toward 2021 opening of Southern Beltway’s middle section

Construction of the Southern Beltway’s middle section is progressing on schedule, with several portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s toll road to be completed by year’s end.

Amwell resident launches a Gathering Place along National Pike

A year after her November 2017 purchase, McGinnis opened Gathering Place & Tea House at 438 E. National Pike, on the Amwell Township side of the iconic highway. It is, as the name implies, a location where groups can book events such as weddings, wedding showers, baptism parties, birthday parties, card club get-togethers, whatever.

Residential development on rise again in Peters Township

But among the residential developments in progress, target prices for homes, as announced at the workshop by planning director Ed Zuk, range from $280,000 to $650,000. And the lower figure on the low end of the spectrum is for units in multi-family buildings.

The new residences primarily are marketed toward so-called empty nesters, parents of children who have grown up and left home. As such, the impact on school enrollment could be minimal, according to Lauer.

LSA working in the Valley

Over the past week, the Mon Valley Independent provided excellent coverage of two important stories that demonstrated the continued economic impact Washington County’s Local Share Account Program (LSA) is having on the Mon Valley.

Southwestern Pennsylvania leads the state when it comes to new shale gas wells drilled

Southwestern Pennsylvania continued to grow its share of shale gas drilling in 2018, gaining 401 wells since Jan. 1, 2018.

$4.8 million state loan goes toward Peters sewerage improvements

A $4.8 million loan is helping the Peters Township Sanitary Authority move forward with improvements to help reduce or eliminate untreated sewage discharges into Chartiers Creek.

Coming through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, the loan represents part the state’s $121 million investment in water infrastructure projects in 20 counties, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday.

I-70 makeover of Bentleyville interchanges nears completion

A major reconstruction of the Interstate 70 interchanges at Bentleyville is nearing completion, creating what the state said is a safer, modern stretch of the highway.

The state Department of Transportation has announced the “substantial completion” of the nearly $75.9 million project in Bentleyville and Fallowfield and Somerset townships, PennDOT records show.

Fitness facility to open Saturday

3 Minute Fitness will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at 380 Washington Road. The gym will be next to Firehouse Subs, in the plaza below Trinity Point.

Sheetz expands Monongahela footprint

Altoona-based Sheetz has expanded its footprint in Monongahela as the company prepares to sell beer and wine at the convenience store in the Mon Valley city.

It’s real estate arm, Steico Inc., in December closed on the $155,000 purchase of three lots beside its 111 E. Main St. location from Jeannene and Rosalie Affinito, Washington County records show.

Jefferson Township supervisors approve conditional use application for power company

Jefferson Township supervisors on Wednesday approved a conditional use application from Robinson Power Co. for construction of electric transmission lines and an electric transmission switching station to transport energy from a power plant planned in a neighboring Washington County community.

Fiscal office: 2018 impact fees hit record high

Impact fees on unconventional natural gas operations in Pennsylvania hit a single-year high in 2018, according to the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.

IFO, which does revenue projections and budgetary analysis for the Legislature and Pennsylvania residents, said in a research brief Thursday that gas wells that were drilled or operating last year generated $247 million in impact fee revenue.

North Strabane supervisors approve new housing plan on McDowell Lane

North Strabane Township supervisors narrowly approved a developer’s plans for a housing development that will boast more than 100 dwellings and add to the growing traffic load on McDowell Lane.

Supervisors voted 3-2 to sign off on Laurel Communities’ conditional-use application to build 41 townhouses and 88 apartments on land along McDowell. Washington County records show the nine-acre parcel is zoned residential.

N. Strabane supervisors to consider office park proposal on Route 519

A developer with designs to build an office park on in North Strabane Township is waiting on a decision from supervisors.

Representatives of Hard Four Investments on Tuesday presented their conditional-use application to build a 9,000-square-foot “flex building.”

