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Local radio program visits McConnelsville's Malta Windows

ATHENS, Ohio (July 29, 2004) -- Malta Windows, McConnelsville's longtime major employer, went out of business in February 2001 leaving many people unemployed. The company had been in Malta, Ohio, for 112 years, and was owned by the Phillips Corporation. Today, former employees have reopened the company to provide jobs for the community and windows are being manufactured in the facility once again.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, "This Time Around: Reinventing Community," airing at 8:30 a.m. on the WOUB Radio Network, visits McConnelsville for the story.

Five former employees and one investor are leasing part of the original facility and have bought the Malta Wood name. They have been manufacturing Malta Wood Windows for the new company since April 2003. WOUB Radio producer Jennifer Curry interviews David Shaner, chief executive office for Malta Wood Windows; Susan Muth, chief financial officer for Malta Wood Windows; and Jeff Shaner, Morgan County economic development officer.

"This Time Around: Reinventing Community" is a year-long series that explores the fabric of community, how and why communities change, and what the future may hold for Appalachian Ohio. Features focus on communities within the WOUB Radio Network coverage area and includes four quarterly call-in discussion programs. The fourth discussion program will air on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. A companion Web site is available at www.thistimearound.org and allows community members to interact online. "This Time Around: Reinventing Community" repeats on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. during Afternoon Edition on the WOUB Radio Network.

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Media Contact: Radio Producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan, (740) 593-4857

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