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Campbell ex-mayor tries to lure fuel plant



Published: Sat, September 8, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By JEANNE STARMAcK

and Burton Speakman

news@vindy.com

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An Indiana plant that closed because of air- quality issues is seeking a Mahoning Valley location, and a former Campbell mayor is providing assistance.

George Krinos, who owns the Krinos Group in Boardman, said in a prepared statement his firm will fund a Nature’s Fuel site and the equipment needed for a “waste-to-renewable-fuel” facility.

The company can use any type of waste with the exception of hazardous waste in its process. It could be wood, manure, municipal trash or industrial waste.

Krinos was Campbell’s mayor from December 2009 until he resigned Jan. 4, 2011, a little more than a month into the second year of his two-year term. The Krinos Group is an umbrella for the Krinos Financial Group, Krinos Investment Group, Krinos Insurance Group and Krinos Venture Capital, its website says.

In the statement, Krinos says that total funding by Krinos Group for the Nature’s Fuel site will be “in excess of $512,000,000.” In a phone interview Friday, he would not elaborate on where that money will come from.

The statement indicates he will be announcing other funding for a site “in another state in the near future.” A proposed site in Michigan and the company’s only up-and-running site, in Huntington, Ind., also received funding, the statement says.

Krinos told The Vindicator he wants to bring the plant to Campbell.

“My job was to bring business into the city, in or out of office,” he said. “I will accomplish that goal,” he said, adding that “three or four more businesses are coming” that will provide 4,000 area jobs.

The Nature’s Fuel site, the statement says, will employ 232 people. The project should create more than 1,415 direct, indirect, permanent and temporary jobs, it says.

Nature’s Fuel lost its air-quality permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and closed its Attwood, Ind., location, said Robert Elstro, public information officer for the IDEM.

The company still has an active air-quality permit for its site in Huntington, Ind.

In 2010, IDEM issued an agreed order with Nature’s Fuel to close the Atwood site by Jan. 31, 2011. The company was cited for violations including air pollution, oil spilled onto the ground and solid waste was not disposed of properly, according to IDEM records. The violations occurred during 2009.

Glenn Johnson, president of Nature’s Fuel, acknowledged his company made some mistakes at their first operation in Indiana.

“We spent a lot of money to fix those mistakes,” he said.

The Atwood plant generated a lot of complaints from neighbors, and it was eventually closed by agreement with the IDEM to stop those complaints, not because the company had committed several environmental offenses, Johnson said.

There were only two confirmed violations, and the company paid a little more than $4,000 in fines, he said.

“The good thing about the Atwood plant is the process was proven to be successful,” Johnson said. “We spent $25 million to make sure there’s not a problem with emissions.”

It unclear what kind of waste Nature’s Fuel would use at a Mahoning Valley location, he said. “We’ve got a lot of people looking around for a viable site,” Johnson said.

Campbell Mayor Bill VanSuch said Friday he is not aware of any discussions about bringing the company into the city.

“When he was mayor, he said he was going to bring garbage in, burn it and make electricity out of it,” VanSuch said, adding that city council didn’t pay much attention to the idea.

Krinos and council had an acrimonious relationship, including infighting over Krinos’ attempts to fire the city’s financial director and appoint a new one. That issue ended up in court, with council and finance director Sherman Miles filing suit to get Miles reinstated after Krinos suspended him in April 2010.

Krinos also upset council members by rehiring a laid-off firefighter though council had not budgeted money to pay him.

He resigned as mayor two days after a report of an attempted suicide at his Matawan Drive home. A caller told police “a man had eaten an entire bottle of Xanax.” Krinos said he went to the hospital because of an allergic reaction.

He also was charged with OVI in Columbiana County while in office, and was convicted of that charge in 2011.

He is facing another OVI charge in Beaver Township. He was arrested there in June.

VanSuch said Krinos’ involvement with Nature’s Fuel would not prevent him from talking to the company.

“I don’t care who’s involved,” he said. “I am interested in getting jobs, and my door’s open.”

He also said that he would be concerned about the company’s past problems in Indiana, and he would want to “check them out to the fullest.”

