Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Good For Menards

From the Times Recorder:  NEW PHILADELPHIA Construction of a Menards facility on Bluebell Drive will be delayed for about a year as the owners of the privately owned Menard Inc. wait to see the outcome of the November general election.Mayor Joel Day said he spoke with Rodney Wekkin, Ohio's real-estate developer for Menard Inc., about the wait."That's on the delay list now," Day said. "He said it's been delayed for a year."Jessie O'Mara, a spokesperson for Menard Inc., wrote in an email to The Times-Reporter that the family owned company is feeling anxious about building more facilities during the current Presidential administration. "We are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all family businesses in the U.S.A at present and with no certainty if the next administration will be any better, we have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled," O'Mara wrote.Day referred to the delay as a disappointment."I've always said that none of these kind of developments are for certain until you see the first shovel of dirt overturned," he said.At the local level, Day added, it's hard to imagine how the uncertainty of a presidential election could affect a decision to build a store, but in the corporate world such things do play a role.Construction of the new Menards store was originally expected to begin no later than June 2016, and be completed by June 2017.In March 2015, developers Aaron Shanklin and Mike Miller, who own Infinity Representatives in New Philadelphia, sold the property housing a former Super Kmart to Menards Inc. The home improvement company will build its store at the former Super Kmart site. The vacant, dilapidated Kmart building was demolished last August.
The company has no obligation to anyone except the Menard family to build anywhere in the U.S. or elsewhere.
And of course, The Obama economy has been horrible for most businesses since Obama took over as president.
So, good for Menards to say no to a non-right to work in Ohio and maybe if John Kasich (Ohio governor and presidential candidate) was really a conservative, like say a Scott Walker, he would demand to make Ohio a right to work state.

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