August 1, 2014

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Leggett to cut 71 jobs in Elyria

ELYRIA — A financial profile released earlier this month by Leggett & Platt Inc., said the company is “poised to grow.”

Not apparently in Elyria. In a May 12 letter to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Michael Altman, Leggett labor relations director, said the company is laying off 71 employees from its site at 337 Woodland Ave., by July 18.

The letter said the layoffs involve 66 production workers, three administrative or clerical workers and two managers. The letter did not say why the layoffs are occurring.

Leggett began as a bedspring manufacturer in 1885 in southwest Missouri, according to its website. Leggett, which had about $3.7 billion in annual revenue last year, makes a wide range of components including car parts made in Elyria. Leggett has 130 locations in 18 countries and 19,000 employees.

Reached Tuesday night, Mayor Holly Brinda said she just found out about the layoffs. Brinda said she was unsure how many workers are employed in Elyria and how much annual tax revenue Leggett pays.

While the layoffs are bad, Brinda said Elyria tax collection is up from two years ago and Elyria’s economic outlook is improving.

“With other companies beginning to pick up momentum, perhaps some of those workers can be absorbed,” she said.

If the layoffs can’t be averted, a “rapid response team” from the department will assist the laid-off workers, according to department spokesman Benjamin Johnson. Workers will receive job leads, cover letter and resume writing assistance and information on unemployment compensation. Lorain County Job and Family Services, which is independent from the department, will also provide assistance, Johnson said.

The layoffs are an example of a failed economic policy by Republican Gov. John Kasich, according to a spokeswoman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Lauren Hitt said in a Tuesday news release that Kasich’s priority is tax cuts for the rich.

“This most recent round of layoffs is just the latest example of the governor putting the well-off and well-connected ahead of hardworking Ohioans,” Hitt said.

Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party and the Kasich campaign, said in an email that Kasich has created about 250,000 jobs since taking office in 2011 and the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.1 percent to 5.7 percent.

“Ed FitzGerald should be ashamed of himself for politicizing these employees,” Schrimpf wrote. “Governor Kasich has worked hard to turn Ohio around and it’s been working.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

  • SniperFire

    The C-T never misses a chance for a baseless, negative association cheap shot on our Governor. Why not ask Lauren Hitt to substantiate her slander before you publish it?

    • TruthWhisperer

      Sucks when someone does the same thing you do ehh?

      • Sis Delish

        You should change your name… it offends some Tribe somewhere.

        • TruthWhisperer

          Thats the best you got?

          Good luck

          • Sis Delish

            Speak up, can’t hear you…

          • TruthWhisperer

            thats because you are suppose to reading.

            you didnt pay attention in 2nd grade did you?

            You read words and hear sounds.

            That’ll do pig that’ll do

          • Sis Delish

            Whispering the Truth…

            no wonder I don’t hear so well… no Truth involved, just Whispers of It.

      • SniperFire

        At least you acknowledge the intellectual corruption going on.

        • TruthWhisperer

          intellectual corruption that you are a willing participant of.

          • SniperFire

            Weak, even for you. But call me out if you ever see me lying about something. It won’t happen. But feel free to join me in calling out the daily dose of Chronicle-Telegrams yellow journalism if you feel the need to bear the standard. LOL

  • Arietta Sullivan

    thank you ;) :) i need it to see this story to fill in some blanks.

  • SniperFire

    This recent round of layoffs is the latest example of Mayor Brinda and her fellow Democrats failure to provide leadership to enable Elyria to participate in the ongoing Ohio jobs boom. I see Matt Lundy is running on an anti-corporate’ campaign. That should really attract employers and encourage them to expand here instead or withdraw, eh Elyria?

    • rob

      That’s not the case Boehner.

