Ohio Shale Drilling Spurs Job Hopes In Rust Belt

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By Thomas J. Sheeran

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A rare sight in hard-luck Youngstown, a new industrial plant, has generated hope that a surge in oil and natural gas drilling across a multistate region might jump-start a revival in Rust Belt manufacturing.

The $650 million V&M Star mill, located along a desolate stretch that once was a showcase for American industry, is to open by year's end and produce seamless steel pipes for tapping shale formations.