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Good news for the city of Columbus, especially the south side of town. With the expansion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other programs, the south side is getting some much-needed attention.

According to 10TV, Heavy industry is making a comeback on the South Side as Columbus Castings plans a near-doubling of its workforce, adding about 500 jobs.

The expansion, which the company will announce this morning, is to take place over three years with a focus on attracting workers who live in the neighborhood, said officials from the company and city government. Columbus Castings is adding employees to serve an anticipated growth in demand for steel parts needed to make rail cars and because of growing sales of repair parts.

The company will receive tax incentives from the city and state. “This is one of the most important jobs announcements in the time I’ve been mayor,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman, who has held the office since 2000.“I’m absolutely elated.” New workers will be paid $13 to $26 an hour plus benefits, a range that covers a wide array of job descriptions, said Joseph Haviv, the company’s chairman.

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