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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. 

Chipotle to open Wednesday at Old Mill

Chipotle Mexican Grill will open its first Washington location on Wednesday at 179 Old Mill Boulevard in South Strabane Township.

CNX Coal Resources, OMNIS to develop solid energy refinery to produce clean coal

Today, CNX Coal Resources LP and OMNIS Bailey LLC announced a partnership on Wednesday to build a first-of-a-kind solid energy refinery.  The refinery will be used for processing waste coal at Consol Energy’s Bailey Mine Complex and converting it into high-quality clean carbon fuel.

A pilot plant was constructed at the Bailey Central Preparation Plant in May to allow for optimization of the production process and commercial-scale testing of CCF by power plant customers. 

Dunkin’ Donuts to convert closed Donut Connection site in Canton

Washington County has lost a longtime connection to one doughnut chain, while another is further cementing its presence here.

Anthony Braun, chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Heartland Restaurant Group, the Strip District-based franchisee for Dunkin’ Donuts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Friday Heartland will convert the former Donut Connection store at 1271 W. Chestnut St. to a Dunkin’ Donuts unit by the end of the year or early next year. 

Whitehorse Brewing riding toward taproom opening on Racetrack Road

The microbrewery scene continues to heat up in Washington County.

Whitehorse Brewing, based in Berlin, Somerset County, has staked out 1,200 square feet in the Street At The Meadows mixed-use development in North Strabane Township for a taproom for its microbrews. 

$2.3 million distribution and trucking dispatch center planned at Starpointe, but for whom?

Development of a 31-acre tract as a distribution facility and trucking dispatch operation in the Starpointe Business Park, Hanover Township, is on the horizon, but what will be distributed from there and by whose trucks was not divulged Wednesday at an agenda-setting session convened by the Washington County commissioners, who have been asked to approve the sale of the land for $2,325,000.

Chipotle Mexican Grill coming to Old Mill

Chipotle Mexican Grill will open a unit next month in the Old Mill shopping complex in South Strabane Township, the chain said Wednesday.

According to a news release, the company will open at 179 Old Mill Boulevard, the location of a recently completed 10,000 square-foot outparcel building that also houses a Great Clips hair salon and a Zoup! restaurant that is also scheduled to open soon. 

Rice Energy to acquire start-up Lola Energy

Rice Energy, which itself is in the process of being acquired by Pittsburgh-based EQT, acknowledged in releasing its second-quarter earnings Wednesday that it is buying Wexford-based Lola Energy. The purchase price is $180 million.

“This acquisition is highly complementary to our existing position and consists of 11,700 net undeveloped acres in Greene County and 4,800 net undeveloped acres in Monongalia and Wetzel counties, West Virginia,” the company stated in its second-quarter financial report. 

Pittsburgh-based ABARTA becomes one of largest Coca-Cola franchises in U.S.

The Houston distribution center for Coca-Cola products is one of a dozen Pennsylvania facilities that are now part of ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages.

The relationship was finalized Saturday when ABARTA announced that it became an expanded franchise partner of the Coca-Cola Co. by acquiring sales and distribution rights from the world’s largest beverage maker throughout the commonwealth. 

North Strabane supervisors approve $2 million for YMCA

Plans to build a YMCA facility in North Strabane Township are moving forward.

Township supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $2 million capital contribution to YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh for construction of a YMCA facility in the township.

MedExpress finds Southpointe administrative hub a site for success

As an urgent care provider, MedExpress has a name that lives up to its mission.  Today, MedExpress, which operates an administrative hub in Southpointe, has 212 centers in 15 states with 5,000 employees.

Nerf ‘Battle Arena’ opens today in Canonsburg

The Battle Arena, a new attraction featuring a play area where people using Nerf guns can safely battle using barricades and obstacles, will hold a grand opening from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at 6 N. Central Ave., Canonsburg.

Dispensary details discussed

The co-founder of one of the first marijuana dispensaries to be permitted by the state Department of Health released details about the business.

Jay Richards, co-founder of the Healing Center, addressed Washington City Council Monday with plans for a dispensary at 799 W. Chestnut St.

