Dayton and its manufacturing economy

FILE - This June 3, 2008, file photo, shows the General Motors Corp. truck assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio. Chinese auto parts producer Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. plans to buy more than 1 million square feet of the old plant in a $200 million investment. Once in operation, the new plant south of Dayton, Ohio could bring up to 800 new jobs. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
The General Motors Corp. truck assembly plant in Moraine. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former mayor of Youngstown, now with the Obama administration, pays a visit to Dayton Wednesday.

Jay Williams is the assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. He meets with Mayor Nan Whaley’s economic forum at the Dayton International Airport Exhibition Center.

Dayton’s manufacturing scene is alive and well despite the downsizing of local General Motors plants and related automotive companies. In fact, partnering with Cincinnati, it is one of 12 cities recognized for its invention and manufacturing.

Local leaders say the Gem City’s economy is well rooted in the manufacturing industry.

According to Dayton Assistant City Manager Shelley Dickstein, there are more than 25 hundred manufacturing companies with more than 113 thousand workers who generate 5.6 billion dollars in annual payroll. That means 12 percent of the greater Dayton economy is based on manufacturing.

It is expected that Williams’ visit will focus on how the federal government can help Dayton’s manufacturing industry move forward.

Dickstein says, “one of the ways to recover from the recession and economic downturn is to continue to enhance manufacturing and to diversify – by not putting all of our eggs in one basket.”

Jay Williams speaks Wednesday at 4:30 pm.

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