Nature’s Fuel is looking at 11 other sites, including the CASTLO Industrial Park in Struthers.

Struthers Mayor Terry Stocker, who is also a CASTLO trustee, said he talked this week with a company representative who wanted to know if the city’s sewage treatment plant has the capacity to treat wastewater from the company’s operations.

Stocker said odors would be one concern, with 75 homes in the general proximity of CASTLO. More could be affected, depending on which way the wind blows, he said. In Atwood, Ind., residents complained of a natural-gas-like smell, according to website WNDU.com.

Stocker pointed out the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would have to issue permits to the company.

He said CASTLO trustees decided at their meeting Thursday they’d be willing to listen to company representatives.

“We’re interested in jobs,” Stocker said, adding that he agrees city residents’ quality of life is also important.

Bob Carcelli, who is helping the company find a site either in Northeast Ohio or western Pennsylvania, would not say where other possible sites are. Krinos also would not say.


Comments

1GeorgeKrinos(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

From George Krinos: Again as I always have said I feel some newspapers take away any and all positive attributes of an article by only being able to focus on potential negative if not half truths of information despite their efforts to try to write a story.
On a separate note, this valley is in desperate need of good paying jobs which the lowest that this company offers is in the area of 50-60k annually, with 600 employed that is a major increase. Why don't we focus on the positive instead of the negative. Remember even all types of media has skeletons in their closets.

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2johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the latest brainchild hatched by this group of washed up thugs who are merely looking for the next get rich quick scheme on the backs of taxpayers. Their sole objective is to convince as many naive politicians as they can to support public financing so they can make some side money. Someone should ask the likes of Krinos and Carcelli how much of their own money they will be investing in this "project".

What happened to the steel mill? Same cast of players.

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3republicanRick(1167 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The drunk driving, incompetent ex-mayor who was sued because he didn't pay his wedding reception bills is going to front 500 MILLION dollars to some law breaking company to come here?

Somebody better check what this guy is smoking.

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4ytownsteelman(631 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I didn't see anything in the article stating that they were looking for public money to build this. Hopefully it will be a completely private venture that seeks to make a profit out of creating value instead of profiting from every tax incentive, grant or loan that they can pry out of the government. Sure we need jobs, but our government was not intended to be a venture capital firm.

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5johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

@ytownsteelman:

As usual, the Vindicator is either incomplete or selective in its presentation of the facts regarding this venture. Believe me, these folks are only looking for a way to siphon off some public funding for themselves. For the a more complete accounting, please check out the following link:

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

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6cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, johnyoung, I watched that footage and still don't see anything wrong with the company asking for a tax abatement.

If vansuch had a brain, he wouldn't say half the crap he says. He didn't know anything about this venture because he's not even looking to bring in business to campbell. Let's face it, lol, he doesn't even know how. He depends solely on jack dill who could care less about the city.

How could you be mayor for 10 years and city admin for 2, and only bring in a dollar store?! Then, for vansuch to admit that city council didn't even pay attention to krinos when it came to bringing in Estech, who would create electricity from waste, was the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Don't forget vansuch was council president at the time.

It's about time someone is doing something for this town. What stinks is not who is involved in bringing money back into this God forsaken city, but who is trying to stop it! If this desperate city ignores this opportunity once again, it's the mayor and jack dill that needs to go!

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7SteVa(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

It is beyond me as to how this man still has his license to be an investment manager. Check public records: failing to pay the caterer for his wedding (using the excuse that the food was bad from a very reputable caterer), repossession of land, credit card company suits, DUI's, failing to pay local advertisers, not paying bank loans, etc. And before many of you say that this happened many years ago, how about that in the last couple of years the Ohio Tax Department filed a suit for $827 owed to them, Pitney Bowes Bank filed a suit for $11,183, Sun Life filed a suit for over $23,000, a DUI in June of 2012, plus filing a false alarm with the Boardman Police in April of 2012. On top of all this the Campbell Police came to his home in the past year to investigate a call about a stabbing and he told them that he and a friend were seeing how much pain they could stand by using a stapler to pump staples into their hand (something a 10 year old might do, not a man who has to be at least 30 years old). I would be willing to bet that he is behind on his child support payments. Is the Indiana company that desperate that they have to resort to calling on him? I would not invest a dollar of my money with him or his company.

