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Warren looking at options

G.E. plant to close in one year

January 26, 2013

WARREN — Mayor Doug Franklin expressed regret Friday that nearly 200 jobs will leave the city with the planned closing of G.E.’s Ohio Lamp plant....

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featherstone

Jan-28-13 11:44 AM

Sam. Seems people who bash unions or competitive paying labor are simply jealous and miserable. They would rather blame and see Corporations exploit labor. All blues has to do is look back at warren when Packard, copperweld, WCI, Wean, Brainard, GE were running.. Times were good, people Wanted to live in and around Warren. Chalk it up to Greed for leaving.

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nmcLone

Jan-27-13 3:23 PM

frankie never seen this one comin...this better than sunday funny papers

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reallytiredofit

Jan-27-13 2:30 PM

IHATEUSBLUES, you wasted your tme telling usblues you were a Air Force veteren. Usblues doesn't understand service to your country. He was only willing to serve in the military if they would make him an officer. As you well know from being there, there is no room in the military for an officer as lame and slow as usblues. That's why they looked at him, laughed at him, and denied his rediculous request. Since he is an En-fant Che-ri, he would never consider being an enlisted man.

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Ihateusblues

Jan-27-13 1:24 PM

Thanks Featherstone! I hope you'll find something stable. I sure did. Been here for four years with my current employer and love it. There are jobs out there but you have to be VERY aggressive and persistent to create an opportunity though. I've applied for 179 jobs upon my return to Ohio from the fire department.

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featherstone

Jan-27-13 8:29 AM

Hate, unfortunately many people are going job to job after a plant closing, been there and doin that. Clueless Blues is just jealous of your determination and ambition. It's hard for him sitting in his parents basement all day without the confidence to face the REAL world. Keep kicking his butt.

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featherstone

Jan-27-13 8:24 AM

Yea, typical Sat. Night for Usblues, sitting in front of monitor picking a fight with his nemesis Hate, and getting his butt kicked. Blues u weren't making dinner, you ordered a pizza cuz your to lazy to cook and your cars heater doesn't work so you can't go out to eat. Stop telling your big stories.

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Ihateusblues

Jan-27-13 1:23 AM

Air Force was an honorable discharge. And you're welcome for thanking me for my service. And I have family business in Ohio to take care of so the fire department wasn't important anymore. But like a true hard worker that I am, I managed to land a career and go back to college in these bad economic times. And PLEASE don't talk about a person not having a social life. Who was on here at 12:00 AM New Year's Day again??? Oh that's right, it was you....you lonely piece of existence.

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LaidOffDrone

Jan-26-13 10:11 PM

One option would be to hire more friends and family in the water department. With less demand for water, you'll need 'em.

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Ihateusblues

Jan-26-13 10:06 PM

Usblues you idiot!!!!! 12 jobs are better than none!!! What am I supposed to do when a place close? Sit around and collect welfare? I'm a pure HUSTLER!! I stand firm by my screen name because you are socially and mentally deficient.

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ArticWoof

Jan-26-13 5:56 PM

samraree, you make a good point. Sell the bulbs to people who still are allowed to use them. Lets be honest here. this was nothing more than a green effort by Obama and his friends. To drum up support for a failed green energy policy. So sell the lights to countries with more common sense. There are pleny of buyers out there for the non LED and flouresent bulbs.

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ArticWoof

Jan-26-13 5:52 PM

Franklin claims he did not see it coming. Really? Serious? A blind man could have seen this coming when the jerks in Washington outlawed the incandescent light bulbs!!!!!! Really??? Did not see it coming. How much bigger did the writing have to be on the wall for people to KNOW this was going to happen.

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joeisback

Jan-26-13 4:56 PM

...and Timberly Ryan is no where to be found at this valley Kodak moment...

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Ihateusblues

Jan-26-13 12:44 PM

Sadly, the ever changing technology climate is a factor with this one. Roughly 100 employees will either transfer or retrain. I'm not sure if they would be eligible for TWA OR WIA. I still have it after losing my job at Delphi. Unfortunately I can't use it because of my "gainful" employment. People have to hustle hard to get what they want because NOTHING under the sun is a guarantee anymore. The baby boomer generation were the lucky ones. On the average they had one or two jobs in their lifetime and could find lucrative paying jobs without a degree or technical training. Not anymore!!! I've had 12 jobs so far; Air Force, copperweld steel, Delphi, Virginia Beach Fire Department and Exal corporation in Youngstown to name a few.

