Last week, Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) toured Ohio Valley Trackwork and The Shelly Company of Gallia County.


Ohio Valley Trackwork, located in the Dan Evans Industrial Park in Bidwell, is one of the largest manufacturers in the mining rail industry. The Shelly Company (part of Oldcastle Inc.),  whose asphalt and liquid plant is located on State Route 7 in Gallipolis, is a leading producer and vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready mix concrete and paving services throughout the state of Ohio.Each company’s leaders and employees informed Representative Smith about how each facility impacts their industry and discussed the challenges that each industry faces. 


“Ohio Valley Trackwork and The Shelly Company are good examples of how diverse Gallia County’s economy really is,” Smith said. “These companies, along with others in the area, show that Gallia County is open for business to various different industries.” 


Representative Smith was joined by Gallia County Economic Development Director Melissa Clark for the tour of Ohio Valley Trackwork and leaders from Flexible Pavements of Ohio for the tour of The Shelly Company.


“Understanding each company’s challenges and opportunities for expansion is integral to creating jobs in the area,” Smith said. “I look forward to assisting area companies thrive and further develop the region.”

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