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Last remnant of industrial leader Struthers Wells leaving Warren

April 6, 2013

Struthers Wells, a business that for more than a century was synonymous with Warren County, will close its doors in Warren and relocate the few remaining jobs here to Louisville, Ky....

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Apr-06-13 5:55 AM

What amazes me is the history of many of the companies in Warren. They all involve being top of the line in their industry with people that figured out how to make things work. Today, you do not see that around Warren with the exception of North West. There is a reason they are able to grow, it's because they have the people who can think and make it happen. The rest of these companies just copy other companies around the country so thus their growth is stagnant.

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Apr-06-13 6:11 AM

Struthers made products that were second to none.The only reason the Warren plant shut down in the first place was because of GREED.It is too bad even though it was only engineering that Warren will loose the only memories of Struthers-Wells. Struthers ,Warren plant has been no more fore a long while,but past employees still have them in their hearts.We want to thank men such as Paul Ristau,Ken Holtz for making Struthers the great place to work that it was.

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Apr-06-13 7:55 AM

Sad story the distracting of read too all the typos.

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Apr-06-13 10:03 AM

writer and TCAngel, why don't YOU start a company? You know it all, right? I do believe that Betts Industries is still doing OK. But the big thing that killed Struthers, Sylvania, Rexnord, Penn Furnace, Hammond Iron, etc., was the decision to place I-80 80 miles south. Warren got "off the beaten path," and couldn't keep what it had. Note the very first time-line entry: Iron shipped upriver, coal via Lake Erie. Those were the highways of the time. Now, Warren has ... byways.

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Apr-06-13 1:07 PM

Where is the Chamber/WCCBI in all this? What have they done? Answer: Canoe races, basketball events, and rib fests. Aren't they supposed to be the County's re-development organization? I heard a comment from someone in the South recently; "We told the northern companies that we had people who were willing to work dirt cheap; then foreign companies took the work from us because they would work cheaper than dirt." So went the furniture industry that once thrived hereabouts. Who fights to keep the work here? This is all over the failure to see the value in decent family-sustaining jobs for our people right here in Warren County. During the Great Depression, Struthers was one of the very few that provided at least 2 or 3 day's work for their people when others shuttered their doors. A very sad commentary. It seems that the people in Washington who are supposed to represent us all are either profiting personally from this debacle or do not understand what is happening

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Apr-06-13 2:37 PM

It isn't the wages that drive them away, it's the tax rate and cost of utilities, both of which are much, much lower in the Southern States. The highway argument cracks me up, I86 isn't very far from Warren at all and has nothing to do with the lack of development and keeping jobs in Warren. The lack of development is caused by groups of people fighting everything that comes this way, of course nothing is going to build with so much resistance. Jobs are leaving do to taxes and utility rates and the schools are designed for business which leaves the plants struggling to find people who can work with their hands and understand how a machine works and do the math that goes with it. All these are the true factors to why it is the way it is around here.

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Apr-07-13 5:01 PM

My comments would be: 1) Struthers folded due to a CEO that gave away intellectual property for the financial enhancement of a few. 2) The highway has absolutely nothing to do with it. We are close enough. Check out all the industry the Dunkirk/Fredonia area has lost and they are sitting on 90 3) The WCCBI has no interest in job creation. They have interest in maintaining the status quo. Instead of doing a search and hiring a best and brightest person they instead hired a former video store owner. 4)Some of the reason for the loss is the overall greed of corporate America and executives/stockholders who look for maximizing short term profits instead of reinvesting in the business.

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