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Developer gets $1M to proceed with long-dormant Cool Valley project

The project, a mixed-use industrial and commercial park planned for Cecil Township, was proposed in the spring of 2010. But it has never gotten started. There have been snags in developing the location – between Interstate 79 and Morganza Road, near Southpointe. Funding traffic improvements has been a major difficulty.

Development of the site, as a result, has lain dormant for eight-plus years. But that may change.

Trust Building gets $100K from state for rehab project

Pennsylvania is providing a boost to preserve the history of a historic structure in downtown Washington.

Washington Trust Building, at the corner of South Main and East Beau streets, has been awarded $100,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The office of Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday morning $3 million in tax credits is being spread among 21 building preservation projects throughout the state.

Lynch adds prominent Washington County lawyer

A name partner of one of the biggest law firms in Washington County has joined Lynch Law Group’s new Southpointe office.

Roger J. Ecker is now a member of Lynch’s Litigation, Corporate and Oil and Gas practice groups.

CareerLink online system upgraded to help employers, job hopefuls

To make the job-search process more convenient, the state Department of Labor & Industry is enhancing the PA CareerLink online system.

GACO gets grants totaling $373K

California University of Pennsylvania’s Government Agency Coordination Office has received two grants totaling $373,000 to assist businesses in Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties.

Mexican restaurant to open Oct. 1 in Southpointe

A Mexican restaurant, originally projected to open in Southpointe this summer, will land in early autumn.

Four Points Brewing has rolled out the barrels

Four Points Brewing opened July 12 in Charleroi, next door to his Fourth Street Barbeque restaurant. The businesses complement one another, with beer transported for consumption at the restaurant and food carried over to the taproom.

Horizon quickly expanding suburban coworking venture

After launching its first last year, Horizon Properties Group LLC is busy expanding and building the brand for its coworking venture, Loft Office Suites.

Mike Swisher, a partner with Horizon, said the company recently opened its latest Loft Office Suites location within a 10,000-square-foot retail space at the Street at the Meadows, the company’s retail-and-apartment development in front of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County.

Consol strikes first big metallurgical coal deal in years

Consol Coal Resources LP announced Thursday it had struck its first substantial etallurgical coal agreement since 2013 as the Canonsburg mining company seeks to take advantage of the hottest sector of the market.

Beynon Insurance merging with Exchange Underwriters

CB Financial Services Inc. on Monday announced the merger of its subsidiary, Exchange Underwriters, and Pittsburgh-based Beynon Insurance, effective Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

State officials, businesses discuss workforce development

An eclectic mix of state officials, local business representatives, workforce development leaders and elected officials participated in an hourlong discussion centering on youths, jobs, apprenticeship programs, funding for training and related matters. The goal is to alleviate a severe shortage of skilled workers that has been projected for this region over the next five to seven years, at a time when manufacturing jobs are on the rise along with an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

Learn about Local Share process

Washington County Redevelopment Authority plans to hold three workshops explaining how to apply for funds made available from the local share of casino gambling at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

The program is open to Washington County and local governments, municipal authorities and nonprofit agencies.

Final plan for 60-home development in Peters Township receives approval

The final plan for a proposed 60-lot residential development off Thompsonville Road has received approval from Peters Township Council.

By a 5-2 vote Monday night, council gave the green light for Rywood LLC to develop Juniper Woods, which will feature single-family detached homes in the anticipated price range of $350,000 to $500,000.

Pennsylvania American Water invests $11 million in Washington County

Pennsylvania American Water is investing $11 million in two new water towers and pipeline upgrades in Washington County this year.

One of the new storage tanks costs $3 million and will hold 750,000 gallons on South Hewitt Avenue in Canton Township. The engineering project manager, Rachael Beam, said ground was broken at the site in April. She said the tank will improve fire safety and reliability and “benefit Canton Township and surrounding communities.”