North Strabane prepares for new municipal complex

Washington County’s fastest-growing municipality finds its workforce has outstripped the size of its governmental base of operations, so 40 years after North Strabane opened its municipal building at 1929 Route 519, the township is preparing for major changes and expansion at its 80-acre complex.

“We’ve just simply outgrown the building,” said Frank Siffrin, township manager.

Washington brewery takes delivery of microbrew tanks

Things are beginning to brew at Washington’s first microbrewery.

The first batch of 18 stainless steel tanks related to the launch of Washington Brewing Co. at 28 E. Maiden St. arrived around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Washington center permitted to dispense medical marijuana

A Washington business has received one of the first permits from the state Department of Health to operate a medical marijuana dispensary.

The Healing Center at 799 W. Chestnut St. was on a list of 27 companies across Pennsylvania provided Thursday by the state that are permitted to dispense medical marijuana. Those receiving permits have six months to become operational before they can dispense the medical cannabis.

Work has started on $118 million project to reconstruct stretch of I-70

Ensinger to stay in North Strabane

Montour, Panhandle trails part of national bike route

The first nationally designated bicycle route in Pennsylvania has been established by the state Department of Transportation.

U.S. Bicycle Route 50 includes the Montour Trail, Panhandle Trail and Great Allegheny Passage. Montour Trail runs from the Coraopolis area to Clairton, with a large section in Washington County. Panhandle Trail runs between Weirton, W.Va., and Carnegie, traversing northern Washington County. The two trails intersect in McDonald

EQT agrees to buy Rice Energy for $6.7 billion

Zoup! breaks ground for August opening in Old Mill shopping complex

Zoup!, the nation’s leading fast-casual soup brand, featuring award-winning soups and made-to-order salads and sandwiches, has broken ground on its first Washington area restaurant at 181 Old Mill Boulevard, in the Old Mill shopping center, South Strabane Township.

Impact fees down again but Washington County is top recipient

Pennsylvania’s counties and municipal governments will see another drop in the annual revenue they get from Marcellus Shale gas wells. 

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said Thursday that impact fee revenue from Marcellus Shale wells dropped by almost $15 million to about $173 million.

Henry F. Teichmann Inc. acquires E.W. Bowman

Glass engineering and construction company Henry F. Teichmann Inc. acquired the glass annealing lehr operations from manufacturer E.W. Bowman Inc. of Uniontown.

The acquisition was completed May 26, and announced June 9.

WHS partners with three other health systems on care initiative

Washington Health System announced Monday afternoon that it and three other independent, nonprofit health systems in the region have formed a partnership called Bridges Health Partners.

WHS has joined forces with St. Clair Hospital, Butler Health System and Excela Health System to establish a clinically integrated network that, according to a news release, intends to provide a better quality of patient care at a lower cost.

City Mission opens a career center

The ceremonial ribbon was cut Tuesday on ANSYS Career Training & Education Center, located in the lower level of the mission in downtown Washington. The center will serve residents of the homeless shelter and essentially all Washington County residents who need assistance with their employment search.

New S. Main signals to activate Tuesday

The newly installed traffic signals at South Main Street, South Street and Park Avenue in Washington will flash until Tuesday, when they will be activated.

Though not a true intersection, the lights will be synchronized to allow for better traffic flow in the area.

Public bus natural gas fueling station opens in Donora

The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority opened a compressed natural gas fueling station for its fleet of buses at former U.S. Steel property.

Canonsburg brewery plans June 15 opening

A second brewery will begin operations in Washington County on June 15, when Rusty Gold has its grand opening in Canonsburg.

The grand opening will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kleckner, of Peters Township, said he plans to offer five beers crafted by master brewer Justin Viale: a creme ale, an IPA, an oatmeal stout, an amber ale and a pale ale.

DCED approves Local Share project list as presented by county commissioners

The chief of the Washington County Redevelopment Authority reported to the county commissioners Wednesday the state Department of Community and Economic Development approved $6.7 million worth of projects to be financed by Local Share Account casino gambling revenues.

South Main Street restaurant changes owners, name

A local family has taken over an established South Main Street establishment. Spouses Ryan and Brittany Hepinger and Ryan’s brother, Chris, have bought Nunny’s Place at South Side in Washington, and renamed it Hepinger’s Legacy Tavern at South Side.

