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Kasich on the hot seat over Ormet job loss

October 28, 2013

COLUMBUS — What was once the largest private employer in its region is now Ohio’s largest industrial layoff of the year. Republican Go....

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 4:52 AM

Wonder how much the top brass at the Steelworkers Union gave up to save them?

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mrhomer

Oct-28-13 6:30 AM

I give up caring whose fault it is...just sick and tired of paying someone else's bills...from medical to electric.

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hockeypuck

Oct-28-13 6:33 AM

Unions blaming the Governor, again. Easy to do. Why can't unions ever figure out that there is a MARKET at work out there also?

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BeRight

Oct-28-13 6:55 AM

I have been in there. The facilities and processes are outdated and the management has been inept for years. The management did not plan or care to plan to control their biggest expense, which electricity.

You either invest to modernize your processes and make them more energy efficient or you make your own electricity.

They did neither.

They wanted others to pay their electric bill.

Now 1000 people are out of jobs.

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blacksheep

Oct-28-13 7:29 AM

I would gladly pay an extra $2-$3 dollars a month on my electric bill to see my neighbors continue working. Now what? We will have to offset the costs anyway. $2-$3 will be a drop in the bucket. Lookout, those electric bills are going to go wayyyy up!!

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KOMBATBOOTS

Oct-28-13 7:58 AM

blacksheep, it seems that you are the only one here that thought through this entire situation. mrhomer is putting this company, who's rates have been jacked 53% in the last 4 years, (who employs hundreds of people), in the same category as a welfare recipient. The rest on here just want to hurt "the big guy" the one who provides the jobs.

I hope we don't get rid of all of our metal processing plants and American Industry! That is when America will go down!

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curiousbob

Oct-28-13 8:38 AM

This situation has been going on for years. When Strickland gave them a break, why didn't he say, "look - start making your own electricity. We'll give you until 2013 to be self sufficient or all hand-outs are done." Oh - no wait. That was a liberal governor.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Oct-28-13 9:01 AM

curious, when you speak about liberals you're speaking of the ones who want us to "share the wealth", the ones who want us to give up a large portion of our pay check to support those who refuse to work. That is no comparison to paying a little more for electric to support a company that pays wages for many and helps to sustain the American infrastructure. This company may have been able to create their own power if it weren't for the liberal EPA tying their hands.

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:06 AM

Or when your Dem hero Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich?

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:06 AM

Google it

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:08 AM

So if there is a glut of aluminun..still make it anyway?Heck,Ill open a wagon wheel factory then.

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:14 AM

If the owners of the company take a "0" profit,the Steelworkers Union waves their dues,fee's and asessments..I would gladly donate a couple $$ a month..but not when people are still taking

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:16 AM

"The oil companies shouldnt be getting tax breaks and subsidy" hmmm...where have I heard that before..but doesnt apply to "another" type business.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Oct-28-13 9:18 AM

slogoin, you must be slow if you think I am a DUMOCRAT. I'm very conservative! I also don't "have it in for" the successful business man. I am also anti-union, I'm sure they aided in the decline there.

Read the article! It states that power customers will pay for the shut down. When the power company receives zero dollars from this plant the rates will have to go up, but guess what, the families who lost their jobs due to the shut down will be hard pressed to pay the bill.

SOUNDS LIKE A LOSE-LOSE situation!!

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curiousbob

Oct-28-13 9:21 AM

kombatboots - I want those folks to work more than anything. I just feel bad for them because management never lifted a finger to try to do anything about other sources of electric power. We know the EPA didn't keep them from moving forward because Ormet has been walking backwards for a very long time.

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:21 AM

and the same gov that gave you regulated electricity,then deregulated..then semi regulated(read triple what you were paying 7-8 yrs ago)is gonna run your healthcare,protect your borders and sustain the 47%.Yea..right

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:25 AM

that plant isnt going anywhere.Not like they can pack it up and move it.The Russians have flooded the market with subsidized alum for years.The need to get O'man to mix up a batch of his Kool aid and see if Putin will take a sip..oh wait..I think Putin dropped the O'man off his Christmas card list

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:27 AM

Kombat,sorry..that post wasnt directed at you.

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NoFreeLunch

Oct-28-13 9:33 AM

United Steelworkers; Driving one job to China at a time.

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jerseymiller

Oct-28-13 9:37 AM

the epas war on coal has another victim. clean air and empty bellies, whose the winner here???

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jerseymiller

Oct-28-13 9:37 AM

the epas war on coal has another victim. clean air and empty bellies, whose the winner here???

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slogoin

Oct-28-13 9:42 AM

Google Columbus Dispatch AEP expos'e....you will see what is REALLY destroying the manufacturing base in Ohio

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Lizard

Oct-28-13 9:57 AM

Maybe Kasich can take some of his new Medicaid Obamacare expansion booty that he is stealing form the taxpayers to bring to Ohio to pay off Ormet to put the workers back on the payroll. Heck, with billions of new dollars to spend, who's going to notice a few millions diverted to industry, just like Obama did with the "stimulus" funds!

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KOMBATBOOTS

Oct-28-13 9:59 AM

Liberals, Democrats, the unions, the EPA, and the uninformed are the ones responsible for the decline of manufacturing in the USA. The sad part about it is most of them will not "wake up and smell the coffee" until we are helpless and dependant on China or Russia just to get a bite to eat! They don't seem to care to investigate how people are really living in these communist countries, they're too busy being jealous of the hard working successful people here in the USA.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Oct-28-13 10:03 AM

My apologies slo, it sounds like we might be on the same side of this debate, with just slightly different views.

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