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11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Plusquellic reacts to Lockheed announcement

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic reacted to the Nov. 14 announcement of the planned closure of a huge Akron employer with sadness and anger.

Lockheed Martin announced it will close and consolidate several of its U.S. facilities — including its Akron operations, located in South Akron near the Goodyear Airdock — and reduce its work force by 4,000 positions as part of its effort to increase the efficiency of its operations and improve the affordability of its products and services.

The closures are planned for finalization by mid-2015. The company stated these actions are in response to continued declines in U.S. government spending.

In a statement issued Nov. 14, Plusquellic, who also held a press conference that afternoon, said that his first reaction was sadness for the more than 500 employees and their families who will be impacted. But he also had fighting words for legislators in Washington, D.C., whose “irresponsible conduct,” he said, is responsible for the pending shutdown.

“Lockheed Martin’s announcement today is not a reflection on our city, county, region or state,” Plusquellic stated, “but rather an unfortunate sign of the politics and consequences of the political games played in D.C., and a direct result of the Federal Budget Sequestration.”

Plusquellic stated that local government and Chamber of Commerce officials have been working closely with Lockheed to ensure the facility in Akron could stay on solid ground.

“We have all done everything possible to make sure Lockheed is on solid ground in Akron,” he stated. “We worked diligently with Lockheed, not just in the past month since it was announced they may shut down, but for many, many years. And, we have consistently and repeatedly extended to Lockheed every possible measure of support that we can. In fact, Lockheed’s Akron facility was planning an expansion and was in the process of hiring when recent rumors of its closing started popping up.”

“Reducing our workforce of dedicated employees and closing facilities are among the most difficult decisions we make,” said Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin CEO and president. “In the face of government budget cuts and an increasingly complex global security landscape, these actions are necessary for the future of our business and will position Lockheed Martin to better serve our customers.”

The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md.

“I know this is little comfort to the 500 families affected and it does not compensate for the loss,” Plusquellic stated, “but if the closure happens, we will work to make sure these industrial and manufacturing sites are put to the best use possible with viable companies that will provide job opportunities for our residents.”


SOS Kettlball relocates

FAIRLAWN — SOS Kettleball is newly relocated to 77 N. Miller Road.

For the last decade, owner and head trainer Scott Overholt has been teaching the SOS Kettleball style of fitness training to people of all ages and fitness levels.

According to Overholt, SOS teaches a lifetime weight training system, classes are kept small and all exercises can be tailored to participants’ current fitness level.

Participants can burn more than 1,200 calories per hour, and the training is centered on building strength, flexibility and cardio in one workout.

For more information or to sign up for a trial class, visit www.soskettlebell.com or call 330-212-1947.


Pandora’s Cupcakes opens in Cuyahoga Falls

Pandora’s Cupcakes sells cupcakes and cake balls in a variety of flavors at its new location in Cuyahoga Falls.
Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
CUYAHOGA FALLS — A ribbon-cutting took place Nov. 8 to welcome Pandora’s Cupcakes to its new location at 1846 Front St.

Selling cupcakes and cake balls in a variety of flavors, Pandora’s Cupcakes is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

The new location, the business’s second, can be reached at 330-928-2725.

For more information, visit www.pandorascupcakes.com or visit the business’s Facebook or Twitter pages.


Scott’s Custom Jewelers Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt has begun

FAIRLAWN — Scott’s Custom Jewelers is hosting its Scott’s Secret Santa Scavenger Hunt in the Akron area.

Every Monday, a piece of jewelry, valued at approximately $100, will be hidden around the city. Whoever finds the piece gets it — no strings attached. Clues on where the jewelry is hidden will be posted on the company’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ScottsCustomJewelers.

“I love Christmas and always wanted to be Santa,” said Scott Cevasco, president of Scott’s Custom Jewelers. “This is a fun way to interact with my customers and spread a little holiday cheer!”

The scavenger hunt began Nov. 4.

“We had a person find the jewelry who didn’t know about the scavenger hunt until she went to our Facebook page,” said Cevasco. “It was a lovely surprise for her and did exactly what we wanted — brighten her day!” 

The scavenger hunt will continue until Christmas Eve.

For more information about Scott’s Custom Jewelers, visit www.ScottsCustomJewelers.com or call 330-865-9595.

Store hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is located at 55 Ghent Road.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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