Valley Tire planning to wheel into Cecil with new facility

Valley Tire Co. is trucking to Cecil Township, and into a much more comfortable space.

Stankiewicz is shooting for a December opening for the new facility. New-Belle Construction Inc. of Belle Vernon is doing the heavy lifting.

Southpointe at 25: always a focal point, never a folly

It began in the mid-1980s, with planners, developers and elected officials scrutinizing an expanse of mostly undeveloped land enveloping a once-notorious reform school. Transforming the rolling hills into a mixed-use business park, they believed, could be an effective salve for the economic ails of Washington County.

City façade program to disburse $45K, drop matching funds requirement

Washington business owners can now put a happier, spiffier and more affordable face on their operations.

Washington Business District Authority has $45,000 in its facade improvement budget, thanks to a $30,000 boost from the Washington County Local Share Account. And WBDA is dropping its requirement that owners provide matching funds.

Law firm opening Southpointe office next month

The Lynch Law Group LLC is adding an office in Southpointe, scheduled to open on Aug. 1.

The 16-attorney firm, based in Cranberry Township and founded in 2002, also has a satellite office in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.

Agency tries to stimulate trail use, economic impact

Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency is trying to lure users to local trails, but they also want to lure them off.

The agency revealed efforts to increase Montour and Panhandle Trail use and, therefore, bring money into Washington County, after the completion of a Trail Tourism Marketing report. Through partnerships with trail councils and adjacent businesses, the agency is making a push to attract and retain trail users, and get them to spend some time – and money – in “trail towns,” particularly McDonald, Burgettstown and the Hendersonville/Southpointe area.

The region's top private companies ranked by revenue

Despite a decrease in revenue from 2016, the private company with the most revenue in 2017 made more than double the company at the No. 2 spot.

Medical marijuana dispensary holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

Washington County’s first medical marijuana dispensary, which opens its doors to patients Thursday, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

Local officials, employees and patients joined the Healing Center co-founders Chris Kohan and Jay Richards for the event and a tour of the dispensary at 799 W. Chestnut St., Washington.

Impact fees further boost Washington, Greene and its towns

Natural gas production is up, and so are impact fee revenues – especially in Washington and Greene counties.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reported Thursday about $209.6 million in impact payments collected from gas producers in 2017 will be distributed. That is a $36.3 million increase from last year.

That revenue total – specifically $209,557,300 – is the third-highest disbursement in the seven years since Act 13 of 2012 became law.

McCune hands Community Bank's reins to his friend, O'Brien

Pat McCune officially retired as chief executive officer of CB Financial, the holding company for Community Bank. Pat O’Brien, his longtime friend, four-year colleague and CB’s president, has added CEO to his portfolio.

CNX, Range officials upbeat on energy at DUG Conference

Executives from two natural gas drilling companies based at Southpointe energized the first full day of an energy conference.

State's shale impact fee totals $209M for 2017

Pennsylvania collected $209.5 million in shale impact fees from natural gas producers for 2017— and Washington County and its municipalities saw a big increase due to a bump in drilling activity. Range Resources Corp. was the biggest contributor to
the impact fee in 2017.

'Opportunity zones' approved in southwestern Pennsylvania

Qualified opportunity zones have been designated across Pennsylvania as a part of a federal program that
defers or eliminates federal taxes on capital gains in certain low-income areas-two in Washington County

Drops & Swirls Opens in Canonsburg

Drops & Swirls, an art studio, has opened at 22 W. Pike St., Canonsburg.

Beef Jerky Outlets Opens

Beef Jerky Outlet has opened at Tanger Outlets in South Strabane Township.

Farmers Insurance Office Opens in Peters Township

Farmers Insurance agent Karen Passieu will open an office Friday at 205 E. McMurray Road, Suite B, Peters Township.

The Passieu Agency phone number is 724-260-0188.

State grant will pay for Washington County Airport taxiway, road relocation

Several changes taking place at county airport

Washington County commissioners this month approved several changes at the county airport.

