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Norwalk Furniture suspends operations

 

By CORY FROLIK | Monday July 21 2008, 11:49pm

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2008/07/21/front/doc488546edc335e749923044.txt

 

NORWALK - Things were looking up for Norwalk Furniture.

 

The union voted to accept concessions to keep the recliner line local. And the company announced that it was bringing two production brands — Hickory Hill and Jaclyn Smith Home collections — to the Norwalk plant.

 

But then the company’s more than 500 local employees were notified they were getting Monday off.

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The news just keeps getting worse for north central Ohio.  First, Norwalk Furniture "temporarily" lays off all 500+ of its employees, now neighboring Milan is losing 65 jobs to Mexico  :|

 

Tenneco laying off 65

 

By CARY ASHBY - Reflector Staff Writer | Tuesday July 22 2008, 2:35pm

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/07/22/front/doc48860d69487e7495098528.txt

 

MILAN - Tenneco Automotive announced this morning it will be laying off 65 full-time employees starting next month.

 

Steve Grilly, the regional plant manager, said the first 20 layoffs will be Sept. 22, with 20 more by December and the final 25 employees laid off by March 9. The layoffs, based on plant seniority, will affect a combination of hourly and salaried positions.

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Norwalk Furniture: Comerica Bank called $11 million loan, demanding liquidation

 

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Thursday July 24 2008, 1:38pm

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/07/24/front/iq_588474.txt

 

The acting CEO for Norwalk Furniture said Comerica Bank, which holds $11 million in loans for the company, has refused to even talk to several investors interested in buying out the loans and taking over the company.

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Back to work - for now

 

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Friday July 25 2008, 11:28pm

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/07/26/front/iq_589324.txt

 

There's good news with the Norwalk Furniture situation. About 300 workers will be back on the job Monday for at least a week to finish orders already stated. The state has agreed to help the company through a low-interest loan. And Comerica Bank is back at the bargaining table.

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Norwalk Furniture sold to investment groups

Posted by Frank Bentayou August 04, 2008 18:02PM

http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2008/08/norwalk_furniture_sold_to_priv.html

 

Norwalk Furniture Corp., the financially battered Huron County manufacturer that idled 876 jobs in mid-July, said Monday it had signed agreements with two investment groups that could reopen the 106-year-old company by week's end.

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Officials say deal still possible for Norwalk Furniture

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/08/18/front/iq_602454.txt

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Monday August 18 2008, 12:13pm

 

Local officials and a spokesman for the company in charge of restructuring Norwalk Furniture said Friday’s deadline for a deal with new investors was an arbitrary deadline and negotiations continue to save the 106-year-old company.

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Norwalk City Council to consider TIF, design/build tonight

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/08/19/front/iq_602459.txt

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Tuesday August 19 2008, 12:13pm

 

City Council will consider the final Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal between the city and Pride One, the developer of Norwalk Commons, and a revised version of a proposal to allow developers to both design and build projects without separately bidding out each portion.

 

This latest version of the TIF would require the developer to build Emerald Parkway, a road from U.S. 250 east to Theater Drive to city specifications.

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Norwalk Furniture suspends work, blames bank

 

By CORY FROLIK | Thursday September 04 2008, 11:34am

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2008/09/04/front/881571.txt

 

NORWALK - It was deja vu Wednesday at the Norwalk Furniture plant.

 

At 6 a.m. Wednesday -- less than two months after the furniture company first closed the doors at its plants across the U.S. -- employees were told to go home and await further instructions.

 

Production at the company was brought to a grinding halt after the money needed to cover payroll ran out a second time, company officials said.

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Council passes TIF legislation

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/09/03/front/iq_611358.txt

By SCOTT SEITZ - Reflector Staff Writer | Saturday August 23 2008, 12:00am

 

 

After months of consideration, Norwalk city council passed the tax-increment financing (TIF) legislation at its Tuesday night meeting.

 

The agreement was passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Dwight Tkach casting the "no" vote.

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Norwalk deal is off, IRG's Lichter confirms

 

Not good news, folks

 

http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2008/09/irgs_lichter_confirms_that_nor.html

Posted by Frank Bentayou September 04, 2008 10:50AM

 

 

Stuart Lichter, the California developer who had been negotiating to purchase Norwalk Furniture Corp. and save its 876 jobs, confirmed this morning that the deal has collapsed.

 

The northern Ohio maker of quality home furniture early Wednesday idled workers at its headquarters and factory in Norwalk, 60 miles west of Cleveland, and also employees at its Fulton, Miss., plant.

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Norwalk Furniture is history

...............what a sad, sad for my town  :-(

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/09/17/front/iq_619713.txt

By JOE CENTERS - Reflector Managing Editor | Wednesday September 17 2008, 2:20pm

 

 

It’s official. Norwalk Furniture Corp. is history.

 

While talks continue to sell the 106-year-old company, Chairman Jim Gerken announced Tuesday that all layoffs from the old company are permanent. If the company is sold, former Norwalk Furniture employees would have to be hired by the new owners.

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Buyers found for Norwalk Furniture; production to resume this week

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/09/22/front/iq_622578.txt

By JOE CENTERS - Reflector Managing Editor | Monday September 22 2008, 5:41pm

 

Norwalk Furniture has a new owner and work is expected to resume this week.

 

Local investors purchased the property and they are waiting for the paperwork to go through, said Jim McTevia, of McTevia and Associates, Management and Financial Consultants.

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Amish workers irk labor organizations

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2008/09/26/front/911607.txt

By CORY FROLIK | Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:41 PM EDT

 

NORWALK - The Norwalk Commons still has a long way to go.

 

Much of the complex remains bare land. Piles of dirt sit where restaurants and a hotel are expected to be built.

