Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday touted the new Exterran plant in Youngstown as proof the state is attracting new businesses.
The Houston-based Exterran unveiled its new 65,000-square foot facility on Tuesday that will employ about 100.
Kasich said CEO Magazine cited Ohio as the fastest improving job-friendly economy in the country and was ranked 22 out of 50 states overall.
Kasich said he believes the oil and gas drilling industry is providing a boom to the local economy.
“It’s Youngstown. The sun’s coming up,” Kasich said. “There’s something about Youngstown, I don’t know if there’s something in the water or what. No matter how many times we get knocked down we always get back up.”
Kasich also said he believes it’s important for the state’s educational systems to provide qualified workers for new businesses coming to the area. He also said it’s important for the Youngstown area to diversify the type of businesses coming to the area.
“We have to diversify all the business activity so if one industry starts to get weaker, another industry can take its place,” Kasich said.
Democrat mayor Chuck Sammarone, who is on the ballot Tuesday seeking his party’s nomination for city council president complimented the Republican governor for creating jobs.
“Since he’s been in office, employment has increased,” Sammarone said.
Kasich said the new plant has some of the most advanced manufacturing technology.
“It’s not your old man’s steel mill anymore,” Kasich said.