State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) is highlighting a provision in the House-passed version of the state operating budget that will benefit worker training in Lawrence County.

Specifically, the budget contains funding under the Ohio Strategic Training Center that will be used for the purchase of portable welding stations made from large shipping containers and high-level advanced training equipment at the Point Industrial park in South Point. The appropriation is for $950,000.

“I’m very pleased that this money was included in the budget that the House recently passed,” Rep. Smith said. “These welding stations and the equipment to go with them will be very beneficial to South Point and the surrounding area as we train more workers in welding and other skills that are sorely needed in the workforce.”

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