Firehouse Subs will open its second Washington location

Firehouse Subs will open its second Washington County location, on the former Sharp’s Furniture property along Route 19 in South Strabane Township. Angela Swartz, the franchisee, said a June 12 launch is planned and about 18 will be employed there.

The Carlton Diner, formerly known as the Carlton Kitchen, is up and running under new management.

Washington County box plant to be acquired

WestRock Co. announced Wednesday it was acquiring five corrugated converting facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Louisiana from U.S. Corrugated Inc., a packaging company the company's website said was based in Washington, Pa. The purchase price is $192 million and the deal is expected to close in June 2017.

MVA CEO: Mon Valley poised for economic, community growth

As chief executive officer for the Mon Valley Alliance, Chris Whitlatch isn’t just a cheerleader for the Mon Valley. He’s also charged with putting the means in place for an area he says is ripe for economic and community revival.

“We believe we are poised for growth,” Whitlatch, 43, told the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Friday at its breakfast meeting at The Golf Club of Washington.

New rec center opens at W&J

 Washington & Jefferson College officially opened a new 30,000-square-foot recreation center Friday.

The James David Ross Recreation Center – the first of its kind in the school’s 236-year history – is part of a $100 milllion project that includes construction and upgrades to other college buildings.

Area rail project receives $1.8M state grant

A $1.8 million grant from the state Department of Transportation will support a freight rail infrastructure improvement project in Washington and Westmoreland counties.

DCED’s Davin gets update on microbrewery, incubator projects

As secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, Dennis Davin frequently sees the business districts of a lot of towns the size of Washington and even smaller.

Following a brief tour of A&M Wine & Beer Supplies and Washington Winery, as well as the adjacent microbrewery on East Maiden Street that is a work in progress, Davin said he could see the potential the businesses have for the economic well-being of a town.

Canon-Mac expanding high school, improving stadium

Several capital improvement projects in the Canon-McMillan School District are intended to accommodate a robust student population.

According to Assistant Superintendent Scott Chambers, officials started planning for new construction, renovations and expansion of existing facilities after a demographic study performed in 2013 forecast a growing population in the district.

Partners update progress on downtown Washington business incubator

The partners of a planned small business incubator in Washington said Wednesday that funding requests for the project are moving forward, spurred by a matching challenge from one of the area’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The project, known as the Washington Area Business Incubator, was announced in September by Tori Haring-Smith, president of Washington & Jefferson College, and Tom Northrop, publisher of the Observer-Reporter.

Whiskey, wine and beer: A spirited discussion about a downtown renaissance

Shell cracker project dominates PRA 2016 ‘scorecard’

Energy may have been in a downturn in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2016, but that didn’t stop industries of all types from making a huge capital investment in the Pittsburgh region – $10.2 billion – in manufacturing, health care, information technology, financial services and, yes, energy.

The $10.2 billion worth of total investment was the largest-ever annual amount recorded by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, which released the results Thursday of its 10th annual Business Investment Scorecard for the 10-county region that includes Washington and Greene counties.

Highway construction gears up for season

As one construction project on Interstate 70 starts to wind down and two more continue, drivers traveling the highway in Washington County should be prepared for two new construction zones.

There will be five construction projects on different stretches of the highway between the welcome center in Donegal Township and the Centerville/Monongahela interchange.

LaCarte, King team up to bring Stoney’s beer back to family roots

Two Mon Valley businessmen are helping Stoney’s Beer return to its Smithton family roots.

In a press release issued Wednesday by Stoney’s, the company announced that Jon King, great-grandson of William Benjamin “Stoney” Jones, in partnership with John LaCarte, president of LaCarte Enterprises based in Charleroi, have formed Stoney’s Brewing Co. They have acquired the trademarks and licenses to brew and sell Stoney’s Premium and Stoney’s Light Beer from Jones Brewing Co.

Peters Township approves patio home development

A new 54-unit residential development has gained Peters Township Council’s approval.

The unanimous vote last week paves the way for Sherwood Pond, the final phase of the Crossings plans developed by Eddy Land Co. of Bridgeville. The patio homes, carrying an expected average price tag of $550,000, are to be built on 15.761 acres between the current terminus of Maid Marion Lane and the Pleasant Valley Elementary School property.

