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Kasich: Training key to keeping oil and gas jobs in Mahoning Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ohio Governor John Kasich said he's "thrilled" a Houston-based oil and gas equipment company decided to make a home in Youngstown and that training for the jobs companies like Exterran will provide is the key to employing Ohioans in the emerging oil and gas industry.

The Governor spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 65,000 square foot fabrication plant on Salt Springs Road in Youngstown on Tuesday. The plant will manufacture equipment used to bring oil and natural gas from the ground to processing centers.

Kasich said Ohio has turned around its image as a state that's unfriendly to business. "In 2010, Ohio ranked 44th as a business friendly state, not good" he said. Now the Governor said CEO magazine ranked Ohio 22nd on the list and the "fastest improving 'job-friendly' state" on the list."

But, training Ohio workers to be a part of the emerging oil and gas boom needs to be a priority Kasich said. He said the Mahoning Valley and the entire state "has to be serious about job training" and "make sure that our people are prepared" lest companies bring trained workers from other states.

Exterran has hired 60 workers who will be trained in advanced manufacturing processes to create the products needed by oil and gas extractors. Kasich said the technology is "not your old man's steel mill" and will provide quality jobs and economic revitalization to the Youngstown area. "The sun's coming up in Youngstown," he said. Kasich credited the Valley's "indominatable spirit" and "great attitude" and said he's thrilled to see the region gaining economic momentum.

"Development is exciting, but we have to diversify all business activity," Kasich said. "Everyone must rise if we are going to be successful in the state of Ohio."

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