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Pessimistic, yes I am until I see this area's track record improve. Hope I am wrong but only time will tell!
Lots of interest has been shown so my guess is that they are ready to build . Due to Obama's energy plan there should be a huge demand for bicycles and V&M Star will be busy building the tubes for the frames . Youngstown will be known as the bicycle capital of the world when we export to all corners of it .
All "Moaning Valley Cry Baby Losers" comment here please..
I asked once before whether or not V&M was currently a union shop but never got a answer. Without starting a big pi%$ing contest you have to understand that this will probably play a part in their decision. If they are now a union shop it would probably not be a big deal to them but if they are not it may enter in their decision.
The valley really needs one big success to turn the corner. I may be wrong but I think a lot of prospects believe that Ytown is still old school in it's thinking and is not ready to move into the 21st. century. What I mean by that, is the Ytown workforce ready to adapt to the 21st. century ways of doing business? 401K programs instead of the old style pension systems for example. Can not think of anyone that should want the old pension system but there probably still are some that think that way even with the current pension issues. Just my opinion!
Guess nobody knows if V&M is currently union!
I don't believe V&M is currently union. To my knowledge, the only part of V&M that is union is Tube City, one of the contractor companies.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's just how I understood it.
Thanks aeparish and Jessiedavid for the answer! I do think this may play a part in their decision. Time will tell.
There is a place for good unions. the unions are the reason non-union workers get paid so well without having the stones to stand up for themselves. Unions have a place in the workforce and are only as good or strong as the people who make tehm up. Its funny that whenever some type of business gets ready or is looking to move into the area all the morons come out of the woodwork to pee on somebodies leg and tell them its raining.
i disagree with the comment that unions cause non union employers to pay less. a company me father started woreking for in the late 1940's paid quite well, had good benifits. after several years, the company was unionized. the contract called for less benifits than they had before the union.
all this talk about gm and chrysler union causing the bankrupcy. anyone ever heard of ford motor company? same union, differnts management
If they are a non-union company, they are not comming. Why waste your time toying with each other.
On the national scale, Alabama has the 7th highest poverty rate at 16.1% of its population. It only has one county in which the poverty rate is in single-digits, and that is Shelby County with a poverty rate of seven percent.
Birmingham is doing great too: the poverty rate is (24.7%)
Gee ytownboy, as of 2008 Ytown was at 24.8. I will be kind and call it a wash!
All's fair in free speech, but I'm admittedly irked by ProAmerican's blunt comments "ethnics". Everyone is descended from one ethnic group or another, so I'm not sure what that's really supposed to mean?
At any rate, I don't think V&M Star's decision whether or not to expand at this point has anything to do with unions. It has to do with the global economy and the recession.
If I recall correctly, when V&M originally intended to expand, the global economy was still stable and there was a high demand for oil exploration piping. However, the economy has since taken a downturn on a global scale, not to mention domestic oil drilling has become more permissible in the meantime.
Our local leaders pulled through for us, and have done everything the company has asked for to set up the sight for the expansion. They've done a good job, struck a fair bargain, and we should be proud of that. Now the ball's in V&M's court, and it's probably going to depend more on the global marketplace than anything else.
All's fair in free speech, but I'm admittedly irked by ProAmerican's blunt comments "ethnics". Everyone here is descended from some ethnic group or another, so I'm not sure why that's supposed to be a bad thing.
If I recall correctly, when V&M originally talked about expanding, the global economy was still stable and there was a high demand for oil exploration piping. However, the economy has since taken a downturn on a global scale, not to mention domestic oil drilling has become more permissible in the meantime.
Our local leaders pulled through for us, and have done everything the company has asked for to set up the site for the expansion. They've done a good job, struck a fair bargain, and we should be proud of that as a community. Now the ball's in V&M's court, and it's probably going to depend more on the global marketplace than on anything else we do here.
I'm sorry about the typos, too. Had a problem with my computer at the time.
However, ProAmerican, your ethnic slurs are completely uncalled for.
My Italian ancestors came to this country because they didn't like their native government and were in search of better economic opportunities, not because they didn't appreciate their own culture.
They were honest workers and businesspeople who helped to build up America and the Mahoning Valley, just like most others who immigrate to our country. Our cultural diversity as Americans has a lot to do with what makes us so great. What would the Valley be like without all the cultural festivals and traditions that were passed down to us by our ancestors? Not to mention the food!
But I digress. Ethnicity has absolutely nothing to do with the V&M star expansion project.
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