Media speculates Ohio may be site of $4.4 billion Honda battery plant

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, made his monthly appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked with AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about media speculation that Ohio will be selected as the site for a $4.4 billion Honda and LG Energy battery plant.

Dorsey Hager

Dorsey Hager, C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer

The companies announced plans for the joint-venture in August, but did not identify a location. In a prepared statement, Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledged state officials are working with Honda and LG to potentially bring the project to the Buckeye State.

Hager thought it was wonderful that this potential plant may come to Ohio and noted that if the joint venture selects Central Ohio as its home, the state has the necessary workforce to make it a reality. He called Ohio an economic engine and pointed to massive Central Ohio projects like the Intel plant and Amazon, Facebook and Google datacenter campuses, as examples.

Hager noted Honda has entered into Project Labor Agreements with the building trades to construct and update their Ohio auto manufacturing plants.

He then spoke about other projects in Ohio, including his thoughts on Intel’s groundbreaking ceremony, which is scheduled for next week. 

America's Workforce Radio Host Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Workforce Radio Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc

Columbus teachers sign contract and end strike

Hager touched on the teacher’s union strike in Columbus. Teachers and other members of the Columbus Education Association went on strike over several issues, including upgrading HVAC systems within the Columbus public schools. The strike lasted a week and ended when CEA members voted to approve a three-year contract that met their demands. 

Ohio House District 3

Lastly, Hager discussed the campaign of Kelly Harrop, C/COBCTC Communications and Outreach Director, who ran as a Democrat for a House seat in Ohio’s 3rd District. She lost by just 77 votes in a five-person race. Hager commended Harrop for running a great race and said she has a bright future ahead of her.

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