Company with 230 jobs considering Norwalk

(UPDATED with VIDEO) Council passes two key pieces of legislation in process to bring manufacturer here.
Scott Seitz2
Jun 4, 2014

Norwalk city council enthusiastically adopted two pieces of potentially huge legislation at Tuesday night's meeting.

The first was a resolution approving a job creation grant agreement with Borgers USA Corp.

Borgers is considering Norwalk as the location for its new plant and things looked good after Tuesday's meeting.

Mayor Rob Duncan explained the situation.

"These were tremendous steps forward in the process," the mayor said.

Duncan said as long as several pieces of the puzzle involving the city, state and land continue progressing in a positive way, Norwalk is a leading candidate for the plant.

As part of the job creation grant agreement, Borgers has agreed to build a new facility on 27 acres in the Firelands Industrial Park, creating 230 jobs and investing $60 million total over two phases.

 

 

Council also adopted an Ohio enterprise zone agreement for the project.

"This is a quality business that has been in business for 150 years," the mayor said. "It is family-owned and operates 22 plants.

"We are very, very excited about this opportunity," Duncan said, adding local officials and community partners have been working on the project since the fall.

Duncan specifically thanked Ellen Heinz, director of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp., for months of hard work on the project.

"Ellen Heinz and many community partners stepped up above and beyond," the mayor said.

Wilhelm Rochner, a member of Borgers corporate development team, was in attendance at Tuesday's meeting and thanked city council for the opportunity to explain the project.

Rochner said this potential plant involves textiles.

Rochner said workers would process fibers to fleece and then convert that into parts. He cited examples of parts such as trunk trim, carpet in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, also exterior parts and insulation parts.

If the project goes through, the groundbreaking would begin in July because Borgers has a tight deadline production to meet for the automobile industry.

"We're quite confident we made the right choice," Rochner said.

Norwalk was in competition with sites in four states and that was later trimmed down to a site in Indiana.

"We have a tough time schedule," Rochner said, referring to the need to have parts in production by 2015.

Heinz was thrilled with the progress and added this potential project was the most outstanding she's worked on in her career.

Heinz also offered high praise for everyone at Borgers and all the community partners who worked to bring the project to the point it is at today.

"We are very excited about this opportunity," she said.

Comments

ThomasJefferson

Anyone see the similarities in what Borger manufactures and What Janesville does? Fiber for automotive use. Good news for Janesville employees, since they have the skills Borgers will be seeking. Perhaps they might be able to purchase some Janesville machinery also. Great for Norwalk- but this business is coming due to the another company ending in Norwalk,which makes it bittersweet. The credit belongs to Borgers for seeing out Norwalk, since they reached out to this administration, not the other way around. That fact should keep the back patting to a minimum.

Whoopball

Your information is inaccurate. Borgers asked four states to make presentations. Originally Norwalk wasn't considered after the Ohio presentation. It took Ellen Heinz leading a large group effort to get them to reconsider and ultimately for Norwalk to become one of two cities vying for their project. No amount of back patting would be inappropriate for the effort put forth by our community and for Borger's recognizing the benefits of locating in Norwalk.

Contango

Re: "No amount of back patting would be inappropriate for the effort put forth by our community,"

Compliment them for doing their job?

IF it comes to fruition, these 'most likely' low tech jobs aren't going to make up for the bleeding that's been going on for decades.

Level the playing field; give old and new, large and small employers the same tax breaks.

One business' subsidy is another's tax.

Fritz

Why is it that you can't be a little more positive about this whole thing instead of being such a downer. I think we all got the message from the last article that you're not happy. Enough is enough. The possibility of this company coming to Norwalk is a GOOD thing.

JACKEL

He or she is a realist ! Never count the chickens till they hatch.

Fritz

Who is counting chickens? I said "the possibility of this company coming to Norwalk is a GOOD thing".