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neversummer

Jan-26-13 12:20 PM

"Thanks to the federal government, we won't get to make that free choice again. The liberty bell rings quieter and quieter. "

So reality plays nothing in this? Like the reality that light is cheaper in semiconductors.

Are you arguing against physics?

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insider

Jan-26-13 11:58 AM

"Blaming the North Park Avenue plant's declining volume and the shift of customer demand to more efficient bulbs made elsewhere..."

As recently as five years ago, incandescent bulbs had over 80 percent of the light bulb market. There was no shift in demand for CFL's! CFL's have been around since the 80's. The American public saw the higher prices, the ugly light and their other negative features, and decided that saving a few watts of electricity wasn't a good reason to buy them.

Thanks to the federal government, we won't get to make that free choice again. The liberty bell rings quieter and quieter.

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insider

Jan-26-13 11:46 AM

"Blaming the North Park Avenue plant's declining volume and the shift of customer demand to more efficient bulbs made elsewhere..."

Uh, well yes, when our federal overlords pass a law that outlaws incandescent light bulbs, that will probably lead to a decline in volume at a factory that manufactures INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS. Duh. Sort of like when Prohibition caused a shift in consumer demand for bootlegged booze and reduced the volume at formerly legal distilleries.

The sad facts of this foolish, phony, so called energy saving law, are that CFL manufacturing is labor intensive and use rare earth materials that China has abundant supplies of. The domestic manufacturers declined to invest in the machinery to produce them here economically.

When you're filling out your paperwork at the unemployment office under the light of a bunch of CFL's, thank the misguided control freaks in Washington D. C. for your situation.

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unitedfortruth

Jan-26-13 10:39 AM

"i have installed many of these new led lights on and in buildings, they are very nice and energy efficiant , but i do feel bad because every one of them is made over seas, i wish the government could see what they are doing to the people here in America..."

i blame the criminals who now run our govt for alot of stuff, but in the end its because we allow it. your comment makes no sense. you stopped buti]ying from an American company, bought bulbs that are only made overseas, then blame this company going under solely on the govt?

most of this stuff i am against, in the ned, we are doing or allowing it to be done to ourselves.

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LaidOffDrone

Jan-26-13 10:30 AM

Maybe the guy that bought the old Packard buildings will buy it.

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dartin

Jan-26-13 8:55 AM

This is all about politicians deciding for the american people, (loss of choice / loss of freedom), what kind of light bulb they can buy. Has anyone ever said that they like the CFL's made in China because the actual light is so much more brilliant or warmer or great for dimming. NO CFL's*****and they are full of mercury. Believing propaganda and electing fools has consequences...

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doloweiss

Jan-26-13 8:42 AM

that GE plant is the biggest fire trap around! ask some of the employees that work there. they said that 30 yrs ago. they have been so lucky not to have lost lives to a fire in that building, like so many others around town.

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motherof2

Jan-26-13 8:39 AM

Hmm...why would you not upgrade to remain competitive? These CEO's and company's make millions/billions. I seem to remember the same thing happening to the steel mills. They did not keep up with technology and roll the money back into the company. Another example of corporate greed. Wonder how much the CEO's and upper crusty executives make at GE? They'll probably get a bonus for closing the doors and "saving" money.

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neversummer

Jan-26-13 8:18 AM

Remember, the guys that own the Mocha House bought the best anchor building on court house square, which might be the most prestigious building in all of warren, for 75 grand.

Don't kid yourselves about values.

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neversummer

Jan-26-13 8:14 AM

He didn't see this coming. Really.

Semiconductor technology must be some kind of fad or witchcraft then.

Nobody will ever want that old building. Make GE level it when they leave. Maybe we can turn it into a graveyard or something.

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eyesonyou2

Jan-26-13 8:01 AM

"It was 100 percent within the city's borders, so its loss will affect our budget," Franklin said. "Because it is a year away, we will have the opportunity to adjust our budget projections and reduce our expenditure."

Then this would be a perfect opportunity for the Administration to down size the number of city employees.

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escaped

Jan-26-13 7:47 AM

"Although we were well aware it had been downsizing over the last few years, I did not see (the closure) happening." Really?? Considering the unchecked EPA has practically banned non-CFL light bulbs from existence? Really, Mr. Mayor.... you need to wise up.

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