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Situation Bleak For Ex-Ormet Workers

Union gives food and toys to displaced employees

December 17, 2013

CLARINGTON — As she picked up some cookies and crackers during the United Steelworkers’ Local No....

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atoddh

Dec-17-13 1:08 AM

Each manufacturing job supports five service jobs. So this is a 6000 job loss: ultimately.

WV did its part when they gave Ohio County the grant for the Fort Henry Industrial Park for light manufacturing. The money was instead spent on retail (service) development; with low paying jobs vs higher paid skilled labor opportunities.

Next up to go or downsize will be coal(Murray.)

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Ragnar

Dec-17-13 6:31 AM

Ormet manufactured a product which it could not sell for a great enough price to cover its' operating costs. Period. It is not the fault of George Bush, John Kasich, greedy corporations, the evil rich, Wall Street or the Nutting family.

A company had higher costs than it had sales. A company is not the federal government. A company cannot run an annual deficit of $1 trillion and print money to cover this.

Ormet was no longer a viable operation. Just as Wheeling-Pitt and Weirton Steel finally died, so has Ormet now found a place on the ash heap of history.

The best thing would be to stop lying and giving false hope to these people and tell them to relocate or find local work for less money.

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LogHog

Dec-17-13 6:39 AM

Out dated company, producing over priced product, add mismanagement = company out of business.

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LogHog

Dec-17-13 6:42 AM

yes Ragnar.. truth hurts sometimes, but the people that want and need work should move on if they haven't already. Hanging on to a dead duck won't make it quack.

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Highland

Dec-17-13 8:11 AM

It's ridiculous to demand that the governor "do something" to save the company. Businesses survive or fail due to a number of factors - market conditions, excessive labor costs, mismanagement, supply and demand - and have done so for hundreds of years. It's not up to the taxpayers to artificially prop it up (e.g. General Motors, which still owes billions).

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Triton

Dec-17-13 8:28 AM

Ormet's demise started the day that Obama moved into the White House and began his war on coal. The plant was located there for the use of cheap electricity rates from the coal fired plants across the river and that existed for decades. Good jobs and a great tax base for Monroe County. But it was dead the day that labor voted Obama into office. He owed that to the environmental lobbies that paid him huge amounts of money in his campaign. Labor? Well he could count on their votes no matter what he did to them. So he took the money and is paying that group back by crushing coal fired electricity which is death to heavy manufacturing too. No one should be surprised. Ormet jobs were the best in the valley, the wages were among the highest so its surprising the within a few months of shutdown workers are seeking help for Christmas. Progressives killed Ormet and its never coming back. The politicians are already on the body like bottle flies on a corpse.

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Shark88

Dec-17-13 8:42 AM

The headline should read, "Situation Bleak for the Working People of the United States"

Spirit of Obama = Spirit of death...

death to morals and honesty.

death to balanced scales.

death to liberty & freedom.

death to coal.

death to jobs.

death to solid medical care.

death to lower prices.

death to America.

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acousticportal

Dec-17-13 9:04 AM

I've read this story for the past 30 years....same scenario...work for a while, laid off for a while...it's standard operating procedure for Ormet. Don't worry...they'll hire a cheaper batch of workers in the spring.

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electrichead03

Dec-17-13 9:52 AM

Keep fighting 5724! Hopefully them pots will fire again! I believe in you guys! Merry Christmas and happy new year to all! :-)

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Johnson2616

Dec-17-13 9:57 AM

The stories I've read for 30 years re Ormet include; Ormet on Strike (again), Picket Lines at Ormet (again), Ormet Labor Unions Want Higher Wages. None of these stories ever laid blame at the feet of the federal goverment so why do so now? When an American manufacturer is forced out of business by raising labor cost and cheaper imports blame the worker/union who demand higher wages and then go to Walmart to buy imported goods.

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caltransplant

Dec-17-13 10:26 AM

Shark and Triton, your partisan rantings show your ignorance. Read what Johnson and Ragnar hadf to say and learn. Ormet would fail, even if the president were a white conservative.

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dyingov

Dec-17-13 10:42 AM

Perot was correct!

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Clinton said he hoped the agreement would encourage other nations to work toward a broader world-trade pact.

NAFTA, a trade pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, eliminated virtually all tariffs and trade restrictions between the three nations. The passage of NAFTA was one of Clinton's first major victories as the first Democratic president in 12 years--though the movement for free trade in North America had begun as a Republican initiative.

During its planning stages, NAFTA was heavily criticized by Reform Party presidential candidate Ross Perot, who argued that if NAFTA was passed, Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" of American companies fleeing the United States for Mexico, where employees would work for less pay and without benefits.

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dyingov

Dec-17-13 10:44 AM

The polititicans are lining-up to pass a free trade agreement again!

They tell the peeps that jobs will be created in the US and trade will expand!

Actually jobs are lost in the US and the trade deficit for the US increases! D's and R's are both guilty of the scam.....

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wonderwhy

Dec-17-13 10:57 AM

shark- Why no scripture? I supposed you missed the 27 steel companies that filed bankruptcy in 2004? Wilbur Ross. Look up facts! and possibly get medication for your point of view!

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wonderwhy

Dec-17-13 10:59 AM

dyin- I agree with most of your post, as I also supported Perot. However, George H Bush negotiated NAFTA, Clinton enacted it. Wonderwhy you left that out?

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wonderwhy

Dec-17-13 11:01 AM

ISG, ICG. Look who benefitted from those scams.

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dyingov

Dec-17-13 11:02 AM

wonder, Read it again! I don't have time to read it to you. LOL

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wonderwhy

Dec-17-13 11:22 AM

I did read it dyin...........a republican initiative is not the same as GHB negotiating it. Wonderwhy you can't comprehend?

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Johnson2616

Dec-17-13 12:03 PM

WWUBrainless; chances are I know a bit more about the private/public sector than you because I've worked in both. Having read a lot of your idiotic posts I've come to the conclusion you have'nt the foggest idea about anything, you simply write while you wait for your next food stamp card. As to Tom, have'nt been an illegal arrest in Wheeling since his time as Sheriff.

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dyingov

Dec-17-13 12:08 PM

Wonder, Who signed it? Was Clinton "required" to sign the bill because Bush "negotiated" the bill?

Clinton, while signing the NAFTA bill, stated that "NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't support this agreement."

Negotiate-"try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion with others."

Initiative-"a proposal made by one nation to another in an attempt to improve relations."

What is the problem, wundur?

I don't have time to explain for you....

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Johnson2616

Dec-17-13 1:51 PM

WWUBrainless "WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING FOR THE POPULATION?" Supporting birth control so accidents like you don't happen!!!

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richardwhee

Dec-17-13 2:40 PM

Lets face it- Ormet is gone, along with other industriesand retail businesses. Instead of crying and complaining they should be out looking for another job. As for health care- Obamacare will take care of everything.

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BigMike

Dec-17-13 4:02 PM

"It's ridiculous to demand that the governor "do something" to save the company." It's not up to the taxpayers to artificially prop it up (e.g. General Motors, which still owes billions).

Highland, You are so right. Government's job is to destroy Americans sector jobs through regulation, open borders and so called free trade agreements. Ross Perot warned you, but no one listened. Is it treason when your elected officials betray the electorate?

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dyingov

Dec-17-13 5:01 PM

"Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement" THis is the latest "good idea" from your goberment.

ALL the trade agreements have been bad for America, so let our politicians create another trade agreement!

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atoddh

Dec-17-13 5:15 PM

Rag is wonderfully eloquent and lucid on this issue; and most others.

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