44846GWP

Winnie is never happy.

togbert71

Contango the Complainer..nothing makes you happy..why don't you leave the gene pool...you're such a downer...never anything good happens to you, does it? So why live? Now you can come back with your typical-
Re: "Contango The Complainer" blah, blah, blah..would rather listen to Swiss's ramblings. At least he has a ray of sunshine sometimes..You live in a dark, sad world I'm sure alone...

Contango

@ togbert71:

So you agree that local taxpayer supported subsidies for the rich are a good thing?

Guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

OHIOHOOSIER76

How do we go from being A leading contender to THE ONE? Make it happen.

earlduck

didn't see any UAW reps in the picture

Cliff Cannon

Personally, I don't care if the man in the moon suggested Norwalk to " Borgers ". Because, all I know for sure is that a world class manufacturer want's to open shop in Norwalk and that is wonderful news to our fantastic city, as we certainly needed some good economic news, didn't we ? So kudos to those helping to make it happen.

starryeyes83

"Considering" does not mean a done deal.

Beware AJM Corp. did the same thing to Bellevue, years ago, and those 150 plus jobs never appeared even though the building went up. Now it's just used for storage.

IOW : Don't get the cart before the horse.

Ralph Wiggum

Is that the big building just west of the police station? Didn't they pull out half way through the building process and tried to stick the builder or the bank with the bill to finish the work?

starryeyes83

Yes, same building. Those were part of the reasons, I had heard, never found out the whole story.

ThomasJefferson

Whoopball-I guess the fact that the their program manager and his wife are former Janesville employees, and from this area has nothing to do with their desire to come here then. My bad. I said they pursued Norwalk, not the other way around-and I stand by that. If Ellen Heinz gathered information for them-great, that is what we pay her for. I hope they do come here, we need the jobs.

golffan94

Thomas Jefferson is correct about Borgers having past Janesville employees within their company but that had LITTLE to do with Borgers coming to Norwalk. Norwalk pursued Borgers, Borgers did not pursue Norwalk. Once the pursuing started this town and its administration won Borgers over. This administration and several local private citizens sold Norwalk like none of the 12 cities Norwalk was competing against.

There will always be naysayers, its just too bad they don't always know the entire story. Maybe they should listed to Paul Harvey to get it.

Contango

Re: "Norwalk pursued Borgers,"

A rumor until proven otherwise.

Question: How was the NEDC made aware of the desire for a private co. like Borgers to expand?

former local

$60 Million is a huge investment in Norwalk. They wouldn't be spending that kind of cash if they weren't planning on staying a while. Please you normal complainers, don't chase them away with your negativity.

onlyfacts

Are none of Norwalk's empty plants suitable for this company?

golffan94

Simple answer is No!!!

Dr. Information

Any jobs in Norwalk is good news.

Contango

FYI:

Some of you doing all the cheering may want to read the article that Mr. Prutsok posted on this story:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2...

Some you b*tch and moan about subsidies for the rich and then when your local city govt. does it - you cheer.

All businesses large and small, old and new should get the same tax breaks. What's wrong with that?

Cliff Cannon

" All businesses large and small, old and new should get the same tax breaks. What's wrong with that "

Nothing. It would be great for our country, if there were no corporate income tax and nationally there was a consumption tax rather than income tax. Yet,that won't happen,will it ?


Further, any tax breaks we can use on a local basis to help preserve and strengthen our local businesses are as a rule-- good things.


Because, obviously, on a world wide basis, government subsides make huge differences in creating competitive advantages in more industry's than we can name here ( Airplanes & steel, come immediately to mind ) So it seems America should play that game as well.

Lastly, with out state aid, the rebirth of " Norwalk Furniture " probably would not have happened. So seeing that success story. I for one, say pull every tool from your toolbox, to help make business' successful and your town a place they want to locate in.

Because, let's face it. We are competing with a very over populated world ( The Chinese alone have 100 MILLION unemployed people, while Italy,Greece & Spain have unemployment rates of 25% plus )that is very short of rapidly expanding businesses.

