Therma-Tru’s decision to move the remaining Fypon employees who work in Archbold to Howe, Ind. (and Butler, Ind., and Maumee) is disappointing.
Next year, the company will begin moving jobs to other locations, taking about 70 job opportunities out of town.
Even worse is that Therma-Tru decided to move to Howe without first consulting Archbold offi- cials. Fypon was an Archbold company from the very start. It was created and developed by local people and investors, until it was sold to a national corporation.
And, as everyone knows, when ownership leaves town, chances are good the jobs will leave, too. There’s a long list of companies that have followed that pattern. Cooper Standard, Dana, Archbold Ladder, Young Spring & Wire.
ConAgra was slated to be on the list, and only through the Herculean efforts of local plant management, employees and governmental offi- cials was one of Archbold’s largest employers saved.
If Therma-Tru managers had asked Archbold officials how to help them, they might have been surprised. Perhaps Archbold, Fulton County, and the State of Ohio could have made a deal.
We will never know.