Tech Met to be profiled on Fox TV

Tech Met Inc., with headquarters in Glassport and a second location in Donora Industrial Park, will be featured in a nationally televised production – “Manufacturing Marvels” – on Fox Business Network on Monday. The two-minute profile will air between 10:30 and 10:44 p.m.

SPC seeking local input for Smart Moves for Southwestern PA plan

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission wants to put together a regional transportation and development plan for the future, and is asking for the public to help.

The SPC, which encompasses a 10-county region including Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, is working on the plan “Smart Moves for a Changing Region.” Part of that is the “forces of change,” said SPC Executive Director Jim Hassinger.

When it comes to barbecue, Southern Yanks comes out smoking

Their Southern Yanks Smokehouse is approaching six months of operation in downtown Washington. It has been the source of enticing aromas wafting up and down West Chestnut Street, a few storefronts down from Rich’s Barber Shop and catty-corner from a local culinary icon: Shorty’s Lunch.

Aldi receives OK for renovation at former Kmart in McMurray

A new Aldi grocery store could be coming to Peters Township by late summer or early fall.

The township planning commission on Wednesday approved an exterior façade renovation at the former site of longtime McDowell Shops anchor tenant Kmart, which closed in mid-October.

Black Box merger is completed

The acquisition of Black Box Corp. has been completed.

AGC Networks Ltd., a global solutions integrator based in Singapore, made the announcement Monday morning. It said a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary wrapped up the deal, which was announced in early November.

Mariner East 2's up and running, and here's why that's great news for natural gas producers

Pennsylvania's natural gas industry got an end-of-the-year present with news that the Mariner East 2 pipeline has become operational.

The 350-mile pipeline from Washington County to the Marcus Hook complex near Philadelphia officially went into operation Saturday. The pipeline and its predecessor, Mariner East 1, carries ethane, propane and butane from the natural gas fields of the Marcellus and Utica shale to Marcus Hook for distribution nationally and internationally.

Longtime Alta Vista tenant gets new landlord - for $15.25M

Gardner Denver Nash has a new landlord in Alta Vista Business Park in Fallowfield Township – a landlord that, apparently, is eager to invest.

Boston-based Stag Industrial Holdings paid $15.25 million for the manufacturing facility for pumps and compressors, according to real estate records.

Cal U. to develop research hop yard for beer

California University of Pennsylvania will be experimenting with hops production as the craft beer industry continues to expand in the region.

The university was awarded a $72,500 state grant to grow a “trial garden” of hops, focusing on sustainability, disease management and growing conditions.

Burger King part of North Franklin's plan to beef up its business district

Carrols Restaurant Group, franchisee for the 65-year-old restaurant chain, “intends to construct” a Burger King restaurant at 1150 W. Chestnut St., according to a legal advertisement in Monday’s Observer-Reporter. The fast-food location would be on the site of the former Martin’s Supply, which shut down years ago.

Boston REIT buys manufacturing facility at Mon Valley business park in Washington County

An active buyer has made what’s expected to be the first institutional investment at the Alta Vista Business Park in what’s been a flurry of activity at the Washington County park.

Real Estate records indicate that the developer group of a manufacturing facility for publicly traded Gardner Denver Holdings Inc. in the Alta Vista Business Park has sold the facility to Boston-based Stag Industrial Holdings for $15.25 million.

Mon Valley a winner in the LSA jackpot

We think the Mid-Mon Valley has come away from this year’s Local Share Account grant process a big winner once again.

Washington County Local Share Account money is generated from revenues at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in North Strabane Township.

County purchasing property adjacent to airport

Seven officials envision what's ahead for Washington, Greene

Seven officials who serve Washington and Greene counties in some capacity, however, did share their perspectives on what may occur in these parts over the next 12 months. They discussed the rebirth of the oil and natural gas industry, development of infrastructure to support the Beaver County ethane cracker plant, local business projects, highways and more – all with large measures of hope.

Washington, Greene near top of shale gas producers

Shale gas production in Pennsylvania increased an impressive 12.9 percent over the first three quarters of this year, compared with the first nine months of 2017.

