Columbiana Port Authority to Honor Workers with Free Lunch

LISBON, Ohio — In recognition of October being Manufacturing Month, the Columbiana County Port Authority will host the first of what is expected to become an annual Manufacturing Workforce Appreciation Day.

The event will be held Oct. 21 in partnership with the Sustainable Opportunity Development (SOD) Center in Salem, said Brittany Smith, assistant executive director of the port authority. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sandy Lake in the Salem Industrial Park.

Workers from throughout Columbiana County will be treated to lunch. About 1,000 workers are expected to attend, she said.

“We hope to make this an annual event but to focus on a different part of the county each year,” Smith said.

Sponsors are being sought at three levels of participation. Information about the event and sponsorships is available by contacting the CCPA at or calling 330 424 1800 before Oct. 7.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the board acted on several resolutions, including those involving lease agreements for four companies utilizing Port Authority space.

Approved were lease renewals for: 

  • Humtown Pattern Co. for 72,077 square-feet in the Leetonia Industrial Building for 12 months at a cost of $24,479.50 per month, a monthly increase of $182.50 over the previous lease.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America for 11,820 square-feet in the Leetonia Industrial Building for 12 months for $3,990 per month, an increase of $36.50 per month.
  • The Ex One Company for 1,780 square-feet in the Leetonia Industrial Building for six months for $1,188.55 per month, an increase of $241.50 per month.
  • Paragon Integrated Services Group LLC, for 45,000 square-feet at the Wellsville Intermodal Facility for 12 months at $1,500, an increase of $250 per month.

Smith said the increases resulted from higher utility costs. In the case of The Ex One Co., the company asked for the reduction to a six-month lease.

Lastly, the board approved a resolution to amend the employee policy manual with several minor language changes and corrections, also adding a glossary.

The board will meet next in regular session at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at the port authority office.

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