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Kasich to Announce New Manufacturing Company for Moraine Factory Site

MORAINE -- The former General Motors plant in Moraine will soon be full of busy workers for the first time in years. A Chinese auto parts manufacturer is expected to move into the site, helping put life back into the local economy.

Heather Wilder remembers when Fat Daddy's Drive Thru in Moraine could barely keep enough chips and beer in stock, back before the nearby GM plant closed in 2008.

"It was great for the community. Now it's bad with them being gone. It hurts all the businesses around here, not just Fat Daddy's," she said.

But business will most likely turn around very soon.

An as yet unidentified Chinese manufacturer has agreed to move operations into part of the huge facility, creating 630 to 800 new jobs. It's a welcome relief for the under- and unemployed.

"That'll be great for them because they have been out of work since 2008 and they can't find work because no one wants to pay as much as GM, so this will be great for them," Wilder said.

"Hopefully the new plant in Dayton will not only affect the local area but the whole state as well," said Genevieve Furtner of Franklin.

City leaders, lawmakers and the redevelopment company -- Industrial Realty Group -- have been working to make the site more attractive to a potential tenant by obtaining millions of dollars in grants for cleanup and improvements. With an auto parts manufacturer slated to take over the site, it appears the hard work has finally paid off.

"I'll be happy to see my customers go back to work," Wilder said.

No word on exactly what the plant will be making, or when hiring begins. We should know more after Kasich makes an official announcement about the agreement Friday morning.



Earlier coverage:

MORAINE -- Hundreds of manufacturing jobs are coming to the Miami Valley.  ABC 22/FOX 45 has learned a Chinese auto-parts manufacturer will soon move into the former General Motors plant, bringing with it up to 800 new jobs.

Moraine has been struggling economically since the plant closed in 2008.  Since then, city leaders, lawmakers and the redevelopment company -- Industrial Realty Group -- have been working to make the site more attractive to a potential tenant. They obtained millions of dollars in grants for cleanup and improvements.  Now all the hard work has paid off and Moraine will soon be manufacturing auto-parts once again.

IRG and the manufacturer will be at Governor Kasich's office Friday to sign an agreement, making the deal official.

No word on exactly what the plant will be making or when hiring begins.  We should know more after Gov. Kasich makes an official announcement about the agreement Friday.



Earlier coverage:

MORAINE -- Gov. John Kasich is expected to announce on Friday a new manufacturing company that should create 800 jobs at the former GM assembly plant site.

Kasich is scheduled to speak at 10:45 a.m. at the Statehouse Cabinet Room in Columbus.

The GM plant in Moraine closed in 2008. Local and state officials, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, have worked for years to redevelop the site.

 
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