The Columbus Dispatch reports that Hess Corp. is is buying the natural gas marketing operations of Delta Energy LLC.
The sale, announced on Monday, will make Hess the state's largest provider of energy contracts to commercial and industrial customers.
About 20 of 60 employees will move to Hess. The new operation will be based in the Columbus suburb of Dublin.
Delta wil retain its core business which is energy-consulting services for businesess.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal is expected to close in about three months.
Hess is a player in developing the Utica shale in eastern Ohio.
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