Is Chill Can plant a blimp factory?
“Oh where, oh where, has my Chill Can plant gone, oh where, oh where, can it be?”
Well, folks, it is just like the company that was going to build blimps at a local airport in the early 1980s. Remember that? The city and the county opened their arms and wallets for nothing.
I was a student at Kent State-Salem campus in that time frame and a bunch of engineering students invited this company to come to campus and put on a demonstration — and what a demo they did!
They brought a scale model of a blimp that they proposed to build. We advertised it in the newspaper, and turnout was awesome. They even brought employment applications. What a charade, with the steel mills just closed and thousands out of work, this was a poor joke to play. Will the Chill Can plant be another pie-in-the-sky venue, as was the blimp plant at Lansdowne Airport?
With other projects going in the Valley — the battery plant at Lordstown, the electric truck plant at the former GM assembly plant and the new distribution center for TJX — I believe Youngstown will rise from the ashes like a phoenix and prosper well into the future.
Some ‘nonessential’ projects important
Of the $82 million the city of Youngstown will receive, I’d like to see $1 million set aside for nonessential, but I believe worthy causes: a water fountain by the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre downtown; removal of trees along the Mahoning River at Riverfront Park; and a statue of Frank Sinkwich of Chaney High School. He won the 1942 Heisman Trophy, was the first player taken in the NFL draft and was an NFL MVP in 1944. I think the statue of George Shuba shaking hands with Jackie Robinson is nice and was built all through donations, but if a handshake is memorialized, so should “Fireball Frankie.”
Don’t listen to people like columnist Bertram de Souza, who cried out about funding of the Covelli Centre. More than 2 million people have attended shows there, including myself, or Hunter Morrison, whose negative give-up attitude said we need a smaller downtown.
A plaque dedicated to the renaming of a bridge for Frank Sinkwich has been missing for years. How disrespectful is that? Right a wrong. And how about a grocery store in Mahoning Plaza? With no picketing allowed.
Care facilities need help from the state