$474 million pig iron plant bringing jobs, new opportunities to Ashtabula

The construction of Petmin’s $474 million nodular pig iron plant in Ashtabula Harbor is expected to bring up to 600 jobs during construction, and approximately 100 new permanent jobs upon completion, the Star Beacon reports. Currently, all of the nodular pig iron — “a type of metal used to produce high value metal components like engine blocks and landing gear” — used in the United States is imported, according to the article. State Representative John Patterson said the pig iron plant and the recently completed Risberg natural gas pipeline “are foundational industries that will move the county forward.” Ashtabula County could see a resurgence of high-tech jobs in the county “if a metal casting facility comes to the area,” Patterson said. For more, read the full article.

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