Region scored well in economic development during 2017

Robotics/Information Technology was the star, but the triumph in local economic development last year was a team effort.

County moves ahead with next phase of fairgrounds entrance project

Washington County commissioners Thursday approved the receipt of a $742,000 grant related to the renovation of the trolley-stop fairgrounds entrance in Arden, Chartiers Township.

Power Meeting

The professionals selected for the first panel of Friday’s Junior Athena Workshop let attendees in on a little secret.

Most of them didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives as young women.

“I’m not on TV like I thought I’d be,” said Megan Chicone of State Farm Insurance.

Canonsburg-based event villa unveiling garden

Upscale event villa Bella Sera is holding the grand opening for its new space, an 11,000-square-foot Gardens at Bella Sera, on Wednesday evening.

Ansys to take more office space at Southpointe

Ansys Inc., a publicly traded engineering software maker, is preparing to expand beyond its headquarters at Zenith Ridge within Southpointe II.

Washington, Greene lead state's surge to No. 2 gas producer

Pennsylvania set a record for marketed natural gas production in 2017, making it the No. 2 producer in the nation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported.

Chicago company investing $10 million in vacant Canonsburg building

A Chicago real estate investment firm has started a $10 million project in Canonsburg.

Charleroi, Cumberland Township nominated for new economic development program

Two communities in Washington and Greene counties have been nominated for a new federal economic development program designed to bring jobs to low-income areas.

Kate Spade opens location at Tanger Outlets

Retailer Kate Spade New York opened its doors at a location in Tanger Outlets Pittsburgh on Friday.

Chicago investor putting $10 million into Canonsburg industrial building

Chicago-based real estate investment firm T2 Capital Management is ready to pursue a $10 million renovation of a 130,583-square-foot industrial building in Canonsburg with a Fortune 500 company lined up as a tenant.

Town Center the focus of latest Southpointe growth

Southpointe, the ever-expanding mixed-used park, is turning 25 and poised for another growth spurt.

Former Caterpillar plant in Washington County under new ownership

A former Caterpillar facility in which the Fortune 100 company operated a long-wall mining division has been sold.

Mon Valley Alliance has big plans for Charleroi stadium site

The leader of a Mon Valley economic development group called the old Charleroi Area School District stadium “a black hole,” but it soon will be disappearing.

IMAGINE THAT! Business notebook: OPC's Reimagine Main Street wins national award

Reimagine Main Street, Observer Publishing Co.’s online advertising and marketing division, marked its fifth anniversary in January in relative silence. But when a belated birthday gift arrived via email two months later, it was time to celebrate.

Mexican chain Steel Cactus coming to Southpointe

Southpointe will be getting a taste of Mexico this summer.

Community Bank reveals plans for corporate center in North Franklin

Community Bank, in a continuous expansion mode, revealed plans Wednesday for a new corporate center in North Franklin Township.

Washington, Butler counties gain in natural gas production

Washington County remained a solid second in natural gas production and No. 1 in number of producing wells, according to state data released Monday.

New restaurant ready to wing it on South Main

A new restaurant is winging it to Washington.

Big Shot Bob’s House of Wings will open at 11 a.m. Monday at 201 S. Main St., in the space previously occupied by Upper Crust restaurant.

Budd Baer dealership expanding to former state police barracks property

A car dealership in Washington plans to expand by the end of the year with two new buildings at the site of the former state police barracks at 83 Murtland Ave.

Mark Baer, the owner of Budd Baer Inc., purchased the property and barracks building for about $751,000 in a closed bid last April.

Interior secretary brings mine reclamation funds to area

FREDERICKTOWN – Pennsylvania, according to a large graphic from the state Department of Environmental Protection, “has more abandoned mine lands resulting from past coal mining than any other state in the nation.”

A member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet traveled to Fredericktown Saturday to speak a half-mile from one of them.

