TAYLOR STEEL Officials postpone tax vote
Niles has opposed the abatement for the Lordstown mill.
THE VINDICATOR, YOUNGSTOWN
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners delayed ruling on a tax abatement for Taylor Steel's planned Lordstown expansion until further discussions on the matter Sept. 18.
Taylor Steel is requesting a 10-year, 75 percent reduction in taxes on $12.7 million of new investment in Lordstown.
Niles City Council opposed the abatement because of the steel company's decision to close its Niles facility by March 31. The company did not pay any real estate or personal property taxes at the Niles plant because of a 10-year tax abatement that was to expire this year.
Workers at the closing union plant will be considered for jobs in Lordstown, said Dennis Giddings, the general manager. The company has pledged to hire 30 new employees at the Lordstown plant within two years in return for the tax break.
"The facts are, everyone will be considered for employment, and the vast majority will go," Giddings said.
Employees with similar job classifications are paid slightly more at Lordstown, he said. The average wage at the Niles plant is $14.34 an hour.
"We went from all employees being considered, to the majority," said Gary Gaydosh, a 17-year employee at the closing plant.
He said he was concerned that the 25 nonunion office workers in Niles would be offered jobs in Lordstown while they might not be offered to the 15 union steel workers.
A public hearing on the tax abatement Wednesday was cut short because of Sept. 11 observances and other planned meetings. Commissioners are expected to rule on the abatement Sept. 25.