BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Economic development in Van Wert County is off to a fantastic beginning in 2013. In addition to a number of new businesses set to open in the first six months and the naming of Cynthia Leis as economic development director, improvements to the 1,600-acre Van Wert Super Site are a step closer to becoming reality. The construction of a rail spur to the available manufacturing site and a bridge project to complete the infrastructure are almost set to begin.
Van Wert Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming announced that bids have been opened and the low bidders are two companies who have done major projects in the city previously. Anderzak-Pitzen of Metamora, Ohio was the low bidder of the rail project and Eagle Bridge of Sidney, Ohio was lowest on the bridge project.

Fleming was happy to share the news Tuesday morning. "We're pretty excited to have Anderzak-Pitzen. If you remember, they were the ones that did U.S.127, N. Washington reconstruction, as well as building the reservoir. We had a really good working relationship with them, so it's nice to get a contractor we're familiar with. Eagle Bridge built the bridge on Ervin Rd. out by Central Mutual Insurance, and that was a good project too."

Perhaps the best news of all was Fleming's report that the bids totaled between $350,000-$400,000 under the engineer's estimate for the work.