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A couple of quick follow-ups to our post yesterday about the new jobs Governor Kasich’s administration helped bring to Ohio.

Out of work for more than a year, Graylin Gunn said the Chrysler deal offers hope. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON

First, GOHP Blog has some additional information about the Republic Steel plant in Lorain. Guess what happened at that plant under Ted Strickland’s tenure?

But there’s no need to look at press releases when you have concrete results to compare.

Ohio three years ago under Ted Strickland:

Republic Steel to Layoff Hundreds
The Republic Engineered Products Steel Plant will idle their Lorain plant next month, resulting in the layoffs of several hundred workers.

According to spokesperson Ken Braun, the plant will be idled in December and will be shutdown as long as necessary based on current economic conditions.

Ohio today under John Kasich:

Republic Steel And Gov. Kasich Announce 449 New Jobs Coming To Lorain
Governor John Kasich announced on Wednesday that Republic Steel is investing $85 million in a new electric arc furnace at its steelworks in Lorain.

Company officials said the project would eventually create 449 new jobs, and help retain 489 positions at the facility…

…It’s estimated the project will generate one billion dollars a year in economic activity in Ohio.

The same plant was laying off workers under Strickland, and just a few short years later is adding 450 jobs and retaining another 480 jobs under Kasich’s watch. And this isn’t just some retail box store ramping up for the holiday season.

Additionally, here’s a quote from Republic’s president, something we never heard from a business leader while Ted Strickland was governor.

With Gov. John Kasich standing at his side, Republic President and Chief Executive Jaime Vigil, pronounced vi-heel, said, “It was easy to chose Lorain, Ohio, over other locations in the United States and other parts of the world.”

Finally, some folks out there are trying to claim, although they have zero proof of it, that it was Ted Strickland’s administration who started negotiations with Chrysler to bring the huge expansion that was announced yesterday. Not so.

“It was a deal that Jobs Ohio put together,” Mr. Kasich’s spokesman Robert Nichols said, referencing the governor’s semi-private job creation entity. “It was started in March of this year and occurred entirely within our administration.”

Someone’s getting the jobs done.

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