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Obama-Touted Ohio Steel Mill Breaks Ground

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 4:37am

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A steel company is officially beginning work on a new Ohio mill talked up by President Barack Obama during an appearance last month.

A groundbreaking Monday was expected to bring Gov. Ted Strickland and other officials to V&M STAR in Youngstown. V&M's parent company is spending $650 million to add a 1 million-square-foot mill to its Ohio facility, a project the firm says will create as many as 750 temporary and permanent jobs.

Obama was at the site in mid-May and said the project benefited from his administration's economic stimulus act, which provided money for Norfolk Southern railroad to build a spur to the area.

The president called the new industrial plant the largest built in the region since a GM plant went up in nearby Lordstown in the 1960s.

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