There's just no plausible deniability: Economic conditions across Ohio have been hit hard during the past eight years. Thousands of manufacturing jobs vanished, and those left have pay scales below the standard that was set years ago.
Despite the nearly decade-long trend, the abrupt announcement in July that Norwalk Furniture would close and put 500 hardworking people out of work still came as a shock. The only silver lining, perhaps, might be the effort a group of local investors put forward to resurrect the business.
That endeavor appears to be on track to succeed and create about 200 manufacturing jobs from the ashes of the old Norwalk Furniture. Nobody invests millions of dollars into a plan they know is destined to fail, and we wish this group all the success they can find as they develop a business plan to bring back those important jobs.
These investors are showing the American spirit and the drive of capitalism. In the midst of adversity come the seeds to a new and better future.