Mine training center funding approved for Harrison County

“State Senator Lou Gentile’s efforts were instrumental in keeping the site in Harrison County.”

By Kate Davison – Thursday, May 26th, 2016

It’s been a week since the state of Ohio announced it had secured funding to build a new, state-of-the-art mine safety training center in Harrison County.

A capital budget bill signed by Governor John Kasich includes $3 million to build the new facility after the former site was deemed unsafe in 2013.

State Senator Lou Gentile’s efforts were instrumental in keeping the site in Harrison County.

“You cannot put a price tag on the health and safety of our coal miners, and I think this is a signal that Ohio really wants to be a leader in protecting their health and safety and having the best possible mine safety training center anywhere in the state and in the nation,” Gentile said.

The center trains more than $3,000 miners from the tri-state area each year to respond to safety and health hazards.

“It’s really important to our economic development plan to have this back,” Harrison County Commissioner Bill Host said. “The employment, a nice building in the area, we’re just really excited to have it here.”

The new state-of-the-art facility will include an indoor mine simulator and will be built directly across the street from the current center in the Harrison County Industrial Park.

“It’s been a collaborative effort locally, with our state officials,” Director of Development Homrighausen said. “We thank Senator Lou Gentile for his help down in Columbus to bring some more funds back for us. There’s still a lot to do to see this through, but when it’s finished, it will be a very great facility.”

It’s not yet known when construction will begin.