Ohio might gain jobs by giving its cattle a first-class ticket to Turkey.
Demand for livestock is growing in developing nations. A group of lawmakers recently visited Turkey to gauge interest in shipping cattle from the Wilmington Airpark.
The air facility is in a unique location. It once belonged to DHL, a shipping company that shuttered its Wilmington operations in 2008 and signed the airpark over to the Clinton County Port Authority.
Since then, the port authority has sought to make use of the facility, said director Kevin Carver. It has enough space to land large jets – the kind that likely would be used for shipping cattle, Carver said. It is about 10 miles west of Sabina, which houses one of six agricultural export inspection facilities in the country.