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Fuyao
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is responding to news that employees have filed a petition to unionize under the United Auto Worker’s banner.

 

The move to unionize Fuyao is backed by the UAW and perhaps 30 percent or more of company workers. They have filed an application for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. If the NLRB approves the petition, it will schedule a vote for Fuyao workers to decide whether or not to unionize.

 

Jerry Kenney

For almost thirty years the GM truck assembly plant in Moraine was woven into the fabric of the surrounding community – that is, until 2008, when it shut down, leaving 2400 workers without jobs.

The building sat empty for almost six years. Finally, things started to look up. First, several small companies moved in. Then, more good news. In early 2014, global Chinese glass manufacturing giant Fuyao announced plans to buy GM’s old plant – bringing hundreds of badly needed jobs back to the Miami Valley.

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is hosting another hiring event Wednesday evening—this one in Greene County.  So far the company has hired about 1400 employees from the area and hopes to fill another 500 or so positions.

Fuyao CEO John Gauthier says filling those remaining positions is becoming a challenge.

Artist rendering of Fuyao Moraine after construction is completed.
Fuyao Glass America

Workers at the Fuyao Glass America plant in Moraine have filed a list of complaints with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. In a May 5th letter to OSHA, eleven Fuyao employees detailed strong allegations of safety hazards allegedly present in Moraine plant.

Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy Fuyao
Jerry Kenney/WYSO

Hiring by a glass products company has topped 1,000 jobs at the site of a former General Motors Co. plant in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports the number of people employed at Fuyao Glass America Inc. in Moraine is now more than the number of people General Motors employed when it ended operations in the same factory eight years ago.

Fuyao Vice President David Burrows says they have about 1,100 workers now and have a goal of employing about 1,600 people.

Montgomery County Commision President Debbie Leiberman (center) and other county and business leaders annouce $2.7 million awarded to the county for workforce development.
Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County has announced $2.7 million in new federal and state funding for workforce development.

The county’s workforce division will use two U.S. Department of Labor grants to fund job training programs in manufacturing, logistics, and transportation.

Kristi Tanner with JobsOhio signs the Fuyao windshield at Carillon Historical Park.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A piece of glass produced at the Fuyao plant has been placed in the museum at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.

Fuyao Chairman Cao Dewang grinned as kids from the Richard Allen Academy greeted him in Chinese at a crowded event at the museum. He was back in Dayton to celebrate the first windshields rolling off the line at the Moraine plant, where his company is spending more than $300 million to build what he says will be the biggest free-standing auto-glass factory in the world.

Another Chinese company is coming to the Miami Valley. Sunsong Holdings, Inc. has announced it is purchasing Harco Manufacturing Group in Moraine.

Harco manufactures brake hose assemblies for the automotive industry. They currently employ about 1oo people.

In a statement released Tuesday, Harco owner Larry Harris said sale of the company depended on “Sunsong’s commitment to keep jobs in Moraine.” There was no word on if the company plans to add jobs to the Moraine site.

Ohio Auto Workers Making Less Money, Study Finds

Mar 17, 2015

Manufacturing is coming back to Ohio, although the jobs are coming in something of a trickle and there are still far fewer than there were before the Recession.

Plus, the jobs themselves are different: many companies are actually paying less for the same work. Auto parts manufacturing has been an area of particularly steep declines: median earnings in Ohio fell nearly 10 percent from 2001 to 2013, with even lower wages for new hires.

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