Shearer's Foods to build headquarters in Massillon

There are 24 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Shearer's Foods to build headquarters in Massillon. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Shearer's Foods Inc. will build a new snack-food plant and headquarters in Massillon, adding at least 180 new full-time jobs over the next three years, company officials said.

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“Defender of our Constitution”

Since: Nov 07

North Olmsted, OH

#2 Apr 8, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
Jobs are good, but look what it cost taxpayers, "Massillon has offered Shearer's a tax abatement of 75 percent for 10 years, as well as a $50,000 economic development incentive grant". Once again worker income taxes pay all the bills and costs for that business.
Grumpy, you are dumber than a wagonload of idiots. The net benefits of Shearer's staying far outweighs the economic incentives the city of Massillon used to incent them to stay. 25% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
Appraisit

Louisville, OH

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Their chips sure are good, too good...I've packed on 20 lbs since I started eating them 10 years ago...became an addiction ...Grandma Shearers kettle cooked...yum, yum....then a few beers..had to go cold turkey eventually ...and yes, OMG's (OLD MAN GONE SENIAL).......

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#5 Apr 8, 2008
Well, Grumpster, it's not perfect, but it's better than losing them lock-stock & barrel to San Antonio (or whomever it was from Texas that was courting them). If only Goodyear and Bridgestone would settle for $50,000 blackmail... er, incentive, from Akron's taxpayers.

I'm as grumpy as you about free handouts (I don't even pass out trick-or-treat anymore, although I don't hire live "lawn gnomes" to scare the kids away, as I hear you do), but that's the price Ohio cities apparently must now pay to maintain what industry we have left. Added to the fact some local politicians evidently lack either the imagination or the desire to attract new industry.

Good for Shearer's, their employees, the area, and for those of us who frequent their wonderful outlet store north of Brewster. Take it from HB, well worth the drive.
a voice

Tuscarawas, OH

#7 Apr 8, 2008
Those are good chips!!! Go to Brewster on rt 93 for the factory snack discounts.
Maybe people will stop dwelling on the negative long enough,,,,,, to be in the chips.

Shears, thanks for the great snacks and the commitment to beautiful OHIO.

“At least I'm housebroken.”

Since: Jun 07

Canton, OH

#8 Apr 8, 2008
Old Man Dump,

Shearer’s Foods will be creating 180 new, full-time jobs and retaining 178 existing jobs. They are also building a 150,000-square-foot production, warehouse and office facility. Without the incentives, they would have moved to Lubbock, Texas. Had they gone to Texas, they would have shuttered their existing plant in Brewster and their distribution center in Navarre. To see this announcement as anything but positive is lunacy.
Red

Uniontown, OH

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
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Ohio is just knee deep in sh!t when it comes to keeping jobs. At some point, the jobs blackmail will over come a city's ability to maintain it's services for all it's citizens without raising even more taxes on everyone else. I believe you already see that in Cleveland & Youngstown where the infrastructures are broken down, and soon in Akron, Canton, and other cities in Summit & Stark Counties where these giveaways are really going to hurt in the long run. Oh for the days of manufacturing of rubber, steel, and autos in Northeast Ohio. Days gone bye bye.
That's a ludircrous statement. The "giveaways" are only going to help in the long run. Can you imagine what Akron would be like if Goodyear had left? It would have been the final nail in the city's coffin. Keeping Firestone's R&D center here is a very smart move, too. Akron cannot afford to lose any major employers. Plus I'd rather see tax money used to keep viable corporations here than used for pie-in-the-sky projects like a new "retail/entertainment complex" for downtown, that if ever comes to fruition, will only provide poverty level wage jobs.
Bob G

AOL

#10 Apr 8, 2008
It would be nice if they took the trans fats out of their chips so they were healthier
Tularecito

Erie, PA

#11 Apr 8, 2008
Congratulations to Massillon and thanks to Shearer's for committing to Ohio.
Dan

Urbana, IL

#12 Apr 8, 2008
OMG,

I'll bet a bag of chips that the remaining property taxes and income taxes far outweigh the $50,000 grant after the 75% abatements are subtracted.

Also, those abatements are for 10 years. After that, Massilon gets 100%.

And the company will NOT leave after 10 years. That would mean building a new facility and moving their workers and the rest of their infrastructure, which is a huge undertaking.

Yes, it's a shame that communities have to bribe companies to stay, but the communities still benefit in the long run.

In the history of economic development deals like this, I'm sure there have been some that were negative for the community. But it's silly to criticize EACH AND EVERY deal. Do you really think every community leader, not just in Ohio, but in basically the rest of the country is so inept as to make deal after deal that costs their communities more than it helps them?

THese kinds of arrangements are standard practice nowadays. If there is one particular deal that you think is unfair, by all means, criticize it. But when you lash out at every agreement you see, you lose all credibility.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#14 Apr 8, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
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At some point, the jobs blackmail will over come a city's ability to maintain it's services for all it's citizens without raising even more taxes on everyone else. I believe you already see that in Cleveland & Youngstown where the infrastructures are broken down, and soon in Akron, Canton, and other cities in Summit & Stark Counties where these giveaways are really going to hurt in the long run. Oh for the days of manufacturing of rubber, steel, and autos in Northeast Ohio.
Yea, that warm smell of rubber in the air meant jobs, well-financed schools, and good neighborhoods (supported by the good infrastructure). Looking back, it was too good to last (here, anyhow).