      • SniperFire

        ‘Nuh Uh’ is the best you can do, Pelosi? LOL

        • rob

          The econoline van being phased out in Avon Lake and it’s replacement starting production in Kansas, is the reason why Leggett and Platt is ending the Elyria division. The facility added shelving and equipment to Econolines that were sold as commerial fleet vehicles. Its nothing to do with city government.

          • rob

            In this case the “its” contraction without an apostrophe means “it has”… in the event your rebuttal involves a spell check.

          • SniperFire

            You even got that wrong. LOL

          • SniperFire

            Are you saying that Evan Goodenow could have EASILY learned why the jobs were being phased out and just decided to not ask any questions so that he could take a good cheap shot on the Governor?

          • The Thinker

            I don’t see where Evan Goodenow takes a shot at the Governor?

          • SniperFire

            You don’t think Evan’s first response on this, probably on Mr. Young’s direction, was to call Ed Fitzgeralds’ office to get a negative slur from them against the Governor, and intentionally present an intellectually corrupt and falsified portrait of the situation?

          • The Thinker

            Printing a quote is NOT, as you said, “taking a good cheap shot on the Governor”. The article does mention contacting the Governor’s office as well.

          • SniperFire

            Let’s say there was an ax murder in Elyria, and an intellectually corrupt ‘journalist’ with an agenda to make the news instead of report it – decided to call a political buddy and opponent of Brinda and give them a chance to smear the Brinda administration before even investigating the actual facts behind the ax murder itself. Is that honest journalism, or is it yellow attack journalism?

          • The Thinker

            I admire the courage of your convictions (although it’s easy to beat the drum in an anonymous forum such as this) but you’re soooo far to the right it limits your creditability.

          • SniperFire

            We shall add journalist standards to the list of things you know nothing about.

    • Sis Delish

      Shhh… she’s too busy with “her biggest challenge”…

  • Pablo Jones

    I wonder if the city tried to shake them down for firework money and their response was to get out of town before they could be punished.

    That or the city tried tax them for all those van’s and say it is inventory.

  • Sis Delish

    The Mayor and her clique will be typing up resumes for the laid off workers… LOL. That’s a perfect use of that bunches talent’s. “Rapid Response Team”, LOL!!!

    Meanwhile, Roy Church will be calling each laid off worker to arrange financing for 3-years of college so that when they graduate, they can be persuaded to stay local.

    And, the folks who are being laid off want their $5.00 back that they were snookered out of by the City’s Fundraising for Fireworks shenanigans.

    Meanwhile, Fizzgerald blames Kasich.

    Life in Lorain County’s County Seat.

  • Daniel Sutter

    No bias with the CT, or agenda with the stories!!!! Liberals don’t even try to hide their shameless agenda….

    • TruthWhisperer

      Liberals freed the slaves, Stopped forced child labor and allowed women to vote.

      What have you done?

      • Daniel Sutter

        Republicans freed the slaves, society has a hole stopped the other two… You are a good liberal, dumb as a sheep (the way the liberals like you).

        • rob

          “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.” – George double u Bush haha

        • TruthWhisperer

          Thats because Reality and our society are liberal.

          You pay attention to history bro?

          PS Lincoln was a Liberal Republican.

          You dont even know the definition of what you despise.

          Good Job!

          • Daniel Sutter

            Old democrats were not even close to liberal. Need to relearn what lies the liberals are feeding you and look for some real truth. No wounder obama got elected twice.. No wounder liberals like the easy minded,,, sheep.
            .

          • TruthWhisperer

            You need to learn the original definitions that you are so confused by.

            I leaned the definition for the Oxford Dictionary that has the same meaning then as it does now.

            Your delusion doesn’t matter in reality and its actually quite laughable. THOSE WORDS HAD DIFFERENT MEANING THEN

            PS looks like you can use some 4th grade english also Danny.

            Stay in school because you proved you need it.

            You lose

          • Daniel Sutter

            Funny, by forth grade we were using real people names, but just like a liberal to win via spelling and grammar….

          • golfingirl

            You really are not intelligent enough to play “word games.”

