Janesville plant closing is 'devastating' for community

Norwalk mayor says he's working with senators, congressmen, Team Neo, JobsOhio and Gov. John Kasich's office on the situation.
Scott Seitz2
Aug 30, 2013


Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said the news of the impending closure of the Janesville Acoustics plant is devastating.

"If there is a positive, it's not closing today or tomorrow," Duncan said.

Duncan said he and local economic officials will do everything they can to keep these jobs local.

"And, we have an action plan as well," he said, adding to help support once they are laid off.

Duncan said he's already working with senators, congressmen, Team Neo, JobsOhio and Gov. John Kasich's office on the situation.

"We have been and will continue to aggressively market our strong workforce," Duncan said. "We are looking for any and all opportunities.

"We have a great workforce here and this is a great location, close to the turnpike and the water," the mayor added.

Duncan said his heart goes out to the workers and their families.

"We'll do everything we can to make sure they have jobs," he said, adding programs are in place at Job and Family Services for displaced workers.

Will workers be able to transfer to other plants across the United States?

"I asked that question this morning and was told they have not made a decision yet," Duncan said.

The plant is in city councilwoman Deb Lucal's first ward.

"I'm surprised, but I'm not surprised," Lucal said. "I think Janesville has been here 50 or 60 years. I know a lot of people who work there.

"I think the Industrial Parkway will be totally empty now, except for two businesses," Lucal said. "I just don't know how to remedy this situation."

Lucal said Janesville was an extremely good company to work for.

"I didn't really see this coming, there was no indication," she said.

"This is very sad," Councilman Stephen Schumm added. "I really feel for the workers and their families. This affects the whole city of Norwalk and the whole Huron County area. It's just a bad situation."

Councilman Chris Mushett echoed the same sentiments.

"These are good factory jobs, which are becoming harder and harder to replace," he said. "This will create a ripple effect for other businesses across the city and area. You hate to see that stuff happen."

"I'm surprised and saddened," Council President Steve Euton said. "These are 300 families that were told they won't have an income. This is bleak for these folks and the community. I feel for them."

"My feelings go out to all who have lost these good-paying jobs," Councilman Bob Carleton said.



Kottage Kat

Just a comment. Unknot your knickers are you seriously commenting or have suggestions. TJ says they have known about this for years, why wasnt the fuss started then. Have at it, I will just watch. I am a tuff cookie and I don't crumble.

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Kat, your choice of undergarments (knickers) really is better left a secret. Duncan owns this by his lack of following through on his campaign platform. And yes, he is the mayor for now, my guess he better enjoy it I don't see second term in his future.

hit the road jack

If he could bring something to town who could pass the drug test?


Re: "Take a look around, suggestions on jobs, please tell the Mayor."

As I've ALSO written for yrs.:

The road to an economic Renaissance lies in Columbus, but specifically DC. THEY control the rules, regulations and tax policies.

Norwalk cannot compete on areas like tax abatement like the larger metro areas.

Again: IMO, fiscal austerity is the only possible “holding action.”

Lastly AGAIN: He campaigned on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. He OWNS the issue.

Really are you ...

@KK. Yes I have talked to Mayor Duncan about my project. Self Sustaining Personal Electric Generator, it would create 750 jobs in Norwalk. I have done the business plan and net profit and loss spread sheet for SCORE. Yes, I am upset that jobs are leaving but lucky enough to have been able to purchase a lot of the things needed during my employment at Janesville. I was employed by Mayflower until they moved, had worked at IPC, but not when they closed. Now Janesville. Really?
I use to wonder how mad big oil and the electric companies would get if the general public was not so dependent on oil or the receiving of electrical power from the electric grid. Now I have nothing to lose, guess I will see first hand how upset big oil and the electric companies can get. The SSPEG will be coming soon.

swiss family

well you keep praying for the Rapture......maybe it is here sooner than you expected

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : Very curious as to why you think the " NEDC" should be eliminated.

Since I have the 'bloggers curse ' ( lack of intelligent information ) Please convince me as why NEDC should
be eliminated.


Re: "'NEDC' should be eliminated.

Question in return: Kindly list it's return on investment (ROI).

Austerity. WAY PAST TIME to cut, cut, cut.

In it's place work more heavily with the HCDC.

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango : " Kindly list its return on investment (ROI) " Suffering from 'bloggers curse' ( lack of information) I can't for sure list much return on investment from NEDC.

Which means, I'll do what every good citizen does in troubled times; Ask my councilman for more information.

I do whole heartedly believe in the austerity you mention. In fact, I was dumb enough in May to write a ' letter to the editor' and suggest ---every public employee in the county--- take a pay cut, then use those savings to hire more cops.

Thankfully, I didn't hold my breath waiting for such an unpopular event to take place. :)


Re: "every public employee in the county--- take a pay cut,"

IMO, there have been numerous times in the last few yrs. that money could have been saved, i.e. buying the Home Lumber property.

Eliminating the NEDC will save close to $100K annually.

IMO, an assessment of the waste and inefficiency in city personnel, outdated and inefficient programs that could be potentially eliminated, in addition to the sale of publicly held assets needs to be undertaken before the Draconian request for a public employee pay cut.

swiss family

why yes Kat.. we have lost tax revenue's with each plant that closed" as you said.. but this Mayor who you supported so vocally ran on the Jobs, jobs, jobs platform.. unlike the previous administration... with that being said, when we lost tax revenue under the previous administration you were the one screaming loudly and pointing out her flaws... so this administration must face and accept the blame that is being delivered here... it is Karma...Oh I would like to ask another question while we are involved in a friendly debate... what happened to all of the complaints that you made during the last administration?? you know... taking away another parking spot at the main intersection in town???? the complaints about the soccer field and how close it is to a friend of yours property??? concerns about the restroom at the same soccer field being too close to the same friend???too many parks??? Obviously ALL of those problems must have been resolved and I just didn't hear about them at that time.. because you are sure being QUIET during this administration...even though one of his first acts was to approve a dog PARK??????

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Kat he is your guy, you prompted him as much or more than anyone else, he ran on a jobs platform. Maybe we can't blame him for Janesville, but where are the new jobs he promised and campaigned on? Come election time its time to give someone else a chance, this guy has failed on his promise.


"I've been writing for years." You've been taking for years. What have you ever contributed?




I wonder of any of you experts would be able to do better.

Kottage Kat

Thank you.