BWC to Present Rebate Checks Today in Leetonia

LEETONIA, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will present rebate checks to Columbiana County businesses this morning at the Humtown Products plant here.

Among those scheduled to speak is the executive director and CEO of the BWC, Sarah Morrison.

In March, the BWC board approved the return of $1 billion to private and public employers in Ohio, the amount the bureau says it has saved them in premiums over the past year.

Penny Traina, CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority, said Monday night that $400 million in rebate checks have been issued to employers throughout northeastern Ohio. Statewide, BWC says it has returned more than $6.3 billion to Ohio employers.

Traina remarked on Morrison’s visit at the monthly meeting of the port authority board in East Liverpool. The port authority owns the building Humtown occupies at 120 Industry St.

“We’re appreciative of BWC for choosing our facility to do the presentation,” Traina said.

On July 12, the BWC issued the port authority a check for $2,239.50 for participating in the bureau’s safety program the past year and executing all BWC programs over the past 18 months.

Last night the board approved a 42-month contract with AEP to furnish electricity for the properties at its headquarters, 1250 St. George St., East Liverpool, at 600 Cherry Fork Road and 120 Industry St. here that take effect Nov. 15. “The demand charges are at their lowest point that they’ve been at in 15 years,” Traina said. “Therefore we decided to shop these contracts early.”

Rates for the port authority properties will drop to 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour from 5.9 cents. The annual savings is expected to be $21,573, Traina said.

And the board approved a new one-year contract for Diane Ksiazek, manager of administration and finance. Terms remains the same and it runs from Aug. 19 to Aug. 18, 2018.

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