MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – General Motors’ announcement that it will reinvest in three Ohio facilities is promising news for residents in Moraine.
Thousands of people lost their jobs when GM shuttered its plant there more than a decade ago and now, the company is expected to bring hundreds of jobs back to the state, including in Moraine.
Local business owners say they are excited about the news, adding that the area has bounced back in recent years since GM left and they hope to see these new jobs allow the area to continue making progress.
Workers at some local shops and restaurants told 2 NEWS that they were keeping busy when General Motors was manufacturing vehicles in Moraine.
“We usually didn’t open until 11, so we would all come in early so we could feed them,” said Dianne Koberman, manager of Ron’s Pizza, a local lunch spot for GM workers.
During its peak, the Moraine GM plant employed more than 4,000 people. When it closed in December 2008, about 1,000 people were out of a job.
According to city officials, Moraine lost upwards of half its income tax revenue.
Ron’s Pizza lost an estimated 30 percent of its business, Koberman said.
“A lot of them still came back,” she said. “They all live in Dayton, Fairborn, stuff like that. But slowly they all stopped coming back.”
The area has gotten busier since 2008, Koberman said, but she believes progress has been slow.
Koberman and others told 2 NEWS they are feeling optimistic after GM’s announcement to bring some jobs back to Moraine.
“Whenever you get an influx of people and they’re in the proximity of an establishment like this, it makes a huge difference,” said Vinny Nyhan, owner of Vinny’s Bar & Grill. “Because there are plants across the street that were dark for a while, there was plants up and down River Road and Dryden Road that had not been inhabited by anybody, and now they’re all back.”
Nyhan said he hopes the new employees choose to call Moraine home.
“Hopefully they’ll be up the street, down the street, close by,” he said. “And hopefully they live to and fro up Dryden Road because that’s what these places are built and bred on.”
“It makes the city of Moraine better, it makes all of the businesses better, and everyone gets a little bit of business off of it,” Koberman said of the reinvestment.
Acting City Manager for the City of Moraine, Michael Davis, congratulated DMAX on Wednesday, saying:
Moraine is fortunate to have a stalwart like DMAX in our community and we look forward to supporting the undetermined investment that will be designated to DMAX’ operations as part of today’s overall GM Ohio investment. It speaks volumes to the Duramax Diesel engine and their talented team of employees. We are proud to have them call Moraine home.