Manufacturing documentary has special screening

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Documentary film directors Vincent Vittoria and Nathaniel McGill spent Monday morning touring Starr Manufacturing and the people who make their products.

The duo’s film, “The American Made Movie,” focuses on U.S. manufacturing. Before its release, they stopped at the Vienna company as part of their 32-city bus tour to promote the documentary.

The film was set to premier in the area Monday at the Regal Cinema in Austintown. The film will be released in select cities on Aug. 30.

“It’s a very hopeful and inspiring film,” McGill said. “And I think when people think about a film about manufacturing, where they’re going to walk out depressed, a bunch of sad people on a picket line, something like that. That’s really not the story of manufacturing we’re seeing.”

The film’s story is similar to one area business and political leaders have been telling for some time.

“We lead the way,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles. “Compare Facebook with 2,000 employees to Boeing with over 100,000 employees. And they’re worth the same amount of money. But manufacturers hire people and I think it’s important that this movie and what we’re doing here gets that message out.”

Starr during the last year reinvented itself once again. With the decline of coal, they shifted the focus to the oil and gas drilling industry.

“Because of what we do here, we’re employing a lot of people down the line,” said Starr vice president Dale Foerester. There is “all kinds of off shots, economics and business because of what we do.”

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