Veteran journalist Carl Hoffman believes he’s solved one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1961 at the age of 23, Michael Rockefeller – son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in America ¬– travelled to remote New Guinea in search of primitive art for his father’s new museum.
For much of the 20th century, the city of Mansfield was an industrial giant. But that has changed. Things began to unravel in the 1970s as manufacturing there began grinding to a halt. The latest blow to the area came early this year when the nearby General Motors plant shut down.
General Motors is bringing back more than a thousand laid off workers in Lordstown to ramp up production for the Chevrolet Cruze this summer. Ohio Public Radio’s WKSU reports it’s the latest step in a transformation of the assembly plant that began four years ago, and that has meant more good news than bad even in the worst of auto industry times.
Ohio’s GM plants were not immune to the auto manufacturing cuts. One of those plants is a stamping plant in Mansfield. WOSU traveled to Richland County to speak with some of its workers.
As part of General Motor’s bankruptcy filing, it’s closing its ACDelco warehouse facility in Groveport, south of Columbus. Eighty-one workers at the Groveport warehouse stand to lose their jobs.
Yesterday Chrysler notified dozens of Ohio dealers that their franchises would be terminated. Today General Motors is doing the same thing. Ohio Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy is calling for a one-month delay in the terminations.
A Democratic Congress that’s unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit’s Big Three appears ready to punt the automakers’ fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers — and millions of Americans’ jobs.
Miami University professor James Rubenstein closely monitors the auto industry. He says domestic auto makers are trying to weather what he calls a “cyclical crash” as car sales have dropped by nearly half in the past several months.
General Motors workers in Ohio have a lot to think about. GM Tuesday announced it’s offering buyouts to 74,000 United Auto Workers. There are more than 10,000 UAW workers in Ohio alone.
Businesses throughout Ohio are hoping the nationwide strike between the United Auto Workers and General Motors won’t be a long one. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, a long strike could have far reaching implications for thousands of people and businesses in the buckeye state.
General Motors workers nationwide walked off the job Monday morning citing problems with job security. Workers picketing at the GM plant in Groveport say there have been threats to close their plant.