It was a very good year for Washington County's economy

“Washington County continues to lead the Greater Pittsburgh Region in creating new economic growth, new job opportunities and countywide expansion,” commissioners Chairman Larry Maggi said Tuesday morning, in opening the county Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual State of the Economy presentation.

O-R business editor retiring after 27 years

Much like the fluctuating stock market, Observer-Reporter Business Editor Michael Bradwell has seen his share of ups and downs on the local business beat. Now, after 27 years, Bradwell is sounding the closing bell and retiring.

Canonsburg company provides closed captioning for Olympics

Canonsburg-based Vitac Corp. was chosen by NBC Olympics to provide live closed captioning services for its production
of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Officials discuss construction plans coming to Peters Township

Another year brings another variety of construction projects in Peters Township.

Ed Zuk, township planning director, provided an overview of what is being built for the edification of Peters Township School Board members during their annual joint meeting with township council, held Monday night.

Mexican equity fund buys Southpointe office building

The Aztec Fund Inc. has bought 501 Technology Drive, a Class A office building in Southpointe.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, which marketed the building on behalf of the seller, an affiliate of Laurus Corp., announced the transaction on Tuesday, but did not disclose financials.

Public invited to view plans for fairgrounds entrance project

Washington County commissioners will host a public meeting to present changes proposed for the trolley-stop entrance to the fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, in exhibit hall No. 2.

Because the project includes $750,000 of funding from the state Department of Transportation, a public meeting is required. An additional $400,000 from the Local Share Account from gambling proceeds generated by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has been earmarked for the work.

Commissioners award contracts for new buildings at airport

After analyzing 45 bids for two metal buildings on concrete slabs to be constructed at Washington County Airport, the board of commissioners Thursday awarded four contracts totaling $3.1 million.

W&J purchases East Chestnut Street building

Washington & Jefferson College has purchased the O’Reilly Auto Parts building in the city, according to information provided by the county’s recorder of deeds office.

The college purchased the building at 57 E. Chestnut St., which for many years prior to O’Reilly was operated as Auto Supermarket, for $512,500 from Eagle Holdings LLP of Uniontown.

Freedom Transit gets new buses

Washington County Transit Authority will have two new buses within two weeks, as part of a five-year purchasing contract it entered years ago.

Joseph Thomas, director of fixed-route services for Freedom Transit, addressed Washington City Council Monday to inform them of a new 30-foot bus they received last week and another on its way. He said these are the first two of five new buses the authority will receive as part of a purchasing consortium contract they entered with Federal Transit Administration grant funds in 2015.

Shell ethane pipeline application under review by DEP

Shell Pipeline Co. has submitted applications to the state Department of Environmental Protection related to the construction of its Falcon Ethane Pipeline to carry ethane from natural gas production sites to Shell’s ethane cracker plant now under construction in Beaver County.

Lauren Fraley, community coordinator for communications in DEP’s Southwest Regional office, said Monday the permit application “is currently under technical review” by the agency. While Shell was earlier approved to construct the cracker plant in Beaver County, Fraley said this is the first time it has submitted an application for construction of pipelines to the plant.

Apartment construction started in Washington Trust Building project

If all goes as planned, there will be two dozen new one-bedroom apartments for rent in the middle of downtown Washington by the end of the year.

Vanessa Murphy, project manager for Pittsburgh-based Trek Development Group’s Washington Trust Building at the corner of South Main and East Beau streets, said last week a demolition of floors two through 10 of the building’s tower that began in October is nearing completion and that framing for some of the 24 apartment units has begun. The apartments were designed by the Pittsburgh architectural firm LAB8 in collaboration with Clearscapes Architect + Art from North Carolina.

California University of Pennsylvania adds new data science degree

Responding to changing workforce needs, California University of Pennsylvania will add a new degree this fall: a bachelor of science in statistics and data science.

Peters Township High School plan recommended for approval

The site plan for a new Peters Township High School has been recommended for approval by the township planning commission.

