EPIC to close Norwalk plant

85 local residents to lose jobs.
Scott Seitz
Jan 13, 2014

 

EPIC Technologies officials this morning announced the closing of its Norwalk facility.

Workers learned the news about 8:30 a.m.

The Norwalk plant, located at 200 E. Bluegrass Drive, currently employs 85 people.

EPIC, which is a Natel EMS company, will consolidate its remaining customers into other EPIC locations during the next six months.

Look for the full story in Tuesday’s Norwalk Reflector.

Comments

starryeyes83

LG products are crap. A Nice microwave that wasn't even 2 and a half years old ( gently used I might add) blew the turntable motor had it fixed blew it again within a WEEK. Could not use w/out the turntable due to the intense plastic fumes. Ended up throwing it out. Same thing with an Element TV ( Another LG) brand . Nice 26 " TV Square shape ( which I prefer) Nice clear sharp picture then one day poof.. sound no picture. Mother board went out on it. Only about a year and a half old. Had to pitch.

LG products ( Whirlpool Brand) Sucks.

Contango

Wonder if Mayor Duncan will speak of this and Janesville's closing at the State of the City address?

The city's income revenue stream continues to be squeezed.

2sense

I think you are very outspoken for someone who does not live here.JMO

Contango

Re: "someone who does not live here,"

I'm not? lol

So what would you do in order to spur economic development and tax revenue Sport?

2sense

I would certainly not waste my time spewing rhetoric.

Contango

Re: "I would certainly not waste my time spewing rhetoric."

Obviously for you "spewing" nonsense is more apropos. :)

Wondering how this instance will be handled in the SOTC address is rhetoric?

2sense

Re:SOTC
What does the Sarasota Obedience Training Club have to do this?
Please excuse me I have a job to get to.

Contango

Re: "What does the Sarasota Obedience Training Club have to do this?"

Thank you for confirming your "spewing" of nonsense.

2sense

You are the expert at driveling.

Contango

Re: "You (snip)"

Have a nice day Cupcake.

Kottage Kat

Sit here and chuckle

cjbell019

Scouting that location for the bath house.

Kottage Kat

Your dissatisfaction with Mayor Duncan can be rectified at the polls.

Contango

Re: "Your dissatisfaction with Mayor Duncan can be rectified at the polls."

With two more yrs. of incompetence to go.

Can you still afford candles for your Duncan shrine?

BadBoys

This has to be the result of the conservative movement to create "right to work" states. Ohio Is not a "right to work state" yet. Companies are moving to right to work states where they can pay employees much less than non-right to work states. Resulting in lower incomes in these states and fewer jobs in others.
I believe this is where liberal talks about increasing the minimum wage began, which I don't agree with.

former local

Well, you kind of set yourself up when you run saying you'll create jobs.

Snoozer

After reading all the comments on this article, I would like to be the first person to say im sorry to hear about the loss of your jobs to all epic technology employees!
Time to order more "No parking" signs just in case!
Where is the future of norwalk ohio going?
Its a very sad state of affairs indeed. Whats really sad is these jobs aren"t going extinct just leaving town.
With janesville loseing 300 jobs and now another 82 at epic, lets raise the water rates? cable will be next huh?
Oh and these "LAZY" unemployed people better find a job fast, because we cant have you drawing unemployment and getting foodstamps!
I would like to know something, who is the largest manufature in norwalk now? is it maple city rubber? poly-one? or durable mat?

Contango

Re: "largest manufature in norwalk now?"

The largest "employers" are Fisher-Titus and govt.

http://www.norwalkohio.biz/why-n...

Kottage Kat

No problem with candles, thank you for the inquiry.

Contango

Re: "No problem with candles,"

Good to know. Enjoy your "jobs, jobs, jobs" shrine.

Kottage Kat

Every politician does it to some degree.

Contango

RE: "Every politician does it to some degree."

The use of moral equivalency in order to justify vapid political rhetoric obviously works for you.

IMO, ya shouldn't make promises that are largely out of your control to keep.

Unlike the previous occupant, the Mayor doesn't even make an effort for appearances sake.

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...

http://www.norwalkoh.com/living_...

Cliff Cannon

Having twice had to drastically change my life, owing to the company's I loved working for going out of business. ( Thankfully, the second one is coming back) I truly feel sorry for those employee's who are now losing their jobs. No doubt, 'Epic' has been a major part of many lives and now......

I would also urge those debating the political ramifications here to read up on a an orphan boy whose sibs called him 'Burt.' Yet, Burt let nothing stop him. He was an explorer, made a fortune, almost single handedly saved Europe from starvation after W.W. 1, was Commerce secretary during the explosive growth years of the 20's, and never once took a government paycheck for he felt he owed our great country, a great deal, for his great opportunity's.


