By: Amanda Smith Struthers, Ohio (WKBN) Local news
Posted: Dec 20, 2017 04:16 PM EST
Aqua Ohio breaks ground at new Struthers headquarters
STRUTHERS, Ohio (WFMJ) - A $2.5 million project is finished in Struthers, marking a new chapter for both Aqua Ohio and the Castlo Industrial Park.
Castlo operates by leasing land to companies in buildings that once housed Youngstown Sheet and Tube. But for the first time, the organization sold land, and that created an opening for Aqua Ohio to bring their operations center to Struthers. The company's headquarters will remain in Boardman. "We've outgrown our current facilities (in Struthers). We wanted to bring our administrative and operations staff under one roof. We've been in the Struthers area for over 100 years," said Jennifer Johnson, area manager for Aqua Ohio. Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker said, "Aqua Ohio has meant a lot to the local community and has deep roots in the area. We are really excited they chose to stay and do economic development in Castlo ." Stocker said "County commissioners say they support the new project, too." Mahoning County has had several public-private partnerships with the company. "Aqua Ohio has worked on so many projects with us in Mahoning County. They've helped expand development. They've helped bring water to different areas, and they've allowed businesses to thrive, " said Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti.
Aqua Ohio is planning more investment in the area in the coming years. Johnson said they are planning to invest $13 million in the local system.
That's going to include another major upgrade to our water treatment facility in Poland Township which already began when we had a local roof contractor,"Commmercial Industrial Roofing",also from Struthers, Ohio.
Install a new roof on it in in the summer of 2017. Looking further out over the next three years, there are plans to make significant replacements of main lines," Johnson said. That will help prevent water line breaks that plague older pipes.
The period between the 1930s and the 1970s marked an era of development for Ohio Water Service Company. In 1973, the company merged with Consumers Water Company of Portland, Maine making, Ohio Water Service Company a wholly owned subsidiary of Consumers Water Company. Ohio Water Service became known as "Consumers Ohio Water Company in 1993. "
In March 1999, Consumers Water Company merged with "Philadelphia Suburban Corporation" (PSC) making COWC a subsidiary of 'one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the country. ' PSC' was renamed Aqua America, Inc., in 2004