Peters Township Council now will vote on granting approval, which would pave the way for the $90 million project to advance, toward a targeted opening at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

Vacated Monongahela building may prove an economic catalyst

For nearly four months, a large building at 211 W. Main St. in Monongahela has stood vacant. Following its purchase by the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, the building is expected to play a major role in the city’s economic growth.

In partnership with the Mon Valley Alliance, which guaranteed the loan from Community Bank, the chamber closed on the building Dec. 28. EQT Corp. donated $15,000 toward the purchase price of $60,000, with another donor who wishes to remain anonymous contributing an additional $5,000.

Ensinger expansion project progresses

An expansion project is progressing for Ensinger Inc., an international plastics manufacturing company with North American headquarters in North Strabane Township.

According to Doug Trbovich, North Strabane’s building code official, Ensinger has three projects going on near its facility at 365 Meadowlands Boulevard – a new headquarters facility, an addition to its current facility, and a parking lot expansion that is on the township supervisors’ agenda for approval next week.

Dunkin' Donuts to open W. Chestnut St. location Monday

Heartland Restaurant Group, the Pittsburgh-based franchisee for Dunkin' Donuts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, said it will hold a grand opening Monday of its newest Dunkin' Donuts unit at 1271 W. Chestnut St.

Jimmy John's opens Southpointe location

A new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop at 1800 Main St. in Southpointe Town Center, is open for business.

“This will be our fifth store in the Pittsburgh area and our team is excited to serve fresh, fast and tasty sandwiches to a new set of customers in the area,” said owner Chris Petty.

Starpointe receives $1.5M state grant for infrastructure work

Starpointe, the business park in Hanover Township, is receiving a $1.5 million state grant for infrastructure work through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The announcement, made by state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Carroll, is for development and infrastructure work that will include 1.5 million cubic yards of earthwork and the installation of electric and phone conduits, gas and water lines, streets, sidewalks, curbs and other components of the park.

State grants go to Chapman Properties, Washington business incubator

Chapman Properties will receive a $1 million state grant to develop the Chapman Southport Business Park at Racetrack Road and Tanger Boulevard in South Strabane Township.

In addition to Chapman’s $1 million grant, Washington & Jefferson College received $500,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital money to start construction on the Greater Washington Area Business Incubator.

MCC adds space

Park Place developer sees more retail, restaurants and apartments coming in 2018

Residential project for seniors gains conditional use approval in Peters Township

A proposed 124-unit residential complex for senior citizens at Valley Brook Road and Friar Lane has gained conditional-use approval from Peters Township Council.

Lake Superior Consulting Announces New Engineering Office and Regional Engineering Manager in Canonsburg

Lake Superior Consulting (LSC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and the addition of John Henning, PE, as Regional Engineering Manager. LSC has been playing an increasing role in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2012 and has an existing office shared with parent company, Shawcor, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

New Sky Zone trampoline park will let customers jump for joy

Washington County is now home to an indoor, walled trampoline court whose concept is so unique it holds a patent.

Regardless of its pedigree, it will be a jumpin’ joint when it officially opens Friday.

Sky Zone, an internationally franchised indoor trampoline park, held a pre-opening event for media Nov. 30 at 281 Georgetown Road in Cecil Township. The local franchise is co-owned by Joel Karg and Dave Beckett, two Ohioans who also have a unit in Monroeville.

Fairmont Supply adds 2 suppliers

Fairmont Supply, one of the largest distributors of industrial maintenance, repair and operation supplies in the United States, has announced Industrial Pipe & Supply of Omaha, Neb., and Industrial Pipe & Valve of Portland, Ore., have joined the Fairmont Supply family of companies.

Perryman increases titanium melting capacity

Perryman Co. will more than double its current titanium melting capacity through the addition of two new furnaces, as it prepares to tap a larger segment of the aerospace industry.

