JobsOhio “aware” of impending Akron layoffs, moved too slowly to gauge potential assistance
Today, Governor Kasich’s controversial JobsOhio revealed it was aware of the impending layoff of approximately 500 jobs from Lockheed Martin’s Akron facilities, but moved too slowly to determine whether any assistance could stem the job loss.
Lt. Governor Mary Taylor acknowledged JobsOhio had been researching a package of options to help avoid the layoffs, but failed to move with the proper urgency to be effective.
As Ohio sinks to 44th in the nation in job growth and Governor Kasich openly acknowledges our state’s economy has “stalled,” it’s clear JobsOhio simply is not working.
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Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, in an afternoon press teleconference, said the state had become aware in October of the possibility that the Akron division could be among the affected facilities. But she noted that the company at that point gave the state the impression that it would take months to complete the evaluation of its operations.
Taylor said the Kasich administration, working with Jobs Ohio, the Greater Akron Chamber, Team NEO and others, had been working to develop a package of cost-cutting measures to convince Lockheed Martin that the Akron facility could be competitive when compared to the company’s facilities in other states.
“We were not talking about putting together a package of millions of dollars,” explained Kristi Tanner, managing director for manufacturing for JobsOhio. “We were trying to approach this in terms of how can we help build a business case for Akron.”