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Kasich praises Salem plant owner

Published: Tue, April 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By D.A. Wilkinson



Patty Colian and Larry Bowersock waited for Gov. John Kasich outside of Mac Trailer Manufacuring on Monday.

Colian was wearing a sign saying, “GOP: Clueless in Columbus.”

The Democrats are both members of the Columbiana County Board of Elections.

Jack DeFasio, a retired lawyer, was another protester outside the Allen Road facility.

He said it was “the war of words.”

Another protester had a sign saying, “Stop the War on Workers.”

A short time later, Kasich arrived to visit the plant, which produces dump, flatbed and transfer trailers in both Salem and Alliance.

Kasich praised Michael A. Conny, the president of the company, which is seeking workers since the economy is picking up.

Conny started out as a one-man operation repairing wrecked trailers. Today, Mac Trailers is a manufacturing business that employs 550 workers and occupies a combined 500,000 square feet at both the Salem and Alliance facilities, according to the company’s website.

The governor also portrayed himself as someone who was there to clean up a mess, pointing out that the state was $8 billion in the hole before his election with a growing deficit.

“We have to reduce our spending,” he said.

The governor his plans include selling five state prisons and leasing the state liquor distribution.

Kasich said he sees the county — as well as the entire state — as part of a growth area.

“If I want to create a job, Ohio would be the place to do it,” he said.

The governor twice mentioned the potential financial windfall if natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits turn out to be much larger than expected in Columbiana County.


1Brit(18 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The people of Ohio really elected the worst thing they could have ever imagined. If they don't feel stupid they really should. Kasich doesn't care about workers, people or anything else that is good for Ohio. It is all about power, profit and numbers with him. Anyone who gets complimented by Kasich should be worried about their own character. Kasich isn't going to clean up any mess. He is the mess and and will create more messes unless people in Ohio work hard to repeal him. All of you people in Ohio who care about your state please sign and circulate petitions to repeal SB5. It is nothing but a power grab by people like Kasich who don't care about rights, or workers and will destroy the lives of many in Ohio. No one is safe from his schemes. Not even those who are not part of unions. He will wipe out Medicare, Social Security and the rights and retirements of millions in Ohio. You're next! The only thing that is going to be growing in Ohio with Kasich is the cancers of his irresponsible, insensitive and ignorant schemes. People of Ohio find out where you can sign the petition to repeal SB 5. This bill attacks all people of all parties and even those who are not of unions will also suffer because of Senate Bill 5. It will impact everyone in some way and will only be the beginning of more grief for Ohioans if not killed.

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2Brit(18 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Unions protect American workers and the insurance companies are high on the list to fight since they are among the worst abusers of Americans. When there is good pay it attracts the best of people and those with higher pay also pay higher taxes which gives the state more money. People don't seem to realize that bills like this will drive out the best teachers, firemen and police to other states and this will not only get rid of huge amounts of good people. It will create shortages of workers, which will result in crowded classrooms, lower educational quality, more property loss because of shortage of fireman and more crime because of shortage or police. They will leave the state. You will get what you pay for. It will also bring in less money to the state because of job loss and lower wages will create less tax money. Think about it. This bill isn't about making more money for the state. It is about gaining power for the rich. Sign the petition to repeal SB 5 and also join to work towards repeal of John Kasich as Governor.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Somehow the message isn't getting to the little people who pay taxes that anyone working for the government is special . They deserve to keep their status quo while the little people take a pounding from the economy and their tax load . Austerity will help them to shoulder a bit more in taxation to keep the special ones from sinking to this level .



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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

WOW now teachers have become union thugs !!!!!
Boy the Gov,. has done his job . He has turned the people that we entrust our children to into Thugs . What will be next ???? Maybe the policman and fireman will be called terrorises .

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

If you have a paycheck the libs consider you rich . . .. So their goal is to tax the rich . . .. Just to tax is not enough . . .. They like to get vile if you resist being taxed more and more . . .. Take it to the limit one more time . . ..


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6faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Did you see this clown governor say that public employees make more than those at Bob Evans and that ain't right. I can not believe how people think he is going to do anything but take Ohio back 100 years. He wants to sell or lease of Ohio's assets! Sell our turnpike to some foreign interest... unbelievable. And you tea baggers and right wing wackos are all like "YA, THIS WILL SHOW THEM". Bite off your nose to spite your face.

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7howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The governor has been in office for 3 months now, this business has been growing and expanding for years, so how exactly does this have anything to do with Kasich?

Any company hiring up to 100 new workers is great for Ohio, but how exactly does that offset the loss of 57,000 jobs Mr. Kasich has cut from the state payroll?

I understand the states budget problems, but all of those workers are now going to be getting unemployment benefits half of which the state still pays for and what about the economic impact to the communities these workers live in? How will the loss of their discretionary spending impact the businesses in those cities. How will those businesses react to their loss of business? Reducing hiring? Cutting staff? Paying even less taxes to the city, county, and state?

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8howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Kasich doesn't care about small local businesses, as a conservative Republican his idea of a small business is one that generates between $5million and $20million a year in net profits; any entity that makes less than $5,000,000 a year doesn't even exist in his world unless it involves a photo op!

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