More Jobs Could Be Leaving The Mid-Ohio Valley

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

A long-time warehouse and distribution company in Vienna could be closing down.

Goldsmit-Black is in negotiations with an outside company which would buy the company.

Nelson Graham, Regional Coordinator with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, says the purchase is expected to result in 32 union members losing their jobs.

Graham says the union is scheduled to meet with Goldsmit-Black Wednesday to discuss a severance package involving benefits, although he adds the union hopes to discuss ways for the company to remain in operation.

Company officials have declined to comment on the situation.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Parkersburg on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    It is nice to see some concern for the people of Goldsmit-Black, It is unfortunate that a company that has had good ties with the community and some wonderful employees is closing down. Out of 85 employees about 5 will stay employed and I would bet those last no longer than a year. As for the union, that is the reason why the warehouse will be closing, Gummer does not want the Union because they do not want a Union showing up in their Heath, Ohio warehouse. Over the years Goldsmit-Black has always offered top of the line customer service, good people working with good customers. I wish all the employees at Goldsmit-Black the best of Luck in the future. We are in tough times, but we are strong people who can and will overcome these trying times.
  • by Charles Location: Marietta on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    It is a sad vicious circle. We buy cheaper items from big chains and x-marts that sell mostly imports because our dollar goes farther. So more and more of the local businesses get shut down as we source our items from overseas or from across foreign borders. Even the people working at local steel and aluminum based industries failed to see that their end product isn't consumed overseas or from across foreign borders. They buy clothes, food, and cars, even pop & beer cans made overseas or with products from across foreign borders, everything imported- and then wonder where the jobs went. Then, poor & unemployed, we will cash our welfare checks and head back to the only place we can afford to shop, guaranteeing middle America and the American industry can never recover. We all can't work in the service industry, but that will soon be the only jobs left. Even then all of the farms and chains we will work will be owned by foreigners. Only the special interest groups, republican AND democratic alike, are reaping the rewards. 100,000 more people lost their jobs today. Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave. Do you know why they build the xyz-marts near the interstates? So they can haul the money right out of town. (and eventually clear out of the country.)
  • by Wayne Location: Parkersburg on Jan 27, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    Ed it makes no difference if they are billionaires or not..ppl are ppl those so called billionaires..stole most there money from companies.that are going under..and sucide is a cowards way out..
  • by Wayne Location: Parkersburg on Jan 27, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    That what i'm saying Jim Bob..The union is lieing they aren't giving them nothing...a kick in the butt out the door..and the company is already sold..The whole story isn't being told..i have family that works there..They need to go talk to the ppl in the wharehouse not the union or the company...go talk to mike davis or joe whitlach..i'm telling you these ppl are getting screwed..
  • by Tammy Location: Parkersburg on Jan 27, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Good ole unions. I know they were good at one time, but we can't afford them anymore. I bet right now they aren't suffering, only the employees. Wait till the union bosses commit suicide then we have a problem.
  • by Jim bob Location: cutler on Jan 27, 2009 at 03:17 AM
    Wayne, union or not they would be loosing their jobs, atleast they have a way to work together so they dont get put out in the cold with nothing like most folks, blue color and white color
  • by Michael Location: Vienna on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:34 PM
    Very sad to see places like this close their doors. I think this economy thing is going to be a lot worse than expected as a large economist said today we are only at the "tip of the iceberg"
  • by annonymous Location: parkersburg on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    what's there to comment on, the company done sold, as of the 29th there's no job.over 50 people are unemployeed.
  • by Ed Location: Belpre on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Wayne.. Have you noticed how many billionaires have commited suicide around the world recently? You and I are still alive to write letters. Who should be regarded as winning based upon that status?
  • by Wayne Location: PARKERSBURG on Jan 26, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    YA'LL Should go in and talk to the ppl that are losing there jobs that are not union.Ask them what they are getting..And As for there so called union it is a joke.And Always has been and won't do jack for them you can almost bet on it...What are the ppl of this town and the other's around us suppose to do??
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