High-speed Internet finally available at industrial park

WINTERSVILLE – The Jefferson County Industrial Park off county Road 43 now has high-speed Internet service thanks to work by Comcast.

Comcast Business announced Thursday it has completed a network that will bring bring Internet, telephone and cable TV service to the industrial park.

Comcast officials said they are now able to offer local broadband connectivity options alongside cloud-based voice and unified communications solutions.

“We are now living up to our address at 356 Technology Way, thanks to Comcast Business internet, voice, and TV services,” said Ed Rice, owner of Signs Limited, one of the businesses in the Jefferson County Industrial Park. “No more waiting on file downloads and no static on our phone lines.”

Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham said he is pleased the tenants at the industrial park and future businesses will have the technology needed to compete in a world economy.

“It is like getting out of the Dark Ages. It modernizes and opens up the Jefferson County businesses at the industrial park to communicate with the world,” he said

Owned by the county and managed by the Jefferson County Port Authority, the 88-acre park was purchased in 1997 and continues to serve as a catalyst for growth in the county.

“The Jefferson County Industrial Park is strategically located for companies hoping to make an investment in Eastern Ohio to serve emerging markets, and we are proud to be able to offer shovel-ready sites to the global marketplace,” said Evan Scurti, executive director of the port authority. “We’re very grateful for Comcast’s recent investment, as this new infrastructure truly makes it a modern, 21st century park ready to compete for quality investment and new jobs. We look forward to a long-term partnership.”

The Comcast Business investment provides vital services to businesses in the Jefferson County Industrial Park and offers affordable, customizable ethernet services that deliver speeds ranging from 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps critical for today’s bandwidth-intensive services like cloud computing, online video and e-commerce, according to Comcast officials. This build-out also places Comcast Business services along portions of the 4,000-acre New Horizons property, also known as the Schiappa Trust, designed for industrial, distribution, retail office, residential and recreational uses.

“We are committed to the SMB community in the Ohio Valley,” said Dave Dombroski, vice president of Comcast Business for the Keystone Region. “We’re investing the time, effort and capital expense to expand our network so that the needs of more businesses can be met and Jefferson County can continue to pursue local economic growth. We’re helping to improve the quality and efficiency of their businesses and provide advanced products at a competitive price.”

Comcast Business said it can accommodate companies with fewer than 10 employees to those with more than 1,000, and businesses are served by local sales teams and customer support.

Among other businesses in the park are Access 2 Communications, National Colloid, QPI Tools, Riley Petroleum and R-Way Trucking, and the Jefferson County Port Authority is continuing talks with other interested businesses.

Graham said the county is finalizing work on sewer and water lines and paving to open the industrial park for more development.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)