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Campbell land eyed as site for new mill



Published: Wed, June 23, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

Plant would employ 700, company’s owner says

By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

CAMPBELL

A Pittsburgh-based company that owns 113 acres of industrial property in Campbell and Youngstown is planning to build a steel mill there.

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Campbell Mayor George Krinos

Sherman International Corp. would like to build a mill for cold-rolling coils on the 40 acres it owns in Campbell, said company representatives.

The mill would employ 700 people, said company owner Krishna Sharma.

The plan hinges on the city’s obtaining grants for the company to assess and then clean up the site. Company and public officials attended a public hearing Tuesday at the Campbell city building on the application for the Clean Ohio funds.

The plan also depends on the city’s getting grants for infrastructure for the project, said Mayor George Krinos.

If all goes as planned, Krinos said, the company would like to expand the mill onto its Youngstown property eventually, with the expectation of 3,500 jobs in all.

Krinos said he also would like to see the city build a bridge from Wilson Avenue into the brownfields and would like to see city-owned land along Wilson Avenue turned over to developers. He said he envisions stores and restaurants along Wilson that would attract workers from the new mill.

After Tuesday’s hearing, the application for $300,000 to assess the property for cleanup will be forwarded to the Clean Ohio program, said Jim Smith of Brownfield Restoration Group. His company will do the assessment and restoration.

If the project goes as hoped, the mill is still years away from being built.

Smith said that if the grant is approved, the project is three months away from getting the funds.

The assessment itself, to determine what chemicals and metals are in the soil, will take a year to 18 months, he said.

He said the city likely would be applying for funds for the actual cleanup in January 2012. The cleanup grant, which would provide $3 million, would allow 30 months to complete the work.

Smith said the company could begin construction while the site is being cleaned up if there are portions of it that don’t need remediation.

The 40 acres is part of the old Youngstown Sheet and Tube seamless tube mill, said Smith.

“It’s something I’m very excited about,” said Krinos, adding that he’s been working with state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-33rd, and former Struthers council President Bob Carcelli Jr. on the proposal.

“This will revitalize Campbell,” he said.

Carcelli said he is working as a liaison between Sherman International and local and state officials.

“I lined up Sherman International,” he said Tuesday, adding that he went to Sharma last year with the idea of developing business on the property.

Sherman International has been in business for 30 years, said Mona Mattson, its human resource and finance manager. It is a family business, said Mattson, who is Sharma’s daughter.

Mattson said the company designs steel mills and provides equipment for them.

Sharma said there will be an important distinction between the new mill and the old mills that shut down.

“It will be new technology,” she said. “You have to compete with imports.”


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1cmhs68(134 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If you read the election manual krinos talked about using grants to get businesses into the city. He also said before he was elected that he was working on not just one but several large businesses. This is just one of the businesses. That is why he has continually said that he would like to give the land on wilson ave away to developers of course with stipulations this also was in his election manual.

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2cmhs68(134 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I only hope this provides some proof to the "non kool aid drinkers" that Krinos has the ability and the know how to change the city. He has been working on several businesses and this being one that he started before being elected and while in office only seven months has accomplished more then the previous mayor and this council which they were there for 10+ years. Way to go Krinos. Maybe this will show council that Krinos just might be right in saying Miles can't do the job as finance director.

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3Billybob21(96 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

LOL this krinos guy is such a joke it makes me laugh everytime i hear about him. always taking credit for other peoples work Lmao

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4cmhs68(134 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

@billybob21

Wow a joke? Then who deserves the credit. That Krinos guy has said constantly that the Senator and Bob Carcelli are the 2 main reasons this was able to happen. Well if you ask me and from what Krinos has said they all are getting the credit.

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5CampbellPride(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

How many times do I have to tell you to stay away from this crap? These people are probably the same ones that want to take over, like Juanita Rich and Sherman Miles, etc. They're cowards that hide behind screen names because they don't have the guts to post this garbage any other way. billybob21? His name says it all. Don't think I have too much respect for a hillbilly.

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6TheTruth123(27 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I guess when you want the correct facts you have to research them yourself.
Google- Sherman International corp ,they are a company that supplies equipment to steelmills , they don't build steelmills.

