Grant to provide broadband to Jackson County manufacturing facility

OAK HILL, Ohio – Nock & Son Company, a family-owned company in the refractories industry, in partnership with JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast Economic Development, announced that it has received a JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to help install broadband High performance equipment to help. Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčInternet to its Jackson County manufacturing facility.

The project is supported with a JobsOhio Inclusion Grant.

“Nock & Son is extremely grateful for helping JobsOhio update the technology at our Oak Hill facility and for helping us purchase equipment for our manufacturing process,” said Stephen J. Nock, president of Nock & Son Company. “We are proud to have had Jackson County home for over 50 years.”

Nock & Son makes a full line of piling mixes, castables, plastics and gunning mixes from alumina and is one of the highest wage employers in Jackson County. The $ 29,000 grant for JobsOhio Inclusion will be used for infrastructure and equipment costs associated with transforming the company’s digital operations.

Nock & Son, a veteran owned company, was founded in 1948 and is currently operated in the refractories business by the third and fourth generation of the Nock family. A predecessor company, Nock Fire Brick, was founded in 1912 by Charles H. Nock, the great-grandfather of current President Steve Nock.

Nock and Son’s customer base consists primarily of integrated steelmakers, electric furnace mini mills, foundries and alloy plants.

The center is asking for a public comment on a strategic plan on nursing shortages

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Center for Nursing recently announced a public comment deadline for its “Nationwide Strategic Plan for Eliminating the Shortage of Care in West Virginia.”

To keep up with the development of the plan, the center worked with nursing and healthcare workers for several months to collect contributions from across the state. The draft plan addresses a variety of nursing challenges related to recruitment, retention, and nursing data.

“We look forward to receiving further feedback on this important strategic plan from other members of our state’s care community,” said Gerald Bragg, chairman of the center’s board of directors, who approved the draft plan. “It is important that we encourage everyone involved to come up with ideas so that the plan reflects the entire nursing community – and so we can get to the heart of the most pressing problems facing nurses in West Virginia.”

WVSU Business Development Training Program for Spring Session INSTITUTE, W.Va. West Virginia State University (WVSU) Expansion Service is helping entrepreneurs launch their business ideas with a new session of the Open Development Soon Inc. (OSI) business development training program for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.

The 10-week program offers training and guidance to convert the participants’ business idea into a viable product or service. The workshops take place virtually on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. from February 6 to April 10.

“Come and see us as we cover a variety of topics in the areas of product development, business plans, credit and finance, social media and marketing,” said Tiffany Ellis-Williams, director of the WVSU Economic Development Center, where the OSI program takes place.

Classes are complemented by technical assistance, including one-on-one business coaching and mentoring, Ellis-Williams said.

OSI is funded in part by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

The course is free. For registration information, see