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Fluor-BWXT Donation to Make Major Environmental and Economic Impact on City of Jackson

JACKSON, Ohio -- December 11, 2018 -- A sizeable donation from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) will help fund cleanup and redevelopment of the old Meridian Automotive industrial site in Jackson that has been vacant for more than a decade.  A check for $142,500 from FBP was recently presented to the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP) at a community appreciation reception.

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth recently provided a donation in the amount of $142,500 to assist with the environmental remediation and redevelopment of the old Meridian Automotive Industrial site in Jackson.  The check was presented at the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP) community appreciation reception on November 29th at Stockroom 601 in Jackson.

“The State of Ohio offered the Jackson community a $1.8 million grant for this project if they could come up with a percentage of matching funds. We saw an opportunity to leverage our donation for a lasting impact on southern Ohio,” said Tim Poe, Chairman of FBP’s Steering Group, which is responsible for the implementation of their Community Commitment Plan (CCP).  “We are committed to working with the local communities to help stabilize and strengthen the economy in Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.”  

The site, located in a busy industrial and retail section of the City, manufactured fiberglass reinforced auto parts for nearly 40 years, first as Goodyear, then Cambridge and finally Meridian, when it shut down in 2007.  The property has been contaminated with hydraulic oils and other chemicals – making it impossible to sell or reuse without environmental remediation.

“No serious developer would take a risk using a contaminated piece of property,” said Sam Brady, JCEDP Executive Director. “Once it is cleaned up though, it will be the most development-ready site we have and it’s sitting at the intersection of Routes 32 and 35.  Its swimming in infrastructure – water, gas lines, fiber, rail and everything else we need for jobs of the 21st century.”

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Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed FBP  to address the D&D needs at DOE’s Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The FBP mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.