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USGlass upset by board's WES study of Fenton site

February 14, 2014

The head of USGlass, owner of the Fenton Art Glass trademark, is calling foul on a decision by Wood County Schools to look at the Williamstown plant as the possible site of a new elementary school....

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Helper

Feb-18-14 6:25 AM

Likewise, US Glass, no one is questioning whether Keith Burdette, WV Sec of Commerce, would like to help bring manufacturing jobs back to WV. The question is whether he is going to invest scarce WV money to help fund the Williamstown startup when all you can say is that Walmart has a 10-year plan to buy more US goods.

And what does Keith Burdette think about you suing the school board? I’ll be he is real happy about that!

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Helper

Feb-18-14 6:23 AM

To US Glass, no one is questioning whether Walmart has a plan to buy more US goods. The question is whether they have a plan to buy goods from a glass factory in Williamstown, WV. If Katie Cody had told you anything good about the status of your alleged Williamstown proposal to them, certainly you would have shared that information with us instead of citing some generality she offered about Walmart’s overall 10-year program.

And by the way, what was Katie Cody’s response when you told her you were threatening to sue the Wood County school board over its meeting procedures? If – I say if --Walmart really is considering a proposal to buy Williamstown glassware from you, I wonder how the Walmart communication team will factor your confrontational antics into their evaluation of you as a supplier?

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exofDevola

Feb-17-14 10:47 PM

OMG ,you are one sick puppy. so Im ready to be indicted and ready for a jail cell am I? And it's over this so far imaginary lawsuit, that has not been filed by US glass. I do think the jail cell reference is so funny. Also , If I were a board member , do you honestly think I'd be commenting here? I think you may need to find a padded cell , soon.

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DannyArcherBrownFieldDiamonds

Feb-17-14 9:54 PM

A little bird told me anyone involved in sabotaging will be sued & blacklisted. Have fun ExofDevola or should I say school board member. And by the way, school board members can be sued as individuals and judgments won can be used to cease their homes if they don't pay up. And I have a sneaking suspicion the authorities are involved. ;-) Have fun writing from a jail cell. Read the law. It's more interesting than the newspaper's fine print. And see if Georgie Fenton pays your defense legal fees when you are served and indicted. I bet ya Georgie Fenton won't claim to know you then. Or he will just use you as a negotiation chip in his plea bargain. In fact, I can't wait to watch all of you turn on each other once the legal paperwork starts flying. All of you will become cannibal rats on the Fenton "Don't Pay Your Taxes" Cruise Ship. #TitanicLawBreakers #ClownBearsAreTheNewIceburg #OnlyThingsCertainInLifeAreDeathandTaxes #ThrowClownBearUnderTheBus #HomelessClownBea

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DannyArcherBrownFieldDiamonds

Feb-17-14 9:29 PM

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exofDevola

Feb-17-14 6:21 PM

Us glass. Great so there is a plan to revitalize the economy wonderful, I am so glad Walmart will have more goods that are Made in America. I thought this new project would happen soon , but according to the spokesman, it's a ten year plan. Does that mean ir starts any day now? if so you need equipment and workers , neither are in the plant now.

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exofDevola

Feb-17-14 6:15 PM

Danny, you are calling me stupid. Well well , then pot meet kettle. You are all upset first because the plant is gone,but in your next breath, you claim we will have brown fields and cancer ridden children. So you can't have it both ways, if as you feel,the plant is unsafe, how did it operate all the years it did? And if George Fenton did all you say , then those are serious charges. Evidently the law does not agree with you. You maybe should watch what you say, because you are way over the line. Read the terms of service in this site. If you believe what you say , then you should be the one to quote yourself 'to put your money where your mouth is'

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USGLASS

Feb-17-14 5:05 PM

a quote from Walmart's response:

My name is Katie Cody with Walmart’s communications team. We respectfully disagree with your assessment that this effort is just a dream. It’s a reality, and it’s happening now.

We recognize that our U.S. manufacturing commitment will not happen overnight, which is why we set a 10 year goal. That goal says that we will buy $50 billion more in U.S. products in the tenth year than we do today.

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DannyArcherBrownFieldDiamonds

Feb-17-14 3:29 PM

ExofDevola,

You are so stupid. US Glass will win their lawsuit. Then Wood County will be held legally liable and accountable for their judgment and attorney fees. We will be paying and paying for Georgie Fenton's mistakes for generations to come. And now the SOB has gone and gotten us into a lawsuit that leave the taxpayers of this county liable. I am sick of the corruption in this town to support Georgie Boy's lux lifestyle. He is the Fenton that killed the factory and brand. That factory was around for generations until he came along and couldn't operate it. Now we will have a legacy of corruption, brown fields, cancer riddled children, and lawsuits. Just brilliant. Really. We don't need a new school, but school teachers who can teach a kid when they are being royally screwed.

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exofDevola

Feb-16-14 10:31 PM

And Danny , why should I or helper pony up money ? And why do you either one of us are kissing up to George Fenton? I personally think he's a slime bucket, but US Glass is not much better/ if they have money to save the town's economy ,, let em fish or cut bait.they are not doing much , or they 'd have done it by now.

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exofDevola

Feb-16-14 10:21 PM

Danny I have no idea what is in your head but williamstown very much needs an elementary school, and get over your deal With George Fenton . He had his chance, his factory is not his any longer, he may still own the land or the school board was misinformed.

