Commissioners to front project money

The Scioto County Commissioners decided late last week that they would provide $400,000 to bring a road project in Haverhill.

In November 2015, Alitivia Petrochemicals announced its acquisition of Haverhill Chemicals. As a part of the acquisition, local officials agreed to make some improvements to Haverhill Ohio Furnace Road.

The project is estimated to cost $724,700. Funding for the project is coming from a variety of agencies from the local and state governments. As apart of the project, funding the commissioners were faced with a choice, they could work to obtain a loan for $400,000 or they could allocate $400,000 to the project and get reimbursed. The commissioners chose to allocate the funding.

Scioto County Commissioners Doug Coleman and Bryan Davis said they decided to allocate the money, “Due to the strong fiscal position of the county, we can afford to make such infrastructure commitments to secure jobs for our region.”

Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman said all of the necessary funding is in place for the project to start.

The scope of the project will include reconstruction and widening of Haverhill Ohio Furnace Road between U.S. 52 and County Road 1, and will include roadway erosion control with embankment and shoulder support, conduit drainage and roadway paving.

The project will create 30 new full-time equivalent jobs and will retain 51 full-time jobs.

Funding for the project is coming from the Fluor-BWXT Opportunity Fund, Scioto County Engineer, JobsOhio, Scioto County Commissioners, Appalachian Regional Commission, Ohio Department Of Transportation and Governor’s Office of Appalachia. The Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) has assisted the project in helping to secure some of the necessary funding.

SOPA Executive Director Jason Kester said the funding came into place for this project because people worked together to make it happen.

According to information found on, Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ALTIVIA was founded in 1986 and today is the largest merchant producer of Phosgene derivative intermediates in the Americas, including chloroformates and acid chlorides, serving pharmaceutical, organic peroxide and agricultural markets. In November 2015, ALTIVIA acquired the former Sunoco facilities in Haverhill, Ohio, the third largest merchant production facility of Phenol, Acetone and Alpha Methylstyrene in the Americas. ALTIVIA is also a producer of iron-based salts serving municipal and industrial customers with a broad range of chemical solutions, including products formulated for specific water treatment applications.

Opperman said the road project will likely be bidded out in July with an October completion date.

For more information about Altivia visit them at

By Wayne Allen

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Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext.1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter

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