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A Louisiana-based welding and fabrication company has bought the former Delphi plastics plant in Rootstown. Six C Fabrication Inc. will manufacture piping and structural steel equipment for the oil and gas industry working the Utica Shale gas play in eastern Ohio.
The company hopes to have up to 100 workers by the end of the year, according to Robin Cummings, the firm's president.
It's not the company's first operation in Ohio. Cummings said for about a year it has had a facility with about 40 employees in Carrollton, which is currently the heart of the natural gas drilling in Ohio.
He said they were looking to replicate their facility in Louisiana with a new customer base. That plant employed 300 people at its high point last year, he said.
The 33-acre site has 222,000 square feet under roof and was advertised for $2.1 million. Six C bought the facility for $1.25 million.
Cummings said they looked for a location in Western Pennsylvania and the Youngstown area before settling on the Rootstown facility. The building, on South Prospect Street near the Ravenna Township line, has quick access to Interstate 76 to the south.
"This area seems friendly and open to new business," he said.
In addition to the oil and gas industry, Six C is a major mechanical company for all industries. Cummings said he hopes to expand and work in other industries in Ohio.
"We'll put our name out in the local market," he said.
The company started moving equipment in on Friday. The company will be looking for welders and others in the fabrication industry.
"In the next couple of weeks we'll hang up the 'hiring' sign," Cummings said. That will include hiring young people looking to learn a trade by working with skilled employees, Cummings said.
Bradford Ehrhart, president of the Portage Development Board, said the PDB helped with the site selection and brought the county's workforce office to offer assistance to Six C.
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