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Councilman trying to get information on plant

September 5, 2012

SALEM - City Councilman Dave Nestic said he's talked to some people interested in getting information from the owner of Miller-Holzwarth about the now closed manufacturing business.

"These people are interested in finding out whether the business can be saved," Nestic said Tuesday.

He briefly touched on the subject during the city council meeting, saying he and some other members of the Salem Area Industrial Development Corporation (SAIDC) had discussions with the CEO, but she had become non-responsive and he needed her to get in touch with him.

The company was owned by Jennifer Moll and closed its doors July 30, but city officials had to read about the company's shutdown in the newspaper after the fact. Some employees had confirmed the closing occurred at the end of the work day when they were told their jobs were finished. The company manufactured periscopes and ballistic windows.

Nestic said the contact with Moll happened after the business closed. He made some calls and said there were people interested in getting more information about the business, which had government contracts at one point.

When asked if he knew why the company shut down, he said it appeared to be part economic and part legal, along with declining defense budgets. When the company closed, the owner could not be reached for comment.

Shortly after the closing, a judge in Medina County ordered the company to pay another firm $1.56 million in a judgment.

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