Panel: Townships would benefit from regional approach on issues

Three of Washington County’s township managers said Friday they speak frequently with their counterparts in other townships and often enter into cooperative agreements to purchase goods and services and to share equipment.

But the trio, featured in a panel discussion at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said they would like to see all of the county’s municipalities be a part of a bigger picture represented by a regional plan.

BSRE sees multiple leasing activity in Southpointe

Burns Scalo Real Estate has announced the following new leases in the Southpointe mixed-use business park. 

The company said in a press release three leases at BSRE’s Zenith Ridge 2 were signed, including Colonial Life, S & B Engineering and ECM Energy, along with an expansion of Elior/Aladdin, a food management company.

New center open to community, nonprofits

A new, 5,200-square-foot structure with the most up-to-date features and amenities stands at 59 E. Strawberry Ave., on the site of a historic Washington institution.

Pete Cameron, great-grandson of Cameron Coca-Cola Bottling founder Wilfred Cameron, and his wife, Kathy, opened The Center on Strawberry on Wilfred’s old homestead and business property.

Safety stressed at soon-to-open Goldfish Swim School in Peters Township

Concrete plant in the mix for Robinson

A Beaver County concrete maker is planning to build a plant in Robinson Township ahead of growth expected from the Southern Beltway expansion.

Franklin Township-based J.J. Kennedy Inc. plans to break ground in the spring on a ready-mix concrete plant on Old Steubenville Pike near the Findlay Township line.

New mines bank on steel’s need for metallurgical coal

Contractors for Corsa Coal Corp. are busy digging a hole larger than a football field in Somerset County. Their goal is the Middle Kittanning seam – buried about 120 feet deep.

The Southpointe-based company is on schedule to open its Acosta Deep Mine in May, with a plan for at least 70 miners to remove about three miles of metallurgical-quality coal – used in steelmaking – over the next decade. Starting a new mine in an era when many are shutting down feels good, said Robert Bottegal, Corsa’s general manager for engineering.

Maryland firm purchases Iceoplex property

A Chevy Chase, Md., holding company has purchased Southpointe’s Iceoplex.

Iceoplex Operating LLC, an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Holdings, acquired all of the assets of the Southpointe sports complex, with plans to improve the financially troubled facility.

FirstEnergy plans $235M in improvements in West Penn Power area

FirstEnergy plans to spend $235 million during 2017 to make infrastructure upgrades in the 24-county West Penn Power services area, including improvements aimed at supporting the shale gas industry.

Cal U. plans to build new science building

Washington Winery expanding to Mon Valley

The marriage of wine and art has been a long and happy one, from gallery openings and artists’ shows to the advent of “paint and sip” parties that have gained wide popularity over the past several years.

It’s the latter category that’s driving the decision of the owners of Washington Winery to open a satellite location at Off The Wall Gallery on McKean Avenue in Charleroi.

County economic development scorecard posts another healthy year

Despite the downturn in natural gas production last year, Washington County attracted 80 economic development and infrastructure projects that amounted to more than $1.1 billion in capital investments.

The tally, which was spread over several different sectors, was presented Thursday by the Washington County commissioners during their annual economic update at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe.

Long wait for Mon-Fayette completion, not so much for I-79 widening

Finishing the Mon-Fayette Expressway probably will take a couple of more decades, but improvements to Interstate 79 in Cecil and South Fayette townships are well on the way.

New Minteer’s Market owners plan to add a bit of the general store

The new owners of Minteer’s Market are planning some tweaks to the longtime store on Main Street before opening in the next few weeks.

Ryan Yoest, who along with several other family members own and operate Yoest Feed & Farm Supply at 2465 E. Finley Drive, said the family recently purchased Minteer’s, which has been closed since mid-January.

“We’re renovating the whole place,” Yoest said last week. “It’s almost down to the walls.”

MVA announces funds for community development

Mon Valley Alliance announced the introduction of four new community development funds aimed at supporting and starting new projects that strengthen the community and benefit the region.

According to a news release from MVA Chief Executive Officer Chris Whitlatch, when the organization was formed last year it made a priority to be more involved in the communities it serves and to support shorter term community projects that improve the quality of life for residents and attract new people to the region.

