Back when the Lordstown plant of General Motors Corp. was being built nearly 40 years ago, few would have imagined that the company's woods would become breeding grounds for hundreds of great blue herons. They have.
The birds have been calling the area around the plant home for decades now. By 1976, the first year a count was taken, there were 253 nests. This year, there are 375 nests, making it the third largest heronry in the state.
The 40 acres of protected land on which the herons, as well as other wildlife, thrive prove that it is possible for nature and industry to coexist.
General Motors at Lordstown, a good corporate neighbor in the Mahoning Valley since the first car rolled off the assembly line in 1966, has shown itself to be a good neighbor in many ways, even some that are unexpected and under-appreciated.