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8lidieo3(23 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Keep plugging away George. Thank you for your efforts in trying to help out your home town. You are doing a lot more for this area than the people that post negative things about u. Ignore them

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9SteVa(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Negative posts? Please point out one fact in my post which was incorrect. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

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10cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Regardless of what george krinos has done in the past, no matter how recent or long ago, it doesn't negate the fact that he's doing something for the city now. I would have to ask anyone who still supports the current administration what flavor of kool-aid they're drinking!

This newspaper article is definitely negative. Why doesn't it mention that the current administration fired the finance director for the same reason as krinos? Why doesn't it mention that krinos rehired the firefighter (that dill laid off) in an attempt to bring down the insurance rates? He also hired 10 part time firefighters for the same reason. They gave him a hard time about that too. If he drank, it's no wonder. What does this crap have to do with his firm financing business in campbell?

Stick to the issue. The city finally has a good shot at getting a viable business. End of story.

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11cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Read these articles if you are really objective:

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville...

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/new...

http://www.rivercountryjournal.info/2...

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12lidieo3(23 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

George has welcomed anyone to go to his office and ask him anything. Research these companies if u have doubts. he put his name on his posts and stands behind his ideas. Stick to the issue at hand, which is the possibility of bringing jobs to this area and stop the negativity!!!!!!!!!!!

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13MichaelG93(79 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The problem that I have is ALL the articles have one HUGE flaw in them. They say that this company is getting the financial backing from George Krinos. It's clear that he doesn't have a pot to pee in. So how do you take this article seriously when he cannot finance a tootsie roll at the old Mico Dairy but he has the financing set for $500 million dollars????? Really CMHS68??? His motorcycle just got repo'd like 2 months ago and he is going to be financing $500 million dollars???? He switched his offices because of probably not paying the rent, can't keep the electric on because he pays his bills way late, but he is financing $500 million dollars..... It's just very hard to believe. I'm not saying that it can't happen with this company coming but really really really don't believe they will be coming with the financial backing from George.

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14Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm in agreement with both Michael and SteVa here. I doubt that the residents of Campbell and Struthers want filth and odors in the air. These guys are always on the hunt for this type of thing. Nothing should go ahead without 'open and published' public meetings. Not one local person in this mix has sufficient training and background to make an approval. I have never met Krinos. But his association with individuals who are never interested in clean industries is in question. To 'cmhs68', your post(s) from 2010 talk about how these 'odors' (another company..) 'will' be contained'. With what experience do you make random claims? And what happened to that company? This 'new' company has repeated sanctions in other areas. It's curious that you do not provide the negative sources along with your chosen selections. Recent events in our own area tells any reasonably informed person that you can have all of the EPA, OSHA and nods from a Senator (who also has no background) but without proper 24-7 stringent regulations in place, this type of business is an accident in waiting. Does the word 'explosion' come to mind? Let's make that plural. All within 1 mile of Campbell. Once the residents see the 'business plan' and history of this new company and have the opportunity to question the 'players' (SteVa referenced their backgrounds already), let THEM decide if they want this monster in their backyards. I'm wondering also if our ball-players and tournament attendees at Cene Park will appreciate the lovely wafting from manure, tires, etc. Not to mention the restaurants offering outdoor seating nearby. Public beware. The fact that Krinos has been sucked in by someone local who has never succeeded speaks volumes. And the current Campbell Mayor knows ALL about this, despite his denials. Per the article, the Struthers Mayor knows about this - but the Campbell Mayor does not? C'mon. Pay attention, folks. Everyone knows that the Mayor of Campbell is tight with a main player in the group.
Re: Krinos: Hunger makes you blind to scams. When certain names are associated with another air-polluting 'deal', it's good to research backgrounds. Hot air is hot air. And track records DO count. But for a clueless leap of faith, where are the proven credentials of anyone here?

