Construction is expected to begin within a few months of a new company in Ritchie County. Spectrum Astro, a high-tech outfit from Arizona, is locating in Harrisville. The company will hire five people, but could increase its workforce up to 25 workers.

The plant will manufacture multi-layer insulation for satellites, MRI units and airport scanning machines.

The plant, which will be a two-million dollar facility, will be built on the old Harrisville High School football field, using part of the school gym for offices.


Since most of the public water in Ritchie County comes from local reservoirs and streams, water restrictions have been put in place to conserve the supply.

The new dam is yet to contribute to the county's supply, and water in the North Fork of the Hughes River is rapidly decreasing.

Pennsboro, Harrisville, Cairo and Ellenboro are all affected, and use of water for non-essential reasons like watering lawns, shrubs, car washing, swimming pools, etc. are now restricted.

There are penalties and legal consequences for non compliance.

Water systems along the Little Kanawha have back-up from the Burnsville Dam.

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