            Your spelling, grammar and punctuation are horrible, but still you have the audacity to suggest anyone else “can use some 4th grade english.”

            Really?

          • Pablo Jones

            I thought he was a vampire hunter.

          • Sis Delish

            If that’s the case, why can’t New Yorker’s get a Liberal Serving of Colas at the 7-Eleven?

      • Otter

        Wrong again, where you get your “facts”?

        • TruthWhisperer

          History class, You might want to re-visit the 5th grade. Clearly you still have a lot to learn.

          • Otter

            Clearly you never made it passed the 3rd grade, Look up the word Fact, then look up the word fiction.
            Fact:
            Lincoln, a “R” issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
            The Republican National Convention called for the abolition of slavery, and Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment, unanimously, with only a few Democratic votes.
            Fiction:
            Just because you think it makes it true.

          • TruthWhisperer

            Good job, Glad you googled it but you missed the part where he is a LIBERAL REPUBLICAN

            Again you fail 3rd grade because you dont even know the definition of the words you are upset by.

            You mad?

          • Otter

            Nope,I think you’re funny! You are just playing little word games….and name calling. I’m happy I could make you feel better about yourself, because clearly you have some self esteem issues.
            Can’t wait to hear from you again….

      • Fedup104

        Democrat Robert Byrd also filibustered the Civil Rights Act. He was still serving as an elected official of the Democratic party four years ago

        • TruthWhisperer

          Yeah thats called a blue dog.

          Strom Thurmond holds the record time for filibuster to stop racial integration

          Oh and did you know he was a REPUBLICAN

          Facts win and you lose.

          Man do you girls even try or just regurgitate?

          Go ahead and Google it since you dont know haha

          • Sis Delish

            Ole Strom was just filibustering to give Byrd more time to enjoy is Membership in the KKK.

          • TruthWhisperer

            Is that what it is, Racists helping out other racists.

            You must be proud that you deem yourself a representative of that racist party.

            Sucks when Reality proves you wrong doesn’t it?

          • golfingirl

            What really”sucks” is when you have an obvious lack of intelligence.

            Do you need a straw with your next comment?

          • Fedup104

            Nice try. Strom was also a Democrat more than half his life. The racist Byrd was a DEMOCRAT his entire life

    • rob

      So, I guess what your trying to say is that they are honest about their intentions?

      • Daniel Sutter

        Nothing honest about it. Liberals know their supporters are dumb as dirt and if you say anything against them you are a racist or brainwashed by fox. Honesty would be to get a quote from the Kasich side, or just say “we’re liberal and we wont report honestly”

        • TruthWhisperer

          Liberals free slaves, Grant women the right to vote and ended child labor.

          What have you done Daniel?

          • Daniel Sutter

            Thank you for proving my point.

          • Fedup104

            What party did Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation belong to? That;s right, he was a Republican. What party did the senator who filibustered the Civil Rights Act belong to? He was a DEMOCRAT and still held office as a DEMOCRAT only four years ago

  • saltydog77

    I don’t like the financial games that “big business” plays but in a free market economy those businesses are within their right to locate to any area that “supports” their financial success with incentives and not attacks on their business!

  • SniperFire

    Evan, what did Mayor Brinda do to try and retain the jobs? Or did she just read about it on the ‘net since she was too busy strongarming bidnesses for fireworks money?

  • wmstudio

    Big Cube available on the iPhone App Store.It’s funny!It’s very very hard! http://goo.gl/hoMU64

  • saltydog77

    Sometimes businesses layoff or close their doors thru no fault of local govt. or the company’s workforce or even a political party. It could have been bad business decisions or even govt. regulation and possibly need for their product simply dried up.

    • rob

      They modified the econoline Serbia’s vans for commercial fleets, ford is no longer building the eonoline van after this summer. The replacement model is going to be built in Kansas.

