Columbus - 
Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced the cities of Youngstown, Girard, and Trumbull County will receive $1,067,037 in funding from the Department of Development for the proposed V&M Two, LLC (V&M) project. V&M manufactures seamless Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), line and standard pipe, coupling stock and mechanical tube. This project will support the purchase of the following pieces of machinery and equipment: Mandrel and Piecer Bar racks, entry and exit material, outdoor substation and metering, furnaces, cranes, threading machines, cassettes, IMS gages, Pumps, Emergency Generators, and other related pieces. "Job creation is a top priority on my agenda as a state senator and I am glad that there are multiple opportunities in my district to put people back to work," said Senator Schiavoni. As a result of the funding, V&M has committed to creating 350 new, full-time jobs and retaining 439 existing full-time jobs. Additional projects funded are: -$87,500 from the Thomas Edison Program to expand the Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation's (YEIC) current focus on developing Business to Business software application companies. YEIC will continue renovation of its 25,000 squarefoot incubation facility and will continue to provide telephone and internet services, video conferencing connections, a software testing laboratory, an inventory of computer, video, projection, and other equipment, and trade show fixtures to tenants. -$250,000 from the Roadwork Development Grant for improvements of the Salt Springs Road project. This roadway will act as the critical link between Exterran's new facility in the Salt Springs Industrial Park and Interstate 680 via Meridian Road. The improvements will improve vehicular access for the large tractor trailers that will be utilized for the shipment of Exterran's products. As a result of the assistance provided, Exterran will create 103 new full time positions.
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