Lordstown Energy Center has major economic impact
The Lordstown Energy Center which began operations early this month, provided local elected officials and business leaders with an Open House tour on Wednesday.
The sprawling LEC operation covers 16 acres in the Lordstown Industrial Park. It generates enough electricity to power 850,000 homes and businesses in the tri-state area using state of the art natural gas fueled electric generation. It's economic impact began with some 900 tradesmen involved in it's construction over two years.
"Everything is coming together right here in Lordstown. It's neat to see it all come together after this long drawn out process," said James Dignan, Director of the Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The plant operates 24/7 and now procures goods and services from a wide variety of local businesses and municipalities, including millions of gallons of water supplied by the cities of Warren and Niles.
Lordstown schools also have benefited. A more than one million dollar donation from LEC helped Lordstown schools add a new track and soccer complex, and will provide the schools with one million dollars annually over the next several years.
"It's made a huge impact. We've lost a lot of state dollars from reimbursement dollars being cut, and this has made a huge difference in stabilizing our budget," Lordstown Superintendent Terry Armstrong said.
Local leaders say this investment shows other companies that this area is open for business. "I think other businesses are going to start looking at the valley, we have a lot to offer," said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill.
The Mayor says the area has everything a business needs, water, power, roads and rail.