So doing what you can to retain or entice business's is not only prudent, it is also visionary, isn't it ?

P.S. Agreed. Mr. Prutsok's link vividly,describes the downside of tax breaks. Yet,this project is neither retail,nor swiping jobs from your neighbor. So, let's get the shovels in the ground and get this plant going

Contango

Re: "if there were no corporate income tax and nationally there was a consumption tax rather than income tax."

All corp. taxes are pass-through. Businesses don't pay taxes, the end user pays all costs associated with the tax.

For this topic, this is a state & local issue, not a national one.

Current govts. are always willing to push off debt onto some future govt. and set of taxpayers.

What's to say that some future city govt. will have the revenue to reimburse the tax money?

You and others are mesmerized by the shiny bauble that the politicos are dangling before you and not the unintended consequences.

Aren't most city employees on a wage freeze? If the city has money to throw around, gotta think that when the contracts are up they're gonna ask for a piece.

Contango

Re: "the rebirth of " Norwalk Furniture " probably would not have happened."

Wasn't employment grossly downsized?

So how much Norwalk Furniture have you purchased recently?

Gotta go to Sandusky to buy it - Erie Co. sales tax dollars.

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Speaking about China; saw an article where the U.S. is b*tching that the Chinese are subsidizing their solar panels and has thrown a tariff on them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/0...

Like the pot calling the kettle black eh?

Again: Guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

swiss family

Cliff, Old Pal.. I will not argue with your reasoning, because you might in fact be right on this one, what I would like to quickly mention here and have you take note of, is that each of us has a particular writing style, .. don't we??.. Kat would make it seem as though she were being interviewed, but it would be herself asking herself the questions... as in..Who is going to cut down and take care of the trees in the Uptown area of town??? the Mayor and city dept, that's who one the city's dime... that is her style... and I have to say that your style, is to try to put thoughts and ideas into our heads and then get us to blindly agree with you as in... " It would be great for our country, if there were no corporate income tax and nationally there was a consumption tax rather than income tax. Yet,that won't happen,will it ? it is the "will it" part that I have some trouble with.. it sure seem's Like you are preaching to us, and kind of talking DOWN to us, and I am sire that , this is not your intent, IS IT??? I do not want to make a big deal out of it, you are cheering on what appears to be a good and solid financial, asset to our community, after all, AREN'T YOU??? I would just wish that you could see it the way some of us see your posts and read them in the tone that they could be taken in, and see that they are in fact interpreted as being talked down to....AREN'T THEY????

Cliff Cannon

" it sure seem's Like you are preaching to us, and kind of talking DOWN to us, and I am sire that , this is not your intent, IS IT??? "

No it is not. Personally, I ask questions ---constantly. For I feel, that what is most important in conversation is questions, rather than statements. In fact, I decide who I like or don't like based on whether they ask questions---then care enough to listen to the answer. As opposed to blabbing on and on and on and on about nothing

Since all writing is autobiographical to a point. I use questions constantly ( It is called the "Socratic method " ) as well when I write,in an effort to bring people into the 'conversation' rather than exclude them and 'preach' as so many tend to do.

Using your example here. " It would be great for our country, if there were no corporate income tax and nationally there was a consumption tax rather than income tax. Yet,that won't happen, will it ? " I am asking the reader for their opinion of my opinion. Then it is totally up to the reader to decide if they agree or disagree.


So I don't see how my asking people for their opinion can possibly be interpreted as being " talked down to " So please, if you decide to read one of my comments, know that the questions are there for the simplest of reasons----- I want the reader to make their own decision and it is none of my business if they agree or disagree.


Great day to you

Contango

Re: "Personally, I ask questions ---constantly."

Only dogmatists tend to hate and despise questions, while seeking to ridicule and destroy those who ask them.

Nothing is as it seems, nor is it otherwise - Zen koan.

Cliff Cannon

" Only dogmatists tend to hate and despise questions, while seeking to ridicule and destroy those who ask them "

Amen

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