CNX Resources completes spin-off of Consol Energy

CNX Resources Corp., formerly named Consol Energy Inc., said Wednesday it has completed the spin-off of Consol Energy Inc., formerly named Consol Mining Corp., creating two publicly-traded companies – a natural gas exploration and production company and a coal company.

Heading downstream: MSC president updates natural gas industry activity

The president of Marcellus Shale Coalition said Tuesday the natural gas industry is moving to a new phase that seeks to develop new markets for the abundant natural gas now being extracted from the region.

David Spigelmyer recalled an ad campaign several years ago by Range Resources that had a tagline of “Drilling is just the beginning.”

“Drilling truly was just the beginning,” Spigelmyer told about 100 members of Washington County Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. While drilling for the product is still very much active, he said the focus is now migrating toward finding new markets for wet and dry natural gas.

Real estate broker seeing more activity from large square footage users in Southpointe

A commercial real estate broker with longtime experience in leasing at Southpointe is seeing a wave of activity from large square-footage users over the past few months.

Two state grants awarded to Washington County projects

More than $900,000 in state grants was awarded last week for two projects in Washington County, according to state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Carroll Township.

Well completion company takes new space in Washington County

Well completion company FTS International is growing its operations in western Pennsylvania, moving a wireline division previously based in Ohio to Washington County.

Ductmate Industries moves ahead with sustainability measures

When Ductmate Industries made a commitment a decade ago to get its employees to think about sustainability on the shop floor, company officials knew they were fomenting a major cultural change in attitudes about material and energy waste at the plant that makes metal ductwork for commercial and residential applications.

“Everybody buys into this, and everybody takes a road to get there,” DMI Director of Operations Doug Gudenburr said Thursday.

The company’s local plant sits in Forward Township, Allegheny County, directly across the Monongahela River from Monongahela. Its corporate headquarters are in Charleroi, and its 250 employees hail mainly from Washington, Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

CB Financial, First W.Va. Bancorp announce merger

CB Financial Services Inc., the Carmichaels-based holding company for Community Bank, and First West Virginia Bancorp, Inc., the Wheeling-based holding company for Progressive Bank, NA, on Thursday announced a definitive merger agreement under which First West Virginia will merge into CB in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $49 million.

Here's the new tenants coming to the Street at the Meadows

The new craft beer offering of Whitehourse Brewing will be joined by J&D Cellars, a wine maker based in Eighty Four, Pa., that specializes in producing a variety of wines from grapes and other fruits.

They come to a property along with a Dunkin’ Donuts, an office for Howard Hanna, and an outpost of wealth management firm Hilliard Lyons. Already operating at the Street at the Meadows is a Buford’s Kitchen, a Markook Authentic Mediterranean Eats and a Primanti Bros. restaurant.

Perryman Co. buys former Caterpillar site to expand titanium production

Perryman Co. said Wednesday it purchased the former Caterpillar site – approximately 35 acres of land – adjacent to its current headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Houston where it will create an advanced manufacturing campus for its titanium products.

Washington County energy services company eyes growth in '17 and beyond

HydroEdge Solutions, which provides turnkey water services for the oil and gas industry, is planning to hire more than 20 employees by the end of the year to accommodate its growth.

Artisanal cheese merchant takes retail space in Washington

For the past several years, Emerald Valley Artisans of Scenery Hill has had glowing success selling its artisanal cheeses to restaurants and other commercial food outlets across Pennsylvania.

Now the company, which makes 11 different types of hard cheeses from locally produced cow’s milk as well as two versions of ricotta cheese, is testing the retail market on Main Street in Washington.

Emerald Valley co-founder Alisa Fava Fasnacht said the “pop-up” store at 145 S. Main St., has the potential to become a permanent location if the company sees ample demand from walk-in customers.

Dash-n-Dine expands delivery service to Washington

Dash-n-Dine Delivery, a multi-restaurant delivery service based in Bridgeville has expanded its service area to Washington, the company said Friday in a press release.

