TV plant passes on Vienna

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A flat-screen television manufacturer who was looking at relocating an assembly plant to Vienna Township is taking his business down South.

Element Electronics, whose founder and president is a Trumbull County native, has decided to move the assembly plant and the 500 jobs it would have created to Winnsboro, S.C.

Company president Mike O’Shaughnessy, a 1985 Champion High School graduate, said talks to relocate the business to Ohio didn’t happen fast enough.

In June, Vienna Township Trustees agreed to enter into negotiations with the city of Warren to form a Joint Economic Development District to attract new business, but there has not been any movement on the venture.

Officials alluded to several new businesses that were looking at the area but said there were no solid deals in place.

“It’s unfortunate. We were pretty enthused about what was happening there,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda. “We talked to Vienna several times. Unfortunately, the State of Ohio wasn’t able to push the project as South Carolina was. We lost 500 jobs, basically.”

Fuda said he hopes the company will look at Trumbull County again for the next phase of their expansion.

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