Washington Financial takes former PNC site in Burgettstown

Washington Financial Bank, which hadn’t added a branch since 1999, is snapping the trend by opening two by midyear, growing its retail presence by 25 percent.

In addition to the Bridgeville office Washington Financial plans to open in the spring at 173 Millers Run Road, its first retail branch in Allegheny County, it has acquired a branch in Burgettstown from PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Montour named Pa. ‘Trail of the Year’ for ’17

In a statement last week announcing the designation, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn cited “a history of support dating back to the 1980s, annual user numbers surpassing 400,000 and a strong volunteer network” among the reasons for recognizing the trail system.

The agency noted the Montour Trail, which occupies the former right of way of the Montour Railroad and Peters Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Clairton and Moon Township, is one of the oldest “rails-to-trails” ventures in the country

From the ground up: 84 Lumber’s expanded store openings create demand for management trainees

Revenue at the country’s largest privately held building materials supplier has been steadily climbing since 2011, following the bust in the housing industry that began in 2007 and was responsible for the Great Recession that began a year later and lasted until a turnaround began in 2010.

Panel: Promise of medical cannabis must rise to federal legal challenges

Despite the existence of a Pennsylvania law permitting the use of medical marijuana, the treatment still has a long way to go before it can get into the hands of those who could legally use it for relief from chronic pain or a variety of other medical conditions for which it has been approved.

That was the conclusion of an hourlong panel discussion conducted Friday before a packed room of members of Washington County Chamber of Commerce at The Golf Club of Washington.

Aspen Dental opening Tuesday in South Strabane Township

Dr. Alexander Wenner, DDS, will open his new Aspen Dental office Tuesday, January 31 at 360 Washington Road, adjacent to the Trinity Point shopping complex on the site of the former Sharp’s Furniture.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen coming to South Strabane

The conversion of a former Long John Silver’s to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is expected to begin this week.

The structure at 301C Oak Spring Road, at the entrance to Washington Mall, South Strabane Township, will house the fast-food chain, owned and operated by AR Group of Restaurants of Trenton, N.J.

UMWA Career Center gets grant for coal miner retraining

UMWA Career Centers Inc., based in Ruff Creek, has received a $1.2 million grant from Appalachian Regional Commission through the federal Power initiative to help retrain displaced coal miners.

The money will be used to deliver workforce training and job-placement services to unemployed coal miners in eight Southwestern Pennsylvania counties and two southern West Virginia counties, according to a release issued Thursday by ARC announcing the funding.

Southern Beltway expansion moves forward

Part of Quicksilver Road in Robinson Township will close next month as work gets underway on the long-planned expansion of the Southern Beltway.

The Quicksilver closure, set to begin Feb. 1, will allow contractors to rebuild a quarter-mile section of the road as part of work on a four-mile stretch of highway from Route 22 south of Pittsburgh International Airport.

Range Resources gives Mon Valley Hospital $50K for ER upgrades

Mon Valley Hospital will perform $75,000 in improvements to standardize the rooms in its emergency department.

The project was boosted Tuesday with a $50,000 donation from Southpointe-based Range Resources, money that will also be spent to improve patient and visitor safety in the department’s 24 rooms, the company and hospital said.

Zip Office: Making the business center mobile

From the outside, the new Zip Office Business Center in Southpointe Town Center looks like most places a person could go to ship a package, make copies or pick up some office supplies.

But once inside, a visitor learns that there is much more than meets the eye.

Dollar General opens today in South Franklin

Dollar General will open for business this morning in South Franklin Township.

A soft opening will begin at 8 a.m. at the variety store at 2180 Park Ave., where a mobile home development once sat and near Michels Pipeline.

Charleroi restaurateur building brewery next door

Heads up. A fourth brewery is coming to Washington County.

Four Points Barbeque and Brewing is under construction in downtown Charleroi. The restaurant end, actually, has operated for more than four years – as Fourth Street Barbeque. Dave Barbe Jr., the appropriately named owner of the established establishment and the future brew pub, will run the businesses as one – thus the all-inclusive name change.

