Moraine Ohio

Jerry Kenney/WYSO

On Tuesday morning, job seekers filled the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College to hear auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao talk about the company and its hiring process. 

Rod Fielder from Urbana lived in Moraine and worked at the GM assembly plant when it shut down in 2008.

Jeffrey Fowle returned home in late October after nearly six weeks in North Korea.
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An American arrested and detained in North Korea is headed back to the job he lost while abroad.

The city of Moraine in suburban Dayton agreed to give Jeffrey Fowle his street department job back beginning Monday, but said risky travel in the future would result in his firing.

MORAINE, Ohio (AP) The mayor of Moraine says an American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub will likely get his job back.

The city of Moraine in suburban Dayton terminated Jeffrey Fowle earlier this year but worked closely with his lawyer to make sure his family was provided for.

Moraine Mayor Elaine Allison said Wednesday the job in the city's streets department is available for Fowle. Fowle's attorney Tim Tepe says Fowle would like to return to the city.

GM's Moraine assembly was once an iconic Dayton-area employer. A Chinese auto-glass company will soon take over the building, but the city of Moraine is still short thousands of jobs.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A few income tax increases and levies for operating expenses went before Miami Valley voters in yesterday’s primary election, and preliminary results show voters largely said yes to raising municipal taxes.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Moraine is asking voters to approve a .5 percent increase to its municipal income tax in the Tuesday, May 6 primary election. Moraine City Manager David Hicks says the south Dayton town is in a tough spot financially—and still dealing with empty buildings and polluted superfund sites years after the departure of industry that created it.

UPDATE Friday Jan. 10, 11:55 a.m.: Chinese auto-glass firm Fuyao will be the company to purchase over a million square feet of the old GM plant. Find out more here.

GM's Moraine assembly was once an iconic Dayton-area employer. A Chinese auto-glass company will soon take over the building, but the city of Moraine is still short thousands of jobs.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown told WYSO he expects an announcement on the new tenant for the Moraine Assembly Plant as soon as Friday. Click here for the news.

It’s been just over five years since General Motors left its giant plant in Moraine, taking the last thousand jobs with it and spelling doom for Dayton’s economy, which once ran on the jobs provided by major industrial manufacturers like GM and NCR.

Steve Bognar

Following GM’s pullout of the Moraine Assembly plant, the city lost residents, and an estimated 40 to 50% of its revenue. Five years later the city is working hard to revive Moraine’s economy.  

Moraine’s big revenue losses came as a result of losing GM, Delphi and a number of smaller auto parts contracting businesses. To try and compensate for the losses, the city took a number of steps to curb expenditures – Some city employees were laid off, furloughs were implemented for others, and the water park – Splash Moraine- was closed.