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Business Development Corporation breaks ground for new Rock Springs Business Park


It was a big morning in Hancock County Thursday as they broke ground at the construction site for a 30,000 square feet building at the new Rock Springs Business Park.

Local, state, and federal officials were there to take part in the ceremony. At this location along the Ohio River in Chester, sat an abandoned factory for more than 30 years.  

Officials tell 7News the momentum for these type of projects is being fueled by the recent announcement of the Shell Ethane Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA. 

“Once they moved beyond being a pioneer and actually put their stake in the ground to build this ethane cracker, the number of prospects that have been looking for areas for spin-off businesses has been escalating dramatically,” said Pat Ford, Executive Director, Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle

Right now, it is still not being released who will be moving it into this new building, but phase one of the project should be done in about nine months, and phase two is in the early design stages.

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