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Fluor-BWXT Awards More Than $50,000 in Small Business Grants in Jackson County

JACKSON, Ohio -- July 23, 2020 -- Two Jackson County businesses are expanding with the help of economic grants from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO).

Johnson’s Fire Equipment Company, a fire sales and service business serving Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, received a grant of $34,000 towards construction of a building. The new building is needed as the company moves their headquarters from West Virginia to Jackson County.

Fluor-BWXT (FBP) Site Project Director JD Dowell (far left) and FBP’s Tim Poe, Nuclear Operations Director and Chairman of the Community Commitment Plan Steering Group (pictured third from left) joined JEDISO officials earlier this year for a tour of Johnson’s Fire Equipment Company in Jackson County. Owner Tony Johnson tells the group about the lifts which make it easier for his employees to work on trucks. (Note: Photo taken in early March, before COVID-related guidelines were enacted).

“Fluor-BWXT is a great partner,” said Tony Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Fire Equipment Company. “When you help businesses our size, you are changing peoples’ lives. Not only are you helping our company, but you are helping our employees and all this goes to help us be a great employer.”

Iron City Pipe and Supply, a supplier of piping and supplies, was awarded a grant of $16,300 to help with the purchase of a new machine that custom cuts and threads piping. The equipment became the newest addition in expansion plans, which recently led the company to move to a warehouse that had been vacant for years and was in need of major repairs. The relocation not only affords the opportunity to expand but also helps with local revitalization in the process.

“Many times these grants are just what these businesses need to turn a great idea into reality or find matching grants or programs to take their company to the next level,” said J.D. Dowell, FBP Site Project Director. “By supporting local expansion, we are able to help create more jobs and a stronger economy across the region.”

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 Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties.

Rick Smith, owner of Iron City Pipe and Supply, explains how the new machine helps his employees fill custom orders. (Note: Photo taken in early March, before COVID-related guidelines were enacted).

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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.