Never before poor

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Maybe some people were just born with the ability to talk effectively to the media. If so, then Brian Vogt, a vice president at American Coating Specialists in Norwalk, is one of those people.

"The potential is huge," Vogt said. "The best way to avoid a recession is not to participate in it. We're an aggressive company, and other companies want to do business with aggressive companies that are well-managed."

Well-managed enough to announce this week that ACS plans to hire 30 new employees, increasing the size of its workforce by nearly 25 percent to 130. That was the banner headline today, "ACS creating jobs," while the new data shows Huron County has the highest unemployment in the state at 13.5 percent.

"If it hits 10 percent across the country you're going to see bread lines like you never imagined," one reporter in the newsroom said after hearing the statistic.

One public servant at an aid agency in Erie County put it this way in an e-mail earlier today: "My lobby is growing full of people who have never been poor before."

Comments

MrSandusky

We need more thinkers and managers like this guy.

We need less people that are only interested in listening and pleasing stockholders rather than producing decent products and giving the workforce the respect they deserve.

MWIAP2012

I have to say it is refreshing to read an article from Matt that has nothing to do with Kim Nuesse, on behalf of everyone THANKS!!!

cm.sandusky

Actually the unemployment rate in the Carter years was worse than it is today.
We need more people like Mr. Vogt, please workers instead of stockholders and bigshots.

Fireside

Matt, Wanna see the real world today? Visit Victory Kitchen anytime for lunch and sit down and look around. Until we can help our weakest link, Sandusky will continue to struggle. I don't have the answers but doing nothing or building condo's is not the answer. How many of us are "only a paycheck or two away"?