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Exal nixes 300-job, $400M expansion plan

Published: Thu, January 12, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Karl Henkel



Exal Corp. isn’t divulging the reasons it won’t go forward with a substantial project in Youngstown.

But a representative said Wednesday Exal’s proposed $400 million expansion is no longer part of the company’s plans.

The spokeswoman said the decision “has nothing to do with money.”

Exal, which makes aluminum cans and bottles at the city’s Performance Place Business Park on Poland Avenue, had considered for about three years whether it would move ahead with the construction of a $400 million project in the city’s Salt Springs Road Business Park.

The project was expected to add about 300 jobs and nearly double its current Mahoning Valley work force of about 400.

Eric Planey, vice president of international business attraction for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, said he didn’t know the exact reasons behind Exal’s decision but that there’s a chance the company eventually could expand in Youngstown.

“I don’t think it’s a dead deal,” he said. “I think in the future it could be looked at again.”

Youngstown received $4.3 million in November 2008 from the state to improve a 61-acre site at Salt Springs for Exal.

The money was used to purchase the property for $1.4 million from LaFarge North America Inc., which used it to mine slag, as well as to make major site improvements and install water, sewer, gas and electric lines.

Exterran Energy Solutions instead will occupy that space.

The Houston-based company plans to start construction in February on a 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and office building to be operational in about a year.

The company provides a variety of above-ground services for fracking.

T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s economic development director, previously told The Vindicator that the city hadn’t given up on Exal’s expansion but that the company did not give a “firm time line,” prompting the city to offer the land to Exterran.


1CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"The company provides a variety of above-ground services for fracking."

This should end well.

How much did it cost ytown to actually "improve" the land for the exal site?

Did it actually cost 2.9 million to install water, sewer, gas and electric lines? It quite possibly could have, Im just wondering if it actually did or not, and if not where is the rest of the money? Can we have a follow up on this story to make sure there are no shenanigans?

“I don’t think it’s a dead deal,” he said. “I think in the future it could be looked at again.”

Do you mean if fracking is banned in Ohio? What would a company like Exterran do with this site then?

final question.
Doesn't the welcoming of Exterran's fracking assistance site pretty much tell you that the City of Youngstown is in favor of fracking? As long as it brings more of the almighty dollar to their pockets?

Odd questions, and decisions being made here....

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2Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

CantStandYa - -I agree.

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3Superstar7(122 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

T. Sharon Woodberry,
You REALLY don't know why?
Try this...
tell them they are not required to hire union workers & will not have to deal with unions.
THEN you & others may begin to understand "competition."

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4Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Superstar Exal already is a NON-UNION workshop. They have two production buildings in Youngstown right now and have several hundred employees that have been on the job for years. This company makes aluminum cans for the beer and pop market as well as containers for the hairspray market.

CantStandYa the rest of that money was used to install a ROAD. Drive down Salt Spring road sometime and look at this site why don't Ya. You will see that the City of Youngstown has done a GREAT job of making about seventy acres of unused land "job ready" for manufacturing.

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5Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Diebold it was not a slag dump , but was in fact used by a company that SOLD slag. There were no factors that would have made this site unsafe or in need or remediation other then the leveling of the land and the installation of utilities. This part of Salt Spring Road, for the most part has gone unnoticed by the public by and large. But dating back to the Ungaro Administration in has been used for economic development by the City to bring business into the City, the empty building that you mention is one company that did not make it.

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6southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The comment “has nothing to do with money" ...it has everything to do with money.

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7wcid(26 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I've worked there for about 6 months! HATED that place! It's a dead-end job unless you're content watching cans for the rest of your life. Decent pay though. they pay you enough to stay and not want to quit. So glad that I'm not there anymore.

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