A day of celebration

The 'right place for Borgers to start a business'
Scott Seitz2
Aug 15, 2014

It was much more than just a great day for the city of Norwalk.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Borgers USA Corp. marked the culmination of months of hard work, planning and negotiations.

About 150 guests were in attendance to celebrate.

Work has already begun at the Industrial Parkway location that will soon be home to a new Borgers facility -- a facility that will ultimately mean 250 new jobs to the area.

"We're overwhelmed so many have joined us," said Werner Borgers, president and chief executive officer at Borgers.

"It is a great privilege for us to be here," he added.

"Norwalk is the right place for Borgers to start a business," Borgers said.

"This is because of you," he said, while pointing to the crowd, which he called a "unique community of citizens."

Borgers credited a number of people for making the new factory a reality, but singled out Ellen Heinz, director of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp., as the leader.

Borgers said Heinz did a great job, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to make the project happen.

Borgers added Heinz was the "engine, heart and soul" of the project.

"After this little celebration today, it's back to work," he added.

The Borgers Group has operations in 20 locations in Europe, China and the U.S. The largest division is the automotive sector. Since its founding in 1866, Borgers has primarily been a supplier to the automotive industry.

"Borgers develops and produces acoustically efficient components for automobiles based on textiles," according to a fact sheet.

"Their lightweight trim and carrier components and insulation are used in the interior and exterior of all types of vehicles from convertibles to heavy trucks."

Heinz received a standing ovation upon her introduction Wednesday.

"It's such an honor to live and work in Norwalk," she said.

Heinz said, after recent setbacks locally in the past couple years, "who would have thought in 10 months we'd be standing where we are today?"

Heinz said the thought was not, why us, but what's next?"

She added the Borgers facility wasn't just "a project, but, the project."

Mayor Rob Duncan proclaimed Aug. 6, 2014 as "Borgers Day" in the city of Norwalk.

The mayor said Wednesday marked the next step in a partnership between Borgers and the city.

Duncan added the effects of 230 to 250 new jobs will be far-reaching.

The mayor called Borgers a company with an "impeccable reputation" and hoped that by landing Borgers, that might encourage other companies to also choose Norwalk.

"This was a collaborative effort," the mayor said, referring to the teamwork it took to finish the job.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor represented Gov. John Kasich's office.

"This is a great project," Taylor said. "I don't have to tell the people of Norwalk how important this is."

Taylor said the project became a reality due to partnerships.

"It's to be here to celebrate with you," she said. "It's great to have Borgers here in Ohio."

Taylor said she looks forward to returning for the ribbon-cutting.

Jack Partridge, president and chief regulatory officer for Columbia Gas of Ohio, presented Werner Borgers a grant in the form of a check for $150,000.

David Mustine, senior managing director from JobsOhio, spoke on the importance of the project.

Franz Borgers, chairman of the board for Borgers, provided a bit of history about the company and also thanked everyone involved for making the project feasible.

Comments

Whoopball

This was a good day for Norwalk, perhaps a harbinger of better times ahead. The paper's line did make me chuckle, "Since its founding in 1866, Borgers has primarily been a supplier to the automotive industry." It must have been a tough start up since automobiles weren't invented for thirty years. I believe their business has always been in textiles and they focused on the automobile industry years after it was invented.

Contango

Re: "Borgers said Heinz did a great job, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to make the project happen."

Amazing that she never slept.

Hyperbole, like this "far-reaching" corp. welfare project that will not appreciable change the ongoing serious socio-economic issues of a growing local aging & poverty prone population.

Whoopball

Shame on me for getting sucked in by your trollish negativism. Your catty remarks only diminish your credibility. With an incredibly short time frame and the challenges of dealing with time zones from China to Germany, I am sure Ms. Heinz needed to be available 24/7. I for one am glad that someone is losing sleep in order to change the socio-economic conditions of our area.

I think the Borgers family investing $60 million in Norwalk should hardly be considered corporate welfare. I fail to see how Norwalk would be better off if the company had not received any incentives and located in another community. You seem to relish the tough times in Norwalk and speak unfavorably of any efforts to improve our lot. Instead of casting aspersions, perhaps you could cast a vision for a better Norwalk. There are a lot of good people in Norwalk ready to stand behind projects that will improve our city.

Contango

Re: "corporate welfare,"

Is the deal being subsidized by local taxpayers?

Small potatoes compared to the several decades worth of job losses.

Enjoy the accounting legerdemain.

KURTje

Whoopball 1. cantankerous zip.