Springfield Airpark

Barb Slone

Two Clark County businesses located at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport received a boost from the recent Barnstorming Carnival, an air show that was held on the site last weekend. Both companies hope the event generated more support for the airport.

Attendees turned out to enjoy Clark County's first ever Barnstorming Carnival at Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport. airplane
Wayne Baker / WYSO

  The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark hosted the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area over the weekend. 

Xenia resident Dewey Davenport organized the event. He was pleased with the attendance and volunteer support that helped make the two-day carnival successful.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to make a decision soon about where to open up air space for the testing of commercial drones. Southwest Ohio is competing to become one of six sites around the country as the FAA prepares to regulate the commercial drone industry by late 2015.

This afternoon in Springfield the Ohio Department of Transportation will host an open meeting aimed at helping Ohio's publicly owned airports make their dollars go farther. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Association gave nearly $26 million and ODOT provided close to $725,000 in grant to Ohio's 97  public airports.

The state agency says that money didn't address all the needs of those airports.

Springfield's Director of Economic Development, Tom Franzen, feels airports could receive even less funding in the future.

Bob Evans Farms has sold its Springfield sausage production facility. The plant has been sold to a California-based private equity firm.

The plant, which makes soups, gravy and sausage, along with another production plant in Bidwell, Ohio and Bob Evans' former headquarters in Columbus, were all sold to New Mill Capital.

New Mill Capital purchased the Springfield facility for $90,000. As a result of the plant's sale, 52 jobs will be lost when the company officially closes later this year.
 


The City of Springfield is planning to sell six acres of land to the German-based company MEVA  Formwork Systems for approximately $148,000. The company plans to expand its U.S. operations at its current Clark County Airpark Ohio location, and the expansion will create 15 new jobs in the next three years.

Springfield and MEVA have reached an incentive agreement which states the company will retain 35 jobs and create 15 new ones over the next three years in exchange for approximately $9,500.  City officials say the new jobs will pay nearly $42,000 per year.