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April 6, 2011
By Ashley Hill ( , The Marietta Times

When it comes to marketing Washington County's business parks, the state of Ohio, the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority and the owners of the parks themselves work hand in hand.

"When people (within the county) are talking about what they want to do...they'll call us, but national, regional and international (businesses) come through the state and then they'll ask us what we have available," said Terry Tamburini, executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority.

Tamburini pointed out that the Port Authority's website,, is constantly updated with property, including space in business parks, that is available in the county. He said there are currently six business parks in the county, some of which are privately owned and others that are publicly owned.

The newest park is the 50-acre Seven North Commerce Park, where the Port Authority plans to build a 35,000-square-foot Ingenuity Center. The center will house innovative companies in the temperature-controlled cabinet industry and Tamburini said he is hopeful construction on it will begin in the fall.

The Ingenuity Center will occupy about five acres of land there, Tamburini said, while the Midvale, Ohio-based trucking company that owns the park will occupy eight acres.

The rest of the land is up for grabs, he said.

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Washington County business parks:

There are six business parks in Washington County.

The newest park is the Seven North Commerce Park in Reno, which hasn't yet been developed. It consists of 50 acres, about five of which will eventually be occupied by the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority's Ingenuity Center.

One of the oldest parks is the Marietta Industrial Park, which was established about 30 years ago on Industry Road in Marietta. Flexmag Industries and UPS are among the businesses that are located there

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, the state of Ohio and the owners of the business parks work together to market them.

Source: Terry Tamburini, executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority.

"There was a gentleman who called the other day and wants to expand a Marietta area facility into that park and we have some adjacent or nearby companies that are looking at expanding and might be interested in it," Tamburini said, although he declined to provide the names of the companies.

One of the county's very first business parks, which dates back to the 1980s, is the Marietta Industrial Park located on Industry Road in Marietta.

"It's been unbelievably successful," Tamburini said, noting that Flexmag Industries and UPS are among the businesses that are located there.

Tamburini said it's unlikely that more business parks will be established in the near future, but rather, the Port Authority will work to fill what already exists.

"A lot of the places in Ohio and our area, especially in adjacent counties, they've had horrible job losses and have buildings available," he said. "We've had buildings available and buildings have been used, but the use varies. We'd like to have more consistent use of the facilities."



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