NORTH CANTON  Myers Controlled Power will be expanding and adding employees after its parent company acquired a product line from Schneider Electric.

In a deal announced last week, California-based Myers Power Products added the Square D FVR medium voltage outdoor substation circuit breaker product line that Schneider Electric produced in West Chester outside Cincinnati.

The process of moving the operation from southwest Ohio to North Canton has started and should be completed by mid-September.

To accommodate production of the new product, Myers Control Power will lease an additional 35,000 to 40,000 square feet of space in the Hoover District. The company expects to hire about 35 workers in the coming months, said Shirley Lawrence, controller for the local operation.

Myers Controlled Power makes switchgear equipment for public utilities and the mass transit industry. The operation started as Controlled Power Corp. in Massillon in 1966. In January 2005, it filed for bankruptcy protection and two months later was purchased by Myers Power Products.

In 2009, Myers moved the local operation, which then had about 60 employees, to the Hoover District. The operation has grown to more than 160 employees. The new hires will push the workforce total toward 200.

Myers is privately held and has been making medium- and low-voltage switchgear and related products since 1950. Adding the Schneider operation allows the company to expand its circuit breaker offering. Diana Grootonk, president and chief executive officer, said Myers is "extremely pleased" to add outdoor substation breakers as a product.

More needed

Belden Village has a shortage of property zoned for commercial retail development, said Roger DeVille, owner of DeVille Developments.

DeVille made his comment last week during a Jackson Zoning Commission meeting. He attended and spoke in favor of a proposal to rezone 62 acres of Tam O'Shanter golf course to allow for more commercial retail development.

The golf course's owners have proposed selling 205 acres of the property to Stark Parks and giving another 20 acres to Jackson Township for athletic fields. But the owners wanted 62 acres along Fulton Drive and Everhard Road NW rezoned for commercial development that could include retail stores larger than 7,500 square feet, hotels and gas stations. The Stark County Regional Planning Commission suggested a different commercial zoning where the land could be used for office buildings and smaller retail stores.

The township already has enough property for office buildings, DeVille told the Zoning Commission. "I've had some for years," he said, not that some of it is sitting unused because there is no interest.

"There isn't enough commercially zoned ground," DeVille said. More commercial property helps developers, expands the tax base and creates more jobs, he said.

The Zoning Commission recommended all 62 acres be rezoned. The proposed change will be discussed again during a public hearing with Jackson Township trustees on June 13. Trustees have final say on the matter.

Utica Midstream

An update on progress of midstream development within the Utica Shale will be offered in a seminar produced by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Shale Directories.

This is the fifth consecutive year the pair have teamed for the day-long program, set for June 7 in the Barrette Center at Walsh University in North Canton.

Utica Midstream, presented by Rockwater Energy Solutions, will have presentations by Rockwater Energy Solutions, Kinder Morgan, Marathon Pipe Line, MarkWest Hydrocarbon, NEXUS Gas Transmission, EnLink, Blue Racer Midstream, the Ohio Gas Association, and Canine Detection & Inspection Services.

The Utica Shale is producing natural gas and oil, along with compounds such as methane, ethane, butane and propane. Midstream is the industry term for transporting the compounds from wells to processing centers. That involves building pipelines, processing centers and rail, truck and barge terminals for moving the compounds to customers.

Utica Midstream has been one of the most popular programs produced by the Canton Chamber. It helps local business owners understand the support system needed by midstream companies. Cost of the program is $180. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Check www.uticacapital.com for program details, registration and sponsorship opportunities. Other sponsors, along with Rockwater Energy Solutions, are AEP Ohio, Beaver Excavating, Furbay Oil & Gas, Canine Detection & Inspection Services, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18.

Rube Goldberg winners

Lake High School and two of its graduating seniors were winners in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s 19th STEM career day.

Nearly 1,800 students from middle schools and high schools around Northeast Ohio participated in weekend events seeking to extend their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lake High seniors Drew DeLap and James Bradcovich, both plan to attend Ohio State University, received $1,000 scholarships.

Students from 10 middle and high schools participated — in the spirit of Rube Goldberg — in a project to create a highly over-engineered machine for checking tire air pressure (high school) or measuring tire tread depth. Lake High School's team finished second in its bracket and won a $2,000 grant.

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