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Steve Bognar Julia Reichert
Eryn Montgomery

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

GM Executive Gerald Johnson announcing a new $175 million Duramax parts plant in Brookville, Ohio. The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and create 100 new union jobs in Brookville.
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A new Duramax factory is coming to Brookville. The DMAX plant is part of General Motors’ stated plan to invest in $700 million in Ohio.

DMAX is a joint venture, with 60 percent owned by GM and 40 percent owned by Isuzu Diesel Services of America, Inc.

Representatives from GM and Isuzu say the new $175 million diesel engine components plant will create 100 new union jobs and should be fully operational by the end of 2020. 

General Motors operates DMAX, a diesel engine maker, in partnership with auto company Isuzu.
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More than 600 workers at the DMAX plant in Moraine have been temporarily laid off while the General Motors strike continues. DMAX is a GM majority owned plant that supplies turbo-diesel engines for GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup trucks. 

Hundreds of General Motors parts suppliers across the country have been affected by the labor dispute . A new report estimates financial losses for GM are approaching $2 billion.

General Motors operates DMAX, a diesel engine maker, in partnership with auto company Isuzu.
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Moraine officials say they’re seeking more information about the news some General Motors jobs may be coming to the city.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced these and hundreds of other new auto industry jobs as part of a new $700 million investment at GM’s Moraine, Parma and Toledo facilities.

And Moraine city officials say they’re hoping for more specifics about what to expect under the deal.

The last Chevy Cruze rolled off the assembly line at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, Wednesday. Workers draped an American flag over the white, four-door sedan. Now, most of the more than 1,500 workers on the last remaining shift will be laid off.

Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State address to emphasize the importance on building towards a better future. He said Ohio can do this by investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health, and workforce development - and by raising the gas tax.

The United Auto Workers labor union is suing General Motors over the use of temporary workers at a plant in Indiana, saying that laid-off members from Lordstown could do the jobs.

The UAW filed the suit this week in federal court in Youngstown. The suit accuses the company of violating a labor agreement that allows laid-off employees with seniority to seek to relocate to other GM facilities.

The complaint says the union agreed to GM’s hiring of temporary employees in Fort Wayne, Indiana, through August 2018 to help with the launch of a new pickup truck.

GM told the remaining workers at its sprawling plant in Lordstown Monday that it is going to shut down all U.S. production of the Chevy Cruze in March.

Julia Reichert is set to receive the International Documentary Association’s 2018 Career Achievement Award in Los Angeles next month.
Eryn Montgomery

A Yellow Springs filmmaker and Antioch College alum is being awarded one of the documentary industry’s highest honors. Julia Reichert is set to receive the International Documentary Association’s 2018 Career Achievement Award in Los Angeles next month.

Past honorees include Walter Cronkite, Ken Burns, Barbara Kopple and Bill Moyers.

Reichert’s nearly 50-year career includes an Emmy win, and three Academy Award nominations. Reichert says documentary storytelling can help educate and bring people together.

Fuyao
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More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

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