Fuyao

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.

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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.

The former G.M. Moraine plant was the subject of an HBO documentary, "The Last Truck," about the workers who lost their jobs in 2008. Soon it could house hundreds of workers for Fuyao Glass America.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Work has started on Fuyao Glass America, the Chinese company taking up residence in the former G.M. Moraine plant south of Dayton.

Of course, all the news about Fuyao’s investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in a Dayton factory comes after years of stories about U.S. companies opening up shop in China.

You’ve heard the story before—U.S. factories move to China, jobs are lost, whole towns shattered. But lately, things are shifting: Chinese ventures in the U.S. have spiked.

Fuyao To Double Workforce At Moraine Plant

Jan 13, 2015
The view from the old employee entrance to the Moraine GM plant, where Fuyao plans to put a new entrance to the plant.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A year after the announcement of a new auto-glass factory in Moraine, Fuyao Glass America Inc. says it will add another 750 jobs to the plant as it ramps up U.S. production. Fuyao had previously committed to bring 800 jobs to the former General Motors plant south of Dayton, which had been mostly abandoned since 2008. The addition of after-market automotive glass manufacturing in the planned factory brings the total expected jobs up to more than 1500.

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