HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A busy portion of Trumbull County will be getting some help from Washington.
Thursday morning, Congressman Tim Ryan presented a big check worth more than $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan money to pay for much-needed infrastructure improvements in what’s known as “The Golden Triangle” in Warren and Howland.
“We need more of this and it takes time and it takes effort and it takes an ability to stick to it and to grind it out,” Ryan said.
A coalition of local business and government leaders has been working to improve the area along Dietz Road, which has been a hub for manufacturing with more than a dozen businesses and nearly 1,200 jobs.
“The coalition as a whole looked at streets, intersections, water, storm sewer projects and one by one, we’ve addressed these projects,” said Trumbull County engineer Randy Smith.
Smith said that over time, the roads in this area have simply not been able to handle the increasing amount and increasing size of the truck traffic that services the businesses in that area. He said the improvements will help.
Owners of Primetals purchased the old American welding plant eight years ago and have doubled the number of workers there and have plans for even more growth.
“With the road improvements here on Dietz Road, made truck traffic much safer. The water line improvements were a great benefit to us,” said Steven Bedard with Primetals.
While thankful for the help with funding, officials admit the improvements are just one part of a much larger plan to develop this area, attract new private investment and ultimately create more jobs.