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Marshall County May Soon Have Rebirth Of Industrial Golden Age

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Back in the golden age of industry, Marshall County was booming.

Everyone had jobs, and there were glass factories, toy factories, chemical plants and coal mines everywhere.

But now that golden age could be coming back, perhaps better than ever.

One company alone serves as an example.

That company is Williams Ohio Valley Mid Stream.

It reportedly does gas separation, or "fractionation."

Dave Knuth, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, says Williams promises to be here for the next 30 years.

They are building or refurbishing three plants in Marshall County.

He says they will soon hire people to operate those plants, plus an office staff of 120 people

This offshoot of the gas drilling industry will reportedly soon sink $1.8 billion into their Marshall County operations.

"This means a tremendous opportunity for jobs here in our county to be developed," says Knuth. "It will keep a lot of people working here in the area rather than having to drive miles and miles away for jobs. It looks to me as if this is the chance of a lifetime for employment to be available for us here in Marshall County."

Knuth says the plant jobs could pay $50,000-$60,000 a year.

The rate of pay for the office staff jobs is not yet known.

He says the application process has not begun.

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