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Moraine Businesses Looking Forward to New Business
MORAINE -- General Motors shut down the Moraine plant in 2008, taking more than 2,000 jobs and tons of tax revenue with it.
But it will soon reopen and welcome a new company, and that has local businesses who've been here for decades excited about the possibilities.
"It was amazing, it was packed in here, three deep at the bar, the dining room was always full," said Nancy Zechar, general manager of Treasure Island.
Zechar recalls what it was like in her place just a mere six years ago, when GM was up and running.
Today, business is good, but she's hopeful it's going to get better.
"We're just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping what they're all saying happens," said Zechar.
And what's happening is the old decaying GM plant will soon turn into a new location for the Chinese auto glass company Fuyao, bringing up to 800 jobs to Moraine.
"It shows that they haven't died, they haven't quit, they haven't given up, you know, that they're coming back," said Frank Lakins.
Lakins has lived in the Dayton area for 70 years, and remembers what it was like when GM shut down.
"It was the main support for the tax base," said Lakins.
It was a tax base that helped Moraine get $14 million to $15 million in revenue a year.
It was reported in 2008 that GM made up 30 percent of that tax revenue.
"All the things that they could provide for their citizens, no longer was there because they did not have it," said Lakins.
"We've had a rough couple years though, last couple years have been tough," said Rick Voltzy, owner of Voltzy's Root Beer Stand in Moraine.
His burgers have been a staple in Moraine for nearly 25 years.
But he's looking ahead to the next 25.
"We don't know where this will go, we don't know where this will take us, but I think it has only one way to go is up," said Voltzy.
Fuyao is expected to start hiring manufacturing jobs by the end of this year and will open its doors by the end of 2015.
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