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Mahoning Valley Water Opens North Jackson Store

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Mahoning Valley Water Inc., a company specializing in designing and installing water-treatment systems for residential and commercial customers, opened its second store here with a ribbon-cutting Friday.

“We’re really excited to be expanding in the area and keeping things local,” said Phil Withers, company president. “This gives us a presence in this area. We’ve done business here already. But now we are more local so people can come directly in here,” he said.”

The new store comes with the addition of staff, bringing the company’s total to nine, Withers said. Alongside Withers at the opening event were sales and marketing manager Amy Walters and Vice President Merrily Cogar.

“Overall, we’ve grown as a business. In this area in particular, the water is very rugged and could use treatment,” he said.

With another office in North Lima, Mahoning Valley Water offers systems for water softening, disinfection, reverse osmosis and commercial use. It also provides water testing, specialty filters and system accessories such as chemicals and parts.

On the topic of water treatment, Withers said that it’s extremely important to be sure water quality is safe.

“Especially because of bacteria in the area, we recommend getting your water tested once a year,” he said. “We care about quality, so the water bottles we sell here undergo reverse osmosis and are highly purified.”

The North Jackson community is a strong, “do-it-yourself” type of area, which makes for a great match with the company’s business model, said Withers.

On a day-to-day basis, Withers said temployees keep busy with various tasks, whether it be traveling to commercial or residential locations, or handling phone calls and operations at the North Lima office.

“We do have a lot of retail pick-up. But we still do a fair amount of going out to deliver and, of course, to provide our services,” he said.

Beyond equipment, Withers said the biggest change in the industry has been the widespread adoption of bottled water.

“It’s more common now than drinking out of a faucet,” he said. “Back in the 1980s, I never would’ve thought that people would like drinking out of bottles so much.”

Pictured: Ohio Secretary of State regional liaison Perry Alexandrides, Mahoning Valley Water sales and marketing manager Amy Walters, company president Phil Withers, employee Merrily Cogar and Regional Chamber ambassador Wendy Fisher.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.