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Job losses at shuttered Ohio aluminum plant spark debate over role of GOP governor, regulators
Reported by: Associated Press
Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
What was once the largest private employer in its region is now Ohio's largest industrial layoff of the year.
State utility regulators recently rejected key portions of Ormet's proposal for dealing with hefty electric costs as it struggles against bankruptcy.
The company and its union fault Kasich for not intervening passionately enough in Ormet's case before the Public Utilities Commission. Governors appoint the board, but it acts independently.
Other observers say Ormet was doomed by the economic realities of huge power requirements and historically low metal prices.