Politics

UPT Akron Layoffs Postponed

A source at United Production Technologies cites Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA in decision to delay job relocations

Merven McIntyre

2 minute read

AKRON, Ohio – Plans to relocate 350 manufacturing jobs from United Production Technologies’ Akron plant have been delayed as a precautionary measure ahead of the incoming Trump administration, according to unnamed sources at UPT. The layoffs, announced in May, would move production of several products used primarily by auto manufacturers to a facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The new location is largely complete, with layoffs in Akron expected to begin in mid-Janary and continuing through April.

Complaint Against St. Bernard Village for City Hall Nativity Scene

The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues the display violates church-state separation

Merven McIntyre

1 minute read

ST. BERNARD, Ohio – The national church-state watchdog group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says a nativity scene on display in front of city hall in the village of St. Bernard, a suburb of Cincinnatti, constitutes endorsement of Christianity, a violation of the First Amendment prohibition against state-sponsored religion. FFRF’s attorney, Sam Grover, argued the nativity scene “conveys a preference for religion over non-religion and for Christianity above all other faiths.

Trump Claims Progress With Carrier

The President-Elect tweeted on Thanksgiving that he is making progress on convincing the manufacturing company to keep jobs in the U.S.

Merven McIntyre

2 minute read

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thanksgiving Day, President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that he was “making progress” on convincing United Technologies subsidiary Carrier to abandon their plans to close an Indianapolis HVAC equipment manufacturing plant with the purpose of moving production to Mexico. I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2016 Carrier announced their plans to relocated to Mexico in February.