Of course, timing is everything. So when Bert ( aka Herbert) Hoover became President in 1928. He also became 'owner' of the stock market collapse and the 'Great Depression' that soon followed . So it has always been in politics, hasn't it ?


Now roll the clock ahead to 1980. George Bush is making political hay in the primaries deriding Ronald Reagan's economic plan calling it " Voodoo economics " Obviously, Bush became the V.P. candidate. Perhaps, the first question he was asked was about 'voodoo economics' He replies; " I wish I hadn't said that "


Even worse,later he wished he hadn't said " read my lips. No new taxes " as certainly, that phrase helped drive him from office.


Which brings me to Norwalk and Mayor Duncan. He is certainly like a Bert Hoover a very good man, with very political bad timing. He is also like George Bush in that he rode a slogan, and now that slogan is riding him.( as it will all the days of his life) So one wonder's, if he wishes he hadn't said that.


The real question is where do we go from here ? Finger pointing only hurts one's fingers and provides no solutions. So here's looking very forward to a brighter future, filled with idea's, then solutions, for making Norwalk a better place. Because, at this stage, after falling so far economically, the only way we can go is up.

Contango

Re: "He (Hoover) also became 'owner' of the stock market collapse and the 'Great Depression' that followed it. "

The Great Depression was more a result of the Fed Reserve's tight money policies as opposed to the programs and tax increases instituted under the Hoover admin.

Mr. Bernake, being a student of the Great Depression practiced loose monetary policies. The repercussions of which remain to be experienced.

Cliff Cannon

" The Great Depression was more a result of the Fed Reserve's tight money policies as opposed to the programs and tax increases instituted under the Hoover admin. " Exactly.


Yet, Hoover paid the political price. Worse, FDR who had supplemented Hoover's '28 opponent Al Smith in the N.Y. state governors chair, then rode that chair to the presidency. Tormented, Hoover like a rabid dog till his death in '45


Having witnessed first hand, in a large number of cities, the closing of tons of factory's owing to the federal laws of " Nafta " and "Cafta ". One is left feeling sorry for the Mayor Duncan's of America, who will feel the political brunt of these laws as we are seeing here currently.


Obviously, timing remains everything in life as well as politics. So local politician's across America ---like Hoover did--- will continue to take it on the chin, from an increasingly irate electorate for these federal policy's.


Which leaves other problems. We will continue to see visionary type politician's ( Like Dwight Tkach here locally )leave local governments rather than be tarred and scarred by these economic catastrophes, which are way beyond local control.


We will also see large gains in the number of people getting into trouble ( " idle hands are the devils tool's " like Grandma used to say ) which will lead to needing more cops, when cities can least afford them or have jail space to store them.


Certainly, with Norwalk's est. budget shortfall in '15 closing in on a million dollars. We will see massive cuts in services, as well as raise's in taxes. Which will lead to further exodus's, which will lead to further cuts, will lead to...


So all in all, what we really need now, in my viewpoint, rather finger pointing or reminding Mayor Duncan of that phrase, he may as well tattoo on his forehead. Is a collective effort, by as many citizens as possible, to make our future as bright as possible.


Because, turning our city around must be done as the implications of not turning it around are to dismal to contemplate

Contango

Re: "One is left feeling sorry for the Mayor Duncan's of America,"

I tend NOT to feel "sorry," for politicos who campaign on vapid 'feel good' political phrases that are near impossible to keep, but would rather that they be held accountable.

Cliff Cannon

" and to remember that in the past. That those who foolishly sought power,by riding the back of the tiger,ended up inside " JFK


Obviously, as we read these comments. Voters are reminding Mayor Duncan in ever increasing numbers, that the 'tiger' is getting restless, as well as hungry.


So I'd say most voters tend to agree with you here

Contango

Re: "Because, turning our city around must be done as the implications of not turning it around are to dismal to contemplate."

IMO, Mayor Duncan doesn't have a clue and never saw a spending proposal that he didn't like.

Example: How's that new fire station property that the city shelled out good money for?

I know he was mayor-elect at the time, but neither did he object.

Contango

Re: "Having witnessed first hand, in a large number of cities, the closing of tons of factory's owing to the federal laws of 'Nafta' and 'Cafta'".

IMO, wrong 'culprit(s)'.

More a result of lousy U.S. corp. tax policies which prompt multi-nationals to build and keep their profits overseas.

End the Fed. corp. income tax:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/0...

Cliff Cannon

No doubt, there are many more 'culprits' than " Nafta " or " Cafta ". However, those will remain 'public enemy's' number's 1 and 2 for me.


I believed Ross Perot when he said of 'Nafta' " that giant sucking sound will be your jobs going to Mexico " then, and no evidence has come along to change my mind since.

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