Tue. 4pm: Champion plant breaks ground on expansion

CHAMPION – Five of the planned 30 new employees are already on the job as part of a $20 million expansion at Ohio Star Forge here.

Executives from Ohio Star Forge and its Japanese parent company, Daido Steel, joined Trumbull County commissioners for a ceremonial ground breaking today deep inside the Mahoning Avenue plant. The five acres, purchased from neighbor Warren Steel Holdings, previously was part of Copperweld Steel.

“This project is very monumental for us, for our future,” said William Orbach, president and CEO of Ohio Star Forge during his brief remarks at the groundbreaking event.

The company chose Champion from several other options, including at least one site in Japan. Commissioners expressed enthusiasm at the decision to bring the large addition to Trumbull County, but noted it was a long time in the making.

“We have been working with them since several years ago when they made their first improvements,” said Trumbull Commissioner Dan Polivka. “We have been trying to offer as many incentives and be as business friendly to them as possible.”

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