Washington County commissioners to seek OK for $6.75 million in LSA projects

The Washington County Board of Commissioners expects to ask that the state Department of Community and Economic Development approve $6.75 million in projects for 2017 from the Local Share Account of revenue from The Meadows.

Mon Valley Hospital buying the Willow Room

Monongahela Valley Hospital Inc. plans to purchase the Willow Pointe Building, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver Township, which houses various hospital departments, doctors’ offices and a fitness center, according to a resolution presented Wednesday at an agenda meeting of the Washington County commissioners.

Coal Tipple Brewery tips its glass to county’s mining history

Coal Tipple is also ramping up slowly. Chris showed a brewing area in the basement that is in the process of enabling the brewery to move from one-barrel batches to seven barrels.

The brewery will feature a total of six beers, with four on tap at any time, but the brewing area is large enough to go to 10-barrel batches as demand grows, Chris said.

Brewery is on tap for city next summer

Washington County has one brewery, and it just opened. By midsummer, there could be three.

Signs are up for Washington Brewing Co. at 28 E. Maiden St., in a space once occupied by a Studebaker car dealership. The brewery will be built next to Washington Winery/A&M Wine and Beer Supplies, near the intersection with South Main Street.

MMR getting ready for next industrial buildout

“We follow the major pipeline construction all the way down into West Virginia and Virginia,” he said.

District Manager Tony Graham said the new office in Lawrence, which is scheduled to open in the spring, is 10,000 square feet, with offices and warehouse space, and includes an 800 square-foot training room.

FirstEnergy’s $40 million substation to serve natural gas production, other customers

Construction has begun on a new FirstEnergy Corp. transmission substation in Smith Township to help meet the increased electrical usage of the area’s expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry. 

The project also will reinforce the regional transmission system which is expected to benefit more than 40,000 West Penn Power customers in Allegheny and Washington counties.

That's the spirit-Forty Bar & Grill striving to be a popular haunt

The management crew of Forty Bar & Grille couldn’t have chosen a better time to launch – Oct. 31.

On Halloween, on reputedly haunted grounds.

After nearly seven months of construction, Forty Bar & Grille is targeted to open next Monday, said Emily Cottrill, project manager/office manager.

Tech Met seals deal for Donora Industrial Park site

A longtime Mon Valley manufacturer with ties to the aerospace industry has landed – officially – at Donora Industrial Park.

Tech Met Inc., a Glassport company since 1988, is expanding its operations to a second location. It closed a deal Friday afternoon to purchase the property at 79 E. Eighth St., a building previously operated by Poly One Corp., which shuttered about three years ago.

New Meadows GM sees some changes coming, but will wait for others

The new general manager of The Meadows Casino said Tuesday his company will make capital investments in the gaming and entertainment venue in North Strabane Township.

Rodney Centers, 45, a 10-year veteran of the casino industry, also said he’s confident state legislators will arrive at a fair solution for how Pennsylvania’s casinos will fund local share payments to communities, following last month’s state Supreme Court decision that the current funding method is unconstitutional.

Chicago real estate investor buys at Southpointe

Chicago-based M&J Wilkow Ltd. is extending its investment in the Pittsburgh market to Southpointe.

After first entering the region’s commercial real estate market by buying the Waterfront in Homestead, three buildings downtown and Penn Center East in Wilkins Township, M&J Wilkow has closed on buying 275 Technology Drive, the two-story, 108,000-square-foot former headquarters of Ansys (Nasdaq: ANSS), which has sat vacant since the company left it for a new, larger office at nearby Zenith Ridge. No purchase price was disclosed.

Commissioners approve Starpointe land sale

The Washington County commissioners advanced plans for changes affecting county property.

Cardinal Properties, doing business as Keystone Containment Contractors of Imperial, will pay $521,000 for an eight-acre site at Starpointe Business Park where it plans to construct a 30,000-square-foot headquarters, warehouse and shop.

Spill-containment company coming to Starpointe

Keystone Containment Contractors of Imperial plans to purchase an eight-acre site at Starpointe business park, which the Washington County commissioners expect to approve Thursday.

Dan Reitz, executive director of the Washington County Council on Economic Development, said the company designs, makes, installs and maintains liners for spill containment and water retention ponds used by the natural gas and oil industry.

