Pixelle Sells Paper Mills Including Chillicothe Plant

Presented By Scioto Valley Dumpsters, LTD

Chillicothe’s Pixelle Specialty Solutions, along with other affiliated paper mill plants have been sold to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, according to a press release issued April 4th.

Pixelle was formed by private investment firm Lindsay Goldberg in 2018. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Chillicothe paper mill employs approximately 1,000 people.

Along with Chillicothe, Pixelle has mills in Pennsylvania, Maine and Wisconsin.

H.I.G. Capital has assets totaling $48 billion.

“Together with Lindsay Goldberg, Pixelle has developed a broad, innovative portfolio of industry leading brands across the specialty papers and sustainable packaging markets,” according to Timothy Hess, Pixelle’s CEO.

“In under four years, we have transformed Pixelle into the leading specialty-focused paper producer in North America through three strategic acquisitions and successful implementation of a continuous improvement program. We thank Lindsay Goldberg for their partnership and look forward to our next chapter with H.I.G. Capital.”

ODOT Has Plan For Bridge Street Congestion Improvements

Presented By McDonald’s

Last October, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 9 Spokesperson Matt McGuire appeared on Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition to explains proposals for improving decades old traffic congestion and traffic flow problems on Chillicothe’s Bridge Street.

McGuire returned to the broadcast April 4th to highlight the improvements that have been decided upon for the $24 million project, which is expected to begin in the year 2024.

To watch Mike Smith’s follow-up interview with ODOT’s Matt McGuire, CLICK ON THE INTERVIEW PHOTO BELOW:

Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition

This year, Ohio is investing nearly $2 billion on 829 projects across the state. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent goes toward preserving existing infrastructure. Crews will improve 661 bridges and 7,626 miles of pavement, enough to cover the distance from Columbus to London, England and back. There are 222 projects aimed directly at improving safety on Ohio roads.

While overall traffic volumes in Ohio continue to trend slightly below pre-pandemic levels, truck traffic is more than 13% higher than the same period in 2019 and showing no signs of slowing down.

“Ohio is a state that makes and moves things, and a solid transportation system is key,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Our investments have made Ohio an attractive place to do business, and ongoing improvements to our roads are essential for continued economic development and the safety of our travelers.”

Since the beginning of the DeWine Administration, ODOT has invested nearly $6 billion into more than 2,800 projects. These projects aren’t just targeted to motor vehicles. More than $450 million has been spent on safety projects like Safe Routes to School and nearly 400 pedestrian safety projects in Ohio’s 8 largest cities where these types of crashes are far too common, and dozens of intersections with a history of serious or deadly crashes.

“Safety has been the top priority since the first day of the DeWine Administration. We’re constantly looking for ways to better engineer our roads to ensure they’re as safe as possible for those who use them each day,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “However, drivers have an important role to play too. We need every motorist to buckle up, obey the speed limit, drive sober, and drop the distractions.”

More Boaters Spending Time On Ohio Waterways

Presented By Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

(Chillicothe) – Twenty-three Ohio communities will receive a total of $576,161 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to support local marine patrol units. Provided by the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, these assistance funds represent a continuing effort to keep Ohio waterways safe and enhance recreational boating experiences.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft

“As boating in Ohio continues to gain in popularity, ODNR relies on local community partners to deliver critical watercraft-related services,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “These grants enable local law enforcement agencies to help protect boaters on streams and lakes across the state.”

The 2022 Marine Patrol Assistance grants will help local law enforcement agencies provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for use on marine patrol vessels.

Geographically, this year’s grant recipients include the Lake Erie and Ohio River regions and counties with multiple in-land lakes. A complete list of recipients by county is attached.

In Ohio, 643,862 boats were registered in 2021, which is an increase of more than 50,000 registrations from the previous year. Ohio’s continued boating growth is thanks in part to the growth of paddling sports. In 2021, Ohioans registered more than 310,000 paddle crafts, an increase of nearly 32,000 registrations.

As the number of visitors to Ohio’s lakes and rivers increases, Marine Patrol Assistance Grants are vital to ensuring the safety of Ohio’s boaters. Essential boating safety information is available online at watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.