Washington and Greene were the second- and third-most productive counties, respectively, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

CoGo's acquired by Coen Markets, which plans 40-plus store upgrades, new hot food options

Western Pennsylvania convenience store chain CoGo’s and its 38 remaining locations have been sold to Coen
Markets, another longtime family-owned company that plans to make improvements at stores across the Pittsburgh region.

Washington County Redevelopment Authority to rehab three homes

Three homes in Washington will be rehabilitated and sold to low-income families, thanks to a state grant awarded last week to the Washington County Redevelopment Authority.

DEP approves permits for pipeline linking MarkWest to cracker

Thursday afternoon, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced it had approved permit applications for the Shell Pipeline Co. Falcon project. The agency decided the applications met requirements of DEP regulations on water obstruction and encroachment and on erosion and sediment control.

County commissioners consider 40 who made the local share list

So $7.4 million in revenue generated by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will be divvied among 40 proposals in the categories of community improvement, which also seeks to remove blight; economic development, including upgrading brownfields; job training; and public interest, which includes myriad of sewer and water projects.

Pennsylvania shale production up, led by Washington County

Through the first three quarters of 2018, shale gas production in Pennsylvania increased
by 12.9 percent over 2017 production, led by huge gains in Washington County.

Hog Father's reopens at Crown Center

Hog Father’s has returned to Washington Crown Center.

The local barbecue chain opened a restaurant Wednesday in the food court of the mall, where it had operated until closing in January 2017.

Plans outlined for more Southern Beltway work

State turnpike officials and contractors they hired to build several miles of the Southern Beltway through Robinson Township shared details of their plans with residents on Wednesday.

Firm plans to move North American operations to Alta Vista

Nearly two months after the first ceremonial groundbreaking at Alta Vista Business Park in five years, word came down that another company will build there.

Mon Valley Alliance and Apex International announced in a news release Monday afternoon the purchase of Lot 12 of the park in Fallowfield Township, located a short distance off Interstate 70.

Area airports receiving state grants

The Washington County Airport is receiving a $450,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to rehabilitate the main access road and make other improvements.

Owners hope West Beth butcher shop becomes a cut above

White and two friends purchased a building in West Bethlehem Township that had been a longtime bank. They are repurposing it into a butcher shop, and pork products (charcuterie) will be among their signature items.

The place, then, is a piggy bank of sorts – which the partners hope to transform into a cash cow.

Mexican restaurant opening today in Southpointe

That is the sentiment among local aficionados of Mexican cuisine, as operators of the long-awaited restaurant prepare for their first day of business today. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurante and Cantina – as it is known officially – will do business at 1800 Main Street in the Town Center section of the mixed-use park.

Turnpike work coming in Robinson

Officials and a state contractor are outlining the final plans for a section of the Southern Beltway several miles long in Robinson Township.

The 2.75-mile section of the toll road will be built by Trumbull Corp., which was awarded a $116.2 million contract by the Turnpike Commission earlier this month. The contract gives the project an end date of June 2021.

Charleroi glass factory to see $16 million in upgrades

An Illinois-based kitchenware manufacturer will make a huge investment to upgrade its Charleroi glass factory that has been in operation for more than a century.

Corelle Brands of Rosemont will spend $16 million over the next few years in the factory that was founded in 1893 by George MacBeth and has operated under other names, including Corning and World Kitchen.

Commissioners approve continuing work at county airport

The Redevelopment Authority of Washington County received approval from the commissioners to have CDI-Infrastructure LLC, doing business as L.R. Kimball, preliminarily design the first phase of the south side taxiway at a cost of $204,360, to be paid from a combination of a state Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation capital grant, a Local Share Account allocation and local capital funds, which are required as a match.

Real estate team finds new home in South Strabane

The Crumrine/Nicholls real estate team is not breaking up, but heading in a new direction professionally and geographically.

Corridors of Opportunity: Washington County energy goes beyond natural gas

As it continues to put a prolonged energy slump behind it, Washington County is reasserting that its economy has always been about more than the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom.