$6.1 million Independence-Cross Creek sewer upgrades moving forward

Independence-Cross Creek Joint Authority approved a $6.1 million sewer upgrade for 126 homes.

By a 4-1-1 margin in a Sept. 19 vote, Board Chairman Rob Gagliani said it’s been a long road.

W&J, O-R launch plans for downtown small-business incubator

A small-business incubator could be in operation in the heart of downtown Washington two years from now, according to plans announced Friday by Washington & Jefferson College and the Observer-Reporter.

Rice buys energy firm for $2.7 billion

Rice Energy Inc. is expanding its oil and gas holdings in the region … and beyond.

The Southpointe-based company announced Monday it agreed to buy Vantage Energy, an oil and gas firm, for $2.7 billion, including assumption of debt. Rice expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter.

Food bank to expand freezer, refrigeration capacity, build garage

Greater Washington County Food Bank will be using a half-million-dollar grant of state taxpayers’ money to house its vehicles and expand its capacity to store frozen foods and perishables to better feed its clientele.

W.G. Tomko opens 40,000 square-foot expansion

W.G. Tomko Inc. opened its new 40,000 square-foot expansion at its Finleyville headquarters, with a major emphasis on its fabrication shop.

The project, originally announced in June 2015, was showcased Friday with tours of the new area.

Steel Nation debuts turnkey energy services

Steel Nation, which for several years has provided design and construction services for natural gas compression stations in the region, announced Steel Nation Turn-Key Energy Services, a single-source solution for all oil and gas construction projects throughout the Marcellus and Utica shales, and other North American shale plays.

New operator, owner take over at The Meadows

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has a new owner and operator.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday unanimously approved the change of control of the slot machine license held by Washington Trotting Association, operator of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, to Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.

Washington City Mission breaks ground for veterans shelter

For years, City Mission officials prioritized a need to assist homeless veterans. A campaign to build a shelter exclusively for those who served was gaining momentum when a fire in the main building last summer derailed plans.

Thanks to community support, the men’s shelter was restored in less than a year, allowing progress toward the Veterans Residential Facility.

Plastics manufacturer Retal to locate in Donora, create 88 jobs

An international plastics packaging manufacturer will create 88 jobs as it opens a regional headquarters and production plant in Donora.

According to an announcement Tuesday from Gov. Tom Wolf, Retal PA LLC, which purchased an existing 140,000-square-foot facility at 55 S. Washington St., is investing at least $15 million, with company estimates reaching $24 million, to purchase machinery equipment and training for new employees. The company has also committed to create 88 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.

Mon Valley Alliance selects CEO

Five months after its formation, Mon Valley Alliance has a chief executive officer.

The MVA board announced Tuesday Christopher Whitlatch will begin serving in that capacity in mid-September. He has more than two decades of nonprofit and corporate experience, including the past seven years as director of digital initiations/communications with the Pittsburgh Foundation.

ANSYS makes leadership changes

ANSYS, the Southpointe-based global provider of engineering simulation software, announced a leadership succession plan.

Developer makes a push for South Strabane project

The owner of a 153-acre parcel of land adjacent to Tanger Outlets in South Strabane Township offered to fund maintenance of a public road in an attempt to establish a multiple-use development there.

Chapman Properties informed the board of supervisors Tuesday it would fund maintenance of a portion of Tanger Boulevard for 10 years if the township assumes responsibility for the road. Chapman maintains the private road would have to be transferred to the township in order to develop the property.

HCB Foundry gives South Strabane an offer they could not refuse

A developer that recently filed a lawsuit against South Strabane extended an olive branch Tuesday, ultimately ceasing litigation against the township.

Jonathan Kamen, an attorney representing HCB Foundry, told supervisors his client would rather “put money toward the township instead of legal fees.”

Sweet expansion: Bethel Bakery to open second location in North Strabane

Bethel Bakery had its company picnic Sunday in South Park. John and Chris Walsh served an unexpectedly sweet treat.

The owners of the iconic Bethel Park shop announced they were expanding their footprint into the next county. They are going to open a second location – a retail operation – in North Strabane Towne Center, meaning more jobs, more opportunities, more goodies.