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Cambridge Mayor “Extremely Excited” about Utica Shale

A great article ran yesterday in The Daily Jeffersonian welcoming a new business to Guernsey County.  If you’re from where I’m from, you know we’ve waited an awful long time for news of an investment like this in our communities. Finally, it appears to be here.

Mayor says site on 40 west sold to Texas oil company; signals beginning of boom

John Lowe
The Daily Jeffersonian
September 27, 2011

A company serving the oil and gas industry has made an investment and will bring jobs to Guernsey County, Mayor Tom Orr reported to City Council on Monday.

The Nicolozakes family has sold the property formerly occupied by Columbus Equipment to GoFrac LLC of Forth Worth, Texas, Orr said.

“They’re going to start with 50 employees immediately,” he said. “The goal is to hire at least 75 and, by next summer, they hope to have 150.”

Although the figures were not firm, the company may make an investment of as much as $46 million.

“This is the first big card to fall our way,” Orr said. “And we’re extremely excited about this.”

The company liked the site because of its proximity to the crossroads of Interstate 70 and Interstate 77.

“It has good demographics. They can get around to service all of the big oil companies,” the mayor said.

The site of the new company is located on Phillips Road, off of Route 40 on the west side of town. Orr said plans call for the company to have an open house in November.

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