 

But in the back part of the development, near the intersection of Stower Lane and Norwalk Commons Drive, contractors are working hard to finish Redwood Village Luxury Suites by Christmas. The 56-unit, upscale-condominium complex has a grand opening scheduled for Oct. 11.

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Furniture company gets another state loan

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:46 AM EDT

By HEATHER CHAPIN-FOWLER

hfowler@MorningJournal.com

 

NORWALK — Another $1.8 million is being offered to Norwalk Custom Order Furniture as part of the "ramp up" plan to get the company on its feet, according to the Ohio Department of Development.

 

 

Post edited 9-4-09 to comply with terms of use

http://morningjournal.com/articles/2008/10/28/news/erie_huron/mj172736.txt

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Furniture once again built in Norwalk

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Wednesday October 29 2008, 2:36pm

 

The financing is in place and furniture is coming off the line. Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is in business.

 

Company spokesman Tom Bleile was in Columbus Monday to finalize details for a $1.875 million loan from the state. The city of Norwalk has kicked in money from the revolving loan fund for equipment purchases. A new company has been launched.

 

Post edited 9-4-09 to comply with terms of use

http://norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/10/29/front/iq_641900.txt

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Luxury suites in Norwalk Commons ready for lease

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2008/09/25/news/local/iq_616346.txt

 

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Thursday September 25 2008, 2:18pm

 

The first buildings at Redwood Village Luxury Suites will be complete next week and agents are already pre-leasing for the city's newest housing option.

 

"They're like little houses," said Jeff Ondo, regional manager for Redwood Management Company. The gated community is part of the Pride One development of Norwalk Commons on the north side of Norwalk.

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Huron County contemplating centralized dispatch system

 

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2008/11/21/news/erie_huron/mj264362.txt

Friday, November 21, 2008 6:59 AM EST

By HEATHER CHAPIN-FOWLER

hfowler@MorningJournal.com

 

NORWALK — Huron County could be getting a centralized dispatch location which would save money and improve efficiency, but could also mean loss of jobs.

 

The Huron County 911 Committee recently discussed the concept of uniting every dispatch system into one location, likely on Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk, said County Commissioner Gary Bauer. "It is the direction people are going," said Bauer of centralized operations.

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Apple's closing at end of year

 

http://www.goreflector.com/articles/2008/12/04/front/iq_640448.txt

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Tuesday November 25 2008, 1:47pm

 

The Apple's store in Norwalk will close by the end of the year when the company’s five-year lease for the 205 Milan Ave. building ends.

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This was surprising (and bad) news; Apples was my family's store of choice.  Combined with the troubled local economy, the fact that Super Walmart built directly across the parking lot from Apples probably didn't help.

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'Sometimes it's not good to be No. 1'

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2009/01/28/front/iq_673916.txt

By CARY ASHBY - Reflector Staff Writer | Monday January 19 2009, 10:58am

 

"Sometimes it's not good to be No. 1."

 

That's what Melissa James, the executive director for the Norwalk Area-Huron County Chamber of Commerce, had to say about Huron County's 13.5 percent unemployment rate in December. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) announced Tuesday the figure topped the list among the state's 88 counties.

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Norwalk's own Sears store opens

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2009/02/03/front/iq_678143.txt

By AARON KRAUSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Tuesday February 03 2009, 11:47am

 

NORWALK - Even without a sign announcing its presence, the new Sears store on Main Street drew a couple hundred patrons Saturday, owner Jim Graves said.

 

The roughly 7,200 square-foot store, with an additional 5,000 square feet of storage space, opened for business Saturday five days after the store's interior was little more than some pegboards and display cabinets.

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This is certainly a pleasant surprise, given Norwalk's particularly rough economic times and the tendency for new stores to locate outside of the central business district on US 250 near the Erie County line.

 

:-)

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Not too surprised at this one, given the economic climate (specifically of Huron County, whose unemployment rate was nearly 20% this past month)

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Applebee's pulls plans for Norwalk restaurant

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2009/03/23/front/iq_707509.txt

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer

Monday March 23 2009, 11:36am

 

Rumors have been circulating for months and Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch confirmed it this week — Applebee’s is not coming to Norwalk in 2009.

 

But Lesch still holds out hope that the restaurant chain will come to the community once the economy picks up.

 

“I haven’t given up on Applebee’s,” she said, adding that the chain will not build any new restaurants this year. “Hopefully they will be building soon and hopefully it will be in Norwalk. I’d like them to know we still want them here.

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Clock committee at $16,000

By SCOTT SEITZ - Reflector Staff Writer | Monday October 26 2009, 3:23pm

 

NORWALK - The Fix the Clock Committee has surpassed the halfway point.

 

Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer, who also is the committee treasurer, said the group has collected around $16,000 so far.

 

Estimates have come in at $25,000 to $30,000 to repair the courthouse clock and get the chimes working once again.

 

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2009/10/26/front/iq_845417.txt

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Mercy to build $40.5 million new hospital in Willard

By AARON KRAUSE - Reflector Staff Writer | Wednesday February 03 2010, 9:21am

 

WILLARD - Mercy Willard Hospital is planning to build a $40.5 million, two-story facility, with groundbreaking scheduled for July.  Marsha Danhoff, rural division senior director, said the current 80,000 square-foot hospital is landlocked on 1.6 aces at 110 E. Howard St.

 

The new 101,000 square-foot property will be located on the corner of U.S. 224 and Neal Zick Road and stand on 44 acres. The hospital purchased the property in 2008. Construction is scheduled to begin in August or September and hospital officials expect work to be complete in Spring 2012.

 

Link to the full story: http://www.norwalkreflector.com/articles/2010/02/03/front/iq_912019.txt

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