Excerpt from one of cmhs68's own 'positive' sources'...Nature’s Fuel would use the facility to convert wood waste, construction waste, industrial waste, municipal solid waste and manure (*) into renewable bio-crude oil. The company would use only about 30 to 40 acres of the property for the facility, said J. Don Goodin, direct loan programs director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The remainder would be used as a buffer because of odors expected at the plant. (*And manure...?)

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15Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I neglected to mention I also entirely agree with johnyoung and Flick's insights. Apologies for the omission.

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16cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Okay, MichaelG93, I know where you're coming from, but you know that he's not financing this company personally. His firm is financing it.

I don't know if his bike was repo'd or not,but that's beside the point. For the sake of argument let's say you're right. He could be broke, but that doesn't say his firm is broke. If this company doesn't come in, you better look at this administration. There is no way in hell jack dill or vansuch wants to see george krinos succeed. They will lie through their teeth to try to make themselves look good. And that's all because they hate george krinos and don't really care about this city.

All I ask is that you be open minded and check it out before believing everything they say.

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17cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Afraid not, DevynBellamySr. LOL. I am not george krinos.

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18Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

cmhs68 - 'His firm is financing it'? According to county records, Krinos states his 'company' no longer exists. Here are links of interest.

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa... - summary of legal problems

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa... - Here Krinos states his company is no longer in business...

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19Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

And you can read more here: This link lists numerous complaints against Krinos Financial. Very eye-opening. why on earth would anyone work with them? Amazing!

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...

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20Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

If links do not work, type in the name - either 'name' or company name. (On all of above)..

KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP OT OPEN 50 2011 DR 00595
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV 01190
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV 01190
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC OT CLOSED 50 2010 CV 01190
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV 04767
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV F 00046 CNF
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV F 00046 CNF
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2010 CV F 01349 BDM
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT OPEN 50 2011 JD 02417
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT OPEN 50 2011 JD 04639
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT OPEN 50 2011 JD 05187
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT OPEN 50 2011 JD 05401
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP INC DFNDT OPEN 50 2012 CV F 00510 BDM
KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC DFNDT CLOSED 50 2011 CV F 00183 BDM

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21Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa... (Excerpt below)

07/03/2012 LETTER FROM GEORGE KRINOS REQUESTING HIS PERSONAL NAME BE REMOVED FROM CASE. HE IS REGISTERED AGENT OF KRINOS FINANCIAL GROUP, WHICH IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. I CORRECTED PARTY STATUS. BJT 0.00 0.00

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22cmhs68(134 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

DevynBellamySr, I am NOT george krinos. I don't care what he told you. This is not his screen name, but now I see why you're so bitter.

I never defended his lies or ANY of his actions for that matter. I'm only hoping against hope that this company comes into campbell, and the only reason why I can see it wouldn't is if dill and vansuch put a monkey wrench in the deal.

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23Aware(219 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

cmhs: The only reason why YOU 'can see it would not come into Campbell' ? You are delusional. It's the direct players in this scam which would be the reason. You underestimate residents. No one is hungry enough for business which pollutes the air with tire and manure by-products. The 'promises' of all those 'jobs' has been parroted for years by these 'players'. You are hoping against hope? No one I've spoken with thinks it's a good idea. It's always about this; never about clean businesses. Think odors and explosions. No more kool-aid for you.

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24zebratank2006(16 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Stocker, Carcelli, and Krinos are cons. This will be a catastrophe if they are involved.

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25SteVa(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Devyn,

If you have evidence of illegal acts taking place, I would contact authorities and give them some of these facts. I'd even contact the SEC if you know of any securities fraud.

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26SteVa(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This guy is broke, how in the world did he have 106,000 dollars in his safe? If he does, he should pay his bills.

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27SteVa(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hulkster, that is funny.

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28tangotred(3 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

From what I hear,Krinos does not pay his child support, his wife has to report him every month

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29eigia(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

That is true. He does not pay support and already has a suspended liscense and is self employed so he has to pay on his own which we all kno will never happen

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