Athens County officials break ground on industrial building expected to bring new business and jobs to the region

September 9, 2022

THE PLAINS, Ohio (WOUB) — The first shovelfuls of dirt were turned Friday morning on a new industrial building that Athens County officials hope will bring around 100 good-paying jobs to the region.

The 60,000-square foot building is going up on a patch of grassy field in the Bill Theisen Industrial Park in The Plains.

The Athens County Port Authority is building the structure on spec, meaning it doesn’t yet have a business lined up to occupy the space.

Instead, the hope is that having a brand-new facility ready to go will be a strong selling point for economic development officials trying to encourage a business to expand or locate in Athens County.

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