The reason they own the property is because they purchased all of the equipment in the old buildings years ago and the property came as a bonus because they got it for pennies on the dollar.

Now , They need a company to build or finance a construction such as a V&M star, Severstal steel, or U.S steel .

Do any of you know what it cost to build a new steelmill today around 800 million dollars. You show me a company thats willing to invest that kind of money in a industry thats dying in this country and has already be dead in this valley for over 30 years.

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7NoBS(2002 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

USA1 - the $300K is to ASSESS the property for cleanup. The cleanup itself will cost more. Gotta love government regulations!

Personally, I hope this thing takes off and becomes a viable business. This area has been burned before (Commuter Aircraft Corp, Youngstown Airship Co., anybody?) so we need to be a little skeptical of too-good-to-be-true claims, but on the other hand, we don't want to turn our backs on jobs, either. Keep everything open and aboveboard, and hopefully the area will prosper.

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8atek101(77 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If this is likely to be a project that expands from Campbell to Youngstown, perhaps this is an opportunity for them to work together to help each other out. Perhaps Youngstown, which does have some expertise in grant acquisition, can help Campbell get the funds, because if this project is a success, it will ultimately benefit Youngstown as much as Campbell, even if Campbell gets most of the tax revenues from the initial development.

I think it's important for cities and towns in the Valley to work together to support each other with big projects like this, because they will ultimately benefit the entire area. We have to start working together across municipal boundaries if our community expects to compete in the global marketplace.

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9mrblue(1057 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Keep Mrs. Rich and her puppet Miles out of the mix and hopefully things will work out. This would be HUGE for the city. I know it will take a few years, but it will be good for the whole valley.

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10onlyincampbell(35 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

From what I have heard, This project is something Juanita and Mayor Dill had discussed a few years ago. but it was kept under wraps because of the size of the project and now Krino's is taking credit for it like the paving of struthers liberty.
He's probably also offering them tax abatements to boot so the city wont see any revenue on it for years, but yet he still wants the citizens to pay to keep the street lights on?

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11MichaelG93(79 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm the first to bash Mayor Krazinos for all the craziness going on around him. This news is great news to our city and I hope this can happen in the near future. You have to give credit where credit is due. We, meaning the city of Campbell, need to stay involved in this and figure out how we as citizens can help with this project. CMHS68, never thought you would hear something nice out of my mouth about Krazinos, did you?

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12Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Interesting. Hopefully all goes according to plan.

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13theword(342 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I think all of you should read this article a little better. What good news is this for the city of campbell? No one guarentee one job will be brought to the city.

The only one that is making out on this is the property owner. She owns the land and needs it clean up and is asking the city, state and federal government to foot the bill for it.

Not only does she want the tax payers to pay for the clean up, she is also asking the city to pay for infrastructure to bring water, electric and gas to the property along with a bridge.

How much money is the property owner putting into this deal? She has owned this land for 10 years and has done nothing but scrap the old buildings and made a killing.

So the property owner get her land cleaned up, gas, electric, water and a bridge and doesn't guarentee one job out of the deal. Great news for the city!!!!!!!

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14walter_sobchak(1977 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

GREAT NEWS! More news about Campbell so we can get 250 posts about what a hero/creep the mayor is!

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15justsayin(42 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Sherman is a small engineering firm that is located in Pittsburgh but almost all of their references are for projects in China and India. I find it funny that they are quoted as saying “You have to compete with imports.” They are working almost exclusively for these companies that import.

The new Allegheny Ludlum hot strip mill planned for Brackenridge, PA is expected to cost over $1.1 Billion. Sherman is basically a used equipment dealer that buys equipment here and re-sells them to the countries such as China and India. They don't have nearly deep enough pockets to pull this off. Unless there are just enough government grants.....hmmmm....interesting.

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16YSU_Grad(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"The assessment itself, to determine what chemicals and metals are in the soil, will take a year to 18 months" WHY? Can't they just dig 500-1000 test pits over a month or two and get it tested? Drill for groundwater tests and call it a day? Sounds like 6-10 months of work to me. Too ambitious?

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