230 new jobs for Norwalk?

Company considers bringing its manufacturing operation here.
Scott Seitz2
Jun 2, 2014


Borgers USA Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of the German group Borgers AG, is considering Norwalk as a possible location for its second U.S. manufacturing operation.

The Borgers Group has operations in 20 locations in Europe, China and the U.S. The largest business division is the automotive sector.

On Tuesday night, Borgers' applications for local incentives will be reviewed by Norwalk city council. This new project, whether it is located in Norwalk or elsewhere, is projected to create 230 jobs and generate more than $60 million in capital investment over the next five years, including the construction of a 160,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

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Finally good news with new jobs, if Mayor Duncan or his administration had anything to do with this, great job. I've been a critic, but credit if credit is do.

hit the road jack

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Dang contango who did you tick off this morning lol


Wow..you said bribe and they deleted you! WTF


I would say another company that needs an airport. Allen Nielsen

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As great as this news is, all of the other major business that has closed wasn't saved or decided to stay because of the airport, I really don't think you can link these two together.


A functioning and supported airport would be a big plus to bring in more businesses
I'm sure the track sure isn't something that is going to help the company in deciding where to locate.

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Yea, it was only a matter of time before one of the privileged Sky Kings would pipe up. The new owner can fly direct from Bellevue, world class airport 45 minutes away in Cleveland, a serviceable one in Mansfield. All the business that fled the city didn't seem to think it was an asset. Sell it to private investors as an airport or failing any interest to anyone that will take it.


15 minutes from the west or 45 minutes (without traffic) from the east instead of a couple minutes from right next door. When time is money which would be preferred?
Once again I'll tell you I do not own a plane but understand the advantage to having a local PUBLIC airport
The reason Rhodes wanted a public airport in every county was so that anyone can use it but when they are private then anyone can be excluded from using it.

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If it's private ownership they have the greatest incentive, profit, something the government never seems interested in. Why would any private owner exclude anyone when it effects their profit? Clearly something has to change, we always hear about the 100 companies who use it, who are they and how often, wouldn't they continue to use it if it was an improved privately owned? The many companies that have left didn't see the public airport as an asset that would keep them here. Cleveland, easier connections nationwide and world travel, and aren't we told its a world economy.


Once again I'll go back to if that is so good for the airport then lets do it for the roads and bridges. Then trolls like you can buy a bridge and stop all traffic to demand your tolls before anyone can pass.
The airport is infrastructure just like the roads and bridges.
As to the companies that have left you'll have to ask each one why for each will have different reasons but in general the cost of doing business here will be near the top of every list.

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Troll, so what are you the elf in the tree making cookies for the outbound flights? Once again the county has a statutory requirement to maintain public roadways and highways for the general public use, not a playpen for a privileged few. And again not one of the companies that fled the county stayed because of the airport. By your own argument the airport didn't decrease their cost of doing business.You still avoid the question about what 100 companies that use the airport and how often.


Whe an airport is privately owned then it is only for "the privileged few" as you put it. When public anyone may us it. What is it that you fail to see that point?
Companies use the airport for many things. Right now the farmers are using it to get their crops sprayed, Manufacturers will have products transported through the airport when that product didn't get made and shipped in time to make it "on time" which can have a factory shut down till the item arrives, Company officials travelling for negotiations (remember time is money), Others who need to make refueling stops. Getting persons in for special training of workers (once again time is money), emergency flights For Fisher Titus.
How about you listing all the possible uses companies have of the roads? That is as varied as the uses they have for the airport.
You are playing at being willfully blind to the advantages of the airport for your personal reasons without considering what others may have needs of the airport. You denigrate the airport by claiming it is " a playpen for a privileged few" to further your personal political point for what has to be something you see as benefiting you rather the what would be best foe as many as possible. A bit selfish isn't that.

