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Ross County Tent Manufacturer Shifts to Making COVID PPE Thanks to Fluor-BWXT Economic Development Grant

ROSS COUNTY, Ohio -- February 24, 2021 -- Ross County’s Advantage Tent Fittings is finding new ways to expand during the COVID crisis, and a $20,000 grant from Fluor-BWXT (FBP) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) is helping them meet that demand.

Pictured left to right front row- Advantage Tent’s Ben Hall and JD Dowell, with Advantage Tent Fittings employees and members of JEDISO looking on.

The grant was used to purchase a new high-volume vinyl sealing machine so the company can build portable vinyl partitions and tent walls.  The partitions can be used in a variety of indoor settings and are light-weight and easy to move - providing a barrier for protection against the spread of the disease. With the new machine, Advantage can manufacture up to 150 of the vinyl walls per day.

“Local manufacturers, like Advantage Tent, are finding new ways to meet the needs presented by this global pandemic,” said JD Dowell, FBP Site Project Director. “By providing these grants we can work with companies to help turn their ideas into reality, and grow their workforce and the local economy.”

Significant economic investments like these are being made in the region through FBP’s partnership with JEDISO, with the goal to create and retain jobs for a sustainable and strong economy in Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson counties.

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About Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs Engineering, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth 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.