The broader economic base of a Washington County whose identity was strongly tied to the Marcellus Shale was the basis for discussion at the 70th Corridors of Opportunity panel discussion, held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Energy execs start new natural gas services firm

When Matt Curry and Chris Combs were looking to found a company in the industry they know best — shale — it didn't take long for them to realize there was an unmet need in the Marcellus and Utica.

That's pressure pumping and pumpdown services, which are used in to keep open a wellbore during the hydraulic fracturing process. So the two veteran natural gas executives have founded a startup, Praetorian Energy Solutions, to provide pumping and pumpdown services.

Grand opening Wednesday for Canonsburg outpatient center

Washington Health System officials will have a grand opening for their Canonsburg outpatient center Wednesday evening.

Singapore firm buys Lawrence-based Black Box

Cecil Township-based Black Box Corp. is being acquired by a Singapore-based company.

AGC Networks Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of global solutions integrator AGC Networks, is acquiring all outstanding shares of Black Box. It is doing so for $1.08 per share in cash, subject to regulatory approvals, the Washington County firm announced in a news release on its website.

Southpointe CEO association celebrates anniversary, honors Piatt

Jack B. Piatt, chairman of the Board of Millcraft Investments, sat down with his son, Lucas B. Piatt, president and COO of Millcraft Investments, for a conversation on how the company grew from idea to empire at the celebration of Southpointe’s 25th anniversary.

The Southpointe CEO Association awarded Jack with the inaugural Spirit of Southpointe Award for his vision and dedication to development's future at the event Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

Piatts reflect on Southpointe's 25-year rise to prominence

Southpointe, a mixed-use park where about 15,000 work and 1,000 reside, turned 25 this year, a milestone that was celebrated Wednesday inside the inn. Piatt, president and chief operating officer of Millcraft Investments, engaged a luncheon crowd of about 200 with his perspectives on the park and his accompanying wit and easy demeanor.

84 Lumber leaps forward on Forbes' list

One of Washington County’s best-known businesses – 84 Lumber Co. – has made a quantum leap on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

Oilfield services company to expand at Starpointe

Bestway Oilfield Inc. has acquired a 45,000-square-foot industrial building at Starpointe Business Park.

Plans for Canonsburg Senior Lofts get council approval

Canonsburg borough officials approved a developer’s plans to build a senior apartment complex on the site of the former First Street Elementary School.

A subsidiary of Cincinnati-based MVAH Partners got approval from council on Monday to build Canonsburg Senior Lofts, a proposed mixed-income complex of 50 one- and two-bedroom units for seniors 62 and older.

New venture by Lola, Clear Cut vets raising up to $250M

Co-founders, respectively, of Lola Energy LLC and of Clear Cut Energy LLC have launched a new entity in Canonsburg that is raising a private equity fund of at least $100 million to ignite an oil and gas operating company, a mineral rights holding firm and, possibly, additional ventures.

Coen Markets announces plans to acquire CoGo's

Coen Markets Inc., a division of Coen Oil Co., announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the outstanding stock and operating assets of CoGo's Co.

Burns Scalo buys back original Southpointe office property it built

The company announced that it has bought the 90,000-square foot Fountainhead building located near the entrance of Southpointe, a property it developed 15 years ago and eventually sold but has continued to manage.

Sunoco fine to fund streambank work in Washington County

A multimillion dollar civil penalty the state levied on Sunoco for violations on a pipeline construction project will fund the restoration of two streams in Washington County, and correct problems on another in Rostraver Township.

Fast-growing Steel Nation to move into new headquarters

Steel Nation, the fast-growing Washington County firm that builds pre-engineered metal buildings for the energy industry, is moving its headquarters to much larger space in Cecil Township.

Oil and gas firm breaks ground on regional HQ in Alta Vista park

The groundbreaking was purely ceremonial Thursday afternoon. The gaggle of earthmovers navigating behind them had, literally, broken ground beforehand and continued to operate as the event unfolded.

