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Kasich feeling heat over Ormet shutdown

October 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What was once the largest private employer in its region is now Ohio’s largest industrial layoff of the year. Republican Gov....

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Oct-29-13 1:57 PM

Ormet was doomed to fail from the moment aluminum became a traded commodity on the LME. Their costs for power, labor and alumina could not be supported with the price of aluminum below a dollar. If anyone should be blamed it should be Olin and Revere for locating the plant in the Ohio Valley in 1950's. It's amazing it stayed in production as long as it did.

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Oct-28-13 8:17 PM

Kasich had no interest in Ormet from the beginning. First of all, his personal friends running Jobs Ohio have no stock in Ormet, so nothing lost in closing the plant. Second of all, 40% of the employees live in West Virginia, cuts down on lost votes for 2nd term. Again, nothing lost in closing the plant. Remember Kasich worked for Lehman Brothers on Wall Street; so no suprise how this all ended, if you lived on Main Street and worked at Ormet.

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Oct-28-13 12:27 PM

There is only one group that shoulders ALL OF THE BLAME for Ormet's problems. ORMET MANAGEMENT. The hourly employees perform the work they are directed to perform so they cannot be blamed. AEP is in the business to make money and they cannot be blamed. The Union negotiated with Ormet Management and the Union cannot be blamed. Only Management that holds the reigns of power and controls the company is to be blamed. All decisions are made by management! PERIOD!

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Oct-28-13 11:32 AM

Commission spokeswoman Holly Karg said independent boards carefully vetted nominees and Kasich has no sway over panel decisions. An appointee of Kasich's Democratic predecessor was among the most vocal critics in rejecting parts of Ormet's latest deal. Making this political is a farce.

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Oct-28-13 11:21 AM

Why blame Kasich??? wasnt him that declared "war on coal" and just about anything else with a smokestack. of course, its pretty hard to blame YOURSELVES, isnt it????.....welcome to the Obamerica that YOU helped to create!!

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