Leaders of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM) got together Sunday in Cedar Rapids (IA) to
kickoff a week of events aimed at making job creation the pivotal
issue in the upcoming Iowa caucus.
Speakers included: Tom Buffenbarger, IAM International President
(right); James E. Brown, IAM General Vice President - Midwest
Territory; Joe Ironside, IAM District 6 Business Representative;
Jerry Nowadzky, IAM District 6 President and Ron Hunt, Teamster
Local 238 Business Agent.
A public/private consortium in Ohio has received a $3 million
grant from the Clean Ohio Fund to demolish the original home of
Aeronca in hopes of making the 18-acre site a flashpoint for
economic development. The Dayton Business Journal reports city
officials in Middletown (OH) are working with Aeronca to
rehabilitate the site at Hook Field.
"We want to see this airport become an economic development
amenity," said Larry Wood, director of the Middletown Economic
Development Corp. "Is it going to be like Dayton International or
Cincinnati? No. We're going to be a destination and home for the
corporate jet community and other aviation-related businesses."