Few places are feeling the grim economy as directly as the southwest Ohio town of Wilmington. Last week, international shipping company DHL announced that it will be reducing its domestic operations and laying off over 8000 jobs at ABX Air and Astar, two companies serving DHL at the Wilmington hub. While not entirely unexpected, the news confirms the fears of the soon to be displaced workers, and the potentially devastating effect on the town itself. As the reality of the situation sets in, community members grapple with what's in store for the future of Wilmington.
Dana Davidson helped build SUVs at a General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio for 11 years. Today she's unemployed and the automaker is closing the factory for good in December.
"You know, the people in the plant we look at as family. You build a network with people, you're close to them, you know about their children, their family, you've been to their homes. It's been a rocky road," says Davidson.