Shovels went into the ground to welcome the next tenant at Alta Vista Business Park: Nine Energy Service, a Houston, Texas-based oil and gas company. Nine Energy has a regional office it has outgrown in Chartiers Township, near the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and is now clearing land for new regional headquarters.

Washington County gears up for second decade of Local Share Account funding from casino revenues

Washington County Commission Vice Chairman Diana Irey Vaughan wowed chambers of commerce members and guests with a staggering sum Thursday morning: $473,733,753.

The nearly half-billion dollars is the total of the county’s local share of gambling revenues from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, plus additional money and matches from other sources – known as leverage – that has poured in since the first distribution in 2008. The amount that came from the casino, itself, was $88,786,675.

Southern Beltway work outlined at Southpointe meeting

Construction of the $700 million Southern Beltway stretching from Pittsburgh International Airport into Washington County is proceeding, and residents who live near the work found out Tuesday how their lives and property could be impacted in the months ahead.

Southpointe apartment complex for sale

A showpiece of Southpointe’s Town Center is for sale.

The Pittsburgh office of HFF is seeking buyers for 1400 Main, the large, chic apartment complex on the edge of the Main Street business district. There are 376 units and 651 structured parking spaces in the development, which covers 370,000 square feet and opened in 2015.

Turnpike Commission holding meeting on next Southern Beltway section

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is moving ahead with the next phase of construction of the Southern Beltway’s Route 22 to Interstate 79 project and will hold a community meeting to detail the next section of work, which extends approximately one mile along I-79 in Cecil Township. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg.

Zediker Station property on track for development

A longtime rail location in South Strabane Township is on track for major development.

The 1,200-acre Zediker Station property, near the intersection of Interstates 79 and 70, is being marketed for manufacturing or high-tech purposes. Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis, the commercial real estate firm doing so, made the announcement Monday evening at Perle restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Market Square

County intends to sell land to be used by Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh

The regional headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church of Pittsburgh will be moved from that city to Washington County once its building, estimated to cost $3.5 million, is complete.

Plans came to light in conjunction with the Washington County commissioners’ vote Thursday to sell a tract of land slightly larger than nine acres in South Strabane Township to be used, eventually, as meeting space for the governing body of 55 congregations.

County to benefit from $7.5M in state redevelopment grants

Four state development grants totaling $7.5 million are headed to Washington County.

The grants, from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will go to Corelle Brands LLC of Charleroi; Pennsylvania Trolley Museum of Chartiers Township; Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) of Washington; and Tech Met Properties for its Donora plant.

U.S. Senate funds work lower Mon navigation improvements

The U.S. Senate Thursday approved the spending of $89 million on navigational improvements that are more than a decade behind schedule on the Monongahela River, including work in the Charleroi area.

Washington Area Humane Society to break ground for new home

At 10 a.m. Thursday, the board, staff and campaign team will be breaking ground for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot building behind the existing facility and will announce plans for a public capital campaign to help finance the project. WAHS has already raised $800,000 of a $1.5 million goal for the campaign as part of a silent kick-off in April. The project is expected to cost just over $5 million and the humane society has secured $3.7 million toward that goal. The targeted completion date is fall 2019.

Buzz on new bakery

Honey Bee Bakery is hoping to savor the sweet smells of success in Monongahela.

The shop, at 3726 Dry Run Road, opened for business Friday. Marilyn Sanner is the owner, and at the urging of friends and family, is launching a bakery for the first time.

Hillside Goat Farm Adds Spa

Overseers of the small family goat/dairy farm have added Hillside Bath & Spa to its offerings at 1884 Route 136 in Eighty Four. The spa started taking appointments last week, but will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday.

LETTER: Promoting the county and economy

Washington County’s tourism industry and its importance to our local economy was on full display last week as we welcomed several major events to our area. The DICK’S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series, Washington County Agricultural Fair and National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association Summer Show attracted thousands of visitors to our county and generated millions of dollars of economic impact for our local businesses and communities.