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Selfish is failing to not accept at least the possibility of private ownership that might improve the facility or finally settle the question of need. Why is it that you fail to see that point? Again name all of these companies who are using it and how often. Wakeman is available for aerial spraying and I am sure private ownership would welcome the business but considering that only a small percentage of farmers either use or can afford aerial spraying that clearly does not justify your point. Why would a private owner restrict usage when it effects his profit, clearly you have never been in business as an owner. Emergency use for Fisher Titus, who has its own heliport on site. Comparing the usage of public roads used by everyone to a small airport used by a few is nonsensical. As for a personal political point, I don't have one other than the private sector usually does it better when it come to business. You also fail to recognize business travel has been reduced over the last decade with an eye on the bottom line and increased use of the internet for business conferencing, meetings and negotiations. I would remind you that overnight UPS or FedEx air via Cleveland would be as fast and much cheaper than a small private plane for parts, its true time is money.


Here is a link where you can find the list of all the companies that use the airport:


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Thanks, I couldn't find an actual list of usage, only photos of usage dating back over several months, where did I miss the list. Also where can one find number of take-offs and landings and frequency of usage by individual companies?


It is there and if you are as smart as you think you are you'd have found it.


Look back several years for the list. It is impossible to record ALL of the take-offs and landings and frequency of usage because the airport is not manned 24/7/365. However, if you look at all the photos and read all the documentation on that link, you'll see that they have been able to document a LOT of useage of the airport throughout the years on a hit-and-miss basis.


Well stated.


A huge congratulations to Ellen Heinz, the many private citizens, Norwalk Public Works, and Zoning for their tireless work on this. Awesome news for Norwalk!


I think the moderator recognized how off base Conty's comments were. Economic Development is not a zero sum game. Government incentives are an investment that yields returns through greater economic activity, they are not paid for with someone else's taxes. Whatever incentives Ohio and Norwalk may have given, they will be more than offset by $60 million in capital investment and 230 jobs. Conty you had to work hard to wrap a grey cloud around Norwalk's silver lining but in this case your comments don't hold water.


Re: "they are not paid for with someone else's taxes."

So where do the funds originate, out of thin air?

If a co. or individual 'kicks back' money to a customer in order to gain their business, it's illegal, if a govt. does it, it's called "incentives" or "subsidies."

Level the playing field for ALL businesses, old or new.


There are plenty of examples of rebates, bulk purchase agreements, build out allowances, etc. that private businesses use to change behavior and nothing is illegal about it. The funds for this project will originate from private investment. Here is a theoretical example: a company invests private capital in a business and will get some future tax credit which is offset by increased tax revenue due to new hiring and additional business activity. There is a level playing field for companies bringing new jobs to Norwalk. And existing businesses benefit over time from an expanded tax base in the community. Just take a deep breath and celebrate a great thing for the community! I don't see why you see the socialistic need to treat everyone as equals, for those who pursue a vision and accept risk there should be an incentive to bring that kind of economic engine to our community. No existing business is penalized, initiative is rewarded.


Re: "socialistic,"

Treating ALL businesses large and small, old or new on a tax basis is a segment of capitalism, not 'socialism.'

What you're describing and what these incentive are is called, crony capitalism or, govt. picking winners and losers.

Not all local business can take advantage of these "incentives" - that is the inequity.

Suggesting that the community benefits as a whole is guesswork.

In this sense: Pretty much whichever state or locale 'sweetens the honey pot' the most wins.

And yes: One person's subsidy is another person's tax.

This is just smoke and mirrors.

H*ll, if I had my way, the marginal city income tax rate for corps and individuals would be 0%.


In case anyone from Borgers is reading these comments (God I hope you're not!) to gauge the public opinion of the move to Norwalk that you are contemplating, please disregard the comments by the above poster. Norwalk is hungry for jobs, is a great place to locate a business and will give you every opportunity to be successful. You will find the overwhelming majority of residence are level headed and will appreciate the investment you make here. Willkommen meine Freunde!


I agree 100%.


Re: "Norwalk is hungry for jobs,"

Great argument, as the desperate tend to get taken advantage of by the strong at a great cost.


Re: "disregard the comments by the above poster,"

Agree or shut up.

Reads like an attempt at the strong-arm tactics of an authoritarian.


Ditto Truckstop ditto!