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DannyArcherBrownFieldDiamonds

Feb-16-14 10:03 PM

Hey Devola and Georgie Fenton's Little "Helper", Why don't you put your money where your mouth is? I don't see you ponying up any money. The only one I see making any money off of this is Georgie Fenton. Must be nice taking lux trips to Europe on worker's pensions and then ripping off the town for an overpriced brownfield. Why do we need an elementary school around here anyways? The schools are just producing idiots who give away their money to Ole Georgie Fenton. And how do you find anytime to post comments with all the bending over you are doing for Ole Georgie? Isn't your behind sore yet?

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exofDevola

Feb-16-14 5:48 PM

Mr Bem, how long does it take you to save the day with bringing industry back? I doubt if your Walmart project is gonna do it. Maybe I am wrong, if so wouldn't it be better for you to start being productive instead of wasting energy suing the school board ? In case you missed it , the town of Williamstown needs a new elementary school.If you plan going through with your lawsuit, do you think the community won't be endeared with you?

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Helper

Feb-16-14 5:32 PM

Pulling back from the misdirection, coming back to the question of the article-- the Williamstown property is possibly for sale. A community site selection committee has identified this property as a prime location for the new elementary school. The school board should be allowed to proceed with its careful investigation, free of threats and harassment by a non-credible out-of-towner.

Can you remember another company that came to town threatening to sue the school board? I cannot.

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Helper

Feb-16-14 5:31 PM

US Glass’s citation of the loss of US manufacturing jobs over the years is true. But his assertion that the loss was due to government policy, not superior productivity, amounts to sugarcoating the bad news that several other countries had vastly lower costs of production than US manufacturers. They were more productive. Those overseas suppliers sent their lower priced goods to US retailers, including Walmart. The other piece of bad news: most US consumers preferred the lower priced stuff, no matter where it was made.

Does he offer these reasons as justification, or excuses, for not keeping his many promises to restart glassmaking in Williamstown? Or is it just more misdirection?

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Helper

Feb-16-14 5:29 PM

When was the last time that Walmart gave an order to a person who had (1) no proven ability to supply the goods, (2) no factory up and running, (3) no skilled workforce at the ready, and (4) no supplementary markets demanding the higher priced goods that must be sold to offset the rockbottom prices that Walmart will pay?

The Redman example that US Glass offered was a completely different situation; Walmart was extending an already proven sales relationship for a hot-selling riding toy in order to provide a basis for moving an up-and-running factory operation from China to Arkansas.

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Helper

Feb-16-14 5:27 PM

Gene Bem said Archer and Helper “don’t have the guts”. That may or may not be true; but it is off the subject. An anonymous comment can be civil and true, based on fact. Or it can be uncivil and untrue. Or it can be blustery and fanciful. The possibilities are endless.

The worth of a comment here isn’t based on knowing who wrote the comment. Its value hangs on the truth, pertinence, accuracy, and civility of the comment.

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USGLASS

Feb-15-14 9:33 PM

•A large share of manufacturing jobs was lost in the last decade because the United States lost its competitive edge for manufacturing. It was due to a failure of U.S. policy, not superior productivity. •The loss was cataclysmic and unprecedented, and it continues to severely impact the overall U.S. economy. •Regaining U.S. manufacturing competitiveness to the point where America has balanced its trade in manufacturing products is critical to restoring U.S. economic vibrancy. •Regaining manufacturing competitiveness will create millions of higher-than-average-wage manufacturing jobs, as well as an even greater number of jobs from the multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy.

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USGLASS

Feb-15-14 9:31 PM

since this site will not allow links here is the Walmart story

Rogers is famous for Daisy BB guns but it will soon be home to another toy maker, Redman & Associates, who announced a $6.5 million investment to relocate its ride-on toy manufacturing business from Shanghai to Northwest Arkansas over the next three years.?

Gov. Mike Beebe, Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon and officials with Redman made the announcement Monday (Oct. 7) in Rogers.?

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USGLASS

Feb-15-14 9:21 PM

To "Helper" and "Danny Archer" both whom do not have the guts to identify themselves--- yes things take time please see

The US is broke

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Walmart is the number one employer in West Virginia and is trying to help

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You can contact the WV Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette to discuss efforts to bring jobs to WV

I welcome all discussion

Gene Bem

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Helper

Feb-15-14 4:22 PM

Now if you sense something is a little fishy about the overall situation and you are wondering just what it might be, focus your attention on Gene Bem, the head of US Glass. For two years now, according to past articles, he has been just about to bring the Fenton factory back to life. If he really had anything more than bluster to offer, he wouldn’t be spending time interfering with or trying to intimidate our local school board. He’d be in town with his “order from WalMart” and would be lining up workers to produce the order.

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Helper

Feb-15-14 4:20 PM

The Fenton site is an outstanding site for the new elementary school – plenty of acreage, centrally located in Williamstown, yet far enough away from the high school to avoid traffic conflicts. Who can fault the school board for continuing to study that site or for being methodically cautious to make sure the site does not pose environmental risks? The environmental questions can be answered by the experts using tried and true scientific methods of sampling and testing. If the costs of addressing the environmental questions plus the cost of the property amounts to a fair price for the property, then the board will have been well-rewarded for its perseverance.

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