    • Otter

      Lets see, they supply pieces, and parts to Ford, for the Econoline…Ford announced they would no longer be building the Econoline. Did not see that coming, go figure.

  • saltydog77

    Every other city,state,region,and other countries are competing for a limited number of jobs. Just because they are here today doesn’t mean they will be here tomorrow.If we are to retain those jobs and even compete for new ones we have to be on our “A” game.Companies will go wherever there is good infrastructure,workers with knowledge, and incentives.

  • saltydog77

    Our greatest obstacle stares back at us from the mirror.

  • SniperFire

    Now, here is a political story which the C-T does not even need to make up. They can just report it, as everyone else has been doing. chop chop:

    On May 1, the Northeast Ohio Media Group (NEOMG) reported that Ed FitzGerald was refusing to release records that detail when he enters and leave county buildings. The NEOMG reported that “the refusal by FitzGerald to release records of his key card swipes is an abrupt departure from the county’s past practice.” Ed FitzGerald’s secrecy surrounding his use of tax dollars is not just limited to his county swipe card. FitzGerald has also been using the taxpayer paid Cuyahoga County Inspector General to vet contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. The practice has been criticized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch. New records uncovered by the ORP show that Ed FitzGerald’s Inspector General (IG) Nailah Byrd tried to hide how much time she spent doing work for FitzGerald’s campaign. The documents indicate that Byrd did over 57 hours of work for the FitzGerald campaign on taxpayer time.

    – See more at: http://www.ohiogop.org/time-for-ed-fitzgerald-to-come-clean-and-for-his-hand-picked-inspector-general-to-resign/#sthash.wrmgPce0.Jym7RKPX.dpuf

    • Sis Delish

      Russo and Dimora must have left a few Cheat Sheets in a desk drawer that Fizzzy found.

  • Chosen1

    Can you say “Wall Street”

  • golfingirl

    Fact is, the politicians in Columbus are not responsible for the demise of cities like Elyria.

    It is quite the opposite, cities like Elyria and Lorain, are holding back the entire state from having even better employment numbers.

    Elyria receives what every other city in Ohio does from the state, probably even more, due to their population’s dependency on entitlement programs.

    Local problems are the result of local policies and decisions by local politicians. It is not the state’s job to come in and clean up this mess. It is the local government.

    Columbus has not contributed to the current state of Elyria. This has been years in the making. It has been self-inflicted.

    Does anyone really believe a different governor will turn this city around?

    Haven’t we shown over and over again that throwing money at these problems has never worked?

    If you were a company, looking for a new location, would you really want to call Elyria, or Lorain home? If you have a choice to move somewhere else, why would you stay?

    It is all about crime rates, school systems, taxes, infrastructure (roads) and life style.

    So tell me, why would anyone want to call Elyria their corporate home? They fall short in all the above. And this cannot be blamed on any governor, from either political party.

    The blames needs to stay in Elyria, as they are the ones who created the mess it has become.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Dear Mr. Altman,
    May I have some of those people you are about to lay off? I’m looking for welders (2) and could use about 4 in the labor pool and one with HR skills……….do you have a contact number?

  • Chosen1

    Thanks Kasich

  • TheRustyScupper

    Don’t blasme the governor, but blame local officials and the mayor. We were exploring adding a plant in Elyria with 166 employees. The plant hourly worker’s wage range is $28.40-$33.14. But, local politics and lack of cooperation made us look elsewhere. Can’t fault Leggett for their layoffs..

    • stillsleepyeyes

      We moved out of Elyria for the same reasons…………………………

  • SniperFire

    For your welfare check?

  • Fedup104

    Ohio as a whole is doing well with a 5.7% unemployment rate. The Democrat strongholds of Lorain and Cuyahoga County are above that so thank your local Democrats

  • SniperFire

    Chosen1 is a low information type who is just responding, on cue, to the yellow journalism which attempts to smear Republicans for the chronic and systemic failures of the Left.