After the auto plants, what?|First in a series on Erie County's economic prospects

When John and Beth Hussey left Delphi for a more promising job in Cincinnati, they pulled up Erie County roots that ran deep.
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

When John and Beth Hussey left Delphi for a more promising job in Cincinnati, they pulled up Erie County roots that ran deep.

Uncertainty over the fate of manufacturing in the area pushed them to weigh their options.

"We wanted to move on our own terms and not have it forced on us, especially with selling our house," said Beth Hussey, a former Perkins Township resident who comes from a family full of proud factory workers.

A lot of people in Erie County are looking at their options these days, or at least wondering what the future will bring.

Once a booming manufacturing area, Sandusky has become another Rust Belt city, an area with vibrant businesses but with many abandoned old manufacturing plants. Local officials are racing to revive the area economically before they lose all hope of persuading young people to stay in the area.