CCPA Awards $4M in Bids for Wellsville Crane

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Columbiana County Port Authority awarded two bids Friday to the Ruhlin Co., Sharon Center, one to build an articulating pedestal mounted crane at Mile Post 48 along the Ohio River at Wellsville for $2,034,019.

The second bid, $2,088,250, was awarded to build a dual conveyor system to run from a working barge platform at Mile Post 48 inside the Wellsville Intermodal Facility inland where it will connect with a second conveyor that will carry bulk minerals into the Cimbar Performance Minerals processing plant.

Ohio Cat, Broadview Heights, was a joint collaborator with Ruhlin Co., on both bids, said Tracy Drake, CEO of the port authority, in announcing the awards. Two contractors submitted bids and Ruhlin was 25% below the competitor, he said.

Sharon Center lies about half way between Akron and Medina, while Broadview Heights is southeast of Cleveland.

Brian S. Gerst, a professional engineer and project manager for Globex Corp., Canfield, reviewed the bids and evaluated them for the port authority. The bids came within his projected costs, Drake said last Monday night after the March meeting of the port authority board.

Some details remain to be finished next week, Drake said. Thus an exact starting date on when work begins can’t be given. The crane, designed to handle bulk materials, will be built abroad and the parts shipped in and assembled here.

Regardless, Drake expects the crane and conveyor systems to be in place and operating by the end of the year.

PICTURED: Wellsville Intermodal Park, Wellsville, Ohio.

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