MetalX in Ohio has fire

This screen capture taken from video by the Wauseon (Ohio) Fire Department shows a blaze outside MetalX’s Delta, Ohio, facility.

MetalX Ohio property burns

Several fire departments responded the evening of Sept. 9 to a massive blaze at MetalX LLC in Delta, Ohio.

The fire at the MetalX plant on S.R. 109 started at about 6 p.m. in a “feed stock pile” of materials, according to Delta Fire Chief Scott Smith in a televised news conference. About 15-20 fire departments, half of those that originally responded, and 75 people remained on the scene the next day with the blaze still going, according to Smith. About 146 firefighters originally responded, he said. One firefighter had a minor injury to his ankle.

“It was perfect weather” to battle the fire, he said, in terms of wind and temperatures.

“Nothing suspicious,” Smith said of the cause, which is still being determined.

Delta operations general manager Jon Brown said the pile included cars, recycled appliances and furniture that is usually about 80% steel and other metals with the rest being combustible materials.

MetalX is based in Waterloo and announced in 2017 that it had completed the acquisition of M&K Metals Processors, Inc. in Delta. M&K had operated a scrap recycling business at the 10-acre location since 1986. It was rebranded as a MetalX facility.

MetalX is an independent scrap metal recycling business founded in 2012 by Danny and Neal Rifkin. MetalX has processing locations in Auburn and Waterloo and recycling operations in Fort Wayne and Waterloo.

Geneva gets renovation grant

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Sept. 10 that a Geneva property is among seven that will receive funding through the Historic Renovation Grant Program.

James Buckingham was awarded $17,994 to preserve 418 East Line in Geneva, according to a statement from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The building was constructed in 1895 after the majority of the town was destroyed by fire. The current owners bought the building in 2018 to restore the facade to its original state and open an antique store, Limberlost Antiquities.

The Historic Renovation Grant Program, in its third year, is designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties to further incentivize downtown economic development. The funding for this year has been exhausted through these most recent projects and the program is suspended until more funding is allocated next legislative session.

Starting in fiscal year 2020-21, two funding pools will be available for applications: $400,000 to fund projects requesting more than $50,000, and $200,000 to fund projects requesting less than $50,000.

Larwill shows it’s broadband ready

Larwill is Whitley County’s first town to receive Indiana’s Broadband Ready Community designation.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. and its Broadband Ready Communities Development Center notified Larwill of the designation earlier this month.

“Having this certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that Larwill has taken the steps to reduce barriers for broadband infrastructure investment,” Kennedy St. George, Whitley County EDC’s marketing director, said in a statement.

“Broadband has become an important infrastructure necessary to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for our residents and businesses in Larwill. It’s a great step forward.”

Trine makes the grade

Trine University landed a spot on The Wall Street Journal’s/Times Higher Education College Rankings list for 2020.

The annual list, per THE’s website, evaluates universities across the country through research and stakeholder surveys and by taking a look at how students make an impact on the real world after receiving a degree.

An announcement from Trine states that it received a high rating on the Outcomes category thanks in part due to its reported 99.7% job and graduate school placement rate within six months postgrad in 2018.

The university has also gained attention recently by other publications. Per the announcement, Trine was included as a “Best Value” school in the Midwest area by U.S. News and World Report as well as one of the “Best in the Midwest,” by the Princeton Review.

—From staff reports

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