Few if any of us condone blackmail (actually, this seems more a reasonable gamble compared to the schemes of Sponge Don & Co.) but that's the sad Ohio reality that won't change until we have local politicians willing to risk cement shoes by thinking outside the box (a Toyota plant on South Main would be lovely <half-chuckle>). IMO, Massillon's getting off easy in the short run compared to what the good citizens of Akron could be facing.
Live Lawn Gnome

United States

#15 Apr 8, 2008
Howard Beale Jr wrote:
I don't even pass out trick-or-treat anymore, although I don't hire live "lawn gnomes" to scare the kids away, as I hear you do
He said it was either us or live land mines.

The pay's not bad, though OMG said that he couldn't give us healthcare benefits. Apparently, we have to vote for Hillary to get that.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#16 Apr 8, 2008
The Big Lebowski wrote:
Old Man Dump,
Shearer’s Foods will be creating 180 new, full-time jobs and retaining 178 existing jobs. They are also building a 150,000-square-foot production, warehouse and office facility. Without the incentives, they would have moved to Lubbock, Texas. Had they gone to Texas, they would have shuttered their existing plant in Brewster and their distribution center in Navarre. To see this announcement as anything but positive is lunacy.
Positive in the relative sense, as the cookie crumbles in 2008 Ohio.

Can't speak for the rest of you, but I'll take a bag of Shearer's over a set of Goodyears any day.

If only past local polticians had been savvy enough to strike similar deals with Flaherty's, Salem, O.K., Buckeye, et al...(sigh).

Those were the good ol' snackin' days around here.
Paul Kersey Jr

Massillon, OH

#17 Apr 8, 2008
I am glad that Shearers' is staying in Massillon. But people on here have not really addressed 1 point. They were not going to move to TX. This was a ploy on there part to get as much out of Massillon as possible. The majority of potato chips/snack foods are sold regionaly. Shearers would have had to move into a new market, do marketing to a whole new area. Thats why in NE Ohio you see chips from Snyder of Hanover, Snyder of Berlin, Jones. You do not see these chips in the south, or the west. So Shearers did the right thing and got what they wanted.
AppleJack

Shippingport, PA

#18 Apr 8, 2008
Everyone negotiaties in a way they can get as much as they can. If they played the Texas card, they were aware that they might have to back it up or admit it was a ploy. The important thing they got enough to decide to stay.
Yes I said it

Charleston, WV

#21 Apr 8, 2008
Congrats Massillon!!!!! Thanks Shearers for staying

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#22 Apr 9, 2008
Live Lawn Gnome wrote:
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He said it was either us or live land mines.
The pay's not bad, though OMG said that he couldn't give us healthcare benefits. Apparently, we have to vote for Hillary to get that.
I trust psychiatric services will be included under the Clinton Universal Health Care proposal. Because, if Hildebeest get elected in November, a lot of us will want to just kill ourselves.

Hey Gnome, did you enjoy any other job-related benefits? Rumor is, that Nurse Goodbody has a thing for "shorties". Grump just took that the wrong way.
GCR

Massillon, OH

#23 May 25, 2008
Just another failure to the long list Massillon already has. Who remebers Jindel Strips ?? No one as i thought HA HA. The Mayor continues to outgrow his Police & Fire protection and thats not even considering the problem at the waste water plant. NE Ohio made "Grandma" Shearers Chips (At 8 ph by the way) and without us they would have died.
Redneck

United States

#24 May 25, 2008
Good luck too anybody getting a job. They have a high turn over rate. They treat the people like dogs.I know first hand.
Paul Kersey Jr

Massillon, OH

#25 May 26, 2008
Chickys a goof. Hes so interested in expanding but cant take care of what he already has. Recently I saw that the city wants to charge a fee for empty houses. Before they charge residential empties they should start with all those empty businesses. Alot of money to be made in all those empty buildings.
sharrie

Massillon, OH

#26 Jun 9, 2008
The Big Lebowski wrote:
Old Man Dump,
Shearer’s Foods will be creating 180 new, full-time jobs and retaining 178 existing jobs. They are also building a 150,000-square-foot production, warehouse and office facility. Without the incentives, they would have moved to Lubbock, Texas. Had they gone to Texas, they would have shuttered their existing plant in Brewster and their distribution center in Navarre. To see this announcement as anything but positive is lunacy.
When they open this new plant in massillon, I sure hope they put it by the sewer plant, cause the smell would blend right in with it and i hope they close the brewster plant. Grandma shearers has their own sewer plant and it doesnt stink all day. But at 10:00 pm. Here comes that rank smell and it lingers all night long. Ive had to stick cotton in my nose and still couldnt sleep. And ill tell ya if you smelled it like us brewster residents do you think twice about eating those so-called delicious chips.So on a nice evening if your bored take a ride down to brewster and sit around the brewster plant after 10:00pm you will enjoy the smell.

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