IBJNews

Ohio plant eyes Indiana to avoid environmental rule

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Ohio's governor has asked state environmental regulators to come up with a way to save 214 jobs at a northwest Ohio plant that is considering a move to Indiana because of an environmental rule.

Continental Structural Plastics, an auto parts plant in North Baltimore, south of Toledo, said a state regulation requires it to use a machine that reduces pollution and costs $500,000 to operate each year.

But the company says the machine is no longer needed to meet Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards because it has cut production at its paint shop and it has increased use of robotics and air recycling.

Indiana is being considered because it does not have the same rule.

Officials met over the weekend to see if anything could be done, and Gov. Ted Strickland's office said the state will explore every option to keep the jobs in Ohio.

"I've been led to believe if we can resolve this, we have an excellent chance to retain it," said state Rep. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green.

Ohio EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce said the agency in the past has worked with companies that want to change their pollution permits when they either expand or decrease their production.

She said regulators want to meet with the company to further discuss the issue.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • oh yeah!
    Gov. Mithchie Rich Daniels' new jobs program is working...come to Indiana and we'll let you pollute to your heart's content, hey we're already 49th in air, water and soil quality so what can it hurt?!

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT