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Chinese firm to bring 800 jobs to former GM plant near Dayton

By Joe Vardon

January 10, 2014


Gov. John Kasich will announce 800 new manufacturing jobs today tied to a Chinese auto-glass company moving into the former General Motors plant in the Dayton suburb of Moraine, sources confirmed to The Dispatch.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, both sent out releases this morning praising the move from the Fuyao Group and its chairman Cao Dewang.

“This exciting announcement is a testament to the talented and skilled workforce in the Dayton region,” Portman said in the statement.

The company is thought to be planning an investment of at least $200 million in the plant. Stu Lichter, whose California-based firm owns the shuttered plant, is expected to sign an agreement with the new tenant at the Statehouse.

"Our efforts to save the plant from demolition have paid off. This facility will directly provide hundreds of jobs to the Dayton community with the potential for additional jobs at suppliers and distribution centers," turner said in a statement.

Lichter leads the Industrial Realty Group, which bought the plant in 2011. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment. GM shuttered the plant, which once employed thousands, in 2008.

Kasich’s office notified the news media of a jobs announcement coming today at the Statehouse for Montgomery County, but it did not identify the participants and declined to comment further.

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