American Rescue Plan Bringing More Jobs to Ohio as Republican Senate Candidates Continue to Oppose It
May 12, 2021
In Case You Missed It, the Toledo Blade reported today that thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more jobs are coming to northwest Ohio. Forty jobs are coming to Bryan, Ohio as Spangler Candy Company moves production of Bit-O-Honey to the Buckeye state. Spangler President Bill Martin directly attributed the new jobs to the American Rescue Plan and the multiemployer pension fix that was included in the package, a provision that was led by Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Yet, GOP Senate candidates in Ohio continue to oppose the measure. Josh Mandel has attacked the pension provision of the American Rescue Plan specifically, while Jane Timken has publicly stated she would have voted against the measure and has said about the bill, “we have to stand up and fight against this.”
“Today’s news out of Bryan is just another example of how out of touch candidates like Josh Mandel and Jane Timken are with the needs of Ohio workers. As they attack the American Rescue Plan to score political points, the package continues creating jobs for our state and putting more money in the pockets of Ohioans,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
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- Spangler Candy Co., which acquired classic candy Bit-O-Honey last November from Pearson’s Candy Co. of St. Paul, said it will move production of the roasted almond and honey treat to its facility in Bryan in the first half of 2022, creating 40 jobs.
- “With the many challenges we have all faced in the past year, we are excited for this opportunity to add more jobs to Bryan and provide a boost to our local economy,” he added.
- Meanwhile, the company said that unionized production, maintenance, warehouse, and sanitation workers at Spangler have ratified a new contract that runs through February, 2025, and includes the West Campus facility. Workers at Spangler have been represented by Teamsters Local 20 since 1959.
- Mr. Martin said the ability to move Bit-O-Honey production to Bryan was aided by a solution to the multiemployer pension plan crisis. The government’s American Rescue Plan Act, approved by Congress in March, resolved the problem.
- “The multi-employer pension crisis has been a roadblock to any expansion at Spangler for several years,” Mr. Martin said. “The Bit-O-Honey move will help our employees, our company, and our community in a big way.”