Finleyville Airport gets GPS approach

Bad weather conditions will be less of a deterrent for humanitarian and medical flight pilots who need to land at Finleyville Airport, now that it has a GPS approach for landing.

Tom Riemer of Virginia spent the last two years working to clear the approach with the Federal Aviation Administration, saying safety was his main concern.

Consol officially separates coal and natural gas entities

For the past year, Consol Energy has discussed its intention to separate its oil and gas and coal businesses into two separate entities.

The company’s board made the move official Tuesday, approving the separation of the energy company into publicly traded natural gas and coal entities. It will divide the stock for shareholders in late November.

Popeyes opening Monday in South Strabane

The fast food restaurant, which has been under construction for several months at the Washington Mall in South Strabane Township, will open Monday, October 30, the contractor at the site posted on Facebook Tuesday.

Washington Crown Center adding Rural King Supply, Toffee House

Two weeks ago, a bridge connecting Franklin Farms Road with Washington Crown Center’s South Ring Road reopened at the North Franklin Township shopping mall.

The timing of the bridge reopening, which provides a crucial second entrance/exit in addition to the main one from West Chestnut Street, couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, according to Washington Crown Center Manager Civil Knox.

Coen redoubles efforts to grow convenience store business

A 94-year-old Washington County company is looking to a future where it could nearly double the number of its locations in the next five years.

Coen Oil Co. began as a single service station in 1923 and grew into a regional powerhouse in commercial and residential oil, transport and energy services. Earlier this month, it sold its Coen Energy and Coen Transport divisions to Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP).

New Hampshire firm acquires two Coen Oil divisions

Sprague Resources LP has acquired Coen Energy and Coen Transport, bringing the publicly-traded company based in New Hampshire into southwestern Pennsylvania.

Financial terms of the deal between Sprague (NYSE: SRLP) and privately held Coen Oil. Co. of Washington, Pa., included a $33.75 million base purchase price, the value of its petroleum products and a potential earnout of up to $12 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange filing made by Sprague. The rest of Coen Oil, which also includes convenience stores and a tire company, were not involved in the transaction and remain on their own.

Peters Township Council approves preliminary plan for 55-lot development

The preliminary plan for a proposed residential development containing 55 single-family lots recently received approval from Peters Township Council.

The township requires that Justabout Farms, to be built on 25.8 acres between Bower Hill and Justabout roads to the north of Snyder Road, sets aside 30 percent of the property as open space. 

Heyl & Patterson division moving to Southpointe

A 130-year-old Pittsburgh engineering firm that was sold out of bankruptcy last year to an Ellwood City-based manufacturer is moving back to town.

The Heyl & Patterson Equipment Division of Hall Industries is taking 8,000 square feet at Southpointe with an option to triple that space as it grows, confirmed Vice President Len Walnoha. The move of 20 employees to 701 Technology Drive is expected to occur by mid-October.

Executive: Shell cracker will ‘change the skyline’ next year

Within the next two to three years, the region should start to see additional plastics manufacturers arriving in the region to take advantage of cheap polyethylene pellets being produced here, an economic development official said Thursday.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President David Ruppersberger made the comment while participating in a panel discussion during the second day of the annual Shale Insight conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Corsa Coal to double office space at Southpointe

Corsa Coal Corp. has plans to double its headquarters space at Southpointe to accommodate growth plans following the June opening of its Acosta mine near Somerset and a new mine in Berlin, Pa., next year.

Jamaican on Main: Jaiden’s Place brings Caribbean flavors to Washington

The city’s dining scene, which earlier this month added a microbrewery with a full-service restaurant, now also offers the flavors of the Caribbean on Main Street.

Originally opened as a convenience store in May with her Caribbean dishes offered as takeout, Jaiden’s Place owner Marsha Collins has reworked the site as a restaurant following the urging of a staffer who admires her food.